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Hi fellow cruisers! Just booked our first Princess cruise (have done RCCL and Carnival in the past). Am very excited about it! My question is; Why is the Caribbean Princess referred to as the "CB"? Why not the "CP" which seems logical to me! Thanks!
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Hi there,

It does make some sort of sense when you 'C' the answer - which is that CP had already been allocated to Sea Princess.

Sea Princess ended up as CP rather than SP, as SP had been given to Sun Princess (possibly as Sun joined Princess during Sea's time with P&O as Adonia)

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Good luck. You will need it.
The ship looks good. And our cabin on the aloha deck with a balcony was great. Our cabin steward was as sweet as can be.
Then we get to the rest of the cruise.
Mostly, the food is awful! We didn't get "traditional" dining. They don't tell you that you need reservations for "anytime" dining. The buffet is not worth the struggle.
This ship is over crowded. Where ever you try to eat seating is limited. The staff is to busy to care. They are always out of ice and tea. The coffee is terrible.
The entertainment is good but again over crowded and seating is limited.
Don't be fooled, if you want pictures taken you will be in line forever.
If you have a special occaision to celebrate don't expect any help from the crew, they are to busy to care.
Expect long delays getting on and off this ship.
You feel nickel and dimed to death.
And the 10.50 per day per person tip charged to your account is extream compared to the services you get. I didn't know I could dispute these charges, or I would have.
You will be looking forward to hot food with flavor when you get home.
On our cruise in port one day was a holiday. The ship never informed anyone. So we paid our taxi to take us to town to find everything closed.
Then paid again to be brought right back to the ship. Nice. A lot of people got screwed on that one.
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Good luck. You will need it.
The ship looks good. And our cabin on the aloha deck with a balcony was great. Our cabin steward was as sweet as can be.
Then we get to the rest of the cruise.
Mostly, the food is awful! We didn't get "traditional" dining. They don't tell you that you need reservations for "anytime" dining. The buffet is not worth the struggle.
This ship is over crowded. Where ever you try to eat seating is limited. The staff is to busy to care. They are always out of ice and tea. The coffee is terrible.
The entertainment is good but again over crowded and seating is limited.
Don't be fooled, if you want pictures taken you will be in line forever.
If you have a special occaision to celebrate don't expect any help from the crew, they are to busy to care.
Expect long delays getting on and off this ship.
You feel nickel and dimed to death.
And the 10.50 per day per person tip charged to your account is extream compared to the services you get. I didn't know I could dispute these charges, or I would have.
You will be looking forward to hot food with flavor when you get home.
On our cruise in port one day was a holiday. The ship never informed anyone. So we paid our taxi to take us to town to find everything closed.
Then paid again to be brought right back to the ship. Nice. A lot of people got screwed on that one.
Whille I am not going to label this poster a term named after a Scandinavian folkloric creature since Kuki and Paul would get me for it , I do question the veracity of some points of the message:

1. I have been on two sailings with anytime dining, both the Caribbean Princess and the Crown Princess and it is not necessary to make reservations for anytime dining. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table and that wait was becuase we wanted a specific table for a friends birthday (yes he was treated special getting a birthday cake).
2. On the long lines for pictures, the line may look long but the photogs keep it moving, what did you expect, a private photographer?
3. Both of our sailings were booked solid and we never felt crowded, except perhaps at the photo gallery, which is true on all ships. We always found a table in the buffet regardless of time of day.
4. We never noted a shortage of ice tea.
5. You just have to get into the flow of the buffet, struggle is a little melodramatic.
6. On another thread:
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We tried for traditional dining and didn't get it, so for our 25th wedding aniversary we dressed formal on their caribbean casual night gave the waiter our letter that told them this was a very special night for us. We were sat at a small table, right next to the kitchen, no candel light, bright lights, no soft music, banging and clanging from the kitchen and wait staff running in and out. The waiter took our order, then a couple was seated next to us, the same waiter took their order. There was NO privacy. I heard the guy order the same as I did. Then they were served their diner and had their water refilled while we sat there ignored.
I find this account the most unbelievable of all as anyone else would probably gain attention of their waiter or assistant waiter and asked why they hadn't been served. Sounds very passive-agressive to me as the poster admits to stomping out in a fury and confronting the pursers desk. Sounds like attitude overwhelmed the desire of the purser's desk to go the extra mile to help.
7. Finally, while the buffet food will never win a culinary award on any ship I have been on, to call it tasteless and always cold is not accurate.

8. Yes you could have removed the $10.50 a day charge, however, you would have hurt the very cabin steward you praised.
9. It is not the ship's responsibility to advise you on holidays. I am certain they had plenty of excursions to offer at the port despite the holiday. That you chose to take a taxi into town on your own was your choice, not Princesses. You can research the holidays wherever you are going quite easily.
My Conclusion:

This poster is exaggerating, a chronic complainer, or someone who thrives in misery .
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Ignore the negative post. I just returned from a wonderful CB cruise. My husband and myself had a great time and have absolutely no complaints. Everything was top notch and had no problems departing the ship. We already have reservation made for next year on the same ship but different ports. You will love the ship.
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This was our first cruise.
Yes the buffet food was awful. People were going in all directions, cuting in frount of you, and it was overcrowded. Not worth the STRUGGLE.
If you stood and waited for someone to leave so you could get a table, it was like that good parking spot, several people want it and whoever is closes gets it, so you stand and look all around and wait. Or you go out by the pool like many people did, and again, you walk around looking for a open table, while your food is getting - well can't get much worse so...
at some point you give up and go to your cabin.
Our "ANYTIME" dining. Yes we were told we NEED reservations . I didnot ask where our food was or why we had not been served. In most resturants I have been to your wait person will let you know if there is a delay. We were ignored.
When I left, I told my husband this is bs. I walked (not stormed) out in tears.
I really wanted just a nice diner, with my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary.
I was almost begging C.S. to help save our night, expressing how important this night was.
He was as cold as you are, saying it was our fault, WE should have done this and done that.
WAIT a second, this is THEIR business, THEY promise you they will take good care of you. Any resturant I have ever been to will ask if everything is alright, and if THEY can do anything for you.
Not on this cruise.
As far as the tipping thing. We did tip our cabin steward on our way out.
I want other people to be aware that these problems are true. By knowing ahead of time they can be prepared to handel it.
We spent a lot of money for this cruise. I beleived their claim to know how to make you feel special. I expected them to have a better organized
system to handel the amount of people on board.
You could even feel the stress and confusion, this was the enviroment they created.
I'm happy for you that "all was good." But don't label me because I'm trying to warn other people of the problems we had.
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This was our first cruise.
Yes the buffet food was awful. People were going in all directions, cuting in frount of you, and it was overcrowded. Not worth the STRUGGLE.
If you stood and waited for someone to leave so you could get a table, it was like that good parking spot, several people want it and whoever is closes gets it, so you stand and look all around and wait. Or you go out by the pool like many people did, and again, you walk around looking for a open table, while your food is getting - well can't get much worse so...
at some point you give up and go to your cabin.
Our "ANYTIME" dining. Yes we were told we NEED reservations . I didnot ask where our food was or why we had not been served. In most resturants I have been to your wait person will let you know if there is a delay. We were ignored.
When I left, I told my husband this is bs. I walked (not stormed) out in tears.
I really wanted just a nice diner, with my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary.
I was almost begging C.S. to help save our night, expressing how important this night was.
He was as cold as you are, saying it was our fault, WE should have done this and done that.
WAIT a second, this is THEIR business, THEY promise you they will take good care of you. Any resturant I have ever been to will ask if everything is alright, and if THEY can do anything for you.
Not on this cruise.
As far as the tipping thing. We did tip our cabin steward on our way out.
I want other people to be aware that these problems are true. By knowing ahead of time they can be prepared to handel it.
We spent a lot of money for this cruise. I beleived their claim to know how to make you feel special. I expected them to have a better organized
system to handel the amount of people on board.
You could even feel the stress and confusion, this was the enviroment they created.
I'm happy for you that "all was good." But don't label me because I'm trying to warn other people of the problems we had.
1. All buffets are like that there is no line except when you first enter once in you are free to hit whatever station you like and whichever place you like as long as you don't shove people out of the way. This ain't no high school cafeteria.
2. Whoever told you that anytime required reservations was lying. You can make reservations, but they are not required.
3. It is still your fault that you didn't flag down the waitstaff. I have never heard in any post or any review of a waitstaff doing this, however you could have also gone to the matire d' and told him/her your problem with the waitstaff.
4. CS probably was turned off by your attitude and melodrama.
5. Stress and confusion? I don't think so.
6. Oh yeah and there is room service.
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Because this critique was repeated on another thread and where we replied to it, we now move our response to this original site.

"That said, we would like to advise you, after the fact unfortunately, that given the special conditions of your day, Princess would have gone to extra lengths to accommodate you in it's celebration. They do however need to be advised in advance. Advising the Maitre d' a day or two ahead would have been most useful and in our personal view but not necessarily, a gratuity at the time would have helped make for a spectacular and memorable evening dinner."
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After this multitude of negative slanders against Princess with stevedoring language including "bovine excrement", the one thing we and we are sure many other traveller pray for is that this was your first and LAST cruise with Princess.
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