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  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Bar-Harbor-Maine - Caribbean Princess anchored in Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Princess-Cays - Caribbean Princess at Princess Cays on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas.
  • Blarney-Castle-Cork -  Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, is among the most popular shore excursions on Princess Cruises sailings to the British Isles. Cork, Ireland's third largest city, boasts great architecture and a vibrant cultural life.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Bar-Harbor - Caribbean Princess cruises through scenic Bar Harbor, Maine, en route to Canada.
  • Caribbean-Princess - Caribbean Princess in port.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Liverpool - Caribbean Princess at the Cruise Terminal of Liverpool, England.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • caribbean-princess-at-sea.jpg - Caribbean Princess sails to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and the fjords of Norway.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises-2 - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess cruise to unwind with a glass of wine that suits your palate. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Port-Everglades - Caribbean Princess sails out of Port Everglades, Florida.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Pub-Lunch-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a taste of British pub grub and lift a pint with a friend at the Pub Lunch on your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • Crown-Grill-Restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Look for upscale steak and seafood fare at Princess Cruises' Crown Grill Restaurant, voted one of the "Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by USA Today.
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • evening-cakes-princess.jpg - Evening cakes available in the Horizon Court on your Princess cruise.
  • afternoon-tea-princess.jpg - Enjoy afternoon tea with complimentary chocolates on your Princess cruise.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess Cruise to unwind with a drink or to meet new people. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises-2 - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess cruise to unwind with a glass of wine that suits your palate. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • voice-of-ocean-judges.jpg - Judges during the talent competition The Voice of the Ocean on Princess Cruises.
  • princess-cruises-man-yoga.jpg - Keep fit with yoga, Pilates, spinning and other fitness routines on your Princess cruise.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Bar-Harbor - Caribbean Princess cruises through scenic Bar Harbor, Maine, en route to Canada.
  • Blarney-Castle-Cork -  Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, is among the most popular shore excursions on Princess Cruises sailings to the British Isles. Cork, Ireland's third largest city, boasts great architecture and a vibrant cultural life.
  • caribbean-princess-ocho-rios.jpg - Caribbean Princess in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Princess-Cays - Caribbean Princess at Princess Cays on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas.
  • Caribbean-Princess-Bar-Harbor-Maine - Caribbean Princess anchored in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Caribbean Princess: Sailing into the Caribbean sunset

Have you sailed on Caribbean Princess? I'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Until Royal Princess came on the scene, Caribbean Princess was the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. When she launched in 2004, this ship was a game changer for Princess and it helped define the brand. Now, it stands as a standard in cruising.

In 2011, the ship had various major and minor upgrades, but still maintained a standard cruising experience. With indoor and outdoor amenities as well as a pleasing layout, this 3,080 passenger ship doesn't feel crowded or cramped, and service members are attentive and keep things moving.

Who will like sailing on Caribbean Princess

Couples, families and retirees should all appreciate this cruise. During the summer months, families will be more present, while during the off season it will feature different ages.

Where Caribbean Princess sails

Home port: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in winter and London in summer

Destinations: Choose from Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico or other island locales.  Sail from London for a summer cruise in the Mediterranean or the fjords of Norway.

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Dining

Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to dining. Whether you feel like a multicourse meal in a formal dining room, a hand-tossed pizza by the pool or (for an added surcharge) a meal at one of the specialty restaurants,  you'll have a variety of venues and dining options to choose from no matter the time of day.

The Caribbean Princess has three main dining rooms: Traditional Dining in the Palm Dining Room is the classic cruise experience, allowing you to dine at set times with the same table mates and wait staff each evening. When you want to dine with whom you want, when you choose, go to either the Coral or Island dining rooms for Anytime Dining. Both options offer menus featuring appetizers, entrees and desserts that change each day of your voyage.

Specialty restaurants

  • Sabatini's: With a menu specializing in Italian cuisine and premium seafood, Sabatini's aspires to present the refined yet casual atmosphere of an Italian ristorante.
  • Crown Grill: Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood, Crown Grill offers an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare lobster, scallops, clams and mussels, and cooked-to-order steaks.

Casual fare

  • Horizon Court: Offers a wide selection of buffet meals or snacks. Floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning sea views sets the backdrop for your quick breakfast or casual dinner.
  • Café Caribe: A self-service buffet of Caribbean food. Courses change nightly, and the restaurant is open until 4:00 a.m.

Activities

Movies Under the Stars was original when Princess Cruises started it, and now it's a crowd favorite. Located in the Calypso Pool area, it features showings of major concerts and television events along with movies in the evenings. Check the ship's paper for listings and showtimes.

There are plenty of daytime offerings as well, from Photoshop classes to ballroom dance classes. And when the ship reaches port, the cruise also offers special excursions, ranging from bus tours to kayaking.

Entertainment

To say the nightlife on board is entertaining is an understatement. This ship's theater venues are designed with great acoustics and features a variety of entertainers. Crooner's features piano and music trivia, while the Skywalker Nightclub offers '70s, '80s and '90s music nights. Club Fusion offers fun games as well as nightclub feel. If you want to take in a show, the Princess Theater offers different theater shows and comedy acts.

 
The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
David Martinez / Courtesy of Princess CruisesThe Teen Center gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.

Staterooms

There are more than 1,556 total staterooms of varying sizes to accommodate a wide range of budgets. Mini-suites are an ideal choice, and having a balcony is always a great option if it's in your budget.

Dress code

Except for two formal nights on seven-day cruises and reservations at certain restaurants, attire on the ship is generally cruise casual. 

For families

With Princess, the youth and teen centers are fully equipped with everything to entertain. Supervised programs are available, from Princess Pelicans (ages three to seven) and Shockwaves (ages eight to 12) to Remix (ages 13 to 17). However, keep in mind that if your child is not potty-trained they will not be able to get dropped off at kids club. And for the littlest ones, activities such as kids' karaoke, pizza parties, pajama nights and more are available.

Disclosure

Carrie Finley-Bajak sailed on Caribbean Princess on a press/blogger trip as a guest of Princess Cruises. See Cruiseable's Ethics & Disclosure policy

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Carrie Finley-Bajak
I'm a cruise journalist, blogger, CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor and a columnist for Travel Weekly. Follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Caribbean Princesss
  • Where: New England

  • What: Balcony overlooks
  • Where: At sea

  • What: Cocktails
  • Where: Vines lounge
  • 881 cabins with private balconies
  • Five pools, plus two splash pools
  • Family-friendly cruising with supervised youth programs
  • Adults-only retreat at the Sanctuary
  • Innovative cuisine

Top dining options on board

Sabitini's Italian Restaurant

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Crown Grill Restaurant

  • Style: Steak and seafood
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Main dining

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

3,082 Passengers [?]
1,163 Crew
15 Decks
2003 Maiden voyage
112,861 Tonnage [?]
952 Length in feet
118 Width in feet (max beam)
25 SPEED (MPH) [?]

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