Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Caribbean Princess

Year built2004  /  Age : 14
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 500 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage112894 gt
Passengers3138 - 3766
Crew1200
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks17
Cabins1569
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byJill Whelan

Current itinerary of Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean. The itinerary starts on 11 Nov, 2018 and ends on 25 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
11 Nov 16:00      Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   
14 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI   
15 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     St Johns, Antigua   
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Basseterre, St Kitts Island   
17 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Fort-de-France, Martinique   
18 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Bridgetown, Barbados   
19 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Port-of-Spain, Trinidad   
21 Nov 08:00 - 22:00     Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles   
22 Nov 07:00 - 17:00     Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles   
25 Nov      Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   

Review of Caribbean Princess

Launched in 2004, Caribbean Princess is the 6th Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with Crown, Diamond, Golden, Grand, Emerald, Ruby, Star and Sapphire.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is an US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 ml) Nassau.

Caribbean Princess cruise ship

The 112,894-ton, 2,600-passenger cruise ship Caribbean Princess underwent a major drydock refit in early 2009 when were added facilities available on the younger fleetmates Crown, Emerald and Ruby. Now passengers spend hours sitting in the cozy, patio-style seating places, sipping coffee, reading, playing board games and watching occasional performers, ranging from a Cirque-type cube-spinner to a BMX biker. The new Piazza-Vines Wine Bar is the place to try over thirty wines by the glass while snacking on artisan cheeses, sushi and tapas. Of the changes, the most remarkable and appreciated, is the transformation of the former atrium into a new 3-deck-high, street-cafe-style Piazza - home to the International Cafe (a combination bakery, deli and coffee shop), Vines Wine & Seafood Bar, the Internet Cafe & Library, and an amusement zone.

Cruise itinerary program

Caribbean Princess itinerary program is based on cruises in Europe sailing out of Southampton and Caribbean voyages from Houston and Fort Lauderdale.

Cabins

Most Caribbean Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (675). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1556 staterooms in 34 categories. 25 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Caribbean Princess are the Grand Suites (615 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Caribbean Princess features three dining rooms, all with twinkling lights on their ceilings and tasteful, Caribbean-themed menu. The Palm is for fixed-seating dining, while Island and Coral are for passengers who have chosen "Anytime Dining". Reservations are available, but are not required. Coral also welcomes guests for waiter-service breakfast and lunch. Rotating menu options include soups, appetizers, mains and desserts. There are also signature pastas and choices like Caesar salad and salmon. The healthy Lotus Spa selections are low in sodium and fat. Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court look identical and are open all day long. The Horizon section serves as lido buffet restaurant and features breakfast buffets. Lunch choices may include unusual dishes like peanut butter sandwiches and fried banana. 

Follows the complete list of Caribbean Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Island Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Coral Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Palm Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • The Salty Dog Grill (replacing Trident Grill, self service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • World Fresh Marketplace (replacing Horizon Court, self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Planks BBQ and Steamers Seafood (replacing Cafe Caribe, aft self service buffet restaurant)
  • Slice (formerly Pizzeria, with west and east coast offerings, classic Neapolitan-style pizza)
  • Coffee & Cones (formerly Scoops, offers free ice cream cones, treats of gourmet ice cream sandwiches, specialty coffee).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Princess Theater is the main venue on Caribbean Princess for comedy acts and production shows with a variety of music and selections appealing to a broad mix of ages. Each of the ship's venues has a different offering. Crooners features music trivia contests and a pianist. Explorer's Lounge hosts events for everything from Wii sports tournaments to art auctions, plus comedy shows and magicians. The Piazza offers various demonstrations, circus-lite acts and musical performances throughout the day. Club Fusion is part game show, part nightclub venue. Skywalker Nightclub, Princess' trademark, hosts 70's-, 80's- and 90's-inspired nights and a few nights with a variety of modern music. For low-key dancing, head to the Wheelhouse Bar, which hosts combos playing standards and soft rock.

Caribbean Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Caribbean Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Caribbean Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Churchill Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Limelight Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Caribbean Grand Casino
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly).
  • Club Fusion Lounge (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
  • Caribbean’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area)
  • Camp Discovery (Youth Center)
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area; Pirate’s View Pool area (served by Morgan’s Bar)
  • The Skywalker (Jogging Track); Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Princess Links mini golf course, Cybergolf simulator
  • Skywalkers Disco & Nightclub.

Caribbean Princess 2017 refurbishment review

During the ship's 2017 drydock refurbishment (March 25 - April 5, done in Freeport Bahamas) resulted in the following changes:

  • New kids area ("Camp Discovery" / kids and teen center) was added aft on deck 17.
  • Pool deck's MUTS screen ("Movies Under the Stars" / 850-seat outdoor movie theater) was upgraded.
  • The number of interconnecting cabins (for families) was increased with additional 87 pairs.
  • (Lido Deck 15) "Horizon Court" was replaced by "World Fresh Marketplace". The ship's new buffet restaurant now has new decor, improved layout and more food options. Breakfast includes 24-hour cereal station, designer pancake station, hot cereal choices (like shrimp & grits and polenta porridge). Lunch includes hand-crafted sandwiches, regionally-inspired soups, wide selection of meats (sausages, hams, roasted). Dinner includes family comfort foods, PB&J bar ("Peanut Butter and Jelly").  Nighttime buffet offerings include live-action cooking station (stir-fry, customized pasta, salads).
  • (Lido Deck 15) the ship now has 2 casual specialty restaurants formed from the old "Cafe Caribe". Both restaurants are designed for families with kids. The first at-fee restaurant ("Planks BBQ") serves family-style meat planks (ribs, beef, sausages, chicken) plus sides (fries, chili, coleslaw, charred toast, dill pickles).  Dinner here is served and costs USD 12 pp.  Free buffet-style breakfast and lunch here include customizable breakfast bowls, signature soup, fresh-made salads, fork & knife sandwiches. The second at-fee restaurant ("Steamers Seafood" offers steamers with regionally sourced seafood (Black and Blue Mussels, Scallops and Sausage, Classic Clams, Crab-stuffed Flounder).  Dinner is served and costs USD 12 pp.  Free buffet-style breakfast and lunch choices include egg dishes and ramen bowls.
  • Following the 2017 reurbishment, the ship's pool deck (15) offers 4 outdoor dining options. "The Salty Dog Grill" (formerly "Trident Grill") offers “The Ernesto” burger (best at sea), other specialty beef burgers (with handmade patties and buns), also Street Tacos (with grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato, corn tortillas), fries and classic hot dogs. "Slice Pizzeria" (formerly "Prego Pizzeria") offers Neapolitan-style pizzas, Deep Dish Focaccia (with marinara, meatballs, cheese), California Artisanal Toast, Sliced Stromboli (calzone filled with deli meats and cheese). "Coffee & Cones" (formerly "Scoops Bar") offers gourmet ice cream sandwiches, free ice cream cones, specialty coffees and teas. "THE MIX" (formerly "Blackbeard’s Bar") / poolside drinks bar) was updated and redesigned.
  • The specialty Italian Trattoria restaurant Sabatini’s (formerly "SHARE by Curtis Stone", on Promenade Deck 7) was redesigned, debuting a new menu with antipasti and handmade pasta dishes by celebrity chef Angelo Auriana, Sabatini’s new menu was implemented fleetwide in 2017. Angelo Auriana is an Executive Chef and partner in the Los Angeles' Italian restaurants "The Factory Kitchen" and "Officine BRERA". Chef Auriana's dishes are based on using old world grains (like buckwheat and durum wheat) giving them the protein strength necessary to keep the house-made pasta's shape. He also uses numerous non-traditional herbs (like mints and marjoram).
  • All stateroom beds (a total of 3200 units) were replaced with the company's signature "Princess Luxury Beds”.
  • Note: The new new Ocean Medallions are scheduled for summer 2018.

Caribbean Princess wiki

  • The Princess Caribbean ship belongs to the line's Grand-class series. Her sisters are Crown and Emerald. The Caribbean ship is a little bit bigger than the other Princess ships in the Grand Class - StarGolden and Grand. The reason for this is the additional cabin deck (Riviera Deck). She also has no sliding roof to shield the swimming pool area in bad weather as she was planned for exclusively Caribbean itineraries.
  • The ship's construction was completed in 2004. The christening ceremony was on April 2, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida), the starting point of her maiden voyage. Godmother of the ship is the American actress Jill Whelan, best known for her role of Vicki Stubing in the 80's popular series "The Love Boat". The vessel was the biggest one in the Princess fleet right until June 2013, when the new Royal Princess entered into service.
  • Fun fact: Caribbean Princess is the first cruise vessel to have an open-air theater (outdoor movie screen) named "Movies under the Stars".
  • Ship's European maiden season began from Southampton England. Then, it was repositioned to NYC New York to operate Canada Fall Folliage cruises to New England, then relocated back to Fort Lauderdale for roundtrip Caribbean itineraries. In April 2013, she was back to Europe to operate British isles and various Northern European itineraries in the Baltic Sea.
  • In early-September 2018, Caribbean Princess became fleet's first vessel with Carnival Corporation's OceanMedallion technology (wearable devices allowing passengers access to "virtual concierge" services and amenities, as well as interactive entertainment). The new technology also includes the MedallionNet - Wi-Fi connectivity via access points installed in every stateroom. Passengers on MedallionClass cruise liners experience land-like connection quality allowing streaming of movies, music, videos, video phone calls, real-time sharing on social media platforms.

Panama Canal cruise itineraries 2017

In 2017, Caribbean Princess made her maiden season of Panama Canal transition cruises through the new locks. The ship operated on 10-night itinerary (with partial transits throuth the new Agua Clara locks) on roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida). The ship's first ever transit was on October 26, 2017. Prices started from USD 1250 pp (double occupancy). This voyage also celebrated Princess Cruises' 50th anniversary of the 1967 crossing (world's first ever on passenger ship).

21 OctDeparting from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida
22 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Princess Cays, private Island, Eleuthera Bahamas
25 Oct 07:00 - 15:00Cartagena, Colombia
26 Oct 06:00 - 15:00Panama Canal (passing through the new locks)
26 Oct 17:00 - 20:00Colon, Panama
27 Oct 07:00 - 18:00Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
29 Oct 07:00 - 16:00George Town, Grand Cayman Island
31 OctArriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida

The fleetmates Coral and Island continued to transit the canal through the 3 old locks (Pedro Miguel, Miraflores, Gatun). The new locks were officially inaugurated on June 26, 2016. They are result of a 9-year USD 5,2 billion building project.

USA to Greenland itinerary 2019

A new Greenland cruise roundtrip from USA (NYC New York ) was revealed in January 2018 for the Princess Cruises Caribbean ship.

  • The cruise departure was scheduled for August 19, 2019.
  • The 16-days long itinerary's ports of call were in Greenland (Nanortalik, Nuuk, Qaqortoq) and Canada (Halifax, Sydney, St Johns).
  • Cruise prices started from USD 2,500 pp (double occupancy Inside Cabin rate) plus additional USD 220 in Gov taxes and port fees.

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Caribbean Princess Itineraries

The below listed Caribbean Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 11 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale
2018 Nov 25 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$928
2018 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1228
2018 Dec 19 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1528
2019 Jan 02 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$938
2019 Jan 12 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1299
2019 Jan 26 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1299
2019 Feb 09 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1569
2019 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Explorers Fort Lauderdale$699
2019 Feb 16 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1368
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$769
2019 Feb 23 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1298
2019 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$599
2019 Mar 02 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1328
2019 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$699
2019 Mar 09 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1328
2019 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$629
2019 Mar 16 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1498
2019 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$699
2019 Mar 23 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1548
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Explorers Fort Lauderdale$849
2019 Mar 30 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1328
2019 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$699
2019 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$629
2019 May 14 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Getaway Fort Lauderdale$509
2019 May 18 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1628
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$779
2019 May 25 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1778
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$849
2019 Jun 01 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1858
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$849
2019 Jun 08 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1908
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$929
2019 Jun 15 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1958
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$979
2019 Jun 22 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1978
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$979
2019 Jun 29 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1998
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$999
2019 Jul 06 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1998
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$999
2019 Jul 13 14 days, round-trip Caribbean East/West Adventurer Fort Lauderdale$1998
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$999
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$999
2019 Jul 27 13 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Quebec City Fort Lauderdale$1499
2019 Aug 09 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$1209
2019 Aug 19 16 days, round-trip Greenland & Canada New York$2759
2019 Sep 04 10 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$1279
2019 Sep 14 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$1379
2019 Sep 24 10 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$1399
2019 Oct 04 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$1369
2019 Oct 14 10 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$1379
2019 Oct 24 13 days, one-way from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale Quebec City$1529
2019 Nov 06 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1539
2019 Nov 20 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1129
2019 Nov 30 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1129
2019 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1129
2019 Dec 20 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$2209
2020 Jan 03 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1229
2020 Jan 13 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1229
2020 Jan 23 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1229
2020 Feb 02 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1609
2020 Feb 16 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1609
2020 Mar 01 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1329
2020 Mar 11 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1329
2020 Mar 21 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1609
2020 Apr 04 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1609