As Travel Agents we get to experience ship visits, giving us a great insight and first-hand knowledge on the cruise ships we sell
A few of us from Cruise Club UK joined the Caribbean Princess in Liverpool for the day, here’s our insight:
Newly renovated in March 2017, Caribbean Princess has had $8.2 million spent on her. Excited to see her makeover I couldn’t wait to discover her transformation.
The ship arrived late due to low fog, however I saw that as a benefit when we got to watch the smallest tug boat manoeuvre the huge Caribbean Princess into place. All checked in and given our visitor passes for the day we headed upto deck 7, aft – Club Fusion, this is a popular nightspot where live performances, karaoke and more take place.
A quick but in depth tour of the ship took us to the atrium for an exclusive performance from the ships entertainment staff. Princess pride themselves in the social hub of the atrium, with everything you could want all in one place. Plus if you’re like me who loves to people watch it’s the perfect place. International café – amazing peanut butter cookies and coffees to go plus much more – and its 24 hours – and no extra charge. Vines bar is a popular haunt with lots of wines on offer plus sushi freshly made.
A behind the scenes tour of the galley (kitchens) gave us a great insight into how the chefs operate and prepare for the days ahead.
We were able to view an obstructed ocean view cabin, really good size plus all cabins now feature the Princess luxury bed.
The Lotus Spa area is a really good size and flows really well. Starting with the hair salon, nails and teeth whitening. This then takes you to the new gym area with panoramic views to sea. Plenty of treatment rooms on offer too. The Sanctuary is an exclusive area for adults only, with pool area and large sun loungers which I found impressive.
Now to everyone’s favourite – food:
Located next to Neptune’s Reef & Pool is Slice Pizzeria – delightful large slice of Pepperoni pizza went down well with a fresh glass of lemonade (ship visits are hard work after all). Also on this deck and can’t go without a mention is the Salty Dog Grill, it’s ‘Ernesto Burger’ has won awards for the best at sea! Also around the pool area and the perfect location is Coffee & Cones, again complimentary. The World Fresh Market Place is newly designed and as I walked through I just wanted to grab the delicious sandwiches and everything else on offer!
A good old favourite is the Crown Grill, which is one of my favourite speciality dining venues. New to the ship is Planks BBQ and Steamers Seafood which are located opposite each other. Both very modern and clean and comes with a cover charge $$$$
Last stop of the day before a delightful 3 course meal was Skywalkers Nightclub. Situated aft on deck 15 with lovely panoramic views out to sea.
I was very impressed with Caribbean Princess, especially by the friendly staff and food options on offer. I would definitely look into booking my own itinerary onboard Caribbean Princess