The Caribbean Princess is a classic ship with a classy feel thanks to a stunning 2017 refurbishment. According to the Cruiser's critic awards, the Caribbean Princess is the best cruise ship for first-timers, hopefully starting a new love for cruising. The Caribbean is a 3,200 passenger, 19 deck cruise liner which sails around the Bahamas, Canada, Caribbean, and Panama Canal. The ship travels on 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 28, and even 30 night journeys. This variety of cruise lengths and destinations allows guests to find a cruise that is perfect for your family in particular. The shorter cruises' lengths make for a memorable long weekend or spring break, while longer trips are perfect for filling summer vacations. The Caribbean departs from a variety of ports varying between Los Angeles, Vancouver, Whittier, San Antonio, Buenos Aires, and Seattle depending upon the itinerary.
As with any family vacation, the pool is of the utmost importance. Water lovers will be happy to hear that the Caribbean has five pools and one splash pool for little ones. For relaxing, be sure to try one of the ship's seven hot tubs. Parents should take note, however, that children MUST be potty trained to use any of the pools. Many parents may worry about keeping their kids entertained and safe while onboard, which is why the kids and teens clubs are a huge hit with families. The kids and teens are split amongst three clubs based on age. Younger kids ages 3-7 can enjoy The Treehouse. Here, they can make puppets, finger paint, play games, and participate in other organized activities. Moving up in age to 8-12, The Lodge is a club for slightly older kiddos with arcade games and opportunities for kids to make friends on the ship. The typically harder to please teens ages 13-17 will find a place of their own at The Beach House, a teens-only club for socializing, relaxing, and organized events like pizza parties and hip-hop dance classes.
After a recent partnership with Discovery, parents will be happy to hear that the Caribbean has plenty on board to keep younger passengers happy with fun AND educational activities. The Discovery at Sea program is a recent addition to the Princess cruise line, featuring lecture speakers and interactive activities based on shows like Shark Week, Finding Bigfoot, and Deadliest Catch. Families can test their shark knowledge with trivia or go on a scavenger hunt to find Bigfoot. Stargazers should take advantage of the ship's observation deck where lights are turned off for constellation viewing.
Even on the longest of sailing trips passengers may find it difficult to experience everything the Caribbean has to offer. Fans of The Voice will adore the Caribbean's spin (sorry for the pun) on the singing competition show with the classic blind auditions and spinning chairs. As with most Princess cruises, theater fans will not be disappointed by the numerous Broadway-style productions, stand-up comedians, and magic acts available in the ship's theater. Daily fun has no limits with art auctions, game shows, pennywhistle classes, dance classes, and Festivals of the World events to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your destination (on select sailings). A Movie Under the Stars is a signature Princess event featuring flicks for the whole family and complimentary popcorn. For parents looking for a little alone time, to take advantage of the numerous bars and lounges or casinos perhaps, group babysitting is available on board with a charge of $5 per child, per hour.
Each ship has a variety of fun activities for the whole family, so be sure to check your ship before you cruise to view what's available. Whether you're 8 or 80, there's no reason not to have fun on your getaway at sea; before breaking off into everyone's activities, enjoy some time together by planning to meet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This is the time to make memories and nothing could be more memorable than setting up a shore excursion for the whole family. Plan your shore excursions ahead of time for the best chance at booking your top selections.
*Please note it is often cheaper to book two staterooms or two connecting cabins instead of one large stateroom suite - plus it gives you a second bathroom.*