Caribbean Princess Getting Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Caribbean Princess Bar Harbor, Maine

March 16, 2017 – Caribbean Princess will undergo an extensive two-week drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, March 26-April 6.  She will emerge with new features including Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms.  The cruise ship will also be wired for the Ocean Medallion launch that will be available for the 2018 summer Caribbean season.

New Caribbean Princess family-friendly features include:

Camp Discovery

For cruisers ages 3-17, Caribbean Princess will now offer a reimagined youth center – Camp Discovery – created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications, as part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program. Catering to specific age groups, there are three themes where kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities specially designed to help them Discover, Play, Create and Huddle, including:

  • The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed center including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.
  • The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.
  • The Beach House, for ages 13-17 (formerly Remix) offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a cool place for teens to hang out and socialize.

New youth and teen center programming includes MythBusters science activities with new hands-on challenges, featuring show star, Tory Belleci. In addition, new Camp Discovery destination-themed programs focusing on Europe and the Caribbean will be offered.

Interconnecting Staterooms & Upgraded Accommodations

Caribbean Princess debuts 87 interconnecting staterooms, offering more room and comfort for all family members to enjoy.

A new HD Movies Under the Stars outdoor movie screen will offer a higher resolution picture with double the image quality of previous systems.

Caribbean Princess will receive 3,200 new Princess Luxury Beds and linens. Developed in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson, the bed combines the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design.

In addition, Caribbean Princess offers Club Class Mini-Suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options as well as priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Europe 2017 and 2017 – 2018 Caribbean

The newly renovated Caribbean Princess will start her Europe season with a Transatlantic sailing on April 6th, continuing throughout the summer in the British Isles with sailings featuring ports in Scotland, Ireland, and Iceland.

She will then visit the Panama Canal in October, transiting the new Agua Clara locks, and spending the holiday season in the Caribbean.

Additionally, for the first time in four years, Princess Cruises offers Summer Caribbean cruises, including Panama Canal transits in 2018. The Caribbean Princess returns to sail on a full summer season of voyages ranging from seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean to a 20-day Caribbean and Panama Canal Explorer.

The 2018 April to October summer program features 47 departures, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including eight unique itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries. In addition, four ports offer late night stays so guests have more time to explore the evening offerings these destinations have to offer.

 

Royal Caribbean To Charge For Most Room Service Orders

March 15, 2017 – Social media is ablaze today with reports that Royal Caribbean plans to roll out a fleetwide service charge for essentially all room service orders.  The fee will be $7.95 per order from the “All Day Menu” as well as the American breakfast (hot food) menu.  Continental breakfast items will remain complimentary.  Those in suites (grand suites or higher) will continue to receive all room service for free.

“Per order” means trip being performed by room service.  For example if one person orders the “Classic Philly” cheesesteak sandwich and another person in the cabin orders a “Royal Burger”, the cost is $7.95 for the entire order.  However if a cabin orders hot breakfast items at 8am and then sandwiches later in the day, they pay $7.95 two times.

On their Facebook page Royal Caribbean says “The convenience fee has been introduced to better manage the high demand of this convenient service.”

The fee begins on March 27, 2017 across the fleet.  The previous $3.95 fee for late night orders will end.