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Linda Coffman

Caribbean Princess
April 3-10, 2004
Live, from Sea
—Notes from the Maiden Voyage
First Installment

Robert & Margarett Downie

This ship is truly impressive! 

We got our first look from the air as we landed in Ft. Lauderdale. Even from above, you can see that this is an extraordinary ship. The added deck adds much to the appearance and gives the Caribbean Princess a striking profile, even compared to her large sisters.

Princess has done a great job making this ship amenable to 500 extra passengers. There are acres of open deck space for sun worshippers, an expanded and very tastefully decorated traditional dining room, and larger buffet and Café Caribe area for casual dining. Sterling Steakhouse is a huge hit, so much so that reservations are nearly impossible to obtain.

There is absolutely no sense of crowding on board. The new Club Fusion is a much more passenger-friendly area compared to the Vista Lounge on the Grand class ships.

Princess has a real winner on its hands. There are a "few little items" to be worked on. Already several small problems have been corrected and the crew seems to be catching their stride quickly. We're having a grand time!

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