My wife and I flew in a day early and took a tour through Greenline to the Isle of Capri. It was a great day trip with wonderful wonderful weather! On embarkation day, we took a city tour of Rome in the morning before heading to Civitavecchia in the afternoon; a little rushed, but really enjoyable.
Embarkation was a breeze thanks to our Elite status and our luggage arrived minutes after we got into the stateroom. The room was spacious and not having a roof on the balcony was no problem as we enjoyed the sunshine. We were a little concerned with the norovirus that had gone through the ship on the Trans Atlantic leg, but we never had a problem with it. They worked very hard at nipping it the bud.
Our stateroom attendant, Eric Bautista, was very efficient, friendly and took care of our extra requests quickly. Our waiter, Manuel, and assistant waiter, Raquel were very good and personable.
We really enjoyed the ship, especially the Sanctuary and Movies Under More
the Stars. The dining room meals were very good, the buffet was average, but all in all we were satisfied. As with all ships, they seem to try to nickel and dime you for everything, but it wasn't unreasonable.
For the most part, the ports were great. We took the one-day Princess excursion to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakarra Step Pyramids. The vendors at the Pyramids wrecked that leg of the excursion. They were like a swarm of locusts that you could never get rid of. We arrived late at the Sphinx and were unable to get through the gate to get closer, so there was a lot of frustration there (but we had lots of time to 'shop' at the recommended Papyrus store). Istanbul, Kusadasi and Mykonos were wonderful (except for the rain in Mykonos) and would recommend any of these places for a holiday. In Istanbul we saw the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and went on the Bosphorus Cruise....very good! We went to Ephesus while in Kusadasi and it was great; our tour guide was very passionate and it made the trip enjoyable. The trip in Athens to the Parthenon was good as well. The tour of the Doges Palace and prison and the gondola ride in Venice was great and we enjoyed wandering the streets.
We had great company in the Botticelli dining room (table for 8) and met some really interesting people on the cruise. The Cruise Critic Meet and Greet at the start of the trip was really educational for me (I am a part-time travel agent). The worst part of the trip was disembarkation (not the getting off the ship, that was easy). I felt I should have been getting ready for a new port, not the plane back to Alberta. Less
Crown Princess Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
Good cabin and location on the ship, but staff/service elevators were right across the hall and occasionally there was noise coming from there. If you book a Dolphin balcony, remember there is not a roof on your deck.