We thought the whole trip was wonderful. Couple of things that we were irritated by. I'll explain as i go along. The balcony stateroom was perfect Deck 12 Aloha. Plenty of space for everything. We decided before we booked the trip that it was going to be a complete chill out vacation. And thats what we did. We had already been to some of the cities before on the itinary, and so were happy just to either stroll around or do our own thing. Most of the tours are over priced we think, but we already knew that, as we have cruised before.The weather really had a lot to do with our excursions. It was unbearably hot. It was predicted 97 degrees it could have been hotter than that. We were wilting after 5 minutes. Also we did not fancy getting up early and meeting the tour operator at 7am. We were meant to be on holiday. I did not want to set the alarm. We opted not to eat in the formal dining rooms at all. Our theory was, why should you have to choose from a small menu, when you can eat such a variety of foods in the self service restaurants, and you can go back for more if you wish.There was always somewhere open even late at night to get a snack. The entertainment was good. Not so much the comedy act though. The party band " Lots of fun " were brilliant.
Now to the negatives. The staff were all great, but, in the self service restaurant they drove me crazy. Constantly in your space offering you " do you want this " Do you want that " then someone else comes along and goes through the same routine. I just want to eat my food in peace and quiet. I know its there job and they are told to work this way. It was hard to hold a conversation with eachother because we were interrupted all the time. We worked out that if you say yes to a glass of water, they would mostly leave you alone. I sound really grumpy dont i ?. The last thing i want to complain about are the Gratuities. Now before we booked our holiday, we told the travel agent that we do not want to pay the gratuities. We wanted to tip those people we came into contact with. We had been tipping along the way. So when we went to check our bill the day before we disembarked we were shocked to find that they had added them on. For example a Pina Colada was 6.50 dollars. During the night when they do the add ons, they put 11.50 dollars per person. I think thats shocking. When we complained at the desk, the assistant told us " well all the staff work very hard for you, and they deserve the gratuities, all the hotels around the world charge gratuities and everyone has to pay " Well let me tell you i worked two jobs to pay for this trip. Princess should pay there staff more. I felt i had been robbed of 400 dollars. They did eventually reduced the bill. It almost spoiled the whole holiday. So as soon as you get on the boat, go straight to the reception desk and get it sorted out. So we will be more aware the next time we cruise. By the way, we wern't the only ones complaining. There was a very long queue. On the whole, we loved every minute of the cruise.