All and all, we did enjoy our first Princess cruise to the British Isles. We lucked out on the weather and enjoyed our stops. We can wait to visit Ireland and Scotland on our own and our final stop in Normandy and the American cemetery was very moving.
More about the cruise:
The Good - Our suite was very nice with a large balcony overlooking the back of the ship. We enjoyed entertaining our cruisemates that we were traveling with. Our cabin steward was attentive, yet unobtrusive with our cabin service. The Crown Grill service, staff and food was exceptional. The bartenders and wine bar staff was friendly, fun and provided exceptional service. Embarkation and Debarkation was a breeze. Most of the tours were well organized and smooth. We also added a Chef's table dinner, which was excellent.
The not-so-good - as in some of the prior reviews, the ship is getting a bit "tired" and definitely in need of a renovation. The ship didn't seem to have a WOW factor anywhere. The food in the other dining rooms and buffet was just ok, again no wow there. The pictures were so bad that this is the first cruise we didn't purchase any. The either took head/face shots, pictures on a generic backdrop, or with crew in cheezy costumes. For the first couple days, they did a hard sell on the wine tasting that bordered on obnoxious. Also the internet (free with the suite) was very, very slow. Also, we didn't see the hand sanitizers/cleaning that we have seen on other ships. Finally, we had a bad phone cord in our suite that caused us to miss calls and messages that was fixed on the 6th (yes, 6th) day of the cruise.
The other problem which was not the fault of the cruise or the crew was the constant complaining by the older folks on the ship. If an excursion stated that it was "strenuous" with lots of walking, they complained that there was too much walking (um, just look at what it says on the ticket). The buses were either too hot or too cold. The wait to get on the ship was too long or caused them to be late for dinner One of our excursions
included a lunch with family style tables and a group starting complaining that they couldn't sit together and tour guides started to ask everyone to move. We just left and had a wonderful lunch at a local pub. We had the most fun on an excursion we planned ourselves with the "Black Cab" Company in Belfast.
Again, not a bad cruise, but our next visit to the UK will be on land...