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Grand Princess Cruise Review by umbertsmum

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Grand Princess
Grand Princess
Member Name: umbertsmum
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: VS
Cabin Number: e733
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Scandinavia on the Grand
We picked this 7 day break to get a taste of Scandinavia as we had not visited Denmark, Sweden or Norway before although we had been on the Grand Princess before.

The suite was beautifully situated on the aft corner of the ship so we had amazing views all week and were able to experience ultimate balcony dining in a great setting-although in hindisght I would recommend a warmer climate than leaving Oslo or the use of blankets!The meal was amazingbeuatifully presented and the waiters attentive but discreet.

We had shore excursions booked with Princess in Bruges and Helsingborg but found our way aroung Copenhagen and Oslo with the aid of a tourist map. Each port was very different and had interesting things to offer.The only issue was having to keep changing currency daily -I would advise to keep only a small amount of local currency and use a credit card ashore.

The service on board was execeptional, the staff remembered peoples names, were always courteous and helpfuland our stweard was really good.

We ate in sabatini's twice in the venings and it was of a higfh standard each time and well worth the extra cover charge. We werein the Boticelli on fixed dining but also ate in the Da Vinci with frined we met aboard so there id flexibility there. My husband has food allergies but was able to pre-order and then eat in a different venue if he chose to.We didn't really attend many performanbces in the vening as we dined later and then mooched around the ship.

We attended a local trio put on in Denmark which although it explained was lost in translation , being in Danish.The crew added an extra dimension to the cookery demo which is a must to attedn and the karaoke competition is a hoot.

I used the spa for a facial and the best nail art manicure ever-complete with silver glitter. I did the Tour de cycle sessions (-that is spinning to you and me)which was $30 for three if you attended all three.The gym was well appointed and all the machines worked.

There was Zumba aboard but i didn't make it to any sessions.

Publication Date: 09/05/12
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