This is our 11th cruise on Princess Ships. We were thinking about this cruise itinerary for the past 2 years. We made a reservation about 6 months ago for a guaranteed balcony and we got an upgrade 2 months after we reserved. We made our own air arrangement and flew on British Airways on 23rd of August arriving London Heathrow on 24th morning. Custom and immigration was a breeze. We made arrangements with Smith Airport service. The driver met us at the exit gate and drove us to Southampton Premier inn at West Quay, not too far from Cruise terminal. The hotel is a 3 star budget hotel with a restaurant and next to a Mall with comfortable accommodation.
On 25th we took a taxi to the Princess terminal. Being platinum members we got the priority boarding and within 30 minutes we were in our state room on Deck 10 starboard side mid-ship ideally located between the mid elevators and AFT elevators. To our surprise our luggage was there even before we reached our room. The room itself was very spacious with separate closet space for clothes and storage of luggage away from sleeping area. Balcony was very spacious too.
Once on board we found the new atrium/piazza to be a pleasant space beautifully decorated. We enjoyed the many spaces to find a place to sit and enjoy a drink or read a book.
We did enjoy the food on board. The fact that each dining room has its own kitchen meant the food was always piping hot. Most of the wait staff was very friendly. We ate at the Palm dining room, we had two other couple shared the table with us. Our waiter and Asst. waiters were great. Being a Vegetarian the head waiter came every day and offered me alternative menus for the next day. Still Princess Vegetarian Menu choices are limited. My wife and our table mates said their food choices were great.
Every day we had room service for breakfast consisted of tea or Coffee, Juice, Croissants and Danishes. Later around 8:30 AM we had some light breakfast at the Horizon with some fruits and eggs. We also had our noon lunch at Horizon or @ International Cafe in Piazza Deck.
We enjoyed movies that Princess offered the best movies we have ever experienced on a cruise. The live entertainment on board was generally good. I did enjoy the port lecturer and I think other cruise lines could benefit from following Princess' lead in this area. She wasn't there to direct you to shops; she was there to help you make the most of your cruise itinerary.
The Ports we were on are Falmouth, Greenock Scotland, Reykjavik Iceland, Qaqortoq Greenland, and St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada. We are also supposed to be in Dublin Ireland, due to coastal storm, Caribbean Princess couldn't enter harbor though a narrow passage, so this port was cancelled. After Falmouth we had Sea days to relax in between the ports.
We didn't take any ship tours and we took 2 private tours in 2 ports and Greenock, Qaqortoq we just walked to the local area and did our own sightseeing. Our ship delayed her departure from Reykjavik by 12 h due to high wind and rough seas, thus we were late arriving Qaqortoq by 3 h. The Blue Ice boat tours for the day was cancelled due to late arrival and we were disappointed. In St. Johns Newfoundland we hired a taxi for 1h to go to Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi. The Museum, the church and downtown we did by walking. Overall it is pleasant cruise.
Disembarkation was very smooth and we got off the ship by 8:40 AM, then took a taxi to LIRR terminal at the Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn and reached home by noon time.