We have sailed with Princess before and all the experts have Princess as a grade above Royal Caribbean but after this cruise we would find it hard to tell them apart!
We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of call and we love Venice!
We flew into Venice on the morning of departure with no delays and were taken by transfer to the ship and boarded with minimal fuss or delay.We had booked a junior suite which had new fixtures and fittings during the recent refit.There was plenty of moving about space,large balcony and loads of cupboard space. The ipad was a good addition and made keeping track of expenses very easy. The room was very clean and our cabin steward was polite and efficient and a genuinely nice guy.The towel animals were a laugh and any problems we had were quickly resolved.Bed was very comfortable.We did notice the noise coming from the open deck above us but it didn't keep us awake or greatly annoy us.
The Windjammer cafe was in a great location overlooking the front of the ship.The food,in the main,was good and plentiful. Seating was a problem at busy times when everybody wanted to grab a bite before getting off the ship, but always got a table within a few minutes.The main dining room served a good variety of food to a decent standard and we liked the location, with the expanse of glass to the ocean.We also ate at Izumi and Chops Grille which were both excellent. Had fantastic steak and dessert to die for!
The shows were of a better quality than we had experienced on Princess, with the headline act of the Beatlemaniacs really getting the crowd going! The ship resident cast/dancers were of a decent standard and worked really hard.
We did not spend much time in the bars/casino later at night so cannot comment.
The one disappointing attraction was the much hyped aerial shows in the centrum.
We just didn't think they were anything spectacular and certainly didn't offer the WOW factor they had stated. The big screen on the open deck was also rarely used and could have had shows or films on during the day and evenings.
We had one sea day near the end of the cruise which was a great relaxing day and had no trouble getting sunbeds.
Staff were friendly in the main, and most tried hard to make it a good experience.
The disembarking was easy and we ended our holiday with a couple of nights we had sorted ourselves in Venice.
Overall though, we had a great cruise and loved the ship! Looking forward to next one already!