This Grand Princess cruise was better than the last time we were on it 2 years ago. The main difference was that the food was much better and the staff wasn't bickering. There was a new head chef and the menu had changed somewhat. They had removed the really awful items from the dinning room menu. Food in the dinning room seemed to be much bigger portions, sometimes I couldn't eat it all and most of it was very good. Simply ask for another portion if it wasn't enough.
The new International Cafe had awesome prawn salad, desserts and pannins all free, just pay for any fancy coffee or tea that you ordered and they weren't as pricey as a Starbucks.
The soft serve ice cream cones were still free and delicious.
The new desserts were FABULOUS! the lido buffet was slightly bigger but we thought the same food was just spread out a little more. Not as much deep fried stuff was was good to see. We like the salad bar options. At breakfast they would make omelettes to order including egg whites or egg beaters, you just had to ask. There was a sign on top of the hot food area, but it was hard to spot as most people were looking at the food not at the sign. Waffles were available at the bakery counter.
Enjoyed the entertainment. The new nightclub was fancy looking but still not used very much.
The drink prices were more than fair. Most big cocktails and drinks were 7.98 each but there were also a variety of choices for 5.50 which was wonderful.
We took a couple of bottles of wine on board and paid the corkage fee and it worked for us.
Love the ship layout with a wonderful promenade deck, 3 times around is a mile. We got side tracked often as we stopped to watch the flying fish, tiny little things zipping across the water. 4 beautiful pools to swim in. Laundromats for a quick bit of do it yourself laundry. You can get away with a weeks worth of clothes if you want to on a two week cruise. I always pack tooooo much.
It was wonderful to unpack once, see great islands and a not lift a finger except to use a fork!! Loved it, even hubby who hadn't been please with our last Grand cruise, enjoyed this one.
We always choose an inside cabin. Never in it much and the price between it and a balcony pays for our airfare. Our friends had a balcony and it was either too hot, too windy, too wet or they just didn't have time to use it. Can't see that it's worth the extra bucks. We also like the quiet and darkness inside. The air is well ventilated and we never feel crowded. There is more motion in cabins towards to bow. Choose one mid ship or aft, check on deck plan to make sure you have nothing noisy above.
Each ship has it pros and cons, as does each line. Almost perfect is good enough for me. No need to nit pick, that just spoils your holiday. ENJOY, it's certainly better than cooking, cleaning and driving like we do at home. Try it you'll love it! Cruising is the best!!