This was our second Princess cruise. The first being to the Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 2009. In the mean time we've taken several Oceania cruises in the Med.
Princess is a good value for the money,but we found the food not as good as our first trip with them on Coral Princess. The coffee at dinner was far superior to coffee at breakfast. I might add we ate the majority of our meals in the main dining rooms, anytime seating. We are not big fans of the buffet. The few times we did eat at the buffet, the food was very mediocre. Seeming to cater to the ethnic groups on board. The scrambled eggs seemed to be from mix. Bacon without any flavor. Also, we found out the coffee is from a condensed liquid, like soda from the fountain.
The food in the dining room was good to excellent. They were very aware if you didn't seem happy with your meal. One night we had crab cakes as an appetizer, very underdone, and replaced immediately. As with anything some dishes were better than others, but steak and prime rib always were good. Fish, hit or miss. But again if you weren't happy anything would be replaced.
We ate breakfast almost every morning in the dining room as well. It only took a couple of times ordering the special to figure out they were pre-made and held in a warming area. So I ordered everything ala carte. English muffin, lightly toasted, 2 soft poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce on the side. Perfect, and fresh. Lunch was very good as well.
On 2 sea days they had the British pub lunch, fish and chips so-so, but fried prawns and chips excellent. Along with bangers and mash.
The entertainment was very good. Typical Princess production shows, with good talent. 2 comedians, a hypnotist, fair, and a really outstanding vocalist from Broadway productions. I think her name was Vanessa B. Williams. And a juggler. OK. It was too cold for the movies under the stars, we were in the South Atlantic, but the movies in the lounge were very good. And new!
The highlight of this trip was the scenery, like none we'd ever seen. Deserts that end in the ocean, and the Andes jutting into the sea to create Cape Horn, Tierra Del Fuego, the end of the earth. The Straights of Magellan were like glass, we were soooo lucky. The glaciers amazing on a sunny bright day. We did all of our own excursions. The best was the $15 US van in Stanley, Falkland Islands that take you out to Gypsy Cove to see the penguins, and run every few minutes so you can stay and hike as long as you like. We also arrange private trips to Tierra Del Fuego Nat'l Park, and the Orsono Volcano in Puerta Montt. Don't miss that!
We had a great time, it was well worth the money, we had a starboard balcony where all the views were. We wouldn't do it again, it's a been there, done that kind of thing. But we are going with Princess in April to Asia. If there's no improvement in the dining, we'll probably only travel with Oceania, as we've done in the past. Beautiful smaller boats.