Just finished a grand cruise around the British Isles. Ports of call, Paris, Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Cork and almost Guernsey.
Traveled on the Caribbean Princess. She is definitely an older ship, with some of the nice benefits of one, however, she does need a face-lift. We especially like the ability to walk around the 7th deck totally outside, something missing on the newer ships. Also noticed some places which a fresh coat of paint, or varnish, would add to the ambiance. The mattresses also need to be replaced as they are somewhat hard. The balcony furniture was newer looking and comfortable. Most of the things inside the cabin worked well, but the toilet did stop working twice, but quickly repaired.
Our cabin Steward Sergio was a lovely, quiet, concerned, young man who was always responsive to any requests. You will be lucky to have him. Also two good bar hosts were Inna and Andrew at the Martini Bar next to Crooners. They knew our names after the first visit and always made us great drinks. They smiled all the time.
The food on this particular cruise was excellent. With few exceptions we enjoyed every meal we had. The Palm Dining room had delicious offerings, hot, and plentiful. Also one plate of food not enough, then have more. Their offerings of Home Made specials were the best offerings on the menu. They also had offerings for our Vegetarian cruisers. Kudos to the master chefs.
Our general experience on the ship was very good. Everyone we dealt with, from the cabin Steward, to bar tenders, to front desk attendants, were good experiences.
Finally excursions. We had planned an excursion for each port. However, thanks to some great table mates we managed to change a lot of them and just go out on our own. Most every port had either complimentary transportation, or reasonably priced buses, cabs, and trains. You can negotiate with most of the cab drivers, and senior prices are available on most also. Excursion report to follow.