We loved the size of this boat, big enough to have a selection of everything on larger ships (entertainment, fitness etc.), great back deck, and much easier to move around ship and meet people.
We loved the itinerary, Israel and Egypt were the highlights, nice amount of relaxing sea days, food was good.
Food and beverage and stateroom staff were very good. Security was good.
Princess tries hard to please.
- the boat is getting old and badly needs an update, particularly in staterooms where beds were very marginal, balcony door didn't work well etc..
- the front desk and excursion desk staff were terrible (just wanted to get rid of you, no port knowledge) there was obviously a management problem in this area.
- wifi outdated and slow and expensive (I get better wifi flying on airplanes in the US), this seems to be a problem throughout the industry.
- we stopped in our first Israel port on the sabbath, everything closed, not good planning, plus it would have been better to stay in Ashdod for 2 days to let us access Tel Aviv, Haifa is not a great place to see. If you were not on a Princess tour the staff were not helpful at all.
I would look for this ship size in a more updated ship, with modern electronics.
Cruise lines need to cater a bit more to passengers getting off on their own in ports of call, better advice and maps, not just leave us to using Rick Steves (which is good but not always the best if you have only one day).