We arrived in London the day before shp departure. Coming from the USA it's a good idea to come,at the very least, the day before the ship's departure. One never knows, flight delays, cancellations, etc. The only problem is R/C will not issue transfers unless you arrive the day of ship's departure. My travel agent and I made calls to R/C but they were steadfast concerning that policy. Can't understand why. So we had to rent a car and drive to the port. Last year we sailed Italy and the Greek Islands. We arrived in Rome 5 days prior to sail date and had no problem with Princess about a transfer to the port. They simply gave us the time to meet at the airport and voila we were transported to the ship.
Embarkation was quick and we were on the ship within 20 min.
The ship is beautiful and well kept.
We had mytime dining and never had to wait to be seated. We ate in the main dining room for the first week,usually sharing a table with other travellers. It was a pleasant experience as we got to know our fellow travellers, most of whom were from the British Isles. But, and here I go with the buts, the menu selection was very boring so we decided to eat at the buffet in the evening. Beleive it or not they had a better selection and judging by the amount of people using the buffet (all the tables were filled) the chef's might consider
revising their menus for the main dining room. How about some plain fruit pies, apple, blueberry, cherry, etc. for desert. We were moussed out of our minds.
OK so now for the biggest dissapointment of the sailing ...NO LOBSTER..... What is going on. I know they are trying to cut cornors, but NO LOBSTER come on. We were on the Explorer last summer and they had the lobster dinner. And Princess last year had the lobster dinner too. VERY DISAPOINTING!!!! As we all know one of the joys of ocean cruising is the food and R/C fell short, sorry.
We found the staff to be very accomodating and friendly, always smiling and ready to lend a hand. Special kudos go to our cabin attendent Dennis,kept our cabin in shipshap order and also to Fernando Cataldo at the Guest Service Desk who was always ready to help with a smile and a warmth that should make R/C proud.
Also, it would be nice to see more game type activities, besides trivia, such as taboo,charades,picturary, etc.