This was our second cruise on the Ocean Princess, this time a short cruise around Britain. The ship is well maintained and very clean - almost all the staff are incredibly helpful and always have smiles on their faces. We like the small ships where you can find your way around almost immediately.
The food is generally good - better than last year we thought. Unusually for us we ate in the buffet a number of times - compared to larger ships it is much calmer and the food is good with a reasonable choice.
We had a restricted view outside cabin which we liked. Although small the layout means there is sufficient space and appears to be much bigger than an inside we had on the Oriana. The view was very restricted, there is a lifeboat outside but it has plain glass windows so the room gets some light - some of the lifeboats' windows are covered in orange giving the cabins an orange glow! Deck 6 is quite quiet although I think there could be some noise from the Casino at times - it was normally shut on our cruise and not an issue.
There is a new team of entertainers on board who seem good. The Cruise Director, Frank Castiglione, is not really to our taste but is very enthusiastic.
Princess are very poor with the information they share about Rosyth, which is about 30-40 minutes outside Edinburgh. About the only information you can glean is that there is a Princess shuttle bus to the local railway station at Inverkeithing at a cost of USD8 per person each way, the return train fare is 5.50. What Princess don't really tell you is that there is a free shuttle bus to the terminal building at the dock gates which is staffed by local volunteers who are very helpful. At the terminal there are taxis available which will take you to the station if you want (6.50 I believe) but we decided to use taxis to get into Edinburgh. They operate on a fixed tariff (both ways), the cost of a taxi to Princes Street is 30 and to the Castle is 35. Most people share a taxi so the cost is relatively modest. You can also ask the taxi drivers to take you out on a tour, I believe they charge about 30 an hour - once again you can share with others making this an attractive option compared to the expensive ship's tours. There is also a free shuttle bus to Dunfermline provided by the local authorities - OK it is not Edinburgh but there is quite a lot of historical interest and some shops. There is nothing in Rosyth. The mobile number of the taxi driver we used (Brian) is 0796373302, the second day we arranged for them to meet us at the terminal.