we were on the 12 night med cruise that began in barcelona and ended in venice. sept 3-15, 2013
we were in cabin E440. we have been on many cruises on almost all of the cruise lines. this was the largest ship we have ever been on.
you really would not know there were that many people on board. most of the time, you couldn't evan tell the ship was moving.
embarkation. no problem.
our cabin was great, the bed comfortable, , and the in room movies were a great plus, we watched alot of movies that we had wanted to see. rather than reading, it was nice.
our room was very close to the elevators which was handy., and now really the most major criticism of the ship is the elevator issue. there is no mid ship elevator, so alot of times, especially in and out of ports you have to wait, and actually could not get an elevator, if they stop, they are totally crammed with people. we really had to learn to cram as many people in elevators on this ship. you can say you can walk to other ones, but they are far, and really sometimes it would take 10 min to just go up to the lido,( buffet ) deck. it did become quite frustrating, and if you are handicapped, you are screwed.
my husband is a vegetarian, and the food was really good. the buffet is divided into 2 parts,, it is huge, and they have different food, so you really have to walk across the length of 2 full buffets to see the full selection. it was the first time on a cruise that we actually felt there was more selection and better choices to eat at the buffet rather than the dining room for dinner. we did eat in the dining room, and it was fine. nothing special.
the fitness center is fabulous. i go to the gym regularly, and i really liked the fitness center, the free weight area was small, and they did not have 8 lb weights, but you could go into the "trainer room" and get weights, mats and other equipment.
the entertainment was good.
princess has good activities, and they are generally more fun and lively than other cruise lines, , we got tired of "holland america" for that reason, and the royal has alot going on.
the ports were great. we did 3 "princesss shore excursions", the amalfi coast and pompeii-one of the best shore excursions we have ever been on, because of the guide.
istanbul, which was ok, and ephesus, which was terrible. the audio things did not work, and the guide did not care. 30 people cannot gather around and hear everything. she refused to hold her umbrella up, so you had a hard time finding her.
all the service on board was good.
we would love to go on this ship again.