As an elite Princess cruiser, I still prefer them to other lines I was really looking forward to this cruise at New Year. The ship is awesome to look at not to sail on. The amount of times that we came to dead ends and had to retrace our steps was significant the reason being that there are less through ways making more space for cabins and shops. The promenade is now full of lifeboats this was always my favorite part of the ship there is a tiny area on deck 7 with loungers, problem is this is a smoking area.
Enough has been said about the appalling lifts only one at a time seemed to work very slow going, also to repeat the internet is an expensive joke I was told the reason for this was the ship was big. Our 150 free minutes allowed us to do 2 emails and needed extreme patience.
A word of warning room M 303 has a service area above it . The first night I thought someone was unpacking but the constant dragging and shoving of whatever continued and also happened early morning and in the afternoon. We complained on many occasions the engineers came and confirmed the problem we were told that there was not another room on the ship. We were given a free bottle of wine and finally a small rebate I would have preferred a good nights sleep.
Everything went on in the Atrium which of course was very crowded, the wheel tappers and shunters as we always call it is now partly a grill no dancing and a constant stream of people distracting from the pianist
In conclusion the ship cannot cope with the number of passengers it was designed for
The food was excellent , probably the best we have had on Princess, both in the restaurant and the Lido we went to the Italian and steak house and didn't think it worth the 25$ when the food was soooo good in the restaurant.
The staff were also excellent , the pursers, dining staff cabin steward and the Princess loyalty person and the gym staff BUT the gym is cramped without much view quite claustrophobic
We really liked the Captains lunch time briefing it was always comprehensive and informative. The bands were also good
Having cruised with Princess for over 15 years we have seen them constantly nickel diming in most areas pricing and exclusion of service, now they are working on maximizing the number of cabins and merchandising areas at the expense of passenger space another example is the Sanctuary it really is a rip off, that is off you can get in.
We had been to all the ports so didn't bother to get off it was just a circus 7 giant cruise ships disgorging 35,000 passengers no thank you
Surprisingly we had a good time but would not travel on this ship again