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Grand Princess Cruise Review by The Cruise Maniac: Disappointing

The Cruise Maniac
2 Reviews
Member Since 2009
94 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 3.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)

After about 15 cruises on Princess we were disappointed with most aspects of this recent cruise. The food was not up to its normal standard. In fact one night we were supposed to have King Crab Legs but when we got to the dining room we were told they didn't have the crab legs. The entertainment also left something to be desired and not up to the normal standard that we have come to expect. There were limited activities during the daytime and considering that we spent 50% of the time at sea that was also disappointing. On previous cruises there were speakers who gave several talks most of which were standing room only in the Princess theatre.

The biggest disappointment was our stop in Fortaleza Brazil where we visited a flea market in a former prison. We left after 20 minutes and heard later that the only reason we stopped here was because they could obtain cheaper fuel ( not confirmed). Also heard that a couple we robbed but this was also not confirmed. I should note that it More cost us over $350 for Brazilian visas which we had to obtain even if we had no plans to leave the ship. We renewed our vows on the ship in celebration of our 40th and this was a great experience since the captain was able to officiate.

It was very relaxing but not up to our expectation and hopefully future cruises on Princess will once again raise the bar. Less

Published 12/30/09

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Cabin review: Grand Princess

We were upgraded from a mini-suite (in the middle of the ship) to a suite in the back of the ship so who could complain.

Port and Shore Excursions

Viewed a church from the outside and then went shopping

Great experience - especially the cute little monkeys.

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