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Grand Princess Cruise Review by The Cruise Maniac

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Grand Princess
Grand Princess
Member Name: The Cruise Maniac
Cruise Date: November 2009
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Transatlantic
Cabin Category: Sui
Cabin Number: B751
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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Disappointing
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 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.


Publication Date: 12/30/09
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