I must start by saying This was our fourth Princess Cruise and largely it still lived up to our previous experiences.
Although i have an issue with the change in the method they issue luggage tickets etc. in that you have to print them at home yourself... clever...
moving all the cost to the passenger and, taking in 17 ships with lets say an average of 2000 passenger's per ship. Boy... is Princess saving some $$$ and £££ TOO !!! and we are paying for the privilege... but don't take too much notice of me.. i am just an old Git who believes in being taken care off Oh and maybe i am little cynical as well
However about the ship, We had Cabin B204 which is a mini suite at the bow of the ship.. clean and comfortable and well maintained As was all public areas
The Ship was very well stabilized and the staff very friendly ,as indeed were the passengers. who were a mixed bunch of 1,000 USA Citizens 750 Canadians and a small contingent of More
113 Brits. plus a few other nations of cause
None the less there are a couple of negatives worth taking on board ( if you can forgive the pun) Do not use the ships laundry Service its hopeless.... it took three attempts to properly get our clothes clean... Not to mention the Ironing or... rather the lack of it! It even frustrated our Cabin Steward who was visibly embarrassed by the incompetents masquerading as laundry workers.
We dined in the Bordeaux Dining room on an nay time basis , we were never kept waiting i guess because we are always happy to share. One issue Princess seem to have cut down on Dining room staff and there call be extended gaps between causes. However, the food was of good quality and special requests ( my Love of Smoke Salmon ) were always accommodated for.
The Entertaining was typical North American and the comedians jokes would pass over my head.. well.. most of the time.. But the Variety Shows were very good and laid on by enthusiastic staff
To sum up we will both travel with Princess again.. Less
Island Princess Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America
B204... A Mini Suite... Comfortable and Clean but with no balcony however there is a large communal bow facing Balcony adjacent to the cabin and ideal as an
observation deck when passing through the Panama Canal.