“The 'Not So' Grand Princess”
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marrow Grand Princess 3 The 'Not So' Grand Princess
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Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with our Scandinavian cruise in May, 2010. We did not mind the embarkation chaos at Southampton as the ship had been infected with a virus the week previous; we understood. However, when we saw all the children queueing and running around, our hearts sank. We were not informed this was to be a family cruise - we just wouldn't have booked.

Once aboard we were even more disillusioned to find the ship looking more than a little 'tired'. And on deck, yes, there was a place to escape the noise - for a hefty daily fee. Excuse me, but why should we pay for peace and quiet at sea! And this was not the only 'hidden extra' we were expected to pay. This has never arisen in any other cruise we've ever taken.

Neither have we ever been subjected to such low level entertainment. Although one or two entertainment acts were good, onboard amusement was mostly of the holiday camp variety, using mediochre talent.

However, the food was excellent and the three ports of call interesting. It was a shame we couldn't dock at Oslo, due to a Norwegian dock strike. Hence two full days at sea on the 'Not So' Grand Princess. We counted the hours to Southampton!

Grand Princess Cruises to the Western Mediterranean
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Cabin review:

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It was called a 'State room'. but was just an ordinary cabin; nothing special and looking 'tired' like all the rest of the ship.

Port and Shore Excursions

Actually, it was Zeebrugge, but you've made no allowance for this. Regardless, we made our own way to Bruges by train from the railway station outside the port and had a wonderful time. Bruges gets 5 stars. Zeebrugge only gets two stars because we were charged over £20 for two people to be driven through the docks to the railway station, including return journey - because it was illegal to walk. Actually we paid the cruise members for the shuttle bus, so maybe the docks weren't at fault!

Port
Although the weather was dreadfully cold and rainy, there were no problems in port and our day in Denmark was wonderful.

Port
Actually, it was Helsingborg, but there are no allownaces for this port on this form - which isn't ideal! We went aboard by tender and all went OK, although on the return we were packed in like sardines. However, the Swedish people made us so welcome.

Published 06/10/10
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