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Grand Princess Cruise Review by Anthony McIlwee

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Grand Princess
Grand Princess
Member Name: Anthony McIlwee
Cruise Date: June 2010
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: 316
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 2.0
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The Grand Princess was somewhat of a surprise to us as we arrived very efficiently to our cabin. The room was adequate although wardrobe facilities were poor, not enough drawer space.Balcony was beautiful though.Very big ship which we found a bit daunting. Major problems with amount of children on board as we booked out of school holidays to avoid this. 250+ children who should have been in school ruined our holiday as wherever we went they were all over. Main gripe is that the entertainment was awful! The acts which were on board were singularly poor.Crew were excellent and food was plentiful and very varied.

The sky-walker nightclub was a lovely area with panoramic views but not used properly. Disco for the children/family until 22:30 hrs put all other passengers off going up there and if we did venture up there later maybe only 6-8 people there. Such a pity as it could have been so much better. I blame the cruise director who seemed to put no effort into his remit.

The shore excursions were very over priced and we spent £300 on a trip to Seville which was at best a 1/2 day trip. The train to Rome was lovely and would do that again. We mainly made our own way to the various ports otherwise.

The formal nights were very nice and we enjoyed a Photography course that we took.Photos again very expensive therefore many people did not buy them.

The on board Art Auctions we enjoyed very much and bought a few paintings we love. 15% tax on all drinks was a bit steep and we opted out of the daily gratuity which they wanted to take. Tips went to staff we felt deserved it! Overall we enjoyed the cruise but would not go with Princess again, due to the above and also we had problems with the on board account which the Purser failed to help with and we spent £100 on the phone to our bank. The staff and the room was very good but other problems made us glad when it was over. Would not recommend Princess to our friends. Too big and too busy.and over run with children.
Itinerary was very good and enjoyed the shore trips disembarking was very quick and efficient as was boarding. This is a lovely ship but needs better entertainment and more lectures as there were none about the ports of call that we were visiting. We had had these on every other cruise we have done.

Publication Date: 08/12/10
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