This was our first experience with Princess Cruises. We appreciated the beauty of the ship but decided that smaller ships are more to our liking. When we first arrived our bathroom was not truly clean and needed a second going over by our steward. We do appreciate the effort between cruises and our steward did a fine job thereafter.
The port lectures were VERY well attended and very informative but sadly 3/4 of the audience slept through most of them. Personally, hard as I tried, I couldn't keep my eyes open.
I agree with another review that I read, the ship was too warm as was the theater and our stateroom. We slept with our veranda door open.
The biggest disappointment was the food. It was repetitive, and not very creative unless you consider how many ways to serve the same thing. The desserts lacked any variety. They were pretty much the same five or six selections each night. A few more toasters at the buffet would be such a bonus! Perhaps we are old fashioned but when we eat in the dining room we tend to eat more slowly than others at our table. This resulted in the two of us being the only ones with plates in front of us. It would have been very nice had the waiter waited until all had finished eating before removing plates. We felt rushed every night.
On the last night of the cruise the shore excursion didn't return to the ship until 7 PM so no doubt the dining room had to be pretty empty for the first seating. Since our waiter didn't really bother to get to know any of the six of us and rushed us through dinner, we were not impressed by the service at OUR table. Without the usual temptation to over eat and all the walking, we actually lost weight!
The tours were exhausting but well organized and worth the effort and cost. We did have a wonderful time and very much enjoyed the experience and the great people we met and hope to see again.