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Grand Princess Cruise Review by RexJanes: Grand Princess Review


RexJanes
4 Reviews
Member Since 2007
5 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Grand Princess Review

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Embarcation was a breeze secondary to having "Elite" status on Princess. We chose an inside cabin on Lido deck since it is only a short trip to the deck/pool area.

We have been on the Emerald and Ruby before so the Grand Princess is definitely only "Grand" in name only. It is somewhat "worn and torn" and scheduled for refurbishing in April of 2011.

Overall the quality of the service was excellent. Several of the room stewards and dining room staff could use a "shot of personality" however. Many never smile or interact as on prior cruises.

There was an outbreak of Norwalk agent with four days remaining. Except for vigorous inspection of hand santitizers at the restaurants and the staff serving in the Horizon Court there was little problems (unless you were the one with the disease!). They should be more proactive (i.e. supervision of hand sanitizers before the outbreak) rather than reactive.

The formal production shows were excellent however we had More seen three of them on prior Princess cruises. The new production show "British Invasion" was excellent. The remainder of the shows for the most part were subpar for Princess. The usual comedians, etc., however they kept them on for mutiple shows throughout the week as an obvious means of reducing costs (along with quality).

Our itinerary was changed in view of the Celebrity Mercury tour bus being robbed at gunpoint in St. Kitts and went to Antigua instead. Both ports of call are great and this problem could have easily happened in the States. The culprits have since been apprehended.

Two of the ports of call need to be removed from the itinerary...St. Vincent and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Both are extremely unsavory places, dirty and not up to the usual ports of call. There are beautiful areas in each place however the downtown areas are extremely "subpar".

Disembarcation was a breeze since we chose the walkoff at 7:15am, at the airport by 7:30 and on a Southwest plane by 9:40 am. Less


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The inside cabin is a little smaller than on the Emerald or Ruby. Also, the closet space is extremely limited in comparison.

Port and Shore Excursions


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Extremely dirty and dismal place to visit. There are beautiful areas on the island however extremely limited. If you take a tour do it through the cruise company rather than going alone. The downtown area is a few minutes walk from the cruise ship but broken sidewalks, broken sewers and unsavory, unfriendly people everywhere.

Also, the Dominican Republic is similar. The new port area at Santo Domingo is beautiful, however it is advised not to go out alone or in small groups from this port secondary to safety concerns. The tours are extremely cheap for a reason in Santo Domingo.

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