Grand Princess Cruise Review by jooles: Great ports, mediocre entertainment!
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Great ports, mediocre entertainment!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Two weeks cruise from Southampton, not a bad price £999 room with a view! Food good, had anytime dining, especially Michelangelos where never had to wait for seating this meant we got to see most of the entertainment rather than restricted dining times. However, some did say they waited 20 mins, there is a pager system so not really a problem. Horizon Court food was sometimes cold but it was a buffet with lots of choice and good quality. But usually went to the waited breakfast /lunch options. Meals in the dining room were very good and served with the high quality usually found on Princess.
Entertainment mediocre- there were only three production shows in 14 days, they were quite good, can't count the first night as this was a shambles as one of the guest entertainers had missed the boat in Southampton so entertainment manager rambled on and on. The guest entertainers were mostly good, except for the two comedians on separate evenings, one male one female, whose main More joke was to insult the audience and anyone who moved, and they seemed to have seen each others shows the amount of jokes/comments they shared!
The boat has recently had a facelift and it was very nice, also very stable as felt nothing through Bay of Biscay or Med. Some people moaned about cost of drinks, but think this might be because they forgot the charges are in dollars not £s- Screw driver= $4.95 not too bad but of course there is then the 15% bar tip they add on to all bar charges!
I liked the fact that the 24 HOUR food was actually a very small area with paninis/ sandwiches/salad and desserts on deck 5- not the ridiculous amounts of waste seen on other boats- but the coffee/tea/chocolate were extra no free drinks available after 11.30pm! Points to note;
1.Take your driving licence or other form of government issue ID with you or you have to take your passport in all of the ports.
2.Make sure you visit the pursers desk to remove the voluntary daily tipping! They have a form ready for us Brits!
3. Use the free room service on port days so you are not queueing for breakfast and can get off quickly to make the most of the time in port.
4. Although the Princess website says jacket/tie required for men for meals in dining rooms, most only wore short sleeve shirts and some tee shirts on non formal nights. I was quite surprised how casual every one dressed. I did see one man refused entry wearing shorts though. Even formal nights were not that dressy not many Tuxedos/long frocks like on Cunard/PO.
5. Think before purchasing the Soda package for kids- unless coke is required the free lemonade served on deck 14 is lovely! There is always iced water/tea available too.
6. Don't automatically go for the ships excursions, be adventurous, the cruise desk are very helpful and the port lectures are useful! Less
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