Embarkation was simple. Our cabin was excellant. This first 12 days is extremely intensive, and the balance of 17 days allowed for down time. We did private tours with CC groups and organized one ourselves. The 17 days were with Princess. With Princess tours there was lots of driving, so you passed many things, but stopped little.
The weather was cool, so layering was important. Being from western Canada we did not take down jackets, but had fleece jackets with windbreaker, carried gloves and touques.
Unfortunately found the buffet not appealing many days, and ate pizza/hamburger for lunch/supper. The buffet food was luke warm and by the time we found a seat,cold. Horizon Court was very cold and not pleasant to sit and enjoy. Table service became terrible. Would sit waiting for water, crew would give eye contact then walk by. There were disputes amongst the staff, one appeared to be over a supervisor change that was spoken about in the Horizon Court and DaVincias. To have a dining room half empty and they said crew was sick, I would think we would all have been checked before we walked off the ship in NY. Tables in Horizon Court were not wiped between settings, place mat and used napkin were used to wipe the table. Drinking glasses were dirty, when shown to crew it was removed and when place setting was placed again the same dirty cup was again back at the table.
The transatlantic crossing was rough. The Captain asked people/crew to return to their cabins if feeling unwell. We heard that passengers were sitting and laying on decks 5,6,7 during the night. Railing, elevators, anywhere possible had sick bags tapped for accessability.
We were to visit Bergen, Norway. Arrived late due to two medical delays from Southampton. Arrived in pouring rain and a two hour line up to get off the ship. Stayed on board.
Public areas were very crowded, we spent time in our balcony cabin. Found a great cross of ages, unfortunately many did not speak english. I have a problem with passengers pushing to get on/off elevators, hogging the buttons on the elevators, and handling food (yes touching it and putting it back- ie Peggy's Cove).
Would we do Princess again, the itinerary would have to be something special, so probably no. Would I be vocal about what I saw, YES, we all paid to be there and should know that our safety and their reputation is important.