A cruise is what you make it!!!: Grand Princess Cruise Review by bogof1
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A cruise is what you make it!!!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Entertainment superb. 4 major production numbers with amazing sets and costumes. The usual run of comedians, magicians, singers etc. All very enjoyable though I did fall asleep on the last night...the ventriloquist seemed to have lost the plot! During the day there were port lectures, demonstrations, quizzes etc etc plenty to do or not depending on your choice. Four pools one undercover which was a shame as the weather was superb. Not being a sunbather as such we werent bothered getting a sun bed but could always find one when needed. MUTS was an experience snuggled up with popcorn and blankets.
We mainly did our own thing with regards to trips only using Princess tours for Rome....The city drive, and Naples....Half day Pompeii trip. Both were superb and worth the expense. All other ports we made our own way around the cities only using the shuttle bus for Barcelona, all other ports were easily accessible by foot.
We had traditional dining 1st sitting which worked well for us. Waiters attentive and great table companions made the dining an occasion. Plenty of choice on menus. The left hand side of the menu stayed the same every night which ensured if there was nothing on the main menu there was a choice of what to eat. The chilled soups were something else. Our only comment on doing 1st sitting was that all the Captains Champagne and Cocktail evenings were scheduled for 7.15 8.00pm. We were not able to finish dinner by 7.15 and when we eventually got there they had finished serving! However plenty of free Champagne at the art auctions! For other meals we used the HC or IC. By the end of the cruise HC was wearing a little thin as inevitably repeating choices. However the pub lunch of fish and chips is a must on sea days. One other tip buy a coffee card. Well worth the money as endless hot chocolate, filter coffee (a big improvement on the syrup based.thanks CC)and tea not to mention the 15 speciality coffees Mmmmmmmm. Still got a punch or two for the next cruise Yeah!
Yes we did have Noro Virus but superbly handled, yes some toilets were blocked again dealt with to our satisfaction. All in all a fantastic way to unwind. One last tip... Pick the cabin youll be happy with not the one you hope to get by upgrade .......a cruise is what you make it, not what others have told you. Thank you Princess well be back. Less
Cabin review: ACD210
Well decorated. Good sized bathroom plenty of room in shower and bath, good lighting. Ample hanging space and shelving for clothing. Very comfortable sitting area, plenty of room. Balcony newly refurbished...however reclining seats did not recline!! Only slight niggle was the noise from the overhead air extractors which we believe came from the service duct across the corridor from our cabin, more noticeable at night.
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