Cruising with the Princess and Covid in Australia in 2022.
What a bit of pressure can do to your better judgement.
Our cruise in February 2020 was terminated at the halfway point because of the then developing Covid crisis. Princess were generous in giving us credit for future bookings along with some bonuses. This then happened multiple times as the time frames extended and were cancelled ...
We have taken many Princess cruises before and enjoyed all of them!
We are now on the Grand Princess with a few more days till we return to Melbourne
Medallion set up confusing . We got it partly set up and decided they could complete the process at the check in. It seems we had actually finished it
Check in was chaotic! It was delayed due to needed extra Covid clean. Well meaning guides ...
Best we have ever had. Used Verify for Vax and test status, so easy and quick.
SS category very spacious and clean. Ice delivered twice a day.
Cabin stewards and general staff.
Amazing, friendly and helpful.
Awful, awful, awful.
Good at start, but declined. Nowhere near as good quality as experienced on New Amsterdam 4 years ...
This was a greatly anticipated cruise.
I was delighted to be sailing again on a ship with HA, as I had many grest memories of this company.
However it was very disappointing. I purchased the Have it all package.
What a waste of money.
I only bought it for a couple of glasses of brut wine with meals.
The wine I tried of x 4 varieties on the first night were shocking sweet ...
This was my first trip outside Australia since Covid and I didn’t want to go too far away. I’d booked this cruise nearly 2 years ago when Princess offered ‘bargains” to use up those FCC’s. Originally advertised for Nov ’21 but moved forward to Nov ’22 as we were still in lockdown previously. There were no balconies left so I got a mini-suite for less than what a balcony would normally ...
Apologies for the lengthy diatribe but context is all.
Booked for this trip two years ago but was cancelled due to covid. Had the option for refund, cruise credit or go on same trip Melb to Melb on the 4th of November. Chose to go on same trip as birthday was on 3rd November. A choice we came to regret bitterly. Should have opted for cruise credit.
Today’s date is Monday the "14th ...
Post Covid we missed cruising after 30 plus cruises with a bit more than half with our preferred cruise company Princess. We did a short cruise in Queensland on the Coral in late June and making allowances for post-Covid adjustments the cruise was overall a good enjoyable experience. We also had credits from Covid cancellations to use.
Now the Grand (far-from-grand) experience.
Our third cruise on Carnival after a long wait post-Covid. We were very impressed with the quick embarkation (given that there had been issues for the previous two cruises).
The ship's decor throughout is basically awful with a pink colour scheme that ranges between 'interesting' in some parts and tacky in others. The food was quite okay for the price but I noticed that portions had diminished ...
We could not wait to get back on a cruise after waiting 3 years (the Australian Govt made us wait and wait for cruises to restart) and booked as soon as we could.
Embarkation - The Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal is a great facility and the process was reasonably quick and well executed.
Stateroom - Balcony cabin on deck 9. Standard cabin - good storage, very comfortable bed, small ...
Have been on 19 cruise with Princess but this the worst ever. Besides the Covid which hubby got, and we do not blame them as a lot of protocols but could do better. The weather, we know beyond their control, missed three ports, but compensated. The real issue was the lack of honest communications. Got to Melbourne finally after three changes to date and change to itinerary. Meant people who had ...