We travelled the first week of the school summer holidays, if you don't like kids don't travel in the school holidays!! There were a lot of teens on board but they were no trouble and all polite and well behaved, so what, they ... Read More
We travelled the first week of the school summer holidays, if you don't like kids don't travel in the school holidays!! There were a lot of teens on board but they were no trouble and all polite and well behaved, so what, they may have been noisey at times but they're on HOLIDAY.
We had a mini suite on deck 9 it was lovely and clean our only probelm was the sofa bed my daughter had to sleep on, seriously it should have been chucked in a skip years ago, how Princess could expect a paying a guest to sleep on it at all let alone a fortnight was beyond belief, we asked for an extra matress which we got , not perfect but better. Our cabin steward was really nice and helpful. I would recommend a balcony mini suite plenty of room for three with plenty of wardrobe space.
The food was amazing always hot always well presented, we had anytime dining which worked well for us, yes we had a long wait some nights but it was always worth it. The buffet was very good but I really didn't like the being handed your plate and cutlery, set up, all very school canteen but we always got a table with no problem and enjoyed the selection.
Always without fail struggeled to get a sunbed, never any in the shade, but on the occassions we did it was nice with the pizza bar nearby! Beware you don't stop eating on this cruise. Pools were big and had a seating area all around them, lots of kids enjoying their holidays a lovely atmosphere.
The entertainment was good, we went to the theatre a few times and always enjoyed it. The singers around the bars were good even if a bit cruise ship cheesy, could not get a seat in crooners; people table blocking all night WITHOUT drinks!! we liked it there as they did the best cocktails, on the two nights we did manage to get a seat we really enjoyed it. Here's the thing though, all the entertainment finishes around 11.00/11.30 what is that all about? we're on holiday, the bars closed around 12 (unless you went to the night club) all seemed geared up to the endless OAP's on board. Also tough luck if you want food after 11.00pm all that was available was toasted sandwiches.
All the staff were polite and friendly couldn't fault them at all.
Had afternoon tea one day, it was lovely, well served and presented, we didn't go again just too much food everywhere! but would recommend it.
My main concern was the lack of air conditioning, it was so hot on board which was uncomfortable, we did raise the issue at customer services and they did have a fault with it which was supposedly repaired but honestly I think the air conditoning along with the sewage system are just knackered, it's an old ship, cosmetically it looks beautiful but major things are breaking down and these are the things that no doubt cost big money to put right.
The sail away party from Gibralter was fanastic, such fun. We prepaid for the drinks package which was well worth the money, I would recommend that anyone who enjoys a drink buys this package, my daughter had the soft drinks package which was also good value.
We have only ever cruised NCL before so could only compare to that, Entertainment on Princess is way behind, AirConditioning is way behind , Sofa bed way behind as is sunbed situation but I really did enjoy this cruise and going from Sothampton is a breeze, ebarkation was so easy as was dis-embarkation. All in all we had an excellent holiday, on a lovely ship. If you have booked or considering booking this cruise ship you will have a great time. Read Less