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1 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Europe - All Princess Island Princess Cruise Reviews

Last things first! The Island Princess sailed into the Venetian sunset yesterday, bound for Trieste and a multi-million dollar, 45-day refit. Some people might have thought then, that the final voyage before the makeover, a 17-night ... Read More
Last things first! The Island Princess sailed into the Venetian sunset yesterday, bound for Trieste and a multi-million dollar, 45-day refit. Some people might have thought then, that the final voyage before the makeover, a 17-night sell-out cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Venice (March 19 to April 7) could be rather a scrappy affair. After all some of the crew were staying on to tend to the small army of Italian workers hired for the job, the rest were dispersing to the far corners of the world, some to return, some not. But far from it. Ninety nine per cent of them worked hard and fastidiously to make sure the old ship left an excellent impression in the minds of the passengers. And, more important, looking forward to the upgraded version. The overall itinerary, designed with the Italian job in Trieste in mind, probably looked a bit dodgy, too. In the event, the seven straight sunny days in the Atlantic passed like a dream, with a packed programme of events to suit most tastes. The sun-kissed island of Madeira (well, it was, that day) intervened before two more days at sea and the next stop in Barcelona. In fair or foul weather (and it was fair) Barcelona is always a winner. So were Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples and Venice although, in retrospect, it was a little foolhardy to expect to move easily around the Italian capital on Good Friday and similarly in captivating Venice on Easter Monday, although Island Princess was the only cruise ship in town. But we were still glad to be there. The passenger list, of course, was dominated by Americans and Canadians, with the Brits a good third, just short-heading the Japanese. Other plusses: The willingness of virtually all the crew to be helpful and attentive, particularly in the various eating places and the Passenger Services desk. The standard of food throughout the ship seemed to receive good marks and the mountainous platefuls in Horizon Court were testament to both the quality and imagination. Princess seem to have found a promising cruise director in Dan Appleby, from Blackpool, though he probably confused more than a few of the Transatlantic passengers with his Eric Morecambe act. Finally, we defied the tireless promotion of souvenir goods bearing the company’s name and logo. Nay, you can’t expect a Yorkshire lad to go into the pub with a tee-shirt bearing the word “Princess”. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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