First, a caveat. I assume a lot of people like Princess. After two cruises, we do not. We are Celebrity Elite status cruisers and find Princess no match for Celebrity. So, maybe my comments will help others who are not sure what line to go ... Read More
First, a caveat. I assume a lot of people like Princess. After two cruises, we do not. We are Celebrity Elite status cruisers and find Princess no match for Celebrity. So, maybe my comments will help others who are not sure what line to go with, to make a decision based on this information.
Getting on and off were fine. The food was good, except I felt the beef items from hamburgers to steaks were not top quality. The Horizon Cafe has a low ceiling and is not a very pleasant place to eat, nor is the way the buffet is laid out very convenient. The staff was fine - good, hardworking folks.
#1 - The Fitness Center is above a deck of cabins, so one cannot use the treadmills until 8 am and must stop at 10 pm.
#2 - Scoops Ice Cream only has runny soft serve. Traditional hard ice cream is not served. The place itself is not attractive or enticing.
#3 - There are no veranda rooms with a third bed on the floor. Those rooms only have upper berths. You have to go to a mini-suite to have a 3rd bed.
#4 - Smoking in the Casino wafts into the Princess Theater, stinking up the place.
#5 - Milk, no matter where served, is not cold. They do not have stainless steel refrigerated dispensers.
#6 - Cocoa packets are not offered at the coffee/tea/water bars.
#7 - The TV was mounted kitty-corner on a shelf above the fridge. From sitting in the bed, you have to extend your arm to change the channel or turn off and on. The shelf impinges on the view of the screen. Also, the corner of the shelf is a hazard - if you bend down to reach into the fridge and stand up, you can easily bump your head, which I did twice.
#8 - Good movies were shown on the outside screen. We were told they would be shown on the TV the next day. Finding out the times was impossible. Princes has an ancient TV system that runs an interminable scroll about what is on the TV. It is not updated promptly each day, and the outside movie was never on the scroll at all. Inquiring twice about the time of a movie, and planning to be in the cabin to see it, we were given incorrect information twice.
#9 - The room was small and dull. The doors are very narrow, and upon entering the room is not at all inviting. Tiny bathroom. No couch, and a chair, table and nightstand had to be removed for a roll-away be to be used. (A lousy roll away bed, I might add.) [Our travel agent made an error on our booking. We needed 3 beds and specifically did not want an upper berth. Princess has no veranda cabins with a 3rd bed on the floor.]
#10 - "You can't get there from here" - We hated the layout of this ship. Sometimes stairwells were roped off. Some elevators do not go to the deck you need, and you have to get off, go up or down on the stairs,across, and then reach your destination. Service elevators were in public areas, which we had never seen before.
#11 - Adult quiet areas. Had to find unless you wanted to pay for "The Sanctuary". There was a tiny adult pool, but it had few loungers, and offered no shade at all.
We will not be cruising Princess again, and regret the waste of money that this cruise was. Read Less