Overall, my husband and I enjoyed the cruise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was plenty to do if you were not one to sit by the pool all day. Because of the size there were many opportunities to interact with the staff. ... Read More
Overall, my husband and I enjoyed the cruise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was plenty to do if you were not one to sit by the pool all day. Because of the size there were many opportunities to interact with the staff. This is one of only 2 Princess ships with a dance floor, so our biggest disappointment was that, considering the ages of most of the passengers there were not more who enjoyed ballroom dancing.
Most of the ship excursions were excellent. We did take 3 excursions arranged by people on the message board. The best of these was the one to the Aquila Game Reserve 2 hours from Cape Town. It was a small disappointment that Princess did not offer an excursion to one of the major game reserves which might have started in Cape Town and returned to meet the ship in Durban 3 or 4 days later.
The ship is in need of minor maintenance, but it has been sold and will be in dry-dock for major refurbishing by the new owners. It is sad to see her leave the Princess fleet. I have become one of the many passengers who would gladly sail on her again for another exciting itinerary like this.
I have to single out the Head Waiters, Wait Staff, and Chefs. Since I have some food issues they were very solicitous that I not order anything which could cause a problem. Every night they brought around the next evening's menu and checked on my choices, even going so far as to produce a special serving which did not contain my problem food.
We enjoyed the majority of the entertainment. The resident company were very accomplished, the "hop-on, hop-off" entertainers were very good, even though some were not to our tastes. We had a flight home about 5 hours after arrival at our last port. The Excursions desk at first book us on a direct transfer to the airport, but then decided that they could not guarantee we would arrive in time, given the number of passengers disembarking that day. They did allow us to carry our luggage and be among the first off the ship after it was cleared. There were lots of taxis available and our driver got us from the port to the Rome, Italy airport in plenty of time for our flight. Read Less