This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. ... Read More
This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. Honestly, I read every review on this ship since January and I was more than a little scared about what I had read regarding the condition of the ship. But the purpose was to spend time with my sister so off we went.
We flew down the night before and stayed at The Conrad. It was great. The next morning we went to the port at 12:30. We had already received our Medallions and had registered everything prior so we basically were able to walk on the ship. We immediately went up to the Sanctuary on deck 16 to reserve space. This cruise only had 1 port day and 3 sea days. All the loungers were booked (at 12:40) but the cabanas were available Cabanas are a bit pricey, at $140 for half day, but included several things, so we decided to spurge and booked the first and last mornings sessions.
Next we went down a deck and ate lunch at the buffet. We walked the entire length of the buffet areas and found everything from the food to the service to the furnishings to be top quality and just excellent. The Planks and Steamers areas décor was beautiful and brand new.
Now on to our guestroom. We booked a Club Class Mini Suite, D504 on the Dolphin Deck. When we walked up to the door, the door automatically unlocked, this was great, When we got inside I was SO HAPPY. Everything in the room was BRAND NEW. The beds were new, the carpet was new, the sofa and chairs were new, the drawers and their knobs were new, the TV's were new. In the bathroom the tub was new, the toilet was new, the shower doors and head were new, the floor tiles were new. After unpacking, we explored some of the ship.
Just beautiful, everywhere we went everything looked pretty much brand new except for the theater. It didn't look bad, just a bit outdated and the chairs were very small. We went to the muster drill and then I had to go to the medical center because I left some medicine at the hotel and needed to get it replaced. The Doctor and her staff were nice. The cost to see the doctor (they would not just let me get the meds) was $95 plus the cost of the insulin pen $20. I was glad they had the medicine.
First night of Club Class Dining- We went early and there was no wait. Service was wonderful and food was very good. We found out from our server that this ship had just spent the last month getting engine repairs and a face lift. That explains everything being brand new. I have to say that Princess must have listened to all the reviews, and they did something about it.. Also, whatever they did to the engines, we felt NO movement on this ship. We did not even have "sea legs" when we got off the ship, which was a first for me.
First night show was a comedian. He was funny. Show started at 7:30 and was 90% full. Now, to the casino.
I belong to the Princess poker player's club. I recommend this to everyone, as you get special deals emailed to you once in a while. Anyway, I like to play craps and poker. No one was at the poker table, so I played craps. There were only 3 of us playing, but I had a few long rolls. There was a gentleman playing a dragon slot machine right next to us who hit for $10,000. Lucky him! Off to bed.
We had breakfast in the dining room. Disappointing. The choices were extremely limited. I ordered a ham and cheese omelet, which came with no ham or cheese. The second one was not much better. I think they just want everyone to go to the lido to breakfast. Off to the Sanctuary.
Our cabana was very nice. It included a sofa, chair, 2 loungers, fruit bowl, TV, bar set up, welcome drink and lunch . This area has a great view and easy access to the spa pool. My sister doesn't drink, and I had the alcohol beverage package, so the bar set up was wasted on us, so they gave us a bottle of wine instead. They did take our lunch order too late so we didn't get it before we left. They chased after us saying they would bring it to us to a different location, but we passed on that. I did appreciate the effort. Now to a meeting.
Before the cruise I had received an email and an opportunity to participate in a focus group on the ship. I got selected and went to this meeting located in a dining room. About 120 people, we were divided based on the survey we filled out. I was put in the celebrations group (my sister's birthday). The moderator was very good, asking several questions on lots of subjects. We were all able to express the good, the bad, and suggestions. My suggestion was to have some alcohol packages that were per day or a drink card with a certain number of drinks, instead of the whole cruise only package which is way too expensive for people who only want a couple drinks a day. And now the bad news.
Starting the night before, I had been coughing and feeling just ok. Now, after this meeting, I met my sister and we had the pizza. It was voted best pizza at sea, and it is the best pizza I have ever had on a cruise. And then I started feeling worse and worse and worse. Bottom line, I went back to the medical clinic. I had a bad sinus infection. The doctor gave me a z pack and Benadryl. I hardly was able to leave my stateroom after that. I only left to get something to eat. We had reservations at the steakhouse that night. We went and it was good, but then I went back to the room. I was coughing so much and so loud that I didn't want to ruin a show and didn't even feel well enough to gamble, which is really saying something.
My sister and I had been looking forward to this cruise for months. We don't get to spend much time together and this was going to be extra special being her birthday. We didn't get to see any other shows or even visit some of the nightclubs. My sister stayed with me and read on her ipad. We did not use our cabana on the last sea day, but some one came to our cabin and told us they would not charge us. That was very nice. My sister and I did get to talk and be with each other, which was what we wanted from this cruise. So even with missing out on most of the activities on this now brand new beautiful ship, we both had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship. Read Less