Ocean Princess Baltic June 2012: Ocean Princess Cruise Review by gohawks6

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Ocean Princess Baltic June 2012

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Other
What a great experience to sail on this beauty. Small on size but not on service, comfort and friendship. The ship is beautifully clean, cabins more than adequate, and food great all round. Very easy to negotiate every level with 4 lifts and stairs of course. Cabin levels are altogether and very quiet.
Appointments in all areas were well maintained and very comfortable. Lots of quiet places to just read (there is also a library), enjoy the views or of course many activities to keep busy if needed. All communications on Princess Patter each day were good, although passport requirements at some shore excursions were confusing if not read in detail and nor were passengers checked to have passports when leaving the ship. This caused some confusion when returning abroad at Amsterdam, and did cause some distress for elderly passengers.The entertainment shows were very professional and dancers were also on duty to help with trivia, disembarkation etc. The theatre does have one drawback More in that it is often hard to see due to there not being terraced seating but this is not a criticism as room multipurpose too. Other entertainment spots were great and the Piano/Music man Adam James was fantastic with his large repertoire of music each night in the Casino Lounge. Packed out each night !! Food was 1st class everywhere as was the wait staff. Kiza in Buffet/Seated Dining was good fun, great personality and very eager to help. Bar staff were also so very friendly, Carla in Casino Bar in particular and as it is such an intimate ship very easy to feel at home and welcomed by all. Staff Always had a smile, an "Hello" or "Have you enjoyed your day" as well as "Welcome Back" as we returned from Shore Visits.
Our Cabin Steward Agnello was such a lovey young man, always smiling, very enthusiastic, and our towel sculptures made us feel so special too.
If there are any negatives they are but few. One is charging for bottled water,then the Internet is far too expensive, and being unable to use a travel money card to pay account is just in the dark ages.Princess must improve the merchant facility to fix this!! Having to draw out currency in Euro whist ashore, then paying conversion fees etc is unacceptable. Might add that the customer service desk was most helpful in trying to resolve the problem but alas hands were tied due to merchant facility restrictions.Good to bear in mind that it is possible to pay end of cruise account in cash, currency variable but charges will be incurred to convert to $US. One request would be to have another laundry facility - Level 7 gets very busy !!!
Disembarkation was well organised and went smoothly which is a comfort to all passengers and commendable for crew.
All up a great cruise on a lovely sized, friendly ship and would recommend to all that like this type cruising without too many families. Less

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