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Grand Princess Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Norwegian Fjords

Review for Grand Princess to the Baltic Sea
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MainePrincess
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2012
Cabin: Balcony

My sister and I flew into Heathrow and spent two days in London before the cruise. We enjoyed the ride on the London Eye, visits to the National Gallery and the British Museum, a cruise on the Thames, and walking around the city. We also saw two wonderful shows in London. Billy Elliot, a musical version of the movie, was very lively and entertaining - great dancing, singing, and a good plot. Woman in Black was a thriller, done with basically two actors, and very suspenseful and a great play. We stayed at the Doubletree Westend London. It was convenient to the "Tube" and within walking distance of some of the sights. On the day of the cruise, we took a train from London to Southampton. This went very smoothly and we got a good deal through Megatrain.com.

Embarkation onto the Grand Princess was very easy. Our cabin was ready when we got onboard.

The Grand Princess is a beautiful ship. Even though the ship is large and reportedly was full, it did not feel crowded. We did the anytime dining which was very convenient. We usually shared a table and did not have to wait. The two dining rooms for the anytime dining were equally attractive and good. We do like to try different options. One night we ate at the sit-down pizzeria Alfredo's. That was a very good dinner for us. The hamburgers and hotdogs on the pool deck were also pretty good. The buffet was a good option for breakfast. We also enjoyed room service breakfast (cold items only) on a couple of mornings.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BA

Cabin C519 - The balcony is larger on the Caribe deck than on other Grand Princess decks - part of it is covered, and part is open. Being on the starboard side was a great advantage for the sailing into ports. The room has twin beds that do not make up into a queen, so it is great for two people who are not a couple to share. Caribe is Deck 10, so it is a convenient location to go up to the pool decks/buffet, or down to the dining rooms, lounges, and promenade deck.

Port Reviews

Bergen

In Bergen, the ship is docked in a commercial loading area. There is a (free) shuttle bus to the town. It brings you from the ship to a lovely park near the center of town. The thing to do, so we had heard, was to go up in the funicular to the mountain top for the views. Since our day there was rainy, we did not do that. We did walk around the town. The old section Bryggen was very quaint and pretty. The town is quite walkable. There is a lovely little lake with museums around it. We spent some time in the art museum. For one ticket, you can visit four buildings of art. It is remarkably low key, but does have some lovely paintings by Norwegian and other European artists. Strolling through the cobblestone streets is quite pleasant too.

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