Grand Princess Cruise Review by AlabamaPoolBoy
- Sail Date: December 2012
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
I don't know why the buffet food was so bad on the Grand Princess; we've had great food on Norwegian and Princess buffets in the past. Before our trip I read cruise reviews stating that Princess was lowering the food quality in the "free" restaurants to drive more people to the "pay" restaurants. I did not believe it before our trip, but know I would have to say that is a possibility. But my gut feeling is that whoever sets the buffet food selection is trained in classical European culinary arts, stuck in his way of doing things and is totally clueless as to what most "normal" Americans eat.
The ship condition was fine. Yes, if you perform a detailed inspection you could probably find a rusted weld or bolt here and there. But overall I thought the ship was very clean and in great visual and mechanical shape. The showers are definitely larger than any of the other cruise ships we have been on. Movies Under the Stars was great as usual. The crew was great and all were very friendly and helpful. Our room steward Meilani was one of the best we've had. The waiters on the back of the ship around the rear pool were the best on the ship and very friendly and helpful. We did the snorkeling on St John's Island and the St Marten party boat excursions; I would recommend both.
The bottom line is that this was our last cruise on Princess because of the extremely poor food selection/quality. I will be doing a lot more on-line research before we book our next cruise.
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