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Ocean Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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190 reviews
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Enjoyable Princess Small Ship

Review for Ocean Princess to the Western Mediterranean
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bschottmi
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2013
Cabin: Balcony

This was our third "small ship" sailing and it did not disappoint. You get to know your fellow passengers and the staff so much better on these small ships than on the larger ones. The cruise was not without its challenges, but was overall very delightful. We typically do Anytime Dining, but that is not available on the small ships. We were able to secure a table for 2 after the first night and had an excellent waiter who quickly learned our tastes and preferences and catered to them. Being a small ship with fewer entertainers, there wasn't a production number every night, but that was OK. The ones they did were excellent.

Our 10 day cruise left Dover, and was scheduled to visit Le Havre (Paris), Algarve Coast (Portugal), Gibraltar, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Portofino and ending at Civitavecchia (Rome).

This was our 4th European cruise and we stayed in London for 3 days before heading to Dover via a shared car. Departing Dover (and seeing the famous white cliffs!) was much nicer than departing Southampton. We did the Seine River cruise excursion in Paris which I highly recommend. Day two was a challenge - as we rounded Brest, France and left the English Channel we encountered several hours of very rough seas which caused the ship to shudder as we hit each wave and many passengers experienced some degree of seasickness.

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Balcony

Cabin BF

Pretty standard Princess balcony cabin. On the small ships, you get a couch, but have limited closet space. However there is plenty of drawer and shelf space and we were able to completely empty our suitcases and have room left over. This cabin was on deck 6 near the bow and we did feel the heavy seas, but I did not have an issue with that.

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