This was our 7th Princess cruise but our first since 2009 and sad to say we did notice that standards had slipped in a number of areas.
Mainly little things like they no longer produce the daily newspapers for US, Canadian and UK passengers, a box of tissues in your cabin is no longer standard, but available if you ask, the sun decks were not cleaned to previous high standards and used crockery etc. was not cleared away as rapidly, and, unlike other US lines sailing from the UK, they don’t provide tea or coffee making facilities in your cabin.
But by far the biggest disappointment was in the standard of the food, we always found that dining on Princess was exciting with each course savoured, this was no longer the case and the quality of some of the cuts of meat was well below our previous experience. Probably the biggest deterioration was in the breakfasts, we found a lot of the food items in the buffet were at best only lukewarm, whilst in the MDR we experienced very slow service.
Typical Grand Class accessible cabin with the same configueration as an accessible balcony, the window is less than half obstructed with the lifeboat, giving quite a reasonable view out of the top half of the window.