A great cruise but I was surprised by the level of what I felt was some over the top sales of beverages, memorabilia, pictures, health products--you name it they sold it. It's been a few years since I've been on a cruise so perhaps all cruise lines charge for bottled water and sodas. However, I did feel embarrassed for Princess that their guests were purchasing cases of water in Turkey and bringing them on board. It just seemed tacky that guests could get a better deal on water in port than on this big, beautiful ship.
It may seem like I was unhappy with the cruise but it was really great. The ports of call were terrific and the Princess tours, though expensive, were excellent--our tour guides were exceptional. They really knew the history of the places we visited. Ship entertainment was excellent and the food was wonderful. As others have said, the crew is great. Is like to give a special shout out to our housekeeper, Marylou, she was so helpful and attentive to my husband, me and our two boys. It was a pleasure to be able to see her every morning. I always ordered coffee in the morning and sat out on our balcony to watch as we pulled into port. I will always remember coming into our ports of call. So quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
My only complaint is the Horizons food court. It was always crowded and hard to find a table. The wait staff did their best to keep tables cleaned off but with the numbers of people, we often had to take the table of someone who was just leaving and bus it ourselves. The wait staff has to much to do. Besides cleaning the tables they have to get coffee, juice and water for people. My suggestion is for Princess to I allow guests to self serve water! Juice and coffee and let the wait staff focus on cleaning tables.
The room was fine. I liked the location of the room. We could walk up to Horizons, the gym and pool.