Our fifth cruise and almost a repeat itinerary of our cruise on the Ruby Princess last year. Embarking in Venice was well organized. Sailing at 2300 gave a model village look to the city that was lovely. Wonderful opera music played which added to the wonderment. Ravenna provided a brand new city to visit. Excellent coach shuttle service, well done Princess. We dined in the any time dining room, service varied from very good to superb. Food was well presented and satisfying. The ship, being only four months old had minor teething problems, movie selections that would switch off and tv's that needed to be re booted. Personnel were without fail, friendly and appeared happy to be on board.
The addition of a small pool aft has resolved the problem faced on the Royal Princess of overcrowding. Still no central staircase though.
The entertainment, three Broadway shows, comedians, singers, musicians, surpassed anything we had seen before. The piazza entertainment, bands, string quartets, singers and dancers provides a lovely place to relax and be entertained. We think Princess does entertainment better than anyone else.
The pizzas, ice cream, burgers around the pool were as good as ever.
A little too much sales pitch is noticeable as profits are squeezed, but the products offered are quality.
Our room steward had been with Princess for ten years and was a treat to have welcome and care for us.
Leaving the ship in Barcelona was quick and painless, but be prepared for a long taxi line.
Overall a 8.8 out of 10 given the lack of central staircase and teething troubles, but thanks Princess for another wonderful experience.
Cabin L103 faces forward on Lido deck, billed as a restricted view cabin, it in fact offers a 180 degree view over the bow, from the balcony above a low solid bulkhead. With an 8 X 10 ft balcony, a sofa, and great view the cabin was a wonderful choice.