First time with Princess and first time around the British isles. We would like to do both again. This was our eleventh cruise and, all round, probably the best. There were things to gripe about (the food was much of a muchness, the shows were pitiful and we avoided them, the cruise director was.......) but we do not go on holiday for shows compered by someone whose love of his own voice was quite discomforting and disconcerting. There was plenty of good, quiet music to be enjoyed without the flashing lights. The real plus about this cruise was the interesting itinerary with, what seemed to us, the maximum time possible for people to spend ashore. This meant that cities like Dublin could be enjoyed before the locals had surfaced. The good weather helped (it was a bit wet in Orkney but we had never been there before and we discovered loads between the showers). We always travel stowaway class (not literally but inside cabin) as the room to us is a place to get washed and scrubbed up and to sleep (this appeared to be the biggest room that we had ever been given). We are old fashioned enough to like 'the dressing up for dinner' aspect to cruising and may like to do a similar itinerary with another cruise line. The rooms were always cleaned well and the lady attendant was very pleasant. We have never found room cleanliness an issue on any ship - these people do a sterling job. We stayed at the same table each night and this was certainly a minor irritation and may have been a mistake. The folks on the next table invariably arrived late and caused some commotion possibly as they spoke so quietly in an accent that was unfamiliar to all who tried to hear including us. Nice enough people but very little clue as to what they said.