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This was our 20th Princess cruise (5 in last 2 years) and 80th overall. We went back to cruising with Princess two years ago and have found that excellent food, customer service and awareness of detail by the staff that made us a loyal Princess cruiser 15 years ago. And after this cruise, the Regal Princess back in February 2015 and the Caribbean Princess twice last year, strongly feel that Princess is back in good form. This cruise was a last minute cruise, going to places we have traveled before, but liked the tour options. Princess did a great job with the tours and we enjoyed 5 tours plus the boat shuttles in both Venice (the day we arrived) and in Toulon. These shuttles were nice ways to get into the town centers to explore on your own. Service was top notch and as a blind traveler, found the staff responsive and overall, well trained in disability etiquette. So the cruise line is providing good training on the ADA. We rated every dinner meal a 9 or 10 with usually two seafood choices each night and a number of other meat and veg items. Deserts were all very nice, especially the Norman Love specialty chocolate items commemorating Princess's 50th year. We used the Horizon court or room service for all breakfasts. We thought the presentation of food in the Horizon court was superior and we liked the fact that tables seemed to always be available and servers were there to take drink orders (iced tea, water, coffee etc.) and kept dirty dishes removed. We used the Horizon court for three dinners to facilitate our tour schedule. Room service for the continental breakfast was more than adequate for those mornings when we had a tour. They now offer a nice egg breakfast sandwich like you can get at McDonalds along with fruit, cereal yogurt and bakery products. We liked the fact that you had the same server, and we had a winner and always got the food to us on tine and the order correct. My wife has enjoyed the cruise passenger choir again (was on the Regal Princess) and the group performed music from Sound of Music in the equivalent of the Piazza on both ships and the fellow passengers enjoyed a job well done. The four production show entertainments were also very first class. The other entertainers (comedians or musical acts) were quite good and fit in with the expectations of the appreciative audience. All of the shows we went to were well attended, even on the last night. But do not know how well attended were the late shows. As a rule, we went to the 8:15 p.m. shows, enjoyed our cocktails and then had any time dinner at 9 p.m. If we had an early tour the next day, we would dine at the Horizon court instead. So a lot of dining options. No need for us to use the specialty restaurants. Like others, we miss the international café on the Island Princess. We enjoyed using the coffee card to get specialty coffee's at half price on Deck 5 or in the Horizon court. Shore excursions staff was very helpful and we liked the fact that stickers for tours were provided the day of the tour at the specified location without having to walk the many steps down to the bottom of the Princess theater. I do wish the cruise line would take the shower gel and shampoo/conditioner dispensers out of the very small showers. This made a marginally comfortable shower totally unacceptable. There seemed to be many other activities and entertainment options on this port intensive cruise. There were talks on each port as well, with the speaker available along with a very professional shore excursion desk to answer questions and provide other information to help us in making any changes to the tours we had already booked. The prices we paid for our pre cruise tours was lower than those offered on the ship. And with Princess, unlike RCL and Celebrity (our other lines of choice), you do not have to pay for pre booked tours until you are on the ship and actually take the tour. And change policy was very good for the tour we switched. So a very nice cruise and great ports. And so happy that Princess, the line we cut our cruising teeth on is back in good form.

Princess Back in Good Form

Island Princess Cruise Review by lovetosail

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
This was our 20th Princess cruise (5 in last 2 years) and 80th overall.

We went back to cruising with Princess two years ago and have found that excellent food, customer service and awareness of detail by the staff that made us a loyal Princess cruiser 15 years ago. And after this cruise, the Regal Princess back in February 2015 and the Caribbean Princess twice last year, strongly feel that Princess is back in good form.

This cruise was a last minute cruise, going to places we have traveled before, but liked the tour options. Princess did a great job with the tours and we enjoyed 5 tours plus the boat shuttles in both Venice (the day we arrived) and in Toulon. These shuttles were nice ways to get into the town centers to explore on your own.

Service was top notch and as a blind traveler, found the staff responsive and overall, well trained in disability etiquette. So the cruise line is providing good training on the ADA.

We rated every dinner meal a 9 or 10 with usually two seafood choices each night and a number of other meat and veg items. Deserts were all very nice, especially the Norman Love specialty chocolate items commemorating Princess's 50th year.

We used the Horizon court or room service for all breakfasts. We thought the presentation of food in the Horizon court was superior and we liked the fact that tables seemed to always be available and servers were there to take drink orders (iced tea, water, coffee etc.) and kept dirty dishes removed. We used the Horizon court for three dinners to facilitate our tour schedule.

Room service for the continental breakfast was more than adequate for those mornings when we had a tour. They now offer a nice egg breakfast sandwich like you can get at McDonalds along with fruit, cereal yogurt and bakery products. We liked the fact that you had the same server, and we had a winner and always got the food to us on tine and the order correct.

My wife has enjoyed the cruise passenger choir again (was on the Regal Princess) and the group performed music from Sound of Music in the equivalent of the Piazza on both ships and the fellow passengers enjoyed a job well done.

The four production show entertainments were also very first class. The other entertainers (comedians or musical acts) were quite good and fit in with the expectations of the appreciative audience. All of the shows we went to were well attended, even on the last night. But do not know how well attended were the late shows. As a rule, we went to the 8:15 p.m. shows, enjoyed our cocktails and then had any time dinner at 9 p.m. If we had an early tour the next day, we would dine at the Horizon court instead. So a lot of dining options. No need for us to use the specialty restaurants.

Like others, we miss the international café on the Island Princess. We enjoyed using the coffee card to get specialty coffee's at half price on Deck 5 or in the Horizon court.

Shore excursions staff was very helpful and we liked the fact that stickers for tours were provided the day of the tour at the specified location without having to walk the many steps down to the bottom of the Princess theater.

I do wish the cruise line would take the shower gel and shampoo/conditioner dispensers out of the very small showers. This made a marginally comfortable shower totally unacceptable.

There seemed to be many other activities and entertainment options on this port intensive cruise. There were talks on each port as well, with the speaker available along with a very professional shore excursion desk to answer questions and provide other information to help us in making any changes to the tours we had already booked. The prices we paid for our pre cruise tours was lower than those offered on the ship. And with Princess, unlike RCL and Celebrity (our other lines of choice), you do not have to pay for pre booked tours until you are on the ship and actually take the tour. And change policy was very good for the tour we switched.

So a very nice cruise and great ports. And so happy that Princess, the line we cut our cruising teeth on is back in good form.
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Cabin Review

Premium Balcony
Cabin B2 C334
Nice cabin with excellent bed covering that eliminated separating when two beds put together. But small bath and shampoo dispenser got in way while showering. Cabin had the double balcony but chairs did not have foot rests. But cabin nicely decorated and comfortable with refrigerator and bar glasses. We prebought vodka and set ups from Princess and though costly in terms of prices at home, drinks cost about $2 per drink versus $5.75 or more for drinks bought in the Princess bars or venues. And what better place to enjoy drinks than from a large balcony cruising in a warm, romantic and dry Mediterranean Sea.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Included tour of southeast and southwest beaches on island and walking tour of city including little venice, windmills and ability to stay in town and take shuttle back to ship at no additional cost. Had excellent guide and enjoyed seeing most parts of the island.
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