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Island Princess Cruise Review
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Island Princess Cruise Review by Toucanman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2015
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

My wife and I went on this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The ship was full but not crowded. Our mini suite was very comfortable and our room steward was fantastic. The food was fairly standard and nothing was outstanding. Our waiters could not bring the steaks we ordered as they were ordered three times and we got the Matre D involved. We have had excellent entertainment on all our Caribbean cruises but the entertainment on this cruise "sucked" with 30 minuet and 40 minuet shows. But the most disappointing part was the dissemination of port information. The Patter/ships newspaper did not provide all the information needed to schedule shore activities and the shore information when pre-planning is non existent from Princess Examples Venice going to visit it well the Patter says it will cost $29.00 each for a water taxi round trip or walk NO mention of other methods of getting into town. Going to Rome HAHA a bus to take you to a drop off point where you need to catch another bus to go the train station and it is an hour wait no taxi's will take you. They want Rome trips not local, so we walked 45 minutes to the train station and missed our train and therefore missed our Rome excursion. Thank you Princess for port information. By the way the bus from Princess went right by the train station. MAKE SURE that ALL tours pick you up at the ship.


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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA D312

Nice and comfortable no cover for balcony and we did not use it except to take photos. The bedding was the best we have had in a cruise.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Private Tour

Airport pick up ship drop off with a half day guided tour with two other couples. Great guide and pleasant tour.

View All 54 Private Tour Reviews
Colosseum

had trouble getting to the meeting point and missed the tour and there were 3 other couples who were left stranded as well 8 people left out is in my opinion poor customer relations.

View All 193 Colosseum Reviews
Platis Gialos Beach

Nice and relaxing too bad such a short time in port.

View All 6 Platis Gialos Beach Reviews
Blue Mosque

This tour also included the hippodrome and was well organised and guided.

View All 78 Blue Mosque Reviews
Carpet Weaving

same as above

View All 41 Carpet Weaving Reviews
Ephesus

same as above

View All 257 Ephesus Reviews
Temple of Artemis

Great tour with lunch at a carpet demo co-op Our guide was super informative.

View All 23 Temple of Artemis Reviews
Acropolis

After being picked up at the pier we were whisked off to the Acropolis and after a climb to the top heard all the wonders performed in building the Parthenon. Then down the Mountain to the bus and to the Plaka for lunch and shopping.

View All 390 Acropolis Reviews
The Plaka Walking Tour

see above

View All 60 The Plaka Walking Tour Reviews
Burano Island

no real lace making going on but nice stores and lace for sale.

View All 38 Burano Island Reviews
Gondola Ride

paid for did not do as it was raining and too far to hike to the ticket office

View All 94 Gondola Ride Reviews
Murano Island

Saw a glass blowing demo and had time to see their store

View All 63 Murano Island Reviews
Pompeii Walking Tour

We were picked up at the port and the van was an 10 seat air conditioned one. Our guide was very informative and took time to explain in detail some fun facts. A good value.

View All 505 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews
Lucca Walking Tour

nothing except some churches and closed storen

View All 39 Lucca Walking Tour Reviews
Pisa Walking Tour

It rained

View All 88 Pisa Walking Tour Reviews

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