We did the 12 day Mediterranean Cruise on the Island Princess which sailed from Barcelona on Oct. 1st and ended in Venice. The itinerary was great with only 2 port days.
Since this was our first time in Europe, we booked everything through Princess and it worked out great - transfers, pre-cruise hotel, shore excursions. It may have cost a bit more but it was worth the peace of mind.
We did not like the changes to the Island Princess and will not sail on her again. They took away the Universe Lounge, moved the gym down to deck 7 with no windows, and added cabins aft, taking away the ability to fully walk around the Promenade Deck.
The staff and crew were wonderful and we found the food to be good quality. We didn't attend many shows in the evening as we were tired after long wonderful tours in each port.
We had 5:45 Traditional Seating and were placed in the Anytime Dining room due to the overflow from the full Traditional dining room. It all worked out well and our wait staff were delightful.
We came home tired but happy and look forward to returning to Europe soon!
We had a forward mini-suite on Caribe, deck 10. This had a balcony which was great and easy access to the Princess Theater and Wheelhouse.