Overall, my husband and I enjoyed the cruise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was plenty to do if you were not one to sit by the pool all day. Because of the size there were many opportunities to interact with the staff. This is one of only 2 Princess ships with a dance floor, so our biggest disappointment was that, considering the ages of most of the passengers there were not more who enjoyed ballroom dancing.
Most of the ship excursions were excellent. We did take 3 excursions arranged by people on the message board. The best of these was the one to the Aquila Game Reserve 2 hours from Cape Town. It was a small disappointment that Princess did not offer an excursion to one of the major game reserves which might have started in Cape Town and returned to meet the ship in Durban 3 or 4 days later.
The ship is in need of minor maintenance, but it has been sold and will be in dry-dock for major refurbishing by the new owners. It is sad to see her leave the Princess fleet. I have become one of the many passengers who would gladly sail on her again for another exciting itinerary like this.
We had an upgrade from an ocean view cabin to a balcony, so I am not sure which category it was. It was on the 7th deck, port side, near the stern. We had no trouble with motion and did not spend a lot of time on the balcony. We did enjoy having it when we watched the arrival and departure processes. The room was adequate size for two adults. The closet was large enough to hold most of the clothes we brought for 10+ weeks. (We did laundry about every 10 days.)
Our niece lives in Lisbon, so we were able to spend the day with her. After listening to the port lecturer we were given the impression that the only transportation available was taxi or City bus. Our niece took us about 2 blocks to the subway station and bought us all day, all you could ride tickets for bus, tram, and subway, which we were happy to have when there was a demonstration at one of the main squares and the bus we were on was not allowed to continue to the port. The bus stopped at the subway station and we were back at the ship before the deadline. Several other passengers were stuck in the traffic jam and late returning, although they had called ahead and the Captain waited for them.