We booked this cruise 18 months ago, in fact before we did the 2014 Christmas/New Year cruise. Last time we were in Britannia Club which was excellent, but we thought that we try the grills and booked into the Princess Grill. Embarcation was very smooth, we were in our cabin within 30 minutes of arrival. The cabin was spacious with plenty of drawer space and a nice balcony. We were on deck 4 and we noticed a compressor noise early in the morning whcih we think was connected to when the ship was tendering - this was alarming the first time it occured.
The Princess Grill restaurant was vey nice and the service was excellent as it was throuhout the ship. We were a little disappointed with the menu choices as the signature grill dishes (Dover Sole etc) wee not available on a daily basis. In fact, Dover Sole only appeared twice during the cruise. Again no dessert flambes (which we had daily in Britannia Club), but when I mentioned that Britannia had Crepe Suzette one evening which wasn't on our menu it was made table side the next evening. We didn't have any difficulty ordering off menu provided you gave 24 hours notice. As we dont eat meat it was important to us to be able to order off menu simple things as an alternative to fish.
Of course we also had access to the grills lounge and terrace which is very pleasant. It should be noticed that only two lifts go up to the grills so occasionaly there could be a wait for a lift. As I mentioned service throughout the ship was excellent - whether it be the cabin steward, restaurant stewards, public room, deck or pursers areas. Entertainment was very varied, from acrobats to a member of the Rat Pat so there should have been something for everyone. Again this year I thought that the production shows were very, very poor, although the boys and girls work extremenly hard. Cunard really ought to copy the P&O production shows which are far superior. I understand they are produced by a different company.
The weather was very good in the Canary Islands and Madeira although during the morning of the second day in Madeira it did rain but cleared up in the afternoon in time for a wonderful midnight fireworks display to welcome in the new year. The first two days and last two days weather was not so good with rain and wind. We love the ship, but wish that it had a proper cinema so that if we didn't fancy the show we could watch a film (we don't want to sit in our cabin).
Other than the fact that the bar prices are high we had no complants and had a wonderful cruise and are booked again for July this year. By the way I was amused by people who say we don't like sea days - to me that is what a cruise is all about - sea days interspaced with some ports of call. It takes all sorts!
Cabin spacious and well laid out.