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Flew into Gatwick from Toronto on Air Canada rouge - all went well there, on time arriving 1020 am the morning before embarking. No complaint; an average flight experience, 7 hrs in the air. Customs and immigration went smoothly. Had to transfer from North to South terminal then to the train station to collect prepaid train tickets for our trip to Southampton. Train terminal was packed and very warm. Train tickets bought 90 days in advance were 10 GBP for 2. 1st experience with the British rail system, all went well, on time into Southampton then a short walk with bags to the IBIS Southampton Centre hotel. Warm in Southampton, room was air cooled with a fan and was comparable in size to a cruise ship interior cabin. We were so tired we slept well. The McDonalds next door was closed for maintenance the next morning so we walked to nearby IKEA for breakfast, 5.35 GBP for 2 for breakfast. Cab to the Ocean terminal port 5.9 GBP + tip arriving 11am, 5 minute check in, the other 2 couples arrived within 15 minutes, all onboard by 1215, very quick and smooth. Lunch at the Coral Dining Room vs. the buffet, nice experience, no rush. Bags to room by 3pm. 530 seating in the Coral Dining Room nightly. Ship sailed close to on time. Next day was the 1st port of Guernsey on tender. We took city bus #91 for the island tour for 1 GBP each, took almost 2 hours to do the island loop - lots of French influence here. Next day for us a new experience - doing laundry on the ship - $3 for wash, $3 for dry/load. As Royal and Celebrity cruisers a new experience for us. Also, this day was our 46th anniversary, I had pre ordered flowers delivered to the room; not knowing what to expect in flowers from a cruise line. One of the nicest bouquets for $49 spent, friends had also sent us champagne. As this was a formal night we chose to do a specialty restaurant, the Crowne Grille for the 6 of us for the anniversary, a $29 charge each but worth it we felt for the filet mignon and this special occasion with our friends. Food and service were excellent. This was our only specialty dining experience. Next day - another port Cobh, Ireland. Small town, off ship 11 - 1, walked town and enjoyed it and it's people. Next day - another port - Dublin - cab to downtown for 20 Euro, split with our cruising buds. Visited St. Patrick's Cathedral, did an inside tour for 5 Euro each. Then another cab to take a boat cruise down the Liffey 1 hour, 12 E each. Had lunch in town, then a cab back to the ship - way too far to walk back, on board at 230pm. We found Dublin very busy, perhaps cause it was a Saturday, people everywhere rushing around, sidewalks packed - little too busy for us. Princess brought Irish entertainers onboard who did a show - enjoyable - prior to departing. Sunday and we are in Liverpool - docked near everything - we bought HOHO tickets for 6 GBP each, did the entire city loop first then chose to see the city from the radio tower, 400 ft above the city - 3.6 GBP ea to enter - outstanding view of Liverpool, loved it. Did a museum, shopped and back on board at 2pm. Really liked Liverpool, the city and it's people. Did not do a Beatles tour. Monday and now Belfast Northern Ireland - Chose an Odyssey tour with our 2 other couples at 25 E each to include the Giants Causeway and Carrick rope bridge stops. Well the was a Lamas festival going on nearby these stops so the rope bridge was skipped to avoid the traffic plus it was overbooked anyway, according to our guide. Though the trip was to be all day we got a thorough tour of Belfast itself but felt the tour was not what we had hoped. We were dropped at Bushmills, a small town, packed with people, dining options were overwhelmed, slow service, it was very warm, had 1 hour to eat and be back on the bus - not really enough time without being rushed. Tuesday the 30th now and we are in Greenock, Scotland (Glasgow). Booked a tour with Discover Scotland Tours, guide was Fraser, 30 passenger minibus, off ship 8 to 5 here for 44 GBP each, highlight was Stirling Castle, admit was an extra charge. Can recommend this tour and guide. Wednesday the 31st - our 1st sea day and we were ready for no ports, more laundry, games with friends a relaxing day. Our 2nd formal night tonight in the MDR. Thursday the 1st - Dock at small town of Invergordon at 7am, Walk into town, several nice craft stores, some shopping, cute town - pleasant. Friday - docked at South Queensferry, tender to shore. Booked Timberbush Tour to Edinburgh castle and Royal Britannia. Tour was 46 GBP ea and extra cost for admissions. We skipped the Royal Britannia, which was the 1st stop there from 945 till 1100am, got to town at 1230 but had to eat so finally to the castle at 120 pm to find it packed with people, hard to walk and get around in some of the rooms. Perhaps had we gone to the castle first that would have worked much better for us at least. We stayed an hour at the castle then walked into town and the nearby park, back on board at 505. By skipping Britannia we would've been better off just buying a ticket into Edinburgh for 10 GPB each. Saturday - another sea day - our 2nd. More laundry - packed as we were getting off 1 day early in LeHavre and proceeding to Paris tomorrow. This was all pre approved with Princess for our Le Havre disembarkation. Sunday - our day to leave the ship - most will get off tomorrow in Southampton. We got off at 12 noon with all our luggage, cab to the train station for 15 E then used our bought in advance train tickets to travel to Paris leaving at 2pm arriving Paris St. Lazare Station at 415 for 15 E each. After 2 nights in Paris we took the train to Geneva for 34 E each and began our 7 days in Switzerland, flying home from Zurich on Monday the 12th. Dining on Princess - we felt their food was as good as Royal's, service was excellent at 530 pm in MDR with Daria and Uma. Crown Grille was excellent our 1 time of using. Ship had approximately 3100 passengers, mostly US & Canadians, almost no children. I would say most were in their 60s and about 1/3rd were elite status. Ship was clean, showing some signs of wear & refresh is coming soon I understand. Cabin was an interior on deck 9 - liked the layout, no sofa or chair but the closet was separated from the bedroom, average size, comfortable bed, quiet, good for sleeping. Cabin was kept up nicely by the steward. Excursions - we took only non Princess tours - we were happy with some and unhappy with some. Entertainment - as reported by others - theatre is way too small, if you don't get a seat 15 minutes early you're probably shut out. It was so bad they offered 3 seatings for some of the shows. Most of the shows were good and entertaining. During the sea days you could really see how crowded the public areas were - many of the areas were used as sales areas, particularly the photo section occupied a lot of space. A shortage of open public areas. We did like the skywalker lounge at the very back of the ship on the 18th deck, quiet when we were there and what a view. Casino - another very tight shipboard casino - 144 slots - at times it was busy there, saw few winners. Internet - 79 cents a minute unless you bought a package and the packages were no bargain either. No problem getting off 1 day early in Le Havre to start the balance of our trip - this was really a good idea. This was a fabulous itinerary - very port intensive and we had such great weather the entire time, packed too many long sleeves - loved Scotland and the Scottish people. We all agreed we would consider Princess again with the right itinerary and pricing and certainly would recommend them to others. An important component was the fact we were traveling with our good friends and had our table for 6 each night.

3 Senior Couples - 1 Sailing for Us on Princess - August 2016

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Arizona Budgies

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Flew into Gatwick from Toronto on Air Canada rouge - all went well there, on time arriving 1020 am the morning before embarking. No complaint; an average flight experience, 7 hrs in the air. Customs and immigration went smoothly. Had to transfer from North to South terminal then to the train station to collect prepaid train tickets for our trip to Southampton. Train terminal was packed and very warm. Train tickets bought 90 days in advance were 10 GBP for 2.

1st experience with the British rail system, all went well, on time into Southampton then a short walk with bags to the IBIS Southampton Centre hotel. Warm in Southampton, room was air cooled with a fan and was comparable in size to a cruise ship interior cabin. We were so tired we slept well. The McDonalds next door was closed for maintenance the next morning so we walked to nearby IKEA for breakfast, 5.35 GBP for 2 for breakfast. Cab to the Ocean terminal port 5.9 GBP + tip arriving 11am, 5 minute check in, the other 2 couples arrived within 15 minutes, all onboard by 1215, very quick and smooth. Lunch at the Coral Dining Room vs. the buffet, nice experience, no rush. Bags to room by 3pm. 530 seating in the Coral Dining Room nightly. Ship sailed close to on time.

Next day was the 1st port of Guernsey on tender. We took city bus #91 for the island tour for 1 GBP each, took almost 2 hours to do the island loop - lots of French influence here.

Next day for us a new experience - doing laundry on the ship - $3 for wash, $3 for dry/load. As Royal and Celebrity cruisers a new experience for us. Also, this day was our 46th anniversary, I had pre ordered flowers delivered to the room; not knowing what to expect in flowers from a cruise line. One of the nicest bouquets for $49 spent, friends had also sent us champagne. As this was a formal night we chose to do a specialty restaurant, the Crowne Grille for the 6 of us for the anniversary, a $29 charge each but worth it we felt for the filet mignon and this special occasion with our friends. Food and service were excellent. This was our only specialty dining experience.

Next day - another port Cobh, Ireland. Small town, off ship 11 - 1, walked town and enjoyed it and it's people.

Next day - another port - Dublin - cab to downtown for 20 Euro, split with our cruising buds. Visited St. Patrick's Cathedral, did an inside tour for 5 Euro each. Then another cab to take a boat cruise down the Liffey 1 hour, 12 E each. Had lunch in town, then a cab back to the ship - way too far to walk back, on board at 230pm. We found Dublin very busy, perhaps cause it was a Saturday, people everywhere rushing around, sidewalks packed - little too busy for us. Princess brought Irish entertainers onboard who did a show - enjoyable - prior to departing.

Sunday and we are in Liverpool - docked near everything - we bought HOHO tickets for 6 GBP each, did the entire city loop first then chose to see the city from the radio tower, 400 ft above the city - 3.6 GBP ea to enter - outstanding view of Liverpool, loved it. Did a museum, shopped and back on board at 2pm. Really liked Liverpool, the city and it's people. Did not do a Beatles tour.

Monday and now Belfast Northern Ireland - Chose an Odyssey tour with our 2 other couples at 25 E each to include the Giants Causeway and Carrick rope bridge stops. Well the was a Lamas festival going on nearby these stops so the rope bridge was skipped to avoid the traffic plus it was overbooked anyway, according to our guide. Though the trip was to be all day we got a thorough tour of Belfast itself but felt the tour was not what we had hoped. We were dropped at Bushmills, a small town, packed with people, dining options were overwhelmed, slow service, it was very warm, had 1 hour to eat and be back on the bus - not really enough time without being rushed.

Tuesday the 30th now and we are in Greenock, Scotland (Glasgow). Booked a tour with Discover Scotland Tours, guide was Fraser, 30 passenger minibus, off ship 8 to 5 here for 44 GBP each, highlight was Stirling Castle, admit was an extra charge. Can recommend this tour and guide.

Wednesday the 31st - our 1st sea day and we were ready for no ports, more laundry, games with friends a relaxing day. Our 2nd formal night tonight in the MDR.

Thursday the 1st - Dock at small town of Invergordon at 7am, Walk into town, several nice craft stores, some shopping, cute town - pleasant.

Friday - docked at South Queensferry, tender to shore. Booked Timberbush Tour to Edinburgh castle and Royal Britannia. Tour was 46 GBP ea and extra cost for admissions. We skipped the Royal Britannia, which was the 1st stop there from 945 till 1100am, got to town at 1230 but had to eat so finally to the castle at 120 pm to find it packed with people, hard to walk and get around in some of the rooms. Perhaps had we gone to the castle first that would have worked much better for us at least. We stayed an hour at the castle then walked into town and the nearby park, back on board at 505. By skipping Britannia we would've been better off just buying a ticket into Edinburgh for 10 GPB each.

Saturday - another sea day - our 2nd. More laundry - packed as we were getting off 1 day early in LeHavre and proceeding to Paris tomorrow. This was all pre approved with Princess for our Le Havre disembarkation.

Sunday - our day to leave the ship - most will get off tomorrow in Southampton. We got off at 12 noon with all our luggage, cab to the train station for 15 E then used our bought in advance train tickets to travel to Paris leaving at 2pm arriving Paris St. Lazare Station at 415 for 15 E each. After 2 nights in Paris we took the train to Geneva for 34 E each and began our 7 days in Switzerland, flying home from Zurich on Monday the 12th.

Dining on Princess - we felt their food was as good as Royal's, service was excellent at 530 pm in MDR with Daria and Uma. Crown Grille was excellent our 1 time of using.

Ship had approximately 3100 passengers, mostly US & Canadians, almost no children. I would say most were in their 60s and about 1/3rd were elite status. Ship was clean, showing some signs of wear & refresh is coming soon I understand.

Cabin was an interior on deck 9 - liked the layout, no sofa or chair but the closet was separated from the bedroom, average size, comfortable bed, quiet, good for sleeping. Cabin was kept up nicely by the steward.

Excursions - we took only non Princess tours - we were happy with some and unhappy with some.

Entertainment - as reported by others - theatre is way too small, if you don't get a seat 15 minutes early you're probably shut out. It was so bad they offered 3 seatings for some of the shows. Most of the shows were good and entertaining.

During the sea days you could really see how crowded the public areas were - many of the areas were used as sales areas, particularly the photo section occupied a lot of space. A shortage of open public areas. We did like the skywalker lounge at the very back of the ship on the 18th deck, quiet when we were there and what a view.

Casino - another very tight shipboard casino - 144 slots - at times it was busy there, saw few winners.

Internet - 79 cents a minute unless you bought a package and the packages were no bargain either.

No problem getting off 1 day early in Le Havre to start the balance of our trip - this was really a good idea.

This was a fabulous itinerary - very port intensive and we had such great weather the entire time, packed too many long sleeves - loved Scotland and the Scottish people.

We all agreed we would consider Princess again with the right itinerary and pricing and certainly would recommend them to others. An important component was the fact we were traveling with our good friends and had our table for 6 each night.
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Loved the layout, beds were comfortable, temp controls worked well, shower a little small (of course). Good location for overall movement on the ship on deck 9.
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