My wife have talked about this cruise itinerary for several years. We decided this was the year. We booked the cruise in the summer of 2015.
We really enjoyed the cruise with the exception of the food and dining room experience.
The food, service and ambience in the Crown Grill and Sabatini's were exceptional. The fixed dining room ambience was poor - we sat at a table for 8 and the staff could not control the room temperature. We sat with our coats on during dinner, it was so cold. The head waiters only suggested that they will contact the maintenance department to see what could be done - nothing was done for the days we ate in the dining room (more that 20). They could have offered to place us at a different table but didn't. The amount of items on the menu have been reduced and the exotic things from Chef Curtis Stone should be eliminated or placed on a separate menu. The wait staff was only okay - we have seen many others on Princess ships who were much more attentive to the passengers needs. For a table of 8 they gave us 8 rolls and 8 pats of butter that was served to us- no longer did they use butter dishes on the table. The food in the buffet was good but the variety was very limited. Most of time the same menu items were repeated daily.
Room and room steward (Eli) were excellent.
Poor country - new tour person
It was interesting
Picked up ship - caos at the dock.