We started off in Rome Italy for a few days before the embarktation. What a wonderful city, always bustling and way too many things to see in 3 days. We set up our own transfer to the ship with 6 other people, we had learned that Princess had a transfer from a central location in Rome but it was more expensive than we had already set up. We had met some of the people we took the transfer with on the Roll Call board I highly recommend using this valuable tool to get to know your fellow cruisers and to set up transfers and private tours.The ship was beautiful, we have sailed on her before and since then the Pocket of Tranquility has been added: a nice touch though we did not get the opportunity to take advantage of it this time. Room was nice and already had the tux my husband rented for formal nights all set up for us in the closet. We had a cabin on the Aloha deck near the front of the ship. The cabin steward Roberto was on top of our every request, he got us our robes we requested by the second morning of the cruise and remembered the rest of the cruise that I liked an extra towel for my showers. Roberto even got to know when we would usually go to dinner or leave for the morning to to on shore and always had our room ready for us when we came back, he was wonderful! The dining room took a few nights to find a waiter that we liked as we did anytime dining. We finally found Direk and Starsky in the Davinci dining room table 513. The head waiter Taziano was very accommodating when we wanted a table for 2 then for the remainder of the cruise a table for 4 even giving us a table that was meant for another waiter and having Direk and Starsky take over service for it one night! Direk was very helpful in recommending a course for dinner and always would mention if a particular dish might not be as good ( he was correct every time as one night I tried the pulled pork and it was less than delicious as he had said it might not be). The food was mostly good with a few nights of us scratching our heads and not really finding something that stood out on the menu.Public areas were clean and bar staff always at the ready to take your order. International Cafe was wonderful for a smaller sandwich or salad for lunch. The coffee bar was a nice addition, highly recommend getting the coffee card! The ports we visited : Civitavecchia, Livorno, Genoa, Cannes, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, Cobh, Le Havre Zebrugge, and Southampton.We had the opportunity to meet the PSD James Deering through our CC Roll call meetings on board, he was very interesting and helpful answering our many questions about the ship and its workings, shore excursions etc, can't say enough good things about him. We watched as he tirelessly handled inquiries and complaints with tact and efficiency every day. Thanks James!! We found out that in fact he reads these reviews and so does someone at Princess corporate offices.All in all a wonderful trip and a wonderful ship and crew. We have put down a deposit on another cruise with Princess but haven't picked out a destination yet.
Great cabin, long way from the self service laundry. good location for seeing the port as you pulled in.