We picked this cruise for the chance to go to Antarctica and unfortunetly the weather was perfect everyday except that one. so that excursion was cancelled. The Captain was new to this ship and he inherited a mess. We were late for every port except the disembarkation port in Santiago. Not sure why we had to tender in some ports but they were not setup for it. In Ushuaia they did not even have a safe dock for the tenders so the had thousands of passengers walk thru the inside of a catamaran come out the other side and load onto the tenders. We are not new to Princess by any means. 22 cruises with Princess and this is 3rd on Crown. Never ever had the problems that we did on this itinerary.
Food was above average but not especially noteworthy. Bar and table service was slow at best other than the times we were in a captive closed door event for a group we were with. I will say that the nickel and diming has hit a new level with Princess. no such thing as inclusive any longer. We also heard from staff that it is the local ports that were to blame for all the delays and there may be some truth to that. However Princess and the rest of the Carnival family should have enough pull to get berth space arranged months in advance. we were running 3 tenders in some ports which is half of what we needed. 3 hour wait on 2 different days and of course we left 3 hours late meaning we were late for the next port.
We had a medical evac which happened on a sea day and it did not affect times at all. Cabin was typical small balcony room for Princess and honestly this ship holds too many people. very crowded and hard to maneuver around at times. Excursions were very expensive on the trip and always late to return. I was last one on the ship 2 different days because the Princess excursion teams insisted that because the ship was late to port that they would extend our times. They obviously did but they were not supposed to.