I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been discounted drastically which did compensate for most of the problems. If this had been my first cruise on a Princess ship it would have been my last. I hope people who were on this cruise consider this when judging the line. Along with leaving dry dock, they were changing a lot of venues, menus, and how things are priced. Cruise food for the inclusive venues reflect the price of the cruise and is sort of like going to Denny's or Applebees. Many of the changes were wonderful, but when you are used to certain things being there it is an adjustment. It seems that waffles are a thing of the past along with peppermint tea being replaced by a spearmint version. I used to look forward to those items on the vacation. As Princess rolls the changes out on the rest of their older ships I hope they listen to their loyalty members regarding the changes. Many of the complaints I heard were from people who have cruised on more expensive lines and their comparisons were like comparing Morton's Steak House with Sizzler. If you want Morton's you are going to have to spend the cover and go to The Crown Grill. The staff doing the art auction we not as friendly, except the blonde, Lanna. The main auctioneer was brash. She liked to promote her non-profit in Africa, and herself. Also, other Princess ships auction staff gave free mass produced prints out for attending any events, this group didn't even give them after the last two hour auction. Many older people have problems with knees and hips and need to use an exercise bike instead of a treadmill. They only had a few bikes, they don't let the spinning bikes be used.
Our room steward, Marlin (sp?), worked very hard to get our room up to the normal standard after the dry dock. He welcomed us warmly and was so helpful. I understand it wasn't his fault that the balcony railing was crusted with salt, the windows spotty and a few other in cabin problems. After two days he had everything caught up. The phone message we had initially said we could not eat or smoke in our room and if caught we would be disembarked. When I asked him he explained that was for the dry dock crew that had used the rooms. I actually talked to other passengers who thought it was for them and they were sneaking food in their cabins. It is good to ask about things that seem strange.
We had a great time. The boat staff were fun. They gave great commentary about the reef and history of the area. The snorkeling was beautiful. They even took some time to find whales and turtles.View All 117 Snorkeling Reviews
We booked the ship excursion to Blarney Castle, it was great!
Our guide was a joy! She was so knowledgable about the French countryside and history. We had a three hour ride to Paris. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower, where they arranged for a traditional French meal at the first floor restaurant there which included nice French wine. Being guided to the highlights of the Louvre was so helpful. We were split into smaller groups at the Louvre, and had headsets so we could hear the history of the art and artists without any problems. Great tour!View All 46 Eiffel Tower Reviews
Our guide was a joy! She was so knowledgable about the French countryside and history. We had a three hour ride to Paris. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower, where they arranged for a traditional French meal at the first floor restaurant there which included nice French wine. Being guided to the highlights of the Louvre was so helpful. We were split into smaller groups at the Louvre, and had headsets so we could hear the history of the art and artists without any problems. Great tour!View All 50 The Louvre Reviews
We were picked up at 8:30 and given a great tour, then delivered to our hotel that evening in London. We used them before for Stonehenge, Salsbury, and Windsor. Next time hope to do Downton Abbey with them.View All undefined undefined Reviews