We chose this cruise because it had ports we were interested in, plus between the on-board credit and free gratuities you could not beat it. The other reason I am writing is the previous review I feel was way too biased.
It is true that this class of ship had two decks of cabins added from a previous class without any additional space in the theater or the buffet. This sometimes makes the buffet area very crowded.
I have calculated that I have a total of 375 sea days over many cruise lines, the smell coming from the previous cruisers comments is common on many ships. Close the lid for the toilet. It is the nature of the plumbing systems on all cruise ships.
Embarkation: Got to the ship around 1 PM on-board by 1:15 PM. One of the best embarkations we have had.
Cabin: C 509 called a large veranda cabin, cabin same size as all verandas but a larger balcony area. We found our cabin clean and our cabin steward was one of the best we have had. At the end of the cruise our steward Beth, thanked us for being so nice to her, I said to her that by being nice to her as she said it insured we would get great service. We told he the first day the two things we needed and she made sure that we were always stocked with what was requested.
Dining room: Food was nothing spectacular. The food was good and there was always the standard chicken, beef and fish if you did not like the specials of the day. You could always get a cheeseburger for your meal. We did not care for some of the theme nights main menu, but could order from the everyday items. Our waiter Roger and assistant waiter Jayson were excellent. Always friendly and helpful. Roger was very good about making a suggestion for dinner and we followed his advice happily.
Entertainment: The production show were good, The guest singers were very entertaining.
The guest lectures were early in the morning, with a time change almost every sea day we missed them because we slept late.
Because of the on-board credit we booked all our tours through princess. Every tour we took was excellent, all the guides spoke good English and did not drone on and on during the tour. We were very lucky with the weather at all the ports had sunny skies and low 60's for the temp. We found all the stops beautiful. We were in Paris the day after the shootings on the Champs Elysee, but when we walked near the Arch De Triumph we felt very safe.
Voyage, we had some rough seas After Lisbon until after Bilbao, however the Captain reduced speed a little and the ship rode the waves very smoothly.
Cruise director: Was excellent and he joked about the nite club. We are 70 and probably 5 or 6 years below the average age for the guests. The joke was that nobody was in the nite club, this is true when you have a group of seniors. Most are up very early and do not stay up late.
Disembarkation: The last sea days there were two agents from the UK checking passports, we had to wait in line about 45 minutes to be checked, when we got off the ship we got our luggage and walked out to the waiting buses to take us to Victoria Coach station. The wait on the ship made getting off a breeze.
We had a very enjoyable time on this cruise and look forward to another transatlantic next spring.
The nice thing about Princess is the self serve laundromat. Made us able take less clothes. Got there early in the morning and everything worked great.
Cabin is billed as a large veranda. The veranda is large but the cabin is the same size as the rest of the veranda cabins. There is no sofa just a desk chair and another chair for sitting. The bed was very comfortable and there was ample room to place luggage under the bed. Closet is very large, it is open so it makes getting clothes out if it very easy. There was a closet with shelves for underwear etc. Also a safe in the closet. We were very happy with the available storage.