Since we had never been to the British Isles and have cruised Princess several times, it was an easy decision to choose this cruise. After the numerous negative reviews of the Caribbean Princess, I had some trepidation prior to boarding. Thankfully we experienced almost none of the issues reported by others and thoroughly enjoyed our time on the ship.
For the first time, we did not select a balcony cabin and choose an Oceanview instead. For us, this turned out to be fine as the weather precluded balcony use, and the cabin was booth roomy enough for the two of us and in fine condition. The only negative item was the fluctuating water temperature in the shower, which was a minor annoyance. The new queen mattress was wonderful, both supportive and comfortable (in fact I wouldn’t mind replacing my home mattress with the same model). Our cabin attendant, Anthony was personable and efficient handling rental tuxedo alterations and laundry requests in a timely manner.
We always choose Anytime Dining and enjoy meeting fellow passengers so we never waited for a table in the main dining room. The menu selections were to our satisfaction (and served at the appropriate temperature) and with only a couple exceptions delivered in a timely manner. Not being big eaters, we found the portions just right, allowing us to enjoy the desserts (which were delicious) without feeling overstuffed. The dining room staff was courteous and we enjoyed many joking interactions with them and our table mates.
Quiet, sufficiently roomy, and conveniently located. All in good repair including bathroom.
Due to the too short time in port (6 am to 1:30 pm), we chose to sleep in and explore the ship. Especially since it was advised the returning tenders would have long waits.
Used Paddywagon Tours to see Blarney, Kinsale & Cork and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We arrived at Blarney Castle before it opened and were one of the first to enter, no lines at all. Tour guide/driver Val was hilarious, knowledgeable and really made the tour memorable.
Walked to Albert Dock and (sun than later rain) and enjoyed the Beatles Story exhibition. Also visited the Maritime Museum, ate Fish & Chips at Docklands and strolled the nearby city.
Took the free shuttle to the visitor center and caught the HOHO bus to the Titanic Belfast Exhibition. Afterwards, caught the HOHO again for a tour of the city and castle. Did some shopping and sightseeing downtown before catching the shuttle back to the ship. Despite rain on and off - a great time.
Took the Princess Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Gallery tour. Had a good time but probably could have done better in retrospect.
Arrived to board ship after three days in London.