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We chose this cruise mainly to see Normandy France which was our last port. Our first port to Gernsey was cancelled due to weather. Dublin was a two day stay. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus the first day. The second we did an excursion to Blarney castle which we booked when we got off the ship for half what Princess was charging. Blarney castle was amazing. We did stand in line for 30 minutes or so to start the climb up the narrow circular stairrway to the top. The climb is slow going and very narrow and slightly claustrophobic. The view from the top was gorgeous. Kissing the Blarney stone is not for anyone with back or neck issues as you have to lie down and tilt your head upside down to kiss the stone! At Belfast we had privately booked a Game of Thrones tour with seven of our friends through Viatour. We waited for the bus for 30 minutes before finding out it left a half hour early! We went to Irish Tours to sort it out and were told we were sent an email the day before telling us the bus would leave a half hour earlier! Of course none of us had email on the ship. They should have realized this and had the driver wait especially if seven people were missing! We ended up hiring a van to take us to the same places. Of course now we had paid for two tours! The driver was amazing, took us to The Giants Causeway (not to be missed!) We also went to Dunluce Castle on the coast which was gorgeous! Our next port was Glasgow according to our itinerary but it was Greenock which is 45 minutes from Glasgow. The ship did not provide a shuttle and we had to pay to get to Glasgow to get our HopOn bus. I feel Princess should not list Glasgow as a port because it's not. This also happened in Edinburgh. We took Hop On buses in each city and that was the best way to see all the sights.Make sure you know before hand that Scotland uses the English Pound and not Euros. We didn't bring enough pounds and had to use an ATM. We brought way too many Euros. Invergordon was our next port. Very small town. We just walked around. The night before LeHavre the captain announced there MAY be a port strike and we would not be going there. I've never seen so many unhappy passengers! Going to Normandy or Paris was really the main reason for this cruise. Instead we went to Guernsey Island ( our first cancelled port). The tender line was over an hour wait! The island is very interesting in that it was German occupied for 5 years during WWII. Lots of history. Now for the ship. Our room was an obstructed view but we could see 2/3 fine. The new matresses and bedding were very comfy. We were on deck 8, not my favorite. I prefer deck 5 on Princess. It's the happening deck. the coffee bar and international cafe are there. It's open to the decks above and has music in the evenings. since there wasn't anything outside due to weather, I'd prefer this deck. This is our 5th Princess cruise, and the food was not great in the dining room or the buffet. I had one meal I liked. The sugar free cakes were the best. The entertainment however was great. Two great comics and the Princess singers and dancers put on some really good performances.There was a Scottish duo who were also very entertaining. As for other happenings on the ship. I took 2 line dance classes and learned how to make a Celtic knot. The problem was everything the second time was a repeat. With inclement weather, Princess should have had more to do on sea days. There is no 2 for 1 drinks in the bar like on our other cruises. the coffee cards are worth it if you drink lattes or mochas. The coffe on the ship is awful, not brewed anywhere but on deck 5 and you have to pay for a cup of brewed coffee. Cruising used to be fun and afforable but not so much anymore. We're going to go back to Carnival for the next one. Even though we're seniors, we still like to party and dance.

12 Day British Isles

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by sbdancer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We chose this cruise mainly to see Normandy France which was our last port.

Our first port to Gernsey was cancelled due to weather. Dublin was a two day stay. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus the first day. The second we did an excursion to Blarney castle which we booked when we got off the ship for half what Princess was charging. Blarney castle was amazing. We did stand in line for 30 minutes or so to start the climb up the narrow circular stairrway to the top. The climb is slow going and very narrow and slightly claustrophobic. The view from the top was gorgeous. Kissing the Blarney stone is not for anyone with back or neck issues as you have to lie down and tilt your head upside down to kiss the stone! At Belfast we had privately booked a Game of Thrones tour with seven of our friends through Viatour. We waited for the bus for 30 minutes before finding out it left a half hour early! We went to Irish Tours to sort it out and were told we were sent an email the day before telling us the bus would leave a half hour earlier! Of course none of us had email on the ship. They should have realized this and had the driver wait especially if seven people were missing! We ended up hiring a van to take us to the same places. Of course now we had paid for two tours! The driver was amazing, took us to The Giants Causeway (not to be missed!) We also went to Dunluce Castle on the coast which was gorgeous!

Our next port was Glasgow according to our itinerary but it was Greenock which is 45 minutes from Glasgow. The ship did not provide a shuttle and we had to pay to get to Glasgow to get our HopOn bus. I feel Princess should not list Glasgow as a port because it's not. This also happened in Edinburgh. We took Hop On buses in each city and that was the best way to see all the sights.Make sure you know before hand that Scotland uses the English Pound and not Euros. We didn't bring enough pounds and had to use an ATM. We brought way too many Euros. Invergordon was our next port. Very small town. We just walked around.

The night before LeHavre the captain announced there MAY be a port strike and we would not be going there. I've never seen so many unhappy passengers! Going to Normandy or Paris was really the main reason for this cruise. Instead we went to Guernsey Island ( our first cancelled port). The tender line was over an hour wait! The island is very interesting in that it was German occupied for 5 years during WWII. Lots of history.

Now for the ship. Our room was an obstructed view but we could see 2/3 fine. The new matresses and bedding were very comfy. We were on deck 8, not my favorite. I prefer deck 5 on Princess. It's the happening deck. the coffee bar and international cafe are there. It's open to the decks above and has music in the evenings. since there wasn't anything outside due to weather, I'd prefer this deck.

This is our 5th Princess cruise, and the food was not great in the dining room or the buffet. I had one meal I liked. The sugar free cakes were the best. The entertainment however was great. Two great comics and the Princess singers and dancers put on some really good performances.There was a Scottish duo who were also very entertaining. As for other happenings on the ship. I took 2 line dance classes and learned how to make a Celtic knot. The problem was everything the second time was a repeat. With inclement weather, Princess should have had more to do on sea days. There is no 2 for 1 drinks in the bar like on our other cruises. the coffee cards are worth it if you drink lattes or mochas. The coffe on the ship is awful, not brewed anywhere but on deck 5 and you have to pay for a cup of brewed coffee. Cruising used to be fun and afforable but not so much anymore. We're going to go back to Carnival for the next one. Even though we're seniors, we still like to party and dance.
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