We chose this cruise predominantly because it was convenient both in length and destination.
Nonetheless, the itinerary was great and easy enough to plan shore excursions with local agents or simply going ashore on your own.
The ship was in good condition having been refurbished in March last year. The beds were extremely comfortable and our mini suite was very spacious (more space than we really needed to be honest but it was the only category of cabin left available).
The staff were very helpful and professional at all times and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
We arranged a transfer from Rome airport direct to the ship so we were not able to explore before but we have been to Rome before. I would recommend anyone see Rome beforehand if they have never been before.
Embarkation was very smooth with no wait time.
We chose anytime dining but actually only visited the main dining rooms on 3 occasions as the food in Horizon Court was delicious.
The entertainment was disapppointing though especially the shows in the main Princess Theatre.
Most interesting ports were definitely Salerno where we visited Caserta Palace, Viestri sur Mer, and Salerno itself (having already been to Pompeii and Amalfi coast on a previous cruise), and Kotor where we visited Budva, Perast and Kotor.
Corfu, Crete and Mykonos are all easy enough to visit independently although all required a short transfer from the cruise ship port to places of main interest. In the case of Mykonos, there were two choices - a 15-20 minute local bus ride costing €1 each way or a 5-10 minute local sea-bus costing €2 each way which is what I chose. In Crete, there was a local bus service from the port costing €1.70 each way which took approximately 15-20 minutes from the cruise ship port (new port) to Old Town. Sadly, Princess arranged the bus transport in Corfu for those who didn’t want to walk the long distance and charged $14 per person. We chose to use a local taxi which we shared with another couple - total cost for the 4 of us was €10 (i.e. €2.50 per person)!
Again, in Athens, we arranged airport transfer with Princess so didn’t see the city before departing. The transfer takes approximately 45-60 minutes so their transfer service at $29 per person seems to be a cheaper option than the potential cost of a taxi which was estimated to be around €79.
Cabin was extremely comfortable and very spacious. It was towards the back of the ship - bit too far back for most things although once we got our bearings, it was quite close to the lifts taking us directly up to the entrance to Horizon Court!
It was lovely having a balcony which we have never done before especially being able to enjoy fresh air whilst eating breakfast in the cabin each morning!!!!
I used APTours and visited Caserta Palace as well as Viestri Sur Mer and then back to Salerno. Our driver, Emilio, was fabulous.
Caserta Palace was very interesting and the gardens stunning
Our guide, Ilya, took us to a variety of places including Budva, Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks as well as walking us around Old Town, Kotor.
He was very well informed and gave us a great tour. He adapted timings according to our need!View All 33 Budva Reviews
Princess transfer from New Port to Old Port was expensive but if you can find another couple to share, a local taxi works out much better value.
Old Town is very interesting to simply walk around