I'll start by saying that we are a family of 4 adults who only chose Princess based on the ports of call in the Mediterranean. It was chosen for Santorini and Naples, in August where other lines did one but not the other. We have cruised before, one of which was a similar Mediterranean cruise but different ports.
I'll start with the positives. The food and bar staff are exceptional, their willingness to serve and make sure you want for nothing cannot be matched. Similarly, pool staff, room stewards and entertainment crew, all were fun and friendly and give the impression they at least like their jobs. The food is as good as you can expect when prepared for such huge volumes, variety is fresh and varied. The 3 "speciality" restaurants are good for an extra fee it's worth doing at least one.
What they don't tell you: this cruise is predominantly over 50's. The activities are therefore geared to that demographic, which of course is fine, but could be clearer when brochures get done up. The pool is deathly silent and reminiscent of a scene from Cocoon. Can't comment t on kids clubs or a riviries but middle pools are basically kids everywhere. Lifts are slow, cause it takes people ages to get in and out, and I found the "elite" passengers almost snobbish.
Great except front desk staff
Boarded in Athens. Ugly city, great food though, people are amazing
Lovely little port, well worth the walk into town. No need to pay excursion. Great food. Even swim opposite boat
A day at Isola Bella. Great food on the beach, great driver.
Great shopping city. Dissappointed with food?
Easy cable car up, 3 hour walk down a bite to eat. No need to book your.
Beautiful clean city. Caught the little train up to Notre Dame then back down. Had amazing seafood, bought soap. No need for expensive tours
Jumped on a train then bus to Portofino. Lovely.
If you have time, and are confident on public transport you can do both Florence & Pisa for €25. No taxis. Use shuttle from port to city.( Return €5) Blue Line bus to central station (€3.20) Then train to Florence ( Firenze) (€14) on your way back you can jump off at Pisa and then get get back on to finish at Livorno. Blue Line back to shuttle. Be sure to get all return tickets.
Got off cruise here, spending 4 days.