Our trip began with five days in Paris at the Novetel Les Halles. Because we booked the hotel a little late we were not able to book the transfer from the hotel to Le Havre. Instead our transfer was from the Gare Montparnasse which necessitated quick Sunday morning taxi ride arranged by the hotel. A friendly Princess Representative quickly assisted with boarding the coach and we were on our way to Le Havre. Once in Le Havre luggage was gathered, cruise cards obtained, French Boarder Control navigated and we were boarding the Royal Princess in under 10 minutes.
When we travel we look forward to the unexpected experiences. Our goal is to be prepared but also ready to enjoy changes to plans. On another cruise, a strike in Le Havre necessitated a change in itinerary to Belgium which became one of the highlights of that trip. We were looking forward to Bergen, Belfast, and Newfoundland this cruise. Weather has a way of changing plans. In an effort to keep the passengers, crew, and ship safe Princess quickly put together alternative ports and excursions in Vigo, Spain and Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. We must applaud them for their effort to keep us safe but also to offer us unexpected experiences. Not only did passengers receive a $200 onboard credit but also a very generous 20% future cruise credit for fare paid between South Hampton and New York due to the change in itinerary. What a great reason to book another cruise(s) with those ports.
The crew on the Royal Princess was top notch. Each crew member was friendly and helpful. The behavior of several passengers towards crew was cringe worthy. However, the Royal Princess crew handled the situations with grace and dignity.
Good location at midship. Adequate storage. New beds arriving soon.