If you are desire a long rest, a Transatlantic Cruise is an ideal escape. This was our first, taken on the recommendation of friends. The staff, food and service were excellent. There was an interesting speaker each morning for one half hour, no guest speakers for the remainder of the day. There should have been another speaker for an afternoon session, not just staff from the spa talking on various health and appearance issues. The scheduled times of the same activities remained the same each day, trivia is an example, limiting the opportunity to attend different venues. After the second day, I found the sea days and activities monotonous, and missed the variety of different ports of call. The port of Barcelona was excellent, and would have benefited from an overnight stay. The comics were most enjoyable, especially the multi-talented David Copperfield. We hope Princess brings him back often? This cruise was the first that I felt we missed some excellent entertainment that was scheduled at 9 pm, which conflicted with late traditional dining. Other cruises would have arranged for a second showing. We have cruised often, and will continue to do so, but will choose those offering the opportunity to explore new places.
Balcony cabins are small, lacking a seating area. There is one chair for the desk, and the bed is the only other option if two people wish to sit at the same time. The televion is a good size, the software and remote are antiquated. The bedding has been upgraded, fine for sleeping but not for sitting.
Saw the majority of this remarkable city, wish we had more time to explore in depth more of the sites.
We spent time in Rome prior to the cruise, boarding the ship on November 3rd.