We have been on Princess for 9 cruises. The 11 day itinerary for Paris and the British Isles drew us to this cruise. It was a good choice although with 2 busy pre-cruise days in Paris, and 11 days with 9 ports it was extremely active and probably not for people who are looking for a R&R vacation
Embarkation at Le Harve was remarkably fast due to so few people starting the cruise there. We had no wait, took maybe 10 minutes. There are two other embarkation ports. People seem to be getting on and off constantly which does effect some of the usual rhythm of the time on the ship.
The ship was clean, staff everywhere were friendly and helpful. The waitstaff exceptional in every dinning option.
The MDR food good but we thought it has changed over our 15 years of cruises. Some recipes and dishes were a bit off, such as pasta sauce that was just too sweet for Italian Hubby.
Entertainment, when we could stay up, was good, 3 very funny comedians especially.
One thing we didn't like on this cruise was 3 tender ports, with slow access to the tenders and very long lines, more than 1 1/2 hrs standing in lines with hundreds of people trying to get back to ship. It was also very stressful to get off the ship, lining up for tender tickets at least 1 hr ahead of the start time in order to meet up with the private tours we booked.
The ports of call:
Guernsey, a beautiful English island with a fascinating past, both ancient and WWll with the German occupation. We had to take the tenders there, and got off in St. Peter Port a lovely, friendly little town with nice shops. There are pretty cottages and ocean views all around the island. In a private taxi you can do it in 3 hrs nicely. The locals are warm and welcoming and seem to be happy to share their special little island with us.
London, no real option except bus tour which was long, never got off except lunch. Drive by of the big sights very unsatisfactory, $179 pp. Wehad expected photo stops at least and there were none.
Cobb/Cork , we took a private taxi tour of the Kinsale coast . The lush green of the countryside is lovely.
Dublin and Belfast, all beautiful stops. We took Paddywagon tours in Dublin and Belfast to Giants Causeway. A fantastic value, Tiernan our driver-guide for both trips was fantastic, fun and a fountain of Irish knowledge. The Antrim coast is beautiful. The Museum in Belfast is free to see the "Bog people" and definately find your way to get a pint at The Crown-an iconic Irish pub.
I think Scotland stole my heart, so beautiful , so much history. Get into the highlands! Taxi George Dunoon took us all around lochs chapels, Inverary castle and beautiful vistas from Grenoch.
In the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall, The Standing stones of the Ring of Brogdar and ancient Neolithic age ruins of Skara Brae were facinating.
In Invergordon, our best day, with a private guided tour. A kilted, very tall Scotsman , Gavin Nicholson of Invergordon tours, showed us the Highlands and included a scotch and chocolate tasting, a falconry display at Dunrobin castle , and a gorgeous highland drive.
Edinburgh,was a day in town on our own. Edinburgh Castle and the Royal mile will take up all your time in port. Its easy to fill up your time on your own. We took a $25 taxi each way- they line up just off the pier.
Disembarkation was very smooth. And transfer to Charles DeGaul airport took about 3 hrs.
Very comfortable, clean, great steward service, quiet, close to rear elevators for all dining levels.
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