Our group of 7 had a fantastic 2 weeks in Ireland and on the Crown Princess. From embarking to disembarking, we were always busy doing something. This cruise had 9 ports in 12 days with only 2 split days at sea. It's a cruise for active individuals. All the ports were wonderful in their own way. The lone exception was Southampton. The bus ride to London and the time able to be spent their wasnt worth it as you always felt rushed. We took advantage of all the ports that offered hop on hop off buses and just used them as city tours. We saved so much money doing this and saw the same sites, and if we wanted to get off to explore extra we could and then jump right back on the next bus....never had a problem.
Food on the ship was good with lots of choices off the buffets and the main dining room was very nice. The pizza and the Salty Dog grill were also very good as always. The service on this cruise was also excellent. All the staff attendants and servers were extremely accommodating, friendly, and always warm and genuine. If there was one disappointment it was the specialty restaurants. We paid for one and had one given to us. The Crown Grill was awful and unfortunately the one we paid for. Nothing about it was good from the bread on the table to the water in the glass. No flavor in anything, presentation was extremely lacking and the service was horrible. What made it worse was that they weren't even close to being half full during a prime time dinner hour. Sabatini's was a couple notches above with the lone saving feature being the service. Our server was "right on it". She was always around without being over your shoulder. The food was good, not spectacular but light years above the Crown Grill. I wouldnt pay again for either, but I would go back to Sabatini's if offered as a perk......the Crown Grill is yours to keep.
Entertainment was fine, the shows were entertaining. They were cruise ship productions but done very well. Comedy was pretty good and always packed. The entertainment in the piazza was also very good with either a group band or violinist's.
So glad we ended up not spending the extra money on a balcony for this itinerary. We would have hardly ever used it due to either weather conditions or always being out on excursions. We didn't miss it one bit as the in room TV entertainment kept us occupied. This was a great room choice.
Got us there and back with no concerns. Nice ride, great coach bus, beautiful scenery. Strongly advise this if you dont choose to go into Paris.
Waste of time. Spent to much time on the bus going to/from and did nothing check our watches to make sure we got back in time. Felt extremely rushed.
This is for the history buff. A fantastic step back in time to the days of the world wars and centuries before that. Loved the cannon blast daily at noon. That was fun to watch.
Did the hop on hop off bus here in Cork after about a 30 minute train ride from the port city (Cobh). It was fine, not quite as good as Edinburgh or Dublin or Glascow, but good enough. Always beautiful architecture and countryside to enjoy.
Did the hop on hop off bus tour after a 25 minute train ride from the station about 10 minutes from the port.
Loved this city....great food, great pubs, great people. We will definitely return.