Grand Mediterranean cruise and TA from Barcelona to Florida.
Almost too many ports for us seniors. Fantastic ports except Morocco. Princess shore excursion was awful. Tour guide went on a political rant and brought us back 2 hours early. Princess gave us 25% non refundable onboard credit.
Remodeling of buffet was very good. Hand washing stations, more selections, better layout. Never congested. Back areas had specialty breakfast and lunches. Evenings back areas were a low cost specialty restaurant. Or overflow seating. New tables and chairs.
Rooms and public areas had new carpets.
Wall mounted tv. Shelf where tv used to be had an outlet so we used it as a charging station and storage.
Room still had small table and we were able to get barrel chair. Chair Appeared to be brand new. New pain and varnish on patios. Good overall maintenance on ship.
Food in dining room was unchanged. Menu repeated after 2 weeks. On Mediterranean leg, 2 restaurants were anytime dining, but on TA cruise one dining room was anytime and second became anytime at 7:30. Great waiters. Fairly fast service.
Morning staff in buffet was often minimal in back areas. Often took 10 minutes to get coffee and juice or table cleaned.
Pizza area much improved with larger selection
Planks meat restaurant was $12, tons of food, good desserts. Crown Grill was very good. Only went there because we had so much OBC.
Princess has cut entertainment staff. On cruise a year ago there was a cruise director, assistant, 4 junior, and activities director. This time cruise director, 3 junior, no evidence of activities director. Seemed like lots less activities.
Teen center was opened afternoons on TA due to no kids on cruise. Very popular. Would live to see it continued.
Production shows were all repeats even though it was 18 months since last cruise. Good variety of entertainment. Kory was very popular in crooners.
Elite access for tenders was very fast. Don’t know about regular travelers.
Took private tours mainly, so can’t evaluate tours except Morocco, very poor, azores very good.
Had electrical problem in room and repaired quickly.
Elite laundry took 3 days due to large number of elite. Done very well with no damage.
Recommend both itineraries even though almost too many ports, especially on Europe part and when the 2 are combined. We had 6 days of ports in a row.
Booked as 2 cruises to get more OBC