Chose this as a preamble to an Antarctic cruise. Wanted to visit the Falklands so decided to do this first and if it got there great, if not I would ensure it was a stop on the Antarctic cruise...
Embarkation was chaos. San Antonio check in did not open until 1135/1140. Through relatively quickly as Elite/suite. Had to be be bussed to ship.... :-(
Ship is the opposite layout to most Princess Ships. No Crows Nest, Horizon, Wheelhouse forward....
Cabin was fine. Steward terrible. Invited to change after ten days (we accepted this).
Disappointed that future cruise credit not on account. Not aware that you had to enter in a box on booking form when booking online.
Dining good. We were anytime and the starboard side of Bordeaux. Taken to the port side one night, huge difference in service and quality.
Entertainment from outside entertainers generally good. Did not see any singers but comedians and ventriloquists, etc. All great except a Liverpudlian who would be better suited to Carnival with his smutty jokes. Saw very few Princess Theatre Company as most of their songs are very modern and of no interest to me.
Plenty of trivia, which we enjoy, and crew strict on swapping papers. Shame Princess don't do what Celebrity do and award tokens for each win. Would be nice to have one bag for life instead of 4 bottle stoppers.
Lecturer was awful. We don't need to hear about Pirates on a South American cruise! Also presentation was akin to a child reading aloud in school. Just repeating what was on the power point. Again, more suited to a Carnival Caribbean cruise. A far cry from the discussions and lectures on Viking, with whom we took our previous cruise. The clientelle on a South American cruise tend to be more intellectual that those on a Caribbean etc cruise: there are so few cruises each year that you have to want to book early (1 year in advance) and be prepared to pay the money. Not just cruise because it is a cheap holiday.
Ports all good. We did our own thing at each port, either taking a free walk or a cab on the quayside. We booked nothing in advance but had a great time at each port.
Would travel with Princess again, but not for a while. Want to do Suez Canal transit but Princess only do a night time transit..... Looks like P&O for this. Also our proposed Antarctic cruise will not be with Princess as the ships are too large.
Cabin good. Suspect the jets in the jaccuzzi are not cleaned out often enough as always felt itchy after using it.
Original cabin steward lazy but given oppurtuniy to change after ten days, so enjoyed decent service like folded pyjamas on the bed and not chucked on the floor, for the rest of the cruise.