We chose this cruise as we live close to Southampton, did not want the hassle of airports, and it went to ports/ cities we had not visited. We are both gluten and dairy free and had advised Princess well in advance. We had sailed on the Pacific Princess 4 years ago with no problems. Unfortunately Princess are on a cost cutting mission which includes the brand of gluten and dairy free products they provide. We prefer the casual dining as we do not like the formality of the main dining rooms. The gluten free bread was toasted, rock hard and tasteless, and there were no gluten or dairy free cakes available. The morning gluten free pastries and cookies crumbled to nothing and had a nasty aftertaste.The only dairy free milk available was almond which unfortunately we can't tolerate.We lived on roast meat, veg, salads, curry and rice, jelly and fruit and had to buy bread, cakes and cookies and oat milk at each port. This made a reasonably priced cruise much more expensive.
There was only one complimentary bus shuttle provided to Tynemouth metro station for Newcastle. In every other port there was either a very expensive shuttle bus, or you used buses and trains to get around which added to the cost. The excursions were far too expensive.
The entertainment was below par, relying on 'has been' comedians and singers.