Princess Cruise Island Princess
Southampton rt to Ireland, Iceland, & Greenland
August 12, 2022 16 nights
CABIN (B233 on deck 11)-- 9 of 10
My starboard balcony stateroom was in a great location. I didn’t realize they didn’t include floor 13 (skips from 12 to 14), so I was 2 flights down from the buffet, not 3, as expected. I was a short distance from the elevator and no neighboring door right next to mine.
The balcony was perfectly sized. There are 2 reclining chairs and a side table. They aren’t as private as expected, with spaces in the dividers that allow looky-loos to see in the cabin if so inclined. The downside was often smelling cigarettes from the smoking area 3 decks above. This was a daily issue.
The doorless closet is visible to guests in the hallway when the cabin door is open. The bathroom vanity is decent sized, but the shower was the smallest I’ve ever encountered. Happy I’m not a person of size. There wouldn’t be room for water to reach the drain. Very good water pressure.
The shower floor and toilet seat have obviously never been replaced, and the main reason for the 9 rating. Everything functioned. There was no vibration felt in the cabin. The safe is small and doesn’t automatically open as most do.
There is plenty of storage and room under the bed for my suitcase. I appreciated that the outlet is close enough to the bed. There is no USB outlet. There is a small fridge and no mini bar items to contend with.
The best part is that the Medallion unlocks the door as you approach the room. It was easy with full hands to access the room. A screen outside the door shows messages and your photo when you approach. I don’t care for it showing my first and last name for the whole ship to view at all times. But it’s easy to figure out which rooms are vacant.
My steward was great and remembered special requests daily. Again, being understaffed meant that my cabin often wasn’t made up until 11AM or later. He simply had too many cabins to clean.
Nice port with plenty of activities. Visit the round building visitor center for a lot of information on this and other areas of Iceland. Here, I discovered a public bus to Godafoss that cost $12 round trip, as opposed to paying $50+ for other tours. The little downtown touristy area was quite nice.
Thought I was going to go into Cork, but on arrival, at seeing how nice this town is, and being my first visit to Ireland, I decided to discover this area instead. I'm glad I did. Lots of great things to see, several museums, a Titanic park, a grand cathedral, a nice park and sweeping views of the channel and bay.
Quaint little town. I walked through the port area with the oldest homes on the island and up to the look out point with a great view of the town and fjord. Don't miss this. There is a nice grocery store downtown, and if you walk along the docks away from town, there is a very nice wine store.