First of all a wealth warning with the internet! I used it for a round 20 minutes on pay as you go at 75c per minute, came to 42 USD, I didn't notice each email sent cost $3.95, what a rip off !!!
Anyway now for the cruise, overnight at the Hilton at Manchester Airport on the 13th, first room stank of smoke, I refused the room and was given another one no problem. Flight on time, arrived Venice and transferred with no bother, checked into room, but no luggage for almost 3 hours. We used the shuttle boat into Venice and had a couple of hours wandering around. Princess charge $15 for the shuttle even if you do not use it, so get a refund if needed.
Great sail away from Venice, a real highlight. First day at sea gave us plenty of time to get to know the layout. We had an inside stateroom number P338, I did some research prior to leaving, it was perfect, a few paces from The International Cafe and the Atrium.