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4 Paris to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

Age group is 47-50 with a 12 year old. Atlanta We chose this cruise for the ports and this was our daughters first trip abroad. We wanted her to see Paris along with the other ports fabulous ports in Ireland and Scotland. Pros to this ... Read More
Age group is 47-50 with a 12 year old. Atlanta We chose this cruise for the ports and this was our daughters first trip abroad. We wanted her to see Paris along with the other ports fabulous ports in Ireland and Scotland. Pros to this ship was the great new sleep system. They have all new beds with fabulous pillow tops that call to you after a long day of touring! Our cabin was clean, but a little too small for a balcony. Also the wait staff was friendly. I celebrated a birthday on board and I felt the balloons and the card felt like a great personal touch. Made me feel special. Cons to this ship were the food. The buffet was a hit or miss and the dining room was below standard or what we are accustomed. The ship's aged and in many placed severely, like the pool deck at the back of the ship had wood splintering off the steps. We didn't use the pool as it was to cold, but I would be concerned for injury. It would have been nice to have a ship that offered a enclosed indoor pool for this British Isles cruise. There are no frills of amenities on board. I believe there is a basketball court. The entertainment was poor. We attended a concert, comedy, and a production. We booked 1 shore excursion, London on your own. Which basically was transportation into London. Immigration policies changed, so it took longer to get off the ship, cutting into our time in London as it is 2 hours each way. Leaving us 4 hours in London. Because the cruise offers disembarkation and embarkation in several ports, and South Hampton was one of them, disembarkation for an excursion seemed disorganized. In hindsight, this excursion wasn't worth the expense, $99 pp. I am glad that we booked all private tours. This cruise was port heavy, with 2 at seas days. We were pleasantly exhausted and enjoyed almost every port. I'm not sure we could have stayed awake for late night entertainment, although we did try them. All in all, we had a great vacation and loved loved loved Ireland and Scotland. We went into this cruise excited and positive and we couldn't be more pleased. Would I sail with Princess again? Yes! A long as it's a newer ship with a great deal. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had been recommended the ports on a British Isles Cruise from a friend. We found the ports on a Princess cruise. We had cruised Princess several times before and were expecting a level of quality in the ship and staff that ... Read More
We had been recommended the ports on a British Isles Cruise from a friend. We found the ports on a Princess cruise. We had cruised Princess several times before and were expecting a level of quality in the ship and staff that unfortunately we did not receive on this cruise. The Crown Princess seems to be a tired ship with a tired staff and crew. They seem more interested in selling you extras than providing the experience a Princess Cruise has been known for. The food was excellent. The desserts were consistently good. The entertainment was below par; the sound system made everything worse- tinny with excessive reverb on every musician and singer. The salon staff were hard core sales people determined to sell you more services and product rather than delivering on the services you purchased. The staff overall seemed as tried as the ship. Our steward did a good job, though we hardly some him and there aren't the extra perks Princess had provided in the past- the attention to details and the offering of services (ice, etc.) that we had been accustomed to. The one excursion we took with the ship was overprice and did NOT deliver on the items described on the Princess website. Overall we had a great time in spite of the disappointing ship and service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Joined the cruise in Le Havre which seemed to confuse a lot of things. Boarded fist day with cruise card, next day was delivered ocean medallion as well. First time I returned to my cabin door was already unlocked this needs to be ... Read More
Joined the cruise in Le Havre which seemed to confuse a lot of things. Boarded fist day with cruise card, next day was delivered ocean medallion as well. First time I returned to my cabin door was already unlocked this needs to be emphasised better as thought my room had been left unlocked! Internet MUCH faster with new system which is great. Loved the new beds very comfortable. New tvs are good with a lot of on demand tv shows and movies BUT did miss the bridge announcements coming through on tv. The tv weather was not updated for more than 7 days, stuck on an old forecast. My cabin was very warm had thermostat set on Lowest setting almost the entire cruise and very hot at night. Food was excellent. Didn’t wait more than 10 minutes for tenders, very slick operation. Ships tours as always are very expensive I did all of mine with similar itinerary online for 50% less. Shows We’re repetitive from previous cruise 18 months ago. I was given a new set of exactly the same forms the day after I embarked!! The most annoying thing is the non stop Effy and Art Auction leaflets. What a waste of paper. Perhaps people could sign up for these things rather than delivering to every cabin. My passport was taken from me in Southampton and returned on disembarkation day! As usual there were the chair hogs in International cafe who were not eating or drinking but taking up the chairs preventing others using them. Laundry is a nightmare 2 washers and 2 dryers for 2 floors and token machine not working! Would have enjoyed more time in some ports. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wife and I, 60s, cruised the British Isles from Jun 17 to 29th, from L'Havre. Embarkation simple and efficient. Choose an inside cabin on the Aloha deck at a very low price; cabin we fine as was the cabin steward. Food and service ... Read More
Wife and I, 60s, cruised the British Isles from Jun 17 to 29th, from L'Havre. Embarkation simple and efficient. Choose an inside cabin on the Aloha deck at a very low price; cabin we fine as was the cabin steward. Food and service in the buffet was very good which was very beneficial since in the restaurant(s) it was very sketchy, many of the staff ill prepared to serve English speaking passengers. Many of the dishes just inedible, many not what you’d expect from their description, and a (very) few just splendid. Best to get a table for 2, so that you don’t get out of sync when sharing a large table but few are available, and when doing so you miss prime socializing. Tried the specialty Italian restaurant for $29 and was greatly disappointed in the fish served, yet wife had a great rack of veal (which I helped her with). That restaurant is on the 14th deck and aft. Little known and little visited is the adjacent bar and pool with bar, a quiet retreat. Entertainment was bad to poor, except for one or two nights in the theater. The venues in the small lounges were at most mediocre, and not frequented by many, except the heavy drinkers - some bought a 15 drink per day package for somewhere around $750. I think the crowd was an older one, and many retired after dinner; there was a new port of call almost every day, so many got a little tired-out. Ports of call were great, and for visiting there were many opportunities, with shuttles which ran from the ship into the cities for around $ 20 per person r/t (tendering, when necessary, was of course free). Many excursions were available from $100 to $250 per person. The seas were calm and the weather very nice; the norm for the first part of the trip, but as we looped back headed to Inverness, we caught warmth from the heat wave hitting Europe and by the time we hit Edinburgh, it was in the mid 70s. The night we approached L’Havre passengers were swimming! Like the tropics. A very mediocre trip and we would only go again if we could get even lower prices and stay in a balcony room. 12 nights in an inside leaves your sinuses open to adverse effects from the ship air conditioning, which was actually very comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019

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