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4 Le Havre to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

Itinerary was great,ship was less than mediocre overall. Ship is more confusing than it needs to be. Some elevator direction lights don’t work, need magnifying glass to read on board signage, decks referred to by name but elevators have ... Read More
Itinerary was great,ship was less than mediocre overall. Ship is more confusing than it needs to be. Some elevator direction lights don’t work, need magnifying glass to read on board signage, decks referred to by name but elevators have numbers, staff attentively listens to requests but usually does not follow through. One third of food was good, one third mediocre and one third poor. At any bar ask for a basic off the menu cocktail and they have problems. Especially if you’re from the east coast forget about the Italian and sea food restaurants. Theater too small for ships size, about 4,000 passengers and a 1,200 seat theater. Many nights had people standing and leaving. The steak house was an extra cost dinner that was worth the extra charge. They still have problems handling 4,000 passengers at meal time and excursion time. In the dinning room needed to have dinner before 6:00 to make it to the 8:00 pm show. Slooow dining room service. The cabin steward was a highlight of the ship. Cabins showing wear and tear. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Just returned from a 12 day British Isles cruise aboard the Royal Princess. This was our tenth cruise -- and first on the Princess line. My family and I decided to try Princess based upon the itinerary -- embark in Paris, then visit ... Read More
Just returned from a 12 day British Isles cruise aboard the Royal Princess. This was our tenth cruise -- and first on the Princess line. My family and I decided to try Princess based upon the itinerary -- embark in Paris, then visit England, Ireland and Scotland. Would say that the itinerary was GREAT! Spent two days in Paris before boarding the ship -- which gave us time to hit all the main spots -- Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triumphe, and Eiffel Tower. Then spent a day in Normandy visiting Omaha beach and the American museum. Would HIGHLY recommend this plan --- a one day excursion from the ship would actually only allow you about 4 hours in either Paris or Normandy. Not enough time at all! In terms of the Royal Princess, I was painfully disappointed in most aspects of the cruise. First and foremost --- I missed the stipulation that men must wear long pants at all dinners. I realized this would be the case for the two formal nights -- but thought that tailored shorts and a collared shirt would be suitable for the other nights. On the first night we just ate at the buffet -- shorts were okay there. However, on the second night we went to eat at Symphony restaurant. My 34 year old son was wearing classic "dressy" shorts -- and we were told that he couldn't eat in that restaurant without long pants. Now it was about 8:50 pm and the restaurant was about half full .... additionally as we were held up at the front desk ... a young man about age 17 or 18 entered was seated while wearing polyester athletic shorts. I asked for a manager ... engaged in heated dialogue .. and was told by this employee that "your son is not a gentleman." I was in total disbelief that a worker would make such an offensive comment to a client!! I replied "Sir, my son is more of a gentleman in his Ralph Lauren shorts that you are in your white dinner jacket ... for my son would NEVER make such an offensive comment." At that moment, another waiter said we could be served in an obscure area of the restaurant ... where we did indeed eat our meal. Later that evening I contacted the Front Desk Manager and the Maitre' D to report this incident. Nicolli - the Maitre' D -- offered his sincere apologies. He said that the restaurant staff routinely have to deal with this situation -- banning men wearing shorts from dinner. He explained that it is a very uncomfortable problem for them. I promised Nicolli that I would write a review on Cruise Critic to inform future clients that men MUST WEAR LONG PANTS TO DINNER. So client beware -- Princess is a very traditional cruise line. Formal nights mean tuxedos and dinner jackets for men ... and gowns or cocktail dresses for women. If that is your pleasure, then Princess is your cruise line. For my family and I, we prefer more casual approach to our vacation. So this will definitely be our last Princess cruise :( Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise because it is a cruise tour. I want to go to Ireland and he wants to go to Normandy. The itinerary suits our purposes. So we decided to go with Princess once again despite our past bad experience with ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because it is a cruise tour. I want to go to Ireland and he wants to go to Normandy. The itinerary suits our purposes. So we decided to go with Princess once again despite our past bad experience with them on the New England cruise. We were hoping that time was just an isolated case. So we decided to give Princess another try. We were so disappointed for the cruise portion, but we enjoyed totally our land portion on Ireland and the Ring of Kerry. The embarkation and disembarkation were so bad and disorganized. The wait was long. The first tender port service on Guernsey was slow and the returning wait was hour and a half. Standing in line for such a long time was difficult for us as senior citizens in not so good health condition. The cabin was small in compare to the same category on other ships. However there are lots of storage space. The safe is in good size and on eye level. Our steward was very nice and attentive. Dining experience was not the best in the dining rooms as well as in the Buffet. Disappointed in the limited menu selection in the Dining Room. Each time when I had fish, they were not good at all. The salmon was dry, the basa was like semi-cooked; however the scallops were OK. My husband had steaks and he said they were well done even though he asked for medium rare each time. The meat was not the best quality and they were tasteless. The lobster was tough and rubberly. The shows were average, but the ventriloquist was excellent. Went on the whole day Normandy excursion and it was good. Lunch in the restaurant was not bad at all. We will go cruisetour with Princess if they have good itinerary to places that we have not been to, otherwise "NO' for cruise only. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My last 3 TransAtlantic cruises were on Disney Cruise Line, and I regret to say that Princess does not compete. Food selections were repetitious, fattening, and not suitable for vegetarians. Evening entertainment conflicted with dinner ... Read More
My last 3 TransAtlantic cruises were on Disney Cruise Line, and I regret to say that Princess does not compete. Food selections were repetitious, fattening, and not suitable for vegetarians. Evening entertainment conflicted with dinner times. I recommend seeing the excellent entertainers over the bad food. The Royal Princess orchestra was the best part of the entertainment. The 2 cocktail parties given by the captain were scheduled during show times. We were at sea for many days but the final formal night was scheduled for the night before we disembarked. We dressed in jeans and put our suitcases in the hall. Although this was sold as a "14 night" cruise, the beverage package was charged for 15 days, despite disembarking at 8 a.m. on day 15! Finally, our last port was cancelled due to weather which is not the fault of Princess, but facilitating our plans to return home could have been handled better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018

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