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233 Princess Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special. The embarkation process was simple and easy. Our room was ready as requested and our cabin steward was personable, attentive and learned our habits and likes. Our room was always ... Read More
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special. The embarkation process was simple and easy. Our room was ready as requested and our cabin steward was personable, attentive and learned our habits and likes. Our room was always returned to impeccable. The MaîtreD, Alberto, was beyond amazing and welcoming to everyone in the dining room. He was attentive and ensured the dining staff was as well. He made us feel special. Jude, the Casino Bar bartender, was amazing. He looked at my card once, memorized my name, billing code and drink preference and remembered for the entire 12 days. He was amazing. The staff on board were so pleasant and kind and paid a lot of attention to the passengers. There was a significant contingency present at the disembarking wishing us well. I have cruised with a lot of lines but Princess is my first choice. I must return to enjoy it more but leave with great memories. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We loved the smaller ship experience which only had 670 people on board. We made many friends because you see them often at dining areas, entertainment areas and on excursions. The staff is very attentive because there are less people ... Read More
We loved the smaller ship experience which only had 670 people on board. We made many friends because you see them often at dining areas, entertainment areas and on excursions. The staff is very attentive because there are less people to take care of. We sailed to Greece and Southern Italy and the ports were marvelous. We only took one cruise excursion because we find taking private tours with other people we meet on cruise critic is far less expensive and much more fun. If you only have two or three other couples on your excursion you don't waste as much time waiting for the excursion to start or waiting for people to reboard the bus after a scenic stop or restroom break. The ship is smaller and so it is able to get into smaller ports without the need for a tender. We had a cabin on floor 7 which meant we were only two floors from the main dining area and two floors from the buffet. We were able to avoid the elevators for almost all of the trip. Even the couple times we used them, they were never busy. The food was very good and the staff were excellent. We loved our balcony and used it every morning for breakfast and for a glass of wine before dinner. Here are the only issues I saw with the ship. There were a few areas on the ship that I smelled a sewer smell. I am quite picky and have a keen sense of smell so this probably will not bother some people. There were some issues with the public restrooms that my husband did not like. He stated they were sometimes not clean. The ship did not have as many activities for families but our cruise had very few children on it and catered to an older crowd. We actually liked this. The ship could not go to Sibenik becasue of the weather and this was a great disappointment to us. We would definately go on another cruise on the Pacific Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Having travelled before both on Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line it's not easy to find cruiseships and itineraries that might excite us. It was the second time we travelled with Princess and we enjoyed as much as the first ... Read More
Having travelled before both on Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line it's not easy to find cruiseships and itineraries that might excite us. It was the second time we travelled with Princess and we enjoyed as much as the first time. The ship's decoration is older, still everything is very well taken care of. The cabin (interior) had the same usual size as we've seen in other cruise ships. The dining options are great (although Celebrity Cruises has a superb gastronomy offer) since they also offer " anytime dining". Times in ports of call are definitely the great advantage of Princess Cruises, comparing to other companies. Princess allows passengers to use both Jacuzzis and Pools by night, until cinema sessions of "Movies Under The Stars" end, around 11 pm. Many passengers watch the movies while at the jacuzzi, which is a very interesting possibility. Popcorn and blankets are also provided during cinema sessions. Only weak point was the entertainment. Apart of the "Movies Under The Stars" cinema option, most entertainment is only focused on older couples and non-european tourists. The service quality is similar to Celebrity Cruises. Considering the price and the overall experience, it's a great option for both new and experienced cruise travellers. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We and another couple took this cruise to see a large number of places as a first visit. We briefly explored Rome for 4 days prior to joining the ship. The embarkation and disembarkation was seamless. We booked a transfer from the ship ... Read More
We and another couple took this cruise to see a large number of places as a first visit. We briefly explored Rome for 4 days prior to joining the ship. The embarkation and disembarkation was seamless. We booked a transfer from the ship to the airport to fly home - again was extremely smooth. Our cabin had a balcony - it was used a number of times - entering/leaving port, watching the coast as we sailed along, and just getting some sun. We opted for fixed traditional dinning. The food was the best food we have had on any cruise ship. The wait staff were attentive and fun to be with. The entertainment was good with many exceptional performances. We enjoyed the comedians the most. The house band was very good and we enjoyed the song & dance performances. We typically had shore excursions during the day and became tired after dinner - we rarely stayed up late. I enjoyed the astronomy introduction - some of the ship's lighting was reduced to facilitate seeing the stars and 5 planets - Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter. The ship's staff had a mixture of recorded audio and live discussion. The cabin staff was attentive, efficient and very interested in what we were going to do each day. We were consistently treated as valued guests - any request was handled very quickly. All but 3 of the excursions were provided by Princess. They were well done, but some of the descriptions of the excursions and reality did not match. Comments were submitted to ship's excursion staff and were acknowledged promptly. In one case a partial refund was made. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
For the onboard staff and crew, I have nothing but praise. We also had 14 days of sunny skies and a sea like glass. It was almost eerie that it was so calm. This was true across all ports we visited in Greece, Italy, and Barcelona. ... Read More
For the onboard staff and crew, I have nothing but praise. We also had 14 days of sunny skies and a sea like glass. It was almost eerie that it was so calm. This was true across all ports we visited in Greece, Italy, and Barcelona. We didn't find out until we got on the ship that the popular 2 for 1 happy hours had been eliminated on most (if not all) Princess cruises.. This really angered a lot of passengers and was a quick way to get a heated bashing of Princess going just about anywhere on the ship. This problem was caused by the Princess Corporation and not the ship. They seem to put more priority on selling their drink package vice guest preferences. This was a complete policy failure on their part. We did not buy that package and will not buy it in the future. On formal night they served lobster, but whatever they served looked more like crawdad. It was another major area of complaint in all dining rooms. Again, this was not caused by the ship but rather th company buyers for the product. Another failure for Princess apparently trying to save money. I felt sorry for the waiters who had to field all of the complaints they got. On the second half of this cruise when lobster was served, we bypassed it completely. The ports of call were fabulous, and we had no real complaints on them. Other than the above, this was probably the best one we have done out of 8 cruises in various parts of the world. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose to do a 6 week cruise package as coming from Australia it is to far to come for just 2 or 3 weeks. As far as my husband and I are concerned we enjoyed our time onboard the Crown Princess we found it a much better ship than the ... Read More
We chose to do a 6 week cruise package as coming from Australia it is to far to come for just 2 or 3 weeks. As far as my husband and I are concerned we enjoyed our time onboard the Crown Princess we found it a much better ship than the Golden which we were on last year.. The staff were always helpful and we felt that they represented Princess Cruise Line very well...Our cabin steward was a delight and always ready to help in anyway. The entertainment was top class especially the Crown Princess singers and dancers. and as we were on for 6 weeks we did see repeat shows, but never bored. We did have one hiccup with a Princess excursion, but that was sorted out to our satisfaction. The Mediterranean has to be one of the best cruises as the weather was sunny and warm and the seas calm. We were lucky enough to be in the top 40 passenger couples for the Captain's Circle parties. so that in its self was a real bonus... Yes we enjoyed this cruise and liked the layout of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
we chose this cruise for its itinerary. we boarded in Civitavecchia and disembarked in Barcelona 2 weeks later. from the get-go, we noticed that the crew was extremely courteous, friendly and attentive. the food quality was ... Read More
we chose this cruise for its itinerary. we boarded in Civitavecchia and disembarked in Barcelona 2 weeks later. from the get-go, we noticed that the crew was extremely courteous, friendly and attentive. the food quality was good-excellent especially in the main dining room and at the specialty restaurant, sabatini's; and, there was a wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free choices on the menus. we had been to many of these ports many times before, so it became a challenge to find something new to explore. 1. at Mykonos, we took an excursion to the island of Delos. Excellent. 2. at Santorini, i took the donkey path down (25 minutes and shaky knees). one off the bucket list. 3. at Piraeus/Athens, we paid 4.5 euros for a 24 hour any means of transportation ticket. look for the X80 stand about 100 meters from the terminal. we used these tickets to ride to and from Athens and to use the metro to get around in Athens. we also visited the Acropolis Museum (5 euros). a must-see. second one off the bucket list. 4. an excellent value is the hop on hop off bus in Kotor. a party of 2 pays 20 euros each; however, the 3rd person in your party pays only 10 euros; and, maybe even less for the 4th and so on. you can try to bargain with the ticket seller. for our party of 3, the average cost was about 17 euros; and, we got a ride to Risan with admission to the mosaic museum, a ride to Perast and admission to the maritime museum and a guided tour of Kotor. you can't beat this as the cruise ship cost or taxi fare would be about $150 or 100 euros. for 5 euros, you can have a boat ride to the island of the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. beautiful views of this island from Perast. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to experience the Mediterranean and Princess Cruise’s choice of ports were what we were looking for and having cruised with Princess before, we knew that our experience would be wonderful. Our ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to experience the Mediterranean and Princess Cruise’s choice of ports were what we were looking for and having cruised with Princess before, we knew that our experience would be wonderful. Our ship experience was what we expected from Princess. Staff were very welcoming and friendly and made you feel special. There were many types of dining experience to choose from .... from fine dining with great variety to choose from or to just snacking with hot dogs or pizzas while watching a movie under the stars. Our cabin staff were exceptional and friendly which made out trip even more special. Princess choices of port locations was were amazing and our 14 day cruise experience at these stunning locations will be locked into our memories forever. We renewed our wedding vows on board Princess Crown and Princess made our special moment even more special for us....an occasion we will never forget with Princess. Thank you Princess for an unforgettable experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We just got back from a cruise round trip from Venice to Croatia and Greece on the Pacific Princess (Nov. 11 - 23). I liked the smaller size (we had done the Regal Princess before) - you get to know people better and you can access some ... Read More
We just got back from a cruise round trip from Venice to Croatia and Greece on the Pacific Princess (Nov. 11 - 23). I liked the smaller size (we had done the Regal Princess before) - you get to know people better and you can access some of the ports the larger ships can't. Plus we were never more than about 2 decks from anything we wanted to get to. There was rarely a wait for the elevators and the buffet wasn't packed the way I had experienced on the Regal Princess. The whole ship has a nice intimate feel. Because it was smaller, embarkation and disembarkation were painless. Shore excursions were well run. The staff was extremely hard working -- we had a great cabin steward and excellent waiters in the dining room. The only thing I really missed was the International Café - I had gotten hooked on their pastries and specialty tea drinks. As a matter of fact, I had bought a coffee card because I enjoyed the tea so much. Found out the Pacific Princess only had coffee drinks - bummer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We like the "smaller" ships -- this one had about 600 or so passengers. We opted to upgrade to the "mini suite" and that was a good use of funds, although the ordinary balcony rooms also looked good. The mini suite gave ... Read More
We like the "smaller" ships -- this one had about 600 or so passengers. We opted to upgrade to the "mini suite" and that was a good use of funds, although the ordinary balcony rooms also looked good. The mini suite gave us plenty of room. The food was great and plentiful, of course. The excursions were all well-done. We were Venice to Croatia to Greece and back. We got in 5 days early to explore Venice. We actually could have used another day there -- so much to see and do. But besides that, some of our travelers had weather delays so they missed the embarkation and had to be flown to several cities before catching up with our ship, several days later. Note -- GO IN A DAY OR SO EARLY ON AN INTERNATIONAL CRUISE! Besides ensuring you won't miss the boat, you'll settle in from any jet lag! Venice was so easy to get around -- we took a Vaporetto from the airport and it was a short walk to our hotel. Then an easy boat ride to the Cruise area. Princess did not offer any excursion to Venice so if you want to see this great city, go early. We would definitely recommend this ship and this itinerary. Got to see 3 cities in Croatia, Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykanos in Greece, and Kotor in Montenegro. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise as the timing worked and we were keen to see Crotia. Hadn't sailed on Princess for a while so after a disappointing cruise with Celebrity we decided to travel with Princess and were not disappointed. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as the timing worked and we were keen to see Crotia. Hadn't sailed on Princess for a while so after a disappointing cruise with Celebrity we decided to travel with Princess and were not disappointed. Embarkation/Disembarkation was flawless and so very quick. We flew into Venice and got the Princess transfer by coach straight to the ship. Some of those who were less mobile did find it a bit of a trek to the coach but if you found that a trek not sure this itinerary is for you. We found the food to be very good, always plenty of choice and I found it hard to make a selection as there were so many excellent food choices. Oscar the Maitre D' is THE BEST on the ocean, he accommodated our requirements and was a great host each evening. Ports - We did our own thing (walking around town) at Split, Siracusa, Kotor and Sibinek - all beautiful easy walking towns and a very short distance from where we docked. Villefranche was a tender ride in and easy to walk round but in October was quiet and not a huge amount to see or do, next time would venture into Nice/Monaco. In Naples we went on an excursion to Pompeii and in Livorno we went to Lucca - would highly recommend both. We loved this small but perfectly formed ship which as a big ship cruiser I was very nervous about but loved it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this 23 day cruise, Sept 25-Oct 18, 2017, from Dover to Venice (it was 2 cruises BTB that we booked as one cruise) as much for the ship as for the itinerary. I have cruised on most of the ships in the Princess fleet, this was my ... Read More
I chose this 23 day cruise, Sept 25-Oct 18, 2017, from Dover to Venice (it was 2 cruises BTB that we booked as one cruise) as much for the ship as for the itinerary. I have cruised on most of the ships in the Princess fleet, this was my 3rd time on this particular ship, and she is my #1 favorite. I love the small ship experience, as it is a much more intimate way to cruise than it is on the larger Princess ships. Making new cruise friends is so much easier, as is getting to know the crew. Because I had sailed on the Pacific Princess less than a year ago. I recognized some of the crew members, and they recognized me immediately as having been on her fairly recently. My cabin-mate had not cruised on small ship before and wasn't sure how she would like it, but by the end of our 23 days, she decided she loved it too. Getting around in the ship is a breeze ... one can walk from one end to the other in 2-3 minutes. Getting an elevator is generally quick, and they are often completely empty when the doors open. Disembarking in ports is generally quick, and tendering doesn't usually take long in either direction, Cabins have been recently updated and redecorated, with new headboards, sofas, drapes, mattresses and bed linens. While the closets are smaller, there is a decent amount of other storage, and the two of us had no difficulty having enough space for all of our belongings. All of our excursions were booked thru Princess, and we really enjoyed them. Other updating in public areas include new carpeting, new lounges on the pool deck, as well as seating groupings with chairs and sofas in the pool area. We ate all of our dinners in the dining room, and found our wait staff to be excellent. Menus were varied, lots of great desserts, and we never had a problem finding something we could enjoy. Breakfasts and lunches were in the buffet. On nice days we took advantage of the outdoor seating on the deck aft of the buffet. it's a very pleasant area with nice new tables and chairs. On sunny days, the buffet staff rolled out the awnings, which provided shade for much of the outdoor dining area. Although we didn't get involved in most of the daytime shipboard activity offerings, we did go to most of the shows. The Princess singers and dancers were wonderful, and they put on several exciting, high energy shows. Among them, Simon Breen (singer and dancer), and McKenzie (dancer) are both excellent, and were my favorites. We especially enjoyed Austin Ray, pianist/singer, who performed most evenings in the Casino Lounge, and was very entertaining. Stevie B (singer of Rock and Roll numbers) did several shows in the Cabaret Lounge and he was great every time. They also had a couple of very funny standup comics. The evening of the day we were in Venice overnight, the Venice Chamber Orchestra was brought onboard, and they were beyond excellent. I have cruised with Princess almost exclusively for the past 13 years (only one brief venture on another CCL line, and I couldn't wait to get back to Princess). Because I have cruised so much with Princess, I was invited to the MTP luncheon on the first leg, and it was an elegant experience. There was a Cocktail party scheduled for the MTPs on the 2nd leg that I was invited to, but it had to be cancelled at the last moment. In lieu of it, those who had been invited to it were sent champagne and delicious canapé's that afternoon, by the ship's Captain and the Captain's Circle host, a very nice gesture that was much appreciated. Each time I have been on this ship, I have always found the service to be uniformly excellent. The staff and crew of this ship seems to love being there and it shows in their attitudes and how hard they work to assure that the passengers are happy.. Would I cruise on this ship again .... without a doubt! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Ive been looking to do a Mediterranean cruise for a while and I liked this one because of the itinerary plus it was new. The down part to the sailing was originally it had Valletta,Malta and Kusadasi, Turkey on the itinerary and after I ... Read More
Ive been looking to do a Mediterranean cruise for a while and I liked this one because of the itinerary plus it was new. The down part to the sailing was originally it had Valletta,Malta and Kusadasi, Turkey on the itinerary and after I booked it they changed the itinerary to go to Kotor, Montenegro and Corfu, Greece instead. Eventhough the replacement ports were amazing, I still had my heart set on Malta and Kusadasi. A few passengers I've talked to felt the same way. We had a suite because there were four of us, my husband and I plus our two boys 15 and 10. My 10 year old loved the kids zone and went there a few times. Sometimes he wanted to go but they were closed. They had play station, crafts, painting, he loved it. My 15 year old spent alot of his time at the basketball court. Although he loved the basketball, the court also had an area for tennis or raquetball and seemed if you wanted to play basketball you had to make way for other balls coming your way. The crew was amazing. The sit down dining was wonderful. No Complaints. The Marketplace for breakfast, lunch and dinner was ok but not the greatest. Had a hard time finding things in an order. Seemed the food was not "set" up correctly, like you had to search everywhere to get one thing because the plan was flowing. The food options seemed to be geared for the Asians, and for someone who doesnt like Asian food too much, I was a little disappointed. Some foods didnt even look familiar to me. Desserts were good but I think they should have more food options. The entertainment seemed to be a little lacking but overal we had a great time and would definatley do it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The ship was an excellent ship with excellent accommodations, elegant interiors. Our cabin was spacious with a large bathroom. The room and the king sized bed had top quality appointments and comforts. The food and drink were of ... Read More
The ship was an excellent ship with excellent accommodations, elegant interiors. Our cabin was spacious with a large bathroom. The room and the king sized bed had top quality appointments and comforts. The food and drink were of excellent quality and represented fresh local cuisine and regional wines. During our week the shore excursions were very well planned and the local and expert guides, including art historians, were well informed and provided informative and insightful background for our experiences. We spent a day in Venice before our embarkation and we used Venice Limousine Rent company in Venice for a transfer from our hotel downtown Venice to the cruise port and also this service was excellent and all went very smooth... nice and almost new vehicle Mercedes brand, very clean, driver with an excellent english and great courtesy, really appreciated. They arranged for us the boat from the hotel to the place where was waiting for us the driver Domnik He helped us with the luggage and he was extremely kind. Recommended to everyone Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
To visit Dubrovnic and Greek ports on a small ship. The Princess line was very liberal with their wine policies. They allowed you to bring a bottle of wine each to your cabin free and bottles to dinner for only a $15 charge. The waiters ... Read More
To visit Dubrovnic and Greek ports on a small ship. The Princess line was very liberal with their wine policies. They allowed you to bring a bottle of wine each to your cabin free and bottles to dinner for only a $15 charge. The waiters often did not charge you for this. The small ship experience was much better then the large ones as you got more personal service from waiters to cabin staff. The cruise in and out of Venice also made for an easy addition to the holiday. Hotels near the docks were very inexpensive and could be done by yourself to avoid the cruise line excessive charges. There is also a very cheap shuttle service from the airport that takes you right to the docks and back to the airport which is also far cheaper than that provided by Princess. Take any cruise on the Pacific Princess that they offer, you will not be sorry. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Originally,we wanted to see Istanbul, but the cruise lines pulled out.Ni matter--this was a beautiful cruise! We have been cruising on princess for 30 years. Princess substituted other stops for Istanbul.Debrovnik was amazing! In ... Read More
Originally,we wanted to see Istanbul, but the cruise lines pulled out.Ni matter--this was a beautiful cruise! We have been cruising on princess for 30 years. Princess substituted other stops for Istanbul.Debrovnik was amazing! In Venice,Princess had their own vaporetto to transport us to St.Mark's square. The Pacific Princess is the perfect ship! after cruising on all the big Princess ships,we found the 600 passenger Pacific Princess perfect--no long lines,great accommodations,food,entertainment,shore excursions. We have already booked another cruise on the Pacific Princess. If you have walking problems,this ship is for you! Princess has really improved the entertainment--spectacular shows almost nightly.The pool was smaller than normal, but the other facilities of the ship made up for it. Sammi,the Cruise Director,was at every show and always around to oversee activities. Our waiters were the best--they sang for birthdays,remembered that I drink decaf, and well deserved the extra money we tipped in the end. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I decided we needed to revisit a few of the European, and other ports, we had already visited. A kind of follow up. On this cruise I was able to check off three boxes on the Bucket List. The Vatican Museum, Pompeii and ... Read More
My wife and I decided we needed to revisit a few of the European, and other ports, we had already visited. A kind of follow up. On this cruise I was able to check off three boxes on the Bucket List. The Vatican Museum, Pompeii and Venice, the St Mark's Basilica after hours tour. All were amazing. What has become very clear is that the excursion leader is as important as the excursion. All the the tour guides were passionate about their country's and their destinations. We also visited Sicily, a few Greek isles and others. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we were able to upgrade to a Suite on the Pacific Princess. What a wonderful luxury it was too. This was our first time, and it was worth the extra money, even though it was a deal we couldn't refuse. This ship was clearly very well run. All of the crew were friendly, especially a few of the bartenders we frequented daily. While we no longer care about the formal nights, we enjoyed the buffet area for most of our meals. We prefer to remain causal and eat when we want versus the ship's timetable. We were very pleased with the level of service and destinations on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a marvelous cruise that began in Venice and was to end in Barcelona. We had a gorgeous suite on deck 7 (an wonderful upgrade) -- it was very spacious and well appointed, with an incredible wrap-around balcony. Our steward, ... Read More
This was a marvelous cruise that began in Venice and was to end in Barcelona. We had a gorgeous suite on deck 7 (an wonderful upgrade) -- it was very spacious and well appointed, with an incredible wrap-around balcony. Our steward, Marius, was so accommodating and helpful that we wished we could have taken him home with us! The perks of being a suite passenger was wonderful and included things like laundry service, daily fresh fruit and appetizers, daily breakfast at the specialty restaurants. Our dining experiences were all excellent, especially the specialty restaurants. Our waiter was Joseph -- he is the one who made our experiences so special. The maitre'd and staff provided first class service. The entertainment was the best I've experienced on a ship -- with talent far above the usual cruises ship shows. Activities were plentiful -- I even went to a service club meeting while onboard. Most of the excursion experiences were also wonderful -- interesting and charming ports that were out of the ordinary. However, there were a few excursions that didn't quite live up to our expectations (having to wait a long time in the rain for the bus to transport us; a rude guide, and a cattle call lunch experience while on an excursion.). For the most part, the excursions were well worth it (especially the museums in Florence). I was very pleased with the transportation arrangements from the airport to the ship (provided by Princess). Embarking and disembarking procedures were handled well -- being on a smaller ship helped a lot! I am not a lover of cruises -- mostly because the ships are too large and I am not a fan of crowds. The smaller ship experience is more relaxed and the service level (at least on the Pacific Princess) was unparalleled. The decor on this ship was lovely, the Captain and crew were first class. Sadly, because of a sudden storm, our cruise ended in Nice 2 days early, There was some damage done to the ship and the cruise had to be terminated early. The Captain and crew of the Pacific Princess took such good care of us that what was an unfortunate accident did not turn out to be a disastrous ending to our cruise -- from hotels to transportation, everything was arranged for us. Beautiful hotels in both Nice and Barcelona. And most incredible of all was the credits we received for our slightly shortened trip -- credit for the current trip and credit towards a future Princess cruise (we've already booked out next trip -- as long as it's on the Pacific Princess, it's sure to be another outstanding experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The small ship Pacific Princess, which we have sailed before, on the Holy Land Cruise from Rome to Athens back in 2014. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, ships crew, and shore excursions we participated in. Our cabin was very nice and ... Read More
The small ship Pacific Princess, which we have sailed before, on the Holy Land Cruise from Rome to Athens back in 2014. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, ships crew, and shore excursions we participated in. Our cabin was very nice and meals in dinning room very good, as well. Also, with the accident on approach of Nice Harbour and we had to abbandon ship upon arrival back from our Shore excursion to Monte Carlo and Monaco we had to be off shop this afternoon around 4pm and we had accomodations at Raddisoon BLU in Nice and them by land to Barcelona the following morning. This logisitcs were handled bery well by Princess and there crew. We were very well compensated for this occurence. Princess Cruise Lines is the Cruise Line we prefer to travel for ease of booking and there many opportunities for booking sales and ease of booking shore excursions ahead of time and settling up at the end of the cruise. We'll continue to sail with Princess. In fact we plan our next cruise with Princess next July 24 out of South Hampton, England. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Recently back from my first ever Mediterranean cruise, but my 5th overall European cruise, on the Royal Princess. A little background; I am 55, DH is 59. This was our 26th cruise. Previous cruises have been Princess (13), Carnival (4), ... Read More
Recently back from my first ever Mediterranean cruise, but my 5th overall European cruise, on the Royal Princess. A little background; I am 55, DH is 59. This was our 26th cruise. Previous cruises have been Princess (13), Carnival (4), Holland America (2), Viking River (2), and one each on Royal Caribbean, NCL, Celebrity and the American Queen. We booked this cruise in mid July, having lucked into a flash sale that was offering guarantee Obstructed View Balconies for the same price as interiors (Which were at a great price). About 10-days before we sailed we got our cabin assignment and we were upgraded to a deluxe obstructed balcony. We bought our airfare through Princess EZ Air and we got fares that were better than what I could do on our own. This cruise was a 7-day, Athens to Rome, to which I added independently a day extra in Athens, and two days in Rome. For our day/evening in Athens I went to Hotels,com to find a hotel. Pickings were slim as I wanted something nice, in the Plaka District. I finally settled on the Electra Palace. Even though a little pricey I loved the fact it had a rooftop pool, and indoor pool and spa, and very important, a reputation of comfortable beds. We got into Athens around 10:30am, and went through passport control rather quickly. I had arranged for a taxi from the airport to our hotel through a company called Welcome Pickups. The taxi was waiting for us, and in no time we were on our way to our hotel. After checking in we took a short walk around the Plaka, getting a quick bite to eat, before going back to the hotel for a nap to recover from jet lag. Later we would walk some more around the Plaka District and get dinner at one of the many cafes and do some shopping. The next morning, after checking out of our hotel we went on the HOHO bus for a quick tour of Athens. After one complete loop, we rode around again, this time getting off at the Acropolis (20 euro pp) and the Temple of Zeus (6 euro pp). It was about 1PM, and time to think about getting to the ship. At the Temple of Zeus there were plenty of taxi drivers and we negotiated with one of them to drive us first to the hotel to pick up our luggage from luggage hold, and then continue on to the pier. For 35 euro our driver did both, and in no time we were at the pier. Embarking was very fast. We had priority boarding, but the line for priority was just as long as regular boarding. We waited maybe 30 seconds before we were getting our boarding cards. Within minutes we were on board. First stop was to the Spa (Deck 5) to see about passes to Enclave (Thermal Suite). The cost was $149pp for week long passes. I loved the fact that the Enclave was opened until 11pm, except the final night when it closed at 10pm. Then it was off to the Sanctuary to see about getting cruise duration passes to the adult only enclave. The cost was $210pp for the week. Then we were off to our cabin. Our cabin was E509, an obstructed deluxe balcony. We were fortunate as our obstruction was the top of a lifeboat, obstructing the bottom ¼ of our view. The location was fairly near the center bank of elevators. I was pleased with the layout and location of our cabin, and we received very good service all week long from our room steward. Finally we went to the Horizon Court (Buffet) for lunch. The Horizon had an amazing array of food, something for every taste. Most of it was good, and there were enough waiters to get tea/water and to clean away dirty dishes. When traveling in Europe we cruise for the ports and a chance to relax, using the ship as our traveling hotel. Keeping this in mind, we didn’t go to any shows, preferring to spend our evenings in the Enclave. Most dinners were at the buffet, but we did eat twice at Alfredo’s (A fee free causal restaurant on deck 7 that serves pizzas and a few other items), and one night at the Crab Shack ($29pp). Overall I thought that Princess gave us an excellent cruise, and good value for what we paid. The only area I felt was a little subpar was the shore excursion desk. We had an issue with our tour guide in Santorini and brought it to their attention after the fact, and didn’t get a response until 6 days later that was basically a “so sad, too bad” response. The day we were in Elba, a tender port, even though we had a shore excursion booked through the ship, no effort was made to ensure we got on a tender to get to shore, even though there was still a long line of independent passengers waiting to get off, and they were given priority to get on the tender. We very nearly missed our tour because of this. The original itinerary of this cruise underwent several changes due to overcrowding at ports, and the unrest in Turkey. Originally we were to go; Athens, Santorini, Turkey, Malta, Sicily, Naples, and Rome. We ended up with Athens, Santorini, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Sicily (Time in port was shortened by 3 hours), and Elba, and Rome. Both Kotor & Corfu were beautiful, but Elba was a poor substitution for Naples IMO. There was nothing wrong with Elba, but it just can’t compare with what Naples had to offer. If interested in seeing any photos from the trip feel free to check out my web site; www.thegrandtour.simplesite.com Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had been anticipating our first family cruise for quite a while. With an early fall break for the kids due to Eid, this seemed like the perfect time to get to some great ports of call. Original schedule had Rome, Istanbul, and Athens ... Read More
We had been anticipating our first family cruise for quite a while. With an early fall break for the kids due to Eid, this seemed like the perfect time to get to some great ports of call. Original schedule had Rome, Istanbul, and Athens but unfortunately the Turkish ports were cancelled due to security. This was disappointing but out of our hands. The addition of Montenegro turned out to be a revelation and we had a great time regardless. Embarkation was a breeze, better than prior experiences with RC and Norwegian. We walked straight on and to our cabin, even though we arrived prior to our designated check-in time. These early couple of hours before the ship filled were nice to wander around and get a feel for the ship. The buffet was fully operational as well, and a positive sign of great food to come. We did excursions in four ports, all found through TripAdvisor: tour of Pompeii (thru DriverinRome.com), sea kayaking in Montenegro, AquaWorld reptile rescue in Crete, and sea kayaking in Mykonos. The Blue Caves in Montenegro was a highlight, not too strenuous, plenty of time for swimming, very friendly guides. The reptile rescue was a bit off the beaten path but appealed greatly to our kids. We rented a car at the port no problem (cheaper than two taxis). Food was great! We did the formal dining room most nights and appreciated the wait staff noting our preferences and catering to our kids. The buffet was good quality as well. Finding seating could be tricky at certain times but we the staff did a good job of bussing quickly and turning tables. No need to go for the premium dining options. Entertainment was a bit of a slow starter. The cabaret type opening show was mediocre and when the singer was announced as the headliner for more shows there wasn't a lot of interest. Other than bands or singers in lounges, there wasn't a lot of other entertainment. Things did pick up by the end of the cruise, excellent magician/illusionist, a ventriloquist, and a Beatles tribute band. The cruise director was more like one of the performers, didn't see him mixing it up around ship like on other cruises. We had four kids with us, aged 9, 12, 13, 16. Unfortunately, there were not many families on this itinerary so the activities were quite limited. Our teenagers loved the facility and spent a lot of time there hanging out. The two below the cut off (and due to small numbers the youngest kids were lumped in as well) did not enjoy it as much. Staff attempted/forced activities that were more geared toward little kids. My 12 year old especially was not a fan. We had one balcony and one interior cabin, both near each other on Deck 12. Great location and easy to get to everything. We made a family rule not to ever take the elevators so we walked a lot of stairs! Hopefully that equaled out with all the dessert I was eating. Demographically, quite old and quite international. Many Australians, Russians, Europeans, and maybe 30% American. All in all, a great cruise. We liked Princess, enjoyed the itinerary (but missed Istanbul), and had a fun time! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
After touring France for a 12 night Trafalgar Tour plus 4 nights in Paris we flew to Civitavecchia and boarded the Royal Princess the next day. It was so wonderful to have a balcony cabin again, this being my 35th Cruise and ... Read More
After touring France for a 12 night Trafalgar Tour plus 4 nights in Paris we flew to Civitavecchia and boarded the Royal Princess the next day. It was so wonderful to have a balcony cabin again, this being my 35th Cruise and hubby's 33rd Cruise we utilized the balcony every morning day and night, which can be neglected with hectic schedule whilst cruising the Mediterranean. The Royal Princes was beautiful and grand we enjoyed her Royal splendour. Being Elite cruisers made our privileges extra special. Malta was cancelled due to timing and our safety for Istanbul's instability, Corfu and Monte Negro were rescheduled instead which were lovely but we were unhappy that they cancelled Malta. Nevertheless we had a wonderful time on board as usual meeting interesting people, eating delicious food, watching a fabulous show and dancing the night away. We shall look forward to cruising the Mediterranean again soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had dreamed of going to Italy for many years and this cruise provided us the opportunity to see a large part of Italy for a reasonable price. The excursions were perfect and we stayed in Rome 3 days prior to the cruise and spent 3 ... Read More
We had dreamed of going to Italy for many years and this cruise provided us the opportunity to see a large part of Italy for a reasonable price. The excursions were perfect and we stayed in Rome 3 days prior to the cruise and spent 3 extra days in Barcelona on the way home. We had some concerns about the possibility of a Ianguage barrier but the ship's staff and the tour guides made it all very easy! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this European cruise! If you ever get the chance, hop on board, you won't be disappointed! The food on board was good, although we enjoyed eating locally when we were off the ship and we had plenty of opportunity to do so. The on-board activities were the "usual" but still very nice. The cleanliness of the ship itself was beyond reproach, as are all Princess Cruises! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Royal Princess is of the most beautiful ships I have ever seen. The lobby is magnificent, the top deck took my breath away, when I saw the pools, the bar and the different food stations. Beautiful shops and a first class Spa, which we ... Read More
Royal Princess is of the most beautiful ships I have ever seen. The lobby is magnificent, the top deck took my breath away, when I saw the pools, the bar and the different food stations. Beautiful shops and a first class Spa, which we enjoyed several times while at sea. I chose this cruise because I had done a little bit of research of all the cruise lines that sail through the Mediterranean, besides being of the best, and I knew it covered all the places I wanted to see like Sapin, France, Italy and Greece. One of my favorite ports was Kotor, Montenegro. The cabin was spacious enough for my cousin and me, with plenty of room to put away all the clothes and miscellaneous that two women carry. Our cabin attendant was always on top of our needs. Room service was great, always prompt. Magnificent restaurants, excellent food and deserts. The waiters and waitresses were very professional, friendly and caring. Our Maitre-d was a charm. Loved the shows, great entertainment. The gala nights were fantastic with the champagne waterfall and the balones. The shore excursions were absolutely great. Very organized and excellent tour guides. We always felt very safe wherever we went. Very smooth embarkation and disembarkation. I highly recommend Princess Cruises and I already planning my next one on Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise simply because we only had a week we could go this year and wanted to get away. The ports were awesome - especially Florence.We booked Princess' shore excursions and they did not disappoint - they were amazing - ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply because we only had a week we could go this year and wanted to get away. The ports were awesome - especially Florence.We booked Princess' shore excursions and they did not disappoint - they were amazing - with knowledgeable guides who were wonderful. The Royal is a magnificent ship with lots to do onboard. The cabin was excellent and our steward went above and beyond with his duties. The food onboard was fabulous. I have celiac disease, and they ensured every meal was safe for me - as well as delicious. They tried extremely hard to ensure that I could have anything everyone else was having - they just prepared it gluten free for me, The entertainment was wonderful as well. You could not ask for better service than the staff on the Royal. They were all very accommodating. This trip was just my husband and I. We loved every minute and would go back in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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