Since we had never been to the British Isles and have cruised Princess several times, it was an easy decision to choose this cruise. After the numerous negative reviews of the Caribbean Princess, I had some trepidation prior to boarding. ... Read More
Since we had never been to the British Isles and have cruised Princess several times, it was an easy decision to choose this cruise. After the numerous negative reviews of the Caribbean Princess, I had some trepidation prior to boarding. Thankfully we experienced almost none of the issues reported by others and thoroughly enjoyed our time on the ship.
For the first time, we did not select a balcony cabin and choose an Oceanview instead. For us, this turned out to be fine as the weather precluded balcony use, and the cabin was booth roomy enough for the two of us and in fine condition. The only negative item was the fluctuating water temperature in the shower, which was a minor annoyance. The new queen mattress was wonderful, both supportive and comfortable (in fact I wouldn’t mind replacing my home mattress with the same model). Our cabin attendant, Anthony was personable and efficient handling rental tuxedo alterations and laundry requests in a timely manner.
We always choose Anytime Dining and enjoy meeting fellow passengers so we never waited for a table in the main dining room. The menu selections were to our satisfaction (and served at the appropriate temperature) and with only a couple exceptions delivered in a timely manner. Not being big eaters, we found the portions just right, allowing us to enjoy the desserts (which were delicious) without feeling overstuffed. The dining room staff was courteous and we enjoyed many joking interactions with them and our table mates.
This was the “oldest” cruise we’ve been on (more so than Alaska or the Mediterranean) and perhaps that was why the Princess Theater filled up so quickly for the Production and other shows. With a 6 pm dinner, if you weren’t at the theater by 7:20 or so for the 8:15 show, you couldn’t find decent seating. In fact we had to attend a couple Explorer’s Lounge “Live Broadcasts” from the theater when we ran late. We did find the late shows (10:15 pm) easy to attend with much smaller crowds. The quality of the Princess singers and dancers was superb, maybe the best we’ve seen. Of all the shows, Bravo stood out, enhanced by a local singer with a wonderful operatic voice. We also spent many hours in Crooners enjoying Paul Burton’s piano/vocal talent and witty commentary.
With such a “port intensive” schedule, the sea days were much appreciated and we relaxed poolside or in Skywalkers or watched a movie.
As usual, Princess handled the embarkation/disembarkation process smoothly and proficiently.
A wonderful cruise experience shared with some memorable acquaintances and new friends. Read Less