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We wanted to see the British Isles without having to drive. The ports were great. We have traveled on Princess many times before and the service was first rate as always. Some of the excursions were better then others. I would say the ... Read More
We wanted to see the British Isles without having to drive. The ports were great. We have traveled on Princess many times before and the service was first rate as always. Some of the excursions were better then others. I would say the St Andrew and Glamas castle excursion was my favorite. And I loved going to Sark and biking all over the island. My husband thought the main entrees could have been better but the starters and desserts were fantastic. The entertainment was really good. We had a balcony that was a little bigger then the standard size. It had some shade which was nice. It was nice that they were flexible with the formal dinning night because one of my relatives forgot a coat jacket and he was able to wear just a nice shirt. We really enjoyed the whole trip and will plan on going with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our first cruise 4 years ago was to the Baltic also on Crown Princess and we wanted to revisit some ports and see things previously missed. We have also had two trips on the Emerald so are familiar with the layout and like this size of ... Read More
Our first cruise 4 years ago was to the Baltic also on Crown Princess and we wanted to revisit some ports and see things previously missed. We have also had two trips on the Emerald so are familiar with the layout and like this size of ship. I've seen some reviews which suggest the ship needs a refit but we saw nothing to suggest this. Service, food and entertainment were all great as usual. Cruise Director Duke Christopher was very likeable and he and his team work really hard to keep people entertained. We opted for anytime dining as with previous trips and didn't wait long in queues as we prefer to share tables. The food was good but I think the choice was slightly less than previously. We always visit the Crown Grill which is awesome and worth the cover charge and we tried Sabbatinis for the first time but whilst food and service were fine the difference to the standard dining room didn't make me want to pay extra again. Our plan was to do our own thing in port where possible and with the exception of St Petersburg and Gdynia where we took excursions all the other ports are easily accessible. Bruges - We prebooked a shuttle online for approx £17 each . Very easy and convenient and all the sights are very walkable. Copenhagen - Love it! We walked to Tivoli and back which is probably too much for most but we broke up the walk with a canal boat trip which is a good way to see a lot in a short time. The little mermaid is 10 mins walk from the quay, just follow the crowds. Hop on hop off buses operate from the quay as another option. Stockholm - Took the shuttle provided by the ship for $15 which was convenient as we docked a couple miles out from the centre. We bought a hop on hop off boat ticket from in front the palace which runs every 10 mins or so and is very convenient. Went to the Vasa museum which was great and not too pricey Tallinn - Easy 15 mins walk to centre of old town. A truly pretty place and no need for excursion St Petersburg - So much to see and do. We did an evening at the Catherine Palace which was the highlight of the cruise and a canal trip on day two. We had previously been to the Peterhof and the ballet which is also recommended. Helsinki - We walked the coast path to the city centre which takes 45 mins and a boat tour around the islands. Weather wasn't great so didn't get it at its best. Gdynia/Gdansk - Took a time on your own tour to Gdansk and was pleasantly surprised by Gdansk. The tour had a short refreshment stop on the beach at Sopot which was also pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise as a gift for our 17-year-old granddaughter. She wanted to go to St. Petersburg. We chose this cruise rather than the one on the Regal Princess with a similar itinerary because it started and ended in Southampton, ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a gift for our 17-year-old granddaughter. She wanted to go to St. Petersburg. We chose this cruise rather than the one on the Regal Princess with a similar itinerary because it started and ended in Southampton, England. This gave us the chance to visit one of our favorite cities again. Overall we had a wonderful cruise. Our cabin stewards, especially the first one, were well prepared to do their jobs. Our meals whether in the dining room, horizon court, specialty restaurant, or grill were always tasty. We do think that the beef served in the main dining room is of lesser quality than it was a few years ago. If we could have changed anything about the cruise it would have been better mattresses on our beds and on-demand television. We had these items previously and did miss them this cruise. Where this cruise stands out is on the all-inclusive photo package which we purchased pre-cruise for $99. We more than got our money's worth from this purchase. We came home with all of our photos as well as a thumb drive with digital files of our photos. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We actually spent 4 days in London prior to the cruise. I arranged for Silver Fleet Car Service to pick us up at Heathrow and take us to the flat we rented on the East End. Ian was our driver and we had fun and informative conversations ... Read More
We actually spent 4 days in London prior to the cruise. I arranged for Silver Fleet Car Service to pick us up at Heathrow and take us to the flat we rented on the East End. Ian was our driver and we had fun and informative conversations during our 1 hour drive to the flat. We used the London Pass and the public transportation with the Oyster Card. Highly, highly recommend "Eating London - East End Food Tour!" Loved our time in London! The day before the cruise, we again used Ian, Silver Fleet Car Service, to pick us up at our flat, and drive us to our hotel in Southampton, which was about an hour and a half drive, where we stayed at The Blue Keys Hotel, Bar, & Restaurant. Highly recommend! Colin was super helpful and welcoming. The food was excellent, and the drinks in the lovely back yard ever so relaxing. We walked to the "downtown area" of Southampton - very easy walk - and enjoyed a wonderful iced coffee in the park. The next morning we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and Colin made arrangements for our taxi to the port. Embarkation - the port was about 10 min via taxi from our hotel, where Princess land staff were waiting to take our luggage right as we unloaded! Everyone was super friendly and smiling. As per our paperwork from Princess, we were to check in at noon according to their progressive check in times, which seemed to work well as we had no line to wait in to check in! From check in to board was maybe 30 minutes, very easy! We were in cabin D208, Mini-Suite, which we booked as our 26 yr old daughter was traveling with us, so her bed was the pull-out couch, which she said was comfy. She also used the open shelves under the TV for her folded clothing - lots of room and worked out well. Our Steward was Jess, who was personable and welcoming. As always, we chose the Anytime Dining, which works well for us. We usually went to dinner around 7:30 or so and if we had to wait for a table for 3, then it was usually just for 5-10 minutes. In previous cruises we have shared the large tables; however, with our daughter along, we wanted to enjoy family time. What we didn't care for this time, was the Maitre D really pushed sharing a table each night, "sharing is caring" - we, and others, didn't appreciate the pushing to share. Sadly, we didn't feel the food in the dining room was up to what we've experienced previously with Princess - nothing to ooh and aah about this cruise, but maybe it's due to being a larger ship than we've been on in the past. *Buffet - we did eat some breakfasts at the buffet, and do like the "make to order" omelettes; however, the buffet area can get quite crowded as well as the table seating, so expect to share your table if seated in the indoor area - we usually ate at the tables outside as we enjoy that option. *Crab Shack - we've enjoyed the Crab Shack on the Coral and the Island in the past and on the Crown it was quite good as well. (Now Princess charges if you want more crab.) *International Cafe - we did get a seat in this area sometimes - it's very popular. We use coffee cards which saves us money in the long run! The sandwiches and most of the salads here were very good, but the desserts usually looked much better than they tasted, and I'm not complaining - saved me calories! LOL! *Vines - fun wine bar with free (!) Tapas and Sushi. Enjoyed this bar! *Entertainment - LOVED the two comediennes! Really very entertaining! The Crown dancers and singers put on a couple of good shows! The Cruise Director and his staff also put on a little song-dance the last night - very funny! Also, really enjoyed the Trivia this cruise having never tried before, so we will look for it in the future as well. *Destination Expert - we went to her talks about each port; however, her pictures and some of her "helps" are many years old - she needs to revisit the ports and give current information. *Room Service - very quick and the sandwiches excellent! We typically ordered morning coffee and such for sea days via the Princess Ap on our phones, (instead of putting the card out on the door), the night before - worked well! *Princess at Sea Ap - we used this all the time. When we weren't together we messaged - would be nice if the message would alert you when coming in, but we just got used to looking at the message part of the ap if we weren't together. *Internet - our daughter needed this for her online college classes - seemed to work well and faster than we've experience before. We bought the package prior to the cruise due to the extra free minutes offered. *Cleanliness - we felt the Crown was kept very clean; however, there was a sewer smell on deck 7 all the time, thankfully it was only in that small area. No idea why. *Photo Package - bought this for the first time prior to cruise - saved us a lot of money! AND we made sure to get some pictures when photographers were out and about, as well as formal nights. *Ultimate Ship Tour - awesome behind the scenes tour of the Bridge, Engine Control Room, Galley & Food Production areas, Laundry Area, Area where the Anchor is in the front; Photo Lab/Print Shop; Backstage Production Show Area; Medical Center. Sign up right away at Passenger Services as space is limited - highly recommend! *Movies Under the Stars - we LOVE that Princess has this! *Disembarkation - Southampton - this needs to be worked on due to the luggage being set up on one end of the building, but the people were brought in on the opposite end so they had to get through the lines of people who already had their luggage and were trying to maneuver it to get out of the building! PORTS - I booked non-Princess tours - cheaper, with less people on the tour were my goal. I researched and researched and we were thrilled with all of my "finds!" *Zeebrugge - Bruges - we took the Princess Bus for transportation only into Bruges, where we walked to the old town square, enjoyed a cup of coffee and then joined a free 2 hour walking tour, which was very well done! *Copenhagen - walked to the Little Mermaid statue to meet up with our Red Badge Walking Tour guide, Jeannie, who was fabulous! Highly recommend booking Red Badge Walking Tours/Jeannie - we had no issues and absolutely loved every minute! *Stockholm - I booked Stockholm Guide & Cruise Services, Marco Giertz, for a private tour of this wonderful city, and he was amazing!! Highly recommend Marco!! *Tallinn - easy walk into the square of Tallinn, enjoyed a cup of coffee, and joined a free 2.5 hour walking tour, which was also very well done by Heli, the guide, who has personal history in her family of when the Nazi's and Russian's occupied her town/country. She was amazing. *St. Petersburg - we used SPB Tours for each day as they handled the VISA required, and we wanted to tour with a small group - we had 13 in our group. The first morning took longer to get off the ship and through Russian Immigration than the second morning, which SPB had told us was happening via an email just prior to our cruise. Highly recommend SPB! We saw so much, which was awesome; however, the crowds in the Hermitage were beyond belief! I think I'd give up the Hermitage for more time elsewhere, and we were there on a weekend with only 2 smaller ships in port with our larger ship, so not even close to the "normal" crowds we were told. Lunch each day was wonderful and in a "local" restaurant. Great weather while we were there, too! Also, the first night in St. Petersburg, Princess does bring on a local troupe of musicians, dancers and singers for the entertainment show in the Princess Theatre! We loved it! *Helsinki - we used SPB Tours here, too, for a short 3.5 hour bus tour that stopped at the Rock Church, Senate Square, and the Market. The Rock Church was what we wanted to see, and with SPB got right in - no line to stand in; the Senate Square was also a nice stop and we climbed the stairs to see Helsinki Cathedral. The Market was also a fun place with locally made items and lots of food! Little shops were also lined up at the port so we actually shopped more before getting back on the ship! *Gdansk - we took the Princess Bus for transportation only into Gdansk, where we beat the crowds to the Long Market! Enjoyed that area for a few hours and then boarded the bus again for a quick photo stop at the Solidarity Monument, then back to the ship. There are also free walking tours here but instead of 2 hours they are 3 or so hours and we didn't want to tie up our limited time here. ATM's - KANTOR in Gdansk - were very visible and plentiful on Long Market - vendors required the local money, most didn't take cc's. The ship went under the suspension bridge - Great Belt East Bridge - during one of our last sea days - we enjoyed being up on an open deck during this time. *Southampton - after disembarkation, the local guide I hired was waiting for us as we exited the building with our luggage. I "found" Chris, owner of Southampton Stonehenge Tours, online while doing my research, and he's a "find" of the best caliber! He took us to Salisbury Cathedral, where one of the four remaining Magna Carta's is kept, then on to Marlborough-West Kennett, and then to Avebury Henge and Stone Circles, before taking us to our hotel by Heathrow. A wonderful day of thousands of years old history! Highly recommend Chris! We love cruising with Princess Cruise Lines and have another cruise booked for 2018! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Would recommend this cruise to anyone. It was quick and seamless embarkation, our luggage was waiting for us st our cabin which was spotless. Our cabin Stewart was Elle and he was always on hand to show us the way back to our cabin ( we ... Read More
Would recommend this cruise to anyone. It was quick and seamless embarkation, our luggage was waiting for us st our cabin which was spotless. Our cabin Stewart was Elle and he was always on hand to show us the way back to our cabin ( we were forever going the wrong way) always smiling and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. We opted for early dining and pea jay and Hosea from Botticelli dining room looked after us unbelievable well, they work tirelessly to make sure we have the best experience every night and always with a smile , we were treated like family.(100% promotion material). Great entertainment, great shows and fantastic comedians and always something to do . Highly recommend the excursions we went on all but 1 and had fantastic well trained and knowledgeable tour guides we learned so much. All in all a fantastic time away. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Being new to cruising, I went with Princess last year so decided to go with them again because we had such a great time last year. Another lovely ship, great destination and great all round service. We did miss one port of call, very ... Read More
Being new to cruising, I went with Princess last year so decided to go with them again because we had such a great time last year. Another lovely ship, great destination and great all round service. We did miss one port of call, very disappointing to have missed Stavanger - but we had a medical emergency during the night and the Captain made the very hard decision to turn the ship around and return to Dover to ensure the passenger received the best possible attention. The ship, the staff and whole package was extremely good value, my only compliant is the cost of excursions, but if you do some pre-cruise research, you can find the same trips at much better prices. You have to be careful on timings!! Don't get left behind! The ship is showing signs of old age, but the crew do work tirelesly at keeping her to a good standard. All the staff we came across were extremely helpful and friendly. The entertainment was first class. Food was excellent, never had a day where I didn't enjoy the food. I am pleased I choose Princess again, and will more than likely go again next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Wanted to visit the North Cape during the Summer Solstice. The weather was mostly good but cold in the Artic, so take a range of clothes. We really loved the scenery and the cruise exceeded our expectations in the beauty of the ... Read More
Wanted to visit the North Cape during the Summer Solstice. The weather was mostly good but cold in the Artic, so take a range of clothes. We really loved the scenery and the cruise exceeded our expectations in the beauty of the surroundings. We enjoyed the food and the staff onboard were excellent. The International Cafe was well used but we did not like the layout and thought the addition of a few more comfortable chairs in this area would make it more inviting. We now sail mostly on Celebrity and feel the welcome back event was very poor compare to Celebrity. We were ignored most of the time even though we spoke to a senior member of staff asking to be served with some food or a drink, in the end we left the event early. The Captain's Club is also much better on Celebrity. Norway is very expensive, so going on a cruise is a cost effective way of visiting the more remote areas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted to hit the Norwegian Fjords, and to experience the "northern" lights... didn't factor in the sun never setting for 4 days we were north of the Arctic Circle so no northern lights... Cruise was great, food was ... Read More
We wanted to hit the Norwegian Fjords, and to experience the "northern" lights... didn't factor in the sun never setting for 4 days we were north of the Arctic Circle so no northern lights... Cruise was great, food was good, occasionally you would notice the Crown Princess is not brand spanking new, but she is still a great ship. If you're not paying attention to fine details, you'd not notice the Crown Princess is an "older" ship, everything functions as it should. We Had a balcony cabin but didn't use the balcony as much as other cruises, simply because of the lower temps. Not bitter cold, but cold enough you don't wanna sit on a balcony if the ship is moving. In ports, esp if the sun was shining on our side of the ship, it was worth being outside. The Norwegian Fjords are some of the most spectacular mountains around. Sheer granite walls in many cases going straight down into the water, other places just enough land for a smaller village. Plentiful waterfalls, some of the spectacular type, others routine, if a waterfall can ever be routine. All visible from the ship. To get to some of the ports, the ship was in the fjord for many hours providing for spectacular scenery and great camera shots. We did London for 4 days before going down to Southhampton. That was a a very busy 4 days. Too much to see, not enough time. will have to go back again to see some more. Need to better plan each days worth of sights. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
choose this ship, had the places I wanted to go to besides being a great ship. housekeeping was excellent, two shows were fantastic on this trip, was B/B for us 28 days. Summer Solstice in Norway was great to see & feel. The ship is ... Read More
choose this ship, had the places I wanted to go to besides being a great ship. housekeeping was excellent, two shows were fantastic on this trip, was B/B for us 28 days. Summer Solstice in Norway was great to see & feel. The ship is clean, still feels up to date, been on lots of ships, maybe 25-30 without being double on any so know some of what I speak. The ports were everything I'd hoped & more, time in ports was just right, ships crew was ALWAYS pleasant and always greetings when passing any of them. Too much selling on ship, excursions were very high priced so booked most off ship because only of that fact. Food was good, don't waste your time & money on specialty eating as the food in dining and Horizon deck was good ,unless you have the money to spend. Last day on ship[p the offering of 15 min. on internet for $9.99 was a good value but watch ALWAYS that you sign off correctly. Have fun Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise for the port stops. Although we were unable to make the first stop in Guernsey due to the winds and spent the first night docked in Southampton. We did not do any tours booked thru Princess. We booked our stops ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the port stops. Although we were unable to make the first stop in Guernsey due to the winds and spent the first night docked in Southampton. We did not do any tours booked thru Princess. We booked our stops ahead of time and were very pleased with the tours. The ship was newly refurbished and the new eating venues were brighter. The nightly shows were packed so it was a good idea to get there no later than 25 minutes ahead of time. I would highly recommend this cruise. The last stop and the tour to Normandy was the highlight of the trip. Also the weather was sunny and warm in France. In the northern area of Scotland it was still light at 11:30 pm and many were outside walking. Only a few people braved the cooler weather for the outside movies and popcorn. During the day the pool area was empty. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise because my family had never been to the British Isles but was familiar with the history of the cities and wanted to see it first hand. We had always heard of the beauty of Ireland and Scotland, the kindness (and humor!) ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my family had never been to the British Isles but was familiar with the history of the cities and wanted to see it first hand. We had always heard of the beauty of Ireland and Scotland, the kindness (and humor!) of its people, and it exceeded all expectations. I actually sailed solo on this ship but enjoyed the ship and crew so much I'm bringing my family back again July 24th. Entertainment was very good. The piano player, Paul, in Crooners Lounge, in particular, really stood out as talented and so warm and friendly. It was a joy to go there and listen to him. Cafe: The baristas and wait crew at the International Cafe were a highlight as well. They learned my name and order immediately, and the various complimentary pastries and breakfast sandwiches were very good. The Cones and Coffee on deck 15 is a welcome addition. They use a high-quality chocolate in the ice cream which I really appreciated. The newly branded pizza place, Slice, had good pizza. I think they've made a mistake by having only a meatball focaccia bread and another meat pizza slice (stromboli?) combination. They should let guests order from a meat and non-meat type focaccia. Gym: The gym equipment was brand new and fantastic! I went every day and enjoyed the bikes and ellipticals with their perfect ocean views. Of note, is how friendly and hard working the gentleman is who works in the men's locker room. For exercise, don't miss the promenade deck 7 for a fully wrap around walking deck, with lounge chairs. Dining: The Fresh International Market always had several items I enjoyed. I tend to choose fresh vegetables, fish, and fresh fruit. They always had plenty, in abundance and relatively high quality. One evening they had a whole salmon, and they always had delicious duck or a perfect looking steak cut to order. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff was to everyone. The internet manager was besieged by well-meaning passengers who didn't understand how to access the internet. He remained patient, kind, and so helpful, despite the onslaught of not always patient passengers. The movies for the Movies Under the Stars were excellent. Think La La Land, Star Wars, and Pixar films. High quality. I never had to wait more than a few minutes for anything I wanted. The longest line was when I locked my key in my room the first day and had to wait 5 minutes for them to print me a replacement. My only recommendation would be to stop selling those orthopedic supports. They are overpriced and the sell is too pervasive throughout the ship. To end, I can't wait to return to the Carribean Princess with its fantastic crew, new beds, and amazing destinations. Cheers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
First, about the ship: My husband chose this cruise for his 60th birthday. We splurged a Window Suite, as Caribbean Princess is one of the few that has them. (very large room, all suite amenities, but no balcony makes it a price-point ... Read More
First, about the ship: My husband chose this cruise for his 60th birthday. We splurged a Window Suite, as Caribbean Princess is one of the few that has them. (very large room, all suite amenities, but no balcony makes it a price-point that is great.) The suite on level 6 was steps away from the piazza, shopping, front desk, café, theatre, etc. and we LOVED the location. Only a handful of cabins on the floor in a private corridor, it was incredibly quiet. Only occasionally could you hear someone moving a deck chair right above you (happened maybe three times in 12 days, and lasted only seconds.) In fact, the only complaint we had about the 341 SF room was that you could hear something (anchor maybe) when it docked. And the new duvets on the great beds was TOO HOT! FOOD: Suite only breakfast in Sabatini's was awesome, with amazing service and peaceful. Food on the cruise in general was very good. We rarely ate outside of dining rooms, as the buffet is usually too loud and you have to find a table. A perk of being in a cruise is Club Class dining. They save one section of a dining room for this, with a separate entrance, and it is anytime dining for suites, elite status patrons, and some mini-suites. It is the same menu as the other dining rooms, plus a special entrée and usually a dessert. We had lobster 4 times on this cruise! There was always something amazing on the regular menu too, and the custom desserts by Love are not to be missed. So unless we had to have whatever the specialty was, we ate at our assigned table with 8 other people. The burgers and the pizza poolside were very good too. We had never eaten at the Crown Grill before, even though this was our 6th Princess cruise, and we thought it was fantastic. Definitely worth the extra fee. We ate for free at Sabatini's on first night (suite perk) but I was less impressed with it. Still very good, but Italian seafood is really not my thing. You have to really pace yourself to make it all through the courses, and the dessert was a work of art. I actually skipped the pasta course, and that turned out to be a good decision. ENTERTAINMENTt: with the exception of one crude comedian who insulted almost everyone in the theatre at one point in his routine, the entertainment was very good. We missed the big Princess show Bravo, but I heard that it was excellent. However, the cooking show with the head chef and the head maître d was hilarious! The ship brought on guest entertainers at many ports and they were all great. The group of musicians and Irish dancers that performed while docked in Dublin were awesome. The Scottish version from Edinburgh was said to be very good but we were on shore when they performed. Vocalist Glen McNamara did a Rat Pack and Michael Buble routine that was fabulous. We went to more shows on this cruise than any other we have been on. You just had to get there EARLY for the 8 or 8:30 show. PORTS: Guensey: this is a small island in the English Channel very near the French coast. We only had a few hours in port and we didn't plan on even going ashore, as jet lag still hadn't abated, but it was such a beautiful day, we took the tender over to the port and just walked around the shopping area right at the bay. It was mostly clothes, banks and chocolate, but if you had your hairspray confiscated by TSA like I did, there is an drug store to get stuff you forgot. There are some things to do here, but we were trying to pace ourselves, as 9 ports in 12 days is A LOT!!! COBH (pronounced "cove"). The ship docks within a few feet of the train station, which has a train every hour into Cork, and it is only 6 Euros to Cork. We were planning to take the train into Cork to catch the Jameson bus to Midleton for the distillery tour, but the ship was late docking (due to tides in Guernsey) so we missed the right train. Instead we hired a taxi to take us into Cork for 30 Euros (meter said is should have been 39 Euros, but he had quoted us and he was honorable.) Anyway, the taxi driver was also a tour guide, and he told us all about the area for the 30 minute trip into Cork. Since we were early to catch the Jameson bus, he insisted that we tour the English Market and then walk back to the bus. IT is GREAT! Pictures on the web do not do it justice. My husband wants to move to Cork just so he can do our grocery shopping there. Next we made the Jameson bus, which is free and takes you straight to the front door of the Jameson Experience. This is not to be missed. We went on 5 distillery tours on the trip and this was the best. And after the 11am tour (we booked and paid online) we ate at their café, which was great. We had just enough time to finish eating before catching the bus back into Cork, arriving city center around 1:45. Then we just walked to the train station (maybe 1 mile away) and went back to the ship. The train schedule had added more trains when we were in port to handle the load, so we didn't need to rush after all. DUBLIN: the ship is in port from early morning till 11pm, so if you have that much energy, Dublin is the town to do it in! We were here on a Sunday, so the hours for many museums, etc, were very short (but free) so we just did the very reasonably priced HopOn HopOff bus, leaving the ship after the crowds and had lunch. The ship provided FREE buses from the industrial port to a square in town. Once off the bus, you will be swamped with people trying to get you onto their HOHO, as there are 3 companies in town that do this. We took the yellow one, and if we were beer drinkers, it would have been an incredible deal as they had coupons for free beer in 2 pubs, pretty much covering the cost of the HOHO. Instead, we just rode around on the top deck, (another gorgeous day) and listened to the guide. After a complete circuit, we got off near Grafton Street, had a snack at a local hangout, and went shopping. Grafton Street and surrounding streets were mobbed, but a very festive atmosphere. Then we just walked back to the bus drop-off location and went back to the ship. At dinner, the waiter asked if we were going back out! BELFAST: Once again a free bus into the city. Again we did a HOHO, which again was excellent value. We got off at the Titanic Experience, a new museum that is excellent. It has great, modern visuals, holograms, a ride, etc. It only opened in 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, so it is really state of the art. It was built on the dock where the Titanic was built. We arrived at lunchtime so ate at a burger place off a side street that was very good. Then we went into the museum. Unbeknownst to us, it was a national holiday, and the museum was packed with school kids. But we still managed to tour the place in about 90 minutes. If you had a reason to read all those captions below all the pictures, etc. you could spend up to 4 hours in there, but it was too crowded and we didn't have any relatives who had worked on the ship, so we sort of skimmed through. It was still very good. When we got back on the HOHO, our tour guide told us about all the horrific happenings in Belfast that only officially ended 20 years ago. The numerous murals around the city have guys holding machine guns, etc. Between the murals, the still active gates within the city, and the graphic description from the tour guide, we were pretty depressed by the time we had finished the HOHO circuit and couldn't wait to leave the city. GLASGOW: We didn't want to do any of the excursions from the ship or any I could find from regular tours, so we hired Duncan McNab of Edinburgh Day Tours to take us where we wanted to go out of Greenock, the port 27 miles from Glasgow. Duncan was awesome, and would have been a great steal if we had had a full van. He was 360 pounds for the day, from 2 to 6 guests. With just the 2 of us, it was reasonable, and he was great. We went to Stirling Castle, (arriving before the buses), to a woolen mill that also had a herding demonstration using geese!, and to see the Highland cow (long-haired longhorns) before we ended up at Auchentoshen Distillery. Absolutely lovely day. KIRKWALL: the Orkney islands at the top of Scotland seem to have excursions to 5000 year old artifacts, but we were interested in Highland Park Distillery, a world renowned Scotch manufacturer. So we took the free bus from the port into the tiny town (6 minutes away) and walked the shopping district, which was very nice. Then we made it back to the port to be picked up by a Highland Park rep (they offered when I emailed them months before) and whisked us to the distillery for the Connoisseur Tour. So worth the price. Of all the distillery tours we took, this was the most informative as far as sampling whisky. After the tour and tasting, another rep took us back to the ship. At the dock, there is a small building that had tables set up for vendors. We bought the most amazing homemade shortbread cookies and whisky marmalade, but there was also lots of homemade wool yarn products and other crafts to buy. Do NOT miss stopping in and supporting the local people. And cheap! INVERGORDON: After internet searching, I found Invergordon Day Tours and booked them because of the price and itinerary. So glad I found them! Gavin is a 34 year old exuberant guide who set up the business after traveling the world a few years. He grew up in Invergordon and created tours that he would take his own visiting friends on. His half-size bus is great, holding about 25 people. Instead of trying to spot Nessie, we went the other direction and after stops at a scenic waterfall and lookouts, went to Dunrobin Castle, which is fully furnished, still in use, and in excellent condition. But the highlight is the falconry show in the immense gardens. (also owl and hawks). Then he took us to Royal Durnoch, a very old village with a historic cathedral and golf course, to find our own lunch and shopping, before going to Glen Morangie Distillery for a tour. He was VERY conscious of the time, and we made it back 40 minutes before All-aboard. His cost for the entire day, including the castle and distillery entrance fees, was only 70 pounds! Lunch was on us, but he told us the best places to go, and since it wasn't really a tourist town, it was very reasonable. Just awesome day! EDINBURGH: The ship does not have a free bus into the city, but right off the tender pier is a bus that takes you from there into Edinburgh for 10 pounds, 15 Euros, or 15 dollars round trip. The last bus leave Edinburgh at 5pm, but we were ready to leave by then, as walking in the very hilly city is exhausting. We got off the bus at Charlotte Square, which isn't too far from Edinburgh Castle, but we were headed for Holyrood, so after walking to a main street we caught a taxi down there (7 pounds) and went to the Palace. I had checked online before leaving to make sure that Queen Elizabeth would not be in residence, as it is closed to the public when she is. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny Saturday, so it there was a pretty long line to get tickets, but the Palace didn't seem crowded at all. You get a video guide that tells you about each room as you enter it. Unless you want to hold the walkie-talkie type thing up to your ear the whole time, like we did, bring your earbuds. The palace is in great shape, and the commentary was excellent. After the Palace, we walked uphill the whole way to the base of Edinburgh Castle, stopping for random shopping and lunch. We had a 2:40 reservation for a tour at The Whisky Experience, which is at the top of the Royal Mile just before the gate to Edinburgh Castle. We were early so went shopping at a unique 3 story atrium store across the street. The Whisky Experience is a collaborative owned by all the distilleries in Scotland, so their take on things is more about how and why, versus just focusing on individual whiskies. It has a barrel ride as part of its tour, which is very entertaining, but if I had not already been other distillery tours, it would have been a little confusing as to the making of scotch. After the ride, there is an almost panoramic movie about the 5 regions of scotch making, and the differences between them, with beautiful, National Geographic style photos. Then you select which region you want to taste a whisky from. That is the Silver Tour. The Gold tour has the addition of sitting in their tasting bar in lounge chairs, and getting samples of whisky from 4 regions. If you want to taste anything else, then that is additional, but they have just about everything. Their gift store is pretty amazing too. A little tipsy, we speed-walked back to Charlotte Square to catch the second to last bus back to the pier. The last tender wasn't for another hour, so we checked out the gift shops across the street from the pier, where we bought some tweed stuff and a pewter sculpture. You can spend days and days in Edinburgh, so we will be back. My husband bought a couple St. Andrews polos in a gift shop, and they turned out to be WAY cheaper than buying them at St. Andrews, we found out. LeHAVRE: Last port of the trip is at the mouth of the Seine River, but it is a 3 hour bus ride into Paris, and we had been to Paris several times before, so we were going to take a Princess excursion into Rouen (medieval town where Joan of Arc was burned). I wanted to see the architecture there, but once we got onboard and got our excursion tickets, we discovered that the bus didn't even leave till 1:15, returning at All Aboard time, 7:30. Since this was the last day of the cruise, we had to pack. Plus it was my husband's birthday, so we didn't want to miss dinner with our table-mates. So we cancelled the tour and just took a bus into LeHavre for the day. The bus was NOT free, (16 Euros round trip for a fairly short ride) has overcrowded, and hot! Then once we got into the city it was pretty much deserted! It was another national holiday, and there wasn't so much as a café open. So we walked around to very eerie post modern city, (the city was leveled on D-Day and entirely rebuilt in the next decade, so the whole city is 5 story apartment buildings with retail on the ground floor), checked out the museum (that turned out to have NOT Impressionists but had an contemporary exhibit that was X-rated) and were back on the ship by 1pm. Really disappointing. Most we talked to that evening went to Normandy, which they said was great. Overall, we had such a great time that we are considering doing the exact same itinerary in a couple years. So much to do in every port! I actually lost weight on the cruise because of all the walking we did. (and NOT eating in the all-you-can-eat buffet). In hindsight, the only things I would have done differently was go on a different excursion in Belfast and in LeHavre. Next time.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The British Isles is a wonderful itinerary having a mix of larger cities (Dublin, Edinburgh) but also having more rural areas to explore in the Scottish Highlands. The Caribbean Princess is a wonderful ship. Only comment is vis-a-vis how ... Read More
The British Isles is a wonderful itinerary having a mix of larger cities (Dublin, Edinburgh) but also having more rural areas to explore in the Scottish Highlands. The Caribbean Princess is a wonderful ship. Only comment is vis-a-vis how Princess described the lunch for new seafood and bbq grill restaurants. Really nothing more than an extension of the seating for the Market Place. Also, did not find the specialty coffee to be as tasty as on other sailings with Princess. As usual, staff was great and entertainment and food options plentiful. Wish that a shuttle had been provided by Princess into Edinburgh as $65 was a bit steep for a 20 minute drive. You do not always want to do excursions as it is also nice to simply explore on your own. Tender process was slow for Edinburgh (over 1 hour just to get off the boat)-felt as if treated as a '2nd class citizen' because we did not take a Princess excursion in this port. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Delayed at Southamton although not princess's fault ship was late getting into Southamton due to weather in the bay of Biscay which can be very fickle. We checked in and we're informed that as ship was late getting in boarding ... Read More
Delayed at Southamton although not princess's fault ship was late getting into Southamton due to weather in the bay of Biscay which can be very fickle. We checked in and we're informed that as ship was late getting in boarding would be delayed and if you wanted princess were organising free shuttle busses into Southamton to kill time. However we decided to stay put which was just as well as we boarded within half an hour of checking in all credit to princess and check in staff. We have cruised with P&O and Cunard and princess our are favourite so far, I can't aggre with previous reviews that the ship needs a re fit as I found no evidence of tatty carpets etc. We had a mini suite on dolphin deck which was great as you get a bath as well as shower, however if there is more than two people in the cabin there is no curtain to separate the main cabin from the bed sette (as on P&O Brittania) We had fixed dineing but the couple on the table opposite us were constantly moaning about the service and were rude and belligerent to the waiters so as a result we only dined in Botticell's three times, we also ate in the sterling stakehouse and sabitinis which were both excellent. Will more than likely book princess again Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our fourth time on the Crown,this time we did the 7 day cruise to La Coruna. It lived up to our expectactions.We had the opposite experience to the 1 star transatlantic review. We found the ship to be very clean, no bad smells and ... Read More
Our fourth time on the Crown,this time we did the 7 day cruise to La Coruna. It lived up to our expectactions.We had the opposite experience to the 1 star transatlantic review. We found the ship to be very clean, no bad smells and all staff without exception were extremely friendly,polite and accomodating. We had freedom to dine and only had to wait for 5 minutes for a table for two,went straight in on the other nights.Whatever table we went on the waiters were very friendly and accomodating.On a few ocassions we asked for a combination of a starter and main course eg. I had a caesar salad with grilled salmon as a starter,my wife is not a lover of veg but likes french fries and the waitewrs were very helpful. We had breakfast delivered to our cabin every day,the young steward was very friendly and helpful and most mornings we had a chat. We had lunch in the Bottecelli had again the experince and food was exceptionally good. We had a balcony cabin A314 and found it more than adequate for our needs and very comfortable. our cabin steward Joseph was first class and again ver y helpful. We did not book any tours as we have done them in the past but opted for the shuttle buses and we heard some passengers had to wait quite a while for a shuttle but we had no problem because we went down about 9 oclock and more or less straight on. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth, in fact on the way to Southampton I had a text to say there was a delay due to the Crown getting in late due to adverse weather conditions and boarding would not start until 2 oclock.we arrived at 1.30 and were on board by 2.15pm. Must also mention Eaveswaycoaches they give a 5 star service we have used them before and will in the future. Overall we had a great cruise,excellent value for money and cannot wait for the next cruise, on the Crown going to Norway for two weeks in August this year. If it is as good as this one we wil be very pleased. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We picked the cruise for it's ports...and they did not disappoint. We had 2 tender ports. I honestly do not understand why large ships go to tender ports..and when they do, they should be far more prepared to get folks off the ship ... Read More
We picked the cruise for it's ports...and they did not disappoint. We had 2 tender ports. I honestly do not understand why large ships go to tender ports..and when they do, they should be far more prepared to get folks off the ship quickly. On our second tender port, it took us 1.75 hours to get to shore with the wait. Unacceptable in my opinion. I should not have to book a ship tour to get off the ship in a reasonable amount of time. The entertainment was just OK. I do not need craziness, pool games, etc, but the musical entertainment was way too mellow. I do not know if this itinerary was the reason for the music. We are 50 years old, many on the cruise were older...but that doesn't mean that people don't want to hear upbeat music. They had alot of classical, never any music at the pool (even on nice days), and nights were mainly boring. The house band was talented, but they didn't seem to play too much. The piazza could have had occasional upbeat music a few nights, but never did. On the last day, there was a woman singling opera there...I have no idea where she came from. Those younger than us were really dissatisfied with the music selection. They need to improve this and have more variety for different likes. Overall, the cruise was great. I'm only mentioning the things that could use improvement. Would I recommend it? Absolutely...just wish these few things were addressed for the future.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We (hubby and I) had always wanted to try a transatlantic cruise. We were fortunate to back with a 14 day Med. cruise on the same ship and the same cabin. Started the day with the gym then headed to the buffet for breakfast. We were ... Read More
We (hubby and I) had always wanted to try a transatlantic cruise. We were fortunate to back with a 14 day Med. cruise on the same ship and the same cabin. Started the day with the gym then headed to the buffet for breakfast. We were always early, food was fine and we were ready to start our day by 9am. We were able to keep busy with the enrichment programs in the morning. We knew the Crown was an older ship but had no problems. Our mid ship balcony cabin was in good condition. Our steward was terrific. We knew the bathroom was the older style. Always had enough towels and hot water. We had cruised on the Regal and the newer style bathrooms are great but we wanted the itinerary. Lunch was usually at one of the outside restaurants. Dinner was mostly in the main dining room. We chose anytime dining. Always found plenty to choices for dinner. Never waited more the 20 minutes for a table We were off the ship in every port. The weather was in the 60's and 70's every day. We did a show just about every night. Enjoyed the piano player singer in the bar. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports of call. The itinerary was the perfect balance of major cruise ports and variable sea days. This was our second Princess cruise. Our first was last spring (Spring Break!) on the Emerald Princess. This ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports of call. The itinerary was the perfect balance of major cruise ports and variable sea days. This was our second Princess cruise. Our first was last spring (Spring Break!) on the Emerald Princess. This year, the Caribbean Princess European Capitols cruise exceeded our expectations! The Ship: With this being the second cruise post dry dock. the freshness and new appeal come through. The ship was in immaculate condition. Carpets were fresh and plush, decks were clean and bright. The biggest change was on the Lido deck. Wow! It looks very modern and fresh! Cabin: We had a mini-suite, deck 9. The location was perfect, sandwiched between decks with cabins and no public spaces above or below. The cabin itself was clean and in good shape. Our room steward: Rommel did a great job and was very friendly. Dining: One word: Yes! Lido Buffet / Pizza / Hot Dogs_Hamburgers: All were consistently good. How a company can turn out that much hot food, that quickly, in that amount of quantity, and with that amount of flavor is beyond me. Well done! No pun intended. Crown Grill: Superb. One of the Top 3 Filets I've ever tasted. That's saying a lot! Dining Room: We had the traditional dining in the Palm dining room every evening at 5:45. We came to appreciate and enjoy our servers: Ronald and Irene. They were attentive and helpful. Entertainment & Activities: The evening shows were great. I've come to find a general lack luster, almost cheesy-ness, among the cruise lines and their on board shows, but wow. That's all I have to say. I way underestimated this group in particular. The Caribbean's final performance: "Bravo" was really great. They fly in a professional Soprano Opera singer to accompany the on board performers and this show was excellent. Activities: The activities were par for the course: Bingo, Trivia, Casino, Movies Under the Stars (this trip: too cold!!) but no less, fun to do! The Entertainment staff were funny and well suited for their jobs. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We choose this cruise as some of my family were cruising all the way to Perth on this cruise, we are still working and could not afford the time off Embarkation was a bit slow but that was due to the staff having to check the visas for ... Read More
We choose this cruise as some of my family were cruising all the way to Perth on this cruise, we are still working and could not afford the time off Embarkation was a bit slow but that was due to the staff having to check the visas for India The ship is a lovely size not too big Our cabin was very well situated for the pool and cafe caribe at the rear of the ship The food was always amazing, we had a few breakfasts in the restaurant , we also had afternoon tea (a must) we had burger and chips and pizza. The international cafe was a firm favourite of ours, The entertainment team were so good activities were plenty Choir, Zumba,dancing lessons,line dancing,and much more. The entertainment in the theatre was second to none brilliant ! A bit disappointed that the ships singers and dancers were not performing more . Liquid blue were fantastic . The service on board was perfect every member of staff were smiling and very helpful. This cruise had quite a few sea days which I really enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Decided on doing this cruise as relations were making their way back to Australia after spending 3 weeks with us in Wales. This was our first time with Princess and will certainly cruise with them again . As I was travelling solo and ... Read More
Decided on doing this cruise as relations were making their way back to Australia after spending 3 weeks with us in Wales. This was our first time with Princess and will certainly cruise with them again . As I was travelling solo and had to pay the dreaded double cost I chose a inside cabin , this was mid ship on Baja deck B411 ,cabin very spacious,loved the open wardrobe space making the cabin seem larger without the wardrobe doors. Good cabin steward who kept everything clean and tidy,loved the new bed and pillows so comfy you did not want to get up. We had my time dining and after being on different tables for a few nights we found two excellent waiters whom we asked to stay with ,we were lucky that if we dined around 7:30 pm there was usually room at one of their tables , Prasad was from Goa and his assistant from Brazil ,we were made to feel special every night,nothing was to much trouble for them The theatre shows were hit and miss , enjoyed Paul Brown who performed two nights fabulous voice he had been the lead singer in The Lion King in London,David Copperfield also put on two good shows once in the Theatre and and another night in one of the lounges. Also went to a few shows in the lounges put on by the crew and were also very good .only problem was there was never enough room and lots had to stand throughout the show. One of the highlights of this cruise was the transit though the Suez Canal ,excellent commentary from the bridge by an Australian lady ,sorry can,t remember her name ,also enjoyed her talk in theatre on Petra ,I had been a few years ago on a land based holiday to Jordan so had already visited Petra so enjoyed going through it all again. My only regret on this cruise was not taking the plunge and going the full 48 nights to Australia! May be another time.loved the Emerald Princess Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Great itinerary. Lovely ship. Good food. Enjoyed everything about it. We enjoyed the cruise, and the days just whizzed by. We were very sorry to get off the ship. The dining room was especially fun, and Peter our speedo wearing ... Read More
Great itinerary. Lovely ship. Good food. Enjoyed everything about it. We enjoyed the cruise, and the days just whizzed by. We were very sorry to get off the ship. The dining room was especially fun, and Peter our speedo wearing waiter from Hungary made the experience. Enjoyed the pools, the weather, and the trivia. Having a balcony was very nice, and we enjoyed sitting outside and having coffee in the morning. A late night drink was a wonderful way to cap off the evening. I think Princess has the best laid out rooms, with the big closet in a place away from the bed. Being on a long cruise is a special experience, and made the cruise more relaxed. We will definitely aim to go on longer cruises in the future. The only negative is SHARE - avoid it at all costs. It is expensive with bad service. Despite complaining the cruise line doesn't seem to compare. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Good way to get home after touring in England, Good length of cruise. Really enjoyed the cruise in general, the only negative was the Indian visa requirement, don't know why Princes continue to include India, when it is such a ... Read More
Good way to get home after touring in England, Good length of cruise. Really enjoyed the cruise in general, the only negative was the Indian visa requirement, don't know why Princes continue to include India, when it is such a pain to acquire visa and it costs so much for a single day. On the up side: 1/ The inclusion of the Share Restaurant was a real bonus, initially thought the $39 a head charge was a bit high, but after visiting quite happy to go again, the food was superb, and service was excellent. 2/ The gym size was the best I've seen on Princess, never had a problem getting access to equipment. At first staff seemed new, but quickly got into the swing of it and made the trip a pleasure to self indulge in to many drinks and nibbles.Thankfully the gym work limited it to only 2 or 3 kg over when I got home. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a fabulous 30 day cruise from Southampton, England through the Suez Canal until we reached Singapore. Very interesting ports of call including Dubai, Aqaba (Jordan), Cochin (India), Phuket, not to mention Italy and Sicily. ... Read More
We had a fabulous 30 day cruise from Southampton, England through the Suez Canal until we reached Singapore. Very interesting ports of call including Dubai, Aqaba (Jordan), Cochin (India), Phuket, not to mention Italy and Sicily. Princess did a great job managing a very full ship of passengers. The food was very tasty at every venue, the service was great, and the lecturers on board were so interesting. I liked it so much that I want to book another cruise with Princess. My only issue was with fellow passengers. They would lie sweating in the sun by the pool and periodically jump into the pool to cool off, without even rinsing off their sweat in the shower attached to the pool .YUK! It got so I did not want to use the pool after the sweat hogs. Passengers should have to take a course on Cruise Etiquette 101. Other than that, an awesome cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Suez canal, suez canal, 5 day land tour of india, staff friendly & met our every need. Halloween was eventful for families though we did not cruise w/children. Tours ashore were well organized. Enrichment lecturers were tops and ... Read More
Suez canal, suez canal, 5 day land tour of india, staff friendly & met our every need. Halloween was eventful for families though we did not cruise w/children. Tours ashore were well organized. Enrichment lecturers were tops and informative the whole cruise. lounge band liquid blue was the best ever. One night beatles group, phillip brown also jo little were excellent entertainers. Grange tower hotel is 5 star religious services were were regularly conducted and very much appreciated. Pop choir was entertaining for passengers and singers alike embarkation and disembarkation very smooth boutique values very reasonable weather was agreeable for the long cruise .very glad we did 11 day canary islands prior to 49 day repo . E-card is very thoughtful for keeping touch reasonably w/ family back home we were able to vote in the usa national election w/ the help of crew. BEST CRUISE EVER WOULD DO IT AGAIN EXCEPT INDIA Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Embarkation Arrived 09.30 at the mayflower terminal due to late arrival of the emerald luggage drop was a bit delayed We managed to do our luggGe drop approx 10.15 and then checked in 10.30 very slick and we boarded around 11.30 ... Read More
Embarkation Arrived 09.30 at the mayflower terminal due to late arrival of the emerald luggage drop was a bit delayed We managed to do our luggGe drop approx 10.15 and then checked in 10.30 very slick and we boarded around 11.30 Cabin B748 at the rear of the ship on the corner large balcony, room was ready and luggage arrived by 12.30 Beds and pillows were excellent as good as I have at home and I invest in my bed and pillows Wardrobe space is plenty big enough and extra hangers available on request Emerald was clean and in good order absolutely no complaints from me Soda package. We bought 2 would not buy it again can only be used on the certain non alcoholic drinks IE fountain sodas which I don't like juices not fresh ones so in future we would just pay as u go Coffee card. Good value however we bought 2 and only used 1 note to self only buy one at a time Wine package. Bought 7 bottles for $169 good value if you like wine Dinning experience. We ate in the dining room ( fixed ) and international cafe both excellent Shows. Some good some not so good depends on your taste Staff. No issues we were treated well Sanctuary. We used this on 4 occasions and really enjoyed it would consider an inside stateroom and pay for sanctuary Overall this was an excellent cruise and emerald was a great vessel, the only negative I have is the inflated prices of the spa and hair treatments, I am convinced if the prices were lower more people would use the services Disembarkation An absolute breeze, we live 300 miles from the port and we were home for 13.30 pm Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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