Never again! Have sailed many times with Holland America, and also with Cunard and Viking. First time with Princess - and this will be the last time, also. Many Princess cruisers said this was not like previous cruises - much worse - ... Read More
Never again! Have sailed many times with Holland America, and also with Cunard and Viking. First time with Princess - and this will be the last time, also. Many Princess cruisers said this was not like previous cruises - much worse - and think it may be Carnival Corporation's doing.
Terribly disorganized ship, inedible (literally inedible!) food served in dining room, staff bickering (especially kitchen staff - shouted arguments), front office staff inefficiency and
uselessness, and HORRIBLE Disembarkation experience (Princess' fault - NOT U.S. Customs' fault, as Princess staff tried to blame). ALMOST FOUR (4!!!) HOURS STANDING AWAITING CLEARANCE!!! SOME PEOPLE MISSED FLIGHTS. THIS WAS PRINCESS LINES' FAULT - NOT CUSTOMS' FAULT, AS THE PRINCESS LINE STAFF TRIED TO BLAME. If Customs is slow, then we should have been provide a comfortable place to wait - such as a dining room - instead of being forced to wait, initially, in a space which did not have enough seats for everyone (1.5 hours standing) and then outside on concrete standing in line for another 2 hours!!! Additionally, the announcements which were made by ship's services were not informative at all.
Our dining room steward and assistant, Michel and Paul, were two of the very few bright spots of
this cruise. The dining room managers/greeters were always pleasant. There were several other stewards and assistants that we encountered during breakfast, lunch, and incidentally during dinner who were quite good, too. However, there were a few we encountered during breakfast and lunch who were brusque or snippy - possibly because they are overworked or because of the disorganization that seemed to pervade the entire ship's crew.
Horizon Court - cafeteria-style dining: small, confined area with ostensibly a one-way entrance and exit which fails to work. Not nearly as many options as Holland America, and much more difficult to navigate. Also, for both dining room and buffet, quality of food is rather low (e.g, use of chemical whip instead of whipped cream, canned or frozen orange juice instead of fresh orange juice, most soups using the same apparently corn-starch-thickened base. Some seafood (lobster, e.g.) and fish was apparently thawed and then refrozen - mushy.
Worst shipboard internet ever!!! Slowest and therefore most expensive internet ever encountered aboard a cruise ship. Definitely one of the reasons never to sail with Princess Line again.
There were two issues that prompted a visit to the front office staff, both of which were raised during four visits. Neither was resolved during the visit, nor was a follow-up call received at any time (as promised). Read Less