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This was our first TA and we had chosen the Crown Princess because we had been on the Caribbean Princess at the end of 2016. That experience was only okay, but we got a good price for our accommodations based on a "Hugh" onboard ... Read More
This was our first TA and we had chosen the Crown Princess because we had been on the Caribbean Princess at the end of 2016. That experience was only okay, but we got a good price for our accommodations based on a "Hugh" onboard credit, and had hoped that the dining and entertainment would be better because of the length of the cruise. We were on board for 14 days, ending at Southampton, UK. What we found was that this cruise did not even live up to our Caribbean Princess experience. The buffet experience was horrible, with much confusion in the cramped spaces in the serving lines. This is the same layout as our previous experience, and we never deliberately eat where there is a "sneeze-guard" but on excursion days we had no choice but eat there are eat nothing. The International Cafe simply cannot accommodate the number of guests trying to get breakfast before early disembark when in port. Never did we have anything except COLD food. The warming lights did not keep food warm. I had a made to order omelet twice, and one of those times I got someone else's order. Not having enough time to order another one, I ate what I got. Dining room experiences were disappointing too. We ate mostly at DaVinci. It took way too long when we sat with 3 other couples, taking more than 2 1/2 hours, One time my Romaine lettuce in my Caesar salad had rotten pieces in it (only 4 days into the cruise). The matre d came and took it away, and made a big deal about the chef wanting our stateroom number, but they never even sent a note, much less a complementary upgrade meal. The menu was well below the standard of our previous cruise, with the "beef" choice on the left side of the menu being a "hamburger" of the day, instead of a true "beef" choice. The best hamburgers were on deck. Why would anyone want a hamburger at the sit down dining room. Also, we observed the Matre D speaking condescendingly to both employees and to guests. We had two experiences in upgrade restaurants. The cost had gone up, and we had to pay an additional $10.00 above the upgrade price to get a supplemental entree. Simply unacceptable. We were to the grill and to the Italian restaurant. I will say they were better than the Dining Rooms, but not enough for us to ever pay for the upgrade again. The entertainment during the first seven days out was in a single word "awful". The guests soon caught onto the fact that we needed to be in the theater 40 minutes ahead of the show to even get a seat. Guests were "holding" seats, and in the end, many sat on the stairs, an obvious safety issue. The staff did nothing to remove guests who were sitting on the stairs. This happened each night we attended during the 14 day cruise. The entertainers were awful as well, The female solo entertainer and the male solo piano player were not even marginal. We got up and stumbled over people sitting on the stairs to get out of the piano player's set early. We don't do that kind of thing, respecting the artist, but in his case....we were "out of there". The only bright spot was the English entertainer who sang....that was the highlight of the entertainment cycle for us and we saw two different shows he presented. The ship seemed to be aging and could use a facelift. We did appreciate our steward and she went out of her way to assist when the hairdryer didin't work, and she gave us her personal hairdryer for two days until the electrician finally made it to our cabin to fix it. Don't plan on relying on the Internet package. It took way too long to log in and we finally got a credit back on our purchase. My key card quit working an average of once a day, some days more than once and other guests had the same problem. The ports and excursions were very enjoyable, and my hat is off to the excursion managers. We did create our own private tour in North Spain because the ship could not provide what we were wanting to see. Based on this experience, we would say that we WOULD NOT make Princess our first choice in the future. We will go back to Norwegian as our first choice. This fall we are doing another TA from the Canary Islands to Colon, Panama. We will be using Pulmantur Monarch of the Seas. Our experience on Crown Princess will not stop us from another TA experience, but we will avoid Crown Princess specifically and be very cautious with Princess in general. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We wanted to take a transatlantic cruise and especially visit Fatima and Normandy. Overall the ship is ok, but dated. The ship holds over 3000 passengers, the Princess Theater holds maybe 1000. The shows were averge, the solo singers ... Read More
We wanted to take a transatlantic cruise and especially visit Fatima and Normandy. Overall the ship is ok, but dated. The ship holds over 3000 passengers, the Princess Theater holds maybe 1000. The shows were averge, the solo singers were very good. Unless you were able to get to the show before 7:30, you cannot get a seat. The food in the specialty restaurants, Sabatinis and Crown Grill, was excellent. The food in the main dining room (Botticelli) was average. The phone in our cabin never worked. Princess advertises EZ air, however, you can only use it in the US. Princess rep never told us. Therefore, we had to get our boarding passes at the airport. Princess advertises robes in the cabin, we requested them, but, were told they ran out. Too many passengers. There were plenty for sale in one of the shops. Everything on the ship is sell, sell, sell. Fortunately our shore excursions were very good. We booked them thru Princess. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Ports. Ports. Ports. The Pacific Princess is a small ship that can visit smaller ports that larger ships can only tender. That part of it we really liked. We didn't like being confined to our cabin during Tropical Storm Arlene ... Read More
Ports. Ports. Ports. The Pacific Princess is a small ship that can visit smaller ports that larger ships can only tender. That part of it we really liked. We didn't like being confined to our cabin during Tropical Storm Arlene because of 15-20 foot waves. The PP I believe has stabilizers. They must be 3 feet long. People were being seriously injured because of the rough seas. I fell, hitting my head, and pulling muscles in our cabin when the ship lurched violently (add that to being sick for 3 days). A 18 day cruise turned into a 13 day one. The entertainment was mediocre with the exception of the dancers (who left the ship in Fort Lauderdale). Best dancers we had ever seen. Everything else was oh-hum. One comic was gross and we walked out. Another used sexual references that we thought we inappropriate. The tenor was excellent. The mentalist was entertaining even though he only had 3 effects I believe in his act. Food was very good in the dining room and the buffet. Princess made the buffet into a 'bistro' on sea days that had pretty limited offerings. I did not like it after the 2nd or 3rd time we used it. The desserts were outstanding. The presentation and selection in the buffet when we had one was very good. Our waiter and his assistant in the dining room were excellent. The personnel on the ship were great. Great, friendly, helpful service with just a few exceptions. One of the best cabin stewards we ever had. The ship is in dire need of a refurbishing. It is scheduled for one I understand. There isn't a chair on the ship that has a firm bottom. Lots of dings, rust, and fading paint everywhere. Carpet is dated and faded. Kind of depressing. During one show a light fixture fell out of the ceiling. Our cabin, a balcony one, was very, very small. Mattress was shot. Linens were adequate. There are few 'American' outlets to plug a computer into anywhere on the ship. The size of the ship is perfect however. Instead of walking for 20 minutes to get anywhere, everything is a short hike away from any cabin just about. The library if it had better chairs would be a delight to hang out in. Internet was adequate except that it could not be accessed very well in our cabin. We learned 3 days before the end of the cruise that it helped get service if we propped the cabin door open. Terrible. Met people who didn't understand that their free internet service extended to both people in a cabin. Sad. Disembarkation was perfect. The best we ever saw. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. We have been on the Diamond before and we found that not much has changed. The ship was in dry dock for 10 days in Singapore prior to our cruise, the most visible upgrades were new carpets. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. We have been on the Diamond before and we found that not much has changed. The ship was in dry dock for 10 days in Singapore prior to our cruise, the most visible upgrades were new carpets. Several passengers complained that the Air Conditioning in their rooms did not work but we did not have this problem. Our cabin was a standard balcony which we've been in several times and is adequate for our needs. Everything worked well. The food was just average I thought the fish dishes were below par. Entertainment was pretty good, the production shows were well attended and the performers looked as if they had been together for a while. Service was pretty standard. In trying to think of someone who caught my attention, I couldn't think of anyone. My wife liked the room steward but I thought she was inattentive at times. We took a Princess excursion in all but one port. I was deeply disappointed in all of them. The Vietnam ports were all a good ways from the sightseeing and it was very hot. The excursions seemed to be tailored towards walking and shopping, not two of my favorite things. I liked Taipei the best, a nice ride around town ending up a the 101 story building. We were on our own in Osaka and went to the Palace, it rained heavily but we made the best of it. Mt. Fuji was the highlight of the trip, it cleared of clouds about noon and was an awesome sight all afternoon and during sail away. I was also surprised to be able to see it from our next port Yokohama. A stunning sight. I'm glad we did it once, but would not do this itinerary again. This being our sixth Princess cruise it was our fourth most favorite, hence the three star rating. Pretty average. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had an adequate transatlantic crossing. It had some good points, but overall was just OK. We've been on 22 cruises and traveled many lines, some luxury and some mass market, but this was our first time on Princess. First the ... Read More
We had an adequate transatlantic crossing. It had some good points, but overall was just OK. We've been on 22 cruises and traveled many lines, some luxury and some mass market, but this was our first time on Princess. First the things we liked: Embarcations & Disembarkations: The ship was delayed in reaching Ft. Lauderdale for our departure, but we received warning e-mails, and we followed instructions and did not arrive at the port until after 5:00, thus avoiding all crowds. We simply walked on board. At all ports, leaving the ship and returning were seamless experiences, and our departure in Southampton was super smooth and quick. Much better than some other large ships we have been on. Food in the Coral Dining Room: We ate most of our meals in Club Class in the Coral Dining Room and we were pleasantly surprised by the food quality and variety. This was some of the best food we have had on a ship. The service was also excellent as we were served by the same team at each meal and they made an effort to know us. Lovely experience. Full Suite: We pampered ourselves with a full suite and thus were very comfortable with all the space and the lovely rear-facing balcony. Casino: Probably the most active and fun casino I have found on the sea. Lots of passengers playing and having a good time, very friendly staff. Now the things that made it just an average cruise: Ship Design: This is not a handsome ship, nor is it modern or stylish. From the outside it looks like a shoe box on the water, designed to hold the maximum number of people. On the inside, the design is like a suburban Holiday Inn. There is nothing wrong, but there is no beauty or luxury. The Caribbean Princess had just come out of dry dock where they had installed new carpeting, but they were still completing the job while at sea, and the workers were quite sloppy. Not a good look. Service: Other than in the Club Class dining, the service was just OK. No special or personal touches, just doing their jobs. Food in Other Venues: We ate in Sabatini's, the Crown Grill, and had a few lunches and breakfasts at the buffet. The specialty restaurants were all right, but not on par with fine dining on land, plus their interior design was tacky. The buffet was adequate, acceptable quality but not finely-prepared or presented food. We were surprised that the new Steamers buffet was not open at lunch, even though the daily program said it was. Now the things that were lacking: Entertainment and Activities: In these areas Princess seemed to go for the low-cost options. Way too many activities that involved selling you something, or things that were cheap to operate, like movies. I went to one enrichment lecture and it was sloppy and not interesting. Live music was too often like that in a lounge at an airport hotel. The headline entertainers were mediocre or bad, like an Elvis impersonator (really?) and a comedian/juggler who was neither funny nor competent. Cheesy. Fitness Center: My pet peeve, unfortunately. The center is large and affords splendid views. But no one has assessed the popularity of the aerobic equipment and purchased accordingly. They had only 2 recumbent bikes and they were occupied all the time with people waiting. This is my favorite form of exercise and how I work off the calories. At the same time they had 20 treadmills which were never 50% occupied. The fitness staff were absent. We might take Princess again. It was very affordable. But we did not book while on board and will not be hurrying back. It was just OK. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise to get to Ireland. We have sailed about 18 times with Princess. The newly refurbished updated Horizon Court was very nicely appointed. The problem was the food at lunch was not very good. There was not much variety and it ... Read More
Chose this cruise to get to Ireland. We have sailed about 18 times with Princess. The newly refurbished updated Horizon Court was very nicely appointed. The problem was the food at lunch was not very good. There was not much variety and it didn't seem fresh. Everything seemed tired and had that leftover feeling.the space felt small as much of the room was taken up by two new pay to play restaurants for evening time. The entrainment on board was very average and lacked any imagination or appeal. Very average talent and quite old feeling. The passenger games were very crowded because there were not enough scheduled and people were searching for something to do. There were no sports broadcasts for much of the journey. The ship was fresh out of drydock but the women's public restrooms were mostly broken the entire trip. Always had to scramble to find a working public restroom when attending shows, activities or bars & restaurants. This was below average of all the Princess cruises we have been on. With about 18 cruises, we were disappointed and will not be sailing on the Caribbean Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and wanting to take an east bound t/a having done several crossing west bound. Knowing the ship was coming out of dry dock gave us some concern which proved correct in our thinking. Much ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and wanting to take an east bound t/a having done several crossing west bound. Knowing the ship was coming out of dry dock gave us some concern which proved correct in our thinking. Much refurbishing was still being performed during the cruise such as carpeting still being laid down and an annoying banging/grinding noise below our cabin mid ship. Cannot understand how when you have the all inclusive beverage package the International Cafe still managed to charge us and customer service could not correct the issue, we just gave up. This has put us off from cruising with Princess in the future. Lesson learned about missing a shore excursion due to illness. You must get a doctor note in order to get you money back. Now we know but to late, out several hundred dollars. The new Club Class dinning was very nice and service superb but there is no wall between Club Class and the mdr so a lot of noise. Celebrity offers a separate dinning room which is superior and more intimate than Princess. Wise to thank Olena, Nelson and Velson for such attentive service! Vines bar was a great place to hang out prior to dinner with a glass of wine. Flynn, the bar steward knows his wines and was a blast to talk to. Overall outside of my husband getting sick with a uri and being charged for two shore excursions that were missed, I had a decent time but will probably not cruise on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been ... Read More
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been discounted drastically which did compensate for most of the problems. If this had been my first cruise on a Princess ship it would have been my last. I hope people who were on this cruise consider this when judging the line. Along with leaving dry dock, they were changing a lot of venues, menus, and how things are priced. Cruise food for the inclusive venues reflect the price of the cruise and is sort of like going to Denny's or Applebees. Many of the changes were wonderful, but when you are used to certain things being there it is an adjustment. It seems that waffles are a thing of the past along with peppermint tea being replaced by a spearmint version. I used to look forward to those items on the vacation. As Princess rolls the changes out on the rest of their older ships I hope they listen to their loyalty members regarding the changes. Many of the complaints I heard were from people who have cruised on more expensive lines and their comparisons were like comparing Morton's Steak House with Sizzler. If you want Morton's you are going to have to spend the cover and go to The Crown Grill. The staff doing the art auction we not as friendly, except the blonde, Lanna. The main auctioneer was brash. She liked to promote her non-profit in Africa, and herself. Also, other Princess ships auction staff gave free mass produced prints out for attending any events, this group didn't even give them after the last two hour auction. Many older people have problems with knees and hips and need to use an exercise bike instead of a treadmill. They only had a few bikes, they don't let the spinning bikes be used. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Embarkation was 4 hours late in starting, no heat for days despite 40 degrees outside. Numerous calls and visits to desk were put on back burner. Excursion very expensive and the worst we've ever taken. Taken to Paris given ticket ... Read More
Embarkation was 4 hours late in starting, no heat for days despite 40 degrees outside. Numerous calls and visits to desk were put on back burner. Excursion very expensive and the worst we've ever taken. Taken to Paris given ticket and when clearing security us, and several others were dumped no guide no group. Had to search for group and had no time to check out area or even to pickup a souvenir. One couple was actually left in Paris and had to take a taxi back to the boat, a 3 hour ride. Our bus and another was late getting back, but they did wait. Hopefully it'll improve, but be weary. The new bedding is nice but duvet is weird and constantly separates. New design in buffet area nice but same food and only one choice of carved meat nightly. Really disappointed with princess and this cruise. Hopefully this will improve over time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The non screening of NRL games was a dissapointment as we were on the Sea Princess last year & seen every game but they showed most AFL games which was wierd as majority of people came from NSW & QLD. Legends bar was closed all day ... Read More
The non screening of NRL games was a dissapointment as we were on the Sea Princess last year & seen every game but they showed most AFL games which was wierd as majority of people came from NSW & QLD. Legends bar was closed all day which i could not understand. It was like winning the lottery getting a seat at the coffee lounge due to readers & knitters sitting there all day. Food was good but as usual the same menu as my last 4 cruises why don't they change the menu to Aussie as this ship travels from Australia all the time & only one Lobster meal in 3 weeks when it used to be every formal night. Every where you go on the ship there is something missing from the last trip always cutting back with everything except for the cost of the cruise. The string group Rhapsody Tris was awesome & so was Bravo. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I are in our mid to late forties, live in Los Angeles, and basically love to cruise. The ocean, the ports, the fun..we love it all! This was the first time we've set sail from our hometown, and for us this was an ... Read More
My wife and I are in our mid to late forties, live in Los Angeles, and basically love to cruise. The ocean, the ports, the fun..we love it all! This was the first time we've set sail from our hometown, and for us this was an incredibly convenient way to get away and experience all these fun ports in Mexico to which we'd never been. We took a shore excursion in almost every port (whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling and zip lining), with each one lasting about half a day, which also gave us time to walk around and explore each port ourselves. We felt the cruise provided a great opportunity for both adventure and sightseeing, and we had a blast. The ship itself is a bit of a mixed bag. Seen from afar, anchored in Cabo or docked in Los Angeles, the white hull, blue glass, and curves of the smokestack looked stunning. The inside central atrium, called The Piazza, has an impressive three story design with swooping staircases, and though not as large as the pictures seemed to indicate, it was a totally fun place to hang out. There was always something going on there, whether it was a band playing or some audience participation event in the afternoon or a party at night. We really enjoyed the captain's cocktail party with the champagne glass waterfall, and the final farewell balloon drop, both longtime and much loved Princess events. The other public venues radiating outward from the piazza were well appointed and nice, from the semi Egyptian theme of the Explorer's lounge, which was a fun place to watch a singer or musician while having a drink, to the larger Vista lounge, where all sorts of things happened, like trivia, game shows, etc. The cruise director, Andrew Kadillac, and his staff were wonderful, and had so many fun activities happening on sea days in particular that for the first time in all of our cruises we really had to keep track of our schedule so as not to miss anything. The captain, Michele Tuvo, was phenomenal, an engaging and lively and warm man who really seemed to enjoy interaction with the passengers. We've never had that on a cruise before.The entertainment in the main Princess Theatre was great, in particular the production shows, with fantastic singers and dancers. The movies under the stars, on a huge outdoor screen by the pool, are also a fun feature. They even pass out blankets! The two lecturers, however, a husband and wife team who talked about the history of Mexico, whales, and all the ports, weren't compelling at all. We've seen far, far better on other cruise lines. We had a pretty big issue with the design of the upper outdoor decks of the ship. We are not sunbathers, but love to find some shady, quiet outdoor places to enjoy the sea going by and read a good book. Sadly, they were almost impossible to find on the Star Princess. The covered pool is just too noisy, as is the main pool area, and almost all the rest of the upper decks feature vast bland open spaces crammed full of uncomfortable chaise lounges. There's not a single shade structure or umbrella to be found. We wound up paying either $40 for a full day, or $20 for a half day to use a covered area call The Sanctuary near the bow of the ship, with lots of shade and nicer chaises, and very attentive attendants. It's luxurious, but we didn't like having to pay for the only place with shade on the upper decks. The decks featuring passenger cabins felt old and dated. The endless hallway leading to our cabin was completely undecorated and felt like a service corridor in an old hotel. Our balcony cabin was on the Caribe deck, with a large balcony that we enjoyed. Our steward did an incredible job, keeping it clean and fresh almost invisibly. The cabin itself was small and nothing special, and felt more spartan than any we've had before. Not a huge deal, but the tv was quite small and the space a little claustrophobic, even for a cruise ship. We also had unpleasant toilet plumbing issues that you really never want to experience, especially while on vacation. These happened twice, but to the ship's credit they were dealt with quickly. The dining was problematic. Both specialty restaurants, The Crown Grill, a steakhouse, and the Italian Sabatini's were delicious and had great service. We did enjoy the Horizon Court buffet. There was usually a wide and varied selection of well prepared and above average food for each meal. I really liked the different style pancakes every morning, and the different gourmet sandwiches I could find at lunch every day. Our biggest problem was dinner in the main dining room. We didn't enjoy it at all. Service for the early seating was so slow that we were not able to attend the early production show that started two hours after we sat down each day. My wife and I are not foodies and always on cruises keep our expectations realistic, but these meals varied from ok to quite subpar, with the best parts usually being the appetizers and dessert. We try to eat healthy and often eat fish, but it was so poorly prepared that neither my wife nor I could eat it. As a result, we wound up eating every night in the buffet. That part was a shame because we usually love the "pomp and circumstance" of sharing a meal with our fellow passengers in the dining room. Overall, we still had fun and enjoyed the trip. I think we'd be open to cruising again on Princess, but I think we'd want to experience a newer ship than the Star Princess. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Enjoy quiet days at sea and the cruise visited some Caribbean island new to us. Itinerary up the Brazilian coast was interesting and included many days at sea. Good fellow passengers being a healthy mix - lots of British, Australians ... Read More
Enjoy quiet days at sea and the cruise visited some Caribbean island new to us. Itinerary up the Brazilian coast was interesting and included many days at sea. Good fellow passengers being a healthy mix - lots of British, Australians and Canadians. The crew were, as always it seems, excellent, cheerful, friendly and always willing to help. Entertainment was quite good overall. The destinations speaker was excellent, humorous and informative. There was no other speaker/s which left a gap. Our cabin near the center of the ship had a marked vibration on some days and sometimes even in port! On the negative side, (1) the ship is tired as noted by several other passengers - the cabin was tired, etc. (2) Appears they were running inventory down - example: poor wine selection resulted in complaints we were told so no wine package - go figure, poor selection so higher prices!! (3) Prices - seems everything is now more expensive - example $13:50 per day gratuities - heard several passengers say they had decided to decline the charge - sad for the staff. (4) the main theater is too small - to get a seat for early show required arriving half an hour early - recommend three (shorter) shows each evening - one before dinner for the late sitting? Princess standards seem to be slipping and meanwhile onboard prices are up and sales activity sometimes seems to take priority. This may have improved the CCL share price and profitability but not the enjoyment of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This is a cruise to connect with the dawn princess coming from sydney on the 9/02/17 .embarkation was no problem because there were only 430 new passengers in auckland . We had a shore tour before we got on the ship . It was a bus trip to ... Read More
This is a cruise to connect with the dawn princess coming from sydney on the 9/02/17 .embarkation was no problem because there were only 430 new passengers in auckland . We had a shore tour before we got on the ship . It was a bus trip to davenport with a ferry trip back to the ship on your own ,all in all a very good tour . This was our first cruise with golden princess to test the ship for the future . We just had 11 fantastic days on the dawn princess !! we had fixed dining ,and staff working in the dining room were excellent ,but the meals were not the same standard as on the dawn . Horizon court was fine . The general layout of the ship not very passenger friendly on a short cruise.. 90 % of staff very friendly 10% did not want to be there . disembarkation was a shambels . When things went well they told you so every opportunity , when things did not go to plan they did not tell you untill after the event . We had people passing out in congested hallways leading to the meeting areas. As we got to the luggage pick up area one small peace of luggage was missing , having booked seats on the airport shuttle we had to go and catch that bus . On the bus we talked to several people that had luggage missing ,all the same color and number tag. i contacted princess the next day ,they knew nothing about it . Left all the information required to contact me as soon as they had news of what happened . At this stage 48 hours no news . Overall not a nice experience !! Will we Sail on Golden again "Not likely Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Having cruised many times before (over 20) I must say that the food on this cruise was the best I have ever had. Each night there were many varied dishes and all were tasty. We had differently prepared seafood's, vegetarian, pasta and ... Read More
Having cruised many times before (over 20) I must say that the food on this cruise was the best I have ever had. Each night there were many varied dishes and all were tasty. We had differently prepared seafood's, vegetarian, pasta and meats. As all ships have , they too had their everyday choice of the usual. All members of the crew were very friendly and did cater to you and assist your every need. If lost on the ship trying to go from one location to another, if you were to ask for directions of a crew member not only did they tell you how to get there but they were quick to say follow me. The cabins were kept spotless, room service was on time for breakfast served in your cabin, boarding and embarkation were relatively easy. My disappointments was with the excursions desk. Port one when we arrived it was raining out cats and dogs. Our excursion was 3 hours of touring Honduras and 3 hours on a beach. When we wanted to cancel we were told there are no refunds, and such was in their terms and conditions. Funny that the same person who sold us this excursion never pointed out any terms and conditions. Did they really expect us to lie on a beach with horrific rains. After much debate and the tour operator agreeing that those not wanting to go can cancel. Yes I was refunded this excursion as was many others. Common sense if its pouring out you give a refund on weather related excursions. All of our other excursions were wonderful, we were graciously treated and welcomed. Our other disappoint was with the entertainment and activities aboard, which were few. Only two nights there was scheduled shows based on your dinner seating at either 7:00 pm or 10:00 pm the standard. Why they had two other shows scheduled for only 9:00 pm made no sense particularly if you had dinner at the second seating. Forget about any late shows or comedy shows at 11:00 PM or midnight there were none. The ships entertainment was lacking after 10 :00 pm there were only a few lounge shows in the bars. The day many chose to stay on board given the horrific rains you would think that the cruise director would create additional indoor activities, NO. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
took this back to back cruise, 1. singapore to australia, 2. australia to new zealand and the 2 cruises were so differant in value. Cruise 1 was geared up for the English, the food was very good, the formal nights exciting cruise 2 was ... Read More
took this back to back cruise, 1. singapore to australia, 2. australia to new zealand and the 2 cruises were so differant in value. Cruise 1 was geared up for the English, the food was very good, the formal nights exciting cruise 2 was very dissappointing, catering mainly for the australians who didnt dress for dinner, the food was bad, the menu limited and by this times the captains jokes had been used so many times he became boring. Entertainment also was better on 1st cruise and 2nd cruise was mostly the same. As with all cruises they were out for your money with over priced items which then had tax and service charges added and the "at sea" sales was a joke with crap from all other cruise destinations for sale, who wants to buy a souvinear from europe on an asian/australian cruise. The very large gym had loads of treadmills, 5 bikes and only 1 rowing machine Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I always said that I had never met a cruise I didn't like but now I can say I have found a ship I didn't like. This was our 9th and most likely last Princess cruise. It was our 28th cruise. We are in our early 70's. The ... Read More
I always said that I had never met a cruise I didn't like but now I can say I have found a ship I didn't like. This was our 9th and most likely last Princess cruise. It was our 28th cruise. We are in our early 70's. The food and entertainment were excellent. However, the cabin size is minimal, the bath towels were undersized and thin, the pools were just weird. The aft pool was a little bigger than a hot tub and the retreat pool was too deep for my husband to stand. There was no shade unless you pay for it. OMG the TV stations. You had a choice between FOX News and MSNBC and two espn stations. Imagiine that the week before the elections. And, the cruise director didn't see fit to show the Patriots Buffalo game on a cruise out of New York. Then he forgot to show the 6th game of the world series. Cruise staff was invisible. They advertised a book group. Twenty people showed up and they only had ten books. Then we were in St. Martin until 10:30 at night. Who goes out at night on the islands? So we had a night when everything was closed on the ship with minimal entertainment. The library was the worst ever on any ship. It goes on and on. The conclusion we came to is that other than providing fine food and entertainment, Princess is not interested in providing anything unless it generates revenue for them....even shade. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise for relaxation and the itinerary. Disappointed in the embarkation procedure, with technology today there should not be a reason to stand in long lines, even with elite status. The ship itself is fairly new, cabins well ... Read More
Chose this cruise for relaxation and the itinerary. Disappointed in the embarkation procedure, with technology today there should not be a reason to stand in long lines, even with elite status. The ship itself is fairly new, cabins well laid out and roomy. The dining started a downward spiral. On a gluten free diet. Their procedure is to have the guest preorder dinner in the dining room a day ahead. Nothing on the menu marked gluten free. Not only that but had a headwaiter come over and in an arrogant tone told me we were holding everything up, even though had told our waiter about the gluten free diet. Complained to the maitre d' and he didn't get back to us for days. This way of doing things made one felt put upon. Service in the dining room left a lot to be desired. Our waiter could not fathom that when someone wanted something added, they didn't want something else removed from their order. Led to a lot of confusion. Wrong food delivered twice. On the last night they couldn't [or didn't] find the remainder of a bottle of wine I had. Speaking of wine-their smallest package is for 7 bottles [on a 10 day cruise]. If you're the only drinker that just doesn't compute. Just about none of the food on the buffet was marked gluten free, you're left to your own devices on that. Entertainment was fine-normal sea going type. Great music and musicians. Ports-were only 3. St. Martin, Antigua and Bonaire. Shore excursions were blocked out in Bonaire by the ship. Left to our own to find something on shore. Don't know that we would take this type of itinerary on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
10-day Southern Caribbean Repositioning Cruise Brooklyn, New York to Ft. Lauderdale Visiting St. Maarten, Antigua and Bonaire The Regal Princess lives up to her name. She’s regal, beautiful and very, very big. Upon ... Read More
10-day Southern Caribbean Repositioning Cruise Brooklyn, New York to Ft. Lauderdale Visiting St. Maarten, Antigua and Bonaire The Regal Princess lives up to her name. She’s regal, beautiful and very, very big. Upon embarkation (which was very easy) you enter the ship through the Piazza, the main shopping and entertainment area. It soars three stories tall, gleaming with brass, inlaid marble and crystal. It’s a spectacular place to be introduced to the ship. And it's the hub of activity day and night. This was my 50th cruise. I’ve been sailing on cruise ships since I was 13 and I am now 54 years old. I hadn’t sailed on Princess for 15 years; sailing most recently with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. As a brand Princess positions itself as a mass-market, top-tier cruise experience. It lives up to it’s branding fairly well, however there are problems with the ship itself that were lower than my expectations. At almost 150,000 GRT the ship is large. Very large. She’s not as big as Allure of the Seas, but big enough that going back for a forgotten item can take upwards of 10-15 minutes to retrieve and return. It’s not a good choice for anyone with mobility issues or wants the feel of an intimate shipboard experience. Or for anyone who easily gets lost. Because she’s a big ship, she maneuvered through rough seas very well. We sailed out of Brooklyn into a storm and though there were15-18 foot waves and 50-60mph winds, there was little noticeable rocking/movement. The only time we felt motion was when we went to bed on the first night. The hangers in our closet kept banging together. For the remainder of the cruise we never once felt any rocking or movement. This was also true for Allure of the Seas, which is 75,000 GRT larger than the Regal. This is a good ship for anyone concerned with having sea sickeness. Regal Princess has one MAJOR FLAW. There are no mid-ship stairs. Because of this lines for the elevators, which there are 8 mid-ship, can be very long during high-traffic times like embarkation, shows and meal times. We booked a mid-ship stateroom and more often than not, had to wait 5 minutes or more for an elevator. Many elevators just glided by our floor without stopping. I had promised myself to use stairs as often as possible to help curb buffet weight-gain. To do this I had to walk all the way forward or aft to use the stairs. This was a logistical nuisance and added too much time to maneuver through the ship. (Note: Rumor has it that during it's 2017 dry docking they will be adding stairs mid-ship. Let's hope so.) We selected traditional seating for a late dinner. Our dining room was the somewhat lackluster (for a new ship) Allegro Dining Room. We had table 300, a nice round table with a booth and chairs. Our meals were wonderful. Always served hot, nicely prepared, with a good choice of options. Our servers were outstanding. The Allegro served the best food of any main dining room that I’ve ever had on any cruise. Unfortunately, there's a logistical problem with the placement of the Allegro Dining Room. You can’t access it from the deck that it is on. You must either take a very crowded stairwell down from the deck above or use one of four elevators that open up onto a mass of people stuck in line from the stairwell. Princesses’ architects really planned this entrance poorly. It was always hot and jam packed every evening 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. Not good for formal night. We dined in Sabatini’s one evening. The food and service was exceptional. The only drawback was we were seated next to a door leading into the kitchen. It must have also been by a trash bin because throughout most of the diner there was a foul stench waifing by our table. We had sushi one evening in the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. It was delicious and well prepared. Though it was al a carte the price was very reasonable and well worth it. We also dined at Alfredo’s several times for lunch (free). The pizzas, soups and pastas were outstanding. Worth the 20-30 minutes it took to individually prepare each individual entree. The coffee house had free pastries and sandwiches that were bountiful and good. The Horizon Terrace and Bistro was adequate. Compared to the buffets that we’ve had on Celebrity, the food was just ok. Selections were abundant, however the taste on many of the dishes was bland and boring. The logistics through the serving stations and the small aisles on both sides of the dining rooms made maneuvering though the area claustrophobic during peak times. One of the quirks with the buffet is that you don’t collect your flatware when you go through the buffet. The flatware is set on available tables. Unfortunately during peak times there’s not enough staff working the dining area. Many times there’s no flatware at empty tables and you have to steal flatware or wait for a server to come by and have them retrieve it for you. My favorite bar was the Wheelhouse Bar. It is elegant and the bartenders were friendly and made great cocktails. We purchased the beverage package and didn’t get our full value out of it, even though we did drink a good amount and had specialty coffees, water and sodas every day. Unless you plan on drinking from dawn to dawn, it would be hard to get your money out of the package…tho we did try to. My partner and I went to the LGBT mixer every night. The first evening was hosted by a ship’s staff member. The other evenings the group was left on our own, which was fine. There was about 25 participants and it was a nice way to meet other LGBT people on the ship. The mixer is proudly advertised in the daily paper/schedule and on The Princess at Sea App. for your smart phone (which was great to use throughout the cruise to find things that were going on). For our cruise the mixer was held at 7pm in the Wheelhouse Bar and then moved to Club 6. One of the disappointing things about the Regal Princess is there’s no forward facing bar/lounge overlooking the bow of the ship. I really missed sipping a cocktail while enjoying the view over the sea from 15 stories up. It’s just a shame. There’s very few few good sea views from any of the interior public spaces except from the lounges on the Piazza. This tends to make some of the spaces seem claustrophobic. A HUGE disappointment was The Sanctuary. It’a a joke. We boarded the ship right when boarding commenced. There were no more than 200 people ahead of us. We immediately went up to The Sanctuary to reserve chairs (I had read that chairs sell out quickly). We waited in a line of 12 people for 45 minutes only to be told that there were no more chairs available. Worse was it was cold and raining and there was o overhead shelter while we waited. The way they book chairs for The Sanctuary is archaic and frustrating for both customer and staff. NOT a good way to start a leisure cruise. If Princess can’t automate chair selection then they should just bundle this area into Suite packages and not offer it to the masses. Entertainment on Princess is mediocre. We had taken a Celebrity cruise a few months earlier and their entertainment was fresh, contemporary and extravagant. The Princess shows in all of the lounges was sophomoric. The singers and dancers were adequate however the production shows were left overs from the 1990’s. Obtaining seats to the main show room was a nightmare. If you were not there 15 minutes before a production there were no seats left. Lastly, I had to work during part of the cruise. I'm an illustrator and brought my laptop and a monitor toward in my room. The wifi, which I bought a 500 minute package for pre-sailing, was a joke. The internet is extremely slow on the ship. Painfuly slow. It would take upwards of 15 minutes to establish a connection to gmail or Yahoo. Forget trying to download or upload anything... or stream video. This is another reason I like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean better than Princess. Their internet is land-speed and can accommodate uploads of files. It's 2016. People want to be connected, even at sea. In the future I’d probably book Celebrity or maybe Holland America over a Princess Cruise. The cruise was nice however it just didn’t have that special quality and touch that Celebrity’s products consistently delivers. If I do sail again with Princess I’d like to try a smaller ship. I have no issue with big ships, in fact I like them. However Regal Princess should have hired better architects to design the flow of the ship. On the flip-side they did hire fabulous interior designers. The ship is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The east seaboard is full of history and cruising out of Quebec to Fort Lauderdale gives a glimpse of the past.Quebec City full old style buildings, narrow streets ,and that French influence . Sydney Nova Scotia with the infamous coastline ... Read More
The east seaboard is full of history and cruising out of Quebec to Fort Lauderdale gives a glimpse of the past.Quebec City full old style buildings, narrow streets ,and that French influence . Sydney Nova Scotia with the infamous coastline and Fort ,Halifax Nova Scotia the original gateway to Canada, Bar Harbour is very quaint and is a stepping stone for the Arcadia National Park, Boston with so much History one day does not do it justice. Newport with all the historic mansions and past wealth, New York so much to see and do ,a no brainer for a visit and Norfolk ,close to Williamsburg ,should be on every bodies bucket list. How ever the down side was that the service in the ships any time dining room was slow and when the food did finally arrive was cold and under cooked.Beware the if on a drinks package only expect quick service if you go to a bar and order your drinks direct. You could have eaten your meal in the dining room before your drink would arrive. On this voyage we did not see the Captain or any senior offices other than the Hotel Director and Cruise Director,even at the Captains cocktail party or at the Captains circle cocktail party, these were hosted by the cruise Director. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our second cruise on the Star Princess. Not much has improved since the 1st except for the excellent production show entertainment. "Born To Dance" is a hit. This time the staff on the ship just did not seem very happy. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Star Princess. Not much has improved since the 1st except for the excellent production show entertainment. "Born To Dance" is a hit. This time the staff on the ship just did not seem very happy. Perhaps it was because this was a "one off" cruise itinerary, or everyone is just getting tired. The itinerary was interesting, Nanaimo BC was the surprise hit of the cruise for us. Nice little town and very welcoming. Not enough time in Seattle and we also had to go thru immigration there. Astoria was also nice and easy to walk. We did a Hop on Hop off tour in San Francisco where they seemed to be in a race, this was not one of the ships excursions but I think they all blast thru the town. We got back on the ship for diner and did not get off again even though they were in port till 11pm. That made it kind of late to get up to see us go under the Golden Gate bridge. I we did a west coast tour again it would not be this one, but would return to Nanaimo and Astoria if possible. Food was not so hot in the main dinning room so we ended up going to the buffet the last 2 nights which was OK. The cooks still seem to think that everyone loves onions and spicy food :-( Unfortunately our Cruise Critic group was not very active for this cruise so we did not have a Meet & Greet :-( Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The 5 major areas Princess failed miserably are as follows: 1. EMBARKATION IN TIANJIN: Upon arriving at the Tianjin Pier after the long 4 hour drive from Beijing was total chaos. There was no system for queuing or where we should go ... Read More
The 5 major areas Princess failed miserably are as follows: 1. EMBARKATION IN TIANJIN: Upon arriving at the Tianjin Pier after the long 4 hour drive from Beijing was total chaos. There was no system for queuing or where we should go after we got off the bus. There was no information on filling Immigration forms & passengers had to re-queue after numerous vague instructions. Total chaotic disorganisation with unskilled & ignorant personnel. Advised not to embark from Tianjin. 2. PORT LECTURES: This was BAD!! There was no port information for Keelung & Hong Kong due to sickness of lecture contractor. The remaining lectures provided were also vague, with more historical information instead of current attractions or local transport modes. 3. PORT EMBARKATION: Despite minimal information on Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the whole process of queuing to access shuttle buses & information of tourist attractions were carried out with precision. Pamphlets for land travel, attractions were provided in detail by port staff. The Brisbane port management was totally incompetent, with no queuing system. Port staff were vague with payment methods & were unable to oranise & schedule buses to & from the pier. 4. Entertainment on Ship was very poor quality. For most of the Shows in Princess Theatre, many either walked our or fell asleep. On most afternoons, there were no activity, whilst on some nights, comedy shows with scheduled back-to-back at different venues. The most popular entertainer was located at the Promenade every night. This are seats few passengers whilst many passengers had to stand. Meanwhile, Explorer Lounge & Vista Lounge were often without crowds. The Cruise Director could have maximised. 5. FOOD: Fresh fruits were thoroughly enjoyed at the beginning of the cruise. After Hong Kong, the kiwi fruits & melons served at Horizons Buffet were very unripe. Why does Princess serve fruits that cannot be consumed & then result in sheer waste by ading good foo in the garbage? Pies, usually Steak & Kidney Pies, served in the International Cafe, Deck 5, were always burnt. Princess need to take heed. There is too much competition in the cruise market & we will need to consider alternations in future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise as it was a one way trip from Beijing to Australia and it worked well with a land tour of China we had booked. The service was good and overall the meals were great. The ports of call were interesting with stops in ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a one way trip from Beijing to Australia and it worked well with a land tour of China we had booked. The service was good and overall the meals were great. The ports of call were interesting with stops in Osaka, Keelung (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Vietnam - Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Bali ( Benoa), Darwin, Brisbane (where we disembarked), then on to Sydney and Melbourne. However, as there were quite a few sea days and we wished to enjoy the outdoor and promenade areas, we felt that the amount of on-going maintenance on the ship was excessive. The sauna was never operational, both Deck 15 spas were closed for maintenance for half the cruise. There was always maintenance on the promenade deck which meant negotiating trip hazards during our walks, avoiding drips during overhead cleaning or painting, not being able to sit on the benches as they had been relaquered. There was a smoking area on the promenade deck which had to be negotiated when walking and this was constantly in use by both passengers and staff and was most UNSATISFACTORY. Carpets were replaced in foyer and stair areas and mirrors were replaced in bathrooms (on our deck at least). We have not rated the ship excursions as we did not participate in these, instead choosing to do ports on our own or with private excursions. The Princess@sea messenger function available on tablets and phones was very handy for keeping in contact with travelling companions, monitoring account activity and finding out what activities were on (although these did not always agree with those listed in the Princess Patter). We chose the Anytime Dining option which meant that most of our evening meals were taken in the Bernini Dining room, unless dining after 7.30 pm when a second room became available. We were given the option of sharing a table or eating on our own. The sharing option meant the we could be seated immediately. The dining room staff were efficient and personable. Some of the tables were too large (those for 10) and we might as well have been at a table for 4 due to the limited conversation over the noise of the restaurant. The Movies Under the Stars was a great option with lounges and blankets provided for the 2 screenings nightly. The golf putting green area looked sadly neglected and shabby. This was our first Princess cruise, and other passengers suggested that we don't base our opinion of the cruise line just from this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first cruise with Princess Cruises and we were very disappointed with the ship. It lacked any wow factor, the entertainment was poor and very repetitive, the food choices weren't great but the quality was fine. There ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Princess Cruises and we were very disappointed with the ship. It lacked any wow factor, the entertainment was poor and very repetitive, the food choices weren't great but the quality was fine. There were a lot of frequent Princess cruisers on the ship, who told us not to use the Golden Princess as a benchmark for Princess cruises, but first impressions usually stick so it may be a long time before we consider them again. The ports of call were the main reason for our choice and we weren't disappointed with them, although the tendering process for Nha Trang and Bali could have been better. We weren't particularly impressed that there was a charge for a shuttle into Brisbane as the ship was to big and had to dock at FI Grain Terminal. As with most cruise ships the shore excursions were pricey so we were pleased we had managed to book some private tours prior to embarkation. The entertainment needs a complete overhaul, at times it felt like it was the passengers who were the entertainment team. Lacking professionalism the entertainment team spent most time laughing and carrying on between themselves, and organising 'childish' games. On a positive note, we found the cabin steward and most of the waiting staff to be friendly and accommodating. These are the staff that make the cruise worthwhile. The officers however need to be more communicative with the passengers, not just one update by the captain at 12 noon. We had an inside cabin which was adequate, although the beds seem to have seen better days. It was kept clean and refreshed by our cabin steward always, nothing was too much trouble. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We had a Vista Suite on this Cruise from Beijing to Sydney. We travelled last year on the Diamond Princess from Japan to Sydney and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately the Golden Princess was a not nearly as good as the Diamond. The ... Read More
We had a Vista Suite on this Cruise from Beijing to Sydney. We travelled last year on the Diamond Princess from Japan to Sydney and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately the Golden Princess was a not nearly as good as the Diamond. The Pros The waiter staff in all the food outlets were very good. The waiter staff in Sabatini's were excellent and could not be faulted. A big plus. The food in all venus was of a high and consistant standard and was generally above average. I don't think they repeated a menu during the 25 day cruise. The Cons Unfortunately it was all down hill from there. The ship has seen better days. The promade deck was stained and the decking in places was lifting off. Our balcony had several areas that were badly rusted and had not been repaired. Our cabin looked liked it needed at major facelift. The head boards behind the beds were stained. The lounge was stained and smelt and was difficult to sit on. It looked like it was used as an additional bed. We only sat on it after putting a towel first. The safe was broken and took 3 days to be fixed. Lights wre not working. It took 4 days to get someone to fix the main cabin light. Our cabin steward was lazy, doing only the minium clean. Most days he never made the bed properly, just pulled up the doona over the wrinkled sheets. The laundry was constantly late, with the excuse that there were too many Elite pax who took priority even over full suite pax. The balcony was filthy with paint flakes and lolly wrappers on the floor that were never cleaned during our 25 day trip. We left them there to see if he bothered to clean the balcony. Finally. The entertainment. It was just terrible. Amateur hour at the local club would have been better. Think we will give Princess a miss until they can sent better ships to this part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my 8th Princess cruise and probably my worst one. Embarkation was a bit hopeless but that was nothing unusual, Princess contractors and Chinese officialdom are not a good combination. My cabin was clean and the cabin steward, ... Read More
This was my 8th Princess cruise and probably my worst one. Embarkation was a bit hopeless but that was nothing unusual, Princess contractors and Chinese officialdom are not a good combination. My cabin was clean and the cabin steward, Sanny, was excellent as were all other staff on the ship. Some people didn't prefer the CD, Tim Donovan, but I found him OK. Anybody is better than Billy London. The ship was spotless but it does have some issues which I put down to poor or lack of, maintenance. Princess will eventually learn that maintenance does not consist of re-varnishing hand rails or dabbing paint over rust. From my obstructed view cabin I could see 5 easily fixable defects on the bow of the tender outside the window. Chances of these being addressed:- Nil. Compared to a cruise in Feb this year on Dawn Princess (and that ship doesn't get rave reviews) the food on this cruise was mediocre at best. Some dishes were good and others quite poor. It is not rocket science cooking lamb shanks, low and slow till the meat falls off the bone. The majority were uneaten because they were tough and under-cooked. The buffet was similar with some really good food served but there were some dud offerings. Typical Princess entertainment with some good acts and some that were excruciatingly bad, bad enough to sit through to see how bad they could get. As usual some of the staff in The Crew Show were better than the paid acts. Like a lot of things the ports visited are a personal thing and for me they are the alternate to sea days which I prefer. The weather was pretty good and the seas were as flat as a pancake. It could have been a better cruise all up but it is what you make it and I met some fabulous new friends which is what it is all about. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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