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3 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Princess Island Princess Cruise Reviews

Very nice late season cruise in the Med. The ship was very nice and a good atmosphere on board. All the staff were excellent from the Cabin Steward and Waiters and the entertainment team all very friendly and pleasant. Both Embarkation ... Read More
Very nice late season cruise in the Med. The ship was very nice and a good atmosphere on board. All the staff were excellent from the Cabin Steward and Waiters and the entertainment team all very friendly and pleasant. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were the best I have known, and very quick. We had a mini-suite which gives you a bit of extra space, but made little use of the balcony, because of the time of year. Only went to one of the speciality restaurants Sabatinis which was an extra $25 each which was good but preferred the main restaurant (Provence) for our Dinner. All the food in the Dining Room and the buffet meals in the Horizon were very good, again as good as I have known. Entertainment was also good although we only ever did manage to get to 2 shows plus an afternoon at the cinema, there was always so much going on including lots of quizzes which could be very funny especially the late evening ones. Istanbul was cancelled as a port of call a couple of days before we were due to visit because of their General Election and security risks, and substituted by Santorini. We had visited most of the ports on previous trips and mostly did our own thing. Did an excursion with Princess from Cannes to Nice, but it was poor value for money, the only other trip we did was independently from Naples a tour of the Amalfi Coast which was brilliant. This was only our 2nd cruise with Princess but overall this was about as good as it gets, would recommend them if you have not sailed with them. Can be a bit pricey on board for drinks for people from the UK because of the poor exchange rate against the dollar. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I am in my mid 70's and my husband is in his late 60's. We have both been to Europe several times, and I have been to all of these places except Corsica and Mykonos....and as it turned out, Santorini. We took an upsell for a ... Read More
I am in my mid 70's and my husband is in his late 60's. We have both been to Europe several times, and I have been to all of these places except Corsica and Mykonos....and as it turned out, Santorini. We took an upsell for a full suite which we thought was a good chance to try out a suite and as it was a special cruise we decided to go for it.. We were in L723...one of those feared aft suites that everyone has complained about....Anyway, Arrived and stayed in Rome for several days before the cruise...I was trying to force my husband into carry on but that didn't work so we each had a suitcase with us. We would be in Europe almost a month, and there was no way I wanted to lug luggage around trains, buses, ships, and planes...We started small but ended up large. Had to bring home all that wine...:) Anyway, originally we had planned on taking the train to the port but in the end, we decided it would be easier to let our hotel arrange a transfer which they did. Embarkation was fast and easy...filled out the health form that yes, we were still alive, kicking and we did not have Ebola to our knowledge...and we were on board. Took the elevator right up and opened the door. I was surprised. I have seen pictures and have been in other people suites but this was almost brand new...Large living space, comfortable couch. flat screened TV's...One in the bedroom and one across from the couch. Nice desk with our own stationary on it, a mini bar set up, and a brand new bathroom.....all marble...nice soaking tub + a great shower...(with a door) and expansive balcony...The balcony had one lounge, a table and 2 chairs. All were cast aluminium and very comfortable. Thick blue cushions...headed up to explore the ship...Those aft cabins are way to close to the spa..:) and had a bite to eat. Downsides....THAT GYM.....HORRID...old equipment and looked a a gym from the 50's. Please fix that Princess...My husband works out several times a week...He hated it...so did all of the entertainment and the crew who used it too... Me? I gave up on it after 5 minutes....The Patisserie? no, it is not....just call it a coffee bar and be done with it...other than that, the ship it great. I had no problem with anytime dining...but I have to say we tend to eat late....They had a pig one night that has the best chicharrones that we have ever had....The buffet was great...everytime we used it. Service was excellent...I don't demand much, we are pretty easy campers ..... just some ice and extra glasses...so it is not too hard. The room also had two closets which was nice...I would have one suggestion...Next time you redo a ship from the get go, please, [please put in a USB plug and some plus on each side of the bed.. MDR food was excellent as was Sabatini's...and Sabatini's breakfast is wonderful. A real perk as as is all of the staff in Sabatini's. The best part of the ship was one of the front desk people...names Maria Jesus from Peru...She literally saved our cruise...Without all of the gory details, we had an emergency at home. She made it her business to help us out in so many ways in order that we could continue our cruise. People like her are what makes a cruise memorable and what keeps us coming back again for another one. Shore excursions were mostly private tours, or DIY, but we did take a Princess tour in Corsica to the callanques. It was great. The tour guide was wonderful....There was one man who was having a bit of trouble breathing and became out of breath...Not Short of Breath...The guide immediately went to his aid and help him. There are a lot of steps in Corsica....I think that is the thing that I would warn people about the most.....Almost everyone on the boat was older, most overweight to some degree and seemed to have some kind of mobility problems. This is a difficult cruise for those people...No exercise to speak of and all of a sudden they have to walk a fair distance...it is difficult...We walked between 10-12 miles a day. Ports are usually far from towns and even if it right near the towns it involves walking...Please people...start an exercise program before you go on this cruise...No one wants you to have a MI on the ship or shore... I can't say much for the entertainment but what we saw was good. Outstanding was the music that was played coming into Venice. Whoever thought of that one deserves a raise..Disembarkation was way to easy....There was a ship's transfer to the Santa Lucia RR station which we also decided to take and we were happy with it...As the boat to take us to the station went around the corner, there was already someone in OUR cabin....What were they doing there? In our cabin....Oh well....spent a week in France and was in Paris when the bombings occurred. It was a tragic end to a wonderful vacation but in no way were we in any danger, and we hope to repeat the trip again very soon..Oh, and btw, there was little vibration except when we docked...One evening the seas were a bit rough and my husband said there was a bit then but it was great for us....I also have to say, what there was wouldn't have bothered us either. My husband favorite place on a boat is near or in the engine room...kinda weird? but his family were all shipbuilders and ship carpenters... Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We were a group of eight cruise age people, meaning seniors, ranging from 72 to 75, one in wheelchair and one mobility challenged using a walker. The draw of this cruise was the itinerary, which turned out to be more challenging than ... Read More
We were a group of eight cruise age people, meaning seniors, ranging from 72 to 75, one in wheelchair and one mobility challenged using a walker. The draw of this cruise was the itinerary, which turned out to be more challenging than anticipated, and the Turkish ports of Istanbul and Kusadasi, as well as Naples, Italy. Starting with the negatives, it all started when we checked in and found that Princess had "upgraded" one of the reserved accessible cabins to a non-accessible mini-suite. The perks of a mini-suite would have been nice, but for a person in a wheelchair, a door and bathroom that are not accessible is not a viable option. Despite repeated claims from the onboard staff that "we must have authorized the change," (a false claim by the way), the problem was eventually fixed to the total satisfaction of the couple involved. As the contact for the couple, I have checked my emails and have received confirmation from my TA that there had been NO notification of the proposed "upgrade" and none had been authorized. For me, just another in a string of misinformation from Princess headquarters. Leading me to the second disappointment. Princess at the last minute cancelled the call on Istanbul, citing safety concerns. For months it had been known that the day of the call was to be an election day, and Princess headquarters had assured my TA that there were no plans to skip Istanbul. Then at the last minute it happened. Subsequent events required further itinerary changes, suggesting that Istanbul could have been switched to another day and not be cancelled. A clear case of convenience for Princess rather than consideration of the clients who might have booked this cruise specifically to visit Istanbul, as was the case for half of my party. (As a "substitute" Island Princess wasted a day sitting off Santorini!) On the positive side, Island Princess is a nice ship that was somewhat butchered to make it fit into Venice itineraries, then rules changed and it's back to Alaska. The promenade deck is severely truncated, the Vista lounge is gone, and the Fitness Center is more like a down scale gyn than a bright, airy, ocean view fitness center common on most Princess ships. Evidently, Princess is still having birthing pains with "Anytime" dining. Long frustrating lines at prime dining hours in the Anytime dining room while upstairs the Traditional dining room sat largely empty. After a couple of days, the lines disappeared, presumably frustration set in and the Horizon Court (buffet) got busy. Our party, with mobility problems, was eventually accommodated at a fixed table of proper size, but we had to maneuver the wheelchair up two steps to reach the table when several of same size were on the entry level. The Maitre'd in the Anytime room was not the most pleasant face on the ship. Our service team, Richelle and Sherwin, were outstanding however and mealtimes were a joy. Food was Princess standard, comparable to an upscale restaurant back home. La Patisserie is a joke,its' a bar not an alternate food establishment, so miss the International Cafe on Emerald and Ruby. Our group of eight had a range of cabins, from standard midship balconies, to a forward mini-suite to a new accessible balcony cabin in the newly refurbished area. All were more than adequate with excellent cabin service from all the Philippine stewards. The new accessible balcony cabin was especially nice, large, with totally accessible bathroom and a large balcony, with no complaints about noise or vibrations mentioned in some reviews of this area. We did not manage to partake of the entertainment or activities, due in part to the port intensity and some minor fatigue, but also in part to the scheduling of entertainment. At our age, shows starting at 10:30pm are just not on, and the earlier show conflicted with the only meal time we were able to arrange. Some Princess ships alter the show length and schedule three in an evening, much more accommodating. Not sure if there was a Cruise Director on board, certainly not one in evidence. Just a pet peeve, the Captain's announcement were virtually incomprehensible and curt. This review turned out to be more negative than intended, but as i wrote the negatives came flooding back and the positives seemed minor. Too bad, we had a good time but have had much better on other Princess ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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