This is our 2nd cruise with Princess and our 4th in total. We flew from Manchester to Venice on 9th July for sailing on 10th. Everything went well from start to finish. No delays! We boarded the Island Princess in great time and found ... Read More
This is our 2nd cruise with Princess and our 4th in total. We flew from Manchester to Venice on 9th July for sailing on 10th. Everything went well from start to finish. No delays! We boarded the Island Princess in great time and found our way to our Mini Suite on Baha Deck. First impressions were lovely then about half an hour in I noticed a nasty smell, which I initially blamed my husband's trainers for!!! However, after chucking the offensive footwear onto the balcony, we could still smell this whiff, then noticed a stain on the carpet and a wet patch. This was where the smell was coming from and it was getting worse. We rang the steward who unconvincingly looked surprised about the complaint but happened to look directly where the smell was coming from! However, we were off to Venice for the day so left them to it. When we got back a few hours later, the stain was replaced by a patch of new carpet and the smell was almost gone completely, so fair play to them for getting it sorted for us. The steward then gave us a complimentary glass of champagne, so alls well there.
Not a massive fan of formal night but we got into the swing of things only to be told we were being diverted to go and rescue a boat in trouble. Initially, i wasnt happy as i had visions of pirates and IS attacks!! (Very overactive imagination at times!). Our balcony was on the side of the troubled boat and we had quite an interesting night as it happens. Seeing the flare go up, seeing that the people were a) not terrorists or pirates or b) all ok, was a relief. We then decided to get some sleep as it was announced we would be waiting for the coastguard. However, woke at 5am to find we were actually going to rescue these poor people. 117 Syrian refugees!! All on a 40ft boat probably only fit for half that amount. Babies, children, men and women. We then dropped them off on a Greek isle the next day which meant we would miss Istanbul and go to Santorini instead. Well that was fine with us, we would much prefer that destination than Istanbul so we were happy.
Santorini was amazing. Not deep enough to dock so we anchored at sea and used the boats to get to shore.
Mykonos, similar to Santorini, lovely, Athens fab. Naples great. Wish we had more time to get to see more of Rome. We got a train which took an hour and a half to get there as well as 20 mins walk to the station so literally it was only a taster of Rome.
We decided to book an excursion for Florence and it was great. Not too bad priced for a trip into Florence and left to our own devices for a few hours.
Barcelona was amazing and we spent 2 nights there in a lovely hotel.
Back to the cruise.
Entertainment....Honestly it was terrible!! One band, i wont mention the name, were absolutely awful! The singer looked as though they were singing in a shower, with regards to the performance. The other band werent bad at all. Didnt go to any shows.
Dining...Amazing food, absolutely loved it all. Not as good as the first Princess or Celebrity but very good nonetheless.
We would definitely cruise with the Island Princess again. In spite of the entertainment, we had the best time and met some lovely people. However, the only people we had a problem with was those rude obnoxious passengers who felt they were better than any of the staff and crew so felt the need to resist any politeness such as please and thank you and to those people, i wish to say, shame on you and think, without these, so called "lower people" to yourselves, you wouldnt have had such a lovely cruise. So thank you to the wonderful crew members and the fabulous passengers we met from all over the world, for helping us to have the best holiday ever and to those rude high and mighty fools, whatever!!! You make yourselves look ridiculous!!!!! Read Less