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I've travelled on the Grand Princess, Sea Princess and Coral Princess and what I write here applies to all of them. The food is superb, service above average (even better than sister line P&O in my experiance). However some of the entertainment could be better, I spoke to the entertainment manager who told me all the artists are booked through a shore based agent and he never knows what he'll get until they arrive onboard. Hence entertainers vary from trip to trip, so if your lucky you can get the best. The captain on the Grand Princess was down to earth, even when a showing a bunch of travel agents around when we were at anchor in the Firth of Forth, right under the famous bridge. Decour is superb, staterooms very comfotable and all in all they are good value for money.
This was our first cruise so we decided on the seven days, which I would recommend if you are doing this for the first time as you may not like to be at sea for long periods however the size of this ship helped as it did not even move, although Vigo port was poor and we could not make it into Guernsey we were WOWed with the standard of service food and Cleanliness of the ship and the standard of entertainment so we were not that bothered. We enjoyed it so much we have booked two weeks this time departing in August 2011.
It was great. I didn’t really like the ports but the ship was amazing, food was good and there was plenty to do!
This was our first cruise but not our last. From the minute we arrived at Southampton we were made to feel special. The ship was first class as were all the staff. Information given throughout the cruise made sure you were informed about everything that was happening. The food was first class. We used the Horizon Buffet for breakfast & lunch and De Vinci's for our evening meal and I would highly recommend De Vinci's. All ports of call were worth seeing as were the sunsets whilst cruising the Med. I cannot say enough how much my Wife & I enjoyed this holiday! Here's to our 2011 Princess Cruise :-)
This is the forth time we had been on Princess and we have also been on a number of other vessels operated by other lines. We are in our early 50s, mobile and a happy outlook (well that’s what we say) Princes is Princess – a fantastic product with great staff who make the cruse go so well. The issues we had were simply the way they tried to gouge you for extras. We had a balcony suit which was 100% but surprised at having to pay extra for what we thought were going to be free access public areas (solarium) and for the pre booked tours. We booked the tours before we left and thought we had a fixed price however the account appeared and they had been increased. There was a lot of discussion on this with the Tour Centre quoting the fine print which only served to sour what was a fantastic trip. To be fair they latter reversed these and reinstated the original pricing BUT watch out for this. We expected great shows being a larger ship but these were very disappointing and not up to the standard we had experienced on other ships in the Princess fleet.
Mediterranean Medley-24th April-8th May 2010. Being platinum (7 cruises on P&O and 1 with Princess on Grand Princess) was a great help, as we did not have to stand in the Enormous queue. Cabin nice, food good. Painted Desert well worth the $20, Sabatini's good as well. The entertainment was not so good. I did not see the ships company sing and dance as you could never get in, but other people said they where very good. Drinks were very expensive. $22 a bottle for the cheapest white wine + your 15% on top $25.30 so that’s nearly £20. When getting off the ship on tender at Algehero, it took for ever to get off, we got our tickets at 09.50 and we did not get on a tender till 11.40, not good. Cannes was better, and nicer than Monte. Cadiz beautiful. Unfortunately Livorno was shut (Labour Day). We didn't do Rome as we’ve done it, so walked round Civit. Found a great Chinese restaurant near the station, lovely food and a litre of Frizzante 6 Euro's. Brill! Algehero was very nice wished we'd had longer there. Gib, nice to have a full day there. Over all a good holiday.
This was our first Mediterranean Cruise and we enjoyed it. The food was excellent and could not fault the service. We thought the smoking policy was ok, as we both smoke. It was nice to have an inside bar that allowed smoking, plus nightclub and Casino. But, all of the entertainment / show venues were non-smoking, so we only went to see 1 show (which I know is our choice). We were very alarmed that the sundeck (Dk15) outside bars were non smoking (1 metal ashtray in corner) - even though they were outside! However, on the Lido Deck (Dk14) where food was served, there was a smoking area. I could not understand this. We thought the excursions were expensive, and to charge for a shuttle bus when it used to be free, was a shocker. The Power Hours (Happy Hours) were not well advertised - you had to read the few bar boards. All of this smacked of Princess Cruises trying to make as much money as they could from the customer. We will not book cruises in future due to the smoking policy.
This was our first cruise and we went with friends who had previously cruised. We left from Southampton and went around the Mediterranean. We were not disappointed, the ship, staterooms, food and staff were beyond all expectations and we had an absolutely fabulous time. Food all day and night, Entertainment every night of the highest quality; the entertainment staff were a riot, especially PeeWee! Nothing was too much trouble for any of them, whatever you asked for or about, they were on hand to sort it for you. I can't wait to go again.
I treated my daughter, two children ages 9 & almost 4, my daughter in law and my other two grandchildren ages 9 & 6 and my daughter in law's mother - so eight in two outside staterooms. We travelled to Zeebrugge for Bruges, Oslo, Helsingborg and Copenhagen. The ship was beautiful, very clean everywhere, the children had a choice of inside or outside swimming pools and clubs to attend according to their age groups. We chose anytime dining as we thought this would suit us all better. We were not tied to each other all the time but chose to pursue different activities but met up and had formal nights together. The whole atmosphere was warm and friendly, the crew were superb which seems is the norm on a Princess Cruise - this was my second but first for the rest of the family. We only disembarked the ship once in Copenhagen to see the Little Mermaid, the changing of the guards and a drive around the city by Hop on Hop off bus. It was very hot on that particular day. The food on board was excellent, beautifully presented in the formal dining rooms, but quality, quantity and wide choice in the 24 hour Food Court was, actually more to the liking of some of us and we ate there a great deal of the time. The waiting staff were helpful, great with the children, patient, caring, lovely to talk with and we were really made to feel very special. Not all the family will be in a position to cruise again, but for those of us that can, we will stay with Princess while they are able to provide departures from Southampton, just for the ease of getting there and the ease of boarding procedures with no luggage restrictions and long may it be so.
This ship lives up to its name. The staterooms and mini suites are excellent and the restaurant food is out of this world. There is plenty to do on this ship.