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Sail Date: May 2014
This was definitely a cruise I should have used cruise critic. I always do, except here. Never again. We booked Normandy, Loch Ness, Jameson brewery & tour of coastal Belfast. All were an A+. I recommend each one. We took the hop on, ... Read More
This was definitely a cruise I should have used cruise critic. I always do, except here. Never again. We booked Normandy, Loch Ness, Jameson brewery & tour of coastal Belfast. All were an A+. I recommend each one. We took the hop on, hop off buses in the rest of the cities. ...ripped off. ..at least a 1/3 more in cost. When I got back and complained, she said she checked and they weren't that much off. I was there...I think she forgot. Get tickets in the city. Ruby Princess gave us erroneous information on shuttles. We paid about $130 for bus into Edinburgh...shuttles were about3.5 lbs. Yes, we were ripped off. Then in Glasgow they told us they had shuttles..au contra ire. We hoofed it to the train station and went into Glasgow. My husband thinks Glasgow was the best; I think Edinburgh..where we did hop on, hop off. I recommend anytime seating. We really enjoyed that and ended up sitting at the same table most of the nights. Some dressed in suits at formal night and pretty casual on the rest. Invergordon was such a neat place. Oh, plan on getting off at ports and taking your iPad or connection as the wiFi is horrid. We signed up, and canceled as it took me 14 minutes to connect (I was paying time) and then I still couldn't get thru. They shouldn't even offer it, it is so bad. I was really surprised; however, I just took our iPad and you can always see where the free wiFi is because of the crowds...no problem. Weather was not bad..overcast but it only rained twice..5 min. in Normandy/Arromanches) and about 15 on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The blonde on the tour desk is great. She works hard to get you what you want..other not so hot. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2005
Booking: Used an excellent agent who knows their stuff about cruise lines. As this was the first official cruise after the ship's re-naming, I telephoned Princess to check whether the power points in the staterooms were US or UK as ... Read More
Booking: Used an excellent agent who knows their stuff about cruise lines. As this was the first official cruise after the ship's re-naming, I telephoned Princess to check whether the power points in the staterooms were US or UK as it had previously sailed as the Adonia under P&O. I was told US but in fact there are both US and UK power points. Embarkation: We actually boarded at Southampton but not listed on pull down-options! Was cruising with my mother who has elite membership status so our queue was short, but ordinary queue looked very long. Hoildayed with my family wife and 3 children 14, 13 and 3. Staterooms: We had inside cabins on Deck 11 Aloha. Rooms were smallish but well planned good closet and drawer space. Bathroom small but adequate. Dining:The food was excellent. We dined at la Traviata restaurant at night, waiter was very good and quality of food excellent. Mainly used Horizon Court at breakfast and lunch and food was also very good, plenty of variety, sometimes difficult to find seating at busy times. Older children also used outside deck buffet which wasnt great and Cafe Corniche which is pizzas and pasta which was very good. Entertainment: Mixed. Princess theatre is a bit small for the number of passengers on board if the ship is full (and it was!) all seats bar singles were taken a good 10 minutes before start of most shows. Movies Under The Stars was on during the day but you needed to wear headsets to listen and were quite old films. Picture resolution even in bright sunlight was excellent though. More up to date movies were shown at night but not many watched as we were cruising the Atlantic, it wasnt really warm enough despite blankets being provided! Will be better in the Med and Caribbean,Im sure. Service: Most staff were very helpful and friendly and made an effort to be nice to the children. Disembarkation: Chaotic. There were 3 ships disembarking that morning and the port officials went to the wrong berth hence delaying things considerably. Way too many people hanging around near the exits. Kid's club: As the ship was being converted from Adonia which was child-free,the kid's club was pictured as an artist's impression in the brochure and was shown as very spacious with lots of large toys, slides etc. However, the room actually used was TINY with poor facilities and the staff weren't great. My daughter hated it and refused to go and she is used to going to nursery. This was my first cruise with Princess though Ive been on 20+ cruises in all and I was very impressed, overall. My one gripe would be that given that from May to September it sails from Southampton and our cruise there were 1800 British passengers and 140 US passengers many things were still geared to US tastes, which is a little puzzling. Read Less
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