October 2013 - Caribbean Princess to Canada, New England, New York
Overall, we enjoyed the ports, primarily due to our own efforts. Unfortunately encountering a Government Shutdown in the USA hampered our ability to see certain sites and partake in numerous excursions offered by Princess, such as, the Statue of Liberty, JFK library, various National Parks, etc. We really didn't get to see a lot of what we were planning to. It's a shame The Princess Cruise Lines couldn't have had a backup plan with other innovative, alternate excursions, being the US government potential shutdown was in the news for some time prior to our cruise.
The quality of the food has diminished quite a bit, from our Alaskan Princess Cruise approximately 5 years ago. I would rate today's quality average at best. However, the Crown Grill was excellent. It was much better than the Dining Room main entrees. Also, the hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza around the pool at times were much better than what was being served in the Horizon Buffet. Much of the service for breakfast & lunch in the Horizon was average at best.
The cruise staff appeared to be understaffed and unavailable a lot in the Buffet. Lastly, the initial muster drill with life jackets resulted in numerous people having to sit on the floor at our muster station. I have never seen a room so crowded before on our 7 other cruises. Not a very safe environment. The disembarkation process, however, went exceptionally well.
I would not recommend this cruise to anyone and am extremely disappointed with the Princess Cruise Line. We have had much better cruises in the past with Princess and other Cruise Lines.