February 2016 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America
Very disappointed based on past 5 cruises. My first Princess cruise, however. Felt the cruise line was far more interested in getting more money out of me than pleasing me with a cruise. Lines for dinner for "Anytime dining" were ridiculous! Food in Horizon was very poor but OK in the Dining area. Dining was VERY slow, plan for 2 hours. Spa was not well managed as I would make an appointment with the Doctor and they would not write it down and she would not know. When I arrived they would tell me to sit in the room and never tell the Doctor I was there. I waited 30 to 45 minutes until she would happen to walk by. She told me she did not know I was there. I believe her. The daily activities were lame! The hall ceilings on the 9th floor were leaking and thus the hall was musty. The Madre d' at dinner was so rude I asked him if we were doing something wrong. We missed our port in Costa Rica, but not their fault. Dr.Miya (sp) was exceptional!!! I used about 1/2 cup of water out of a large bottle of water in my room, and they replaced the bottle and gave me a bill the first day.I chased my Stewart down and told him that was unacceptable. I ordered some cheese and crackers for an afternoon snack before I went on vacation, and they came at dinner time. I had heard good things about the Princess line so I questioned my many dinner companions since they differed each meal. All agreed that this was the poorest Princess Cruise they had ever experienced and not consistent with their past experiences. They also felt the Horizon meals were terrible but we had to go sometimes as I figured one day I was in meals for 6 hours due to the slow service when I had 3 meals in the dining area that day. It took me two days to figure out why I was unable to get a reservation between 5:30 and 7:30. Anytime does not mean anytime, they block out he times between 5:30 AND 7:30 so it is not much different that a set seating meal time. Very disappointed in my trip for sure!