September 2016 - Caribbean Princess to Transatlantic
This was not one of my better cruise experiences. The ship was very crowded, mainly due to the inclement weather that kept all the passengers indoors and crowded into the common areas. The crew was friendly and helpful, especially the wait staff in the Horizon Buffet. The food was good but not memorable. Princess has placed small cards on the tables in the buffet area asking guests to refrain from playing cards, games or reading when other guests are trying to find a place to sit and enjoy their meal. This is well intended but without enforcement, these signs were very much ignored, The captain of the ship did an excellent job of keeping the guests informed about the sea conditions and progress of the ship. Second hand smoke continues to be a problem on Princess cruises. There were many occasions when cigarette smoke drifted into the port side of the Princess Theater from the casino and also into and up the stairwell on the port side. I continue to be amazed that Princess still puts the health and comfort of the vast majority of their guests in jeopardy to accommodate the minority number of guests who still smoke. This was a good cruise, but not up to the standard I have come to expect from Princess.