A Very Good 14 Day Cruise (With Some Bumps)
The Cons: Ship is showing her age a bit but is scheduled for drydock in 2016. Ship ran out of cabin blankets after passing south of Bermuda, Really? On a T/A cruise in April/May? And it was cold the closer we got to the U.K. Although not under the control of Princess, embarkation in Port Everglades was a disaster. My wife had to board via wheelchair and the port works on the "Honor System" to board wheelchair passengers. No number system or sign-up sheet. Waited 1 hour before being able to board. Buffet onboard was hit or miss (yet was more miss). If you pre-pay gratuities, they will show as an OBC (Credit) to your cabin where $11.50 will be deducted per day from that credit. Make sure to factor this into your budget. Mattresses in cabins need replacement. We needed to order foam egg crates to put on top of the mattress. Slots in Casino VERY loose, I won $1155 in one day on the penny slots and many others were hitting as well. Not enough seats in Princess Theater to allow passengers to see shows unless you got there 1 hour prior. We missed many of the shows because we had early seating in the dining room and those with late seating would always fill the seats before we could get there.
The Pro's: Ship was always being cleaned and maintained. The ship handled the Atlantic very well with hardly any movement in 7-14 foot seas. We had arranged seating in the Palms dining room and the meals were pretty darn good and presented well. Service and crew in general always smiling and pleasant. Cabin (R611) was basic size. There was a major price drop 2 months prior to sailing and Princess honored the change and upgraded us from an outside, obstructed view cabin to a balcony. Not many lines will do that after final payment is made.
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Go to deck 15 and walk all the way forward to gain access to the viewing area perched atop the bridge.