Wait till it's warmer in that part of the world
Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe
Having sailed on Princess several times now, I knew what to expect, or thought I did. I was disappointed with the quality of the food in the main dining room and the buffet and the activities were on the skimpy side.
First the food. There was very little opportunity for beef on the menus, mostly chicken and fish. The only real option for dead cow was the Crown Steakhouse and it was truly wonderful with impeccable service. Even breakfast was a disappointment, with no egg station in each of the buffet areas. You had to hunt it down at the very back of the smokehouse place. The beef option on the main dining room was a hamburger and fries most nights. Most foods were of a foreign nature and others from the states had trouble finding something to eat each day, not just myself and my husband. (Food gets a C-)
The activities did not really seem to take into account the weather of that part of Europe, outdoor movies being an example. There was a lot of free time when there was not something planned by the cruise staff. The additional sea day did not help that situation when we couldn't get to Paris. The only comedian that was on board was a one show deal, should have been more. (Cruise Director staff gets a D)
Customer service by the rest of the staff was wonderful and those folks made efforts to make everyone comfortable and happy. No complaints with the cabin steward except no towel animals. Are they a lost art? Desk staff were helpful and kind and as efficient as they could be. (Team gets an A)
We booked four tours through Princess and the visits to the locations needed to be longer as you felt that you were being rushed by tour guides to get you back to the ship on time. The best tour was the one in Cork we booked with Paddy Wagon tours, not part of the ship offerings but he was amazing and still got us back on time relaxed.
We did see on the tours, more than just a few people returning late to the bus, very rude to those of us who followed the directions of our host. Also, no one has a reserved assigned seat on the bus, so stop acting like a first grader who can't sit next to their best bud for the next 20 minutes. Two actual verbal altercations on the busses over seating assignments, very sad.
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Wait for a warmer time to see this part of the world.