Grand Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Great itinerary/Food??

Sail Date: September 25, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Itinerary was great with a lot to do and see. The ship was good, but in need of drydock repairs which it has planned after the next run. It was early to bed and early to rise for tours, and no dining room adjustments to compensate. You had to do buffet. Buffet food and dining room food was a C+ rating at best and had to resort to Fine Dining (7 times in 12 days). Fine dining rating a A-. .

Pros: Itinerary was great

Cons: Food was a C+ except for the Fine Dining

Ship Quality
As one of the largest ships in the fleet, it was clean, but had a sulfer odor. Pax were encouraged to always sanatize their hands. Cabin classifcation of Mini-suite was misleading and should have been just a large stateroom with balcony. Cabin problems included no hot water and plugged facilities; windows falling apart and wood laminates on tables lifting. .
Food and Dining
Breakfast was very mundane. Nothing cooked to order so no fresh eggs. Dining room was very difficult to get into at breakfast because of tours schedules. Staff got a b rating. No adjustments when the at sea for any mid morning sleeping. Dinner was so-so for food with little imagination. Fine dining was very good. We ended up eating at the more costly fine dining there because it was the only alternative. Fine Dining should get a A- for food and an A for service. mundane.
Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin classifcation of Mini-suite was misleading and should have been just a large stateroom with balcony. Cabin problems included no hot water and plugged facilities; windows falling apart and wood laminates on tables lifting.
Service and Staff
Cabin Steward was great. Research on the cabin said that it came with a DVD player. Got there an "not". Needed it to go over a DVD of a project we are working on and the Steward got one for us. Many staff including the assistant cruise director knew our names after meeting us once. Impressive... We got tired of asking how are you today because the answer 99% of the time was a programmed "excellent".
Entertainment
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Ephasis tour was great. Tour switched from what I ordered and I was not pleased. They even called me at home to clarify what I wanted and was suppose to receive.
Don't Miss: Ephasis
Marseille (Provence), France
The small village tour had more than expected. Lunch was a superb taste of local food.
Istanbul, Turkey
Tour of monuments, palace and mosc's were good, but did not like being pawed at in the Grand Bizaar. That was a wate of time. Been there and so not need to return.
Venice, Italy
Watch where you sit for the local beer. Get the price first as 2 bers cost 27 Euros in the square. You can wonder the streets for hours and it is delightful. Look for a small resturaunt that has a lot of people who may not be tourists. You can get a great Pizza.
Don't Miss: Gondola ride
Naples, Italy
Naples itserf is a -0-, but get to Pompei. Sorrento or Capris are great, pompei blows you away.
Don't Miss: Pompei
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Eyes will burn from the polution, but a ride to the Parthanon is great. Shopping is the same everywhere...
Don't Miss: Parthanon
Mykonos, Greece
Nothing to do but have a nice walk, have a coffee or a local beer and a little local food. have a Gyro. The best ever!!!
Don't Miss: Gyro and a Beer
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
It can move you to tears at times...
Don't Miss: Vatican (no mater what your faith is).
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Florence let you see the beauty of the "Club" from architecture to art.
Don't Miss: A long walking tour with all of the siites / sights.


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