The Grand Princess is a big beautiful ship. Our balcony room was adequate (if a little compact) everything was in place for a wonderful cruise ... but ... at every turn there was something a little off.Embarkation was about what you would expect,when 2600 people go through a door under crowd control. Disembarkation included the character building experience of finding your luggage among about 1000 pieces from your area of the ship.The food was clean. There was nothing in theway of upset stomachs, but it simply was notvery good. The food was less than we expectedfrom our previous Carribean cruise experiences. The dining room wait staff seemed anxious to please but inept and unfamiliar with English. The buffet wait staff seemed competent, but on the edge of surly. Room service was designed to serve drinks in the room, while convincing you to go to the buffet half a mile away for food. Truly good dining was available every evening at significantly added cost in expensive extra charge restaurants. It was as though they were trying to teach us some sort of lesson.The departure morning buffet set a new low in cruise food and service. It was even worse than the room service food. We left the boat hungry after a breakfast of fruit. Entertainment consisted of a truly fine quality review. ONE truly fine quality entertainment shown three times along with several lounge type stand up entertainers. There was a second review, but it seemed "under development" during it's one "off time" showing. These one man shows seemed thin in the big room, but went well in the bars. Just as every chair with a really goodview was reserved for drinking during prime time, no expense was spared to encourage drinking. We met half a dozen people, who told us thatlast year was better on the Grand Princess.My husband and I have cruised three times in theCarribean in the last three years. We keep changing cruise lines looking for improving performance. The Grand Princess was not the answer.
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