Much More Than Expected!
Grand Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 16, 2006
Ship: Grand Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Many years ago, we took our first Princess cruise, and, at best, we would call it a so-so cruise. However, because Princess had a holiday cruise that agreed with our timetable and embarcation point, we decided to give Princess another try. This was to be our 14th cruise, so we're no neophytes to cruising.
Much to our surprise and delight, the cruise far exceeded our expections. The best part about it was the cooperation of the dining room maitre d in giving us a table- for- two every night. We chose "anytime dining " on the advise of our agent--and was it ever a great choice! On past cruises, we've had to battle to sit at a table-for-two, and, at best, usually ended up with about an inch of room between our table and the one next to us. Not so here. We had a lovely table and the same Thai waiter and busboy, both of whom were great,every night. This experience alone would make us take another Princess cruise.
Our other surprise was how good the food was. This was an issue on our first Princess trip many years ago. But, on this trip, everything was good to great-- with great certainly applying to the breakfast and lunchtime buffets. We also really enjoyed the culinary presentation and the galley tour. To my best memory, this is the first time we were allowed in any ship's galley. Very clean and impressive!
Our goal , after a rough year for both my husband and myself, was relaxation and "being taken care of". Other than the difficuly we had with the purser on obtaining our shipboard credit we got what we hoped for.
As an added bonus to our trip, we were very pleased with the great customer service we received from . This was our first time booking with your company, but I doubt it will be our last.
Thanks to everyone who helped give us an enjoyable trip and me a memorable birthday.
Pros: Tables-for-two at "Anytime Dining"
Cons: Difficulty dealing with the purser for our $50 a person credit