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Grand Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Grand Princess

14 Night Mediterranean Adventurer (London Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 19, 2012

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

Had not sailed on Princess in a long time so was interesting to see the changes. I found the dining room food and service marginal. Amounts were small, quality so-so. Things forgotten too. Then just did the buffets which were fine, lots of variety and wide range of deserts, rice pudding and custard excellant. By taking small helpings, didn't gain a pound either. Staff for tea time attentive. Many were eastern block so language limited. That's the cheap labor market we see on many cruise ships, even long ago. Overall just mid or lower middle market. Princess is what it is. And the giant ships make them even lesser with mob scenes everwhere. But that's a lot of the cruise biz. If you want quality, have to do the smaller ships but, of course, are more costly. You get what you pay for. 

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Looked in a kids seemed happy and lots of space for them.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5

Ship Tip

I found easier to just do the buffets since quality of fine, many selections and staff attentive and chefs good spirited. Varied from day to day fine. Ship decor noting special. Key I have found on all Princess ships, not enough bathrooms for older people. Hard to find them, so often an emergency.

Ports Of Call

Southampton (London), England

3 out of 5
No time from airport to see much.

Malaga, Spain

3 out of 5
As on most shorter tours, limited time stop to get or see much.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Great classic city.

Cannes, France

3 out of 5
Built up a lot since there last. Long walk to town. Lots of similar shops and cafes. Free WiFi near Mac.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
Mainly just a bus tour and short stop at main center with time to get postcards and shops near the buses.

Naples, Italy

3 out of 5
Classic city with the usual sites.

Ajaccio, Corsica

3 out of 5
Country bus tour fine.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5
Town is small but charming. Just a long walk from the ship. Local buses good and cheap day pass.
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