Grand Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Second Mate

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

UK and Beyond

Sail Date: May 19, 2012

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

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 Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Looked in a kids seemed happy and lots of space for them.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Half day tours mainly just seeing from the bus and with a usually single local stop, often not a lot there. That's Europe in the small towns. Quiet.
Southampton (London), England
No time from airport to see much.
Malaga, Spain
As on most shorter tours, limited time stop to get or see much.
Barcelona, Spain
Great classic city.
Cannes, France
Built up a lot since there last. Long walk to town. Lots of similar shops and cafes. Free WiFi near Mac.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Mainly just a bus tour and short stop at main center with time to get postcards and shops near the buses.
Naples, Italy
Classic city with the usual sites.
Ajaccio, Corsica
Country bus tour fine.
Gibraltar (U.K.)
Town is small but charming. Just a long walk from the ship. Local buses good and cheap day pass.


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.

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