Ocean Princess Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Third Mate

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7+ cruises

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1 out of 5

TERRIBLE SHIP - TERRIBLE CRUISE LINE

Sail Date: September 17, 2013

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: GAUGIN SUITE

We were on the Rome to Singapore cruise - 28 days. 
We researched the ship and from all input determined that a back (aft) suite would be the best......it was also one of the most costly cabins on the small ship. Every day, we were treated to black soot coming down on our deck from the smoke stacks up above. It was also very noisy since the outdoor dining/smoking deck was right above us. We asked and were moved to a lower level back suite - but there we had so much noise & vibration that it was difficult to sleep during the entire cruise. Add to all this, the food was mediocre, we ate in the better restaurants almost every night (at added cost). The service was fine, until due to port travel circumstances beyond our control, we missed the boat in Kuala Lumpur - the last port of call before disembarking in Singapore the next morning.

We went through hell to go through a long and costly immigration problem, and then to find a last minute flight to get us to Singapore to meet the ship at 7:00 a.m. the next morning. We were there before the ship, but despite our strongest efforts and that of the Singapore Port Authority staff (who were very helpful), Princess would not let us get back on the ship to retrieve our belongings. At first they told us it was a Singapore security regulation, then when we told them that was a lie, the security officer from the Princess turned and left us standing there. 

About an hour later, 3 people showed up with our belongings - hastily thrown into open canvas bags in some cases - with expensive jewelry just loose on the bottom of the bag (which had come from our safe). 18 items were missing we determined days later, but Princess would not reimburse us for even 1 - what a bunch of thieves!  

We are avid cruisers and thought we'd give Princess a try - got the best suite on the ship - and this is how they treated us. They really blew it by not letting us get back on the ship to retrieve our belongings. We might have been new regular customers for them, but after being treated like suspicious dogs, we'll NEVER cruise on another Princess ship again. 

They are a terrible company and do not really care about their passengers - UGH!!!

Cabin / Stateroom
FIRST SUITE WAS NOISY FROM ABOVE OUTDOOR DINING AREA, AND WAS FILLED WITH CIGARETTE BUTTS AND SOOT FROM ABOVE SMOKE STACKS. MOVED TO SECOND SUITE A LEVEL BELOW AND IT WAS THE SAME AS ABOVE BUT VERY NOISY AND RUMBLING ALL THE TIME.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Sorrento, Italy
Santorini, Greece
Suez Canal Transit
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt THIS STOP WAS CANCELLED, REGRETTABLY!
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan THIS STOP WAS ALSO CANCELLED, A REAL BUMMER FOR MOST ALL THE PASSENGERS. EVEN THOUGH PETRA WAS OPEN THAT DAY - UGH!!!
Safaga (Luxor), Egypt ALSO CANCELLED - THERE WENT OUR ONE CHANCE TO SEE THE PYRAMIDS - THANKS TO THE IDIOT CAPTAIN...
Dubai, U.A.E.
Muscat, Oman
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Cochin, India
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Singapore

Tip

CAPTAIN WAS SNOOTY SORT AND REFUSED TO ATTEND VARIOUS MEETINGS REGARDING THE UNNECESSARY CANCELLING OF OUR STOP AT PETRA. THREE PORTS OF CALL IN ALL WERE ELIMINATED FROM THE ITINERARY - THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT ONES - PETRA AND 2 IN EGYPT. OVER 350 PEOPLE WERE SCHEDULED FOR PETRA, MUCH PASSENGER ANGER!



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