I have cruised with Carnival; first time with Princess. I realize this was the Medallion cruise with a touch more of class than the average cruise. While I am in good health, I am 64 years old. Events and areas are spread out too much. The ship is larger (longer) than I cared for. The struggle with getting my drinks from the waiters for the first half of the cruise and that my plan did not cover canned soda (portable), set me back in being impressed. Not wiping the tables was a BIG NO. I used sanitizer on mine.
There was an issue with our group picture. The picture included other passengers that were yards behind us. There was an issue with ordering our picture - and no one seemed to have an answer. We had to wait another day to get them.
The apps never did work on my phone.
Our group was scheduled to use a couple of areas and we had to relocate more than once. Very upsetting that where we were put for our meeting was next to a clothing sale! The lady was on a microphone hollering the entire time. We did politely ask her to lower the volume-she wouldn't, we asked for just a couple of moment while we recited the Pledge of Alligence and conducted a quick ceremony in honor of our deceased- she wouldn't. She said she had to do what she did so she could get paid. As the Secretary of the Women of the Air Force Association, I had a hard time reading minutes, etc.
Carnival gives their veterans a flag, pin, and have a cake for their meet and greet. They provide a side area in the restaurant the day after so we can sit down and share coffee, danish, conversation, and comradery; spouses also attend this. During our meet and greet a non-military person got the microphone and talked and talked. That should not have happened.
I may sail Princess again, but not the Medallion.
3 out of 5
I was not given a boarding number when I processed through. I even had my medallion on to make it easy.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Dining room experiences were okay. Often had to request drink refills. Buffets had good choices. Drinks - not happy at all. I purchased the soda package- only small glasses at a time. Drinks not available in enough locations. I felt like low class since I did not qualify for canned soda. About half a dozen times I was told I did not have a package that I did. Extremely upsetting, embarrassing, and not worth the money. Both buffet areas should have had a coffee bar - I don't drink coffee but appreciated the hot chocolate and tea. I found it odd that sweet tea was not available. To mix sweetener in cold tea does not work well and for every glass-you have to remix. I thought having four restaurants requiring payment was a bit much.
1 out of 5
I did not participate in those activities. I found it nice they were available though. See my overall comments below about the military.
4 out of 5
There was an array of entertainment choices and I enjoyed what I attended well enough. The outdoor theater was very nice. The female singer the last two nights was fantastic!
Really? No children with me.
Service and Staff
2 out of 5
Room steward Teody was very professional yet had a warm, genuine personality. He stayed on top of things and was very helpful. The waiters; twice I felt service was not as good as could be-those dressed better than I was for dinner received more and personable attention. Sad and embarrassing.
1 out of 5
The ship was very clean for how many people were in any one area at a time. I thought they mopped the floors a bit late though due to as you are going to eat breakfast, the deck was always wet and it was not from the ocean as there are walls. Also, the buffet areas; I NEVER saw a table being wiped with a wet cloth! They just brushed the table off, sometimes with the last customers' napkin. Not acceptable.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
I was impressed with the room. It had ample space and the balcony was inviting. Having a desk is a plus. It was clean and welocoming. However, The "blanket" is not long enough to cover your shoulders with, I had to burrow down in the bed. I would be embarassed to provide the robes you did. They are not even 'one size'. Sadly couldn't use them. Check out what Carnival has!
Easy on and off. The exursion, hop on- hop off, needs a stop on the other side of the bridge. The closest pick up after walking across the bridge is extremely far with rocky roads. Much of the joy was gone. There was not enough time to go and enjoy anywhere else. I would advise against it if you want to walk the bridge.
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