Sky Princess Maiden Voyage

Sky Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 30

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Sky Princess

7 Night Inaugural Mediterranean & Adriatic (Athens To Barcelona)

Sail date: October 20, 2019

Ship: Sky Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: S302

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

A general observation is that I feel that gone are the days of cruising that welcomes all who board to feel special. The industry seems be catering more to share holders than us “common folk.” The entire experience now seems to be catering to the “Ruby Medallion Class or above and Suite passengers” that are willing and able become frequent customers are willing and able to spend freely on all the “extras” that would add hundreds of dollars to your final costs.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Swift with the medallion!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Specialty (up charge) dining areas used to be open for no-charge lunch menu’s. Not the case now. It also seemed that the World Fresh Marketplace (Deck 16) cafeteria style open food area was not as well stocked and not open as long it was on the Caribbean Princes that we were on last year.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The live entertainment for this maiden voyage had only one major production, that was repeated for the second week. I expected at least a second or third production for a 2 week cruise. They mentioned that more productions were coming for later in the season, but were not quite ready.

Children's Programs

Did not have children with us!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff were extremely willing to help, if they didn't know the answer to our question, they made sure they escorted us to someone who could.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Since this was a maiden voyage - all areas were exceptionally clean! However - the overall layout layout of the Sky seemed to be smaller than the smaller Caribbean Princess ship we were on in 2018!

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Regular balcony rooms seemed to be smaller than the same class balcony rooms on the previous Princess ship (Caribbean Princess) that we were in last year. However, the balcony was bigger on the Sky. (When I mentioned this to a crew member - he replied “You should see the size of the new crew’s quarters!”)

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
We went on a Princess pre-cruise excursion to a greek restaurant - EXCELLENT! Got to dance and break plates on the floor!

Kotor, Montenegro

4 out of 5
Very easy to walk the town and explore on your own. Didn't do an excursion.

Corfu, Greece

4 out of 5

Messina, Sicily

4 out of 5

Naples, Italy

4 out of 5
Pompeii was mind boggling - I didn't realize the excavations covered that large of an area. Worth visiting.

Barcelona, Spain

4 out of 5
Take the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour the city!

Gibraltar (U.K.)

4 out of 5
Take the cruise directors word that if you go up to the Top-of-the-Rock or the cave tours that they are difficult! Some of the tour group really should not have gone! Lots of walking up relatively steep inclines! ! ! But worth it.

LA SEYNE-SUR-MER (TOULON), FRANCE

5 out of 5
Went on a private day trip to the Provance region

Genoa, Italy

4 out of 5
Cinque Terre area is now very overcrowded. There really was not enough time to explore the charm of the towns. All in all - I'd skip this excursion and do something else!

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

4 out of 5
Ya gotta go just to say you've seen that tower! The wine tasting excursion to San Gimignano was AMAZING!

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
If you plan ahead (meaning like six months of more!) contact the Vatican Excavations office and get tickets to the Scavi tour. This takes you far beneath St. Peter's Basilica to the 1st century archaeological excavations to the area where the actual burial place of St. Peter are assumed to be. (Scientific dating proves the bones are of a first century male, aged 60-70.) Groups are restricted to 10-12 at a time - with only 5-6 groups a day. Tickets were only 13 euros each. O once in a lifetime experience.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Painless due to Medallion electronic system
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