Completed the Transatlantic voyage
Sky Princess Cruise Review
Review summaryJust completed the first TransAtlantic crossing on the new Sky Princess. Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale. Ship: The ship is as advertised, new, clean and high tech. The medallion technology is phenomenal, besides just opening your cabin door it also sends a signal while at the bars and shops and displays your picture so the staff can quickly identify and serve you, it also makes the boarding process so much easier. I originally selected the lanyard to hold the medallion but once on the ship for $10 I bought the wristband, much easier. Food: Enjoyed the buffet, very similar to other Princess ships, good daily selection and the staff was very attentive. We ate at the crown grille several nights, very similar to the other Princes ships, for $29 it’s a very good meal and plenty of food. Sabattinni’s was excellent as well. We did not make it to the new La Mer, but we dined at Antonio’s pizzeria at least 4 times, it was a very popular option on this cruise and the service there is fast. Bars: Can’t say enough good things about the bars and the bar staff. For those Elite members the Vista lounge was the location of the nightly happy hour, there were a Large number of Elite members on this cruise so they needed a large space. The bartenders in that lounge were exceptional and it was clear every night that the same people arrived early to get their favorite spots and enjoy the start of the evening. Vines in the Atrium also did a tremendous job. The medallion service really speeds up the serving times. Gym: New gym with plenty of equipment, particularly lots of treadmills. Only criticism is that the treadmills, bikes and elliptical don’t have tv coverage on them. I never got a straight answer but if you enjoy working out and watching the news, sorry they currently don’t have them set up,oddly they have several TVs hanging on walls in the gym that nobody can really see unless you stop your workout and go stand in front of them. Weird. Cabin: Stayed in a mini suite on Marina level. Nice size, consistent with other Princess mini suite cabins. Two large tv’s and a large library of movies, the live tv stations, were MSNBC, FOX news, CNBC, BBC and for part of the cruise we had ESPN and ESPN 2. During NFL games they dedicated two channels to games and had A game on the large movie under the stars. Hot water in the bathroom was awesome. Rants: -Seriously people! There are at least 6 elevators in most areas, do you really need to see an elevator open up at 90% capacity yet continue to force yourself and 5 family members into it pushing everyone else up against the wall? Ah, I feel better now. -People should really read and follow the suggestions on the cruise excursions. If it says you need to be mobile and able to get around and you AREN’T capable of doing that, please don’t go and ruin everyone else’s day. Ah, I feel even better now.
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Avoid the center elevators due to high traffic and use the aft or rear ones