Once you can feel fine being at sea( not seasick) one can really enjoy this type of vacation where you can find all entertainments and food beverages with health topics and spas with gym to lead you to a great lifestyle and romantic dancing on board with friendly crew on all levels.
Personally I found music and movies in the daytime on the deck a little too loud for people who would just enjoy reading a book on the lounge chairs.
I enjoyed the ice cream treat on summer days.
My first cruise, now I'm annoyed it took me so long to discover cruises. My mistake was believing local travel agents. You see I am a fussy eater and don't eat a lot only meat I eat is beef. Don't like the other stuff. And allergic to seafood. I had previously been told by every agent I spoke to not
worth going on cruise because they 1. Won't serve beef (cos it's expensive stuff). 2. Cruises serve lots of seafood stuff (after all you're on the sea) 3. There really wouldn't be much for me to eat that I'd like.
Well after this cruise and yes I've also been on another since around the Baltics, Scandinavia and Russia and have one booked for Nov around New Zealand as well. I have discovered that these travel agents I had spoken to were all wrong. Both ships I have been on have had beef. In fact every night going to the dining room I could order steak. YES IT WAS ON THE MENU EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. So as you can see yes I enjoyed my cruise. Not only the fact they had steak, they also had other meals that I could eat. So no it wasn't a waste of my money.
Cruising is so much fun and there's just so much to do onboard, we loved the seas days the best but then on top of that there's the fact that you can wake up at a new destination and go out and explore for the day. Get a feel of the places and decide then if you'd perhaps come back again.
I am now hooked and don't think I will ever look back. Bring on my next cruise' YAY.
Princess Cruises are the best cruises to travel on. The ships have great layouts and everything you need. The food is excellent in the restaurants. The good thing is if you really like a meal at dinner, you can order a second one if you desire. The buffet is always open for snacks and supper. Great
holiday if you are travelling with teenagers who are always eating. Very economical on the food budget versus restaurants on land. The staff are always helpful whether they are the room steward or wait staff. The bar staff are friendly and know how to make a great variety of drinks both alcoholic or not. The kid's club caters for all ages but more importantly they cater the activities to suit all ages. The ability for children to sign themselves in and out after a suitable age is a great help to parents. Shore excursions have a variety of interests to suit different people and different interests. Some can be a little pricey but you have peace of mind that the ship will not sail without you. Organising your own arrangements could lead to you missing the sail time. It is the best holiday because you can do as much or as little as you want. There are enough pools and spas available and even adults only ones if you don't want kids splashing you. Gym's great.
While we enjoyed the cruise, the ship itself was very sad.
The air-condition did not work properly the whole cruise, everyone we spoke to had the same issue.
98% of the time the public toilets were out of order.
The entertainment was pretty much 0
If they had a band on the deck each night they might make more money at the bar.
African staff member (male) was very rude on deck 12 main bar.
Unfortunately we are booked on the same ship next Tuesday the 24th to PNG.
All I can say is hope things have improved.
After being on Royal Caribbean I guess we have been spoilt.
In my opinion the cruise was very pleasant but in the dining room we were assigned the food was not to our liking and we preferred to use the buffet in horizon court because we had a larger choice of dishes and we didnt particularly like the curtis stone menu. The tour staff appeared to be very
disorganised and on the two occasions that the tenders were needed for shore excursions they broke down and one of our excursions was cut short. From a safety point of view i would feel more secure if they worked first time as the primary purpose of thes boats is for the preservation of life in case of exreeme emergency. Cabin wise we were very happy with both the cabin and the steward we had he was marvellous. Overall we had a good time and apart from the couple of criticisms previously noted we had no other complaints and would go again but not for 42 days. The crew were courteous and helpful in every respect and we were kept up to date with information regarding the ships position and speed and expected times of arrival. On the couple of occasions where there was a problem with the ship that caused a delay we were compensated
What s great way to go on holidays ,all the places we wanted to visit with a comfy room great food and entertainment all in one place how convenient,no baggage lugging no customs In-between,no hassles.The drink prices were also reasonable priced .We would recommend a cruise to anyone who has never
The Princess cruise did not get off to a good start with a late itinerary change that replaced 2 ports with others and changed the timing of other port visits. However, for those wishing to escape the southern Australian winter, the sunshine started early and lasted to the last few days of the
cruise. As well as the pool deck there were many spots on the ship to catch the sun. Port visits in the first few days - Airlie Beach where I took the excursion to the Barrier Reef and Cairns - were well handled and started a process of relaxation. The visit to Alotau in PNG was interesting but not to the taste of all passengers. Passengers felt less relaxed after extremely long waits from 6am for Customs clearance in Darwin and inefficient unloading of passengers at Broome, again with long waits. The Broome visit was split between 2 half days in the revised itinerary and much time was wasted in leaving the ship and many people were unable to visit their planned points of interest.
A storm and increasing swell meant the final port visit had to be cancelled and caused a rocky end to the voyage. However, throughout the staff in the food areas, bars, cabin stewards, were polite, attentive and helpful. They were always cheerful and seemed to work very hard.
However, when on board, I was very happy with the variety and quality of food offered in the formal and informal dining options, although there was a decline in the variety and quality of the fresh fruit as the cruise progressed. The different "BBQ lunches" on the upper decks allowed greater variety. We particularly liked the Mongolian BBQ.
There was also good variety in the entertainment offerings. I enjoyed the string quartet who performed on most days and many passengers enjoyed the pianist Mr Carruthers.
Princess upgraded me to Penthouse Suite on condition I share with my sister who was also travelling on this cruise.
The Penthouse Suite was an unbelievable experience and made this cruise worth being on after the itinerary had been changed to many of the ports, due to the ship having engine problems.
I immensely enjoyed my experience and restored my faith in Princess Cruises after I had complained about my disappointment to the new itinerary.
I would definitely cruise Princess again.
This was a 2 night cruise, and different from their usual cruises in a few ways.
Boarding at Brisbane was crowded. Baggage handling was swift but the check-in queue at 1 p.m. was about an hour long. This was followed by an internal entry queue, then a security queue, and then you finally got on.
The interior cabin was fairly standard. It did have an LCD tv, which was about 24". Shampoo and soap are on wall pump packs. Our steward was excellent, introducing himself upfront and always providing any assistance asked for.
Dining was different for this cruise in that they just made all dining seated on arrival. i.e. although you were allocated a time (and table) it didn't matter and you just joined the queue to be allocated the next available seat when you felt like it. Given this, we decided to try the speciality restaurant the first night, and the pizza restaurant the second.
The speciality restaurant is actually just half the buffet reclaimed and lightly curtained off in the evening. Perhaps they were also busy with people trying it as service was quite slow, even though there was limited customisation of meals. At $25 a head, I found the environment and service a little disappointing. The main reason for eating there would be the better quality cuts of meats they use, and certainly the food quality was of a high standard.
The pizza restaurant on the second night was also not of the same high standard as I've experienced before. The worst was that the drink I ordered was only delivered after I'd actually finished eating the meal! Again, it was quite busy, but the service level was fairly average.
Onboard the ship, the atmosphere was just of heavy crowds around all the bars and pool decks. The buffet was regularly full and hard to find seating, and service due to the high load was not as good as it could have been. With the party crowds, there were also smokers all over the outdoor areas, and no control of that. It made many of the outdoor areas, both on top pool deck and the lower promenade deck less appealing if you didn't want to be breathing their smoke.
Unfortunately for entertainment, they had the same comedian both nights. While he was reasonable, I think it's probably more difficult for entertainers to stretch their work over multiple performances, and for the audience it's nice to have variety. Other entertainment was the usual trivia and bingo, and some pool activities. Movies were on the pool deck, but with the crowds and noise from all, it was more like a competition of noise.
Ultimately, the Princess line seemed to give the same product, but the onboard delivery was patchy and the party crowd atmosphere not appealing if you weren't only onboard to drink alcohol and smoke non-stop.