Number of Cruises: 7
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Coral Princess
Sailing Date: December 24th, 2005
Itinerary: Panama Canal
The ship was stunning (decor was well thought out, beautiful, roomy) and I believe the most comfortable and nicely appointed ship we've been on yet. The staff was superb (room steward and dining room). This is one cruise I could do again. But, I won't. There are creeping trends that are straight from Carnival that seem to be marring the cruises.
The food does not have the exquisiteness it had several years ago. It IS decent and good, but much blander. I suppose this is a natural result of having the cruises slowly change from that of a high class endeavor to something that is now open to anyone breathing while simultaneously holding a credit card.
Despite that, only one thing really ruined our cruise: the balcony room next to ours was occupied by teenagers and they sat on their balcony at all hours (all day, all night) playing rap through a boom box, smoking pot, and drinking until they got sick. Many people complained, including us, but Princess simply shrugged it off by saying that they did not sell the room to teens but to their parents and it was the parents responsibility.
End of story, no further help. In
a way, I understand their spot - but it completely ruined our cruise and my wife
was in tears more than once at 2am when the kids started threatening her because
she had asked them to turn their music down. Again, Princess would do nothing
about the reported threats. Frankly... and I'm being brutal here, cruising has
lost its charm almost completely. This is not a complete result of the cruise
lines, rather cruises are now plagued by ill-behaved teenagers, bratty children,
and idiot parents straight from every walk of life.
Sadly, what was once a relaxing and classy vacation is now marred by cruise lines that have been letting their quality of service decline while trying to corner every market segment (The Carnival Syndrome). Add to that the loss of manners, courtesies , and considerations that people used to try to extend to one another. And finally, the universally idiotic, thoughtless, and self centered behavior of most parents now days really gets amplified onboard a cruise ship out at sea for 7-10 days.
We're done cruising, it's no longer what it used to be.