Number of Cruises: 10
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Grand Princess
Sailing Date: May 28th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
The Itinerary - Mediterranean Coast Line
Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 - Marsailles, France
Day 3 - Livorno (Florence) - Cancelled
Became Day at Sea
Day 4 - Cativechia, Italy (Rome)
Day 5 - Naples, Italy (Pompei)
Day 6 - Mykonos, Greece
Day 7 - Day at Sea
Day 8 - Instanbul, Turkey
Day 9 - Ephesus, Turkey
Day10 - Athens, Greece
Day11- Day at Sea
Day12 - Venice, Italy
Itinerary was Magnificent in all respects - best we have ever cruised!
SHIP - Grand Princess in disrepair and badly in need of refurbishment - I think that it is scheduled very soon
SHIP LAYOUT - was not cruiser friendly
FOOD - Food average - Dining Rooms undermanned - it sometimes took 2 1/2 - 3 hours to do dinner due to lack of help
Wait-staff doing three large tables and had hard time keeping up
The 24 hr Buffet Cafeteria was excellent
Much better food selection and quality - we were very surprised that it was much higher standards than Dining rooms!
ENTERTAINMENT - Pretty good selection - Dancers, Orchestra, and Singers very good with wide scope show variety.
Comedians all very good
SHOW LOUNGES - Vista - Excellent
PRINCESS SHOWROOM - Very poor
BARS AND LOUNGES - Average
KARAOKE - Very Poorly organized
GAMES AND ACTIVITIES - Average
POOLS - Very nice layouts - well done
JACUZZI's - 4 of 7 always broken - Maintenance was not on its game here!
Many problems with equipment and facilities - very slow maintenance response and results throughout cruise
THEATER UNDER STARTS CONCEPT - I loved it and hated it all at same time
LOVED Variety and availability of movies
HATED overcrowding and constant noise - did not seem like a cruise - very strange effect - everyone crowded onto Lido deck piled on top of each other
PURSER STAFF - Poor - not very helpful and quite astonishingly apathetic -
SUMMARY - The Grand Princess need some attention to bring it back to snuff and Princess Cruises has gone downhill significantly since we last sailed the line in 2000. What happened?
THE MEDITERRANEAN - a must do itinerary for everyone! If we did it again we would do it on RCCL, Celebrity, Costa, HCL, or even Carnival
WILL NOT SAIL PRINCESS AGAIN!