Today is our sea day, having embarked yesterday.My random ramblings thus far are as follows
1 We had platinum embarkation at around 12 noon which was very fast and efficient.The express line was also very short but the standard line was quite long. worth avoiding 1pm to 3pm as the princess hotel transfers arrive then.
2 I was worried from some posts about the age and condition of the ship. Have no fears, it looks great. Sure, our cabin has some minor rust fatigue but inside it is immaculate and the public rooms are up to Princess' regular very high standadrs.
3 We have had 1 evening meal which was very nice, our party enjoying their prime rib and mahi mahi entrees greatly. The buffet is fine and the service is warm and friendly. Many of the wait staff seem to be from the Phillipines wheweas on the Golden last year many were from Eastern Europe.
4 I am afraid that the Purser's desk is at best inconsistent. They need serious re-training in lightening up and could try being jolly and even smile, after all this is our holiday!
5 Our biggest problem so far was with our dining reservation. We chose pc dining and wanted to reserve a table for 8 ( we also suggested 2 fours as an alternative) for a fixed 7 pm slot throughout. They were very loathe to help us, asking us to eat at either 5.30 or 7.45, both of which did not suit. We were referred to the chief maitre d, a chap called Jose from Portugal.A man lacking any warmth or charm, he was more intent on telling us his troubles than trying to help. I persevered and got what I wanted eventually, but it left a very bad taste. If Princess monitors these boards suggest they explain to this guy how pc dining should work for us guests!!
6 By contrast the captain's circle host, Roxy is really nice and really warm and helpful. Top marks, Roxie.
7 We booked a ba cabin on caribe. What a great choice...massive balcony. We gave our steward a $5 pre-tip and I now feel that I'm his long lost relative. I wish all my investments produced the same immediate return
8 We saw the introductory show yesterday, which featured a great singer called Darren Lynton who we have seen before. A real professional. The Curtains Up production show and a comedian are on tonight.
9 Tonight is formal night. For those with kids, a suit is fine. We adults dress up but many do not. Shame
10 Soda card is $25..only one price...souvenir cup compulsory.If you want drink of day special I think you have to buy a hurricane glass for $2.50 and they then give you a sticker entittling you to buy drink of day, which they call ''hurricane special"' Hope I got that right. By the way, they have now discontinued the daily 4 side news sheet which used to be a freebie. Pity...they clearly want you to buy their very overpriced newspapers.
11 Last but not least weather simply fine. 26 degrees celsius, high 70s...IMHO just perfect.
The last 2 days have re-inforced by love of cruising and why I can't do a land-based hotel package.I hope our friends who follow enjoy as much as we do
If you have any specifics, I will do my best to help...I owe a lot to you great people.Excuse any alcohol induced mistypes...see you all soon.