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  1. We will not be back on the Sky Princess either and we love cruising Princess. THE GOOD It's a beautiful new ship. The Captain was wonderful. The crew was outstanding. The Medallion was great. Princess Live is so much better (the use of the Medallion for drinks works best in here). International Cafe. Enough said. Rock Opera rocked! Alfredo's. Almost better than Sabatinis. Almost... THE BAD Club Class Mini Suites and Club Class dining were no where near the level of the Royal or Regal. No table side entrees or attractive nightly specials. Rooms and balconies felt tight. Not worth the up-charge. The traditional wood decor has been replaced with shiny, noisy laminate and metal railings. There is so little ambiance in Take 5 it would just Take 5 crew members to Take 5 minutes to remove all the furniture and set up some other stark themed room. Obviously, an afterthought that took 5 minutes to think of ("hey, what should we put in here?"). Whose idea was it to omit the most popular bar/night spot on the ship - Crooners? Fire them! In that vain, Good Spirits at Sea is lost at Sea. It feels contrived and doesn't work. A poorly manufactured artificial vibe, that like the near always empty Bistro Sur La Mer, is an obvious bust. The not so pleasant smell of some of the seafood entrees at the Bistro permeate the upper Piazza. Look for replacements in the near future. (hint: try and serve a sit down French Country breakfast/lunch at the Bistro). Hey! Where'd the Pub Lunch go? THE UGLY The Retreat Pool area is flat out horrible. Destroyed, ruined, kaput! Absolutely no character and stark and medicinal in its presentation. It truly feels like you're on the deck on a Navy ship, surrounded by riveted white metal. A 3 foot "wading pool" with one adult "non-friendly" ladder. Just one row of 9 lounge chairs on each side. This is where we always met new friends and enjoyed the quiet solitude away from the constant excessive noise of the main pool (now pools). That once friendly gathering place no longer exists on the Sky Princess. The Aft Pool is another 3 foot bath with three lounge chairs positioned in a ridiculous location blocking the path from the pool area entry ladder to the pool entry ladder. Terrible and dangerous design. What were they thinking? Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance... Notmysecondrodeo
  2. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your sincere and thoughtful replies. Your assistance is wonderful.
  3. Hey all, We are long time Princess Cruisers who are taking our first cross Atlantic re-positioning cruise this November. The Emerald Princess will be our home during that 14 day cruise. The scheduled ports are: Barcelona, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain |Casablanca, Morocco (for Marrakech) |Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain |Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada), Portugal |Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Do any of you seasoned and experienced cruisers who have stopped at those ports have suggestions for us? Also, any suggestions as to how the fill the time on the ship once we start the 6 day at sea Atlantic crossing? Thank you in advance, your insight is greatly appreciated.
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