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  1. Can you comment on how cold or warm the public spaces and cabins are? On some ships, the theater and other public spaces are so cold (despite the warm weather outside) that my mom has to wear a sweater or light jacket. Other times, it's the opposite. Just trying to gauge the current conditions on the Grand as we will be aboard less than 3 weeks from now.
  2. Holland America's N. Statendam, Celebrity Eclipse, and Norwegian's Getaway are my experiences.
  3. I think it's more of Princess not keeping up with the times. Personally, I think the cabin design is efficient and well done for the "old days"; however, times have changed and people require "more stuff" to feel comfortable (cell phones, tablets, electronics, etc.). Our modern society is abundantly richer than in the past and people are accustomed to more convenience and comfort than in the past. Given that the Princess cabin design is still used today, I think it's more of a testament of how well planned it was at the time of conception. Now, it could probably use a revamp.
  4. I was on my 1st HAL cruise aboard N. Statendam in May and ATK was one of the highlights during the day at sea. I appreciate the presenter's seriousness toward cooking as well as the diversity of cooking topics covered. On other cruise lines, I am annoyed how these "cooking lectures" turn into chefs (and the Maitre-D) thinking they are comedians and goof off while "cooking".
  5. On sea days, is there any music playing around the ship during the daytime? Besides bingo, sales/port talks, and comedy cooking classes (cynic in me says chef should stop the comedy and work on improving the dining room/buffet but I digress), what other daytime activities are there? We will be on the Nov Hawaii cruise and there are plenty of sea days. Can you go in a bit more detail on how the dining room / buffet food is just "ok"?
  6. Your observations are correct: (1) Less food choices at the buffet? Welcome to the World Fresh Food Market concept. Fancy new layout design with food stations that take up MORE counter space with pretty food containers / displays (i.e. less room for food options to consume). Sandwich shops and Oven-Baked bread stations take up more room and passengers have less hot food. But hey, it looks more modern and pretty!! (2) More complaints than what Princess wants to hear. Yep, I've talked to Princess managers / workers who admitted off the record about the food budget cuts and even internal staff have complained to management about passenger food complaints.
  7. Although we still do 1 Princess cruise once every or every other year to see if anything has changed, we have primarily taken our business to other cruise lines now. No cruise line is perfect; however, most mainstream cruise lines ships (Celebrity, NCl, HAL) have surpassed the non-Royal cruise ships in overall quality. Every cruise line has cutbacks but it's always about the end result AFTER the cost cutting. As a long time Princess cruiser, it saddens me to see the brand fall behind.
  8. We took the Star Hawaii trip last year. I didn't notice all the sausage. I do often take a couple links with my breakfast, if I'm not in the mood for bacon. (A rare happening.) LOL. Your experience is a growing trend with the food cutbacks on Princess. They have a not too subtle practice now (use to hide it better) of using a greater proportion of certain ingredients that they got on bulk sale. A few times my traveling group use to joke with the chefs/ managers and they were surprised that we picked up on which items were cheap that week (one executive chef was embarrassed enough that we noticed and we didn't see those ingredients on the buffet as often for the rest of the week after our observations...LOL). It's comical and sad how bad the food cutbacks have gotten on the non-Royal class Princess ships.
  9. The buffets on Grand class ships (as well as Coral/Island) have really fallen behind the main stream competitors since the bean counters at Princess HQ have cut the food budget many years ago. It's a big reason why I don't sail on as many Princess cruises as in the past. I've complained about the food on the surveys and we know how that goes. Vote with your wallet and keep complaining to Princess. Maybe in 5 years they may get the message but I doubt it as long as the cost cutting mentality continues.
  10. As stupid as it may sound, it was a joy taking a shower on the NS. Roomy w/ decent water pressure to boot without worrying about fluctuating water temperatures. A model for all cruise ships to follow going forward.
  11. Agreed...sailed on NS in January of this year and was thrilled with the bathrooms (and quality of the food). If HAL can provide this type of quality, so can Princess if they are motivated.
  12. In my opinion the Horizon Court buffet aboard Royal will be superior to the Grand Class ships. However, I wanted to caution you comparing with Holland America. Having completed my 1st HAL cruise a few months ago aboard N. Statendam, I was suprised to experience an even better breakfest buffet aboard NS with greater variety and better quality offerings. I don't think you will be disappointed with breakfest from Royal but you may want to temper your expectations if you are expecting HAL like quality based on my experience.
  13. Could you elaborate on the pros/cons of gender for lobsters from a hungry consumer's POV (coming from Maryland, I understand the pros/cons of eating male/female blue crabs but your quote has me curious)?
  14. Similar experience here (3 to 4 cruises). I jokingly tell friends Princess is tired of hearing me complain repeatedly about how their cost-cutting measures have deteriorated the passenger experience, in some areas, compared to other cruise lines and as a result I no longer receive the post-cruise surveys.
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