SeaBunny Posted September 13, 2006 #1 Share Posted September 13, 2006 DH and I are working our way through the "mass market" lines. This was our first Princess cruise. We picked it because it was a new ship and had a lot of sea days (We're in it for the ship board experience. Cruising is no way to experience another country, no matter how small.). DH and I had a great time. We always have a great time as long as we're together. However, we'll only do Pricess again if an itinerary attracts us. This cruise did not set Princess apart. The following isn't so much a review as some observations. This ship is full of examples of bad human engineering. From the buffet that had food stations but allowed no room for people to move about at random, to the too-small main theater, to the pools with inadequate deck space for the number of people on board, to the small and poorly programmed elevators -- there just seemed to be a lot of things that weren't right design-wise int he public areas. The staterooms have a great layout, however, with closet placement that creates a private dressing area. The beds need top sheets!!! No wonder everyone is complaining about the lack of AC! Those fluffy duvets are quite toasty -- too toasty for me and DH. I'm suprised I haven't seen a post about this, because almost everyone we spoke to had the same complaint. Only after our wonderful room steward added a top sheet to our bed could we really sleep. There are a few bad apples on the cruise director's staff who think it's entertaining to make jokes at the expense of passengers. We were never the target, but it really burned me up. That was the biggest complaint on my comment card. Otherwise, the service on this ship was the best we've experienced. We're pretty low maintenance -- no room service, no special requests (except for that top sheet) -- so we never missed not having interaction with our room steward before. This guy was always around and smiling. And our wait staff in the dining room was the perfect balance of efficiency and friendliness. Bartenders remebered what I ordered before and always smiled. The stages shows were nicely produced, with better than usual talent. The Motor City show was disturbing, however. It was odd enough having an almost entirely white cast singing all those r&b hits. However, at one point they brought out a bunch of large puppets that looked like black caricatures. That moved the show into offensive. The ports: Grand Turk: I read this somewhere else, but believe me -- book a water-based excursion in Grand Turk, stay on the ship, or just go to Margeritaville. We know Grand Turk well. It's small, sleepy, uterly boring. But the surrounding reefs are amazing. Dive if you can (we've spent two weeks there doing just that). We did the Ultimate Snorkel this trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. St. Thomas: We'd never seen any of St. Thomas beyond Charlotte Amalie and didn't care for that. This time we took a cab to Coki Beach and were completely wow'd. Unbelievably beautiful and awesome snorkeling. BTW, the coldest and cheapest beer is from the lady with the van by the roadside. And see Mail Man for your eats. Don't be put off by the ramshackled look of the place when the taxi drops you off, just walk right past the various buildings to the glorious beach. And, it's not even supposed to be the nicest beach! San Juan and Bermuda: Didn't visit either. Bermuda was really hot and we knew we would be back in November. Florence went to Bermuda instead of us. Those things happen. Some hints: Four flavors of scooped ice cream and all the oppings for sundaes are served each day from 3:30 - 4:30 in the Horizon buffet -- usually (if not always) on the sides that is "closed." If you can't get to the main theatre shows early, approach from the 6th deck and go to the left of the stage. This area is usually the last to fill up. For some shady lounge seating, go aft and port (left). There are some lounges tucked away there that give you a great view of the ocean, are in the shade (depending on the time of day), get a breeze and don't seem to attract any people. They're up high -- kinda on a level between decks. Ask for a top sheet for your bed. Enjoy yourself. We thoroughly did. We just like to analyze things. After all, any problem that has been solved can be solved again in a better way. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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