August 30, 2005
My wife and I went on a 25th anniversary cruise for 12 days-leaving August 30th 2005 on the Grand Princess. It was our first time on a cruise and first time in Europe. The first 2/3 of the cruise was great-we enjoyed the food & entertainment. But after we departed from the 5th port of the scheduled 9 ports on our itinerary, the ship started experiencing engine problems. They had to skip 2 of the scheduled ports in Turkey and we arrived one day early in the next port (which was Athens). Because we arrived one day early, they wern't able to accommodate our excursions. So, for 4 days the whole intinerary was messed up. We missed ports that we were really looking forward to going to. Many, many people were extremely disappointed. The cruise lines offered each passenger $400 each as a good will gesture for the inconveience.