CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Sea Princess Western Europe May 28, 2005

Booking:Used an excellent agent,Gillett Travel who know their stuff about cruise lines.As this was the first official cruise after the ships re-naming,I telephoned Princess to check whether the power points in the staterooms were US or UK as it had previously sailed as the Adonia under P&O.I was told US but in fact there are both US and UK power points. Embarkation:Was cruising with my mother who has elite memebership status so our queue was short,but ordinary queue looked very long.Hoildayed with my family wife and 3 children 14,13 and 3. Staterooms:We had inside cabins on Deck 11 Aloha,rooms were smallish but well planned good closet and drawer space.Bathroom small but adequate. Dining:The food was excellent,we dined at la Traviata restaurant at night,waiter was very good and quality of food excellent.Mainly used Horizon court at breakfast and lunch and food was also very good,plenty of variety,sometimes difficult to find seating at busy times.Older children also used outside deck buffet which wasn't great and Café Corniche which is pizzas and pasta which was very good.

Entertainment:Mixed.Princess theatre is a bit small for the number of passengers on board if the ship is full(and it was!) all seats bar singles were taken a good 10 minutes before start of most shows. Movies under the stars was on during the day but you needed to wear headsets to listen and were quite old films.Picture resolution even in bright sunlight was excellent though.More up to date movies were shown at night but not many watched as we were crusing the Atlantic,it wasn't really warm enough despite blankets being provided!Will be better in the Med and carribean,I'm sure. Service:Most staff were very helpful and friendly and made an effort to be nice to the children. Disemabarkation:Chaotic.There were 3 ships disemabarking that morning and the port officials went to the wrong berth hence delaying things considerably.Way too many people hanging around near the exits. This was my first cruise with Princess though I've been on 20+ cruises in all and I was very impressed,overall.My one gripe would be that given that from May to September it sails from Southampton and our cruise there were 1800 British passengers and 140 US passengers many things were still geared to US tastes,which is a little puzzling.

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