This cruise was a part of an escorted tour. The cruise was a circumnavigation of Britain, plus Cork, Dublin, Belfast, St Peter Port and Le Harve.
Being an organised tour, we took no Princess tours.
Embarkation. This was from Southampton. We can only compare this to Sydney, Aust. It seemed like an organised chaos. Waiting times to get to the checkin desk exceeded an hour. There was also issues with boarding the boat adding to the wait. The service staff were good though. A thumbs down for embarkation. As things went though the bags were at the cabin really quickly
Cabin. Caribe, or in this case deck 10. Not sure of the category, but unobstructed balcony. No problems here, and the cabin size is good. No issues as such but 2 concerns.... 1:there really is very little drawer storage, more frustrating than anything, and 2: the cabin had a small coffee table. This was more a nuisance than functional.
The Boat. I do not know what it is, but we could not warm to this ship. Its all there, its basically laid out as most cruise liners are, but it never endeared to the point of wanting to sail on her again.
Eating: Symphony restaurant is good, service great, but the menu did not inspire. The Horizon Court ( Princess for bistro) was good, but the layout of offerings did not flow, and at times you would wonder why they do things as they are..... eg: breakfast, toast, butter and condiments are a good example. Get your toast, find your butter, spread it, then go back and remove your piece of jam / spread. Very inefficient, and frustrating.
Entertainment. As we were a part of a tour group, we did not use the theatre save 1 show that was brought on. That was good. I still wonder though why Princess persist with undersized theatres. More cabins maybe???? We did see 1 show, not a production and it was very good.
Tendering. Actually no issues here. Easy enough to get off. Getting on.... almost OK. As always Security. You know why things are in place. You accept processes. You do find it hard to accept blindly a Security officer bleating " 2 lines " when the 2nd line is held by whatever reason, and has not moved for the last 5 minutes. Also having to show your card to pass security to in under 50 mtrs have to show it again. Face it, you are on the dock, you have passed security. There is no chance that an intruder are going to join the ship run to get back on board...... or is dock security not really worth it????
Disembarkation. Not a problem, and easy. Who would have thought.
Overall thoughts: Its a great boat. No questions there, but there is something there that is stopping it being a great boat. Would we break a leg to get back on.. no, but if the right opportunity presented, we would take it..... but we do not think that will happen.
For a standard balcony cabin, it was actually pretty good, except that there is a very limited drawer space. 2 smallish drawers. The wardrobe space is good, but as on a cruise you do not bring a great deal of hanging clothes, Princess would be better off taking a small amount of space and installing sliding baskets / drawers. A much better usage of space.
Bathroom is a standard small multifunctional facility but you do not feel hemmed in.
The balcony is small but functional. The door to the balcony was always an issue. Mighty hard to open the door after it has been locked.