(yes that is us laughing in the background, we sadly didn’t catch the best dancer like the batwing action, the hyper hopper and the pointer, they were awesome)
This is part II of a 3 part review of our Princess Cruise. If you haven’t read the first part (over all feel and food) you can find that post here. I’m writing these reviews since I didn’t see anything indicating the age of the reviewers when I was researching the cruises and I think others in our age range 30’s may find this useful.
If you do don’t have time to read all of these post my quick summary is that this cruise was a waste of our money, time and the energy we both spent trying to get a work done so we wouldn’t come home to chaos. The reasons in short, the food was poor, the entertainment was cheesey or stupid although we enjoyed a few of the options, and most of the people on the boat no kidding were over 70 years old and it was catered to them.
First off I was considering going with Holland American since their Vancouver cruise was much cheaper but our travel agent told me that was for old people and I wouldn’t like it and that Princess was more age appropriate. I kid you not for the first 3 days we only saw one younger couple. There were many over 70 couples. A few families with kids, about 40 year old parents and grandparents. A number of 40-50 year old women with their mothers. So we were totally out of place and the entertainment was definitely catered to the older crowd.
The shows were really cheesy. If you watch Glee it was as uncomfortable to watch as when Shuster sings rap songs and at least for one of the shows the costumes were hideous and really unflattering I actually felt sorry for the singers/dancers. I have to admit we laughed a lot. We went to two of these shows because there wasn’t much else to do. The second show was better but still pretty cheesy. Come on a black guy with dreads bicycling across the stage (poorly) and singing “Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head” it was awkward.
They also had multiple times when the crew would ask questions to passengers about the boat. They had this and various versions of this almost every night. We peeked in on one of them and I just don’t know how they can consider that entertainment.
There were many pools and hot tubs. The hot tube we tried was nice and toasty. I did find it weird that it seemed like one pool and/or hot tube was always closed or drained and it was usually a different one.
What we did enjoy was the regular comedian they had (they had a juggling comedian who was not funny and kind of annoying, I kept on fighting falling asleep) and this awesome piano player who sang Frank Sinatra and that era songs it was absolutely lovely. I wish there was more of that kind of thing. We also ended up watching two movies that they showed in their theater Star Trek (which we had seen) and Avatar (which we hadn’t seen) that pasted the time well. But to me you can watch a movie whenever, I don’t want to do that on vacation, but there weren’t any other appealing options so I’m glad there was at least that.