A friend of mine writes he has been put off cruising by my negative comments.
Let me try and balance that impression.
Cruising is really fun. You meet good people, visit interesting places, don't have to keep packing and unpacking your bags, you eat well and get great entertainment just down the hall. You can have a few drinks and not worry about getting booked for DIY. There are no telephones. No work to do. No cleaning, cooking, no cutting the grass. Sua and I love it.
Understandably, we are comparing this cruise with those we have had in the past. And the excellent standards set by other cruise lines like "Voyages of Discovery" (google it), are not being met.
We have had some excellent cruises - one of which was with the "Sun Princess" last December '09.
We booked a 7 day cruise from Sydney around Tasmania and back to Sydney on the Dawn Princess' sister ship to see if we liked the line and the size of the boat. We did. The entertainment was excellent. Su and I were running from one end of the boat to the other like excited little kids at Christmas; watching the shows, the bands, the solo performers. They were all first class. On the basis of this cruise, we booked the world cruise.
It should be no surprise I suppose, that for Su and I, one of the most important aspects of cruising is the quality of the entertainment.
And that's one of the major problems with this cruise... with the exception of the Jazz band and the string quartet, the entertainment is crap!
This makes us grumpy - and grumpy people tend to find fault everywhere.
And it is not just us - there are a lot of experienced cruisers who are on their third world cruise with Princess, who are very unhappy with this particular cruise.
I have heard a theory that Princess management knows Australians are not as picky as Americans (or Europeans), and will therefore put up with a lesser level of quality. I'm not sure I subscribe to that; I think it is just penny pinching.
But, don't be put off
Check out reviews of cruise lines before you book. I could not recommend Princess for any long cruises, but, as I mentioned earlier, the short one we took was fine.