Burrows - Answered a Question by Geordie (14 Oct 07 14:09)

The Princess brochure states smoking allowed in your stateroom, balconys and most public rooms. There are rumours that they are going to change like RCI but nothing concrete yet.

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Burrows - Answered a Question by Geordie (14 Oct 07 14:12)

Review taken from cruise critic that refers to smoking [formatting doesn't hold!] We are an active couple in our 50's and this was our 12th cruise, the first time on Princess. Most of our previous cruises have been on Holland America. This is probably the only cruise we will do on Princess. Maybe it was just this ship but Princess just doesn't compare with Holland America. Our trip started off in London and we got transfers to the ship from the Victoria Coach Station because we had spent a few days before in London. We were told that information on where to meet our transfer would be posted on the board at the station. Wrong! If it wasn't for the Celebrity Cruise Line Representative there we would have had a hard time because no one at the station seemed to know about the Sea Princess and it was never posted on any board. Princess doesn't have a representative there, the bus driver just comes in at the appointed time and announces the transfer. There were only a few people besides us there to get the transfer. Not a good start! Embarkation was easy and we were quickly in our cabin. We had a balcony cabin and as other reviews said it is much smaller than other balcony cabins we've had on other ships, as is the bathroom, balcony and storage. The cabin was slightly worn looking with stains, cracks and worn carpet. Our fellow passengers on this cruise were 1800 British and 150 Americans (we are American). That would not have been an issue except that it seemed like most of the British were smokers, so smoke was an issue. You couldn't sit at the pool without having smokers all around you, the bars were smoky and even our balcony had smoke from our neighbors. Most of the people on this cruise too were 75 yrs. and older. We had a LOT of wheelchairs, motorized cars, walkers and canes. Four days into the cruise the ship became infected with a virus so it changed how things were done on the ship. While the crew did a great job of keeping the virus from spreading, it got to be somewhat annoying to have to have everything served to you in the buffet lines. The Horizon Court is not laid out well and it gets very crowded and congested but especially when everything had to be served lines got very long. They did not vacuum the ship for 10 days, laundry rooms were closed, ice had to be requested, it was not replaced daily by the room steward as it was in the first couple days, some activities were stopped and salt and pepper and sugar were taken off the tables to name a few of the precautions that they took. Since the cruise seems to attract a lot of British passengers it is understandable that there would be a lot of British food (especially for breakfast) and mostly British entertainment, but we got a little bored with the breakfast choices--they never changed and the entertainment was BAD, except for the band that played at the pool everyday, Skyline, was very good. The entertainment in the Wheelhouse Bar was good but the bar was too smoky to spend much time in. The "Movies Under the Stars" is great except the movies were pretty old--"Grease and Top Gun". The service was good but not exceptional, the crew was not nearly as friendly and fun as we've experienced on other ships. The food was good in the dining room but not great in the Horizon Court. There was a lot of variety in the dining room but nothing was outstanding. The desserts were disappointing. The grill by the pool had some of the best food. We've enjoyed the Alternative Dining on other ships but didn't try the Sterling Steakhouse on this ship because they just curtained off a part of the Horizon Court (Buffet) for the steakhouse at night. We did like the anytime dining and were always able to get a table by the window. The waiters did not seem as rushed in the anytime dining as we've found in the traditional dining. We enjoyed our cruise but there just wasn't anything amazing about this ship or Princess that would make us want to do another Princess cruise. We'll stick with Holland.

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Straw - Answered a Question by Geordie (14 Oct 07 21:13)

We were on board in June of this year. You can smoke on one side of the ship outside and in all of the bars in designated areas.

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Falan and Leanne Down - Answered a Question by Geordie (14 Oct 07 23:11)

Well here's one from the "Downs".....Smoking policies are under continuous review by all the major cruise lines so we suggest that you check to see what the situation is closer to the time of sailing and my apologies if you are about to sail....Leanne Dow.

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