Venice with a Grand Princess

We sailed on the Grand Princess inaugural from Istanbul well  over a decade ago (I have to look up the date). It was an amazing voyage on then the biggest ship in the world.

My husband, mother and brother were on board and it was magic as the behemoth “boat” made its way through the Main Canal.

It’s hard to believe the lady needed a face-lift so soon, but she did. And now she’s fully refurbished from stern to bow actually, and heading back to Med for next summer.

Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Holy Land

Five ships will actually sail throughout the sunny waters of the Mediterranean, offering voyages from seven to 30 days to historic cities, Greek islands, the Holy Land and Egypt. Both Ruby Princess and Crown Princess will offer the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, as well as Egypt & Aegean sailings, and Grand Princess sails to the region from London, giving passengers more than 25 different itinerary options to choose from in the Mediterranean. A variety of itineraries aboard Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess will provide small-ship sailing options in the region as well.

The Savvyseafarer has sailed with Princess Cruises several dozens of times, many cruises on the inaugural voyages of  her 16 ship fleet. She rarely lets you down (once in a while the food does, but not the service or the spanking cleanliness of each vessel, or the colorful captains and crew).

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at



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