Short break – short change
Matt Andrews | August 22, 2017 | Princess Cruises | Sapphire Princess
Itinerary included a tender visit to Guernsey, which was cancelled before we boarded the ship. The reason given was forecasted high winds.
Redirected to Brest, France which was virtually closed being a Sunday, struggled to find a cafe and nearly resorted to going into a Subway. Additionally, the crew had only rigged up one working gangway, which served both on and off. It was not suitable for this level of traffic, especially as at times the gangway was virtually full of passengers exiting and entering. Very dangerous situation.
On Monday we arrived in Cherbourg and being somewhat infirm elected to take the complimentary shuttle from the ship into town. We left the ship at about 10.30am and made our way to the shuttle stop only to be greeted by a queue of 200+ fellow passengers. We eventually found that the reason for the queue was there was only one shuttle. We waited for about 30 minutes in the queue and hardly moved, so returned to the ship. At no time whilst waiting for the shuttle, did we see an identifiable on-duty member of the ship monitoring or managing the ‘shuttle’ system. It seemed as though Princess had never encountered shuttles before. Very chaotic situation.
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