Grand Princess has always been rather unusual in that it has a string of four pools along across its sundeck rather than the usual three. The last, lying at the back of the ship and, until its recent refurbishment was trapped under the shadows of the mighty maw of Skywalkers, its ungainly disco, was an afterthought for most passengers.
On an incredibly gorgeous day at sea, when the dreaded and oft-rambunctious Bay of Biscay has decided to let us have our fun, it’s the most serene and beautiful spot outdoors. There’s no shadow, of course; two cozy decks of chaises, hard-by-the-rail, offer clear access to the sea and sky (the nicest of these isn’t actually lying poolside but on the sports deck, on 16, with a pair of roomy whirlpools and a bar just off to the side).
One of the nicest areas of all up here isn’t actually finished. Note the grand terrace, overlooking the wake, of this private area and tell us two things: What’s it meant to be when it’s done? And what would you like it be?