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Royal Princess
Royal Princess
Member Name: dides
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: AA
Cabin Number: B507
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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We arrived at the port at 10:30 but it took at least 2 and a half hours to get on board. Having never embarked from Southampton before, we were surprised by the terrible queues at security. And the ship was only two thirds full!

Our cabin was lovely with a new comfy bed and a sofa. The shower seemed bigger but the main bathroom smaller - don't ever drop anything! There was a really large TV on the wall with a good selection of movies/tv shows on demand - we managed to watch one movie and it had a good definition. Storage and wardrobe space were almost the same, the desk/fridge area had less drawers in this configuration. Also new was a slot for your cruise card to control lighting and tv power - took a bit of getting used to. The balcony was a lot smaller than a standard Princess balcony with very uncomfortable chairs- however we hardly made use of it in the end.

The public areas were amazing. We liked the enlarged sparkling Atrium, the extended Crooners bar and the Horizon Court. This had a lot more food options, a Bistro section and a separate Pastry Shop. Although it was a bit of a trek to go looking for a dessert that you rarely bothered! The Pastry Shop didn't seem to have many extra items other the usual desserts - didn't see any fondue when we went. Service was generally good although we had to wait a bit for our sparkling water to arrive. Oh they advertised San Pelligrino but we never got it once!

As well as Horizon Court, we enjoyed some of the additional menu items in the bigger pizzeria Alfredos, pub lunch in the Wheelhouse and some evening BBQ Smokehouse food at the Trident Grill. On formal night we ate at the Concerto Anytime Dining Room - warm and satisfying appetisers and tasty lobster and prawns for main but the Tri Tip beef was a letdown, too pink for medium-well.

We don't go to the shows, but enjoyed afternoon trivia in the Wheelhouse Bar and a ventriloquist show in the Vista Lounge. We had a bad experience with the drinks service in the Vista Lounge - a waiter refused to get us the drinks we wanted saying he was too busy. I went next door to the Wheelhouse get them myself and the bar staff said he was wrong to say that and they followed me back to our seats with the drinks. Some entertainment was also held in the new Princess Live! Studio but the chairs were fixed and too uncomfortable for us.

The Movie Under the Stars outside TV screen was superb - watched a bit of Skyfall and the picture/sound was amazing. The choregraphed to music fountains were also worth watching. The Retreat Pool with Cabanas was beautiful and so relaxing. The best outside space, however, were the sofas on the aft area outside Horizon Court allowing you to sit back in the sun and look out over the wake.

We also loved the new innovations such as viewing your statement/patter via an intranet on your iPad/phone and being able to use your cruise card for laundry tokens.

Even though we never got to Guernsey (the seas were too rough to tender) we really enjoyed Princess' newest ship and would book to go again.

Publication Date: 06/27/13
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