Background: I am 37 years old, married , two children ages 5 and 3. I have been on 15 cruises, first time on Princess. Chose the Royal Princess for its luxury during a Thanksgiving vacation.
This ship is amazing, elegant, luxurious, modern and relatively easy to navigate through. Venues are either in the Piazza, a stunning place to relax, grab a drink and take it all in, or in the aft section of the ship. The Ship NEVER felt crowded. Pool deck is not as bad as other reviews. There are two pools dedicated just for adults.
Staff are courteous, hard working and will make sure that all passenger needs are met. Superb is the only way to describe their hard work!!
Old people by the hundreds whose sole mission was to complain, complain, complain. Four minutes on the Ship, they were already complaining about the elevators. 1000 people showed up and tried to use six elevators at the same time, come on people!! Halfway through our cruise, I watched a lady call customer service because she waited five minutes for an elevator and demand they stop it on deck six for her. Mind you, the dining room was on deck five! Any ship will have lines at lunch and dinner. Be patient, you're on vacation!
The deluxe balcony stateroom:
If traveling with four, be advised the sofa bed and the upper berth block 90% of the balcony doors. Stretch before trying to get out or in before you wake the kids, just a bad design! The balcony itself seems to be of average size, functional and relaxing.
Did I mention the old people!! They wouldn't have a good time if free Bingo cards fell from the sky!!
Summary: The Royal Princess is an amazing vessel accompanied with a dedicated staff. It was our fellow passengers that "ruined" it for my wife and I. I'm not kidding about the amount of disgruntled nasty elderly people we ran into. Be warned if you are traveling with young children, the staff at Princess Pelicans did a great job entertaining our children, its the eye rolls and dirty looks from the seniors when they see a child laughing or standing in one of their elevators that gets old really fast!
Advice: If you are old and drink tap water all week and enjoy complaining, welcome aboard. If younger than 40 traveling with kids and enjoy cruising, sail on a different line. Nothing against Princess, but their client base is obvious,