Royal Princess Cruise Review by raw1108: Very disappointing for a new ship
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Very disappointing for a new ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We booked this ship with several friends back in April. We were looking forward to being on a brand new princess ship to see what it be like. But we were disappointed from the start. First we had problems with the elevators. They do not have enough elevators, are too small, are not programmed properly, too hot. On the first day during the muster drill it was hard to get to your station and once the drill was over you had to wait forever. I know you are thinking you can walk, but my wife had knee surgery twice on both knees and it was hard for her to do stairs. In addition there were people on board with crutches that had to wait forever. Once the cruise was under way there was still many problems with the elevators. Some days it was raiing and windy and when we when in the elevators it sounded as though the cables were swaying back and forth inside the elevator shaft. In other words it was scary to ride them.
In our cabin we had problems with the towels which were very rough More on our skin and the toilet paper holder which was very difficult to reach. When I brought this up to my friends they all agreed. We had a comedian on board and even he brought it up as a joke. But before the end of the cruise the cabin stewards had removed all of the metal holders in the cabins. In their favor the cabin seemed a descent size, there was plenty of room for clothes. The had a nice television system in the rooms where you can use free on demand to see movies or TV episodes.
On the second day of our cruise I checked out the adult only section on the pool deck and since it was raining I was surprised to not see any covering so that we could use the pool or jucuzzi. They also had next to this section a section called the Sanctiuary where you can rent a cabana or a lounge chair, but this section also had no covering.
We tried to walk around the ship on the sea day but there was nowhere you could walk outside on a rainy day. On most other ships there is usually a Promenade deck where you could walk completely around the ship on a sunny or rainy day.
Since it was raining we looked for a game room to find put that they had none. You had to use the library which was very small.
Entertainment - most of the cruise we enjoyed the shows, but we were disappointed with the theater. It was small and as a result most of the time they had three shows, but even with that it was hard to get a seat. You had to show up at least a half hour before the show started. They did not have any place to put a drink in the theater so as a result you wond up putting it on the floor. The last four rows in the theater were flat not graduated so it was very difficult to see from them.
My wife went into the public toilets and found they were over flowing or did not flush.
On the pool deck they had whT look like gorilla tape keeping some parts of the ship together.
Dining - for the most part we found the food to be good. But we signed up for anytime dining which we had a problem with until the third night. Even though it in their brochure that it is between 5:30 and 10:30. When we tried to get reservations at six they told us we could only do it before 5:30 or after 8:00. After talking with the maître de it was resolved when they found us a table. We had problems every night picking out an appetizer and just picked shrimp cocktail which was on their any day menu. We also had problems finding something on the soup and salad section of the menu. The entrees usually we very good. We sometimes ate lunch at the International Cafe which was very good but there was nothing but water to drink unless you had for a coffee. We tried Alfredo's one day for lunch and enjoyed It. Less
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