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Royal Princess Cruise Review by BCJohn

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Royal Princess
Royal Princess
Member Name: BCJohn
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: E611
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 1.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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Love Princess but not the Royal

It was a long wait for the Royal Princess to arrive and could not wait to sail on her after seeing all the hype.

The things we likes are:

Larger Piazza with a lot of entertainment.

Alfredo's Pizza Restaurant

Larger Shower

Entertainment (good but shows too short)

The things we were disappointed in:

Embarkation - crowded and very unorganized (we sailed on the Oasis last month-what a difference)

Elevators - too small - very slow- constant breakdowns

Lack of a center stairway that passengers can use

Horizon Court - I didn't think Princess could make a worse buffet but they did. No flow- wasted space- stations that make no sense- when you finally find some food you want it is cold by the time you get a seat.

If you came with someone you may never see them again.

Anytime dining is a joke - they basically tell you forget about eating between 5:30 and 7:30.

The Explorers lounge is gone. In its place is Princess Live which is a television studio where they film game shows etc. They figure that you can go back to your stateroom and watch the show. (If I wanted to watch it on TV I could stay home)

All the public rooms are smaller and aisle space is tiny. If an emergency happened it would be a nightmare to exit the public rooms which also serve as muster stations.

Even after adding over 600 passengers they made the Princess Theater smaller and made it harder to exit.

Gone also is the Promenade deck where you can get a breath and enjoy a stroll around the deck.

it seems that when they designed this ship they only thought about the number of passengers they could squeeze on board not at all about their comfort.

The stateroom we had (standard balcony room) was very similar to the standard rooms on prior Princess ships. There is that chair that there is just no place for, the refrigerator that is just in the way, and a balcony that is just tiny. But one thing that we had some laughs about was the TP holder in the bathroom that seemed to be an afterthought. (If you have been on the ship you know what I mean). You would think a new ship would come with a few more electrical outlets for the many recharging devices the one has but I guess they missed that also.

Bottom line is that the executives of Princess should go an a cruise as an "Undercover Passenger" and they would have a better idea of what they could do to improve the passenger experience.


Publication Date: 01/01/14
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