Royal Princess Cruise Review by SamanthaH: Must do at least once in your lifetime!
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Must do at least once in your lifetime!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our first cruise ever, we were a little skeptical about taking one at all, but are we ever glad we did! The Royal Princess is beautiful, the staff is lovely and their is no shortage of things to do. You can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be. We were definitely the younger demographic on the ship, but taking a vacation without our kids, that was what we were looking for. I wouldn't take my kids on the Princess cruise as there just isn't enough to keep them excited and I found a majority of the older crowd tended to be quite rude as it was. The outdoor kids club is located in the smoking section of the ship - not very well planned there. The only other downside to the ship was the intense vibration throughout, I was worried about the ship movement before departure, that was nothing compared to the vibration - it was even worse in our room being at the back of the ship, our bed was like a massage chair gone back 24/7. Not sure if that's of the norm, or if we had a wonky More
The first day was a bit of a show, but when you've got 3500 people excited to get on board, pack your patience and chill out. The elevators are extremely slow and things are a touch busier on embarkation.
Getting on and off the ship was super easy and quick, zero complaints from us there.
When you go to St. Thomas ABSOLUTELY MUST take the Champagne Cat to St John - Kenny, Grady and Mickey, they know their stuff and they know how to host an AWESOME party. We miss that crew already.
The ship was so very well organized for excursions, information services etc. The food was phenomenol. We can't complain as we don't have anything to compare it too but 5* all inclusives, this trip blew our 5.5* wedding ceremony in Jamaica out of the water. I heard people complaining about the silliest things, but, a lot of arrogance and ignorance were on board.
Overall we loved it, highly recommend the Royal Princess! Less
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Cabin review: C718
It was lovely, impecably kept by Gregorio.
Port and Shore Excursions
THe tender ride over to the island was interesting and HOT inside of it. BUt it was a cool experience. Princess Cay is a pretty little island.
This was a great port stop. Quick and easy access to the downtown area and beach via water taxi. Pay $7 for all day use of the water taxi. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from one of a million bar owners soliciting you on the boardwalk (this was super annoying if you weren't ready to stop at the beach yet, they are every 50 ft saying and offering the same thing)
We went into Joe's Jeweller's where I was able to purchase my Tissot Watch from Chirag. What a great guy, he was a great help.
St. John Snorkel/Sail
Sailed on the Champagne Cat with Grady, kenny and Mickey! They were so much fun and knew how to host a GREAT party. They really know their stuff about the islands, snorkelling and safety. We miss them already and hope to see them again in the future.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THIS TOUR! Nothing like St. John!
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