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Royal Princess Cruise Review by KenC

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Royal Princess
Royal Princess
Member Name: KenC
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin Number: E108
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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Princess takes a wrong turn

Royal Princess is heralded as a new generation for Princess, unfortunately for me it was a step in the wrong direction. The ship is very inward looking - the mega atrium the heart of the ship. Apart from being on deck you need never know you were at sea - the ship has become the destination!

In a nutshell my gripes are

- fixed sitting dining room is hidden away at the back of the ship, is dark and lacks any charm. (The other two dining rooms were much lighter and appealing).

- the food was pretty uninspiring and the menu choice poor.

- there are too many people on this ship! It wasn't full but it felt crowded and noisy. It was difficult to find a sunbed sometimes and made worse by people reserving them for hours on end when they had no intention of using them (we reported 2 chairs which had been reserved with towels, a book and a hat from 10.00am until after 2,00pm)

- the huge screen over the pool deck is a monstrous intrusion - how people can sit at the pool in the afternoon with rock concerts blaring beats mer and you cannot escape the noise most places on deck!

- service everywhere was rushed and brisk - crew too busy to speak or say hello.

- whereas the atrium is an amazing space, there are few other public areas to go and no where has much of a sea view.

We enjoyed the cruise as we always make the most of everything, but we won't be choosing Princess again in a hurry and certainly won't sail on a Royal class ship again.


Publication Date: 02/09/14
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