Royal Princess Cruise Review by LINKSMAN: Royal Princess
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Just back today from our 42nd cruise, 14th with Princess. One more cruise and we we will earn Elite status. Needless to say we are fans of Princess.
The Royal Princess was gorgeous, Princess built a ship they can really be proud of. The Atrium was stunning. We also thought that the Wheelhouse bar and Crown Grill area was outstanding. All the public rooms are tastefully done. No gaudy glitz on this ship, this is not a Carnival ship. Only complaint was with the Princess theatre, too small for the amount of passengers on board. This means most shows are only 30 minutes long as they need to have 3 shows a night. Do the math, 3800 on board and the theatre seats 1000, that means some will not be able to see a show based on 3 shows a night. Only other complaint was the ship does not have of a covered promenade in the true sense, what it does have is a area midship on both sides which are about 150 feet long with padded wicker chairs, sort of strange, there is also another area on More both side aft and extend from the entrance of the Vista lounge to the rear of the ship. This area had the traditional wood deck chairs with full head to toe cushions. I love to read and spent most of the sea days back there. Like I said those areas are not covered and when it rained on Friday afternoon I had to move to another location. One more complaint, Princess spent millions and millions on this ship with tons of granite and marble but could not spend the extra bucks on teak decks.
Everything else was great. Embarkation was a breeze as was walk off, we were off the ship by 6:25 and in our car by 6:40 for our trip to our Sebring Florida home.
Entertainment was very good, magician David Cats was the best I've seen on a ship. The Beetle maniacs show was great.
Food was very good. When you cook for 3800 people you are not going to get 5 star meals. As far as cruise ship dining goes Princess does a very good job and we were not disappointed.
Service was excellent in the dining room and our cabin as well as other areas of the ship. Less
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