Royal Princess Cruise Review by Chark: Royal Princess a disapppointment!
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Royal Princess a disapppointment!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I have cruised over 40 times with Princess cruise lines and I was very disappointed with the new Royal Princess.
While the ship is very beautiful, it has so many design flaws there is no way I would ever board this ship again.
The ship is cut-up, smaller rooms, and no middle stairs.
The only way to operate the lights in your stateroom is with your princess room key, so upon entering you must insert your key card in the slot in the wall by the door. Very annoying!
Our room was the typical mini-suite, but the tiny balcony could barely accommodate 2 people, also the room was a little smaller than on other ships. The new televisions are a nightmare to operate, but we finally got the hang of it by the final night. Take note, that passengers are required to watch the safety demo on the TV before you can view any other programs. Yes, we still had to attend the safety drill.
Line dance and ballroom classes are conducted in the Piazza area on deck 5 More instead of the Vista Lounge so everyone from floors 5-7 can view the participants plus the floor is not made for dancing. Zumba is held outside on deck 18 aft so classes are dependent on weather conditions. The fitness room is very small so one must arrive 30 minutes early to obtain a spot for stretch class, yoga, etc.
Big ship, but everything is small, library, internet café, and Princess theatre. The art auction takes place in the vista lounge so that is why dance and zumba classes are done in other areas. Also, the vista lounge does not have a bar located in the vista lounge so the stewards must go outside the lounge to order drinks, which results in slow beverage service.
Internet service is horrifically slow because this ship rents ipads which are connected to the ship's Wi-Fi, terrible idea for passengers who use the internet café.
Shows in the theatre were so-so because the stage is smaller, seating is not good, an exiting the theatre is difficult.
The seawalk is a joke, only about 12 panels on each side of the ship and one can see passengers sitting on their balconies down below. I would not like people taking pictures and peering down from the seawalk watching me. Glad our room was not located there.
The food on Princess has declined throughout the years as has the service due to the gratuities being added to your bill automatically.
Bingo was fun, though expensive, trivia was enjoyable, loved tea time, Chocolate Easter display was wonderful, photo pictures turned out good, but expensive, and the yes-no game was fun and interesting.
Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, no problems.
Used to love the Princess line, but will look at some other lines next time. Less
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