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522 Princess First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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Dboltin
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This being our first cruise we were not sure what to expect. The question remained up until we sailed, what would our experience be like and is cruising for us. I will answer this question at the end of the review. We sailed out of Ft. ... Read more
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Hi Dboltin, we are so glad that you enjoyed your ... Read more
enchanted29
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
It was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it! The ship itself was magical, we especially loved the Atrium and the Open Deck Pool on Deck 14. The Service was amazing! Every member of the crew we interacted with felt like old ... Read more
Edgey6001
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our first ever cruise and we decided to go on the Royal Princess for our honeymoon. Having never cruised before we were apprehensive but we loved every minute of it! We started off by spending 4 nights in a nice apartment in ... Read more
Geoffs adventures
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first cruise, selected because we wanted to see Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We had already been to LA and seen a bit but thought we could go to the Iowa and Queen Mary, which we did... Boarding was quite laborious and ... Read more
Edgehog
Member Since 2016
1 review
This is the first time my wife and I have ever cruised and it was primarily as a result of recommendations by friends who have all been on various cruises with different providers. Typically we book our hotels and travel independently ... Read more
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dslawson
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Getting on the ship - We flew into Seattle early Saturday and took Princess shuttle to port. Shuttle was easy to find, lots of Princess employees to take bags and give directions. Waited about 1 hour at port before we were able to board, ... Read more
journeycollector
Member Since 2015
1 review
91 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Embarkation at Seattle: Easy. Line always kept moving. Room was ready when we got there. Service: Exceptional. I’m not one who usually goes for being “pampered,” but I felt like a king (or a prince since this is ... Read more
Nradamo
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This extended family of 8 cruise was my mother's wish to celebrate her 80th birthday. As first time cruisers, my husband and I were already wanting to do it again before we disembarked! We can't say enough about the Discovery/Animal Planet ... Read more
baker1016
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We really wanted to do the Alaska Inside Passage Cruise. We booked Princess as they seem to fit our needs the best. We booked a mini-suite, as we preferred a certain side. If you are considering an Alaska cruise, a balcony is a must, as ... Read more
Me72sand
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was my first experience on a cruise. Once on the ship I was amazed at how helpful and polite the entire staff was. Ivana and Lloyd were extremely courteous and attentive to our group. I wish I had got their lasts names to commend them ... Read more
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TrishaG
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
This was our first cruise and we really, really enjoyed it. The Crown Princess is definitely showing some age, but they keep everything clean and tidy. Embarkation was smooth and we got there early enough to be near the front of the ... Read more
cruising cockroach
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
1,390 forum post
10 helpful votes
This was a 2nd cruise on the same line and a very similar itinerary (no stop in San Francisco this time) but on a different ship (Island P 4 years ago). Experience was very poor and one wonders if Princess's standards can drop so much in ... Read more
AJOggy
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
After a disappointing start with a later embarkation due to extra sanitation onboard and all the negative reports through the media in regards to Norovirus, we ended up having a really good time on the Golden Princess. We have not cruised ... Read more
Audiosolo
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My first cruise, I didn't have much time to research before booking, but I was very happy with the Regal. It's a nice ship, big but did not feel too big to me. Many of the other in-depth reviews on here about the boat, it's layout etc are ... Read more
Elane
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
46 helpful votes
Having read a couple of negative reviews I feel compelled to balance it, in favour or Princess who, in our opinion were impeccable. There is one recent review that frankly after reading the 6th sub heading I stopped, and it says to me ... Read more
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Rabblefish
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our very first cruise, and we went as part of a family vacation with family members that are seasoned cruisers. We were quite impressed with the excellent service from all the hard working staff onboard. Embarkation went smoothly, ... Read more
fridgiedidge
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
4 day cruise to Albany and back was fantastic on the Sun Princess. Went with a group of about 90 for a family 50th. I spend 6 months of year flying around the world staying in hotels etc for business so see a lot of hospitality. This ... Read more
MSgtP
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Was pleasantly surprised that the complaints about the Emerald Princess were rectified for our stateroom D727 and throughout the ship. I did here people complaining about some of the most nitnoid items that I had to laugh. To the 19 ... Read more
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ironcowboy22
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was out first cruise. We were a family of 4 with two balcony rooms side by side on the Aloha deck. This was great for us as we were just below the pool deck, teen club and Horizons food court. The cabins were in good condition and ... Read more
mrslarson22
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This cruise was top notch. Beautiful ship, wonderful staff, and excellent guests. Everyone was so nice and accommodating. The food was wonderful and endless and the variety was great. The staff was phenomenal and so were the shows and ... Read more
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bcsjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Cruise ship was in poor maintenance, toilets constantly backed up, rusty and dirty balcony. Blanket had brown stains on it, the television was placed such that the remote did not work properly, the buffet was lousy, particularly the ... Read more
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balconywinds
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
In case the title didn't give it away, this was the first cruise that my wife and I had ever taken. In fact, this was the first time we'd ever even been to the Caribbean. We had done months of research leading up to this. Where did we want ... Read more
Frank_O
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise, so it was all new to us. Having read previous reviews of this ship we did wonder if adverse comments were true. More of that later. We are an early 60s British couple recently retired, travelling with a ... Read more
Jennifer Tuthill
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our very first cruise ever; friends and family could not believe we were really taking a cruise as we do not fit your typical cruise profile, although we are retired. We had no preconceived ideas about what to expect, and I ... Read more
Maraviclin
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We didn't pick this cruise for our first cruise. My family picked it and we decided to tag along. It was a nice ship, the staff were super, and I did enjoy it. But 5 days at sea were a little long for me. My sister thought it wasn't long ... Read more
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