115 Barcelona Princess Royal Princess Cruise Reviews

We loved spending a few days prior to the cruise in Barcelona, the city of embarkation. I found it as beautiful and interesting as other major European cities such as London and Paris. The ports of call were great with lots of history ... Read More
We loved spending a few days prior to the cruise in Barcelona, the city of embarkation. I found it as beautiful and interesting as other major European cities such as London and Paris. The ports of call were great with lots of history and culture to explore. During the Atlantic crossing there were a great variety of activities. I especially appreciate the dance lessons and the great music at the many venues to which to dance. The sports deck area was well though out. The golf driving range, the basketball/tennis court and table tennis areas were very popular. There is room for two paddle tennis courts; or one paddle tennis court plus either a practice tennis or soccer court. Around the court area is a walking track. All these were kept busy and greatly appreciate for the passengers seeking to keep physically active during the cruise. Disembarkation in Fort Lauderdale went extremely fast. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was the second TA voyage for my DH and me. Unlike the last time, we decided to make sure our long flight to Europe and jet lag would be on the front end of the trip. This worked out much better, although gaining an hour 7 times in ... Read More
This was the second TA voyage for my DH and me. Unlike the last time, we decided to make sure our long flight to Europe and jet lag would be on the front end of the trip. This worked out much better, although gaining an hour 7 times in one cruise is still a lot of changing. We spent 2 nights pre-cruise at the Hotel Continental Barcelona. We choose this to meet up with many fellow cruisers and to be in a great walking section of the city. We really enjoyed our stay but found the hotel had way too many stairs and trip hazards to want to stay there again. We enjoyed our half day tour of the city with Spain Day Tours. Embarkation was exceptionally smooth. An arranged bus picked us up at the hotel before noon and the check in was quick. After getting our cruise cards we went to the duty free shop for 2 bottles of wine to take on board. By 12:15 we were seated in the Concerto dining room having a lovely lunch. Thank goodness we relaxed that evening because the next day started the port intensive portion of the trip. Valencia: The ship tour Beer Lover’s Taste Valencia was fun and the beer was good. Cartegena: We did a private tour using QualityGuidedTours.com with 2 other couples. Although the tour was not quite as promised, we did very much enjoy the visit to Cabo de Palos and the delicious wine and tapas at an old winery. Gibraltar: Five couples joined us for a do it yourself pub crawl. We took the port authority shuttle to Casement Square and visited 1 pub for a Fish and Chips lunch that was excellent and 2 other pubs for drinks. A good time was had by all! Cadiz: We did a private tour with one other couple using carlos@toursfromcadiz.com. We visited the lovely village of Arcos de Frontera, stopping for coffee and at an artist’s shop where we each purchased some unique souvenirs. Next was a visit to the Royal Equestrian School where we were able to see some Andalusian horses in training. Then we stopped at a café for wine and tapas where we had some wonderful and unusual food. Lastly we stopped at Sandeman to sample their well known sherry. Such a great day and tour guide! Santa Cruz De Tenerife: We took the Teide and North tour along with 6 other people from tour company Feel Tenerife. We loved the tour of this interesting volcanic island. We stopped at many photo stops and then went to a café to enjoy a barriquito, the most delicious coffee we have ever had! Then we proceeded to Monje Winery for a tour followed by an incredible meal of local dishes with wine. Finally the tours were done and we had 7 sea days. Besides relaxing we went to a Winemaker’s Dinner, Stammtisch and a slot pull. We watched movies, swam, played games and went to nightly entertainment. The days flew by even though the clock was moved back one hour almost nightly. We loved this trip and have already booked a transatlantic for next year! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The entertainment was good. The food was good. The ports were good. Service was good. Nothing was outstanding. Venues for Zumba and some entertainment were inadequate. Up selling is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The entertainment was good. The food was good. The ports were good. Service was good. Nothing was outstanding. Venues for Zumba and some entertainment were inadequate. Up selling is annoying. Perhaps it's a disadvantage of this line compared to all-inclusive lines. You get what you pay for. We have been in Spain many times but Valencia and Cartagena plus the specific Canary Islands were new for us. We enjoyed them. We did no excursions through the ship. They're pricey and we could do their itineraries for half the cost. Embarkation and disembarkation were well planned. We waited too long to board but getting off in Florida was a breeze. I think that people who love to cruise - love to cruise. My husband and I are not particularly enamored of the process. We like the itineraries where they suit us. I would recommend the ship and the trip. I would not go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
To see Barcelona again and to relax on the TA. We miss Skywalkers!!! Exployers, Club Fusion..Club 6 was cold and seating was uncomfortable. The food was not as good as normal. If it was my first cruise with Princess I most likely would ... Read More
To see Barcelona again and to relax on the TA. We miss Skywalkers!!! Exployers, Club Fusion..Club 6 was cold and seating was uncomfortable. The food was not as good as normal. If it was my first cruise with Princess I most likely would not return . In the dining room - our Head Waiter Artur and our waiters Oleg and then Ahmad were excellent. All 3 get perfect 10's. The International Cafe and the Plazza were new and improved but the Cafe was too small because there was a very long line every morning. our cabin Stewart Henry did everything possible for us. Give him a 10 also. the cruise across the Atlantic was as smooth as I can be possible. We could sit on our balcony all the time. Not as much dancing in the shows. The 2 comics were above average. We have seen the shows over and over with only a little change Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The intererary fit with our plans and seemed a perfect compliment our three week Spanish holiday adventure. Usually, when it’s time to depart a ship, we feel wistful...hate to leave. With Princess the feeling was one of relief; ... Read More
The intererary fit with our plans and seemed a perfect compliment our three week Spanish holiday adventure. Usually, when it’s time to depart a ship, we feel wistful...hate to leave. With Princess the feeling was one of relief; screeching cruise director, mediocrity of food and service, and a ship full of well, the home”. Now, Imagine a cruise from Spain and Italy where the wine selection features American grocery store offerings at outrageous prices. Imagine running out of tomatoes, mushrooms and olives at the pasta restaurant! Really. Somebody has told the ship that things must be changed financially and it shows! No one seemed to have any sense of empowerment to make changes. Our potentially lovely meal at the grill was accompanied by the out of tune country singer in the lounge next door. When mentioned to the host, a colorful shrug combined with, “I know, I know”. Lots of nice people undoubtedly work on this ship, but service was best described as perfunctory. No effort was ever made to engage, except for one really impressive young man in the Pasta restaurant who understood the value of people skill and was by far the best server we encounter in 15 days. He was trained in Serbia and I regret that we failed to get his name. We happened to share a coffee stop on a port call with two young staff members of the Royal Princess. How do you like the ship? we asked. “For me, it’s like being in jail”. Draw your own conclusions, but I’d venture that something in wrong. Good luck to all the Princess lovers out there, we will move elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was the cherry on top of my retirement. One week in Rome with family and then off on 25 days around the eastern and western Med and an atlantic crossing. It was port intensive from Rome to Barcellona, after Barcellona it got a ... Read More
This was the cherry on top of my retirement. One week in Rome with family and then off on 25 days around the eastern and western Med and an atlantic crossing. It was port intensive from Rome to Barcellona, after Barcellona it got a little easier. The Royal Princess was a great ship for a 25 day cruise. We were in cabin E410 which is a balcony with an obstructive view. Only a small amount of deck below classified it as such. It was in the middle of the ship with a larger balcony. The room was on the small size with a small sofa and 2 chairs on the deck. Food was in general good, speciality restraunts were very good and with a drink package no worries (we are not heavy drinkers and would pass on the package in the future and just pay as we go). We both enjoyed this trip, the water was absoulty calm in the Med and the crossing was very smooth. The crew staff were very good but people were on the older side (70-80 range). Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Having returned 4 days ago from the 15-day Spanish Passage Cruise on Royal Princess, it is now time to write the review. Must preface this by saying I am not one to write detailed reviews of previous cruises, but I feel this cruise needs ... Read More
Having returned 4 days ago from the 15-day Spanish Passage Cruise on Royal Princess, it is now time to write the review. Must preface this by saying I am not one to write detailed reviews of previous cruises, but I feel this cruise needs one. Only married 6 years, my DH & I (in our 70's but young at heart) just discovered cruising in 2012, and have since done 37 days on Princess, 14 days on Celebrity, 5 days on Disney, and 7 ays on Holland America. On this last Princess cruise, there were a lot of Pros and a few Cons. Would like to start with the positive. The Royal is an absolutely gorgeous, immaculate ship! The 3-level atrium offers lots of seating, bars, dining, gelato, access to entertainment, etc. The Chef's Table was spectacular!!! They hosted six of them on this cruise, with 10 participants in each one. We donned white chef's coats, were escorted to the galley, where we sipped champagne, sampled five delicious hors d'oeuvres, before a fabulous dinner in a special section of the Allegro Dining Room. A gorgeous crystal curtain was drawn around our table for 10. The Murano Glass sculpture in the center of the table was said to cost $492,000! The Chef and Maitre'd were hilarious. Can't praise this event enough. Well worth the extra $$$. Only $115/pp I think. Just magnificent! Didn't do a lot of the shows, but enjoyed immensely the lectures given by Ted McCourt, a retired Aer Lingus pilot/trainer/checker. So knowledgeable and interesting! When we couldn't make it to his 10 AM lecture, Princess had it saved on the TV, and we never missed one. FABULOUS surprise was the Irish comedian, George Casey. Though great comedians are hard to find, this guy is hilarious! We had seen him last year on an Irish Charter Cruise, and we were very excited to learn that he would be on this cruise. He did two shows on each of two nights, and both nights, there was standing room only. Everybody loved him!!! The Atomic Band was on our 2013 Ruby Princess Transatlantic cruise, and we were happy to see them again. So versatile. Though they are fairly young people, they played to our age group, and many others. Great band! The crew was great. We had a super cabin steward, Romiel. We called him the phantom because he seemed to sense when we were out, and did our room up perfectly. Fresh ice twice a day. No complaints. COLD fridge, unlike other cruise lines. We had fun with the waitstaff and bartenders. Very friendly and accommodating. Kudos to Nikola, Maryna, William, Victoria, Ana, Robb, and many others. The cabin was smaller than balcony cabins on HAL, Celebrity and Disney, but well-appointed with a great shower (small but efficient). Very clean and comfortable. Having said all that, I MUST post the downside. To begin with, it was made very clear to us from the "git-go" that the Princess Loyalty program trumps a lot of other things. Nineteen hundred (1900) of the passengers on this cruise were "Elite" level, and Princess makes this caste system a little too obvious. On the second day, my DH (who happens to be a very easy-going guy) said that he had never before felt like a second-class citizen on a cruise. He also said he doesn't want to be "a donkey chasing a carrot on a stick" to get to Elite level, and probably wouldn't want to go on another Princess cruise. We do spend money on cruises. We don't get the deals the "Elites" get, we pay to do our own laundry ($48 for self-serve on this cruise. Didn't send out because ship's laundry was so choked with "Elite" laundry that it was taking even THEM 4 days to get their clothes back). We got the AIBP (drink Package) which cost about $1700 for the two of us. We went to Specialty Dining (twice to Crown Grille, twice to Sabatini's and twice to Ocean Terrace). We tip over and above what we pay for gratuities. In other words, we are NOT just "going on the cheap", always book a mini-suite or balcony. We would rather stay home than book an inside cabin and not participate in the activities and dining that we enjoy, versus saving money to rack up points to reach "Elite" status. On the first day, we tried to order two bottles of wine from room service. Could not reach them for HOURS. They just didn't answer the phone. Others had same problem. When we finally got the two bottles (the next day), it was $81 for two low quality wines. We noticed a lot of cut-backs. In the past, I have said that Princess has good food, and FABULOUS pastries. This time, both have slipped. With the AIBP,we could get a drink up to $12 (I think), but could not get a Perrier or San Pellegrino water. Does that make sense? I drink chardonnay. I'm happy with a fairly cheap one like Yellow Tail or Kendall Jackson. I drank Clos de Bois on the cruise, because the other two choices were Woodbridge and Mondavi (yuck!). Did I neglect to mention that each package was over $800?(LOL) My husband was happy with his beer, but it really didn't make the packages worthwhile. In the past, we could get a 25% discount on a bottle of wine in our cabin if we had the AIBP. Also a 45% discount if we bought it at the bar to take to the cabin. That has changed to NO discount in the room and 25% of if purchased at the bar. We had a great time the night before Halloween blowing up balloons to decorate Bellini's bar with another passenger and the bar staff. A supervisor cam be and said jokingly(?), "They're going to expect free drinks". I replied "We don't need free drinks...We have the drink package". Is anyone getting the aura we were feeling? God help Princess if they can't squeeze the last nickel out of you. One reason we didn't go to the Princess Theater more often was that the seats were uncomfortably cramped. I mean you'd better pray you don't get a large person next to you. It's like being on an airplane in economy class. All in all, it was a great experience. After the first couple of days, we learned to laugh and joke about the minuses (i.e. the donkey), and as always, we had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We are great Princess Cruises fans, and chose this cruise because we are also fans of transatlantic cruises. This was our big cruise this year, and we loved it. The Royal Princess, a ship we had not previously been on (though we've ... Read More
We are great Princess Cruises fans, and chose this cruise because we are also fans of transatlantic cruises. This was our big cruise this year, and we loved it. The Royal Princess, a ship we had not previously been on (though we've been on the sister ship, the Regal Princess) was fantastic, and we loved the ambiance, the people, the activities, the entertainment, the food! In short, this cruise did not disappoint for us! We partially chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had been to Barcelona before, but not the other stops in mainland Spain (Valencia, Cartagena, Cadiz), to Gibraltar, or to the Canary Island stops (Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Lanzarote). I have always wanted to go to Gibraltar, and it did not disappoint; it was my favorite part of the cruise. We traveled mostly independently there -- visiting Europa Point and the downtown district -- also took a tour that hit the Great Siege Tunnels and St. Michael's Cave, amongst other things. LOVED it. Onboard we especially loved the fitness center and the production shows. We also loved having dinner with our tablemates every night at the Concerto Dining Room, and just sitting in the Atrium, having a pot of tea and watching the activities and people. We loved our experiences in the Crown Grill, Crooners, the Outrigger Bar, too. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose it primarily for the destinations/ 15 in 18 days. All good, some fantastic, like Dubrovnic, Kotor, Montenegro; Barcelona and the fabulous Sagrada Familia and Gibraltar. The Canary Islands on the Transatlantic portion a big bonus. ... Read More
We chose it primarily for the destinations/ 15 in 18 days. All good, some fantastic, like Dubrovnic, Kotor, Montenegro; Barcelona and the fabulous Sagrada Familia and Gibraltar. The Canary Islands on the Transatlantic portion a big bonus. Of the 18 cruises we've taken, when asked the question "if you could only do one", this was it. The ship was an added bonus. We had taken the Royal Princess on it's maiden Transatlantic voyage and loved it. The buffet meal space (Horizon Court) is the only one EVER to avoid big line shuffles - great design. The cabin is well planned and the service excellent. Entertainment overall was very good. On the negative side, Because it was a back to back itinerary, they repeated movie selections (we love movies under the stars). Also, with at least half Americans on board, they provided Sunday NFL games one time on the big screen and then stopped. Absolutely would go again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It has been awhile since we cruised with Princess and found that standards have dropped considerably! The choice of food is not as good, previously steak was a regular on the menu along with the nightly choices but now it's has been ... Read More
It has been awhile since we cruised with Princess and found that standards have dropped considerably! The choice of food is not as good, previously steak was a regular on the menu along with the nightly choices but now it's has been replaced with a burger! On offer for desserts was the alternative of cheese which consisted of dull, flavorless cheese and no biscuits! I had really been looking forward to the evening meals but instead of being unable to decide what to eat because of the choice it was more a case of choosing a dish for the sake of something to eat. Nothing on the menu got your taste buds going except on the second to last night when there was beef wellington, lobster tails and another dish I really cant remember. It was almost as though they suddenly realised they had found food they had forgotten about and it had to be used. The following night it was back to the same boring choices. As soon as I sat down the menu was thrust in my face, and the emphasis seemed to be more on "get them fed and get them out" attitude. Desserts mediocre, nothing exceptional. The staterooms (we had a balcony) were tired looking, shower curtain was badly stained brown at the bottom, our balcony seemed to be the only one that constantly had a pool of water in the middle of the floor which was never cleaned up and therefore almost made it unusable. This had obviously been going on for some time as the carpet just inside the door was dirty where previous passengers had walked in the collected water and then back into the stateroom showing obvious signs of transit. From boarding the ship the handrail and the inside of the glass panels on the balcony together with the table and chairs were encrusted with salt, this was the same condition when we disembarked after 15 days. On the whole the bars and serving staff were acceptable with 2 particular exceptions. The first being staff in the Piazza bar. After requesting coffee I was told, "No, go to the 24hour coffee bar, we don't service it here" (I think it was called the International). This was followed up by the head barman (I think) shouting to us "go next door, if you want coffee" We felt that we had made the mistake only to find that all bars serve coffee, a fact which was confirmed by the Customer Service Desk when we complained. We did lodge a formal complaint to which apologies were offered. The other exception being a server in the International Cafe who had a constant sullen look and attitude, almost as though he begrudged serving you. I did not complain as it should have been fairly obvious to anyone that saw him. I chose Princess cruises because I wanted good food, good entertainment and a stateroom befitting Princess cruises, unfortunately I feel let down. As mentioned earlier I feel standards have been lowered, I would therefore be looking further afield for my next cruise where standards are at an acceptable level. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We love the Royal. We met interesting people at diner. Particular an Irish Couple, who were very good Bridge players. We played every afternoon. The shows were just OK, not great. The best of the entertainment was A,J. Clarke. A ... Read More
We love the Royal. We met interesting people at diner. Particular an Irish Couple, who were very good Bridge players. We played every afternoon. The shows were just OK, not great. The best of the entertainment was A,J. Clarke. A singer and piano player who played songs from the 50’s and 60’s. I loved him. I saw him almost every day. I did not like the comedians. Not very funny, jokes a little stupid. The singers were decent. Princess’s shows we’re good and they tried real hard. The food was a C. selections were horrible at times. Maitre D, waiter and assistant were excellent. They tried very hard . There were days when my wife and I had nothing to choose from. Shore excursions were decent not exceptional. On one excursion bus driver left us a 1/2 mile from restaurant and had to climb uphill. I was totally out of breath due to asthma. Host and bus driver did not care and I felt abanded 200 yards fron bus. Need I say more about excursions. Room to far from dining room. Lost weight with all the walking. Trying Royal in February. Most disappointing was food and excursions. If this trip not satisfactory going to try Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Hubby and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and wanted to do something fun and relaxing. We've done several transatlantic crossings in the past and looked forward to taking another. Our last ta the Canary Islands stop ... Read More
Hubby and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and wanted to do something fun and relaxing. We've done several transatlantic crossings in the past and looked forward to taking another. Our last ta the Canary Islands stop was cancelled so we were excited with this itinerary and two stops there. We've cruised on the Royal several times before so knew the ship and with the exception of a few things like the it a lot. We started in Barcelona and only chose to be there one day before the cruise. I was very active on the CC roll call for this cruise so through that we were able to connect with other passengers and took advantage of a bus transport from our hotel to the port. Embarkation was one of the best we have ever experienced. It was well organized, extremely fast and we were on the ship in a short period of time. Because the Royal has a large spread out buffet area there were no lines or long waits to grab a bite to eat around 1. Our cabin was clean and in a convenient location. There is always plenty of storage on the Princess ships and the closet is tucked away in its own little hallway which is nice. Our luggage arrived in a couple of hours so we were unpacked and organized well before our setting sail around 6. Our stateroom stewardess Lizbeth was so helpful and eager to help us with anything. She remained a jewel throughout the cruise. Our bar set up wasn't there when we arrived and didn't get set up until close to 6 as there were so many elites onboard they simply got behind. Since they have put the center stairs back in that helped eliviate some of the elevator traffic and back ups but it still remained a problem at times throughout the cruise. The elevators would go right by you even though you had pushed the button. This happened a lot. Also people felt they had to shove and jam into an elevator making it annoying to have people breathing all over you especially when many were coughing and sneezing. Many people have no elevator manners. We had early assigned dining and with one exception that was great. Our waiter and assistant were fabulous. Our second night we arrived a little late and our table was given away. When I explained to the head waiter that our cruise cards said 6pm and we weren't that late we were told dinner was at 5:30 and our cards were wrong. I told him my card should say 5:30 then and that my table had better be there the rest of the cruise or we would be most unhappy. It was. The food was consistently good and there was always a nice variety of things to chose from. On our anniversary we ate in the Crown Grill and it was extremely good. We attended a few production shows, some of which we had seen on previous cruises and others were okay. I didn't think the singers were all that great frankly. The individual acts were pretty good. The lecturer Ted McCourt was really interesting and we didn't miss a single one of his lectures. He packed the theater every day. The six ports of call were all really interesting. We took several Princess tours and they were very good. We also took a couple of private ones arranged through the roll call and they were also good. We loved the Canary Islands the best. So interesting and really different. The casino smelled of smoke a lot and the machines didn't pay anything. We gave our donation a couple of times and then said the heck with it. As usual there are things always being sold and pitched on the cruise. Over the years this has gotten more intrusive and frankly annoying to me but some people love it. To me it's the same stuff all of the time. Then there's the art auctions and pictures. Again annoying to me. Princess serves the best pizza at sea. I've had pizza on five other lines and there's is far the best. The free Alfredos restaurant is a little gem and the food is so good. Great place for lunch. The international cafe is another little gem where you can grab a great bite to eat any time day or night. Horizon court buffet always had a great selection of food and for the most part it was always quite good. Eggs and other hot items were often cold in the morning and no one knows what an over easy egg is unless you eat breakfast in the dining room. Coffee is mediocre unless you get it in the dining room or international cafe. There it is very good. I found there to be a language issue throughout the ship and especially at customer service. Although most of the crew spoke some English it was often limited and understanding questions or requests didn't always get translated properly. The balconies on this ship are very tiny but for our purposes it wasn't a problem. I do miss the promenade deck a lot as it is always a nice place to take a morning stroll. Things are too crowded or windy up on the walking/jogging track. We never saw the captain as he seemed to keep a low profile as opposed to other cruises where the captain made himself quite available and visible. Because there were so many elites onboard - we were told around 1400 - we didn't even bother to attend the captain circle cocktail party or use the free laundry as it was very slow and they had some problems. Did appreciate the passenger self laundry though. The crew was very friendly though with the exception of a few scrooges. Don't know who is in charge of the satellite tv but they gave us a lot of European sports when most of the passengers were American. When we were off the coast of the US and it was college football Saturday we had cricket, tennis and poker. Went to the customer service deck to complain and requested some American college games as we had a few of those when we were still over in Spain. Within fifteen minutes we had at least one station with college ball. There was always something g going on activity wise on the ship. The average age on particular cruise was probably around 70 so the dynamics were a little different than say a seven day Caribbean trip. The 3 pm buy one get one for a dollar happy hour was really popular and it was always hard to find a place to sit. Perhaps a larger venue might be needed. Disembarkation was very organized and again one of the fastest and easiest we've ever experienced. Overall we had a great trip and a great cruise. The weather was perfect, the seas calm as glass and it wasn't all we hoped it to be. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Never saw the entertainment team really, as when onboard we were on top deck and they never done any entertainment that we saw or read in the itinery up there. The band 'atomic' were excellent but only did one sail away on top ... Read More
Never saw the entertainment team really, as when onboard we were on top deck and they never done any entertainment that we saw or read in the itinery up there. The band 'atomic' were excellent but only did one sail away on top deck.... the weather sometimes might have influenced why they undertook their sessions indoors though. All the shows in the theatre were excellent, the entertainment team only did one show and were nothing great. Max Hixon the singer and guitar guy, was amazing. Lots of people seemed not to care about their attire in themselves in general, but that could be due to too many onboard of one country... we are all very different and manners seemed to have been left behind, which was bizarre as there were more older generation than younger onboard. The beds and cabins were very dark and uncomfortable, but not in your room long enough. They only have balcony and above or inside cabins, no outside cabins. Wouldnt necessarily go again with princess, as so many other companies out there If you have booked though, you will enjoy :-) Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our first trip on the Royal, but we cruised three times on the pretty much identical Regal Princess. We did not and do not have a thing to complain about or any regrets about taking this cruise at all!! The ship, and we spent time in ... Read More
Our first trip on the Royal, but we cruised three times on the pretty much identical Regal Princess. We did not and do not have a thing to complain about or any regrets about taking this cruise at all!! The ship, and we spent time in 95% of the ships public spaces we always very neat and clean and we always found everything to be in good working order. We booked a deluxe balcony on deck 15, mid ship (we enjoying being up higher and would recommend it to other folks. We did an interior on one of the cruises on the Regal princess and found we enjoy the balcony a lot. The cabin was very comfortable indeed, always clean and was well maintained. It will be nice when all the princess ships get the new beds, we are looking forward to that. We do go on quite a few excursions, but we do enjoy sleeping in and relaxing as well. We are on vacation after all...... The dining options on Princess are many, we enjoy good Italian at Sabatini's, great grill at the crown, great options and choices in the Anytime dining rooms for a more upscale experience and the Horizon court and Bistro, We found the food to be pretty darn good. We have traveled around the world many times and we feel Princess does a real good job with dining options. There are many different on board entertainment options and we found most all to be of great quality. We also found the service overall to be excellent. The staff was always friendly and very helpful. It helps if you approach with a smile folks..... The crew is attending to 3500 passengers. it may take a moment... We have been on over thirty shore excursions with Princess all around the world. No gripes what so ever!! Just recommend you really read the details of the excursions and compare all of the different ones they offer. All of the options are not for everyone. Relax, be on vacation Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We boarded the ship easily and was really surprised and pleased our room was ready. Rome, Naples, Sicily, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Corsica, Toulon, Barcelona, Toulon, Dlorence, Katakolon, Mykonos, Santorini, Kotor, Naples, Rome. We ... Read More
We boarded the ship easily and was really surprised and pleased our room was ready. Rome, Naples, Sicily, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Corsica, Toulon, Barcelona, Toulon, Dlorence, Katakolon, Mykonos, Santorini, Kotor, Naples, Rome. We booked this holiday as a 21 day Mediterranean cruise. When we got on the ship we discovered it was what they call a back to back cruise and we were currently on a 10 day cruise. We bought the beverage package for 10 days (couldn't buy 21 day package) at a cost of USA$52 a day (excluding 15% gratuities). We were assured the price was not going to go up on the next leg of the cruise. Yep...you guessed it. The price increased to USA$60 a day. We didn't bother getting it again. We were allowed to purchase a bottle of wine per person at each port so we drank in our room or balcony before we went out in the evening. I had booked a ship excursion to Kotor before we boarded the ship. We had decided not to go on the excursion after all so we went to customer service to cancel the booking. The assistant could not find the booking so assured us I obviously didn't book it afterall. I accepted that thinking I had had a senior moment. Imagine my surprise 11 days later when we got a notice to advise to meet for our excursion at 8am the next day and USA$200 had been added to my account. Back to customer service I go to be advised I had to come to the desk at 7.30am to cancel. I told them I had tried to cancel it on 20th Sept when we boarded and was advised "that was a different cruise". Long story short, I stood my ground and would not leave the desk until I had in writing that the excursion was cancelled and I would be refunded the fee. I had to remind Sonja several times that I am the customer, Princess made the mistake, please fix it. They did. Thank you We weren't overly impressed with the daily activities on board and was pleased that most days were spent off the ship. Sea day activities were also boring. Our highlight was the daily live concert on the big screen at 5.30pm on the Lido deck. Pink, Elton John, Billy Joel, Anni Lenox to name a few. It was a great way to get into the mood for the evening. Sadly. After the first 10 days, they played the same concerts over again which was really annoying. We enjoyed anytime dining. The food was nice but it was always only warm. Obviously with the amount of people to feed it can't be helped. Our wait staff worked really hard and were usually chatty and happy that you have had a great day. Our favourite restaurant was Alfredos. The food was always delicious, hot and served on hot plates. The staff were extremely handsome, friendly and happy to serve you. We enjoyed the food in Horizon Court...a little bit to much I think. Happy hour in Club 6 was a nice touch. The drinks and snacks were always lovely. CASINO SMOKE: I wish Princess would be grown up enough to abolish smoking in the Casino. Just because the smoking area is only on one side doesn't stop the smell from engulfing the rest of the area and ship. You can even smell the smoke on the next floor up. Everyone holds their breath when you have to walk through to get to the theatre. They did have a couple of No Smoking nights which actually made a huge difference. We made some wonderful friends on cruise critic roll call before the cruise and were really excited to meet them in person once we boarded the ship. We all got on really well and enjoyed many private tours, fun times and drinks together. Overall, we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Once we decided on the Mediterranean, this itinerary and ship worked well for us. Although I wasn't excited about sailing on such a large ship I knew it would offer more variety of on-board activities, entertainment,shops, eateries ... Read More
Once we decided on the Mediterranean, this itinerary and ship worked well for us. Although I wasn't excited about sailing on such a large ship I knew it would offer more variety of on-board activities, entertainment,shops, eateries and deck areas. The ship was very nice but we both missed the motion of a smaller ship such as Island Princess. It was intimidating for me to try and find my way around. However, we were never really aware of the number of passengers, because the size of the vessel accommodated the population well. We reserved four excursions prior to sailing, and they were good. We enjoyed the spa a number of times. The Allegro dining room was great. The staff were very attentive and personable. The food was served piping hot, and there was a good variety of menu choices. We usually went to Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro for breakfast and lunch, and they were so-so. Sometimes it was hard to find a table, and the entire staff seemed slow and disinterested. The buffet food was not warm enough and clearly had been sitting out too long. Room service was very nice, and punctual. We had a mid-ship mini-suite which was large with a nice balcony. The cabin steward was great. The carpeting was badly stained and needed to be replaced. The bathroom smelled like mold. We had priority embarkation and debarkation which was a breeze - very nice. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruising Europe was on my bucket list after 35 plus cruises on 17 different cruise lines to six of the seven continents over the years. Princess had the best itinerary, called the Grand Mediterranean, which was actually two cruises ... Read More
Cruising Europe was on my bucket list after 35 plus cruises on 17 different cruise lines to six of the seven continents over the years. Princess had the best itinerary, called the Grand Mediterranean, which was actually two cruises back-to-back for 21 days total. I had cruised Princess before and liked it, but truthfully only chose them due to the itinerary and price. But from now on Princess is definitely my first choice! I traveled alone and booked very early, so I got a great price on a deluxe balcony cabin. Close to sailing the price for that category was almost double!! The Royal is by far the biggest ship I've sailed, and I was apprehensive about getting overwhelmed by the size. Instead I loved every minute on the ship and never felt uncomfortable sailing solo. The 3560 passenger ship is gorgeous and very spacious. I never had a problem finding a place to sit either indoors or out on deck. There were lots of places to be more private scattered around the ship, including an outdoor area beside the shops that was a small deck with tables and chairs where you could often be alone. The Princess EZ Air program was great. They booked me in business class on my preferred airline, KLM, for about half the retail price. And the flight is flexible/refundable until 45 days out. I loved the flight to Amsterdam and passengers were met, escorted to the bus, and taken to the pier very efficiently. Embarkation was incredibly efficient and quick. They had a small army there checking us in and I doubt I spent more than 10 minutes in line. My luggage was delivered to the cabin very quickly. The food, to me, was pretty typical of many lines and nothing to write home about. The soups were generally excellent as were the pastas. The main dishes varied from okay to really good. Some of the meats were tough. The dining experience is no longer important to me. I would rate just this one category 8 on a scale of 10. Everything else was a 10!! The free pizza/pasta alternative restaurant Alfredo's was very good. The alternative Italian restaurant Sabatini's was excellent and well-worth the $25 surcharge. The service here was top-flight, as was the food. I did not try the Crown Grill for steaks etc. but others told me it too was excellent. I did have sushi twice at the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. The portions were small but the price was reasonable and the quality of the fish excellent. The design of the buffet restaurants Horizon Court and Bistro and the Pastry Shop was the best I've ever experienced on a ship. The passenger flow was easy, there was never a line or a wait for anything, the selection and variety was excellent and the quality was very good, if not great. Also I never had trouble finding a table even during the busiest times here. Having the desserts in a separate area called the Pastry Shop was a genius idea. Service for coffee, iced tea etc was always prompt and friendly. I was very impressed with the buffet. The entertainment was great. The theater has excellent seating and sound (but loud!). Lots of special effects. I saw a superb violinist (who would think a violinist could fill a 950 person theater and get a standing ovation - but he did!). There was a magician who was good but not my thing. The production shows were outstanding. In the lounge the entertainment was also good. One night I saw an Irish comedian there who was the best ever. And of course there were the usual singers and other shows. There were lots of activities during the day. I enjoyed just watching the dance classes, all held in the main Piazza. The excellent cruise staff made the sessions great fun and the Piazza was always packed with dancers. You didn't need a partner and everyone was having a great time. Same for the events in the Piazza like '50's night or the Oktoberfest or the tower of champagne. All great fun. I also went to several game shows in the Princess LIve theater and again everyone really enjoyed it, whether you joined a team or just watched. The cruise staff made it fun. It was fun to look at the paintings in the art gallery and attend the auctions. The internet cafe almost always had a computer available and many folks took advantage of the expert during his on duty hours there. Some people complained about the passenger service desk lines, but I never had to wait long there and found the staff very friendly and helpful. Same with the shore excursion desk. The library was tiny and only a few people used it, but with today's e-readers I don't think you need a big one. The shops were nice although I only shopped for some essentials and a souvenir or two. There always seemed to be room in the pools and hot tubs and always a deck chair available. Lots of folks liked the Movies Under the Stars (which also played during the day). I went to the fountain show on pool deck twice and thought it was spectacular, if only 5 minutes long. I thought it was too bad more folks didn't come to see it. All the bars and bar staff were great. I always got prompt service with a smile. I also enjoyed playing Trivia in Club 6 with the cruise staff and the Sea Walk that extends out over the ocean on deck 16 was great. I walked on it every time I was on that deck. I also appreciated the adults only pool area for some peace and quiet. I didn't use the spa or fitness center. I always took Princess shore excursions, especially since I was traveling solo. The staff did an incredible job of coordinating the tenders and getting huge crowds off the ship quickly and efficiently at our 3 tender ports. I was very impressed with how they handled getting all the tours off the ship and back on, considering they had to scan each person's cruise card as they left and again as they came back aboard, plus scan all their belongings each time. They were all great tours. I did a few less popular ones, like visiting the medieval town of Lucca, Italy. That was a great tour. I skipped going to Rome in favor of Orvieto, Italy, which was a great tour. The Duomo church there is beautiful beyond description. My day in Capri was interesting but it is really, really crowded and the bus rides to Capri and Anacapri are hair-raising and you are crammed into tiny buses. Greece was okay and looked pretty much like the photos in all the cruise brochures. The islands were mostly too rocky and barren for my taste. The tour to Herculaneum (also buried in the 79 AD Vesuvius eruption) was great and highly recommended as an alternative to Pompeii. I liked Dubrovnik, Croatia very much. The old town tour is fascinating. My favorite port was Kotor, Montenegro. It was on the itinerary for both cruises and I was delighted to get to go there twice. My tours of Cavtat, old town Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks are all highly recommended. The approach in and sailing out of Kotor is down a narrow 17-mile fjord-like arm of the Adriatic. It takes two hours and was wonderful. There are picturesque towns all along the way, at the base of towering mountains. The sunset sailings were magic. I thought the value for money was excellent, especially considering the price I paid to have a deluxe balcony cabin to myself as a single. I never felt uncomfortable being alone. The crew were all great and all friendly. I have settled on Princess for the remainder of my cruising days and already have 3 more cruises booked, on the Ruby, Emerald, and Royal! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was to be our 5th cruise and our 4th cruise line we've been on, and we were excited, having heard great things about Princess and their high food quality, the more adult crowd, and we liked the layout of the Royal. I like to ... Read More
This was to be our 5th cruise and our 4th cruise line we've been on, and we were excited, having heard great things about Princess and their high food quality, the more adult crowd, and we liked the layout of the Royal. I like to start out with the Good first, so without a doubt, the staff on this cruise was absolutely THE best we have ever experienced. Everyone we encountered was "genuinely" friendly and greeted you, and not with the standard frozen-smiles we've all certainly seen. Our steward Patune was stellar, the best ever, with his level of helpfulness and actual CARING about our comfort, 5 stars for this guy! The ship was kept immaculately clean, everything was under control, our fellow passengers were good, and all in all it was a "quiet" cruise. We loved the choice of music concerts shown on the big screen in the afternoons, and the movies at night were not only very current, but also some classics were mixed in. For the football crowd, the Sunday Night game was on, and they bring out very thick, comfortable chair pads and blankets every night for the on-deck viewing activities. Very nice. And again, top shelf treatment by ALL staff was the shining star here. The entertainment was sometimes very very good, and others not so much, but that seems to be the norm between most cruiselines. We quite enjoyed the fun trivia shows with the cruise staff in the Princess Live, and the ship's singers/dancers. So, the Bad now, and it was without a doubt the worst detriment to our cruise, and that was the food. We are generally dining room every night folks, but it proved to be just of ordinary quality, the meats were dry, and the menu from night to night had very little variance and imagination, and the meal took close to 1-1/2 hours. So we ended up being buffet diners almost every night, but that was no respite either. And here too, it was the meats that were perpetually over-cooked day after day that became a real puzzler. What was the chef's aim, we were wondering? Meats generally need to be a tad under-cooked when they are to be under warming lights for long periods of time, but virtually every night I dined on lifeless, TOUGH meat, and the same tired array of side dishes, and this went on for the entire 11 days. And by the way, for reference, my wife says that my palate is that of an "ordinary schmoe" so I am not a culinary snob at ALL, I am rather quite QUITE easy to please. But even the breakfast was subpar, scrambled egg pans had large excesses of WATER in them, gross, large amounts of toast was put out in metal pans, and was hard as a rock quickly under those lights, and the Eggs Benedict looked and tasted like rubber. (In comparison, on Norwegian you can gets eggs cooked-to-order at the buffet with FRESH toast.) And typically on a longer cruise one could expect some changes in the menu, but there were remarkably few. We began to be able to memorize where each thing was, as they were there every night in the same spot. The hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza on the Lido deck became dinner and the better deal more than once. The pizza was above par and quite good up there, and we ate at Alfredo's a few times, and it was great. We were told we could obtain pasta there, we did, and it and the service, again, was great. But we feel like Princess may want to look into getting a new chef or increasing his budget? But, the cooking "itself" was sub-par on a REGULAR basis, so it goes back to the chef and his kitchen. This is the only factor that may keep us from coming back to Princess, sadly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had booked a similar cruise 12 months ago but due to personal circumstances had to cancel, so it was great to finally be able to go as it was my first time to Europe my wife's second. This was our 7th cruise 2nd on princess We ... Read More
We had booked a similar cruise 12 months ago but due to personal circumstances had to cancel, so it was great to finally be able to go as it was my first time to Europe my wife's second. This was our 7th cruise 2nd on princess We spent 3 days in Barcelona prior to cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it, Barcelona is a great city. We stayed at the Hotel Jazz which had been recommended on Cruise Critic and it was perfect. We arrived early on embarkation morning around 10am, we were one of the first there, and we were onboard around 12.15pm, very smooth process. The ship is a beautiful ship with great amenities, however I would say i found it a wee bit impersonal. On previous cruises we have met others and then seen then regularly during the cruise, and formed some great friendships. On this cruise it seemed you might meet someone once but not see them again for the rest of the cruise. I put this down to the size of the ship and number of passengers. We were in cabin A521 a mini suite which was perfect for a 21 day cruise, but the balcony was smaller than we have had on other cruise ships. Dining we avoided the buffet only eating there for breakfast once and lunch twice. but found it not well set out, we had breakfast either in the international cafe or the dining room which we enjoyed both. Because most days we had full day tours we didn't have lunch very often on the ship but I quite enjoyed the burgers from the grill by the pool. Dinner in the Dining room was good and the food was of the usual high standard we have come to expect. The entertainment was good although i thought the 2 comedians were pretty average. Also there wasn't as many Revue shows with the singers and dancers as we had seen on previous cruisers but the shows they put on were very good. Excursions: We had a mix of Independent tours and ship excursions, I would say that all but one of our independent tours were excellent, the 1 that wasn't was in Capri, but there were just too many tourists for capri to cope with most frustrating day of the trip. The ships excursions were mixed but felt many were poorly organised, next time we would book more independent tours as we felt these were cheaper and we got much better value for money. Overall a very enjoyable cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this ship because we were celebrating our anniversary and found it very charming. The service was excellent, the tours were perfect and we really enjoyed the food. We participated in the game shows and really enjoyed that also. ... Read More
We choose this ship because we were celebrating our anniversary and found it very charming. The service was excellent, the tours were perfect and we really enjoyed the food. We participated in the game shows and really enjoyed that also. I went to the spa and had a excellent message. The shows in the theater were very entertaining as well. The cruise director was great and they had the show the voice which we enjoyed. We met some very nice people traveling that made it pleasant also. We dined in the Crown Grill for out anniversary and they really made the experience very nice. Our any time dining was great we had a table by the window and a excellent waiter. We traveled with my sister and brother-in-law who also enjoyed their cruise. This was a perfect vacation for all of us and Princess did a great job. We highly recommend this cruise !! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Food is mediocre, entertainment unoriginal, excursions not planned well (why am I in a shopping port on a Sunday? Florence on a Monday when museums are closed?). On one excursion we were "dumped" in a town with a map that had ... Read More
Food is mediocre, entertainment unoriginal, excursions not planned well (why am I in a shopping port on a Sunday? Florence on a Monday when museums are closed?). On one excursion we were "dumped" in a town with a map that had been photocopied so often it was no longer readable. In another city, our tour guide was dressed like he'd been living on the street, and we could only understand a fraction of what he was saying. ( couldn't tell if because of his accent or an actual speech impediment) We found both dining room and buffet staff to generally be uncaring and inattentive. The exception to this is Alfrescos and Crown Grill. The entertainment consists of the same old game shows and trivia challenges. Enrichment programs? I don't think so. This was also the only cruise I've ever taken where the cabin steward was just lazy. We almost never had ice. Sometimes she'd give us a bath mat...sometimes not. To sum, we were bored and could not wait to disembark. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We went on a 21-day cruise around the Mediterranean, starting and ending in Barcelona and visiting ports in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. Overall, we really enjoyed our holiday, but there were several issues that, though ... Read More
We went on a 21-day cruise around the Mediterranean, starting and ending in Barcelona and visiting ports in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. Overall, we really enjoyed our holiday, but there were several issues that, though relatively minor, took lots of our time and effort to resolve. This was our first cruise on Princess (we've cruised with Celebrity before) and our lasting impression was that they do some things excellently but when they let themselves down over details, it's not always simple to get it sorted out. The itinerary was great and we enjoyed the ship itself, particularly the Retreat area on the deck and the central Piazza. The entertainment was good, particularly the pianist (AJ Clarke) and the guest performers. We're in our 30s/40s and while we seemed to be one of the youngest couples on the ship, we met lots of friendly people we got on with, and we enjoyed our chats over dinner (anytime dining) and in the bars. We had mixed experiences with food and drink, avoiding the Horizon Court where possible because of its confusing layout and often not particularly fresh/hot food. The service and quality of food in the main dining rooms was also variable. We enjoyed both Sabatini's and the Crown Grill, and Alfredo's was always extremely good -- our favourite place to eat. The 'unlimited soda and more' drinks package was confusing (nobody knew what it included and it didn't include items we'd specifically asked about when booking), but once we'd worked it out we didn't have any further problems. The other issues we encountered were mainly with laundry. The ship's laundry ruined a shirt and it took us over two weeks to come to a good resolution (our suggestion, not theirs). Then the machines in the laundromat left marks and a hole in several new T-shirts. 1 out of 4 washing machines and 2 out of 3 irons on our deck were out of order for the whole 3 weeks. Our favourite ports were Barcelona, Santorini, Rome and Dubrovnik (although we enjoyed every port). We did a mixture of private and ship's excursions, and explored some ports on our own. The Princess excursions were generally good and well-organised -- they're very good at getting everyone on and off the ship efficiently. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise since we had never done the Mediterranean cruise and wanted to see the Greek Isles. We had sailed the Royal Princess previously so were familiar with the ship and its layout. It was great to see the "center" ... Read More
We chose this cruise since we had never done the Mediterranean cruise and wanted to see the Greek Isles. We had sailed the Royal Princess previously so were familiar with the ship and its layout. It was great to see the "center" stairwell open for use. It saved us tons of steps as we mostly use the stairs instead of the elevators. We had no problem with embarkation as we are platinum members so got through with no problem. Our cabin seemed to be "tired." The shower curtain had mildew at the bottom and the carpet seemed to need replacing or cleaning. Our steward was very nice and kept everything refreshed and clean for us. He was extremely friendly and always remembered our names when we encountered him in the hallway. The food was just average. We ate breakfast in the Horizon and dinner in the dining room. We had anytime dining and had no problem with being seated promptly. Service seemed to be much slower than on previous cruises. We ate one night at Sabotini's and though the food was awful and menu limited. The International Cafe has the best food on the ship. We did not eat at Alfredo's this cruise. The entertainment was just so, so. We always enjoy trivia and did so on this trip also. Our shop excursion in Marseille had an awful guide. Her voice was grating so everyone just tuned her out. She talked nonstop. Marseille was surprisingly a beautiful port and we really like visiting Notre Dame cathedral. The time at the site was way too short! Our bus stopped at the bottom of the hill so we had to climb the steps which was too much for many in our group. The climb ate up most of our time there. Cut some time off the Aix-de-Provence time and add to the cathedral tour. Our excursion in Livorno was wonderful. We went to Pisa, a winery for lunch and Tuscany. It was a wonderful day. The time in Katakolon was spent visiting the Olympic site which was interesting. Unfortunately 4 people did not show back up at the bus so we wasted 30-45 minutes while the guide tried to find them. At the other ports we did private tours and they were wonderful. We were glad we went on this cruise but some improvements are needed to make it better. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Overall experience was very good. We booked a fly cruise from the UK, and the flight was uneventful and punctual. The transfer to the port was good, and the embarkation process very efficient, despite the fact that we are not eligible for ... Read More
Overall experience was very good. We booked a fly cruise from the UK, and the flight was uneventful and punctual. The transfer to the port was good, and the embarkation process very efficient, despite the fact that we are not eligible for priority boarding. The process took about 30 minutes, and we were on board in time to enjoy lunch in the MDR (which is only available until 1.30) which was very quiet and relaxing. Our balcony cabin was fine, and size was more than adequate for 2 passengers. Only criticism would be lack of facilities for drying the towels. Food overall was good, although for British tastes we felt the choice of vegetables served with meals in main dining room was rather limited. Generally, we thought the service on board was very good and friendly. Entertainment and activities met our requirements, especially the pianist and singer A J Clarke, who was playing in various bars most evenings. Compared to previous cruises, we felt a definite lack of communication from the bridge.For instance, we knew we were to pass the foot of Italy, and wondered what route we would take. We visited customer services to ask exactly the position of the ship. She looked at her computer screen and said "if anyone asks, at 3.00 we will be passing Sicily". We thought this strange, as we had seen a small island, which had prompted the question. Later, at 5.00, whilst having afternoon tea in the buffet, a friendly waiter told us that we were just approaching Sicily, and the island we had seen earlier was Stromboli. From the outside decks, we had fantastic views of the straits of Messina and Mount Etna, and as far as we were aware, there had been no announcements from the bridge, so a lot of passengers missed this experience. Our final observation would be that we felt hand hygiene was not enforced. Entering the main dining rooms, the hand gel was ignored by the majority of passengers. Even worse, on entering the buffet restaurant never once on the entire cruise did we see a fellow passenger using the hand washing facility that is provided. The hand gel machine which was also provided was used VERY occasionally. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
A friend chose the cruise but dropped out at the last minute because of a family death. I decided to still go, alone. Not great for single people, I found. I also found that there were too many activities available. It was almost ... Read More
A friend chose the cruise but dropped out at the last minute because of a family death. I decided to still go, alone. Not great for single people, I found. I also found that there were too many activities available. It was almost frenetic and none was done really well. Take the food as an analogy. The cooks tried to produce an 'international menu'. However, the result was that nothing was done particularly well The Yorkshire pudding with the roast beef was overdone and dry, the rice paper roles were bland and were served without sauce. The Thai beef salad had too much meat, not enough chilli or vegetables and no Coriander - resulting in something bland and ordinary that tasted nothing like the real thing. The pasta dishes were made with tomato paste, not fresh tomatoes. And so on and so on. Extending to other things - the magic show was old fashioned. The movies shown only came from Hollywood - many second or third rate. Lifts were slow. Bathrooms were exceptionally tiny. There were not enough hangers with clips, etc, etc. But worst of all was the high cost of wifi, the poor download times and the difficulty getting any phone reception. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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