147 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Southern Princess Royal Princess Cruise Reviews

While on the cruise we did not have the best experiences a few times 1) When we arrived on board and did the spa tour we double check our time and confirmed our couples massage for Saturday November 10, 2018 for 11:30 am. When we ... Read More
While on the cruise we did not have the best experiences a few times 1) When we arrived on board and did the spa tour we double check our time and confirmed our couples massage for Saturday November 10, 2018 for 11:30 am. When we arrived at the spa on Saturday at 11:10 am to check in we were informed it was now scheduled for noon and when I explained we confirmed on arrival (the day before) and it was at 11:30 we were told “while now it is at noon so go away until noon (while handing back our cards which clearly had the enclave sticker on them). When we came back at 11:50 we were ask to go in a room and wait until a spa member came to get us for our treatment. We waited almost a half hour before the two ladies came to take us for our massages. Our massages went well until the end when they informed us the food that was ordered had not arrived and we would need to wait until it arrived which took about 20 more minutes. As we were eating another staff member arrived with other passengers to show them the cabana we were eating in, on the spa staff’s part they tried to tell him no but he continued into the cabana with other passengers. While walking us out of the Sanctuary area one of our massage therapist advised she appreciated our patience’s since the appointment scheduled before us did not arrive on time, so it put everything behind. We booked at the time we did as we were with a large group and had other plans so our 80-minute massage that was supposed to start at 11:30 did not get done until 3:00pm making our other plans null and void. We did file out the comment card while on the ship and placed it in the drop box expecting that someone would talk to us while we were still on board but this did not occur so we can only assume this is the expected treatment you give through the spa. 2) We had a wonderful steward for our room for the first few days. Our room was always cleaned, our water was resupplied as we ordered, and things were well taken care of for those days. Then he was replaced with a steward which I can only guess was brand new. Our room was not cleaned one day all day while we were on an excursion and when we advised him we would be leaving the room in about 10 minutes to go into town he stated he was off in a half hour and would try to get to it when he returned at 5 pm. We came back from town just before late dinner and our room was still not cleaned even though the “please refresh my room” was placed outside the door. We also ordered water which we did not get for two more days when we asked for it and reminded him we had ordered it. Our room was not cleaned another day until we were at dinner this was on a sea day. The room service trays stayed in the room longer than 24 hours at one point and a cup with a snack in it was left in the room for 2 full days until I asked where I could put it to dispose of it. Also on one occasion when the room had been clean when we returned there was a dirty wet wash cloth in the closet on top of my dress shoes. My shoes are fine but I was not sure where this wash cloth came from or how it would have ended up there. We placed this wash cloth in the cart outside our room as no steward was around. At one point we took out our own room service tray and placed it on the cart in the hallway since it was still in our room. 3) We received the paperwork for the debarkation process and filled it out the same day and returned it. As I said we were with a large group so when they were all talking about the time they debarked and where they had to go we did not know what they were talking about as this was our first cruise. We did receive notice that we would get this information on the evening before debarking so we did not have any concerns at first. Then on Friday evening around 9 pm we had to go down to passenger services to ask as we still had no information. The gentlemen at the desk looked us up and asked us how many luggage tags we needed and handed us a paper when we asked him what time and where we would need to go in the morning, he said everything you need is in there and walked away. No help with figuring out the already failed system we were experiencing. 4) This was our first cruise and it was unnerving to have two deaths among passengers with one being a violent event in the middle of the night. While we had these unpleasant experiences, we are considering cruising again in the future but are unsure which cruise line we will be trying. We did make a deposit with Princess but are unsure if we will be taking advantage of the benefits as of yet. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Liked the itinerary. Had been to the Caribbean, but not to the ABC islands. The cruise exceeded my expectations. Pros: Cruise director. Matt O. Oh my gosh, he was so entertaining, one of the most energetic,entertaining folks I ... Read More
Liked the itinerary. Had been to the Caribbean, but not to the ABC islands. The cruise exceeded my expectations. Pros: Cruise director. Matt O. Oh my gosh, he was so entertaining, one of the most energetic,entertaining folks I have ever met. He was everywhere. He taught dance lessons, exceeded shows, games indoor and out. And he was so funny, just watching and listening to him was entertainment. Liked the games available. Liked movies under the stars Loved the comedian Scott. Food was great. We had Anytime dining and only had to wait form20 minutes, once. And they gave us a beeper, so we waited nearby and listened to music as we waited The band STATIC. Was phenomenal. The girl and guy singer are great voices and audience participation, they danced with the folks listening to their music. Time in ports was perfect. Cons Pushing wine tasting Smoky casino. 9though I hardly gamble, I did not this time because of the smoke). Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We have cruised a few times the beginning of November to enjoy some warm weather before the cold winter sets in. It was our fourth time of the Royal, 11th Princess cruise. Embarkation went smoother than we thought as we were delayed due ... Read More
We have cruised a few times the beginning of November to enjoy some warm weather before the cold winter sets in. It was our fourth time of the Royal, 11th Princess cruise. Embarkation went smoother than we thought as we were delayed due to the Noro. We were in our stateroom by 1:30 losing about two hours. The best part of this cruise was the entertainment. The shows Colors of the World and Secret Silk were both incredible! Secret Silk was a broadway production! The comedian Scott Wyler and singer Jasson Allen were great! Ship bands were full of energy. The crew was just as friendly and accommodating as usual. We love Crooners and fresh martinis. A couple of downsides. The food is not as good, buffet had very limited choices. Alfredo’s and International Cafe ended up being our favorite places to eat. Unfortunately there was also a death on this cruise, a mysterious one and it left somewhat of a damper. Our excursion was not the best in Curacao. We were promised a stop that was never made. Plus, the extra stop we made was very sales pitchy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Had wanted to do this A,B,C,`` Island itinerary for some time and Princess came along with a great deal and the right amount of stops, great cruise from embarkation to disembarkation from all the staff and all people involved this was a ... Read More
Had wanted to do this A,B,C,`` Island itinerary for some time and Princess came along with a great deal and the right amount of stops, great cruise from embarkation to disembarkation from all the staff and all people involved this was a great cruise Ist stop Curacao was a great stop Went on an excursion to Hato caves and cliffs Great Time, Aruba was a great stop Excursion to cliffs and seaside Lighthouse, In Bonaire Rented golf cart and went sightseeing on our own we drove to south side of island then to northside just riding and taking pics Saw the salt mines, flamingos and lighthouse The ship and crew were the best ever had a great cabin steward kept us sitting pretty, the photo center was outstanding Andrea was just amazing with helping us out, Dining was awesome, both in the dining room and buffet, all specialty dining was just great There is nothing I can say bad about this itinerary or this ship Just a great experience from beginning to end Thank You Princess Royal and Crew Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We just returned from our 8 night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Royal Princess. It was a great vacation. It was our first time sailing on Princess after having previously only traveled on the Disney Cruise line. I can't say that ... Read More
We just returned from our 8 night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Royal Princess. It was a great vacation. It was our first time sailing on Princess after having previously only traveled on the Disney Cruise line. I can't say that Princess delivers quite the experience Disney does but I can't justify the extra money for Disney. It's just not that much better unless you are traveling with small children, which we were not. Embarkation: The process was simple to drop off bags and to check in at the terminal. The actual wait to board was longer than I expected and, other than water, they had nothing to offer while we sat there until an hour after the time we were supposed to board. However, once we made it on board, our room was already available and everything was great. Cabin: We had a balcony cabin on the Aloha deck. It was not exactly roomy but it was more than sufficient for our needs. The bed was very comfortable and our steward was great. He was always very quick to make up the room and he met all of our needs. My only complaint with the room was a TV that didn't work properly and it took a couple of calls to get if fixed. Dining: We had the early dining and our server, Von Carlo, was very good. He was a delight to see each night and took great care of us. The menu was good and the food was consistently fresh and hot. We enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room. We also used the buffet for several breakfasts, lunches and later night snacks. It was consistently very good. Drink service in the buffet was hit or miss but we enjoyed each meal and never had a hard time finding a table. The pool deck food was also quite good. We did find that both of the pool bars were always packed and definitely could have used more bartenders to cut down on some of the wait, particularly if you just wanted something easy like a Diet Coke. We did one dinner in the Crown Grill and that was truly one of the best steaks I have ever had. Entertainment: The stage show productions were all well done and the singers were very good. The comedian was funny. The guest singer was ok. The band that played by the pool and in the Piazza, Static, was very good. We enjoyed them a lot. Some of the performers in the bars were also quite good. The cruise director, Matt O, is absolutely fantastic. He is one of the most high energy and funny people I have ever met. He makes any event a blast to attend. The rest of the cruise director's staff were all good as well and the trivia and game shows were all fun. We were never bored on the ship. Ports/ Excursions: We did excursions through Princess in Curacao and Bonaire. In both cases, the guides were professional and informative and we had a great time on both. All of the ports were nice and we specifically booked this cruise to attend those ports. We enjoyed Aruba the most and will likely go back there for a vacation. Disembarkation: The process of exiting the ship was very organized. We were off the ship and to our airport transfer with no trouble whatsoever. Overall: We were very happy with our first Princess cruise and have booked a few more. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We love the ABC Islands and visiting each port! If you have never been I would highly recommend traveling down south and enjoying a visit to all 3 spots. Embarkation was slowed down due to NoroVirus on previous cruise. Was a long ... Read More
We love the ABC Islands and visiting each port! If you have never been I would highly recommend traveling down south and enjoying a visit to all 3 spots. Embarkation was slowed down due to NoroVirus on previous cruise. Was a long line since we all waited to board but got on without an issue and they did an excellent job sanitizing the ship for us! We love the class of ship, was our first time on the Royal but have been on her sister the Regal 6 times. The layout and set up is wonderful. From the track on 17 to the Plaza everything is always top of the line. Cabin - We had a mini suite and as always nice and roomy! Only issue was the cabinet steward who was hard to find, always running behind, and didn't always follow requests. Dinning was the issue. Upset at Princess for changing times for MDR. They wanted us to eat at lunch time for dinner (4:30 pm). So we changed to 7:15 pm even though we don't like that late. So I guess if you have 400 TA's on the trip and they all complain it gets changed back to the original time? So we ended up instead of a 6 pm dinner, they moved our time to 7:45 pm. We ended up in the buffet since we don't want dinner that late. But we weren't the only ones as they had a staffing issue in the buffet not being able to cover all of us who lost our times we had scheduled. Makes me think we should start looking at other lines? Entertainment/Activities - We always love MUT or some of the Games they do at night. The shows are ok, but not impressive. Not sure what was up with the comedian, wasn't that funny! Service - Not as impressive as in the past. They had great attitudes but it was like they were always playing catch up to take care of us. But to be honest I'll take the smile over speed, you could tell they cared. Ports - Aruba was the best, did a simple bus ride to the beach and as always wonderful. Bonaire did the beach (may be a theme with us). Didn't like the undertow off the dock but have to admit loved the hotel we were at. Curagao was wonderful, yes another beach day, yes loved it. Also loved walking on the floating dock and the downtown area. These islands have so much to offer and the people are nice and friendly. The disembarkation was impressive. We live in Florida and drive to the port. They had us off and in my car 25 minutes from our scheduled time. I was impressed. Overall with the situation of the passenger who died during our trip I feel Princess handled it with a professional attitude leaving it to the investigators to determine what happened. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The food in the dining room disappointed the 7 of us more then it pleased. The lido deck was good for food. Service excellent. Rooms are nice and the public areas are very nice. Fort de France is a terrible run down hole. Grenada ... Read More
The food in the dining room disappointed the 7 of us more then it pleased. The lido deck was good for food. Service excellent. Rooms are nice and the public areas are very nice. Fort de France is a terrible run down hole. Grenada not much there. Bonaire and Curaçao (Willemstad) and ST Thomas are worth while. They really need improvement in the dining room. Staff is wonderful throughout the ship. The water in the toilet in the cabin, always smells of urine just terrible. Balcony is about 8x3. Steakhouse was wonderful but the ribeye could be more tender. Drinks cost about 10 dollars. Shops are nice but not many. Room service is fast but all they offer for breakfast is a egg mc muffin. Really sad. My room could be alittle cleaner, the chair was dirty so I cleaned it, it also had a few hairs on it. The room Stewart was nice and very responsive. Good cruise overall. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise for the price (received a good deal in email) , for the new ports that we haven't done before and also to try the Royal Princess (3600 passengers). All this was perfect, but we wewe impressed by the service we ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the price (received a good deal in email) , for the new ports that we haven't done before and also to try the Royal Princess (3600 passengers). All this was perfect, but we wewe impressed by the service we received from everyone! Starting with embarkation, we were directed smoothly and promptly (we had priority check-in), no fuss anywhere! Our cabin (balcony Aloha mid-aft) was perfect, on the good side for every port (left side, even number). We had Anytime dining, and it worked perfectly, no lines, no reservations, at least four options every night : the buffet, 1 pizzeria and 2 dining rooms (Symphony from 5:30PM to 9:00PM and Concerto, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM). The food was very good everywhere. The Horizon Buffet is almost half of the 16th floor, with sections repeating food 3 times, so no big lines like on other ships. Enough tables outside for those wanting to eat on the terrace. Even if the big is one of the biggest, we did not feel it was overcrowded, except for one show, "The Secret Silk", where it was completly full and we had to go the the 10:00PM show (so be there at least 30 min in advance and don't miss it!) The other musical shows were also very good, but we did not go to the see the Stand-up Comedians (we prefer musicals). We did only one Princess Shore excursion (Curaçao) and it was good. In Bonaire we took an independant shore excursion online, a lot cheaper than the one from Princess. In all ports (except Princess Cays), we were able to walk from the ship and visit at our own pace. There are a lot of taxis or tour operators on the peers, ready to take you to the beach or a drive. In Martinique, we walked to the beach, about 10 minutes from the ship! In Princess Cays, the only tender port, there are a lot of chairs on the beach, but you must pay if you want a shell umbrela. We found a spot in the shade, but not easy to find. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We originally booked because we were offered a great deal and were stressed with clean up from Hurricane Harvey. We had never done such a large ship before (3500 passengers) and were concerned about the ship feeling crowded. From the ... Read More
We originally booked because we were offered a great deal and were stressed with clean up from Hurricane Harvey. We had never done such a large ship before (3500 passengers) and were concerned about the ship feeling crowded. From the moment we were on the ship until we returned to port, we were able to put our day to day worries aside and truly enjoy a magnificent experience. The ship never felt crowded and our room (a balcony) was very nice with a large flat screen tv on the wall. The weather was sublime: balmy, mild and sunny every day. The staff was excellent and very accommodating; there was a wide variety of things to do, lovely public spaces to relax in and all of the passengers were polite and relaxed. The ports were interesting. We did not book excursions, but walked around the islands on port days and never felt uncomfortable with the local citizens. The food was good and the shows were exceptional. There were a variety of on board fun and educational programs: trivia, several audience participation games, talk on the workings of the ship, a star gazing night, wine class, cooking demonstrations, etc. All of the service staff were professional and outstanding. They were hard workers with a ready smile and greeting each day. I highly recommend this cruise to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my 6th Princess Cruise. We chose this cruise for the great itinerary, a great price promotion, and also because we love the Royal Princess (this was our 4th time on this ship). The central piazza is gorgeous and the ship never ... Read More
This was my 6th Princess Cruise. We chose this cruise for the great itinerary, a great price promotion, and also because we love the Royal Princess (this was our 4th time on this ship). The central piazza is gorgeous and the ship never felt crowded! I had heard that Matt "O" was the Cruise Director since December and was hoping he would still be onboard . . . and happily HE WAS!! He remembered our family from 2 years ago and really makes you feel special!! His entire staff (Dieter, Noah, Ryan, Kassia, Natalie, and Lucia) were also incredible. Collectively our family of 4 participated in a LOT of activities hosted by them (trivia, game shows, Karaoke, Bingo, Zumba, Escape Room, Stargazing, Dancing Under the Stars, and Mardi Gras Party) and had a BLAST. Matt is especially entertaining to watch: a great dancer and so witty! We enjoyed all of the entertainment around the ship and wished we could be everywhere at once. The new musical show "The Secret Silk" was amazing: the sets, beautiful costumes, and the vocals!! The comedian Troy Thirdgill was hilarious. We loved all the variety of music onboard from the Island Sounds of Tyrone Babb, the great vocals and party dance sets of Evolution, classical music of Romantica String Trio, and the easy listening and dance music of the Sunset Quartet. We were immediately drawn to the flamboyant Perry Grant entertaining on his piano in his unique style with audience participation at the Crooners Bar. He had everyone laughing and we joined his growing group of FANS!! We found the options for food VERY good. We mostly had breakfast from the Horizon Court or the International Café and a couple of times in the Dining Room. We had the early seating Traditional Dining in the Allegro Dining Room Room which worked well as we could then get to the shows in Princess Theatre or activities in Princess Live! The food was delicious and we often each ordered more than one appetizer or main entrée to share. Our waiters (Dmitry and Dmitro) were wonderful and quickly learned our habits. The head waiter Constantine often helped out and made sure everyting was okay. We had another great experience in the Crown Grill but were sad to learn that lobster tails were no longer offered as part of the family share plattter. Alfredos is a great alternative for lunch or dinner and it is located off the Piazza area where you can listen in on all the action. We purchased the coffee card as always but unfortunately it is no longer accepted at Gelatos. The bar staff were very attentive but not pushy. Rout at Princess Live! Bar was really friendly and even spelled your name and home country on our specialty coffees. We purchased the 10-day Enclave package and found it to be a very relaxing and de-stressing environment. I wish they would provide face and body lotion in the shower/change rooms. The Fitness Centre is great with a lot of choice equipment. The in-cabin TV was great and we enjoyed watching The Wake Show and some of the Princess Live! Game Shows. Even though there was a great selection of movies, we only managed to watch one as we were kept very busy with ship activities! MUTS is always a hit! The pools and hot tubs were wonderful and we especially enjoyed the adults only Retreat Pool. We enjoyed the creativity and artistry of the fruit and vegetable carving as well as the ice carving demos. Our cabin steward Romano was really great. He seemed to work around our schedule magically to have our room cleaned, stocked with ice, and the beds made up and ready for the night. Every request was fulfilled promptly and with a smile. Ports: 1)Fort Lauderdale - Pre-cruise, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Airport/Cruise hotel because of its proximity to the cruise terminal and the complimentary airport shuttle. We took taxis to the beach area and also to the Jungle Queen Riverboat which we enjoyed. 2)Princess Cays - DH and one son went on the Rock Sound & Eleuthera Scenic Drive Tour (I had done it 2 years ago) and enjoyed learning about the culture of the island. I enjoyed the Glass-bottom Boat cruise. We all enjoyed swimming, snorkeling, and pedal boating in the afternoon. Great BarBQ lunch! 3)St. Thomas - (Morning) St. Thomas Island Drive provided a great overview and we really enjoyed the Banana Daiquiri and shopping at MountainTop. (Afternoon) Two Island Snorkel & Beach Getaway by Fastcat- Great snorkelling at both locations. Saw lots of fish and turtles! Afterwards, the rum punch was overflowing and there was also soda if you preferred. 4) Martinique - We arranged a "North Island Tour" with Beyond the Beach. Our tour guide Sebastian was absolutely fantastic! He was full of information, history, and passionate about this island. We did so much: Niesson Rum Distillery tour & tasting, went for a dip at Carbet Beach, St. Pierre ruins, another dip at Gendarme Waterfalls, Alma River in the rainforest where we enjoyed a fresh coconut drink from a Rastafari guy, and finally the Balata church. A wonderful day! 5) Grenada- We had a private taxi tour with Sheldon from Royalty Taxi and Tours. His van was spotless and we again learned so much from him and saw so much in the 5 hours. He manoeuvred the narrow, windy roads expertly! We visted the Dougaldston Spice Estate, the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, the Diamond Chocolate Factory, Grand Etang National Park and Grand Etang Crater Lake, and Annandale Falls. We only had time left to drive up to Fort Frederick and had a great view of the port. 6) Bonaire- We had reserved with Compass Bonaire but their boat was out of commission. Fortunately they were able to place us on one of their competitors Epic Tours . . . if not we would have missed out on the BEST snorkelling of all!! We were taken to 2 different locations where fish and coral were plentiful. The 2 guys Michiel and Thijs were a lot of fun. We were served water or sodas earlier on and then rum punch, wine, or prosecco after snorkelling. A day in paradise! 7) Curacao- We did the 8.5 hour Princess "Hato Caves, Willemstad, Museum, & Ship Lunch Break. It was a full day but we saw a LOT. The caves were a highlight. Unfortunately there was no time for shopping. I skipped the lunchbreak at the ship to shop at the mall near the port. DH later brought me a sandwich from the International Café. 8) Fort Lauderdale- Post- Cruise Princess tour "Everglades Airboat Ride & Flamingo Gardens and FLL airport drop-off". Our tour guide Tom was amazing! At Flamingo Gardens we enjoyed the narrated tram ride, the flamingos and peacocks, and the Aviary. We sighted a few alligators during our Everglades airboat ride which was very exciting and received complimentary souvenir photos! There was also a snack bar and an alligator show onsite. This cruise was wonderful in all aspects and there is something for all tastes and interests! We look forward to cruising on the Royal again as well as any other Princess ship in the future!! Highly recommend this ship and itinerary!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The Royal is impressive but lacks a full length covered promenade which we enjoy for walking in inclement weather or hot sun. The ship seemed very stable to us but a new to cruising couple on a higher floor felt movement. I advised ... Read More
The Royal is impressive but lacks a full length covered promenade which we enjoy for walking in inclement weather or hot sun. The ship seemed very stable to us but a new to cruising couple on a higher floor felt movement. I advised them to book future cabins lower and nearer the center of the ship. One other drawback is we had to walk thru the smokey casino at times. Food and entertainment is still great and the new buffet is a bit confusing but offers a lot more options and there was always plenty of seating. Ditto for the deck space although the sky deck is only accessible by stairs or stair mounted lift which no on uses so this may be a problem for people with mobility issues. Service slipped in some areas, was up to standards in most and excelled in others so all in all very good. Our young cruise director Mat O'Brian was one of the most energetic people i have ever met. We enjoyed the ship but sincerely hope future designs incorporate a proper promenade. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Booked this cruise while on a cruise in Jan./18. An incredible price! Unbeatable value for the money in our opinion. Princess has Embarkation and Disembarkation down to a science. Embarkation took less then 15 min from pier to ... Read More
Booked this cruise while on a cruise in Jan./18. An incredible price! Unbeatable value for the money in our opinion. Princess has Embarkation and Disembarkation down to a science. Embarkation took less then 15 min from pier to cabin. Disembarkation took 10 min or less from cabin to cab. Entertainment is second to none in our experience and they just keep improving the professionalism. Kudos to the Princess entertainment staff! Food Dining room service and quality was excellent 90% of the time. Buffet has the best selection, quality and service of any cruise line we’ve experienced. International cafe is a big attraction for us and they always deliver 110% in service and quality. (No issues with using our coffee cards from previous cruises) Tried a hot dog and fries for the first time! We’ll be back for more during our next cruise on the Royal in June. Balcony Cabin is a little smaller (not a huge issue for us) than the older ships but we spend most of our time in the public areas, on shore or relaxing on the balcony. Staff - Our room steward was amazing. Catered to all of our needs efficiently and promptly. Have nothing but positive things to say about the majority of the other staff on board, always smiling and friendly. Did have a couple of issues with some dining room staff, but there is always a learning curve to take in to consideration. Ship - well maintained and spotless at all times. Looking forward to our next cruise on the Royal in June and many other cruises to come on various ships in the Princess fleet. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this cruise based on the itinerary and price with perks offered. Also had been on a previous Princess cruise many years ago which was fantastic. Embarkation went smoothly and reasonably quickly. The buffet areas were large ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on the itinerary and price with perks offered. Also had been on a previous Princess cruise many years ago which was fantastic. Embarkation went smoothly and reasonably quickly. The buffet areas were large with good seating and lot's of food choices for each meal. The quality was very good. For those who chose breakfast in the dining room, the service was good and the food quality was also very good. The only negative was the lack of choices. Although the itinerary was great and the staff were wonderful, we were disappointed with the dinner menus and the public areas of the ship. The food quality was very good, but some of the items were less than appealing to us and some of the obvious things you would expect were missing. As an example, on our last formal night, they served lobster tail, but no melted butter and no potato. The some of the public areas were quite small. The public bathrooms were tiny with very little room to pass by someone. The casino was cramped and you could actually get trapped at some machines and need to have people move from there own machines in order to get out. The entertainment was fantastic with something for everyone. The staff all around the ship were great. Unfortunately, there were enough negatives that we would have to think long and hard before going with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this cruise as one last final family vacation before my brother leaves the country for two years. We had such a blast and couldn't have asked for a better time. HOTEL: We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the ... Read More
We booked this cruise as one last final family vacation before my brother leaves the country for two years. We had such a blast and couldn't have asked for a better time. HOTEL: We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Best Western Oceanside Inn. The accommodations were fine. We booked the hotel based on the fact that it was cheap and on the beach, however, because Tortuga was happening, that beach was closed so we had to walk about 2 miles to gain beach access. When we arrived back from our cruise we stayed at the Hilton Beach Resort. It was very nice but not as nice as the Royal Princess! TRANSPORTATION: We used Uber and Lyft to get around everywhere and for the most part it was great. The only problem we ran into was that because of all our luggage, we ran into trunk space problems because you could not request certain trunk sizes. We ended up having to order two UberXL's for our family of 8 just because of trunk space. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was the best I have ever experienced. We were assigned times to arrive by deck number. We were on Caribe so we arrived at 1:30. It was a breeze, there were literally no lines and we walked right on to the ship. I can't tell you how easy it was, it was amazing. THE SHIP AND CABIN: The Royal Princess is so beautiful! To me, it felt like being at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Just a very modern, clean, beautifully designed space. We got a balcony cabin for the first time and probably will never be going back to an interior room. We loved seeing the ports, being woken by the sun and enjoying the most beautiful sunsets. The rooms are new and clean. The bathrooms I felt had more space than some of the older Princess ships, we never felt too cramped there. We loved the on demand TV! It was nice to catch up on a whole bunch of movies on our time. Or watch TV shows on demand. I have to say, it was disappointing to come back to our hotel and have to watch regular TV again. We were in the back of the ship and didn't feel much motion, but it was annoying to always have to walk mid-ship to get anywhere. I'd probably book mid-ship next time if I could. My parents also had a balcony that they loved and my siblings shared an interior room. There were four of them in there and it was cramped but livable. Not the most spacious interior room I've been in. ACTIVITIES: There were plenty of activities on board. We did notice that they were mostly geared towards an older crowd as 80% of the ship was over 60 years old. Still, there were things for us younger folk to do. We enjoyed the steel drum classes, karaoke, some shows, and especially Movies Under the Stars. We tried the Stargazing activity that we were really looking forward to, and it was ridiculous. Firstly, it was on the lawn court and there are HUGE white globe things sticking up into the sky blocking most of your view. Then they turned off all the lights in the back EXCEPT the bright string of lights going all across the back. We couldn't see anything up there. It was pointless. We left after a few minutes because we couldn't see and the sound devices weren't working either. They didn't have Voice of the Ocean on this cruise and I was sad because I was looking forward to possibly participating. The cruise director said it was because of the new production "The Magic Silk" that required so much set space, they couldn't accommodate both. "The Magic Silk" was good, but not amazing. The singers were very very good though. The comedian was kind of funny but once again, geared toward the older crowd. The ventriloquist was painful and I wish I hadn't gone.There were many more events that we participated in or didn't get to do but you should be able to find at least one thing that is interesting to you. SERVICE: Service on board was great. Everyone was nice and friendly. They were happy to see you and help you. We loved our dining staff and room steward. The only gripe I have about this is that any request we had that had been easily accommodated on other Princess ships (or other cruise lines) seemed to be met with some resistance or flat out refusal. I've gotten strawberry pina coladas on other cruise ships but it was VERY hard to get that to happen on the Royal. On our last cruise on the Caribbean Princess, we ordered appetizer sized entrees so that we could try more things. We were told that was not possible anymore. So we just ordered multiple entrees and it seemed to be kind of annoying to our wait staff. Also, our requests for virgin drinks that weren't on the menu were not possible, but I mean... why not? Other people make them. Little things like that were odd to me. DINING: The food was very good. We usually ate in the dining room for breakfast and dinner because we felt the food was better. I think the best things on the menu there were the meats. They were perfectly cooked and tender. The sides were kind of sad and dull. My favorite dessert was the Love Boat, my mom got the creme brule every night, dad always got two shrimp cocktails for an appetizer, and my brother would faithfully get the fettuccine along with any other entrees he desired. We seemed to gravitate towards the menu options that were always available. Perhaps that's why they are always available, everyone always loves them! They were also very good to the three people in our family that have celiac disease. They would pre-order their food the day before and this way they got many options of things that were gluten free. Overall the food seemed very European and I really wanted some more tried and true American favorites as well. The Horizon Court buffet was just ok. It didn't have as much variety as I have seen on other ships. It was kind of sad. The actual room and serving area is very nice and large, clean, and has lots of space to walk around people so it's not crowded. The waffles at breakfast were my favorite, the cookies were good but it was hit and miss on the softness (hard cookies are an abomination!). Trident's Grill was yummy and those burgers hit the spot. I'm not sure why, but it was very delicious to me. They tasted exactly the same as the ones from the dining room. Swirls was a regular eating place and the ice cream wasn't too watery. Win! Plus, you could add some sprinkles and make your cone extra fun. Alfredo's had great italian style pizza. I was underwhelmed by the calzone and salad and wished there were more options, but overall I really liked the flavors of the pizzas I got there. PORTS: Princess Cays (It's pronounced KEYS)- Such a great beach day. We stepped outside the norm and did an excursion there. We did the Sting Ray Beach Encounter and were thrilled. It's not quite as great as Sting Ray City in Caman Islands but it was great for first timers and felt very personal. The staff was awesome and those sting rays just LOVED us. They were like cats brushing up against our legs and wanting us to pet them. Princess Cays has added shade for the line to the tenders (YAAAAAAYY!!!), and food trucks on the south side of the island. The shade rocked, I was thrilled. The food trucks were ok but lots of flies were around trying to land on the food so it was kind of gross. The water was colder than the last time we were there but it was bearable. We enjoyed a game of beach volleyball and headed back to the ship when it was 3:45 (leaving at 4). It was also nice that they had larger "tenders" to transport people than the last time we were there. This made the lines go faster and the ride more comfortable. St. Thomas- We booked a charter on our own and it was awesome to act like "locals" for the day. We snorkeled, and it was ok but not great. We ate at the Pizza Boat, had hermit crab races at Happy Island, held a sea urchin, swam around, and just enjoyed the sun. The port does still seem very damaged from the recent hurricane, but operational. We really enjoyed St. Thomas and think it will be even better in the future as the keep recovering. Martinique- We were bummed at first about Martinique because our scheduled port was Dominica but it was so destroyed by the hurricane that it had to be changed. It turned out that Martinique was our favorite island. It is beautiful and well taken care of. It feels very quaint and European. On Martinique we just did a foot tour of Fort-de-France on our own (very easy, don't pay to do it). We also booked a private excursion to do a Jet Ski tour of the southern part of the island down to Le Diamant. It was sooo fun but got super choppy by Le Diamant. It isn't for the inexperienced jet skiier. The beaches were great and the people were nice. They all speak French so the communication was a bit tough but kind of exciting. Grenada- We just took a taxi to Grand Anse beach and called it a beach day since we didn't have much time. It was cheaper than booking the excursion through the ship. We also did some tubing in the bay on a whim. People are nice but lots of people trying to pedal you things. We bought because it seemed they needed money more than we did. Who knows. The beach was beautiful and covered in white sandy beaches shaded by Sea Almond trees. Access to the beach was free so our only cost was just the taxi and things we purchased there. Wish we had more time here! Bonaire- Another private tour here. We booked a snorkel tour through the Woodwind. It was highly recommended and everything lived up to the hype. The snorkeling here was incredible and we found ourselves won over by the people and beautiful reefs in Bonaire. We formed great friendships and we would do the same tour again if we could. Curacao- (pronounced Cure-a-sow like a female pig)- Two excursions here. We booked the Trolley tour of Willemstad through Princess and it was nice. The tour was interesting and the guide was great. Wish we could have gotten off more but still nice. We ate lunch back at the ship and then headed to the Sea Aquarium to swim with dolphins in at the Dolphin Academy. Now, this was an excursion offered through Princess but we saved a ton of money by just booking it ourselves. Almost half the price! Just book it yourself! The Dolphin Academy was nice because the facility was really focused on taking good care of the dolphins. They are even allowed to swim out into the open ocean. We weren't able to do some things that you get to do at other dolphin swims like getting pulled by them, or getting a ride, but I think we were ok with that because it meant that they were really looking out for the well-being of the dolphins more than our wants. We had plenty of time to swim with them and pet them, etc. Overall Curacao was very DUSHI! (You find out it means "Sweet" when you get there.) We would definitely enjoy going there again. WEATHER: Quick word on the weather, it was perfect! April was really a great idea. Forecast said partly cloudy or some rain but it only rained once on a sea day and once at Martinique for about 10 minutes on our whole 10 DAY cruise. DISEMBARKATION: Disembarkation was a bit confusing but overall wasn't bad. Just some confusion on our part. We got off the ship fast and found our luggage fast. There was a line to get through customs that was long but moved quickly. I just wish we didn't have to lug our bags all the way through the line and outside to the curb. Wish it was more like the embarkation process where you just get your bags where you dropped them off at the curb. OVERALL: We loved all the ports, we loved the ship, the staff was great! We have some qualms with Princess as a company but when we let those things go they didn't get in the way of us having an enjoyable time. Best family vacation yet! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 4th cruise, all on Princess, but 1st on the Royal. For those not interested in reading the longer version of my review, here is an Executive Summary - nice ship, great itinerary, wonderful service, good food, lots to do. So, ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise, all on Princess, but 1st on the Royal. For those not interested in reading the longer version of my review, here is an Executive Summary - nice ship, great itinerary, wonderful service, good food, lots to do. So, "don't worry, be happy." Now for the longer version: We are M57 & F56 from the eastern part of Canada. We have had the good fortune to be able to travel quite regularly and over the past few years have been to several AI resorts in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica as well as on cruises. Chose this voyage based on combination of price (net of OBC), length (we love 10 day vs 7 day voyages), itinerary, and time of year. Flew via Air Canada Rouge through Toronto and arrived on time to FLL. Not a huge fan of the trend by airlines to eliminate seat back entertainment in favour of using your own mobile device with an onboard wifi system. Notwithstanding, decent selection of music, movies and TV available if you download the app in advance. Stayed one night at the Four Points by Sheraton Airport/Cruiseport. Decent facility. Free shuttle from FLL was nice although seemed to take forever to arrive for pick up after we called. Perhaps we were a little anxious to get going? :) :) Due to time change we were up very early so had breakfast and then summoned an Uber to take us to the port. Cheaper ($7.31 !!) than the hotel shuttle ($6 pp). Dropped our bags with the porter ($5 tip) around 10 am, into the terminal, directly to a check-in agent, processed in a couple of minutes and then into a lounge to await boarding. We were on board shortly after 11, dropped our bags in our cabin (Inside, Deck 16, L121) and then headed off to explore the ship. Much about it is similar to the Emerald and the Crown on which we have traveled before but several differences as well so felt like we were "newbies" to some extent. Our checked bags were late to be delivered but guessing its because I put both wine bottles we were bringing on board in the same suitcase rather than 1 & 1 so my bag was held up for inspection. Note to self - put one bottle in each bag in future. Things we particularly liked: 1. The service was consistently great from the room steward to the serving staff to the front desk personnel, etc. 2. The entertainment - house orchestra, Sunset Quartet, Tyrone the steel drum player, the string trio, the comedian Troy Thurgill, the movies, etc. were all wonderful. We did not attend any of the production shows. 3. The food was very fine and we sampled from almost all venues - Horizon Court, Horizon Bistro, International Cafe, Crown Grill, Anytime Dining, Alfredo's, pool area grill, pizza and ice cream, etc. We did not try Sabbatini's nor did we have room service. 4. The ports of call - especially Martinique (where we took an island tour with Beyond The Beach 5*), Bonaire (where we did a snorkeling trip with Woodwind 5*) and Curacao (where we did a self-guided walking tour and visited the Maritime Museum). 5. The gym - we used the facility on 7 of 10 days and it was never over-crowded, always well-maintained and excellent variety of top equipment. Things we weren't as keen on: 1. There is no great venue for ballroom dancing on the Royal and since this is something that my wife and I enjoy, we found the Emerald's layout superior. All-in-all this was a great cruise and we would highly recommend Princess, the Royal Princess and the 10-day Southern Caribbean itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise specifically because it was sailing into Grenada W.I. In 1989 our family decided to do volunteer work there for 2 years with our 2 young children. After almost 30 years we were really excited to go back; and what a ... Read More
We choose this cruise specifically because it was sailing into Grenada W.I. In 1989 our family decided to do volunteer work there for 2 years with our 2 young children. After almost 30 years we were really excited to go back; and what a wonderful experience it was. Our Granddaughter of 13yrs old came along as well. She brought along a large suitcase filled with goodies which she gave to a Mother and Daughter in the market. Warm sun, fresh coconut milk sipped right from young coconuts, the lovely Grand Anse Beach, and a promenade along the beautiful Carenage in St. Georges. I have lost count of the number of cruises we have taken on different cruise lines; and of course cruises are wonderful but what we did not anticipate was the true excellence of The Royal Princess! The service, the food, the entertainment was the best of all our cruises! The embarkation and disembarkation was so-o-o-o fast and easy! We had 3 cabins and all were exceptional in cleanliness and service. The entertainment was above and beyond any we have ever experience!!!! What wonderful memories this cruise has created. I know it all sounds to good but I tell you the way it is! I have enclosed a pic of the Beautiful Royal Princess taken from St. Paul's mountain, and our family on the Carenatge. Thank you Princess Cruises for the wonderful time. Special mention to Tony Torres of World Travel Holdings who organized our wonderful vacation, and Cecilio and Lea our exceptional diner host. Jin, Roger, Jair, Mimi and Eliana Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Got a great deal and couldn’t pass it up. Definitely an older crowd, but there were some families with young children. All very well behaved. Arrived at the cruise port at 11:00 and were on the ship in less than 30 minutes. We had ... Read More
Got a great deal and couldn’t pass it up. Definitely an older crowd, but there were some families with young children. All very well behaved. Arrived at the cruise port at 11:00 and were on the ship in less than 30 minutes. We had balcony room with an obstructed view, mid ship. There was a lifeboat in front of the balcony so could not see down, but we still had a nice view. Balcony is small, but we don’t spend a lot of time in our room. The room was a good size. As I do pack lightly, there was enough storage for us. After dropping off our bags we went up to see the buffet. Very happy with the food choices, loved the desserts. We had a lot of our meals in the buffet (Horizon) as there was lots to choose from. The dishes were a little repetitive, but there were also new choices each day. Loved the pastry shop and the international cafe. We had any time dining and never had to wait for a seat. We heard the service in the dining room was slow, but we Never had that problem. We were happy with the food. Just one day, didn’t enjoy the fish too much, but we could have sent it back and ordered something else. Dessert made up for it. Staff were great. Loved the activities staff, especially the cruise director, Matt O’Brien. He is so energetic and made the trivia, line dancing, and other activities really enjoyable. I like that there was a stretch class each morning and loved the Zumba classes. Ryan just received his certification and he did a great job. The shows were all good, but you do have to go about 45 minutes early if you want a good seat. Lots of things to do on the ship. Unfortunately, my husband had an accident the first night, but the medical staff were wonderful. Had a good vacation and met some really nice people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. This was our 31st cruise. We loved all of the ports. Our food was good as was the service. Our biggest complaint deals with handicapped accessible areas. Nothing on this ship is set aside for ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. This was our 31st cruise. We loved all of the ports. Our food was good as was the service. Our biggest complaint deals with handicapped accessible areas. Nothing on this ship is set aside for wheelchair passengers. We couldn't use the Princess Theater. One evening we even got there 45 minutes in advance. All end seats were already taken. There is no place to park wheelchairs or scooters. Therefore, I can't review the entertainment in the theater. Other ships mark certain seating areas for handicapped. Also, there was no small elevator to the tender. We have been on many Princess cruises, for which most of their older ships provided these amenities. Shame on you Princess, for building new ships and not keeping your disabled patrons in mind. We are Elite members of Princess and are currently looking at other cruise lines because of this problem. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I am an Elite Princess cruiser and selected this second cruise on princess this year to enjoy as always. Service was good, food excellent, entertainment mostly good but....1. Port stop at Bonaire should be improved - took beach break ... Read More
I am an Elite Princess cruiser and selected this second cruise on princess this year to enjoy as always. Service was good, food excellent, entertainment mostly good but....1. Port stop at Bonaire should be improved - took beach break excursion from ship and cut it short because selection of beach was terrible: odor at beach and access to water less than desirable and $25 per person charge for school bus transport and beach chair with poor bathroom facilities at beach was way over priced. 2. Princess has changed coffee card perks. New card has expiration date (limiting how many cruises you can use unused punches) and now they sometimes enforce no free brewed coffee or tea at International Café with card. Strange customer satisfaction model that asks you to pay $1.25 for brewed coffee but you can eat all the cake/sweets you want for free with it. 3. They continue to serve lousy coffee in dining room except for last dinner on cruise. How can they serve better coffee then but not before? 4. Lobster tail dinner on last formal night was broiled but not served with butter. Extremely dry and lacking taste. Wasted good lobster tails. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Wanted something longer then 7days, so we selected the Royal Princess. We are 2 cousins . I am from Hollywood Florida and Judie is from Pompano Beach Florida. We have been on approx. 60 cruises. So now our ship is our destination. ... Read More
Wanted something longer then 7days, so we selected the Royal Princess. We are 2 cousins . I am from Hollywood Florida and Judie is from Pompano Beach Florida. We have been on approx. 60 cruises. So now our ship is our destination. We had a few ups and downs. Getting aground in the beginning was a little difficult. After day two I got the hang of it. Deck 7 is your way to get around. Our Cabin was C749. Loved it, small but sufficent. Lots of storage. Balcony small as well but it has 2 chairs and a table. We had room service every morning. Coffee and juice on the balcony, can't get better then that. I forgot to mention (I told you I was old) embarkation a breeze. Left my house and 45 minutes later I was in my cabin. We had anytime dining. We usually ate about 830. Never had to wait. Service excellent. Good to fair for food. Perry Grant was our favorite. Just happened to sit in that lounge, had no idea what we had in store for us. I laughed so hard that my sides hurt and my feet swelled up. LOL. Went to his show in the Vista and once again thought it was fantastic! Saw three movies ,The Commutor , 3 Billboards, and murder on the Orient express. First two were outstanding the last awful. Went to the Sanctuary one afternoon. Port day $20 1\2 day. Very very nice. Now I wished we had went more. Played trivia alot, always went in and looked for smart people, we were fortunate to find many, did not win, but we had fun. Big downfall was the casino. Smoking allowed. It was so bad. Why do they allow this? They would congregate in there not to play but just to have a cigarette. I have been a non smoker (would not even be here if I still smoked) for 21 years. It usually does not matter to me, but this was overwhelming. The only times I got off the ship was in St Thomas to buy a shower cap, Grenada took a $20 Bus tour. To us it was fine. In Curacao we did the same. Disembarkation was another breeze. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Name of ship-Royal Princess Room # R230 Date-March 30th to April 9th 2018 St Thomas, Martinique, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao *If you find anything useful in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let us ... Read More
Name of ship-Royal Princess Room # R230 Date-March 30th to April 9th 2018 St Thomas, Martinique, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao *If you find anything useful in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let us know with a helpful vote! (Jump to the end for just a summery) Personal Background Information-We are a family of 4 with my little ones ages 4 and 1. This is my 9th cruise (6th for my 4 year old). Travel To Port of Embarkation-We stayed at the Roadway Inn (around $100) and admit we were kinda worried about some of the reviews it gets. We usually don’t mind spending a little extra for the nicer hotels but given the prices of the local hotels and the fact that most do not offer shuttles to/from the port and airport, we decided this was our best option. We found the hotel to be perfect for our needs, my boy absolutely loved it! The very well-kept courtyard with the alligator and tortoise was a big hit. Tile floors could have been cleaner (dirty feet). Has a sports bar at the hotel and a big breakfast bar with large seating area inside and out. All shuttles (Mercedes Benz) were prompt and the lady driver was A++! Hotel Info (if any) - Roadway Inn (see travel) Embarkation-We arrived early since check out was well before official boarding. I thought that the shuttle might have dropped us off at a retirement home, seriously, I don’t think I saw a single worker under 60. It went great though, besides a couple grumpy grandpas, everyone was nice and I think the only line we had to wait was maybe 15 minutes to get our sign and sale cards. Ship Info-I was disappointed that to find out this ship did not have their medallion active yet, seems like they are pulling back from this convenience, but expensive upgrade. Dining-We mostly ate in the dining room as we do not enjoy the ‘fight’ for food in the buffet as well as the wonderful mile long lines, but what?? Hardly ever a line?? Ok, this blew my mind… How do you have 4,000 passengers and the buffet not be a madhouse? I don’t how they did it but hardly any lines, short if there was a popular item which made the buffet bearable. Most of the food was good with a different theme to change things up. Activities- Children's Clubs Our boy loved going to Discovery Camp whenever we would let him go. They had a different activity theme daily and not some cheap junk. He got a real cowboy style hat, nice stuffed animals, and pirate garb such as the hat, face paint, etc. The problem is leaving half my stuff on the ship to make room for all this crap. Staff & Service-always exceptional, better than my last cruise on the MSC Divina. Oleg and head waiter Conrad did a great job in the dining room. Really made dining a treat. Entertainment-Ok, this is no joke… If you arrive to a show 30 minutes early you MIGHT get a single seat in a blocked view location (far left and far right seating are very obstructed). We had to leave because my wife and I could not find seats and we were 20 minutes early… Even showing up 60 minutes early, the seats left weren’t all the great. There is no crossover isle, so if there is no seating on one side, you either leave the theater and enter the other side or to the stage and cross over there. The shows were very good and they even have a TV recording studio Princess Live where they record shows such as the Newlywed Game. Very popular and VERY small so again, line up with the rest of us and get there early or just skip it and watch it on the TV DVR (oh yeah, they have video on demand “Soooo Kewl”!) Shore Excursions- St Thomas: We booked an Island tour on in an open air ‘bus’. Really it was benches attached to the bed of and old Ford pickup (see pic) I mean they did a good job but that’s really all it is. If you have any issues with heights and no door, you need to get in first as the ‘passenger’ side is closed and the ‘drivers’ side is pretty much wide open (that’s where I sat but didn’t bother me). You go up some steep roads and small roads so just be prepared. Martinique: After trying to get a price from a cab to get an island tour and said $450 we just walked away as the gap was way way off from what we were going to pay. We decided to pay $8 to ride the ferry to the beach. My boy and I apparently were the only one’s who enjoyed it because we were combing the beach for sea glass. Granada: We booked a private tour van that took us on a 3+ tour for $60 for 4 adults and 2 kids what was supposed to be an air conditioned van. Not sure if it was air conditioned as he never turned it on. Bonaire: The semi sub was really neat way to see the beautiful underwater life and stay dry for $25 but all they had for air is a fan, so it was very stuffy. Curacao: Disembarkation-Very fast and very smooth. We had a hotel and were in no hurry, so we at breakfast in the dining room until they kicked us out of there, then hung out in our assigned area until we were kicked out of there too. The wonderful Roadway Inn had someone the take care of us when we got off the ship, directing us where to wait, and helping with luggage as he could. The shuttle arrived in around 20 minutes and got us where we needed to go. It really was the best pick up experience I’ve ever had; so easy, well planned and worry free. Drink package$8/day, individual is ok so that’s a plus Room-Mini Suite: We paid $250 that moved us up from a balcony cabin (D630) to a mini suite (R230). We have 2 little ones, so the extra space for them was amazing. We loved the privacy curtain separating the “living” space from the bed. The kids slept in the living space and we could pull the heavy curtain to watch TV and not disturb them. Bed=Bed are always super comfy. Pillows=Fine I guess, I always bring my own shredded memory foam pillow. Heating and air= In port, the air was not as good and we had to turn it down, but once we went to sea the temperature would drop drastically. Metal walls= We were able to use our magnets on all exterior walls as well as ceiling but not the door. Shower size= This has a full size tub and shower, a really nice perk that comes with the mini-suite. Noise= The location of this cabin was excellent with no noticeable noise. Smoking= Handled very well on this ship, probably the best I’ve ever been on. Of course they have the typical ‘have to go through the smoking casino to get to the dining room’ route, but we just learned to go past that area and use the back elevator/stairs to avoid the walk through. Smooth= very smooth ride and I don’t if it’s true or not but someone said they never even put out the stabilizer fins. Weather= Was great with only a minute shower when I was in the pool. Very funny watching everyone run for cover (you do realize that a pool is wet, right?) Ship GPS= Loved it! The interactive TV was simply awesome. It was very accurate and you can zoom in or pan out. Internet=Only use the free ‘buddy’ app and looking at other cruises on my LT with no problems. Dining- I’m just going to hit the highs and lows. We dined mostly in the in the dining room for dinner, mostly in the buffet for breakfast and lunch as we usually avoid the mile long lines like the plague; but what’s that?? No lines at the buffet?!? So I don’t know what magic formula they used to keep 4,000 people fed with hardly any but this just simply blew my mind! The food on the buffet was pretty good, they did a pretty good job keeping things fresh and the food in the dining room was better, sometimes very good. HIGHS-It was my birthday and they sing and give you this delicious little Princess (logo) birthday cake with what looks to be real gold (see pic). The beef Wellington was excellent on lobster night (see lows) and the Escargot was very good too (see pic). I’ll let you in an awesome (well, for me) secret about the daily lunch buffet. At the port side at the beginning of the buffet, for a short time they have Gyro meat with all the fixings to make a wrap, salad, etc. Get there right early because it goes quick. The fresh waffles in the buffet are good and you usually do have to wait for those, but are worth the wait. Cornflake French toast is to die for! The link sausage is very good with the natural (I think) casing. LOWS-So let’s talk about the lobster. It was small, in fact I would say the lobster and shrimp where about the same size. Not the worse I’ve tasted but not great either. They don’t shell the lobster as they used to, just set it down and gone for 20-30 minutes. I know this because I wanted to ask for drawn butter. I was told they don’t serve drawn butter! WHAT?!? So you go to the expense to serve lobster with no drawn butter… seriously?! I was told it’s already on it (um, no it wasn’t since it sucked all the moisture from my mouth). They should tell you this up front so I can put a pat of butter on it instead of letting it get cold waiting to be told they don’t have drawn butter. Another interesting tidbit; they had lobster leftover (surprise, surprise) and served it for lunch all the way in the back of the buffet with the other seafood until it ran out (No, I did not partake). Surprised the burger from the dining room was lousy, seemed baked but by the pool was good. Are Pancakes are always horrible. All this advanced technology and the only way to see what they are serving for the day to go to the dining room as look at the menu. Laundry on most every cabin deck and it is $3 each for washer and dryer $1.50 for soap (see pic) Summaries- We had a great cruise on the Royal Princess especially loved the Mini suite upcharge opportunity. Staff is always wonderful with the kids and the food and entertainment is always good on the Princess ships but this was better. For the $1738 + Gratuities, I would jump at the chance to do it again. I removed the gratuity from the baby and passed it according to the people who served him. Pros- Great interactive TV Awesome fountain show Best ship dealing with smoke Almost line free buffet Awesome nightly fountain show Kids loved Discovery Camp Cons- No menu available anywhere (Not TV, Not the App, Not the daily newsletter, etc.) except dining room Theater seating, seat size, no drink holder, several blocked view, accessibility Tiny Princess Live studio Good food- Burgers by pool Gyros Cornflake French toast Petto di pollo Mushroom and Onion soup Watermelon & Feta Lox and bagels Bad Food- Burgers in dining room Hot dogs Pancakes Prego pizzeria (bland) Tiny Lobster (they don’t have dawn butter) TMI D1 (means day 1) B-na (B means breakfast) L-DR (means lunch and DR is dining room) Shrimp patty B Tenderloins in wine sauce C- Burger C Fish sticks A D-DR (D is dinner) Baked butterfly shrimp B- Prime rib end C Chicken Strips C Cheese cake w/strawberry sauce B D2 B-buffet Waffles A Sausage links A L-Prego pizzeria C- blah Burgers B+ Dogs C+ D-DR Mushroom soup A Onion soup A Ham A Leg of lamb B+ D3-na D4 B-na L-gyro A D-DR Sesame seed chicken B Apple soup (like apple sauce) B Filet B Prawns B- D5 B-DR Eggs benedict A L-na D-na D6 B-DR Cornflake French toast A L-na D-na D7 B-na L-na D-DR Eggplant parm B- Veal Marseille B Petto di pollo (stuffed fried chicken) A D8 B-na L-Buff Maple banana muffin B D-DR Shrimp, scallop mango B- Mango soup B- Leg of lamb w/wine sauce C+ Entertainer=Solomon Jaye (singer) A D9 B-na L-na D-DR Escargot A Lobster (dry) C+ (no drawn butter) Beef wellington A- D10 B-na L-na D-DR Watermelon & Feta A Seafood trio A *only put in new things, no sense grading the same thing I ate every day. 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Sail Date March 2018
Chose it for the ports we hadn't visited before. Quality and choices of food were lacking in dining rooms. Went to Horizon Court for more options which I have never done before. The selections are so bad Princess is offering ... Read More
Chose it for the ports we hadn't visited before. Quality and choices of food were lacking in dining rooms. Went to Horizon Court for more options which I have never done before. The selections are so bad Princess is offering hamburgers on every dinner menu. Three of the ports weren't worth visiting for points of interest. Looked appealing in cruise description before booked, but in reality some excursions were overrated and expensive. Production show staff were average and singers were below average. First night comedian was insulting and some of the humor was in bad taste. Ventriliquest was excellent. Bar wait service was lacking and waiters in Horizon Court had to be faved down to get service. Our cabin steward was excellent and very knowledgable, room was great. Won't go to these ports again except for Princess Cays, St Thomas and best of all Curacel, Carraco. I would love to spend more time in Curacel. Very interesting and progressive island Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 14th cruise and third cruise with Princess. The staff seemed very tired and overworked. The internet service was poorly managed. It was very expensive and then the system would eat up minutes just logging on, and twice I ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise and third cruise with Princess. The staff seemed very tired and overworked. The internet service was poorly managed. It was very expensive and then the system would eat up minutes just logging on, and twice I was unable to successfully log off the system and lost over 40 minutes just trying to get the system to disconnect. I received no help from Princess- just "that's the way it goes. You waste time and money and Princess makes money." Many people commented about the lack of guest speakers. Really felt like Princess was trying to be a party cruise - when a lot of people were more into learning about and experiencing the islands. A guest speaker who could explain the history of the islands would have been very nice. The Zumba instructor was great and classes to learn to play steel drums were led by a talented drummer who was also a very good instructor. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The best Cruise Director Matt O. Hope to Cruise with him again. His crew was the best. Noah, Ryan, Cass, Natalie, Lucy and Deiater. This cruise had the best entertainment. There were nights were there would be lines to get in to ... Read More
The best Cruise Director Matt O. Hope to Cruise with him again. His crew was the best. Noah, Ryan, Cass, Natalie, Lucy and Deiater. This cruise had the best entertainment. There were nights were there would be lines to get in to Princess Live to participate in one of Matt's Os game shows. He drew huge crowds and the audience loved him. During sea days he offered many fun games and dance lessons. This Cruise director should stay with popular cruises especially at the holidays. The Royal is gorgeous and comfortable. Very clean. Only a couple of negativeness the last formula night where they serve lobster tail they did away with the prawns. They should add that back Also, you need to ask for straws and bread sticks in the dinning rooms. they also need to add more help in the international cafe I am going back on the Royal for Christmas and New Years and i can't wait, Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
last minute sale gave us a price we couldnt refuse. it was going to a few new islands and we love the Royal. Getting on and off the Ship has gone so smoothly in the past, especailly for the amount of passengers, that it is hard to ... Read More
last minute sale gave us a price we couldnt refuse. it was going to a few new islands and we love the Royal. Getting on and off the Ship has gone so smoothly in the past, especailly for the amount of passengers, that it is hard to believe.the balcony cabins are big as is the shower which i fit into (220 6ft tall) easily. we like big tables and early seating and werent disappointed with our table mates or servers. Of course the great food and menus help. the entertainment is Broadway or Vegas quality and they pay for the cruise all by themselves. We love the attn we get from the cabin steward the drink runners the LINE dance (Lucy) teachers and Matt "O" was a great entertainment director. The ship was clean as a whistle, no one got sick and there was very little coughing going on. The sinks and sanitary stations were well stocked and people were using them going in and out of the dining areas which was comforting to see. The fitness center was well taken care of with a lot of machines and tvs mounted on them was a great idea to help prevent boredom. the top deck walking area was always busy but large enough to handle all that wanted to be on it Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.2

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