1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our 7th Princess Line ship we have sailed on and we where not disappointed. Although I do like the smaller Princess ships ie. Emerald, Caribbean, Star ect. the Royal was a pleasant surprise. Was able to do the embarkation process ... Read More
This is our 7th Princess Line ship we have sailed on and we where not disappointed. Although I do like the smaller Princess ships ie. Emerald, Caribbean, Star ect. the Royal was a pleasant surprise. Was able to do the embarkation process and be in our cabin by 11:30am. So therefore embarkation was timely and organized. Unpacked and then started the trip with many photos, meeting new people, and lunch by 2pm. This ship is very spacious and offers an array of lounges, bars, shops, restaurants and activities. Even the International Café is open 24 hours a day. What is nice on the Royal vs. the Regal is the 16th Lido deck and 17th aft is designed for those who want more resting and relaxing with a great view of the ocean. With many padded wicker lounges and chairs to offer cruises and the 17th deck aft numerous lounger chairs for sunbathers. The Regal offers a nice pool on the 17th whereas the Royal took out the pool and offers more lounger chair, dinning chair and tables. Always many friendly people talking about where they are from and sharing their life stories or traveling experience. The winds where very high during first half of the 10 day travel but settled throughout the remaining cruise. I would recommend this ship for a cruiser that wants space without compromising creature comforts. Even the interior cabin was quiet and met our needs for space and traveling. Food during formal nights was exquisite. Activities on board was endless and met our needs. Trip excursions where great and we couldn't of had a better vacation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The cruise was chosen because we live 40 minutes from Baltimore. We have cruised on the Grandeur numerous times, and the service staff has always been friendly. The food is good in both the Windjammer and the Great Gatsby Dining ... Read More
The cruise was chosen because we live 40 minutes from Baltimore. We have cruised on the Grandeur numerous times, and the service staff has always been friendly. The food is good in both the Windjammer and the Great Gatsby Dining Room, but the service is outstanding. I must say that the shows put on by the Royal Caribbean singers and Dancers are good but the shows are getting stale by now as they have not been changed in a decade. The excuse always given is that the sets are expensive, which is a poor reason for not refreshing them on a regular basis. Passengers do not choose cruises for expensive productions. Half the passengers were Diamond or above and have seen the productions dozens of times. The Centrum entertainment was good and the Celebration Band was excellent with a great range of music categories. Royal Caribbean Cruise Director's staff was excellent. Orlando was outstanding and a great goodwill ambassador. I have to point out that Romar and Yogi our servers were outstanding professionals and their work ethic and personal qualities were typical of what we have come to expect from the Grandeur of the Seas staff. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Sailed from 1/19-1/29. This was my first time on the Royal. While it was a beautiful ship with great service, there were a few things I didn't care for. I love pools. For a ship of this size, they needed a few more. You couldn't swim ... Read More
Sailed from 1/19-1/29. This was my first time on the Royal. While it was a beautiful ship with great service, there were a few things I didn't care for. I love pools. For a ship of this size, they needed a few more. You couldn't swim since it was full of people just standing in it. Maybe if they had one just for people who wanted to do laps? I also despised the Princess Live venue. We went to one event in there due to the seating. All of the events in there could have been handled better in the the bar at the back of the ship that was empty most of the time. I'm glad I changed my cabin from M101 to a Mini suite on the Aloha as this cruise was very windy. I don't think i would have gotten much use out of the balcony at the front. I loved my cabin A526 and my steward Prachack was wonderful. We ate in the Allegro every night but 2 at 8:15. Ferdinand was our waiter and Marjita (sp?) was his helper. They were both wonderful, we even got some video with them the last night as we serenaded the room (I'm sure they loved it) with the theme from The Love Boat. We skipped the first formal night since there was football on MUTS (we lost) and went to the Crown Grill on another night. Everyone who said to eat a light lunch that day was right...so much food. One of the best filets that I've ever eaten. The only paid excursion we did was a 4 hour catamaran ride in St. Lucia and it was good. They didn't advertise the free rum punches so that was a nice surprise. And homemade tuna and egg salad sandwiches. In St. Kitts we went to the Carambola Beach Club. $30 for 2 chairs and an umbrella. Nice beach. I recommend the water taxi even if it's a few dollars more than a shuttle. In Antigua and Barbados we just wandered, took pictures and had good local food. St. Thomas is still showing hurricane damage, Paradise Point is still closed and doesn't look like it will be opening any time soon. Found my Bushwhacker at the Rum Hut. We missed Grand Turk due to weather. All in all, a very lovely cruise but next time I'm back on a smaller ship. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate ... Read More
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate and it takes no time at all to become familiar with the public spaces. We had deluxe balcony cabin M510 on deck 15. Well appointed and spacious, excellent functional bathroom and plenty of storage space. Cabin sound insulation excellent too. What I enjoy most about Princess are the informality and easiness, but the excellent quality of service and food & wine.All of the staff we came into contact with were delightful, very polite and helpful. Food in all areas was exceptional, especially the Crown Grill which is WELL worth the 29 dollar supplement.The enclave in the Lotus Spa is a wonderful place to relax and was certainly worth the 199 dollars for ten days. All in all, a lovely ship, with a lovely relaxed vibe and excellent customer service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I have cruised Princess many times with varying experiences. This particular cruise we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. It was a 10 day Eastern cruise and we went with another couple (two different cabins). Embarkation ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised Princess many times with varying experiences. This particular cruise we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. It was a 10 day Eastern cruise and we went with another couple (two different cabins). Embarkation was a breeze. From drop off to our first on-board cocktail it was less than 40 minutes. All of the staff during the process were helpful and courteous. As you board Royal in the beautiful piazza, her elegance becomes apparent very quickly. With most passengers running in circles trying to get somewhere quickly, we decided to take in the moment and enjoyed a nice cocktail to celebrate our vacation away from the sub-zero weather we had left behind. Our cabin was ready by the time we boarded (approximately 2:00). We had a Club Class Mini Suite on the corner of the bow. The cabin was very nice, and the wraparound balcony the largest we have had, including owner's suites (Princess) and Aqua Theater suites (RCI). Note, however, that the balcony is EXTREMELY windy while at sea. I still used it often, but my wife found it way to windy for her and only used it while we were docked or when coming in or out of a port. This cabin has two rooms and a bath...very nice. The food on Royal, like other Princess ships, was very good. We went to Sabatinni's and Crown Grill (our favorite of all 20 cruises) and also enjoyed the main dining. One downfall was that for Anytime Diners they continued to try to seat us in large groups, while the four of us traveling together wished to dine separately. The public rooms are elegant and well kept. We only saw 2 of the three shows and both were top notch. With all these great things, there still was one thing better...the service. I found Royal staff to be the most accommodating of any ship we had been on...GREAT JOB! As an example, room service in the morning within 5-10 minutes! In closing, while we thought Regal was slightly a better ship, mostly due to the fact that it has the Aft pool, Royal staff made this our favorite Princess ship so far. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise was scheduled for 6 ports, but we went to 5. Couldn't go to Princess Private island to tender, to windy and rain and thunderstorms forcasted. Next to St. Thomas. Took taxi to Red Hook to get aboard the Ferry over to ... Read More
This cruise was scheduled for 6 ports, but we went to 5. Couldn't go to Princess Private island to tender, to windy and rain and thunderstorms forcasted. Next to St. Thomas. Took taxi to Red Hook to get aboard the Ferry over to Trunk Bay for swimming and snorkeling. Worth every penny. St. Kitts, tour of the Island and on to Raggae Beach. Raggae Beach, not so nice. St. Lucia, tour for 6.5 hours with Cosol. Waterfall, mud bath, fast boat to snorkeling at Sugar bay, and tasted local food. Antigua and Barbados. Our favorite was Barbados and Carlisle Beach. First time for a mini-Suite on Princess and it was wonderful. Comedians, ok. Princess dancers and singers great, especially the Opera. The Atruim was lovely and always something going on. The stewart was prompt and the room always cleaned. The Retreat pool was wonderful and adult only. Disembarkation, a nightmare. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Booked for a fantastic price, and fun to be at sea to celebrate New Year's Eve as well as visit islands we have never explored before. Beautiful ship with lots of amenities, and deluxe balcony cabin was great. The ship was booked at full ... Read More
Booked for a fantastic price, and fun to be at sea to celebrate New Year's Eve as well as visit islands we have never explored before. Beautiful ship with lots of amenities, and deluxe balcony cabin was great. The ship was booked at full passenger capacity however embark, disembark and getting on/off the ship while in port was very easy and no delays. We did however notice some issues we have not previously encountered sailing with Princess, so this was a bit disappointing. 1. Hygiene Washrooms in high traffic public areas near dining rooms, piazza, theatre, and sanctuary pool were often dirty - paper towels on floor, and often no soap in the soap dispensers. There were often sinks out of order with signs on then indicating "under maintenance". Previous cruises had attendants stationed there during peak periods, but no one was there this time. On embark day there was a hand-washing station at the buffet out of order and there was no staff at the buffet or the dining rooms reminding passengers to wash/sanitize their hands. Considering the Captain announced that there was a flu virus outbreak on board the ship – there was not enough attention given to sanitization/cleaning of these high traffic areas. 2. New Year's Eve There was a lot of disorganization on NYE and total chaos getting seated into the main dining rooms. There should be some sort of ticket system or pre-designated reservation time because we were told that it would be more than a 2-hour wait for the dining room. Having said that we went to the Crown Grill specialty restaurant and even though we did not have a reservation they found us a table and we had a fantastic dinner with wonderful service! There were lots of options for NYE entertainment with 4 simultaneous parties on board. Piazza balloon drop was really fun! Shout out to server named Roel who entertained passengers by pouring a martini while balancing the glass on his forehead - so entertaining and such a fun person! 3. Service We encountered poor service multiple times on this cruise - not at all what we have had on previous Princess cruises. A server tasked with water purchases for guests heading to shore was downright miserable, a server at Crooners bar was very rude to me, dining room staff were not attentive and did not engage with us at all and did not care that our food was cold or that we had waited for so long to receive our meal.The servers at Sanctuary pool and in the Piazza were very focused on clearing away empty glasses, but were not circulating amongst passengers to see if any guest wanted any drinks - this is highly unusual as on previous cruises, the servers were always on hand to take your order and help out with any request. Sanctuary pool area ran out of pool towels every day. Wish that this could have been replenished more often as we had to go to the other pools searching for towels. 5. Entertainment Cruise director staff did work hard to provide many activities and were a very energetic, friendly bunch. Music & dancing in the Piazza each evening with great bands! Princess Theater Production "Encore" was great – sets, vocals, and band were top notch. However, would have liked to see more performances from main stage singers and dancers – out of a 10-night cruise they only performed 3 times, and the remaining nights were mostly comedians – which became kind of boring. In past cruises the main stage singers/dancers performed in Princess Theater more often, with comic/magician/guest performers scheduled in the Vista Lounge as supplemental entertainment rather than headliner. Vista Lounge was barely utilized except for Art Auctions which is too bad as it is a great space. We were also very disappointed that there was no Voice of The Sea, or Crew Talent Show – we had that on Coral Princess before and it was fantastic! Main stage show times were late – at 8:15 & 10:15pm and there was often schedule conflicts with other activities – such as Liars Game, Marriage Match game etc. Previous cruises the schedule had the show at 7pm and 9pm – which allowed passengers to attend an 8pm activity such as Comedian in Vista Lounge or Marriage Match Game at Princess Live. 6. Ranjit, William & Ronald On the 4th evening of the cruise we were seated in Ranjit's section for dinner and his attentive service, friendly personality and positive attitude more than made up for the awful experiences from the previous nights. Ranjit made sure we got all the best dishes on the menu (even brought us ones we didn't order - but he said we had to try it because it was so good). A special thank you to his supervisor Mary-Anne who reserved this table for us for the duration of the cruise and as a result we had a fantastic dining experience. We also commend William and Ronald at Bellini's - always prompt service with a smile and entertaining to watch them mix so many different cocktails. Overall it was an enjoyable vacation despite the issues we had, and we would book again with Princess but would probably book itineraries on one of the smaller ships (like Coral Princess) as we had outstanding experience there in the past with super staff and service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We had a great time on this New Year's cruise, although the ship itself is a mixed bag. Pros: Embarkation was a breeze. We got there early and got on surprisingly early. We had excellent service in the dining room and service ... Read More
We had a great time on this New Year's cruise, although the ship itself is a mixed bag. Pros: Embarkation was a breeze. We got there early and got on surprisingly early. We had excellent service in the dining room and service throughout the ship is excellent. Everything is well organized and runs on time. The ship itself is clean and beautiful. Captain Nash is a hoot. The entertainment staff is excellent and cruise director Matt O'Brien is probably the best we have had in 19 cruises. He gives everything his all and makes everything more fun. Cons: I do not care for the ship's layout. Public areas often felt crowded. The theater is too small and it was often hard to get seats. Princess seems to have gone for gimmicks, such as the glass walkway that overhangs the ship (which no one uses after day 2) and eliminated staples like the promenade deck that you can use to walk around the ship and the Outrigger pool in the back. I prefer the older Princess ships. I found the entertainment to be a disappointment. The ship's singers and dancers were pretty talented, but the shows lacked originality and production value. There were three comedians: one was awful and the other two were mildly funny, but the usual jokes about how small the shower is, etc. The ship's orchestra accompanying the shows is excellent but the other musicians (including the house band) are awful. We are not fans of Perry Grant but have to admit he drew huge enthusiastic crowds. Personally I'd much rather have Bert Stratton back, but Perry does add just a bit of "star power" to the entertainers. The food was good overall but there was little variety for breakfast and not much for lunch either. Alfredo's is excellent and the pizza on board is actually pretty good. The dinner menu was well varied. Vegan/vegetarian options were fairly lacking if you did not like the one option they had per night (the everyday vegetarian option is fettuccine alfredo, a bad choice for a vegetarian everyday entree. There was some "ethnic" food (Chinese, Indian) but not enough and even those options did not vary much. Princess's veggie burger tastes like mushed veggies and sand. It is really inedible and given the complaints over the years the fact that Princess has not changed it to something simple like a Morningstar Farms type soy burger to me shows Princess does not care about vegetarian cruisers. The balconies are so small as to be kind of a joke. I have no idea why Princess did not add just a bit more space to the balconies and take it away from the rooms, which are not large by any measure but do not feel cramped either. Back to the gimmicks, Princess advertises "virtual" skeet shooting, which is basically just a small dark room with a guy with a computer running a program that looks like Duck Hunt with a big plastic gun. Princess also advertises the first baseball batting cage at sea, which I was excited to try with my son but it was never set up (despite repeated requests). Somebody told us it was broken but nobody seemed to care and the front desk was clueless. Our kids actually stayed in the kids club for the first time and had a great time there. There was always a lot of activities for the kids. I give Princess a lot of credit for that, because there is not much on the ship for kids to do during sea days but the club kept them well occupied. I think Princess does not get enough credit for catering to families with kids. Overall we were glad to have sailed this ship and itinerary, but in the future we are going to look for the older Princess ships. I would certainly sail Royal again and wouldn't hesitate to sail Regal, but to me these ships are a disappointment and I would rather have the more classic Princess experience on the older ships. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
With such a great price offering and the stress of the holidays and "Irma" recovery, this was the perfect opportunity to get away and relax. That is what we did. This was the biggest ship we have sailed and we found it ... Read More
With such a great price offering and the stress of the holidays and "Irma" recovery, this was the perfect opportunity to get away and relax. That is what we did. This was the biggest ship we have sailed and we found it comfortable and fun. With the exception of Princess's penchant to mess with the rear elevator destinations, we found the ship easy to get around and not as big as I had imagined. Our cabin was a comfortable balcony and we spent more time outside than on recent cruises. The cabin was very clean and our room steward was top notch. Thanks Clare-Marie. We did anytime dining for the first time and had wonderful table mates on the nights we chose to go to the Main Dining Room. We also went to the Crab Shack and to the Crown Grill. We did not succeed in eating our way through either menu. Wow, lot's of food and delicious too. We found the food every where on the ship to our satisfaction, but the atmosphere at the BBQ grill in the evening was chilly. We did not go to the production shows or to the theater entertainment but enjoyed the other music around the ship. Especially Perry Grant. Service everywhere was prompt, efficient, and friendly with the bar service at Crooners and the Wheelhouse spot on. What a crowd at the BOGO's in the afternoon. Lot's of fun there too.Although we did not take any shore excursions, we had been to all of the ports except Bonaire before, we enjoyed the ininerary and would repeat it anytime. Read Less
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.2

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