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We decided to go on a cruise on the Royal, as we are booked next April for a Transatlantic cruise and we wanted to make sure this was the ship we wanted to sail on. The Royal was indeed a grand ship. Although she was larger than the other Princess ships we have sailed on, so much of it was exactly the same as the smaller ships, we felt right at home. Yes there was not an outside deck to walk on on the 7th deck, but there were small areas outside that you could sit at and enjoy the sea and weather. Yes the elevators were busy, but more particularly during meal hours, which is to be expected. Yes there was no staircases mid ship, but we did not miss them at all. Yes the balconies were smaller, but could be used to sit and enjoy the weather and a libation. Yes the cabins were smaller, but clean, comfortable, cozy and lots of storage space. Yes the Sea Walk is not a great addition, but it was fun to walk on once and stare down at the ocean. I read a lot of reviews and these seemed to be some common concerns by a lot of cruisers. We were at the back of the ship, our favourite spot, in a deluxe balcony cabin. The cabin was a good size, not quite as big as expected, but big enough for us to get around. The bathroom was a fair size and they had fancy new shower heads which made for nicer showers. And yes a little foot shelf area for leg shaving, or just putting any shower products you wanted. The new flat screen TV's are a great addition, and the newer movies showing were a welcome treat. Must comment on our cabin Steward Carlito who was just great. He was quiet, professional, and always smiling, a very nice Steward. Thank you Carlito. The food was amazing at our dining room. We have always liked traditional dining as it allows us to meet people and make new friends. We dined at the Allegro, late dining and had such great servers, Jowel and Milan. They were funny, professional, attentive, and we were delighted to have them serving us. Hope to see them again in April. Also the small alcove we were in, with just four other tables surrounding us, was really different from the other large dining areas on the smaller ships. Loved it! The Horizon Food Court was the biggest we have seen onboard any ship, huge. It was always very busy and sometimes finding a seat was challenging, but we did always manage. We did not eat there a lot, we prefer the dining rooms for breakfast and lunch, but it was great for an afternoon snack. All the dining areas we visited had very good food. We had a lot of fun at Crooner's bar, where we would meet up with our friends every night before dinner. We made friends with one of the servers, John, and he made sure we were in his section every night. He enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed him. We often had martini's and he'd balance the glass on his forehead and nose and pour the drinks that way. It was very amusing, he never dropped a glass, or dripped a drop. Good going John. We went to several ports, but sadly Mother Nature decided she was going to limit some ports, so we spent our last two days in Halifax, we did not get to St. John. We went to the Vanderbilt Mansion in New Port, met some friends in Boston, who showed us around, just walked around Bar Harbor, and of course spent two days getting to know Halifax. We were fine with everything, not much you can do about the weather. We went to a couple of the shows, which were okay, but we enjoyed the individual singers, and musicians better. The pianist, singer, from Canada, Kory, was very good, and the violinist, Chris, were our favourites. Went to three shows for each. We are Platinum members on Princess, and we very much enjoy sailing with them. Their disembarkation process is fine. The only concern I have ever had is their embarkation process, it always seems painstakingly slow. They are trying now to change that, but their new system did not seem to work this time either. Hopefully someday they will get a handle on this. Loved the cruise, can't wait till April.

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Royal Princess Cruise Review by meggieh

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We decided to go on a cruise on the Royal, as we are booked next April for a Transatlantic cruise and we wanted to make sure this was the ship we wanted to sail on. The Royal was indeed a grand ship. Although she was larger than the other Princess ships we have sailed on, so much of it was exactly the same as the smaller ships, we felt right at home. Yes there was not an outside deck to walk on on the 7th deck, but there were small areas outside that you could sit at and enjoy the sea and weather. Yes the elevators were busy, but more particularly during meal hours, which is to be expected. Yes there was no staircases mid ship, but we did not miss them at all. Yes the balconies were smaller, but could be used to sit and enjoy the weather and a libation. Yes the cabins were smaller, but clean, comfortable, cozy and lots of storage space. Yes the Sea Walk is not a great addition, but it was fun to walk on once and stare down at the ocean. I read a lot of reviews and these seemed to be some common concerns by a lot of cruisers.
We were at the back of the ship, our favourite spot, in a deluxe balcony cabin. The cabin was a good size, not quite as big as expected, but big enough for us to get around. The bathroom was a fair size and they had fancy new shower heads which made for nicer showers. And yes a little foot shelf area for leg shaving, or just putting any shower products you wanted. The new flat screen TV's are a great addition, and the newer movies showing were a welcome treat. Must comment on our cabin Steward Carlito who was just great. He was quiet, professional, and always smiling, a very nice Steward. Thank you Carlito.
The food was amazing at our dining room. We have always liked traditional dining as it allows us to meet people and make new friends. We dined at the Allegro, late dining and had such great servers, Jowel and Milan. They were funny, professional, attentive, and we were delighted to have them serving us. Hope to see them again in April. Also the small alcove we were in, with just four other tables surrounding us, was really different from the other large dining areas on the smaller ships. Loved it!
The Horizon Food Court was the biggest we have seen onboard any ship, huge. It was always very busy and sometimes finding a seat was challenging, but we did always manage. We did not eat there a lot, we prefer the dining rooms for breakfast and lunch, but it was great for an afternoon snack. All the dining areas we visited had very good food.
We had a lot of fun at Crooner's bar, where we would meet up with our friends every night before dinner. We made friends with one of the servers, John, and he made sure we were in his section every night. He enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed him. We often had martini's and he'd balance the glass on his forehead and nose and pour the drinks that way. It was very amusing, he never dropped a glass, or dripped a drop. Good going John.
We went to several ports, but sadly Mother Nature decided she was going to limit some ports, so we spent our last two days in Halifax, we did not get to St. John. We went to the Vanderbilt Mansion in New Port, met some friends in Boston, who showed us around, just walked around Bar Harbor, and of course spent two days getting to know Halifax. We were fine with everything, not much you can do about the weather.
We went to a couple of the shows, which were okay, but we enjoyed the individual singers, and musicians better. The pianist, singer, from Canada, Kory, was very good, and the violinist, Chris, were our favourites. Went to three shows for each.
We are Platinum members on Princess, and we very much enjoy sailing with them. Their disembarkation process is fine. The only concern I have ever had is their embarkation process, it always seems painstakingly slow. They are trying now to change that, but their new system did not seem to work this time either. Hopefully someday they will get a handle on this.
Loved the cruise, can't wait till April.
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Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DB B767
This cabin was listed as a deluxe cabin. It was bigger than a regular balcony cabin, but not as big as we expected. However, we enjoyed the cabin just the same. There was room to walk around. It was clean, the bed was comfortable, and our steward, Carlito, was very just great. There was lots of storage space which was a real plus. We enjoyed this cabin very much.
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