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Just back from 7 nights on the Royal. All the complaints are correct - the missing stairs from 7 and up are a hassle. We gave up on riding down to dinner and walked the aft stairs.Overall it was a good time because there is much to like about the Royal. We arranged a 2 night precruise and enjoyed the Intercontinetal on Times Square. Our transport to the port ran late, so we waited in check in lines for an hour. Once on board, our luggage did not arrive until nearly 4:00 so our emarbarkation day was a waste. We enjoyed the MDR on most nights. We had early tradtional seating with a lovely group of people that included some very experienced cruisers. The first night it took over 2 hours for dinner. One of the Elites at our table spoke to the waiters and the rest of the dinners were closer to 1.5 hours. We found the food to be above average for cruise quisine. The service should be better. The food court was as advertised - more spread out and not as congested. Be sure to check all the buffets before making your selections, as you might miss something really tasty if you settle for the first tasty item you see. The entertainment is the highlight of this cruise. I have never seen more talented singers, dancers, and musicians. The magic shows were fair. My only gripe is that we had to wait unitl our final sea day to have all the entertainers working on the same night. Most nights there were 2-3 options, whereas the last night there were 5-6. The cabins were smaller. There is plenty of hanging storage, but not tooo many drawers. With the mini frig, there is only 1 drawer in the corner, 2 on each night srand, and 1 cabinet in the dressing area. The walls are a little thin. We heard the TV from next door the first 2 nights (literally all night). I mentioned it to our steward and he suggested we report it to the front desk. He also told his supervisor. We were pleasantly surprised on night 3 when the noise went away around 10:00. What a relief. This and other little "helps" landed our cabin steward a nice bonus at the end of the cruise.. We asked for and received an early exit off the ship upon our return to NYC. We were concerned about meeting our noon flight at LGA. Our group was called early, we went through customs quicckly, then waited on the bus for 30 minutes for some not so considerate fellow passengers. Our trip to the airport went well and we cleared security with 2 hours to spare. We were crusing the Northern US and Canada, so the outdoor areas of the shhip were nearly useless. If we cruise on the Royal again, I will make sure it is in warmer climes.

First time on the Royal - I may not go back

Royal Princess Cruise Review by 7960Ken

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Just back from 7 nights on the Royal. All the complaints are correct - the missing stairs from 7 and up are a hassle. We gave up on riding down to dinner and walked the aft stairs.Overall it was a good time because there is much to like about the Royal.
We arranged a 2 night precruise and enjoyed the Intercontinetal on Times Square. Our transport to the port ran late, so we waited in check in lines for an hour. Once on board, our luggage did not arrive until nearly 4:00 so our emarbarkation day was a waste.
We enjoyed the MDR on most nights. We had early tradtional seating with a lovely group of people that included some very experienced cruisers. The first night it took over 2 hours for dinner. One of the Elites at our table spoke to the waiters and the rest of the dinners were closer to 1.5 hours. We found the food to be above average for cruise quisine. The service should be better.
The food court was as advertised - more spread out and not as congested. Be sure to check all the buffets before making your selections, as you might miss something really tasty if you settle for the first tasty item you see.
The entertainment is the highlight of this cruise. I have never seen more talented singers, dancers, and musicians. The magic shows were fair. My only gripe is that we had to wait unitl our final sea day to have all the entertainers working on the same night. Most nights there were 2-3 options, whereas the last night there were 5-6.
The cabins were smaller. There is plenty of hanging storage, but not tooo many drawers. With the mini frig, there is only 1 drawer in the corner, 2 on each night srand, and 1 cabinet in the dressing area. The walls are a little thin. We heard the TV from next door the first 2 nights (literally all night). I mentioned it to our steward and he suggested we report it to the front desk. He also told his supervisor. We were pleasantly surprised on night 3 when the noise went away around 10:00. What a relief. This and other little "helps" landed our cabin steward a nice bonus at the end of the cruise..
We asked for and received an early exit off the ship upon our return to NYC. We were concerned about meeting our noon flight at LGA. Our group was called early, we went through customs quicckly, then waited on the bus for 30 minutes for some not so considerate fellow passengers. Our trip to the airport went well and we cleared security with 2 hours to spare.
We were crusing the Northern US and Canada, so the outdoor areas of the shhip were nearly useless. If we cruise on the Royal again, I will make sure it is in warmer climes.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DB B510
This deck is right in the middle of the ship. 4 decks up to the Lido buffet and 4 decks down to the Atruim. Unless you need to use the elevators, this room is not worthy of the delux rating or price. Go aft or forward and save money if you plan on using the stairs a lot.
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