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Positive: Dining room staff are excellent and go out of their way to accommodate. Negative: Dining room food substandard, so don't eat there, the food at the buffet dining room is much better. Orange juice is complimentary only at breakfast, but you have to pay for it at lunch or dinner. Really!!!! I prefer a cruise line where you don't feel like they are charging you for every little thing. When you have to buy a coffee card or drink card, you must always remember to bring it with you. My husband had the coffee card in his bathing suit shorts and it got wet and ruined and then it is a hassle to get it replaced. When it is all inclusive you don't have to worry about carrying a card around with you, a much more civilized and convenient manner of dealing with beverages for the cruising customer. Not a lot of activities for so many days at sea. As the ship was not even half full, there was no problem getting a lounge chair on the pooldeck. If you need shade, that is very limited so go early to secure your poolside seating. The music and entertainment is geared to the elderly, and I mean elderly. One of the movies they showed at the poolside was the Tom Hanks movie, Big, which is a 1988 film, not exactly a current film. They also showed the movie Frozen although there were very few children on board because the sailing date was early December. The costumes on the dancers for the shows were very very very sparkly and cheesy looking, but the dancers were good. The Princess Cay stop is a typical day at the beach, which we have done on other cruise ships. There are a lot of beaches in Florida, so I don't need to go on a cruise ship in order to go to the beach. We would much prefer a port of call where there is something of interest to see and do. The worst was the port of call at Grand Turk. There are upscale jewellery shops right at the port, and it goes downhill all the way from there. We spent $35.00 per person for a "tour". This is an impoverished place, with high unemployment, wild donkeys and dogs roaming around freely, and piles of their deification everywhere. The downtown consisted of a few shacks on a roadside selling trinkets and sea shells. Then we went to a locked, rusted out light house. The houses of the people living on Grand Turk are shacks with garbage strewn everywhere. We were shocked that they would schedule such a destination. Do not get off the boat. The gift shop was selling a watch I had priced at department stores, and the cruise ship price was over $100.00 more than the department store price, but people are lead to believe that pricing is better if you buy it on the ship. I would not recommend this cruise line or its choice of destinations to anyone.  

NEVER AGAIN

Royal Princess Cruise Review by CRUISE CONTROL CANADA

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Positive: Dining room staff are excellent and go out of their way to accommodate.
Negative: Dining room food substandard, so don't eat there, the food at the buffet dining room is much better. Orange juice is complimentary only at breakfast, but you have to pay for it at lunch or dinner. Really!!!! I prefer a cruise line where you don't feel like they are charging you for every little thing. When you have to buy a coffee card or drink card, you must always remember to bring it with you. My husband had the coffee card in his bathing suit shorts and it got wet and ruined and then it is a hassle to get it replaced. When it is all inclusive you don't have to worry about carrying a card around with you, a much more civilized and convenient manner of dealing with beverages for the cruising customer.
Not a lot of activities for so many days at sea. As the ship was not even half full, there was no problem getting a lounge chair on the pooldeck. If you need shade, that is very limited so go early to secure your poolside seating.
The music and entertainment is geared to the elderly, and I mean elderly. One of the movies they showed at the poolside was the Tom Hanks movie, Big, which is a 1988 film, not exactly a current film. They also showed the movie Frozen although there were very few children on board because the sailing date was early December. The costumes on the dancers for the shows were very very very sparkly and cheesy looking, but the dancers were good.
The Princess Cay stop is a typical day at the beach, which we have done on other cruise ships. There are a lot of beaches in Florida, so I don't need to go on a cruise ship in order to go to the beach. We would much prefer a port of call where there is something of interest to see and do.
The worst was the port of call at Grand Turk. There are upscale jewellery shops right at the port, and it goes downhill all the way from there. We spent $35.00 per person for a "tour". This is an impoverished place, with high unemployment, wild donkeys and dogs roaming around freely, and piles of their deification everywhere. The downtown consisted of a few shacks on a roadside selling trinkets and sea shells. Then we went to a locked, rusted out light house. The houses of the people living on Grand Turk are shacks with garbage strewn everywhere. We were shocked that they would schedule such a destination. Do not get off the boat.
The gift shop was selling a watch I had priced at department stores, and the cruise ship price was over $100.00 more than the department store price, but people are lead to believe that pricing is better if you buy it on the ship.
I would not recommend this cruise line or its choice of destinations to anyone.
 
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    There are upscale jewellery stores right at the dock. Do not go beyond these stores.Grand Turk is an impoverished, garbage strewn island, with wild dogs and donkeys roaming around free, and their piles of dedication everywhere. The downtown core consisted of a few shacks selling see shells and trinkets. We were also taken to a locked, rusted out lighthouse. You will see children playing on piles of garbage which fill the yards of the shacks they live in. We could not fathom why the cruise line would make this a port to stop at. The guide said there is a little industry or employment opportunities. DO NOT GET OFF THE SHIP AT GRAND TURK!!!!!
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  • Princess Cays
    There are many beaches in florida, I did not need a port of call that stopped at a beach, so we stayed on the ship.
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