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There are 28 Million diabetics in the US (millions more in Canada, Europe, UK and Australia) ... most of them in what seems to be Princess's prime demographic ...above 50 years old ...well above on this Trans-Atlantic/British Isles crossing. This was my 37th cruise ..first on Princess ..and found many passengers disappointed like I was on the second-rate treatment of diabetics or just those who want to avoid sugar when it came to dessert selections offered anywhere on the ship or on full -day shore excursions. Other cruise lines (Celebrity, Holland America especially) are much more "with it", including a variety of sugar-free or no-sugar-added desserts everywhere for those wanting to avoid sweets. On the Royal Princess, we found there was only ONE sugar-free dessert selection on the dining room dinner menu each night; there was only ONE sugar free-dessert daily at the huge dessert buffet ...kind of a take-it-or-leave-it attitude (other ships offer several selections); we NEVER saw any sugar-free cookies or pies offered with other snacks; there was NO sugar free dessert ever offered on the dining room lunch menu; there was NO sugar free dessert ever offered on the Alfredo's menu, lunch or dinner; there was NEVER a sugar-free dessert offered at the Wheelhouse Bar lunches; there was NO sugar free dessert offered at all on the Room Service menu; there was NO sugar-free soft ice cream at Swirls ice cream parlour ...and only rarely (after we complained) sugar-free hard ice cream appeared, dished out of bucket ... and it tasted awful; and on full day shore excursions with lunches served, there NO sugar free desserts EVER available on the tours we did and not even artificial sweetener for the coffee. The food generally on the ship was VERY GOOD ... but Diabetics and anyone else wanting to avoid sugar will feel second class on Royal Princess (not sure about other Princess ships) ..enough to eliminate Princess from top choices on future cruises. VERY disappointed Princess offered an excursion to the US War beaches and Cemetery but NO tour to the British and Canadian War beaches and Cemeteries ... even though there were LOTS of Brits and Canadians on this cruise. Many Canadians especially complained amongst each other and several said they'd contacted the shore excursion desk about this omission ...to no avail: several soured on Princess over this.

Way Behind the Times for Diabetic Passengers

Royal Princess Cruise Review by Vancscribbler

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
There are 28 Million diabetics in the US (millions more in Canada, Europe, UK and Australia) ... most of them in what seems to be Princess's prime demographic ...above 50 years old ...well above on this Trans-Atlantic/British Isles crossing.

This was my 37th cruise ..first on Princess ..and found many passengers disappointed like I was on the second-rate treatment of diabetics or just those who want to avoid sugar when it came to dessert selections offered anywhere on the ship or on full -day shore excursions.

Other cruise lines (Celebrity, Holland America especially) are much more "with it", including a variety of sugar-free or no-sugar-added desserts everywhere for those wanting to avoid sweets.

On the Royal Princess, we found there was only ONE sugar-free dessert selection on the dining room dinner menu each night; there was only ONE sugar free-dessert daily at the huge dessert buffet ...kind of a take-it-or-leave-it attitude (other ships offer several selections); we NEVER saw any sugar-free cookies or pies offered with other snacks; there was NO sugar free dessert ever offered on the dining room lunch menu; there was NO sugar free dessert ever offered on the Alfredo's menu, lunch or dinner; there was NEVER a sugar-free dessert offered at the Wheelhouse Bar lunches; there was NO sugar free dessert offered at all on the Room Service menu; there was NO sugar-free soft ice cream at Swirls ice cream parlour ...and only rarely (after we complained) sugar-free hard ice cream appeared, dished out of bucket ... and it tasted awful; and on full day shore excursions with lunches served, there NO sugar free desserts EVER available on the tours we did and not even artificial sweetener for the coffee.

The food generally on the ship was VERY GOOD ... but Diabetics and anyone else wanting to avoid sugar will feel second class on Royal Princess (not sure about other Princess ships) ..enough to eliminate Princess from top choices on future cruises.

VERY disappointed Princess offered an excursion to the US War beaches and Cemetery but NO tour to the British and Canadian War beaches and Cemeteries ... even though there were LOTS of Brits and Canadians on this cruise. Many Canadians especially complained amongst each other and several said they'd contacted the shore excursion desk about this omission ...to no avail: several soured on Princess over this.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DE
Yes, the cabins are smaller than on many other ships, but very attractively furnished and with some of the best lighting at sea. Nice-sized TV ...but only BBC World News, and three US sports/news stations ... cruel and unusual punishment for anyone from anywhere else, especially on longer cruises ..with no daily newspaper sheets either on board to keep informed of anything happening in Germany, Canada, France, Australia etc. The bathroom is so small ... you just step in and are already right at the toilet bowl, sink, shower ...but we got used to that, no big deal, and appreciated the extra clothes hanging space just outside it. The tiny balcony, however, was horrible ... on entering, we noticed the room attendant had placed the two chairs sideways, facing each other ... because when you turn them facing out, there's barely room for your legs (like flying cheap economy); and the table is so small, dining out there is almost impossible, unless you enjoy the challenge of balancing a tray atop a min-pillar. Those who design these cabins/balconies must not vacation on them.
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    Disappointing. Not sure if the problem was the tour itself ... but if there are many "highlights" there, we didn't see them: just (yet another) Cathedral and a stop at Trinity University but stopped nowhere else ... maybe there's just not much worth seeing in Dublin?
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