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Royal Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Way Behind the Times for Diabetic Passengers

Review for Royal Princess to Transatlantic
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2015
Cabin: 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.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony

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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