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Our history - this was number 63 since 1984 we are in 60's. Cruising with life long friends who met as tablemates in 1988 onboard Carnival Celebration. Princess one of our favorites especially because of recent changes on other lines with nickle/diming etc on RCL and NCL. We have sailed most lines currently cruising. I had read many of the negatives design wise here and they were correct! Embarkation - Preferred line was FOUR times longer than non-preferred line. One xray machine for preferred/suite and three or four for general was cause. No one could figure that out? No matter went on regular passenger line zipped almost right in. You could cross over to preferred once through metal detectors. Easy fix, use preferred AFTER initial security encounter. All will get in faster. Then preferred and suite can be addressed! We had Penthouse Suite R614, friends R616, both located across from concierge lounge. Suite was gorgeous and roomy. Marco was superb cabin steward! All the staff were fantastic. Ship areas were gorgeous. Ships Captain and crew wonderful. Food ( except terrible steaks in Crown first night ) was excellent for us. Entertainment was great, The design and technical equipment in theatre best yet! Singers and dancers were great enhanced by the technical aspects. Normally we are so-so about singer/dancer shows but these are not ot be missed. Comedians great, only magician left us wanting. Good tricks but obviously stretching out his act to fill time allotted. Had great cruise with great friends. That said WILL NEVER SAIL this class again. That because of terrible design in enough areas that it effected cruise overall. Balconies are a complete waste. At their widest point maybe 4 feet. Add as much and as heavy and as large an amount of furniture just to make it worse. You literally can not get to the rail. You literally cannot turn a seat towards the water and sit in it. You would have to straddle it to get seated then knees would be against the partition. All like that but also remember these were SUITES! I was told that the design was because of complaints that people could see onto balconies the way they stood out on Grand class. Yet they then set up a walkway on the pool deck that extends over ship looks down on ocean, supposed to be cool, and also looks onto all the balconies. Designed should be flipping burgers. Then elevators! No stairs adjacent to the semi mid ship elevators or on some decks others. Deck levels that do not transverse entire ship. This causes everyone, young and old to use elevators to get up or down even one or two floors. Add that they are tiny elevators 10 people maybe and slow too. As every elevator stops at every floor because someone always waiting for one It becomes a challenge to stuff another person in. Elevator must empty to let people out. This pisses everyone off, the older can’t get on easy with scooter or walker. The younger and the athletic who want to climb stairs can’t find the dam things or there are none to bypass elevator. Promenade deck, there is no outside deck for all intent and purpose. They put the lifeboats on that leaving small areas outside doors with a couple chairs on it. Frustrated walkers must walk on short loop in sun on deck 17. Hefter is a big walker, even I still do my walks. Not on this ship. Finally having a nice cigar and a cocktail near impossible, Churchill’s, no bar or bar service in area though bar outside never open except I presume at night. I actually never saw it open period. SMALL, maybe 10 to 12 seats and ONLY indoor smoking venue other than casino. Casino physically small and tight spaces. You literally have to ask two people to get up and move their chairs to get out of yours in some machine areas. So despite great staff, good food, excellent service, ship design takes away enough to make it a one time sail. You will never convince me that the people that designed this cruise ship have ever sailed one!!! Internet was shaky this cruise due to new upgrade we were told. When it was on worked as most due slower than all used to now at home but useable. The in house network worked great providing account information on your personal devices, daily activities etc. Still had a great cruise because with great friends!!! And again STAFF etc were all great! It is ship design that sucks big time. George in NY

Ship design negatives counters a lot of positives.

Royal Princess Cruise Review by Georgeny

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Our history - this was number 63 since 1984 we are in 60's. Cruising with life long friends who met as tablemates in 1988 onboard Carnival Celebration. Princess one of our favorites especially because of recent changes on other lines with nickle/diming etc on RCL and NCL. We have sailed most lines currently cruising.

I had read many of the negatives design wise here and they were correct!

Embarkation - Preferred line was FOUR times longer than non-preferred line. One xray machine for preferred/suite and three or four for general was cause. No one could figure that out? No matter went on regular passenger line zipped almost right in. You could cross over to preferred once through metal detectors. Easy fix, use preferred AFTER initial security encounter. All will get in faster. Then preferred and suite can be addressed!

We had Penthouse Suite R614, friends R616, both located across from concierge lounge. Suite was gorgeous and roomy. Marco was superb cabin steward! All the staff were fantastic. Ship areas were gorgeous. Ships Captain and crew wonderful. Food ( except terrible steaks in Crown first night ) was excellent for us.

Entertainment was great, The design and technical equipment in theatre best yet! Singers and dancers were great enhanced by the technical aspects. Normally we are so-so about singer/dancer shows but these are not ot be missed. Comedians great, only magician left us wanting. Good tricks but obviously stretching out his act to fill time allotted.

Had great cruise with great friends. That said WILL NEVER SAIL this class again. That because of terrible design in enough areas that it effected cruise overall.

Balconies are a complete waste. At their widest point maybe 4 feet. Add as much and as heavy and as large an amount of furniture just to make it worse. You literally can not get to the rail. You literally cannot turn a seat towards the water and sit in it. You would have to straddle it to get seated then knees would be against the partition. All like that but also remember these were SUITES! I was told that the design was because of complaints that people could see onto balconies the way they stood out on Grand class. Yet they then set up a walkway on the pool deck that extends over ship looks down on ocean, supposed to be cool, and also looks onto all the balconies. Designed should be flipping burgers.

Then elevators! No stairs adjacent to the semi mid ship elevators or on some decks others. Deck levels that do not transverse entire ship. This causes everyone, young and old to use elevators to get up or down even one or two floors. Add that they are tiny elevators 10 people maybe and slow too. As every elevator stops at every floor because someone always waiting for one It becomes a challenge to stuff another person in. Elevator must empty to let people out. This pisses everyone off, the older can’t get on easy with scooter or walker. The younger and the athletic who want to climb stairs can’t find the dam things or there are none to bypass elevator.

Promenade deck, there is no outside deck for all intent and purpose. They put the lifeboats on that leaving small areas outside doors with a couple chairs on it. Frustrated walkers must walk on short loop in sun on deck 17. Hefter is a big walker, even I still do my walks. Not on this ship.

Finally having a nice cigar and a cocktail near impossible, Churchill’s, no bar or bar service in area though bar outside never open except I presume at night. I actually never saw it open period. SMALL, maybe 10 to 12 seats and ONLY indoor smoking venue other than casino.

Casino physically small and tight spaces. You literally have to ask two people to get up and move their chairs to get out of yours in some machine areas.

So despite great staff, good food, excellent service, ship design takes away enough to make it a one time sail. You will never convince me that the people that designed this cruise ship have ever sailed one!!!

Internet was shaky this cruise due to new upgrade we were told. When it was on worked as most due slower than all used to now at home but useable. The in house network worked great providing account information on your personal devices, daily activities etc.

Still had a great cruise because with great friends!!! And again STAFF etc were all great! It is ship design that sucks big time.

George in NY
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The suite itself if you do not consider horrendous balcony was fantastic. Bathroom two rooms one separate bath and shower, other toilet each area with sink.

Bed large comfortable.

I dare anyone to fill up the closets and drawers provided.

Living room area plenty of room. Large screen TV's in both areas. Movies on demand no extra charge was nice touch.
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