Royal Princess Cruise Review by Marcello1
- Sail Date: April 2016
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Interior
We embarked from Ft. Lauderdale and it took quite a long time to enter the port and then wait in line..We were on vacation, so go with it.We had picked an inexpensive inside cabin on the Lido deck, and it worked out perfectly. The room was plenty big and it had more storage than other Princess ships we have been on. The shower is larger than on other ships and has a shelf on the lower section which comes in handy for washing and shaving needs. The closet was adequate but we had to ask for more hangars, which our fantastic room stewart (Nicolo) quickly provided.There was a large screen TV which we used a lot in the evenings,the reason to be explained later.
The weather on this ship took a turn for the worse after a couple of days.It was either windy or rainy, or both. This lead to less sundeck time than we hoped.I like to swim and hang out when at sea but this cruise made it very difficult to enjoy the outdoor time. The "adult" area pool is nice, but after a couple of days of wind it was too hard to stay there.That forces you to move to the main pool area, the prime location on the ship.In the morning it is nice and mellow, with nice soothing jazz or Euro- electronic music in the background. Many people were out then, reading their books or using the pool and hot tubs. Suddenly, the speakers roar and boom real loud, and overbearing music comes on.Then people scatter. I'm not on a cruise to lose my hearing from modern,lousy music choices." TURN IT DOWN !". Princess loses revenue from the poolside bars if people leave, like we did every day.We had to move up a level where it was windier just to get away from the speakers. This went on all day providing constant bombardment of movies and music videos to our ears. It was hard to talk to one another under these conditions. Note to Princess- Know your clientele. Also, after coming back from a port, we wanted to enjoy the pool area but movies were playing and we kept getting dirty looks from fellow passengers who were watching afternoon movies "Under the Sun".I brought all of this out to the Princess rep after I filled out their after cruise- survey and talked to her on the phone about it. Will it do any good? Our group enjoyed the gym, casino and a few of the acts.The stage shows just aren't our style. We use the late night dining and it seems like we had limited choices after our meal, so we all just went back to our rooms to watch TV. We did enjoy, however, the great choices in movies. We do prefer when the movies were showed in a theater. The port lessons given by Mr. Delgado were filmed and then showed throughout the cruise. These were a great help and fun to watch.
After a week at sea, doing laundry was a must. The downside on this ship is that the machines are only on one end of the ship, noticeable to us because we had to walk the whole ship to do ours. This limited availability also slowed things down.
Food was enjoyed by all. We have a different opinion than other posters as our choices were well enjoyed. If you don't like something you can send something back and ask for anything else.I enjoy ice cream so I was in heaven. The dining areas should upgrade their wine list to that of the specialty restaurants.We would have bought more wine if better wines were available. Our server (Sergie) worked his tail off to please our table. The servers throughout the ship were great and that is one reason we choose Princess.
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