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This was our 10th anniversary and we decided to do another Princess cruise (first one was to Alaska on the Princess Diamond). Sail date was June 11th and we could not have asked for better weather throughout our cruise; it only rained a little on days (Florence and Gibraltar). The Princess Royal is a very nice ship and what we expected for a ship of this size. The only annoyances was that our rooms/balcony were smaller than we hoped (The Princess Diamond had larger balconies). Also, the ship configuration for the stairs was not well done and we understand that is being corrected in dry dock. We also did not like the constant selling tactics....it was over kill. One complaint is that we wish they would stock water bottles in the room at no extra charge, perhaps a six pack of water at the start of the cruise. The food was very good in some restaurants (Alfredo's for example), but average in all of the other dining establishments. This was a little bit of a disappointment because the food was so good when we went to Alaska on the Diamond ship (and we have been on the Viking cruises where the food is excellent). The entertainment that we saw was really good: The Beatlemaniacs, We3 acapella group, house band who played in the Piazza, the Voice competition, the Marriage game (involving 4 couples from newlyweds to married 50 years), however, we noticed that the second 'Marriage' game seemed more staged as participants obviously saw the initial show. The music trivia was fun too. We liked the Princess theatre and studio. We also enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza (acrobats, strings quartet, martini mix, etc.). We did not see everything, but plenty considering we were busy with excursions and tired! Our itinerary had been changed once (Malta was cancelled due to expected Sirocco winds) and we went to Naples. This worked out great for us because Naples was on the original itinerary to begin with. It would have been nice to see Malta, maybe another time! We encountered strikes at the airports which was annoying, but the embarkation and disembarkation experience was fine otherwise. We arrived much later than expected in Athens so ended up not having to wait in lines to check in, however, this did not give us much time to check things out before bedtime upon our arrival in Athens. The itinerary: LOVED Santorini (expecially the town of 'Oia' and the dessert wine was good), Mykonos, Delos, Ephesus (it was very hot the day we went and there are no bathrooms so it was a little uncomfortable, but the experience of Ephesus and House of Mary was wonderful), Palermo (catacombs were very interesting and would have liked more time to spend in the city), Naples/Pompeii (finally made it there after many years of wanting to go), Sorrento (could not get over the huge lemons and gelato was excellent), Positano (lunch at the beach level was great), Rome (crowds were a pain, but definitely need more time there, including the Vatican), Florence (same as Rome, need more time there), Pisa and we had lunch at some villa which was interesting. Enjoyed Valencia (toured the Lladro factory), Toulon (la Castellet and a winery tour), Monaco-had a very nice time. On the two sea days, we had our massages and spent some time on the pool deck; very crowded as we expected, but it was our choice to not go up early in the morning to grab a spot. We enjoyed the bar staff at one of the bars in particular (Vines?) and spent time there on most nights meeting new people. We were a little disappointed in the dance club, it was much smaller than expected and did not play alot of the 70s-80s music that we like, but it may be set up for a younger crowd. I guess we were expecting the same as from the Princess Diamond. The gelato was excellent everywhere we went, but for some reason it was especially good in Sorrento and Santorini. Barcelona (spent an extra night there before heading back to Atlanta; loved going to the Casa Batlio, Casa Familia and walking around). We stayed at the Doubletree hotel not far from Casa Batlio and had a 'suite' and excellent breakfast the morning we headed to the airport. The housekeeping and dining staff were great, considering how busy they were! I would love to go back to almost all of the places that we visited....this was a wonderful first trip to the Mediterranean for us and the good weather made it almost perfect. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Perfect for First Time Travelers to the Mediterranean

Royal Princess Cruise Review by HuddyPuddy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
This was our 10th anniversary and we decided to do another Princess cruise (first one was to Alaska on the Princess Diamond).

Sail date was June 11th and we could not have asked for better weather throughout our cruise; it only rained a little on days (Florence and Gibraltar).

The Princess Royal is a very nice ship and what we expected for a ship of this size. The only annoyances was that our rooms/balcony were smaller than we hoped (The Princess Diamond had larger balconies). Also, the ship configuration for the stairs was not well done and we understand that is being corrected in dry dock. We also did not like the constant selling tactics....it was over kill.

One complaint is that we wish they would stock water bottles in the room at no extra charge, perhaps a six pack of water at the start of the cruise.

The food was very good in some restaurants (Alfredo's for example), but average in all of the other dining establishments. This was a little bit of a disappointment because the food was so good when we went to Alaska on the Diamond ship (and we have been on the Viking cruises where the food is excellent).

The entertainment that we saw was really good: The Beatlemaniacs, We3 acapella group, house band who played in the Piazza, the Voice competition, the Marriage game (involving 4 couples from newlyweds to married 50 years), however, we noticed that the second 'Marriage' game seemed more staged as participants obviously saw the initial show. The music trivia was fun too. We liked the Princess theatre and studio. We also enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza (acrobats, strings quartet, martini mix, etc.). We did not see everything, but plenty considering we were busy with excursions and tired!

Our itinerary had been changed once (Malta was cancelled due to expected Sirocco winds) and we went to Naples. This worked out great for us because Naples was on the original itinerary to begin with. It would have been nice to see Malta, maybe another time!

We encountered strikes at the airports which was annoying, but the embarkation and disembarkation experience was fine otherwise. We arrived much later than expected in Athens so ended up not having to wait in lines to check in, however, this did not give us much time to check things out before bedtime upon our arrival in Athens.

The itinerary:

LOVED Santorini (expecially the town of 'Oia' and the dessert wine was good), Mykonos, Delos, Ephesus (it was very hot the day we went and there are no bathrooms so it was a little uncomfortable, but the experience of Ephesus and House of Mary was wonderful), Palermo (catacombs were very interesting and would have liked more time to spend in the city), Naples/Pompeii (finally made it there after many years of wanting to go), Sorrento (could not get over the huge lemons and gelato was excellent), Positano (lunch at the beach level was great), Rome (crowds were a pain, but definitely need more time there, including the Vatican), Florence (same as Rome, need more time there), Pisa and we had lunch at some villa which was interesting. Enjoyed Valencia (toured the Lladro factory), Toulon (la Castellet and a winery tour), Monaco-had a very nice time.

On the two sea days, we had our massages and spent some time on the pool deck; very crowded as we expected, but it was our choice to not go up early in the morning to grab a spot.

We enjoyed the bar staff at one of the bars in particular (Vines?) and spent time there on most nights meeting new people. We were a little disappointed in the dance club, it was much smaller than expected and did not play alot of the 70s-80s music that we like, but it may be set up for a younger crowd. I guess we were expecting the same as from the Princess Diamond.

The gelato was excellent everywhere we went, but for some reason it was especially good in Sorrento and Santorini.

Barcelona (spent an extra night there before heading back to Atlanta; loved going to the Casa Batlio, Casa Familia and walking around). We stayed at the Doubletree hotel not far from Casa Batlio and had a 'suite' and excellent breakfast the morning we headed to the airport.

The housekeeping and dining staff were great, considering how busy they were!

I would love to go back to almost all of the places that we visited....this was a wonderful first trip to the Mediterranean for us and the good weather made it almost perfect. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
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The cabin was nicely appointed and clean. The balcony is very small, along with the cabin size and bath area. As our last cruise was on Viking, which had larger bathrooms, so we were disappointed on space only.

However, our cabin steward was excellent and addressed any items that we asked about and our room was refreshed twice a day. I think we only had to call once to have them check on the safe as it was not working properly.

Our cabin location was great, no problems.
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