Royal Princess Cruise Review by WhiteRockMike
- Sail Date: November 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
We found the Royal Princess to be a beautiful ship. Although there were about 3400 guests aboard, it is hard to believe how well everyone is distributed - we rarely felt it to be overcrowded.
Food: ranged from so-so to great.
Buffet: so-so. We have found the buffet's at all-inclusive resorts to be much better. We therefore had most meals at the MDR or elsewhere.
MDR: It varies, but mostly quite good. Soups and salads could be improved. Main courses and desserts are usually very good.
Alfredo's: Excellent Pizza, and lovely restaurant for lunch!
Sabatini's: Unlike the Crown Grill, Sabatini's was not worth the extra cost
Crown Grill: Fantastic!! what a great steakhouse. Comparable to any top end steak house. We ended up having two dinners here.
Service: we found wait staff to be consistently great - efficient great service, always friendly. Cabin steward was great, too. Not sure how Princess does it, but we were very impressed.
Outside Deck: The pool areas can get crowded on Sea Days but there are enough different areas that one can usually find a good place to lounge.
Sanctuary: Wow! We didn't really check into this until late in the cruise. At that point we were lucky to be able to reserve two loungers for the first half of the last Sea Day. What a great place - feels like an upgrade from economy to first class! We will be back.
Shows: Much better that what we get at All Inclusive Resorts. Very pleased.
Cabin: We had a deluxe balcony cabin both times and it was very nice. Beds are great, lots of storage to unpack. This time we had a partial view on Emerald deck, due to last minute booking, but it was still okay.
Itinerary: Both Eastern and Southern Caribbean were excellent itineraries. We liked the southern a bit better, but both were good. You definitely pack in a lot on these 10 day trips! Our favorites on this trip were Aruba, Grand Turk and Bonaire. Last trip - Saint Lucia.
Extras: I do prefer All inclusive resorts where just about everything, including drinks are included. However, I found Princess has resonably priced the drinks, as well as other extras, which was nice.
Yes, there were things we didn't like but they were not show stoppers. We will continue to try out different cruises, but will also keep going to All Inclusives, as well as other travel. But we found Princess to be great overall, and we really liked the Royal Princess!
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