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Royal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,684 Reviews

Awesome Cruise, Great Ports of Call

Royal Princess Cruise Review by jackselfridge

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

We have cruised on Carnival and Royal Caribbean, and wanted to try a different line. We chose this cruise for the destinations and the length. We were also doing a last minute booking and the dates worked out for us.

Getting on the ship was confusing at first. There were only about 4 people trying to get thousands of people on board. Once we found the correct line, getting on the ship took only about 20 minutes from start until we were in our room. The dining room and some of the small eateries were open so you could grab a bite before setting sail.

Our inside cabin, even though small, was not cramped. We had plenty of room to move around. It was clean, and the steward was very friendly and attentive. We had a problem with the TV, but who watches TV on a cruise?!

We went with the anytime dining which worked out good for us because we were off the boat at all the ports and didn't want to be held to a certain time to dine. We had no problems either making reservations or showing up whenever we wanted. We never waited more then 5-10 minutes to be seated. The food in the dining rooms was excellent! Portions were adequate. We were able to order multiple appetizers, and even more than one entree if we couldn't make up our mind. Waiters and staff were very friendly!

The entertainment was surprisingly good. Our other cruises the entertainment seemed a little amateurish. The singers and the shows were original and very polished. Absolutely loved the comedian. He was even funny the times we ran across him on the ship.

We visited 6 ports on this cruise. (Aruba, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, St. Thomas, Grand Turks.) This was one of the main reasons for selecting this sailing. All of them were great. Had no issues with overly pushy islanders. And never felt unsafe.

We had already been to St. Thomas so we grabbed a ferry to St. John. So glad we did. St. John was beautiful, with amazing beaches. The best beaches of all the islands we visited!

The only time I wasn't completely happy was on Grand Turk. It was a very nice island, We paid money for an excursion to a recommended beach. We would have stayed by the boat if we had had known how nice the beaches were directly adjacent to the where the ship docked. The beaches were as nice if not nicer than the one on the excursion. Not a complaint, just an FYI.

I would definitely sail on Princess again. The ship had everything you could ask for. The crew and staff are friendly and helpful. During at sea days there was plenty to keep you busy, and the pool areas never felt over crowded.

Side note.. On Sunday... They had the NFL football game showing on the jumbo screen on deck! .............. Does it get any better than that!?!?!

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Cabin Review

Cabin ID B341

Inside cabin. Spacious. Didn't feel cramped at all. Set up with King bed. Bathroom was little small.. But it is an inside cabin on a ship. Absolutely no complaints!!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Island Tour

Climbed on A Tuk-Tuk. Was us and one other couple. The small group was great. Got to talk with the tour guide and ask many questions.

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Island Tour

This was the only day of our cruise that it rained. So being in a van driving around for most of the visit was ok. I would probably not do a complete island tour again.

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Rainforest Tour

This was a very nice tour. The guide was friendly and took time to talk about everything we encountered. We went to the rain forest and went swimming under a waterfall. Very Cool!

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St. Thomas

Took a ferry to St. John. Loved it.. Ferry is $22 roundtrip


Beach was very nice. Watch out for Sea Urchins! Stay at the beach where the boat docks and save money!

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