Royal Princess Cruise Review by LEON94
- Sail Date: December 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Ship was beautiful, atrium was fantastic. Very scenic for photographs. 10/10
Speaking of photographs, the unlimited photo package $199 is the way to go, what a steal. 10/10
Cabin was more than adequate, with excellent house-keeping service. Had a Balcony room, because it's the only way to go. Pay the extra, if it's something you only do every few years, totally worthwhile. But it was a little small, but not small enough to opt out, in my opinion. 8/10
We had fixed dining at 5:30. We had a party of 6, including 16 year old and 12 year old. The waiters took care of them, beyond our expectations. Garlic alergy, Sodium issue, and two picky kids...they were all taken great care of every single night. My kids loved the dining room. the waiters really tried to bond with us. Great people. It was much appreciated. Menu could use a couple more pasta choices, but otherwise a perfect. Clark and Pharodorn did a great job, thank you so much 15/10. Menu 9/10.
The Horizon Court Buffets were well stocked and had great variety for lunch, every day. Too many choices to name, but the Tacos, Fajitas, and Gyros were always good. 10/10
The Horizon Court for Breakfast was fantastic too. I'm a bacon and eggs person, so it suited me perfectly. Tons of breakfast food, endless fruit and pastry. Lots of great looking things that I didn't try. 10/10
Trident Grill and Pizza Counter, perfect. 10/10
Room service was quick, but weak selection overall on the fill out card. only used it twice, due to being a bacon and egg person, and the menu being really limited. 5/10
Entertainment was awesome. Everything that we attended was outstanding. Singers (Whitney Houston tribute) 12/10, Singers/Dancers 9/10, Comedian 9/10, Magic Act 12/10. Even the kids loved each show.
Movies under the stars had a great selection. I am a football fan, so i was pleased to see the NFL Playoffs on the big screen. 12/10
Casino was friendly staff, poker table was fun. Poker was every night at 9:00pm. It was a $1/$2 Texas Holdem Table, cash game, NOT tournament. Average starting was about $100 per player. It would have been nice to have one or two tournaments over 10 days. 10/10
Service was exceptional throughout the ship. Pool bar service, at the bar between pizza counter and Trident Grill was unimpressive, and seemed quite smug, on many occasions 2/10. However, their neighboring bar where they hold the cups and bottles juggling show, was amazing. Seek this show out, it is on sea days, it is so much fun, we saw it twice. THOSE bartenders are amazing every single day. Keep up the good work. 10/10
Ports were great for us: Princess Cays is a great extension of the Royal's food, drink and service. St. Thomas, took a cheap taxi to Megan's Bay, then downtown, bought jewelry, our favorite island hands down. Dominica went for island tour by taxi, then went on Princess Whale Watching Tour. Saw many 6 whales and like 50 dolphins. Best tour I have been on ever. Even though we knew there was a possibility of no whales, we went anyway, only $80 per. Glad we did. Wife's dream came true. Grenada, Grand Anse was fantastic, really nice well kept beach. Take the taxi, a lot of nice buildings to see on the drive. Bonaire, went to Eden Beach by private taxi, snorkeling was perfect, better than any other port. Eden beach had reasonable lawn chairs and bar. great little stop. Curacao, our first time there, pleasantly surprised, beautiful buildings, but the aquarium was the best. No flash or flair, just sea animals, at a super reasonable cost, especially for a family of 4. Dolphins, Sharks, Sea Turtles, Stingrays. Great Fun. Every tour, except whale watching was done by taxi on each island, for half to 2/3 of the ship's fee. 10/10
Again, we traveled with 12 year old girl, and 16 year old boy, and they were busy enough with all of the above options, that they did not even need the Funzone once. But that being said, on our last cruise a few years back, they used it every evening and seas day and loved it.
Can't wait for my next Princess Cruise to the Caribbean...!!!
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