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We booked this cruise because of the online deal and we had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise. We arrived a few days early into Athens, stayed in the Plaka area to do the touristy stuff on our own (walk Ermou St., Monastariki Square, Syntagma Square) and using the Hop On-Hop Off bus (Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, ..etc.) We arrived at the Piraeus Port via the highly recommended "Welcome Pickups" taxi service around noon and the embarkation process was quick and easy. We headed to the Horizon Court Buffet for lunch and when we headed to our cabin around 2pm, our luggage was already waiting for us outside. Of all the times we cruised, this had to be the earliest time we have received our bags. We had a Deluxe Balcony cabin way forward on Deck 16. We were worried about getting motion sickness, but it was smooth sailing throughout the whole trip. The cabin steward, John, did a nice job cleaning our room several times a day. The balcony had two lounge chairs and a small table. Inside the cabin was a small sofa, coffee table, desk, chair, sizeable closet, drawer space, a safe, adjustable thermostat and a hairdryer. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The power in the cabin included a standard U.S. 110v and a standard European 2-prong 220v outlet. The bathroom was standard with sink, toilet, shower, and shelf space. We alternated between eating in the dining room and at the Horizon Court Buffet for all our meals. The buffet area was huge, divided into several sections, and confusingly laid out. Other than the salad and dessert areas, the two main sections did not have duplicate foods so we had to visit both to see what was being served. I asked a waiter on the first day about how the sections were divided and he said, one section was for the lighter/healthier foods and the other section was for the heavier foods, but I saw a mixture of both in each area. We felt the menu choices in Main Dining whether for lunch or dinner were limited. Maybe because we have been on too many cruises. We had Sabatini's one night and it was no different. I was also surprised there was just one formal night as all 7 day cruises I have been on had two. The Movies Under the Stars was great as there seemed to be always something on the big screen during the day and night. We were surprised a few times the headline entertainers in the Princess Theater performed to a somewhat empty theater. Julio Delgado who did the Destination Presentations was really helpful and funny. He helped orient us on what to expect in town the following day when we arrive into port. We thought the onboard activities were varied and fun. There are quite a few self-service washer & dryers on various decks and we were able to find one available to do our laundry. Use your cruise card to buy tokens in the laundry room for the washer & dryer ($3 each) plus detergent ($1.50). I brought my own dryer sheets from home. We loved each port. We joined the Princess excursion for "The Best of Santorini" and "Taormina On Our Own". The Santorini excursion was excellent, but the trip to Taormina was too short. We arrived into Messina port at noon, but our excursion/bus ride to Taormina didn't start until 2pm which left us less than 3 hours in Taormina. We could have traveled there on our own at a lower cost if we didn't have such a short port time and I didn't want to risk getting lost. In Kotor, Montenegro, we walked into town after getting off the tender and hiked St. John's Fortress for 3 Euros. From the top, the view is spectacular. I recommend doing the climb early because of the heat and less people. The leisure hike can take up to an hour each way if you take it slow, enjoy the scenery, and take lots of pictures. After you get back into town, you can enjoy many of the nice eateries in town. In Naples, we booked a tour on our own with "Italy Tours.EU" prior to starting the cruise. They were excellent and reasonably price compared to the Princess' tour. In a small group of 11 people, we visited Pompeii with a English speaking guide, Sorrento, a Limoncello factory, and drove through a part of the Amalfi Coast drive. In Barcelona where we disembarked, we took an 8 hour small group tour around Barcelona via "Barcelona Day Tours" which we booked prior to the cruise. We visited Montserrat, and our English speaking guide gave us an excellent tour of Park Güell, detailed explanation of the Sagrada Família and La Pedrera facades. After the tour, we stayed an extra day in Barcelona by La Ramblas and did sightseeing on our own. (Gothic Quarters, Casa Batllo, the beaches, Port Olimpic, Centre Marmagnum, Port Vell, ...etc.)

Fun cruise, great itineraries, mediocre food & entertainment

Royal Princess Cruise Review by klouie2000

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
We booked this cruise because of the online deal and we had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise. We arrived a few days early into Athens, stayed in the Plaka area to do the touristy stuff on our own (walk Ermou St., Monastariki Square, Syntagma Square) and using the Hop On-Hop Off bus (Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, ..etc.) We arrived at the Piraeus Port via the highly recommended "Welcome Pickups" taxi service around noon and the embarkation process was quick and easy. We headed to the Horizon Court Buffet for lunch and when we headed to our cabin around 2pm, our luggage was already waiting for us outside. Of all the times we cruised, this had to be the earliest time we have received our bags.

We had a Deluxe Balcony cabin way forward on Deck 16. We were worried about getting motion sickness, but it was smooth sailing throughout the whole trip. The cabin steward, John, did a nice job cleaning our room several times a day. The balcony had two lounge chairs and a small table. Inside the cabin was a small sofa, coffee table, desk, chair, sizeable closet, drawer space, a safe, adjustable thermostat and a hairdryer. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The power in the cabin included a standard U.S. 110v and a standard European 2-prong 220v outlet. The bathroom was standard with sink, toilet, shower, and shelf space.

We alternated between eating in the dining room and at the Horizon Court Buffet for all our meals. The buffet area was huge, divided into several sections, and confusingly laid out. Other than the salad and dessert areas, the two main sections did not have duplicate foods so we had to visit both to see what was being served. I asked a waiter on the first day about how the sections were divided and he said, one section was for the lighter/healthier foods and the other section was for the heavier foods, but I saw a mixture of both in each area.

We felt the menu choices in Main Dining whether for lunch or dinner were limited. Maybe because we have been on too many cruises. We had Sabatini's one night and it was no different. I was also surprised there was just one formal night as all 7 day cruises I have been on had two.

The Movies Under the Stars was great as there seemed to be always something on the big screen during the day and night. We were surprised a few times the headline entertainers in the Princess Theater performed to a somewhat empty theater. Julio Delgado who did the Destination Presentations was really helpful and funny. He helped orient us on what to expect in town the following day when we arrive into port. We thought the onboard activities were varied and fun.

There are quite a few self-service washer & dryers on various decks and we were able to find one available to do our laundry. Use your cruise card to buy tokens in the laundry room for the washer & dryer ($3 each) plus detergent ($1.50). I brought my own dryer sheets from home.

We loved each port. We joined the Princess excursion for "The Best of Santorini" and "Taormina On Our Own". The Santorini excursion was excellent, but the trip to Taormina was too short. We arrived into Messina port at noon, but our excursion/bus ride to Taormina didn't start until 2pm which left us less than 3 hours in Taormina. We could have traveled there on our own at a lower cost if we didn't have such a short port time and I didn't want to risk getting lost. In Kotor, Montenegro, we walked into town after getting off the tender and hiked St. John's Fortress for 3 Euros. From the top, the view is spectacular. I recommend doing the climb early because of the heat and less people. The leisure hike can take up to an hour each way if you take it slow, enjoy the scenery, and take lots of pictures. After you get back into town, you can enjoy many of the nice eateries in town. In Naples, we booked a tour on our own with "Italy Tours.EU" prior to starting the cruise. They were excellent and reasonably price compared to the Princess' tour. In a small group of 11 people, we visited Pompeii with a English speaking guide, Sorrento, a Limoncello factory, and drove through a part of the Amalfi Coast drive. In Barcelona where we disembarked, we took an 8 hour small group tour around Barcelona via "Barcelona Day Tours" which we booked prior to the cruise. We visited Montserrat, and our English speaking guide gave us an excellent tour of Park Güell, detailed explanation of the Sagrada Família and La Pedrera facades.

After the tour, we stayed an extra day in Barcelona by La Ramblas and did sightseeing on our own. (Gothic Quarters, Casa Batllo, the beaches, Port Olimpic, Centre Marmagnum, Port Vell, ...etc.)
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