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Travel into Rome day early..... stayed at Airport Hilton.... 4 of us to port by private van. 105 euros. Checked in at noon, and went directly to our rooms, mini suite. Too easy. We chose this trip for the itinerary, traveling with friends. Not disappointed at all.... excellent! We did some organized tours, some not.... easy to walk... First time on Royal. Yes everything is bigger, but replicated much of the same 'Princess' motif as can be seen in previous generation of ship....didn't 'wow' us. Bathroom design is dated, size of balconies very very small, dining room menu/food ok... nothing to shout home about. Flow of Buffet - people/food stations improved....Specialty restaurants good. Entertainment ok. Princess Live can be fun.... check it out. Disembarkation in Barcelona fast... I give the trip 4+ stars for itinerary, 3 for the ship experience. With all the new large modern design ships out there, the Royal doesn't jump out as all that 'new.' I guess works for loyal Princess cruisers, but there is a lot of other to choose from.... and this is coming from an Elite....we are equal opportunity cruisers and sail everyone....

Great itinerary, ship experience ok

Royal Princess Cruise Review by SVBing

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Travel into Rome day early..... stayed at Airport Hilton.... 4 of us to port by private van. 105 euros. Checked in at noon, and went directly to our rooms, mini suite. Too easy.

We chose this trip for the itinerary, traveling with friends. Not disappointed at all.... excellent! We did some organized tours, some not.... easy to walk...

First time on Royal. Yes everything is bigger, but replicated much of the same 'Princess' motif as can be seen in previous generation of ship....didn't 'wow' us. Bathroom design is dated, size of balconies very very small, dining room menu/food ok... nothing to shout home about. Flow of Buffet - people/food stations improved....Specialty restaurants good. Entertainment ok. Princess Live can be fun.... check it out. Disembarkation in Barcelona fast... I give the trip 4+ stars for itinerary, 3 for the ship experience. With all the new large modern design ships out there, the Royal doesn't jump out as all that 'new.' I guess works for loyal Princess cruisers, but there is a lot of other to choose from.... and this is coming from an Elite....we are equal opportunity cruisers and sail everyone....
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin ME A211
Mini suite in same design as previous generation of ship, maybe not quite as nice, but good room. Bathroom a throw back from previous generation ship, and balcony so so small... disappointing. Forward location, can wait for elevators, use stairs.
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Oh.... and Alfredo’s is a pleasant free alternative light Italian eatery, try for lunch or dinner.