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We booked this cruise last minute (almost), two days prior. Got a great rate through CruisesOnly.com. OMG, what a great time we had!!! The ship is BEAUTIFUL, the staff is great, and the food is amazing (be careful, you'll over do it like I did and spend a night moaning in your cabin, missing all the fun activities and shows). My husband and I chose to renew our wedding vows on board. What a nice package they give you and the ceremony was performed by the personable Captain Nick Nash (thanks, Cpt, Nash!). Particularly noteworthy are Cruise Director "Matt O" (Matthew O'Brien) and Crooners Lounge star, Perry Grant. Both great fun personalities, high energy and talented. Matt is like a combination of "Where's Waldo," Austin Powers, and Pee Wee Herman! What a hoot! Perry is a multi-talented, comedic version of Liberace. However, about 7 days in, Matt was reportedly taken ill and "given the night off." But he never reappeared. We all hope he's alright now. If anyone knows what happened to him, we'd appreciate knowing. He is such a mensch (sweet dear guy). We had 6 people in our party (three staterooms). The cruise personnel at the main desk (Deck 5) were extremely helpful and accommodating. And also of note, a gentleman in charge of the Atlantis Submarine excursion on Barbados. Booking excursions on the RP ship, we could only book 4 of us on the 11:45 sub trip and one on the 12:45 sub trip, and one person could not get a spot at all. We asked on the dock, and at the very last moment, the Atlantis excursion manager tried and was able to finagle seats for all 6 of us on one trip, making us very happy! All in all, a beautiful, memorable vacation of a lifetime.

FABULOUS!

Royal Princess Cruise Review by RoyalPrincessLovers

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We booked this cruise last minute (almost), two days prior. Got a great rate through CruisesOnly.com. OMG, what a great time we had!!! The ship is BEAUTIFUL, the staff is great, and the food is amazing (be careful, you'll over do it like I did and spend a night moaning in your cabin, missing all the fun activities and shows).

My husband and I chose to renew our wedding vows on board. What a nice package they give you and the ceremony was performed by the personable Captain Nick Nash (thanks, Cpt, Nash!).

Particularly noteworthy are Cruise Director "Matt O" (Matthew O'Brien) and Crooners Lounge star, Perry Grant. Both great fun personalities, high energy and talented. Matt is like a combination of "Where's Waldo," Austin Powers, and Pee Wee Herman! What a hoot! Perry is a multi-talented, comedic version of Liberace. However, about 7 days in, Matt was reportedly taken ill and "given the night off." But he never reappeared. We all hope he's alright now. If anyone knows what happened to him, we'd appreciate knowing. He is such a mensch (sweet dear guy).

We had 6 people in our party (three staterooms). The cruise personnel at the main desk (Deck 5) were extremely helpful and accommodating. And also of note, a gentleman in charge of the Atlantis Submarine excursion on Barbados. Booking excursions on the RP ship, we could only book 4 of us on the 11:45 sub trip and one on the 12:45 sub trip, and one person could not get a spot at all. We asked on the dock, and at the very last moment, the Atlantis excursion manager tried and was able to finagle seats for all 6 of us on one trip, making us very happy!

All in all, a beautiful, memorable vacation of a lifetime.
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Cabin IB R220-1,226
Very, very nice. Extremely comfortable bed, comforter, down pillows, good towels, great steward service. We did not mind no windows because we were barely ever in our rooms, so much to do on board, even on sea days. We thought it was a great value.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    Nice time, wandered on our own, rented taxi to tour town, historic sites, fort, etc. Taxi tours booked just outside dock are great values, friendly drivers narrate tour and wait for you to walk around at each stop. Avoid the tourist trap pricey jewelry stores. Great flea markets/street vendors. Street vendors in Dominican Republic were about 1/10th to 1/8th the prices of St. Thomas. For example: the same sized chunk of uncut (but polished) larimar was $25 in D.R. and $250 in St.Thomas flea market (guys in DR are very eager to bargain, no bargaining in St. Thomas).
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  • Antigua
    We walked around downtown and visited a bar and a few shops with new friends from the cruise ship whom we met on the catamaran. Did a bit of shopping, sampled local beer, and found the only location on the trip with fast, free wifi Internet.
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  • Catamaran Sail
    Great catamaran cruise with Wadadli Catamarans. Snorkeling would have been better, but it stormed the night before and the sea was rough and cloudy. Visibility underwater was very poor. Not the Cat crew's fault, just nature. A crew member chummed the water with garlic bread which attracted schools of yellow jack and needle fish to swarm around us, awesome! Despite no view of the reef, it was a fun ride with plenty of very potent rum punch and then a brief beach swim which was great, but all too brief.
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  • Barbados
    We got a taxi van with a friendly driver. He showed us around town. Stopped at an historic church and an then gave us an hour at Carlisle Beach before getting us back to the ship. My son and his girlfriend rented a jet ski for 40 minutes. Very nice beach with a real cute beach club.
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  • Atlantis Submarine
    Wonderful experience, expensive at $130 pp, but well worth it, most popular and heavily booked tour. Book early, but FEAR NOT! We had a party of six. Went online on ship to book, but there was only one ticket left. An hour later, we checked again and there was another time slot opened up. We bought 4 tickets on that time slot and the one ticket on the later trip, but one person in our group could not get a ticket (and she was a marine science student). Sold out! We got to the tour desk at the port and the Atlantis tour manager noticed that my one son was on a different time slot. He found my son a seat together with my husband, second son, his girlfriend, and me in OUR time slot. Then he noticed we were distressed because my first son's girlfriend (the marine science student) did not have a ticket and being Christmas Day, virtually EVERY other shore activity was CLOSED. She would have to sit for 2-1/2 hours waiting for us. He said he'd see what he could do. He finally found room for her on our trip because there were many small children who would obviously be in their parents laps. He was hesitant at first, because he did not have a voucher for the cruise ship to pay for her ticket and he could not accept payment on shore. We pleaded and I asked him to just write my information from my cruise card on a slip of paper and I'll sign it. He did. We all went happily on the submarine together and had an amazing time. The ticket price was magically on our statement by the time we got back to the ship. All's well that ends well. So, if it looks booked at first...wait and look again. Still booked? Check with the big man on shore!! Thanks, Big Guy!
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  • Island Tour
    Rented a taxi van with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable driver, Michelle (Mike). It was a 5-hour comprehensive tour (including a short stop at his own home). We drove the northerly big loop road through the rain forest, a brief stop at Jardin de Balata (as it was very crowded), and a longer stop at Fontaine Didier (Waterfall), beautiful! Then we went on an extension trip up to a very steep, stepped and very soggy hiking trail up Mount Pelée (we hiked up a short way into the thick fog before giving up - encountered other cruise members coming back down who claimed to have made it the 5 miles to the top and back - yeah, sure!)
    Then to Saint Pierre with a short stop at the smaller volcano museum and views of the ruins. Then a return drive down the coast road at sunset. With narratives about how life is on the island (jobs, economy, real estate, politics), and as a French citizen.
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  • St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    We were accosted by taxi (or van) men at the dock offering extensive island tours for very reasonably prices. It really is the best value for the price. Less expensive than cruise-booked tours. Narrated and included stop at Brimstone Hill and other places.
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  • St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    Tourist trap!! Very pricey jewelry stores. Rip-off flea market/Street vendors. Street vendors in Dominican Republic were about 1/10th to 1/8th the prices. For example: the same sized chunk of uncut (but polished) larimar was $25 in D.R. and $250 in St.Thomas flea market (no bargaining there either).
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  • St. Thomas
    It was too hot, steep hills and stairs to climb, town was boring and ugly (partially due to hurricane damage and most places still closed).
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  • Catamaran Tour
    Really nice Champagne Sunset Cruise, great staff with Castaway Girl.
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