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DH and I with our friends started our vacation in London for 2 days before embarking on cruise. We stayed at the Premier Inn County Hall right next to the London Eye. Of course we went on the Eye. The next day, we all took the “Afternoon Tea Bus”. This is a double-decker bus outfitted with tables and a proper tea is served while you drive around and see the sights. Both savory and sweet treats were wonderful. Since we all had been to London before, we wanted something a little unique and we found it. Our car service picked us up Sunday morning to drive to Southampton. As usual, Princess embarkation was a breeze. They know how to do it! There was a delay is accessing our rooms but we had no problem getting a wonderful lunch at the buffet. We have sailed with Princess multiple times. This was the first time on Royal class ships. We had a standard balcony room. The storage still remains good. The balcony is definitely smaller but held two chairs and a small table. Since this was a port intensive cruise, the balcony wasn’t much of a factor here, but, had we been on a longer cruise with more sea-days, I probably would not have been as happy. We both LOVED the entertainment choices available to us. We had a large TV (?42 inches) with on-demand movies that you can start when you want. Other than the on-demand programming, which included all of the port talks and lectures, the news programming was Fox news, MSNBC news, ESPN, BBC and some other channels. The food was good to very good. Mostly we ended up in the Horizon Buffet as the choices and quality was very good. We liked the setup there with most of the dessert items in a separate space. The only time we had difficulty finding a table was the usual times. On port days, before excursions and on sea days, if you came later. Also, the weather was not always warm, so tables outdoors on deck were not really utilized much. We did eat in the main dining room once without any complaints. Food and service was good. We had dinner in the Crown Grille. Although the food was delicious, we all felt a bit rushed. We were still enjoying our appetizers when our meals arrived. So, the pacing was off. We also ate at Sabatini’s. The last couple of cruises, we have been disappointed by Sabatini’s. The food is always good and the service is exceptional, but, there’s something missing for us. I really prefer the old way, where multiple small plates are brought around – almost a sampling menu. Again, personal preference. The reason we were at Sabatini’s was it was a customer service gift because of a situation in our room that was ignored by maintenance for 3 days in spite of our steward reporting it multiple times. I finally went to customer services. It was fixed later that day. FYI-our room telephone was not working. The only other places we ate were the Alfredos Pizzeria. This is a sit-down restaurant – no charge – that serves made to order pizzas, calzones, and pasta. Very nice addition. The other place was the International Café. Love, love, love this place. We noted that the seating options on the Royal class ships had greatly increased our ability to find comfortable seating. Our main criticism was during shore excursions. Both DH and I have some mobility problems. DH uses a cane. We deliberately picked our shore excursions keeping that in mind. The worst problem was on our first excursion in St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey. This is a tender port. We boarded the tender as directed, then proceeded to sit bobbing up and down for 45 minutes with no explanation. Apparently, there had been an accident earlier that caused the delay. We certainly understand that, but an announcement on the tender would have made a major difference. On our return that day, we were not able to board the tender back to the ship for one hour and 20 minutes. During that time, we had to stand in line. Some of the locals did approach my husband asking if he would like to sit somewhere. Not wanting to leave me and our friends, he did not take advantage of the offer. Again, miscommunication. Perhaps a few benches for those needing relief. Many of the passengers are in the same position we are – not young and with some difficulties. Princess, please communicate. Overall, we had a wonderful cruise and have already purchased our future cruise credit.

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Royal Princess Cruise Review by cruisin' aunt

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DH and I with our friends started our vacation in London for 2 days before embarking on cruise. We stayed at the Premier Inn County Hall right next to the London Eye. Of course we went on the Eye. The next day, we all took the “Afternoon Tea Bus”. This is a double-decker bus outfitted with tables and a proper tea is served while you drive around and see the sights. Both savory and sweet treats were wonderful. Since we all had been to London before, we wanted something a little unique and we found it.

Our car service picked us up Sunday morning to drive to Southampton. As usual, Princess embarkation was a breeze. They know how to do it! There was a delay is accessing our rooms but we had no problem getting a wonderful lunch at the buffet.

We have sailed with Princess multiple times. This was the first time on Royal class ships. We had a standard balcony room. The storage still remains good. The balcony is definitely smaller but held two chairs and a small table. Since this was a port intensive cruise, the balcony wasn’t much of a factor here, but, had we been on a longer cruise with more sea-days, I probably would not have been as happy. We both LOVED the entertainment choices available to us. We had a large TV (?42 inches) with on-demand movies that you can start when you want. Other than the on-demand programming, which included all of the port talks and lectures, the news programming was Fox news, MSNBC news, ESPN, BBC and some other channels.

The food was good to very good. Mostly we ended up in the Horizon Buffet as the choices and quality was very good. We liked the setup there with most of the dessert items in a separate space. The only time we had difficulty finding a table was the usual times. On port days, before excursions and on sea days, if you came later. Also, the weather was not always warm, so tables outdoors on deck were not really utilized much.

We did eat in the main dining room once without any complaints. Food and service was good. We had dinner in the Crown Grille. Although the food was delicious, we all felt a bit rushed. We were still enjoying our appetizers when our meals arrived. So, the pacing was off. We also ate at Sabatini’s. The last couple of cruises, we have been disappointed by Sabatini’s. The food is always good and the service is exceptional, but, there’s something missing for us. I really prefer the old way, where multiple small plates are brought around – almost a sampling menu. Again, personal preference.

The reason we were at Sabatini’s was it was a customer service gift because of a situation in our room that was ignored by maintenance for 3 days in spite of our steward reporting it multiple times. I finally went to customer services. It was fixed later that day. FYI-our room telephone was not working.

The only other places we ate were the Alfredos Pizzeria. This is a sit-down restaurant – no charge – that serves made to order pizzas, calzones, and pasta. Very nice addition. The other place was the International Café. Love, love, love this place. We noted that the seating options on the Royal class ships had greatly increased our ability to find comfortable seating.

Our main criticism was during shore excursions. Both DH and I have some mobility problems. DH uses a cane. We deliberately picked our shore excursions keeping that in mind. The worst problem was on our first excursion in St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey. This is a tender port. We boarded the tender as directed, then proceeded to sit bobbing up and down for 45 minutes with no explanation. Apparently, there had been an accident earlier that caused the delay. We certainly understand that, but an announcement on the tender would have made a major difference.

On our return that day, we were not able to board the tender back to the ship for one hour and 20 minutes. During that time, we had to stand in line. Some of the locals did approach my husband asking if he would like to sit somewhere. Not wanting to leave me and our friends, he did not take advantage of the offer. Again, miscommunication. Perhaps a few benches for those needing relief. Many of the passengers are in the same position we are – not young and with some difficulties.

Princess, please communicate.

Overall, we had a wonderful cruise and have already purchased our future cruise credit.
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We had a standard balcony room. The storage still remains good. The balcony is definitely smaller but held two chairs and a small table. Since this was a port intensive cruise, the balcony wasn’t much of a factor here, but, had we been on a longer cruise with more sea-days, I probably would not have been as happy. We both LOVED the entertainment choices available to us. We had a large TV (?42 inches) with on-demand movies that you can start when you want. Other than the on-demand programming, which included all of the port talks and lectures, the news programming was Fox news, MSNBC news, ESPN, BBC and some other channels.
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