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This was our 4th cruise with Princess. I don't know if it is just this ship or itinerary but we were disappointed in several things: 1) Dining room food was mediocre, 2) Dining personnel seemed indifferent with the exception of a couple that warmed up, 3) Dining service was slow, 4) Tendering at 2 ports was awful. We waited over an hour in one line without even moving. People further back us said they waited 2 hrs. We had no complaints on any of our previous cruises. That being said, we did enjoy the itinerary of the various ports/countries. We had fantastic private tours that gave us wonderful views of the country/cities along with the history of each. The person who kept our cabin was extraordinary. He was friendly, always ready to help, greeted you with a friendly smile and hello every time we met in the hallway. Would we do this again? YES! Do we hope they improve? YES!

Ports great. Ship lacking.

Royal Princess Cruise Review by Cooperdooper

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This was our 4th cruise with Princess. I don't know if it is just this ship or itinerary but we were disappointed in several things: 1) Dining room food was mediocre, 2) Dining personnel seemed indifferent with the exception of a couple that warmed up, 3) Dining service was slow, 4) Tendering at 2 ports was awful. We waited over an hour in one line without even moving. People further back us said they waited 2 hrs. We had no complaints on any of our previous cruises. That being said, we did enjoy the itinerary of the various ports/countries. We had fantastic private tours that gave us wonderful views of the country/cities along with the history of each. The person who kept our cabin was extraordinary. He was friendly, always ready to help, greeted you with a friendly smile and hello every time we met in the hallway. Would we do this again? YES! Do we hope they improve? YES!
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MC M318
Our cabin was very roomy. The bath had a full tub with shower. There were 2 electric outlets. I brought a multi-plug for our various devices which worked well, leaving other plug for hairdryer.
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