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The diving ports of Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cosumel were the reason we chose this cruise. We hadn't sailed Princess in awhile and did have several cruises to choose from with these ports. We chose Princess because it was the 4 of us, all adults, who were looking for a particular experience. We also hadn't sailed on such a big ship for several years the last one being the Carnival Dream so were looking to see what specific venues/experiences they might offer. We were all very plesantly surprised. Here are some of the highlights :The dining in the main dining room, as well as the veal ravioli in Alfredo's was exceptional both for quality of food and service. The productions in the Princess Theatre were top notch. Especially the production "encore" the comedian Steve Caouette, and the band "Static" who did an exceptional job with the dance parties that had to be moved indoors due to rain/windy conditions. The house band was also exceptional. I'm only giving this 4 stars in public rooms because the theatre is very small compared to the size of the ship and you MUST get there at LEAST a half hour early for the early 7-8 p.m. show. Also due to the windy conditions our Grand Cayman tender port had to be cancelled. The cruise director Matt-O and his staff did an incredible job getting us a new "Princess Patter" with additional activities available on board to compensate for the downtime of a cancelled port which is now a "at sea" day. My coffee card (which also works for gelato") was a great buy. As was the water in bottles that were delivered to my room prior to the cruise. Both available on the Princess website. I will definately consider Princess again when booking our next adult cruise. Disney and Carnival would still be my choice for families with kids.

Excellent cruise from beginning to end

Royal Princess Cruise Review by ckorni1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony (obstructed view)
The diving ports of Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cosumel were the reason we chose this cruise.

We hadn't sailed Princess in awhile and did have several cruises to choose from with these ports. We chose Princess because it was the 4 of us, all adults, who were looking for a particular experience. We also hadn't sailed on such a big ship for several years the last one being the Carnival Dream so were looking to see what specific venues/experiences they might offer.

We were all very plesantly surprised. Here are some of the highlights

:The dining in the main dining room, as well as the veal ravioli in Alfredo's was exceptional both for quality of food and service.

The productions in the Princess Theatre were top notch. Especially the production "encore" the comedian Steve Caouette, and the band "Static" who did an exceptional job with the dance parties that had to be moved indoors due to rain/windy conditions. The house band was also exceptional. I'm only giving this 4 stars in public rooms because the theatre is very small compared to the size of the ship and you MUST get there at LEAST a half hour early for the early 7-8 p.m. show.

Also due to the windy conditions our Grand Cayman tender port had to be cancelled. The cruise director Matt-O and his staff did an incredible job getting us a new "Princess Patter" with additional activities available on board to compensate for the downtime of a cancelled port which is now a "at sea" day.

My coffee card (which also works for gelato") was a great buy. As was the water in bottles that were delivered to my room prior to the cruise. Both available on the Princess website.

I will definately consider Princess again when booking our next adult cruise. Disney and Carnival would still be my choice for families with kids.
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Balcony (obstructed view)
Cabin BW E524
This cabin does have an obstructed view with the top of a lifeboat reaching to the top of the balcony railing. It was not intrusive at all when you were standing but did prevent some views if sitting in the balcony chairs. However, since it did provide additional privacy, I didn't mind it at all and would do it again based on the difference in price.
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