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We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary and timing as we like to escape our New England winters - we have cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, NCL, Oceania and Royal - this was our first Princess experience and we tried not to make comparisons, as each line has its strengths and weaknesses. Embarkation was quick and efficient and our deluxe balcony stateroom E126 was ready when we boarded at 1. Small but adequate - our steward Jon was friendly and attentive. Balcony door was a single door that opened out (not a slider) and was difficult to maneuver around in the limited space. Royal Princess is a beautiful ship and we loved that there were so many common areas to sit and relax - the shows were predictable, lots of live music throughout the ship, and many bars and restaurants to grab a drink and a snack. Did not care for the daytime movies by the main pool area. The sound blaring from all the speakers did not make for a relaxing time in the Caribbean. I wish they would move the movies to another area so we could relax poolside undisturbed. We did find the adults only pool to be a better option, though it was extremely windy being on the uppermost deck. Formal nights, we dressed nicely, but are so done with gowns and tuxes. Thankfully, many of our fellow cruisers felt the same and we didn't feel out of place or underdressed. We enjoyed all the bars on the ship but especially liked Bellinis. Always found a seat and the bartenders got to know us and our favorite beverages. We did purchase the drink package and probably spent more than if we had paid per drink but it was nice to not have to deal with paying as we went along. We did not do any excursions through the ship - but just spent the day on the beach at each of the ports - after many cruises, we don't like to be herded around on someone else's schedule. Major disappointment with the cruise was the food - the buffet was ho-hum and the main dining room fare, while not bad, lacked the wow factor - the choices, preparation and preparation were just ok - nothing memorable. Anytime dining worked well for us - we requested a table for 2 and ate later, so never waited and service was quite good, with one exception, a server named Alexa who, on two occasions, gave us a generous dose of attitude - Not sure if it were a language or semantics issue, but she clearly needs instruction in how to speak to her customers. We did enjoy Alfredos for lunch on a couple of sea days - too bad they don't offer a dinner menu in the evening to better utilize the space. A pizza and salad is not my idea of dinner while on vacation. Likewise a burger as an "everyday" option for dinner in the main dining room is again, not "enough" - a steak was offered but carried an additional charge of $19. All in all, we enjoyed our cruise but for the $$ we spent, not sure we will be back. Primarily because while the cruise itself was pleasant enough, there was nothing special enough to book another anytime soon.

Loved the itinerary and the ship - the food, not so much!

Royal Princess Cruise Review by ninaslcpa

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We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary and timing as we like to escape our New England winters - we have cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, NCL, Oceania and Royal - this was our first Princess experience and we tried not to make comparisons, as each line has its strengths and weaknesses.

Embarkation was quick and efficient and our deluxe balcony stateroom E126 was ready when we boarded at 1. Small but adequate - our steward Jon was friendly and attentive. Balcony door was a single door that opened out (not a slider) and was difficult to maneuver around in the limited space.

Royal Princess is a beautiful ship and we loved that there were so many common areas to sit and relax - the shows were predictable, lots of live music throughout the ship, and many bars and restaurants to grab a drink and a snack.

Did not care for the daytime movies by the main pool area. The sound blaring from all the speakers did not make for a relaxing time in the Caribbean. I wish they would move the movies to another area so we could relax poolside undisturbed. We did find the adults only pool to be a better option, though it was extremely windy being on the uppermost deck.

Formal nights, we dressed nicely, but are so done with gowns and tuxes. Thankfully, many of our fellow cruisers felt the same and we didn't feel out of place or underdressed.

We enjoyed all the bars on the ship but especially liked Bellinis. Always found a seat and the bartenders got to know us and our favorite beverages. We did purchase the drink package and probably spent more than if we had paid per drink but it was nice to not have to deal with paying as we went along.

We did not do any excursions through the ship - but just spent the day on the beach at each of the ports - after many cruises, we don't like to be herded around on someone else's schedule.

Major disappointment with the cruise was the food - the buffet was ho-hum and the main dining room fare, while not bad, lacked the wow factor - the choices, preparation and preparation were just ok - nothing memorable. Anytime dining worked well for us - we requested a table for 2 and ate later, so never waited and service was quite good, with one exception, a server named Alexa who, on two occasions, gave us a generous dose of attitude - Not sure if it were a language or semantics issue, but she clearly needs instruction in how to speak to her customers. We did enjoy Alfredos for lunch on a couple of sea days - too bad they don't offer a dinner menu in the evening to better utilize the space. A pizza and salad is not my idea of dinner while on vacation. Likewise a burger as an "everyday" option for dinner in the main dining room is again, not "enough" - a steak was offered but carried an additional charge of $19.

All in all, we enjoyed our cruise but for the $$ we spent, not sure we will be back. Primarily because while the cruise itself was pleasant enough, there was nothing special enough to book another anytime soon.
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Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DF E126
Small but adequate - lots of hanging space - deluxe balcony had a small sofa - balcony door was heavy and awkward. Stateroom was forward on Deck 8 but convenient to elevators and quiet.
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