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Embarkation absolutely fastest, friendliest and most-efficient ever. Really enjoyed this experience, as well as sail away from Fort Lauderdale. The ship is big, and manages crowds well. Anytime dining was a good option, and the Symphony dining room staff is great. Warm greetings, good service and good conversation with fellow passengers, too. We chose this cruise for the new experience to explore the Atlantic side of South America, specifically Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We mostly enjoy sea days for the relaxation, and excursions not a priority. Rio was a nice plus, with a good, albeit brief tour of Sugarloaf. An overnight here would have been welcomed, if anyone's listening. Fortaleza was a disappointment, with a tour guide who barely spoke English, never led the group anywhere, and thanks to a delay exiting the ship had to bring us back early. Salvador has an easily accessible funicular that will take you up the hill to the UNESCO shopping area for 15 centavos each way. They won't take $US, but the ticket girl's brother will sell you 2 pesos for a dollar. Glad we skipped the guided tour up here, because the nicest part is undergoing an urban renewal, and that entire plaza is fenced off. Still, it was a good stroll around the adjacent plaza and shops there. Montevideo is beautiful, and the short tour of the city very informative. People who went out to the ranches said they really enjoyed their experience. We'd heard disembarking in Buenos Aires can be difficult, and inquired about a morning city tour ending up at the Hotel Sofitel despite being booked at the nearby Hotel Sileo. We were told no problem, and booked the tour. We were later told we had to come back down and rebook to the drop off at city center. It took yet another trip to the Shore Excursion Desk to get the name of the hotel, which is the Sheraton Convention Center. As luck would have it, a combination of passengers with immigration issues and a collision of two MSC ships in Buenos Aires resulted in a delay of arrival into that port until about 2pm. This resulted in the cancelation of everyone's shore excursions. Already receiving luggage tags to send our bags to the Sheraton, we were told we needed new tags and would need to find our own way ashore. We later found out we could have kept those bags out for collection and retrieved them at the hotel. We are still wondering why Princess did not verify luggage colors/numbers before allowing passengers off the gangway. Literally hundreds of passengers left the gangway ahead of their luggage being ready. We entered what looked like a stockyard of cattle pushing their way to the edge of the fencing in the unlit warehouse, blocking access to the other end for those of us whose luggage was there. We managed out to the sidewalk to await a taxi. While the cue ahead of us went quickly, there was a forty-minute lull in available cabs once we got to the front of the line. It is unfathomable that Princess did not have any contingency in place for such a delay. Qui L'umbo. It is such a beautiful ship and staff. Our sympathies to our fellow passengers and crew whose plans changed for the worse due to this delay, but enjoy safe and happy travels moving forward.

Nice Cruise if you can get off

Royal Princess Cruise Review by OldLuckyPierre

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Embarkation absolutely fastest, friendliest and most-efficient ever. Really enjoyed this experience, as well as sail away from Fort Lauderdale.

The ship is big, and manages crowds well. Anytime dining was a good option, and the Symphony dining room staff is great. Warm greetings, good service and good conversation with fellow passengers, too.

We chose this cruise for the new experience to explore the Atlantic side of South America, specifically Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We mostly enjoy sea days for the relaxation, and excursions not a priority. Rio was a nice plus, with a good, albeit brief tour of Sugarloaf. An overnight here would have been welcomed, if anyone's listening. Fortaleza was a disappointment, with a tour guide who barely spoke English, never led the group anywhere, and thanks to a delay exiting the ship had to bring us back early.

Salvador has an easily accessible funicular that will take you up the hill to the UNESCO shopping area for 15 centavos each way. They won't take $US, but the ticket girl's brother will sell you 2 pesos for a dollar. Glad we skipped the guided tour up here, because the nicest part is undergoing an urban renewal, and that entire plaza is fenced off. Still, it was a good stroll around the adjacent plaza and shops there.

Montevideo is beautiful, and the short tour of the city very informative. People who went out to the ranches said they really enjoyed their experience.

We'd heard disembarking in Buenos Aires can be difficult, and inquired about a morning city tour ending up at the Hotel Sofitel despite being booked at the nearby Hotel Sileo. We were told no problem, and booked the tour. We were later told we had to come back down and rebook to the drop off at city center. It took yet another trip to the Shore Excursion Desk to get the name of the hotel, which is the Sheraton Convention Center.

As luck would have it, a combination of passengers with immigration issues and a collision of two MSC ships in Buenos Aires resulted in a delay of arrival into that port until about 2pm. This resulted in the cancelation of everyone's shore excursions. Already receiving luggage tags to send our bags to the Sheraton, we were told we needed new tags and would need to find our own way ashore. We later found out we could have kept those bags out for collection and retrieved them at the hotel.

We are still wondering why Princess did not verify luggage colors/numbers before allowing passengers off the gangway. Literally hundreds of passengers left the gangway ahead of their luggage being ready. We entered what looked like a stockyard of cattle pushing their way to the edge of the fencing in the unlit warehouse, blocking access to the other end for those of us whose luggage was there. We managed out to the sidewalk to await a taxi. While the cue ahead of us went quickly, there was a forty-minute lull in available cabs once we got to the front of the line. It is unfathomable that Princess did not have any contingency in place for such a delay. Qui L'umbo.

It is such a beautiful ship and staff. Our sympathies to our fellow passengers and crew whose plans changed for the worse due to this delay, but enjoy safe and happy travels moving forward.
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Balcony
Cabin BD R727
Staterooms are average in size, but the open closet makes a much nicer shower-to-clothes experience. We did not miss the sofa, and enjoyed the extra space. The balcony is your typical 42 sq. ft., but the chairs are adjustable for sunning. Mimi, our cabin attendant was a lot of fun, and really made our stay enjoyable.

This is only two decks down from good coffee in the Lido, and three from the fitness center. Self-service laundry is just up the hall from this room. I recommend 4-5 a.m. if you want to get in without a wait. The token machines are frequently out of service, so be sure to get your tokens before you lug your clothes down there.
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