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Royal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Royal Princess Cruise Review by poipie

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

the first word that comes to mind about the Royal Princess is WAIT ....

The ship is very nice the main plaza has a "rich" look. the ship has a nice layout, you should never feel crowded.

The shows are different every night, to satisfy every taste.

Emergency drill is becoming a joke .... they do it only to annoy passengers ... what will people do in case of an emergency ... .eg. Costa Concordia ....

The food is good either at the cafeteria or the dinning room. Menu covers all sections of "palate" beef, chicken, pork, vegetarian and fish. I think the staff was reaching the end of their contract .... they looked tired .... distant .... cold attitude but always polite. Saw better on other cruises

we did only a dozen of cruises, first time on Princess, but never waited this long to embark the ship, never waited this long to disembark in EVERY port (up to 2 hours ).... unless you purchase a one of their excursions (read delux bus ride)

Dining room you will wait to get a table if you are "selective" otherwise they place you with other who already have started their dinner ....


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Balcony

was OK, no comments worth mentioning


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Like many tour offered by the ship it ends as a "bus ride" we stopped at the lock ness and the castle. The tour included a lunch in a restaurant within a hotel. I would recommend instead to visit the Inverness village on your own, we went through by bus(no stop) it looked much nicer than what we saw on our tour

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Le Havre

le havre has less than nothing to offer .... you need to go to Honfleur, need a taxi to reach the village

Dublin

The city provided free bus shuttle to the city from the port, the problem I think they sit people by alphabetic order (LOL) it took us 2 hours to get out of the ship ....

we visited the "tourist trap" Guinness brewery, a word of advise RESERVED YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET IN ADVANCE. It is interesting if you want to know how its made (3 ingredients) and you get a coupon changeable for a pint of Guinness at the end of the tour. Be aware its a very popular attraction. On the way back to the bus stop many monuments to see ....

Belfast

We took a HOHO tour from the wrong company .... better tour itinerary but less buses than the red bus HOHO, the problem is nobody gets off the bus during the tour ... you may end up standing up or not be able to get on. We stopped at the Titanic museum which is worth it. The bus runs through different parts of the town which made history ... the scars are still visible.

Greenock (Glasgow)

we took the train to downtown, very easy to buy tickets. Big (steep) hill to get to the station. 20 minutes ride to the downtown station, for the return you can ask any station employee and they will gladly direct you to the right train. we did our own walking tour.

Cobh (Cork)

very interesting for informations about the (last) embarkation port of the Titanic. The museum outside the port, (on the right) give you a name of a passenger, when you finish the visit they tell you if you survived or not. Besides that lots of information about the Titanic and the place occupied by cruise ships those days


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