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Royal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
1,684 Reviews

Mostly good but some very bad

Royal Princess Cruise Review by denden12

2 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony

The breadth of ports was very attractive, from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, the long way. It enabled visiting places that one might not see otherwise. Prices for cabins with an "obstructed view" were excellent & the view was still quite good. Dining & entertainment were terrific! Condition of cabin was very fine.

A couple of excursions were horrible and many very over-priced.

Sailing around the tip of S. America was lovely and very interesting.

The crew failed to assure that all passengers had valid travel documents. This resulted in our being kept in Montevideo for several extra hours & arriving in Buenos Aires about 9 hours late. That meant hundreds of people missed their flights home & we missed our flight to visit Iguazu Falls. Plus, hundreds had to sit in a non-air conditioned terminal while waiting many hours for the ship to arrive. Some Princess employees should be fired for that, or shot!

Fitness Center was the best of any ship that we have been on.

Princess over sold the excursion to the Christ The Redeemer Statue in Rio. Result was standing around for hours due to not enough vehicles for the number of passengers. Tour should have taken 90 to 100 minutes. It took over 4 1/2 hours. At a couple of ports, Princess only bought space for one tender boat at a time to dock. This resulted in the trip on the tender boats to take 50 to 60 minutes when it should have taken 15 to 20. The staff at the Excursion Desk were not empowered to satisfy the many, many dissatisfied customers.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DW E529

Very nice. The view was not very obstructed, but saved a lot of $$.

Steward, Eugene, was excellent.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Turtle Swim

Fun & good

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City Tour

Everyone really enjoyed the tour of Montevideo. Neat city & tour. Quite safe too.

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Buenos Aires

Our visit was very limited due to Princess ship arriving about 9 hours late. People should be fired for their incompetence. They failed to complete the most basic of duties, that is, assure that all passengers have valid travel documents. The staff of the Royal Princess did not do that & resulted in about 2,000 passengers waiting for hours, missing flights home and more.


The Falklands are really worth visiting. Tiny population. Harsh, natural conditions, but pretty cool and nice pubs too. Very British!

Punta Arenas

Better than expected. We walked around & enjoyed it.

St. Thomas

walked on the beaches on a drizzily day. Still fun.

Corcovado Mountain & Christ Redeemer statue

Miserable, except at the top of the Mt. Princess over-booked & did not provide nearly enough vehicles for the number of passengers. Our time in Rio was wasted by standing around doing nothing for hours & we did not get to see some of the sites promised. Plus, it was expensive! Take a taxi instead.

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Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)

The southern most city in the world. Worth visiting. National Park was worth the effort.

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