Royal Princess Cruise Review by moku
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: South America
- Cabin Type: Premium Suite with Balcony
This was the first time the Royal had been in most of these ports and was the biggest cruise ship many of these ports had seen. This was in part a repositioning cruise getting the Royal from the east coast to the west coast.
While we have been on many Princess cruises this was our first time on the Royal or a Royal class ship. We missed the Explorers Lounge and did not like the Princess Live venue for trivia. The Piazza was used a lot and was the venue for music at night and dancing. Seating could be a bit of a challenge in this area.
We had Club Class Dining and did not like the way that is handled on the Royal. On smaller ships, the port side dining room entrance is CC only and the service is more personalized. Once we got seated the service and food were good and the manager's special salads and pastas were welcome. Some of the CC specials were nice but we ordered off of the regular menu most nights. On the Royal CC dinner in is one dining room and breakfast and lunch are in a different place with different servers than at dinner. The same dining room and staff for each meal were one of the CC attractions.
Alfredo's pizza and pasta restaurant was one of our favorites for a light lunch or dinner.
We ate at Sabatini's 3 times and Crown Grill twice and enjoyed all of the meals. The service and food are very good.
Sabatini's for breakfast (a suite passenger benefit) was very nice and something we enjoyed most mornings. The menu never varies but they will try to make just about anything you would like or any variation if they can.
We enjoyed all the ports and did a mix of walking around on our own, taking Princess tours and private tours. All the ports were new to us and we enjoyed most of them.
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The suite is very spacious. The walk-in shower was very nice. The balcony is long and narrow and while it is difficult to lounge on the balcony we rearranged the furniture a bit and enjoyed sitting outside when the weather was pleasant and the view entering and leaving port.
Being this far forward when the sea gets rough you feel it in this cabin. There is a lot of motion and when the bow is cutting through the waves and loud banging noise. If a rough noisy ride in bad weather is going to bother you this may not be the suite for you.
Suite D122 is very noisy when the Royal is entering and leaving port. On days that the ship ties up to a pier, the thrusters are used to move the ship sideways into place and are very noisy and there is a lot of vibration. On the days the ship anchors the dropping and raising of the anchor is very noisy in this suite. If you are thinking of sleeping in on a port day you will be woken early by the process of getting into port.
A big surprise and disappointment is that there are no electrical outlets on the nightstands. There is a lamp on each nightstand so power is there, just no outlets. We always bring extension cords but needed one from the steward to get power to both nightstands.
This was our first time in a suite and was a paid upgrade from a minisuite. It was very nice for this long cruise but we don't think we would upgrade again to a forward suite because of the noise, extra walking and rough seas.
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