We wanted to try a cruise aboard once of Princess's Mega Ships. Having cruised on Princess for over 20 years, We have sailed on most of their Grand Class and smaller ships.
Royal Princess did not disappoint. Beautiful, ship with a great crew, many entertainment choices and a fun Cruise Director.
Some Positives: Great Princess beds, Medallion Class Crusing , Buffet and Pastry Shop on Deck 16 vastly improves the buffet experience. Alfredo"s Pizza. Many entertainment choices.
Great crew and service. Mariachi group, cruise director Matt O. Halloween celebration and decorations.
Some negatives: No walkable prominade deck on deck 7, there is a walking track on deck 18 but most evening after dinner too windy up there. Tiney, tiny balcony almost a JOKE. Smoke in the casino.
Food: I know food is subjective but we have seem the food quality go down hill over the last few years. The specialty dining (with an upcharge) was good. The buffet was vastly improved. The main dining room menu was great on paper but sometimes it was just so-so on the plate. We usually don't send food back but this time it happened two (don't worry we found other enters to substitute). I would rate the MDR on the level of a chain dinning on land.
Not sure if we will choose a Royal Class ship in the future or return to a Grand Class ship but we always have a great time on our cruises because we make it our own!
Our cabin was slightly forward on the starboard side. Quiet and comfortable with an efficient friendly room steward. The Medallion class technology worked great. The Princess beds are a vast improvement as this is the first time I returned home without an aching back. The negative is that the balcony size is a JOKE. Two chairs and a small table with hardly any room to stand.
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