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14th cruise with princess but first time on the Royal. Kudos to bar staff members Joanne and Svetlana at the wheelhouse and crooners respectively. They did an outstanding job and were very friendly. Also their male colleagues at the same bars were equally good – just can’t remember their names! Wait staff in the main dining room (Allegro 2nd seating) did a great job. Service was prompt and accurate. Particularly liked the retreat pool area. Very serene. Disappointed that the aft pool (outrigger bar) is not on the Royal but liked all other aspects of the ship. Ship was very active late evening and the musical entertainment throughout the ship was very good. The “Encore” show was the best cruise show I have ever seen on any cruise line. The singing was outstanding, particularly the opera singer Barbi who was exceptional. Didn’t really like the Magic Silk show. It was a bit disjointed and the music was monotonous with a constant pounding beat that became annoying after a while. The colors of the world show was good. I really liked the medallion system which was very slick but there are a lot of bugs in the applications which need to be ironed out. Also, it would be better if the ocean compass app is integrated into the main ocean medallion app. It was not made clear that the ocean compass app has to be installed separately. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick with the knew system and not having to carry a card with you all the time and having it swiped made everything a lot easier. With the medallion, the bar staff know who you are as you approach the bar since your picture and name appear on their screen as you get close and after a purchase all they have to do is touch your picture and put in the transaction. We bought the wrist band which was very convenient. It's worn like a watch. Miss the adult pool at the rear of the ship (on most other Princess ships) but made up for it by having free access to the very serene, adults only retreat pool. None of the decks go right up to the bow of the ship. The food in the dining room was good. Wait service was excellent - prompt and accurate. The Horizon buffet was a complete surprise from what we were used to on other Princess ships. Fantastic selection of food. No crowding and easy to navigate. They had a country theme some evenings and we went for the German night instead of the main dining room one evening. There was a variety of real German sausages, schnitzels, chicken, sauerkraut and all the usual German favorites

Excellent cruise

Royal Princess Cruise Review by fastscot

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
14th cruise with princess but first time on the Royal. Kudos to bar staff members Joanne and Svetlana at the wheelhouse and crooners respectively. They did an outstanding job and were very friendly. Also their male colleagues at the same bars were equally good – just can’t remember their names!

Wait staff in the main dining room (Allegro 2nd seating) did a great job. Service was prompt and accurate.

Particularly liked the retreat pool area. Very serene.

Disappointed that the aft pool (outrigger bar) is not on the Royal but liked all other aspects of the ship. Ship was very active late evening and the musical entertainment throughout the ship was very good.

The “Encore” show was the best cruise show I have ever seen on any cruise line. The singing was outstanding, particularly the opera singer Barbi who was exceptional. Didn’t really like the Magic Silk show. It was a bit disjointed and the music was monotonous with a constant pounding beat that became annoying after a while. The colors of the world show was good.

I really liked the medallion system which was very slick but there are a lot of bugs in the applications which need to be ironed out. Also, it would be better if the ocean compass app is integrated into the main ocean medallion app. It was not made clear that the ocean compass app has to be installed separately. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick with the knew system and not having to carry a card with you all the time and having it swiped made everything a lot easier. With the medallion, the bar staff know who you are as you approach the bar since your picture and name appear on their screen as you get close and after a purchase all they have to do is touch your picture and put in the transaction. We bought the wrist band which was very convenient. It's worn like a watch.

Miss the adult pool at the rear of the ship (on most other Princess ships) but made up for it by having free access to the very serene, adults only retreat pool. None of the decks go right up to the bow of the ship.

The food in the dining room was good. Wait service was excellent - prompt and accurate. The Horizon buffet was a complete surprise from what we were used to on other Princess ships. Fantastic selection of food. No crowding and easy to navigate. They had a country theme some evenings and we went for the German night instead of the main dining room one evening. There was a variety of real German sausages, schnitzels, chicken, sauerkraut and all the usual German favorites
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Our cabin was a deluxe balcony. Balcony was very small (same as regular balcony cabin) but the cabin was a good size with a 2-seater sofa. Kind of like a cut-down mini suite. Storage seemed a lot less than on other ships such as the Ruby but OK once we adapted to it. Our cabin steward was outstanding. The lifeboats stick out from the side of the ship so you cannot look down directly at the water from any balcony. Not a big deal but surprising.
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