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We selected this cruise for one reason only - to participate in the Monopoly slot tournament ($200K prizes, $100K top prize). We had anticipated at least an average experience in the casino. We are gamblers, along with the other 400 participants in this invitation-only event. The experience onboard and in the casino was average, at best. (0) In the end, we could not wait to disembark back at LA. After five days of the experience detailed below we had had enough. Never again! (1) Overcrowding - how others can state that they don't feel overcrowded on this ship makes me wonder if we sailed on the same vessel. The elevators were constantly jammed full (all were in working order) except for the wee hours of the night. 5-10 minute waits to cram on an already full elevator car were normal at peak times. What a turn-off. (2) Anytime dining in the main dining room was average. Nice staff but menu was subpar and nothing special (except for one or two evenings which offered steak and/or lobster). Buffet dining was average at best; overcrowded at most times and same menu each of the seven days. In fact it became quite boring quite fast. (3) Casino - I cannot say enough negative about our experience here. If you are not a gambler then please don't bother to read on. There are a total of 6 IGT Game King VP machines in the non-smoking area (10-coin), together with 4 multi-play IGT machines. No machines at casino bar. Only 4 additional in smoking area. The best game was 100/10/4/3 deuces; the double-double bonus pay schedule is 6/5!! Combine this with over 400 people competing for the same machines and we were done in a couple of days. Almost a joke. The layout often made it impossible to reach a machine without asking someone else to get up first. The usual mix of low-% payback video slots one would expect, although there was a decent selection of these. Table games were average; only one 3-card poker table open per night and this was constantly busy/full. Blackjack pays 6/5 - why bother. Casino was a complete turn-off and obviously a huge money maker for Princess. (4) Tournament - Poorly managed and organized. Ran behind printed tournament schedule every day by at least 60 minutes (if not more). At times total chaos in terms of knowing where to go/what action to take prior to next round. Game selected for tournament (Monopoly) highly skewed in terms of points to the very end of the round where you "randomly" get awarded an amount between 1 million and 10 million points. Your advancement basically came down to that last random bonus. (5) We are players - yet we were rarely offered any type of free beverage while playing in the casino. First time in our cruising history where this has happened. Our points earned were 10-50x those of most other players we saw in the casino. Why would I ever return to give Princess our casino business when we are not treated as players? (6) Ship design - No promenade deck. The have a deck named this, but there is no outside promenade available. Serenity pool on deck 17 was nice; quiet and peaceful. Nice interior design surrounding Piazza on deck 5 up through deck 7. Customer service desk on deck 5 adequately staffed. (7) Ports - no comment here. Cabos was a non-event due to weather which prevented tendering; we did not visit Mazatlan or P. Vallarta other than to shop for essentials which are easily accessible from P. Vallarta (nearby Walmart).

Do not select the Royal Princess for a gambling cruise

Royal Princess Cruise Review by royalindiamonds

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We selected this cruise for one reason only - to participate in the Monopoly slot tournament ($200K prizes, $100K top prize). We had anticipated at least an average experience in the casino. We are gamblers, along with the other 400 participants in this invitation-only event. The experience onboard and in the casino was average, at best.

(0) In the end, we could not wait to disembark back at LA. After five days of the experience detailed below we had had enough. Never again!

(1) Overcrowding - how others can state that they don't feel overcrowded on this ship makes me wonder if we sailed on the same vessel. The elevators were constantly jammed full (all were in working order) except for the wee hours of the night. 5-10 minute waits to cram on an already full elevator car were normal at peak times. What a turn-off.

(2) Anytime dining in the main dining room was average. Nice staff but menu was subpar and nothing special (except for one or two evenings which offered steak and/or lobster). Buffet dining was average at best; overcrowded at most times and same menu each of the seven days. In fact it became quite boring quite fast.

(3) Casino - I cannot say enough negative about our experience here. If you are not a gambler then please don't bother to read on. There are a total of 6 IGT Game King VP machines in the non-smoking area (10-coin), together with 4 multi-play IGT machines. No machines at casino bar. Only 4 additional in smoking area. The best game was 100/10/4/3 deuces; the double-double bonus pay schedule is 6/5!! Combine this with over 400 people competing for the same machines and we were done in a couple of days. Almost a joke.

The layout often made it impossible to reach a machine without asking someone else to get up first. The usual mix of low-% payback video slots one would expect, although there was a decent selection of these. Table games were average; only one 3-card poker table open per night and this was constantly busy/full. Blackjack pays 6/5 - why bother. Casino was a complete turn-off and obviously a huge money maker for Princess.

(4) Tournament - Poorly managed and organized. Ran behind printed tournament schedule every day by at least 60 minutes (if not more). At times total chaos in terms of knowing where to go/what action to take prior to next round. Game selected for tournament (Monopoly) highly skewed in terms of points to the very end of the round where you "randomly" get awarded an amount between 1 million and 10 million points. Your advancement basically came down to that last random bonus.

(5) We are players - yet we were rarely offered any type of free beverage while playing in the casino. First time in our cruising history where this has happened. Our points earned were 10-50x those of most other players we saw in the casino. Why would I ever return to give Princess our casino business when we are not treated as players?

(6) Ship design - No promenade deck. The have a deck named this, but there is no outside promenade available. Serenity pool on deck 17 was nice; quiet and peaceful. Nice interior design surrounding Piazza on deck 5 up through deck 7. Customer service desk on deck 5 adequately staffed.

(7) Ports - no comment here. Cabos was a non-event due to weather which prevented tendering; we did not visit Mazatlan or P. Vallarta other than to shop for essentials which are easily accessible from P. Vallarta (nearby Walmart).
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One of the smallest balcony cabins we have ever had. It appears that the mini-suite is actually equivalent to a standard balcony. If we had known we would have definitely paid for the upgrade. Cabin service above average, but didn't compensate for the tight quarters.
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