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We have sailed with Princess many times, and since we live in the San Francisco Bay area, have always gone out of San Francisco on the Grand Princess. This time we got a great price on a Mexico cruise out of L.A., on the Royal Princess. We wanted to try one of Princess's newer ships and were not disappointed. Everything on the Royal Princess was spic and span, and it looked like the ship was brand new. Very little wear and tear for a six year old ship. The dining venues were larger than the older ships, and they have more tables for two than any other ship we have been on. We have always had a hard time getting a table for two, and usually had to wait for 15 -20 minutes or go to a shared table, but not on the Royal. We went in at various times and always were seated right away. The food was good, but a little bland, compared to our meals on the Grand Princess. The Chef on the Grand just uses a bit more spice. And Princess still hasn't resolved their beef issue. About 3 years ago they changed meat suppliers, and the quality of their beef is terrible. Quite frankly it is inedible (tough with no flavor). All the dishes made with other meats were fine. The Horizon Bistro and Horizon Court had a wide variety of food and baked goods, but at breakfast it was almost impossible to find eggs that were warm. They fry the eggs in batches, and put the on the counters without warming lights or warmers under the trays, so you get cold eggs. Finally on the last day I found an omelet station, and there they cooked it and brought it right out to you, hot. The entertainment was excellent. The production shows, with the Princess singers and dancers were first class. I heard many long time Princess cruisers comment on the fact that this entertainment group put on the best shows they had ever seen on a cruise. The Medallion net , internet service was also the best I have ever had on a ship. It was almost as good as my home internet. The Medallion disc was better than having a key card, but it was a little sense of BIG BROTHER watching you. Every bar and store has your picture and name as soon as you enter the area, and they keep track of you wants and likes, to "better serve you", but a little too much info for my liking. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, because of the Medallion disc. We boarded in less than 20 minutes, and were off the ship in less than 10 minutes.

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Royal Princess Cruise Review by Offenbachrm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We have sailed with Princess many times, and since we live in the San Francisco Bay area, have always gone out of San Francisco on the Grand Princess. This time we got a great price on a Mexico cruise out of L.A., on the Royal Princess. We wanted to try one of Princess's newer ships and were not disappointed. Everything on the Royal Princess was spic and span, and it looked like the ship was brand new. Very little wear and tear for a six year old ship.

The dining venues were larger than the older ships, and they have more tables for two than any other ship we have been on. We have always had a hard time getting a table for two, and usually had to wait for 15 -20 minutes or go to a shared table, but not on the Royal. We went in at various times and always were seated right away.

The food was good, but a little bland, compared to our meals on the Grand Princess. The Chef on the Grand just uses a bit more spice. And Princess still hasn't resolved their beef issue. About 3 years ago they changed meat suppliers, and the quality of their beef is terrible. Quite frankly it is inedible (tough with no flavor). All the dishes made with other meats were fine.

The Horizon Bistro and Horizon Court had a wide variety of food and baked goods, but at breakfast it was almost impossible to find eggs that were warm. They fry the eggs in batches, and put the on the counters without warming lights or warmers under the trays, so you get cold eggs. Finally on the last day I found an omelet station, and there they cooked it and brought it right out to you, hot.

The entertainment was excellent. The production shows, with the Princess singers and dancers were first class. I heard many long time Princess cruisers comment on the fact that this entertainment group put on the best shows they had ever seen on a cruise.

The Medallion net , internet service was also the best I have ever had on a ship. It was almost as good as my home internet. The Medallion disc was better than having a key card, but it was a little sense of BIG BROTHER watching you. Every bar and store has your picture and name as soon as you enter the area, and they keep track of you wants and likes, to "better serve you", but a little too much info for my liking.

Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, because of the Medallion disc. We boarded in less than 20 minutes, and were off the ship in less than 10 minutes.
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