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We received 3 day shake down cruise to Princess Cay for only port taxes due to repeater status. chose Inside category since only a short cruise. had only carry-on luggage. drove to port from Metro Orlando in less than 4 hours. time stamp on parking ticket was 11:49 am and we were onboard ship before 1 PM so although crowded with long lines embarkation went very smoothly and quickly. .received new Princess Medallion in lieu of key card and briefly explained to us at check-in and given a guide book for its use. Our Inside cabin on Aloha deck midships was huge! biggest inside Princess cabin we've ever received ( other than super-sized handicapped -equipped staterooms.) The tip to tip dimensions were actually 10 feet wide by 17 3/4 feet deep. (I always bring a tape measure since I started cruising in earnest in 1982 !)) excellent room steward, tons of closets, shelves, drawers ( enough for a world cruise, actually). convenient to central stairs and 6 elevators also. we had a bite in the World Marketplace ( LIdo buffet)-very large and tasty selections and well-laid out. lifeboat drill/emergency drill went very quickly too. we choose old-fashioned second sitting at a table for 2 in the rear Cielo dining room on deck 6. excellent service by our Macedonian waiter Nikolai. all the food was at the proper temperature and tasty. no "duds" ! we had open sit-down breakfast every morning as well. the dining room was open for a sit down lunch the one day at sea which was enjoyable as well with shared table sitting. as we are not "Beach" people we did not go ashore at Princess Cay ( had been there before). those aboard we spoke with said it was a good experience. we did not attend shows, art sales, shopping come-ons, or other typical cruise stuff as we have been on over 140 cruises and know the drill all too well. we used the bars at Vines and Bellinis and service was excellent and prices typical of all mid-scale lines. the weather was excellent,, no rain, smooth seas and the huge vessel behaved very well. Disembarkation on Saturday morning the 7th was extremely quick with only a cursory look at passports by US customs at the pier since we really didn't go anywhere! Our only complaint is against the use of the Medallions. we have been victims of identity theft in the past and also do not like the "Big Brother is watching you all the time" as the Medallion is your GPS signal as well. we found out on the last day we could have gone with an actual room key and normal sign and sail procedures. For those that have embraced Internet technology and the loss of privacy you will enjoy the ease of the medallions but at our age (mid 70s) we aint buying it! in short, excellent new ship, no major glitches, good cuisine and fine service!

GREAT NEW SHIP

Sky Princess Cruise Review by SamuraiCruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We received 3 day shake down cruise to Princess Cay for only port taxes due to repeater status. chose Inside category since only a short cruise. had only carry-on luggage. drove to port from Metro Orlando in less than 4 hours. time stamp on parking ticket was 11:49 am and we were onboard ship before 1 PM so although crowded with long lines embarkation went very smoothly and quickly. .received new Princess Medallion in lieu of key card and briefly explained to us at check-in and given a guide book for its use. Our Inside cabin on Aloha deck midships was huge! biggest inside Princess cabin we've ever received ( other than super-sized handicapped -equipped staterooms.) The tip to tip dimensions were actually 10 feet wide by 17 3/4 feet deep. (I always bring a tape measure since I started cruising in earnest in 1982 !)) excellent room steward, tons of closets, shelves, drawers ( enough for a world cruise, actually). convenient to central stairs and 6 elevators also. we had a bite in the World Marketplace ( LIdo buffet)-very large and tasty selections and well-laid out. lifeboat drill/emergency drill went very quickly too.

we choose old-fashioned second sitting at a table for 2 in the rear Cielo dining room on deck 6. excellent service by our Macedonian waiter Nikolai. all the food was at the proper temperature and tasty. no "duds" ! we had open sit-down breakfast every morning as well. the dining room was open for a sit down lunch the one day at sea which was enjoyable as well with shared table sitting.

as we are not "Beach" people we did not go ashore at Princess Cay ( had been there before). those aboard we spoke with said it was a good experience.

we did not attend shows, art sales, shopping come-ons, or other typical cruise stuff as we have been on over 140 cruises and know the drill all too well. we used the bars at Vines and Bellinis and service was excellent and prices typical of all mid-scale lines.

the weather was excellent,, no rain, smooth seas and the huge vessel behaved very well.

Disembarkation on Saturday morning the 7th was extremely quick with only a cursory look at passports by US customs at the pier since we really didn't go anywhere!

Our only complaint is against the use of the Medallions. we have been victims of identity theft in the past and also do not like the "Big Brother is watching you all the time" as the Medallion is your GPS signal as well. we found out on the last day we could have gone with an actual room key and normal sign and sail procedures. For those that have embraced Internet technology and the loss of privacy you will enjoy the ease of the medallions but at our age (mid 70s) we aint buying it!

in short, excellent new ship, no major glitches, good cuisine and fine service!
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Interior
Cabin IB
huge inside room 10 foot wide by almost 18 feet deep. lots of closets, shelves,drawers. 45 inch flat screen tv, good fridge. good location midship near central staurs and elevators.very calm and pleasing restful decor. really comfortable bedding . i sleep with a cpap and steward brought as many extra pillows that i need to be able to sleep sitting up. NO complaints at all
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