This was our third cruise on the Royal since October 2019. I got an email from Princess about the Renew Your Vows and Breaking a Guinness World Record for this 5 day cruise to Cabo San Lucas. Jumped right on. So I won’t repeat comments from those previous reviews from our cruise on the Royal on October and December 2019. All was the same. Great food and service and no complaints.
We didn’t know what to anticipate and, as usual, Princess exceeded our expectations for the Vow Renewal. This was an unbelievable time. We had to send in a copy of our marriage license before the cruise for the Guinness Authenticators to validate a legitimate renewal. Upon arrival in our cabin, an itinerary for the ceremony, an ID card and list of gifts greeted us. We gathered in the Wheelhouse Lounge at 11:30 am. Ship staff was in dress blues with white gloves. Classy. We were given corsages and boutonnieres. They had delivered a pair to our room, however we had left early and missed them. They had plenty of extras. We were escorted to dedicated elevators and taken to our station for the ceremony. It was held on deck 16, the pool area. It had been closed to all except Vow Renewal couples. We were on the platform above the pools. The deck area around and behind the pool was full of couples, as well. I estimate 800 people so 400 couples.
This ceremony was being synchronized with two other Princess ships; the Regal and the Crown. Both were in the Caribbean. The MUTS had a countdown time and we waited for all ships to begin at the same time. We had to wait over an hour, but the weather was great and there were was a duet singing 1960 and 1970 love songs. A very nice atmosphere. Everyone was excited. Our Vows were led by the Captain and his wife. The intended host was to be the first couple winning the dating game, but she broke her leg and could not travel. Gavin McCloud, the captain on the Love Boat TV show led the ceremony on the Regal.