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Royal Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
1,736 reviews

Princess has Gone Way Downhill

Review for Hawaii Cruise on Royal Princess
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2023

We were on a 15 night cruise to Hawaii on the Royal Princess from February 10th to the 25th. My wife and I are both in our 70’s and Princess has always been one of our favorite cruise lines. Sadly, the food on Princess has markedly declined and since food is a big part of cruising for us, we will consider other cruise lines before we choose Princess again. It is like saying goodbye to an old friend because they have gotten Alzheimers and you are no longer recognizable to them or they to you. I will say the food in the International Café and room service seem decent. The food at lunch in the MDR was okay. But dinner time food in the MDR ranged from awful to mediocre with exception of one or two nights. The food in the buffet was consistently mediocre or below. Alfredos pizza was good and the pizza on the pool deck was good too. The grill choices on the pool deck were fine. We used to look forward to the dinners in the MDR with a sense of anticipation and excitement. Now it was with a sense of dread. Maybe it was because I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy and there were quite a few nights with no beef choices.

Except my wife’s taste are much healthier and she had a tough time finding a meal she enjoyed. The menus have gradually become less and less inspiring and accommodating. The lunch menus were way better than the dinner menus but lunch was only on sea days.

What seemed to have improved with Princess were enrichment activities onboard. I do not know if this was because it was a two week Hawaiian cruise but they had ukulele classes, juggling classes, craft classes, etc. These were great but did not make up for the lousy MDR food.

Cabin Review

We had splurged a little and booked a junior suite for this cruise. The room showed it age. There was no cold water in the bathroom sink. The hot water was hot and the cold water was tepid. I complained to my room steward who said he would let maintenance know. After a few days with still no cold water, I notified customer service. Apparently it was an unfixable problem as it was not yet resolved by the end of the cruise. The junior suite had a tiny balcony which accommodated two chairs and a table, barely. There were ottomans with the chairs which could not be used as there was no room. There was hardly room for a person to be on the balcony with furniture much less two people.

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