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This was a qualifying casino VIP cruise for a future super VIP casino cruise. The casino staff did a great job with various enjoyable activities for the casino VIP passengers. Casino waiters need to pay more attention to drink orders, get ... Read More
This was a qualifying casino VIP cruise for a future super VIP casino cruise. The casino staff did a great job with various enjoyable activities for the casino VIP passengers. Casino waiters need to pay more attention to drink orders, get the details right. The main stage entertainment shows are stale, same shows different dancers. The comedians were excellent. My biggest complaint is that the steam room in the mens changing room was "under maintenance" for the entire cruise. When questioning how long the steam room would be down, the spa manager took our cabin numbers to notify us when it was working again............I got off the ship this morning, still waiting............The spa treatments and staff were excellent. The fitness center equipment was in good condition and the view from the treadmills terrific. The food was average to above average, always plentiful and available. Dominica and Grenada were ports I haven't visited before which added appeal to the itinerary. I would definitely cruise on the Crown and with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. I was pleasantly surprised that only one of five ports had other ships in port, so the ports were not overcrowded. The ship's crew was warm, welcoming, and performed like a well-oiled machine. ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. I was pleasantly surprised that only one of five ports had other ships in port, so the ports were not overcrowded. The ship's crew was warm, welcoming, and performed like a well-oiled machine. They were entertaining, caring, and made us feel special. We sailed in Club Class, which was stellar. The service was superb, the food was excellent, and we never had to wait in line to be seated. The Land Sailing excursion in Bonaire was my favorite. Donna and her staff thoroughly explained how to sail in the Blocart. Everything Donna described was spot-on through the experience. It was easy to learn, and my face hurt from smiling through the whole experience. This experience is something special: small group, off the beaten path, and when you're sailing, you cannot think about anything else while you're sailing, so it's like meditation - good for you! I also loved the St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail excursion - the crew was superb, extremely attentive, and fun. This was our 21st Princess Cruise, and I loved every part of it! Princess always makes me feel like, well, a princess. I feel like a VIP. Well cared for, special, and comfortable. On this particular cruise, I was able to forget about everything at home, work, and the news. I highly recommend Crown Princess, this itinerary, and make sure you take some stellar excursions! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
WE wanted to take this Cruise as it went into Deep southern Caribbean to Bonaire & Aruba. Beautiful places to visit. The cruise was perfect in every way - ship, food, entertainments, games & rooms.. Very relaxing with lots of ... Read More
WE wanted to take this Cruise as it went into Deep southern Caribbean to Bonaire & Aruba. Beautiful places to visit. The cruise was perfect in every way - ship, food, entertainments, games & rooms.. Very relaxing with lots of Canadians to get away from the Snow..We are 78 & 82 and enjoyed it!! The ship decor & shopping & guest & excursions desks were perfect. Princess gave us all a shopping bonus for a minor problem. The weather was beautiful (75 to 89) each day - great for swim & sun.. The friends on board were very cordial to talk with.. Crown Princess is a smaller cruise ship with 2500 passengers or so Not 7000 as some Mega ships are now. We are planning to cruise again with Princess again as they have a well kept ship with health for all most important! If you have never been on a cruise ship, you are really missing a great relaxing trip! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We wanted to celebrate our 48th anniversary and we've always enjoyed Princess. Our experience on the Island Princess and now the Crown means we'll only use Princess if it is a newer ship. We had fun on the cruise. We did any ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate our 48th anniversary and we've always enjoyed Princess. Our experience on the Island Princess and now the Crown means we'll only use Princess if it is a newer ship. We had fun on the cruise. We did any time dining and shared tables and every meal we met great folks, had good conversations and decent, sometimes great food. Our room was a mini suite and while old, it was nice, that is our perfect size on Princess. Princess comped us a dinner at Crown Grille for our anniversary and the dinner and the fact they gave it to us were both appreciated. We enjoyed the ports but were sorry to miss Princess Cay. Snorkeling in Bonaire was excellent. My husband had to ask three times to have an old, deflated soccer ball pumped up so he could use it. The gym was nice. Princess should not have this ship in service with the generator issue. Like another reviewer, I have never been seasick in my life and I got horribly seasick one day on this trip. If stabilizers can't be powered or the ship can't power through the waves, why is it being used for cruises? Princess told my travel agent this would be fixed before our trip and should have known it would not be. I heard this issue has been ongoing for months. The spa is amazingly high priced for mediocre services and the staff can barely talk to you because they have to push products the entire time. If you change the subject, they are primed to circle back to selling products. Effy is truly an issue on Princess. A lot of listed activities on board have to do with tacky little Effy give aways. Jewelry is pumped and pushed and hyped. Inside the store it is like a circus event with jewelry pushed to the mostly single female customers who by the end of the trip were fawning over the salespeople, hanging out at the counters, cooing to the salespeople. My husband and I walked out of the store and didn't go back because we were embarrassed for the customers. It isn't like Effy is special to ships, it is all over the internet. They actually ring a bell and cheer when a sale if made. What on earth is that all about???? Truly over done. The Horizon court was o.k., food was decent, never good, but you were always fed. The International Cafe was exceptional, everything was always good, service was great, it probably had the best food on the ship. We found all but a few of the crew to be pleasant and helpful, sometimes very helpful. We signed up for another cruise to the Caribbean but it will be on the Sky Princess next year. No more old Princess ships for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We joined six other family members on this cruise. This was our second time sailing on a princess ship. Boarding took a bit of time and we had to wait quite awhile, but disembarkment was extremely smooth. We had an aft cabin, ... Read More
We joined six other family members on this cruise. This was our second time sailing on a princess ship. Boarding took a bit of time and we had to wait quite awhile, but disembarkment was extremely smooth. We had an aft cabin, unfortunately it was located next to a noisy vent. Making it hard to sleep. We enjoyed the trivia games, but did not care for the musical productions. Our whole group enjoyed shopping in St Thomas. Bonaire was a waste of time, not worth going ashore for. We had a blast in Aruba snorkeling. The movies under the stars were very relaxing and enjoyable. Food was mostly mediocre to good. We received wonderful service from Lucy at the service desk, she was so sweet, pleasant and totally willing to help. This ship skipped a port due to engine problems that they were aware of for months. I am not sure we will travel with princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
With this being our 11th cruise, I think it's safe to say we have become addicts. Unpack once, a lot pampering (the wife loves that part), meeting new people and just relaxing! So we are some of those people who prefer to book an ... Read More
With this being our 11th cruise, I think it's safe to say we have become addicts. Unpack once, a lot pampering (the wife loves that part), meeting new people and just relaxing! So we are some of those people who prefer to book an interior. In part because we prefer to spend on more cruises than on the room itself. We have read the arguments but for us, interior is fine. I did notice that the bed was too soft for my personal likes. But not enough to cause any problems. Others have noted that every time we were out of the room, it was made up by a ninja. He had to be, we did not catch our steward in it. :) Food wise, I found seafood available for every meal so I was happy. Plenty of other good things as well. I certainly did not go hungry, ever! I hate reviews that say "this or that sucks". Better to say that it was not to your taste or there was not enough variety. But when you consider that food is being prepared for close to 5000 total passengers and crew for 3 meals per day, and everyone has their own taste preferences, I believe some grace must be given. And Princess DOES have the best Pizza at sea! As to embarcation, I am loving the medallion for that. I dont think we spent more than 20 minutes from the time we arrived at the port until we were on board. Platinum is good! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was the cruise of our dreams....and New Zealand didn't let us down. Sadly there was much to disappoint on board. We found organisation often chaotic specially on days we had to tender. You had to queue for tickets to join ... Read More
This was the cruise of our dreams....and New Zealand didn't let us down. Sadly there was much to disappoint on board. We found organisation often chaotic specially on days we had to tender. You had to queue for tickets to join then queue to get off and it took an absolute age. Another occasion we had to queue for a ticket just to join the queue to get off the ship to get on a shuttle bus. We found some of the ship's announcements inaudible due to thick accents, god knows how we would hear in an emergency. Worst was the food services... Often in the buffet no tables, when you found one no knives or forks, then no plates, no teabags....endless. In the main diving room, our waiters constantly brought wrong meals to people until it became a joke. I think they were over worked tbh but it wasn't much fun keep sending food back. There was no bonhomie at all. Entertainment was mixed, didn't fancy ukele player, pianist or violinist, the magician and comic were excellent and apart from one show the ship's' dancers were really class. They did have one weird show about a dream. Very odd. Our balcony cabin was good and our steward Arnold was top class. Worth noting people who bought the cruise in Oz didn't pay gratuities, if you booked in UK they added them automatically. It was often hard finding waiters to serve you drinks in bars, prices were around 4.5 pounds for a small bottle or 6pounds for a pint, cocktails around 8 pounds. overall it was ok but wouldn't do princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chosen because of its destination. New Zealand. First impression. The ship was big. Cabin was very comfortable. Nice touch with floor lights when using the bathroom at night. Plenty of hanging space and storage.Initial thoughts that the ... Read More
Chosen because of its destination. New Zealand. First impression. The ship was big. Cabin was very comfortable. Nice touch with floor lights when using the bathroom at night. Plenty of hanging space and storage.Initial thoughts that the ship had a lot of rust for its age. Fixtures and fittings in some public areas looked tired.. Theatre was very good but only catered for 1400 passengers per show when carrying 3000 so not always able to get in. Service in the bars and restaurants was slow. Having using the main dining areas and the self service restaurant. Quality and choice in the main restaurant was not very good. The self service had a better selection although choice was sometimes a little strange. downside was plastic plates and mugs. On the main deck if you wanted peace and quiet then forget it. Music blaring away from breakfast onwards. Would i go with Princess again. No very poor value for money. They need to up there standards so will stick to smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My first experience with Princess and I have to say on this size ship it will probably be my last. The ship itself was fine, although the elevators were always crammed with people and mobility scooters etc. which made getting from the ... Read More
My first experience with Princess and I have to say on this size ship it will probably be my last. The ship itself was fine, although the elevators were always crammed with people and mobility scooters etc. which made getting from the lower decks to the Horizon buffet on level 15 tedious and frustrating. The cabin was well fitted out and comfortable. The beds were probably the highlight, so comfortable. The balcony area on our level 9 (Dolphin) deck was ok, but because of the design of the ship, those above you had a direct view of the balcony which gave an uneasy feeling when you were out there that prying eyes were always watching. Other than that the new sensor lights mounted to the bottom of the bedside tables were annoying coming on in the middle of the night if a blanket or sheet moved in front of the sensor. The same for the sensor light near the closet/bathroom area which turned a dark cabin into a broadway production in the middle of the night if someone used the bathroom. We chose to use the dining room where a dedicated seat was always available rather than fight for a table in the buffet dining areas where groups would congregate and reserve/hold tables for friends to not only eat but to play cards and games denying those who wanted to eat somewhere to sit. The buffet capacity to properly provide seating spaces for the 3,500 odd passengers onboard is inadequate in my opinion. The service from the waiters was good and of a consistent nature. But to watch people constantly flouting the clean your hands before you enter policy in the buffet area in these days of corona was mind boggling. The food in the dining room was of an excellent quality, but choices of meals if you might not like some of the items listed was limited. The buffet food was again good although certain items ran out and were not renewed. Attended the Princess theatre on most nights and can only comment that the newly formed Irish group 'Emerald Tide' were probably the best act I have ever seen on any cruise, they were superb and received standing ovations. They should be a name that others, not only those on a Princess cruises will hear about in the future..Magnificent instrumentalists, singers (Giselle, what a voice) and dancer. An Australian violinist Patrick Roberts was also fantastic, his adaptions of classic songs with his violin was something to believe. The service from all the staff and crew onboard was great and courteous, not one crew member would pass you without saying hello or stopping to talk. The ports visited, Bay of Islands tour to the hole in the rock was great, a self conducted tour of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui was a surprise, if I can say one thing, don't worry about a self guided tour of Tauranga, spend your time in Mount Maungani it's far better than the bigger town. Opted for our own thing in Auckland having visited before. Napier the same, Wellington again the same. Akoroa/Christchurch we were shuttled 1.5 hrs from Akoroa to Christchurch and 1.5 hrs back again which does not leave a whole lot of time to see much of Christchurch and virtually nothing of Akoroa, Port Chalmers/ Dunedin, this was probably my favourite port, Dunedin surprised me, it was the best port for shopping or finding items than any of the other ports, yes it was freezing compared to the other ports but it was great, the last leg of the cruise before leaving NZ waters was The Fiordlands and Milford Sound which fortunately the ship was able to pass through, unbelievable scenery and photo opportunities galore. My final comment would be for all excursions whether you did a booked excursion or did it yourself is that not enough time is provided in port to really get a good look around and that is for all ports visited. Would I do it again? probably but on a smaller ship, large amounts of pasengers brings with it arrogance, nasty behaviour and rudeness, not from the crew, from the passengers. This is something I have never encountered on smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our 7th princess cruise and we felt the food quality is in a downward spiral in terms of flavor, quality and choice. We love Princess but might have to try some different lines and are open to recommendations? Coffee on board was terrible ... Read More
Our 7th princess cruise and we felt the food quality is in a downward spiral in terms of flavor, quality and choice. We love Princess but might have to try some different lines and are open to recommendations? Coffee on board was terrible and we resolved to start bringing our own with a small filter and drip solution. Entertainment on this cruise was great on the positive side. Disembarkation held up by health checks from Australia government but handled well by cruise staff. Bigger delay for next passengers leaving the same day. Ruby was in good shape and well maintained, staff were very well trained in customer service and making our interactions positive and pleasant. Cabin was discretely kept clean, serviced and well supplied by steward daily. He was virtually invisible to us but always on top of things. We already have another cruise booked for October, but let me know if you have recommendations for better food from other similar class cruise lines that would be in our budget range like princess? Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Once again, Princess turned on an excellent cruise with unsurpassed service & food. We boarded in Sydney effortlessly - I walk with a cane so was given priority at check-in which was very thoughtful and appreciated. We had a balcony ... Read More
Once again, Princess turned on an excellent cruise with unsurpassed service & food. We boarded in Sydney effortlessly - I walk with a cane so was given priority at check-in which was very thoughtful and appreciated. We had a balcony stateroom for this cruise around New Zealand and it was wonderful to view the exquisite scenery, particularly in Fiordland, from that balcony. All staff, without exception, were friendly and went out of their way to make this cruise as enjoyable as possible. We dined in the restaurant on all evenings, using 'anytime dining' and enjoyed beautiful food and fabulous table service. The longest time we had to wait for a table was less than 5 minutes. Our bed in the stateroom was very comfy and we had very little trouble sleeping. Movies, freely available, in our stateroom were a bonus with some of the latest movies available. MedallionClass was a bonus and enjoyed being able to order a coffee etc. from anywhere on the ship and have it delivered. The ship itself was well maintained with staff constantly cleaning (due in part to Corona Virus) and the strict insistence that all passengers kept their hands clean with hand sanitisers everywhere. We went ashore at all ports but didn't take up any excursions as we had been there before and spent most of our shore-visits catching up with family members. On two evenings we enjoyed live music and a comedian who had us all laughing out loud! Another fabulous Princess cruise..thank you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My first Princess cruise and loved every minute. The inside cabin on deck 12 handy to the great outdoors, bar, buffets, and lifts down into the ship. The food in the Horizon Court was better than expexted savoring 21 differenr soups in ... Read More
My first Princess cruise and loved every minute. The inside cabin on deck 12 handy to the great outdoors, bar, buffets, and lifts down into the ship. The food in the Horizon Court was better than expexted savoring 21 differenr soups in 14 days,the clam chowder outstanding. The french onion soup in the Traviata dining room highly recommended. The New Zealand lamb in Sterling Steakhouse ,exquisite . I also learnt some new salad combination from the bowls on the buffet at lunch time. The pizzas were fantastic, went back a second night with new new found friends meet on board at the life jacket drill. All singing all dancing show were standing room only,plenty to laugh at at the comedian or wonder how the magic trick happened. Two white grand piano & one black got a work out in the atrium, great live bands performed ship wide. Ill be back on Princess cruises soon Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The cruise was free from a L .V. Casino. We did pay $99 to upgrade to a deluxe balcony from the free inside room. Cabin steward Herman was wonderful, efficient and readily met all of our requests. Dining waiter, Oliver, remembered us and ... Read More
The cruise was free from a L .V. Casino. We did pay $99 to upgrade to a deluxe balcony from the free inside room. Cabin steward Herman was wonderful, efficient and readily met all of our requests. Dining waiter, Oliver, remembered us and our preferences from a previous cruise. A superb job. Now to the big negatives. Disappointed by the lack of preparation for virus, especially since Princess already had two quarantined ships. No one permanently stationed at buffet entrances to insure that everyone wash their hands. In view of the crisis, did not have crew serve, allowed everyone to get their hands on everything...this is how virus spreads. Bad news. Proper cleaning products to clean tables were not used after every guest. Chairs were not wiped down. The buffet should be off limits unless Princess properly addresses sanitation. Ditto for proper cleaning supplies in room. We spent an hour with products we brought on board to clean every knob, drawer, service. Room rug was dirty and worn, needs immediate replacement. Couch is made of material and must be shampooed, which it was not. Throw pillows on couch should have zippers so they can be washed and changed between each and every cruise. Princess must step up and do a much better job during this crisis. Additionally pre-screening before boarding was non-existent. We only had to fill out a small form, people lie. No temperature taking, no simple verbally checking and questioning. Way too loose of an operation. We cancelled our upcoming cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We like to cruise most major cruise lines, especially if it goes from NYC or NJ and we don’t have to fly to a port. Occasionally we will fly to FL, especially in the winter. We had not been on Princess in quite a few years, and ... Read More
We like to cruise most major cruise lines, especially if it goes from NYC or NJ and we don’t have to fly to a port. Occasionally we will fly to FL, especially in the winter. We had not been on Princess in quite a few years, and wanted to try the Royal class ships, and Regal was beautiful. Did our online check-in and got Medallions early February. We flew into FLL Saturday and stayed overnight at Hilton beach resort. Stopped at Publix to get one bottle of wine each to bring onboard. We left the hotel around 11:30 Sunday morning and arrived to very heavy traffic into the port on 17th Street by the bridge. Fortunately we were the first ship (out of 7 that day) on the way in to the port. Arrived to a short security line and Preferred check-in went quickly after filling out a health form with two questions on it. Onboard! Stopped at our aft corner suite to drop carry-ons off. Very nice cabin although different in layout than the mid-ship port or starboard suites appeared to be, or aft one we had on Caribbean Princess. Bedroom is separated by a curtain and the closets and second bathroom entrance are in kind of a hallway-type space, so it’s more like a right angle shaped cabin with the bathroom inside the right angle. The cabin space seemed a little smaller, less deep than other suites, although the large wrap balcony was wonderful. There was a slider to balcony access in the living room area and also the bedroom--so one on the stern aft-facing, and one on the side. We did not really have a soot problem due to the direction of the winds. Stocked mini bar, slippers and robes, some canapes the first night (not my thing so we did not reorder any for the week), bowl of fruit that was very hard. One night we got a chocolate tray and that went very quickly. Chocolates on pillows every night. Bar soap was in the bathroom (though we needed to ask room steward for more at one point) and bottles of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Salt by the bathtub. I thought the shower lacked power, and the tub water never got hot enough for me to bother wanting to take a bath. Layout flaw is the only place for bath towels is by the tub. So don’t forget to grab one before getting into the shower as it is NOT next to the tub. Toilet and sink in a separate section of the bathroom. Plenty of bathroom storage space. Closets in cabin had plenty of space for our stuff. No USB ports anywhere. One thing we found out about this suite was that the bedroom had weird noises around it at night--not people noises--creaks, cracks, bumps, tapping noises. A friend who cruised with us had a balcony cabin on the Aloha deck and it was nice too. I understand people’s complaint about sitting areas in the balcony cabins. We mustered in the Vista Lounge and they had songs about muster to the Love Boat tune. It was cute. And not too long, which is always good. Went to our balcony for sailaway. Our ship was second to depart. Made it onto the PTZTV Port Everglades webcam for a wave. DINING: Horizon Court buffet had very good food, yet I prefer the layout of ships where it is one large room with labeled stations. On Regal the buffet is broken up too much. When I'd get to our table, sometimes my plate was met with “Where did you find that?” by travel mates. So you miss a lot by not going to each area to check out what's there. Again, the food was very good. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, it had its crowded times, especially port day mornings. And it has a wonderful outdoor space all the way at the stern. If you cruise some NCL Jewel class ships, think the Great Outdoors. Anthem of the Seas also has this feature (although a much better buffet space layout IMO). Service outdoors and at the buffet itself was hit or miss. Sometimes we were approached and asked what we wanted to drink, sometimes we were totally ignored as employees walked around (doing what appeared to be nothing). We watched one gentleman at the outside area give up and go get his own coffee after two people were supposed to be bringing it. The Celebration of Chocolate did run out of items around 1:40pm so don’t wait to get your chocolate fix the last sea day. It was amusing to me that lemonade had to be requested from a server; it was not available to get yourself. Various tea options. I love that they had veggies even at breakfast, and beef tenderloin at dinnertime two nights! One particular chocolate dessert early in the cruise was outstanding. Love the double chocolate cookies every day. We had dinner in the buffet a couple times and we like the themed dinners. If you check the back of the Patter daily, the theme will be listed there. Only gripe is where was the sauerbraten for the Bavarian night! Goulash does not count! We had 3 dinners in the Concerto dining room. We were seated quickly and the food was quite good. We were there usually between 6 and 6:30. By 7pm there is a line for anytime dining seating, but not much of one for Club Class seating. Princess pizza is still the best at sea. Soft ice cream machine at the aft area. We ate at Crown Grill once and it was fantastic. The servers were very good, and Zaza (I think hostess?) was great too. I did buy the $3 souvenir shot glass with the homemade lemoncello in it and it was delicious. IMO Crown Grill is much better than Cagney’s on Norwegian. ENTERTAINMENT: We only made it to the theater for the broadway show (Bravo?) which was excellent. The second show was full already upon our arrival, and the third one, I think we watched a MUTS (Movies Under the Stars) movie instead. Comedian was entertaining and there was an illusionist in the Vista lounge too. Theater not large enough for a ship this size. 9 rows are flat on one level, then they start to become more stadium seating upwards. Various entertainers around the ship were good but we didn’t watch any of them for long. We did enjoy watching the dance classes in the atrium. Speaking of the atrium, Princess does a beautiful job in their ship atrium areas. Very attractive space. Not sure where there's gelato store; didn't see the need to pay for this. We did a $25 wine tasting in a dining room which was the first sea day, and it was enjoyable. I think it was 5 different wines along with some snacks. There was another one scheduled for later in the cruise too. Remember to use your medallion app to order one free drink onboard! People aren’t using this feature as we learned in the platinum/elites Captain’s Circle event. Only 4 of us in the whole room had redeemed our free drink and this was on day 5 or 6 already. Your cabin door also will unlock as you approach it and your photo will appear. Note that erroneous charges may appear on your bill so check it regularly. One in our party had a gift shop charge on her card and she did not buy anything there. Though it was removed when challenged, the cashier said “but I asked if you were [her name] and you said yes.” Um, shouldn’t you be asking the purchaser to verify their name and not assuming that people will be honest and say, "no, that’s not me.” So, way to go Princess cruiser who agreed to charge to someone else’s portfolio. Not nice. We LOVE the MUTS feature on Princess (and other) ships. I don’t know what it is about a movie outside under the night sky in warm weather, but we love it. We watched Judy and also Ford vs. Ferrari. We played the trivia game of 70s songs which was fun. I hope they change things up next time I play so the songs aren’t the same so it can be a challenge. Some hosts want you to switch papers to “grade,” some don’t. They did an 80s rock tune trivia later in the cruise but we arrived late to that one. Why are these scheduled at 7pm?! dinner time! Ryan was funny as host of some games, but he made cracks about not needing to switch papers to grade because we weren’t on Carnival (yet Princess is owned by Carnival Corporation). And he obviously has not read various threads on CC Princess board about people cheating at trivia, yes, on Princess. I’m in favor of trading papers—regardless of cruise line. And some of us take our trivia seriously! I do have this gripe as we arrived late to watch the answers to the “where in the world” trivia game. One of the last pictures was the Pyramids (known as Pyramids of Giza). They are in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, therefore Giza should be accepted as correct. Google it. Ryan said the couple who put Giza were wrong and the pyramids are in Cairo. I did later challenge him and tell him they are indeed actually in Giza, but he did not agree. So arm yourself if you’re going on Regal and join me in telling Ryan that Giza should be accepted as a correct answer—because it is! What was with all the news channels on the tv? Don’t plan to watch TNT or other channels because you won’t have the option. Some reruns like Cheers and a few The Love Boat episodes were available. Bow cam clarity was not good. We like the bow cams because we are facing aft and can then see what we’re approaching on the cam. Because we were in a S3 suite, we had access to the concierge lounge on this Royal class ship and Magdalena the concierge was wonderful. And I hope she reads this! A new suite perk for 2020 is open bar from 5-7 in the lounge! Did not know this before arriving on the ship. There are snacks all the time, and a wonderful machine to make cappuccino. We enjoyed this perk a lot. There were some yummy (and not sweet) yogurt parfaits in the concierge lounge in the morning along with muffins and donuts and other stuff that I don't recall right now. We ate suite breakfast in Sabatini’s once and it was good but if I’m going to have breakfast, I prefer to go to the buffet and pick a little of this and that. Room steward was ok. We saw that a perk for suites was shoe shine service. So my man put his shoes in the “shoe shine” bag and left it out. The shoes were returned (don’t think they ever left) with a shoe shine sponge in them to do it yourself. So if that’s their shoe shine service, should it really be on the perks list? I think not. Formal nights were Tuesday and Thursday. Lobster in the main dining rooms Thursday. Dining room attire varied. Many men did have suits on, maybe 2 tuxes. We were not in formals and we did not see anyone turned away. So just look nice and you won’t have an issue. Cruising attire has become more relaxed—just go with it. If you want to dress up, do so. Don't judge others who aren't in formals. I like that there are launderettes to do your own laundry. I prefer to do my own vs. ship washing everything in hot water. $3 per load for washer, $3 for dryer, $1.50 for detergent. You use your cruise card to choose # of loads, then a coin is dispensed to put in the washer/dryer/detergent machine. I brought a 3 oz. bottle of detergent onboard. Lotus Spa. Didn’t use massage or other services. The stunning Enclave shower pool never showered after the first afternoon…and there wasn’t a way to trip the bubbles to come on…at $149 for the week, the Enclave is not a good value. They have one dry sauna that is not very warm and 2 very similar hot steam saunas which are nice. Won’t buy it again on this ship. There was a game room and library room (all in one). Lots of books and a space to leave your own books for others to enjoy. The concierge lounge also had a games cabinet. I did occasionally smell cigarette smoke on the balcony. Especially late at night. While I mentioned it to the cabin steward, I doubt he did anything about it. Why are they still printing photos? Modern ships let you scan your card and then your photos come up on a screen and you buy digital or prints from there. Unfortunately one nice casual shot of us was not clear enough to warrant purchase. It would be smart business if you could still buy photos after your cruise; I would think some people would like this feature. We were told we could buy a memory stick sort of thing for $15 and all future digital photos would be free—not sure exactly how this works. We didn’t do it. PORTS: PORTS. Princess Cays. Please clear the beaches of some of the rocks. Wasn’t a favorite private island when I was first there 10 years ago, and still isn’t on my list of “must go back to.” Forgot my water shoes on the ship. Food was good. Plenty of loungers and shade. Tendering isn’t a favorite activity of mine even though we had priority tendering. We stayed (with the remaining maybe 5% of people) on the island until 3:30 or so, then headed to the tender, and they waited to get as many on it as possible so we headed back to the ship at probably 4:10, which I’m assuming was the last tender before the rest of the employees left on the other tender. Falmouth, Jamaica. We bought (ahead of time) a day pass at Royalton White Sands. Was a beautiful time there. Getting a taxi wasn’t too simple as they wanted to group us with others and we ended up waiting a bit. But the return taxi was there on time as requested and we were back at the port in 10 minutes or so. Grand Cayman. We have done the Stingray City tour, and also went sailing here once. So this time we were going to 7 mile beach. After tendering (joy of joys) we took a taxi to the public beach for $6 each. Was $20 for 2 chairs and an umbrella. Lovely beach. Was really perfect. Taxi’d back. We were grouped with others who wanted a 2pm return to the ship. Got good ship pix here, and also on the tender back we got great photos. We were with one of my other favorite ships, Celebrity Equinox. Also Carnival Glory which we’ve cruised on when it was home ported in NYC, and a Regent ship. Cozumel. We pre-booked Nachi Cocum. Wow, there were a lot of ships in port. We were the 6th to arrive, and Carnival Glory came in behind us. So there were good photo opportunities if you like ships. Like us. Your bags will be randomly searched as you enter Cozumel. Nachi Cocum was not too crowded and we enjoyed our time there. $18 taxi ride each way for 3 of us. Dropped our stuff off on the ship and came back out to check shopping at the port. Got a nice, blue leather bag at Rogers leather goods. They have very nice shoes, boots, bags, and belts. Meant to buy some rum cake but forgot. We left port at 10pm. Next up was a glorious day at sea to enjoy our loungers on our balcony. And we did for sure. The pool areas were crowded on sea days, as on most ships. Medallion. It should be able to locate traveling companions, but several times we tried and they weren't where it said they were. Maybe a delayed response? Debarkation is simple. We had flights from FLL so we walked off with our one suitcase around 7:30am. Didn't even need to use mobile passport--just showed them our passport. Very easy. Got Uber quickly. We enjoyed our cruise on Regal. It was relaxing and fun. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Princess are excellent. With the recent news about Covit 19 and Princess ships being involved, I think they are doing an excellent job at keeping everyone informed and being so good with their cancellation and refund policy. This is a ... Read More
Princess are excellent. With the recent news about Covit 19 and Princess ships being involved, I think they are doing an excellent job at keeping everyone informed and being so good with their cancellation and refund policy. This is a beautiful ship. The atrium is big, light and comfortable. Really enjoy the International Café for snacks 24é7. The food and entertainment is first class. The employees are excellent. Love the little cooling pool at the rear of the ship, even although it is close to the smoking area. Sometimes the bar staff are a bit slow serving tables. The food is first class, though sometimes the dining rooms are very busy at certain times and you have to take a buzzer and wait to be called. Enjoy sharing tables and meeting people from other countries. Embarking and disembarking are very well handled. Love Princess and we are booked for two future cruises. Nothing to complain about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chose this cruise to be on a newer Princess ship and get away to a warmer area. The Medallion experience was very good. Checking in and being ocean ready with the Medallion was very quick. The food on Princess is very good and the ... Read More
Chose this cruise to be on a newer Princess ship and get away to a warmer area. The Medallion experience was very good. Checking in and being ocean ready with the Medallion was very quick. The food on Princess is very good and the service outstanding. We have decided to move away from Celebrity to Princess as we were getting bored with the same food on Celebrity year after year. We noticed on our 28 day cruise around Australia on Sea Princess that the food was hardly ever repeated. Curtis Stone, the chef, has done an outstanding job with the development of dishes for the dining room. The theater design might be a tad small for this size ship, so it is necessary to arrive 45 minutes before showtime to get a good seat. We were disappointed in the depth of the balcony. No room for a foot stool. The chair did recline so that was a plus. Our closet was very large and even though the bath was small it was functional. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
First time sailing with Princess and it will not be the last! I loved the Regal Princess it was a beautiful well kept ship and the crew was very friendly and attentive. From day one the vacation was great! Ocean Ready made ... Read More
First time sailing with Princess and it will not be the last! I loved the Regal Princess it was a beautiful well kept ship and the crew was very friendly and attentive. From day one the vacation was great! Ocean Ready made embarkation a very smooth quick process. I loved the Ocean Medallion app for finding the people travelling with you, we used this feature multiple times a day all week long. Ordering food and drink from the app was also very convenient and worked well each time. The internet was quick and reliable best we have had at sea so far. We did indulge in the Speciality Dining at the Crown Grill and the Crab Shack and give 5 stars to both. I haven't done the speciality dining on other cruise but due to our onboard credit we thought we would give it a try. I will now do it every cruise it was such a great experience and pricing for what you get is a great deal! We found if you wanted to do a show in the Princess Theatre for the early one you needed t show up about 30 minutes early to get a seat but the late show you could walk in 5 minutes prior and still find seating. Overall it was a great experience and we will sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Overall score would be closer to 4 than 3 stars. Royal Princess was a solid traditional cruise ship and experience for their great service and good food. As a couple in their mid 30's, we felt we were the youngest on the ship and ... Read More
Overall score would be closer to 4 than 3 stars. Royal Princess was a solid traditional cruise ship and experience for their great service and good food. As a couple in their mid 30's, we felt we were the youngest on the ship and most of the activities/clientele weren't really catered to us(which is fine because we expected this) but I would not recommend this cruise line for anyone under 40 years due to that. For a lazy, relaxing, no frills get away... this cruise will check all the boxes regardless of age. Departed to Mexican Riviera 2/22/20 for 7 nights in a deluxe Balcony for $524 pp. Booked last 'minute' in mid January. Itinerary was great except it was cold/chilly due to overcast weather the two days leaving LA and the two days returning back to LA. Weather in Mexico was sunny but not hot enough to go into the water comfortably. As this was a 'traditional' ship with plenty of deck space, we barely utilized it due to us not bringing any jackets/sweaters. Medallion and embarkation were highlights on this trip. Made checking in easier, purchasing, ordering room service, getting drinks a complete breeze. Ship was clean. Cabins could of used a deep clean in the cabins. Bathroom was a good size. The ship layout was rather confusing and zig zagged all over the place. Balcony was small as expected but plenty of space for a cup of coffee or a sunset photo. MDR was another highlight on this trip. The food and service were great, above my expectations. Multiple entrees/desserts every time and prompt, courteous service by Ryan & Alla. Production show was solid. We saw colors but hand to stand through due to no space. Comedian AJ Jamaal was okay. I thought he would be funnier but his jokes catered to a much older audience. All entertainment on the ship catered towards eating or drinking or some other game/session around the main Piazza room. It was either horse racing, zumba, or champagne party. If you have a 7:15 MDR seating most likely it will be tough for you to get to most of the main 'activity' events. My wife and I did win the raffle for the SPA so that was exciting as well! Service was great all around. Our cabin steward came by two times a day but diminished in quality over time towards the end of the cruise. We did our own shore excursions which was the best choice. Cabo - 'Glass Bottom Boat' Paid $20 USD for a private boat tour at the cabo dock to Los Arcos. Went to The Office restaurant on Medano beach which was very pricey for Mexico but was delicious. Best 'pulpo' octupus I've ever had. Mazatlan - Hidden gem of the trip. Booked Maria's Happy horses for 30 minute ride for $15 USD PP. Ended up being a 45 minute trip with great photos. Booked direct through her on her website. Can ask locally on the beach as well for her. Ate at Malokay and Lety's for a whole fried red snapper for super cheap and hung out on the chairs which were included for a purchase. Puerto Vallarta - Pretty tourist town. Plenty of restaurants and bars along the restaurant to drink and hang out in the Malecon. Went to St Guadalupe and Hilton for a day pass. All in all it was a good trip. First time to Mexican Riviera(prefer caribbean) and first time on Princess. I got a good value for the trip and had a good time due to the good food and service. Couldn't ask for much more. Due to my demographic and needs, I'd prefer a little bit more excitement and buzz on the ship to keep me occupied than just bingo and trivia. Here is a more indepth review with photos: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2739251-princess-first-timer-review-royal-princess/ Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife was invited by Princess Players Club with an unbelievable price for this cruise and we could not refuse. First time with medallion, best feature for starters is door unlocked came down to my cabin with a bowl of fries and a drink ... Read More
My wife was invited by Princess Players Club with an unbelievable price for this cruise and we could not refuse. First time with medallion, best feature for starters is door unlocked came down to my cabin with a bowl of fries and a drink while riding my scooter so no fiddling with cruise card just open door. I found one very big downside to this beautiful ship, NO usb charging ports in the room. I use a scooter and found plenty of room in the passages, as well plenty of places to leave it to go for dinner. The ship was very clean and in very good condition. The best part was the hotel staff was a very senior group our steward had been with Princess over 20 years. The dinning room was very busy but there was very little waiting. One thingI would like to see is The food in the buffet be a different style than what style that was in the dinning room that way if you didn't like what was in the dinning room you could go-to the buffet. Overall the ship and crew were unbeatable would use this ship again without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My mom, her four children and their spouses celebrated mom on the Royal Princess. We all enjoyed the amazing shows, attended Leo Rossi’s fun and informative lectures, and enjoyed two wine tastings. All the servers and staff were friendly ... Read More
My mom, her four children and their spouses celebrated mom on the Royal Princess. We all enjoyed the amazing shows, attended Leo Rossi’s fun and informative lectures, and enjoyed two wine tastings. All the servers and staff were friendly and fun!! Our waiter Frederand Corpuz, Assistant waiter, Lee Cruz and our stateroom stewart Agnelo we’re so helpful, friendly and fun!! Great experience. We will be sailing on Princess in the future. The only improvement that I see would be on Wifi coverage. We tried to order food and drinks at the pool on the app. After receiving our food cold and waiting 40 minutes for drinks. I went the bar and was told they never received our order. We used the app prior in the ship and had no problems. We took two shore excursions and both were informative, beautiful and fun. The guides were friendly and fun. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The price was great and the port was close enough to drive there. The room was large enough and kept clean by the steward at all times. He provided the requested ice the whole trip. The food was good if not super in buffet and ... Read More
The price was great and the port was close enough to drive there. The room was large enough and kept clean by the steward at all times. He provided the requested ice the whole trip. The food was good if not super in buffet and servers there were very friendly and attentive. We will probably book this trip again in a few years and will watch prices on Princess cruises closely. Thinking about their Alaska trip in the near future. Entertainment was the highlight of the trip...the stock singers and dancers were much better than the usual groups are. The comedy act on two different nights was excellent. The crowd had a great time with him...his first name was AJ and I cannot remember his last name. It was my first time on Princess and I will try them again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
EXCELLENT IMPROVEMENT BY PRINCESS CRUISE LINES AS AN ELITE MEMBER We never thought princess would have outstanding service & abundance of variety & quality food. They had 4 or 5 different buffet line that never seems to be ... Read More
EXCELLENT IMPROVEMENT BY PRINCESS CRUISE LINES AS AN ELITE MEMBER We never thought princess would have outstanding service & abundance of variety & quality food. They had 4 or 5 different buffet line that never seems to be crowed we planned to do anytime dining but after tasting the quality food in the lido we had enjoyed our meals at the buffet. The royal princess decor was beautiful and clean ship always someone taking care of business. The entertainment was excellent with dancer's and singers along with the comedy & other shows. The crew activities and clowning around was entertaining we really enjoyed the dance off in the pizza....along with the captains toast & elite party. The water show was interesting just like they have in las vegas but smaller but enjoyable. Embarkation & debarkcation was wellorgainzed and prove to be effective in leaving the royal princess we are looking forward in sailing on the royal princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Pros: Clean ship The Buffet area well staffed and friendly. Jorge at the “Seaview Bar” on pool deck. Only friendly bartender we had. Overall crew was friendly. Angel at Guest Services was the best! Nice lounge areas ... Read More
Pros: Clean ship The Buffet area well staffed and friendly. Jorge at the “Seaview Bar” on pool deck. Only friendly bartender we had. Overall crew was friendly. Angel at Guest Services was the best! Nice lounge areas (but read the cons about this). Best cruise ship bed ever. Large closet Salty Dog on pool deck was the best food all week. Hot and freshly cooked as ordered. On and off ship was great Cons: Rocky Ship and don’t believe it was due to the weather. Small rooms, tight to move around Catering towards 65 and over. Food was warm and bland for the most part. Comedian was just OK. We thought the magician was funnier and his magic was awesome. Didn’t see other shows didn’t want to wait 45 min before shows for good seat since we weren’t getting good feeling about the shows. If you want a chair of any sort get up at 7 and plop a towel down and go back to bed like the other 3000 passengers did! Finally got up at 7 on last pool day and I took a pick. You couldn’t get a Lounger on Lido deck all covered with towels and no one on them ! If your into watching people dancing to 40’s music in the Piazza area (which is the main part of the ship) then you will love it. DRINK PACKAGE! Worst ever on Any ship. Don’t say its an unlimited drink package when it only covers 15 per day! Then if you go over they pretty much access you and then you have to start paying. I’m sure your thinking 15 is good for one day until you see the pour. They MEASURE everything! Order a double and you get charged for two drinks towards your package. We’ve sailed on other lines. We will never sail on princess again. Last one was in RC amd we were bowing down to them when we left ! App is terrible. No drink service by any pools. Poor entertainment by Lido pool. If I wanted to watch movies every afternoon I would of stayed home. There were plenty of other quite areas if you needed. Lido deck should not be one of them. Princess should advertise this ship as a senior citizen cruise PERIOD! FYI the group that went are all in there 50s. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Seasoned cruiser (35 times) on various lines. We are a Elite member on Princess Ship is very beautiful and colors, etc. are certainly on trend. Service was way over the top good in every department. Cleanliness, as always, very good ... Read More
Seasoned cruiser (35 times) on various lines. We are a Elite member on Princess Ship is very beautiful and colors, etc. are certainly on trend. Service was way over the top good in every department. Cleanliness, as always, very good around the ship and in our cabin. Shinto, the barkeeper that I latched on to in the Crown Bar, was a great provider of conversation and drinks during the week. He really knew his job and was such a delight! We are not big foodies so the food was more than adequate. Miss the Escargot in the evenings in the main dining rooms. Deserts continue to be a struggle on most lines. Why not just do some of the basics and do them in a more Americanized version? Apple Pie, Chocolate cake...?? Ate at the Crown Grill the first formal night. Was a disaster. I know we paid half of what we would on a Celebrity ship but, our meals were ruined. My wifes steak ws ordered "well" it cam out medium. No problem. They took it back and redid it. My steak was so bad, that after I cut out all the grizel, there was hardly any steak left to eat. They asked about it and I told them. They insisted on a reselection and told me they would do a Ribeye (medium). About one minute later, here they come with a steak soaking in blood. At that point, I told them to just forget it and bring me some coffee with some cream and Equal. They had no equal or anything similar. At that point, I told them the evening was over. Without suggesting, they compted the meals and we left. We ate at Sabatinis the second formal night. Meal was just okay. Once again, I would rather pay more and get a better Italian dinner without all of the "fru, fru! Entertainment seemed lacking. Embarkation was the fastest that I have seen as well as disembarkation. Very nice. Had a 10:15 flight and even with Lyft, go there early so we could relax. We went to the members only event (captains night). Took forever to get in as people lined up and the Captain wanted to shake every hand. I think in today's age, they need to forgo this tradition of shaking hands. It was like shaking hands with three thousand people. We simply went around, and nodded to him and went in. This guy, was as different as anyone we have ever seen as a Captain on a cruise ship. He seemed a little/lot off. Even used the "F Bomb" during his presentation. Never have seen anyone like him. He thought he was so "cool" but seriously missed the mark!!!..I think most people will enjoy their cruise on the ship but, we will be running back to Celebrity going forward. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Sky Princess is not up to par with her sisters Royal and Regal. Mediocre food selections, cold food in buffet similar to school cafeteria. Main dining room so so. Room service food was also cold when delivered. Main theatre if you ... Read More
Sky Princess is not up to par with her sisters Royal and Regal. Mediocre food selections, cold food in buffet similar to school cafeteria. Main dining room so so. Room service food was also cold when delivered. Main theatre if you aren’t seated one hour prior good luck! I didn’t pay thousands of dollars to sit in a theatre waiting for a show to start. Theatre is too small. Chair hogs!!!! After 7am not a chair to be had!!!! Smallest casino ever ! This ship is BORING and I am in my 70s and an elite with Princess. Lots of cuts on this ship. No hand washing people at entrance to dining rooms. Unacceptable with what’s going on with viruses etc. On a positive note service and staff were excellent! Cabin L101 on lido deck was excellent great balcony and room steward can use balcony when at sea was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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