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24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The excellent itinerary provided the opportunity to see most of the popular Greek Islands as well as a taste of Southern Italy. We had sunny weather which further enhanced this most enjoyable cruise. The ship was near capacity yet did ... Read More
The excellent itinerary provided the opportunity to see most of the popular Greek Islands as well as a taste of Southern Italy. We had sunny weather which further enhanced this most enjoyable cruise. The ship was near capacity yet did not feel overwhelmingly crowded. About a third of the passengers were from Australia plus others from the UK, North America and some from Asia. The Cruise Director and Shore Guide were the best we have encountered. The main shows were good but especially the Freddie Mercury tribute and the Hawley illusionist. The games shows in the Princess Live were very well attended and always fun. The buffet was varied and the food hot. Main dining room was good. However, the International Market was a nice oasis for a snack or coffee. The Movies under the Stars could have done with a little more variety in its showings. Overall we could just live it all over again. Read Less
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Hi sixpenny, thank you for your great feedback from your recent trip on Royal Princess! We're happy to hear that your Cruise Director and Shore Guide had such a memorable impact on your experience. Hope to see you onboard again soon!
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We had a great time on this ship. I appreciate the size of it. For the first time since I began cruising, I didn't need to take any motion sick meds. Embarkation was smooth- we waited until around 2pm (it started at noon). We were met at ... Read More
We had a great time on this ship. I appreciate the size of it. For the first time since I began cruising, I didn't need to take any motion sick meds. Embarkation was smooth- we waited until around 2pm (it started at noon). We were met at the taxi by baggage handlers who took our luggage and waited less than 5 mintues to board. Our room was an upgraded balcony, partially obstructed. You could see a lifeboat next to us, but who cares? The extra space was great. We spent a lot of time on the balcony. We ate in main dining every night at the 8:15pm seating. It gave us time to explore on shore and then nap and clean up for dinner. Shows were cruise ship standard, though others at our table absolutely loved them. (We are probably pretty cynical as regular concert/ theater goers). We loved the adult pool, the sanctuary. Our cabin Stuart and wait staff were great. We ate at Sabatini's. Food was really good. I've heard Crown Grill is even better. Pro's: Lots of space to wander. The main dining was great. We didn't have a bad meal the entire time. The coffee card was a great deal. We used it for Gelato too. Con's: The room service breakfast could be better. The coffee wasn't very good (so glad we bought the coffee card). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise to relax after doing a Trafalgar bus tour through Europe. Embarkation was easy. As we had a mini-suite, we had priority boarding and were lead through to a separate area to wait for our turn to board. We didn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise to relax after doing a Trafalgar bus tour through Europe. Embarkation was easy. As we had a mini-suite, we had priority boarding and were lead through to a separate area to wait for our turn to board. We didn't have to wait very long and the check-in process was easy as we had completed most of the information online before we left home. We had a Club Class Mini-suite (Aloha deck room 422). Although this cabin has the Skywalk above it, it is impossible to see into the cabin and you can only see the balcony from the Skywalk if you bend down to the handrail level. We didn't find that there were that many people who walked along the Skywalk anyway and we at no time felt that our privacy was invaded. The cabin itself was spacious with plenty of storage and hanging space. The balcony could have been a bit bigger but we found it adequate for our needs. It was also nice to have a separate sitting area apart from the bed. There was a shower over a bath in the bathroom and we found the bathroom a reasonable size for a cruise ship. We were given a half bottle of red wine and half bottle of white wine upon disembarkation and with the full bottle of wine each that we could bring on board on the first day, we found this to be plenty when we supplemented it with a few drinks from the bars. We could have ordered evening canapes to our room but they weren't to our liking, so we just got some cheese and biscuits from the Horizon Buffet and took them back to our cabin to enjoy with our wine. We had anytime dining and had no problems getting a table each time we went to the Concerto dining room. They have priority dining available for Club Class passengers. The food was always great. We didn't do many of the shows or activities on board as we were using the cruise to relax after the go, go, go of the tour bus! Service in the dining room was good and our room steward, Ben, was friendly and always greeted us with a smile. We did 3 shore excursions through the ship and found them all to be very good. We did a walking tour of Taormina which also gave us spare time to do some shopping, a tour of Santorini which took us to Oia and Fira (the local guide was very good), and a tour to the village of Herculaneum. We chose to do Herculaneum as we had already been to Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri on our bus tour. I actually found Herculaneum a lot more interesting than Pompeii!! It was so well preserved compared to Pompeii. We did our own thing in Kotor but the old town is close to the Port and we didn't see the need to do a tour. I wouldn't hesitate to go on another Royal Princess cruise as I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
My husband and I did a cruise from Athens to Barcelona. We had the best vacation ever and loved almost everything about our experience on the ship. We thought the food was very good. We loved our room with the balcony! The shows were ... Read More
My husband and I did a cruise from Athens to Barcelona. We had the best vacation ever and loved almost everything about our experience on the ship. We thought the food was very good. We loved our room with the balcony! The shows were all very good. The only complaint we had was our experience at the pool. We were very disappointed that they showed movies at the pool during the day. Movies under the stars sounded appealing, but we didn't understand why anyone would want to watch a movie while sitting by the pool on a beautiful sunny day! The movies were very loud and, in my opinion, took away from the pool experience. The waiters at the pool were also not very friendly and would only get you a drink if you flagged them down. There was an adult-only pool, but it was very hard to find a chair there. Our first at-sea day was a gorgeous, sunny day, and as soon as we sat in our chair by the pool they started to play the movie "Boss Baby." There were only about 8-10 kids at the pool at the time. My husband was so frustrated he had to leave the pool area until the movie was over. We still had a fabulous time and would highly recommend the ship! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We choose Princess cruises as we had a previous cruise still in our minds, the Diamond Princes sailing out of Sydney heading to Perth April last year and everyone of our party had a great time, we have cruised fourteen times prior and on ... Read More
We choose Princess cruises as we had a previous cruise still in our minds, the Diamond Princes sailing out of Sydney heading to Perth April last year and everyone of our party had a great time, we have cruised fourteen times prior and on many different cruise lines, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Thomson, P&O, Celebrity and MSC although our very first cruise back in 2005, the Coral Princess Vancouver to Anchorage and probably the best cruise ever until this recent cruise and certainly the cruise that started our passion for cruises. We wanted to try different ships and cruise companies to compare. We were looking for a seven day Mediterranean cruise and found the Royal Princess sailing Athens to Barcelona, not only were the destinations inviting but the ship just three years old and one of the largest in the fleet but still only 3,000 passengers. As always the weather does have an impact however, the destinations were all sunshine and the ship was fabulous, food plenty in the Horizon buffet as expected and a great variation, quality second to none. We did not dine at any of the theme type restaurants as the main dining room 'Symphony' had good choices and great staff, why would we try elsewhere. We did anytime dining which allowed us to opt for early or late shows depending on the day we'd had, there were four in our party but six before end of the week. Entertainment, from vocalists to illusionist on the big stage, the ships own on-board dancers and singers and not forgetting the everyday fabulous band The Sound, then pianist, classical and contemporary, quartet's and solo guitarist although not all my cup of tea but plenty of passengers disputing that with me, probably each to their own and overall a fantastic collection of musicians and performers. Excursions, on this trip we had more than one tender, the little boat to get to shore as the port cannot berth a large ship, this adds to the experience. Most ports we did our own thing although on two occasions we booked the ships tours and both were well organised and enjoyable. Recommendations, Princess well done, we will be back very soon. Complaints, its difficult to complain after such a great cruise but if pushed I would say the staff around the pool area, especially mornings were not as attentive as other staff around the ship, often looking but not seeing you, on many occasions we had to chase down staff to get served. Overall experience 9.5/10 Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We booked this cruise because of the online deal and we had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise. We arrived a few days early into Athens, stayed in the Plaka area to do the touristy stuff on our own (walk Ermou St., Monastariki ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the online deal and we had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise. We arrived a few days early into Athens, stayed in the Plaka area to do the touristy stuff on our own (walk Ermou St., Monastariki Square, Syntagma Square) and using the Hop On-Hop Off bus (Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, ..etc.) We arrived at the Piraeus Port via the highly recommended "Welcome Pickups" taxi service around noon and the embarkation process was quick and easy. We headed to the Horizon Court Buffet for lunch and when we headed to our cabin around 2pm, our luggage was already waiting for us outside. Of all the times we cruised, this had to be the earliest time we have received our bags. We had a Deluxe Balcony cabin way forward on Deck 16. We were worried about getting motion sickness, but it was smooth sailing throughout the whole trip. The cabin steward, John, did a nice job cleaning our room several times a day. The balcony had two lounge chairs and a small table. Inside the cabin was a small sofa, coffee table, desk, chair, sizeable closet, drawer space, a safe, adjustable thermostat and a hairdryer. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The power in the cabin included a standard U.S. 110v and a standard European 2-prong 220v outlet. The bathroom was standard with sink, toilet, shower, and shelf space. We alternated between eating in the dining room and at the Horizon Court Buffet for all our meals. The buffet area was huge, divided into several sections, and confusingly laid out. Other than the salad and dessert areas, the two main sections did not have duplicate foods so we had to visit both to see what was being served. I asked a waiter on the first day about how the sections were divided and he said, one section was for the lighter/healthier foods and the other section was for the heavier foods, but I saw a mixture of both in each area. We felt the menu choices in Main Dining whether for lunch or dinner were limited. Maybe because we have been on too many cruises. We had Sabatini's one night and it was no different. I was also surprised there was just one formal night as all 7 day cruises I have been on had two. The Movies Under the Stars was great as there seemed to be always something on the big screen during the day and night. We were surprised a few times the headline entertainers in the Princess Theater performed to a somewhat empty theater. Julio Delgado who did the Destination Presentations was really helpful and funny. He helped orient us on what to expect in town the following day when we arrive into port. We thought the onboard activities were varied and fun. There are quite a few self-service washer & dryers on various decks and we were able to find one available to do our laundry. Use your cruise card to buy tokens in the laundry room for the washer & dryer ($3 each) plus detergent ($1.50). I brought my own dryer sheets from home. We loved each port. We joined the Princess excursion for "The Best of Santorini" and "Taormina On Our Own". The Santorini excursion was excellent, but the trip to Taormina was too short. We arrived into Messina port at noon, but our excursion/bus ride to Taormina didn't start until 2pm which left us less than 3 hours in Taormina. We could have traveled there on our own at a lower cost if we didn't have such a short port time and I didn't want to risk getting lost. In Kotor, Montenegro, we walked into town after getting off the tender and hiked St. John's Fortress for 3 Euros. From the top, the view is spectacular. I recommend doing the climb early because of the heat and less people. The leisure hike can take up to an hour each way if you take it slow, enjoy the scenery, and take lots of pictures. After you get back into town, you can enjoy many of the nice eateries in town. In Naples, we booked a tour on our own with "Italy Tours.EU" prior to starting the cruise. They were excellent and reasonably price compared to the Princess' tour. In a small group of 11 people, we visited Pompeii with a English speaking guide, Sorrento, a Limoncello factory, and drove through a part of the Amalfi Coast drive. In Barcelona where we disembarked, we took an 8 hour small group tour around Barcelona via "Barcelona Day Tours" which we booked prior to the cruise. We visited Montserrat, and our English speaking guide gave us an excellent tour of Park Güell, detailed explanation of the Sagrada Família and La Pedrera facades. After the tour, we stayed an extra day in Barcelona by La Ramblas and did sightseeing on our own. (Gothic Quarters, Casa Batllo, the beaches, Port Olimpic, Centre Marmagnum, Port Vell, ...etc.) Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our fourth cruise on the Royal Princess, and I do love this class of ship. The enhancements that were added in the most recent dry dock really made a difference--the main one was adding the mid-ship staircase and the side entry ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise on the Royal Princess, and I do love this class of ship. The enhancements that were added in the most recent dry dock really made a difference--the main one was adding the mid-ship staircase and the side entry for seats in the Princess Theatre. They also re-wired the ship for the new Medallion experience, which will begin on the Royal in January. Other improvements to the ship included the speed of the internet connections and the enhancements to the Princess @ Sea intranet. In addition to seeing the activity schedule, your stateroom account and I-messaging, you can now order your room service breakfast online, see all locations on the ship and excursions. We found the I-message option to be very helpful since we were traveling with family and friends. Princess has gotten new robes which are a big improvement from the small, thin robes that were in being used in 2015, which was my last cruise with Princess. The new robes are still waffle fabric, but softer and thicker, and actually fit. They seem to changing over to newer towels as we had some new ones and some old ones on this cruise. The new ones are much softer and more absorbent, so hopefully they'll be discarding the old ones soon. Unfortunately, they still have the terrible shampoo/conditioner combination in the showers, so I recommend you taking your own. The shower gel is acceptable, and they do still provide a tube of lotion. One change that was a surprise is that they no longer provide fruit in the room daily that you order through your cabin steward. If you want fresh fruit, you have to call room service. Also, we did not have success adding items to the room service menu "on request". We asked for pineapple one morning, which I have always been able to get, but it was "not available". We were in a balcony cabin on Emerald deck midship, so the new midship stairs made everything so convenient. The midship elevators are still a mess, so we usually used the stairs or walked forward or aft to those elevators when necessary. Food was very good and we had excellent service in the Allegro dining room. We had late seating which was perfect for this port intensive cruise. Friends traveling with us had anytime dining and really liked it and rarely had to wait. We also ate at the Crown Grill for our specialty dining OBC, and as always the food and service were wonderful. We ate at CG on our first night on board and really enjoyed starting off our cruise with a special dinner. We ate lunch at Alfredos after embarking, and it was very quiet at first but soon filled up. We enjoyed the pizza, calzone and pasta pockets along with the wonderful Sangria. The buffet was good for breakfast, but we didn't eat there for lunch or dinner. They had the Crabshack one night but it was on a formal night when I like to eat in the dining room, so we didn't eat there this cruise. Also, we learned after arriving on the ship that there would be only one formal night for this 7 day cruise, which was a big surprise. It would have been nice if they had communicated that in the pre-cruise communications, so I wouldn't have packed extra formal night attire. I talked to Ron Goodman, our very accessible Cruise Director, about the decision and apparently it was much discussed about eliminating one formal night but they decided to do it because of the itinerary. Our second sea day was our last day on the ship, so that wouldn't have worked for a formal night. Entertainment was decent but not great. The production shows were What the World Needs Now (Burt Bacarach songs) and Colors of the World--both of which I have seen many times. It would have been nice to have a newer show. We did not attend the magic show, but the comedian was not good at all. The show band, Sound, was very good as was the guy who played in Crooners. There was not problem arriving at the theater for the shows 10-15 minutes in advance as they were rarely full. The exception was the Voice of the Ocean competition, which was excellent with very talented performers. The audience was full for that show, which was only offered one time. We had a wonderful cabin steward from Romania, who took wonderful care of us all week. I asked for my usual requests--top sheet, regular ice, wine glasses, extra towels and bathrobes--and everything was promptly and cheerfully provided. Our cabin steward greeted us each morning and evening in the halls and helped us quickly address the only problem of the cruise, which was air conditioning in our cabin. Once I reported it to him, he quickly called maintenance and they fixed it right away. Lesson learned, call or mention it to you cabin steward as soon as you notice a problem. As mentioned above, our Cruise Director was Ron Goodman, who is one of the best. His staff did a great job with activities on the ship and were always very accessible and friendly to the passengers. The pool area was crowded as you might expect on a warm Mediterranean cruise, and I found myself longing for the aft plunge pool that was added to the Regal. I was cruising with my granddaughter, so I couldn't escape to the adult only pool on the front of the ship. I didn't use the Sanctuary, but some of our party did and really enjoyed it. One change that has been made since I last cruised is that you can book sanctuary days or half-days in advance on the first day of the cruise, so my daughter and her husband were able to book their last sea day at the sanctuary when we boarded. They really enjoyed the quiet and the service in the sanctuary. Staff was enforcing the "chair hog" rule and would remove towels that had been left unattended, so we were usually able to find lounge chairs in a good location. Movies Under the Stars was enjoyed by all of us, and they had a good selection of movies. We missed the water fountain show as it was just offered on the last night of the cruise, and we were still at dinner. They did offer stargazing one night, which I really wanted to attend, but it conflicted with a show we wanted to see. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Royal and we were not disappointed in anything about the ship. We did have two tender ports, but the tender operations were handled smoothly and quickly. We did all private tours, so I can't comment on the ship excursions that were available. Embarkation/Disembarkation. We arrived around 11:00 at the Port of Piraeus check-in began promptly at 11:30. We were on the ship before 12 noon and went straight to our cabin to drop off our bags. We did get a note at check-in that cabins might not be ready until 1:00 but all our cabins were serviced and ready. We did walk-off disembarkation in Barcelona, and it was a breeze. The only problem was getting an elevator to bring down our suitcases, but it was nice not to have to pack and put out our bags the night before. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I arrived back yesterday after a Greek-islands cruise aboard the Royal Princess. I'll begin by saying that I'm 25, I work for a travel company, I traveled with family, and I've cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, P&O and now ... Read More
I arrived back yesterday after a Greek-islands cruise aboard the Royal Princess. I'll begin by saying that I'm 25, I work for a travel company, I traveled with family, and I've cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, P&O and now Princess. Embarkation was in Athens, in a not-so-classy white tent right by the ship's side. Thankfully the process was quick (we arrived a bit early) and we got on-board fine. The size of the ship is certainly impressive from the outset right until the end. We had numerous taxi drivers, guides etc comment on how big the ship was, and from below you can almost believe it's the biggest ship in the world. It's not, but the Cruise Director might have you think it is... Arrival My first opinion was that the ship is traditional in style. It's low on thrills, catering to an older, more demure clientele. We saw some younger people around my age but generally there were few families and many 60+ adults. This was not necessarily a bad thing, as it meant the boat was quite peaceful. Its certainly not a party boat, but it's also not a whisper-quiet cruise liner either. Facilities and layout The main plaza area indoors (aka the atrium) is a 3-floor wonder, with elegant spiral stairs and lots of restaurants, and it proved to be the hub of the ship thanks to some fab impromptu and planned musical events. Cue lots of dancing octogenarians and a few kids running around. The theatre was another excellent space - with no obstructed seats and lots of space. The casino was good albeit smokey, and the shops were nice - typical cruise fare with a few brands etc. Personally, I think the top decks could do with some modernization however. For a ship of this modernity, I'd expect to see a few more cutting-edge touches. The two pools were good but a third would have been handy as I saw 30+ people in the pools on sea day. The running track was good, and the sports court a nice addition but the putting green pathetic and there was nothing much else to keep people occupied during the day expect for a big TV screen and food. Carnival's Vista has some fab additions including their sky ride rollercoaster, high ropes course and 18 hole mini golf - all of which could have easily been added with minimal redesign. I did like the SkyWalk though, although it wasn't overly useful for views, but was a fun novelty nonetheless. For me, the Retreat Pool was the best place on the ship - with an adults-only vibe and a more peaceful position. The Sanctuary is also here - an exclusive pay-per-use area of the ship with plush loungers and nice water, essentially. We booked here for the sea day and it was a welcome retreat, albeit without any breeze. $20 for half a day per person wasn't too bad. Food Now onto food. There aren't too many options for those not wanting to pay cover charges. Lunch was manly restricted to the Horizon Court Buffet, the main restaurant and the pizza/burger joints by the pool. All were good, although the buffets especially stood out - the variety of choice and quality rivaled Celebrity. We didn't encounter queues too often either, and the staff were happy to get you drinks (including water and ice tea which s complimentary). In the evening, the main dining room was the place to be. These not-so-grand rooms lack the elegance of many other ship's rooms, with low ceilings and dark colors. However the food was generally very good, with a nice changing variety. It would have been nice to see location-themed cuisine though, and the waiters occasionally wore costumes themed to a destination which had no relation to our cruise... for example in Montenegro (Kotor) we had an Italian night... Service was good and on anytime dining, we had to wait not longer than 5-10 mins at worst. Another gripe for me was the lack of food after 10pm or so. The main buffet would completely close except for hot drinks and there were no other free offerings I knew of. Entertainment This one was a tricky topic for me. I thought the main piazza entertainment was great. The atrium space was perfect for people watching, and live music would regularly bring huge crowds to watch people of all ages dance on the central floor. One must-see is the orchestra night, where the ship's Music Director brings most all of the ships musicians together. It was so special even a few galley and spa staff attended during our show! The theatre, for me, was a wasted opportunity. We were onboard a week, yet we had a comedian repeated twice and just two shows from the cast of 17 singers/ dancers that perform the 'Broadway-style' shows. We had an incredible Freddie Mercury performer called Mercury Rising that was the definite highlight, but it just makes you realise how disappointing the stage shows were when one man can outperform all 17 of them. Don't get me wrong, the stage shows weren't bad, but there just wasn't any creativity. The singers were generally good, but they had to perform bizarre themed scenes that had no story. Their 'Spectacular' show was simply about ten or fifteen different scenes, each relating to the next in no clear manner. Lose a few dancers and add a few singers, bring in a story or something different (think Celebrity's Cirque du Soleil-style shows or Carnival's dramatic theatrical performances) and you will have my vote. For now, I feel the theatre could have benefited from better direction. Elsewhere entertainment was low key, with the 'Live' tv studio proving good for a few minutes to kill time (karaoke, chat shows etc) and a few lounges with piano men. Balcony Cabin The cabin was good. Not great, but not bad. It felt a bit dated despite the refurb. One plug socket for the whole cabin was really a pretty poor show. The balcony was decent size, the tv huge, and the bathroom average. It was overall reasonable but not impressive. We were at the rear of the ship and felt quite a bit of movement - one night when docking it actually felt similar to an earthquake. Staff The standard staff were generally amazing. They were very friendly, smiley and helpful. We found that Carnival's staff last year seemed a bit downcast and overworked - these were the opposite. I know they no doubt work just as hard but they always had a smile, were polite and lovely to speak to. The entertainment staff didn't impress me much. Ron Goodman, the cruise director, was pretty awful. Last year we had Matt Mitcham on the Carnival Vista - a charismatic guy that had everyone wanting to be friends with him. He'd show up to every event, create impromptu dance routines, tell jokes before a show and just create a fun environment. For me, Ron was the opposite, He's been in the game for decades and his style hasn't changed at all. He began each appearance with a speech telling us how fantastic Princess was, how spectacular that evening's entertainments would be and how we're all a big family. It was the same every time. And his deputy (yes, he had a deputy CD) was just as weak - a nice guy but not cut out to be the figurehead for entertainment onboard a 3500-passenger ship. What made me more curious was the fact that Ron and cohort would rarely be seen except for the evening show. I don't know what they were doing - where I should have known - he should have been in the public eye throughout the day, making sure everyone was having a good time. Overall The cruise had a few duff ports (Khios was a waste of time, Katakolon was pretty low-key) but we loved Mykonos, Kotor and Rhodes town (all repeat visits but well worth another visit). As a family, we had a good time in all, and we actually think Princess may well rival Celebrity. They had the little touches - cold towels when waiting for the tender etc - and had a lovely, classy ship. Food was up to standards in general, and facilities were all good. I think for someone of my age, a showy ship like a Royal Caribbean or Carnival vessel may be preferred, as there wasn't much to do onboard for me, but it was certainly an impressive ship nonetheless, and the older passengers certainly seemed happy. Entertainment wasn't very strong in all honesty, perhaps weaker than P&O even, but it didn't dampen the cruise. I'd happily cruise Princess again. 76% Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was my 6th cruise so I am starting to make my second cruise on a few lines. Previous to this cruise my best overall experience had been on Princess (Ruby Princess) so I decided to use Princess again to see if there was consistency. I ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise so I am starting to make my second cruise on a few lines. Previous to this cruise my best overall experience had been on Princess (Ruby Princess) so I decided to use Princess again to see if there was consistency. I can say Yes! Plus, the itinerary and embarkation port were very attractive to my wife and I. The same reasons why I liked Princess previously - great crew treatment, fantastic ship, great food - all applied here. The only slight negative I can say with both Princess cruises is that the entertainment is good, but not as good as I have seen on other lines. Since the entertainment is not all that important to me it does not detract. We flew to Athens 36 hours in advance on Emirates direct from Newark (great airline) so we could acclimate. We used the Princess transport from the airport to the Hilton and we were glad we did - it was seamless - there was a Princess rep waiting for us along with a driver that whisked us to the Hilton in less than 30 minutes. The Hilton had an in-house Princess rep that gave us a lot of great info (and tried to sell us excursions). She was very nice and also very informative. The Hilton was excellent. We were taken to the port via bus - I recommend it. Check in at the port in Piraeus was fairly quick and easy, but getting through security took about 20 minutes. Not bad really. Once on board we got settled in our room (more on our room below) and then sought out the buffet for lunch. We sailed on time. Our first port of call was Katakolon. A rather sleepy port with a small village filled with various shops. We took a private tour to Olympia and it was a very nice time with a 1 hour guide. Back in port we shopped briefly before getting back on board. The next port of call was my favorite - Kotor, Montenegro. The 2 hour sail in through the fjord was very scenic. The port offered an old walled village with many interesting shops and little cafes. We opted for the steep climb up the mountain to view the fort. It is a hard climb, but the view was well worth it. We had to be tendered at this port since the dock is small. The sail out was just as enjoyable; in the evening as the sun was setting and it was idyllic. Did you know this ship can play the Love Boat theme on its boat whistles? Tuesday was a sea day. Nice change and time to rest. We lolled around the pools and adults only area. Nice and quiet. Lunch was each day was very good and there was an excellent variety each day. For 3500 passengers the lines and crowds were not bad at all. If you decide to eat in the Horizon at night you can expect a different theme each night - like Greek Night, Bavarian Night, etc. Wednesday we stopped at Khios. We did not hold high hopes for this stop - there was not much there. We rented bikes at City Point and rode up and down the coast - about 20 miles total - and swam. Then we shopped a bit before being tendered back to the ship. Thursday was Rhodes - an excellent stop. The dock is a very short walk to the walled old city where there were interesting buildings and shopping. We loved walking around and getting lost. After this excursion we walked about 2 miles to a quiet section of the pebbly beach and swam and just relaxed. The water is very clean but colder than I expected. There are sandy beaches on Rhodes. In fact, we discovered that there was one close to the bow of the ship after we were getting ready to leave. Friday's port stop was Mykonos. The main dock is a ways from the village if you walk - a very narrow and busy road. For 2 Euro we took the water taxi into the village where we boarded a ferry to the nearby island of Delos to view more ruins. Well worth the trip - don't take a guided tour - they are so huge how can you hear anything. Upon returning to the village we walked along the very clean and white painted sidewalks until we stopped at a very nice cafe near the "Little Venice" area for refreshments. By this time we were pooped so we took the water taxi back to the ship for some pool side relaxation. Saturday we landed back in Piraeus nice and early. We did the self walk off and it could not have been easier and faster. We took a cab ride (30 Euro) to our hotel (Royal Olympic). We left the cruise feeling very satisfied and very pleased with how we were treated. Unlike most cruise lines I do not feel like Princess was always trying to sell me something or in my face for pictures. We did on-board wine tasting and enjoyed it. Any Time Dining each night in the Symphony was excellent. There was never much of a wait and the food was very good-to-excellent - as was the service. The entertainment was varied - I give them credit for that. I just did not find all of it polished. The exception was the last night performance by all the musicians - this show was excellent. The ship's band was also very good. I did enjoy the string quartet too. The ship is in excellent condition and was kept spotless during the entire cruise. I liked the lay out and ambiance of Princess ships - elegant without being gawdy. Our captain kept us well informed, but I never saw him once. That is OK. The entire crew was very friendly and out to please us. They succeeded. We toured Athens before and after this cruise and just loved the city. It is easy to navigate on foot. We used the Metro to return the airport. This system is very clean, safe, and cheap. Just make sure you get on the right train that is going all the way to the airport. We dead ended 3 stops away from the airport and had to use the surface train to finish the trip. Same ticket though. 9 Euros. If you plan to visit the Acropolis do so early as it gets very crowed and very warm later on. Try to eat in the Monistaraki area - the food is really good. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The royal princess is a beautiful ship with highlights being the atrium, sea walk, the crooners bar and Movies under the stars. We found the main dining room had an edge above all other cruise ... Read More
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The royal princess is a beautiful ship with highlights being the atrium, sea walk, the crooners bar and Movies under the stars. We found the main dining room had an edge above all other cruise companies with a superior quality of food, service and spaciousness between tables. We have cruised a lot with celebrity and royal Caribbean and the royal seemed beyond and would say was excellent. Crown grill is one of the best steak restaurants I have been to while Sabatinis was just ok. I loved the salts to have with the steaks. Loved MUTS - it was a fantastic experience and the popcorn and snacks brought round was a great touch. Best cruise so far. Cabins were smaller than competitions but I like the way they split the cabin with the dressing room part. Please take away the shower curtain.. Entertainment was fun - and loved entertainers in the atrium. One thing I feel could be improved would be the buffet breakfast - celebrity so this so well with egg stations. Overall our favourite cruise so far. Thank you princess. Read Less
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