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jenna121778
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
My parents treated me to my 1st ever cruise...a 7 day Mexican Riveria cruise from L.A. We had a mini-suite (Dolphin Deck - deck 9, and mid-ship) so it was a great location for a cabin. I was so not sure of what to expect, I expected to ... Read more
setenaj
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We'd been interested in cruising for a while and some friends recommended Princess for a quiet cruise with good food and not too many party animals! When this came up at a very good price for the 7 nights (Singapore-Ko Samui-Laem ... Read more
DesBetty
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
From the moment we set eyes on Sapphire Princess we new we would have a great time Been 67 and 72 years old we coud not fault anything, The food was fantastic - the buffet great selection of foods - at night we chose to eat at Savoy ... Read more
whitelimo
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
This was the first cruise for my wife and me, though we're generally seasoned world travelers and we've been to the Caribbean several times before (and whether it counts or not, we've stayed aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach). We're ... Read more
Sattvika
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
My first cruise, just wanted a short, relaxing getaway to see if I would enjoy it. Used EZAir and Princess Transfer, which were very smooth despite my flight getting cancelled and replaced by another. I was on the ship within 90 minutes ... Read more
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Ducktape
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise and overall it was very enjoyable. The voyage began in Fort Lauderdale, took us thru the Panama Canal and ended in Los Angeles. Our room was very comfortable with lots of storage. The food and the service were ... Read more
lordtopcat
Member Since 2015
1 review
33 forum posts
17 helpful votes
I am a 23 year old male, single and a full time student. Decided to treat myself to a little holiday, and started to research cruising. I took the plunge and booked myself on the Golden, for a short row over the Tasman from Auckland to ... Read more
Lisa1963
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
My husband and I and my daughter in her twenties cruised to Eastern Caribbean for 7 days with Emerald cruise embarked on Jan 30th 2016. We had a fantastic time. Our steward Edward was very polite and efficient. We didn't see him much, ... Read more
redsoxfan111
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
On the January 30th 2016 cruise this was truly the cruise from hell. First the cruise was late getting to port from dry dock and left the port 90 minutes late. At this time there were no pools or hot tubs. Some rooms had no operating ... Read more
leck57
Member Since 2016
1 review
91 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I could not have been happier with our cruise on Sapphire Princess which departed Singapore on 27 Jan 2016. The quality of the ship was first class and all bars and eating areas were different in their own way. The meals were excellent ... Read more
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Fishfriend
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Didn't know what to expect from this cruise as i was a first timer & afterwards would probably not go on this ship again. Not that it was aweful but having to tell staff how to do their job when your trying to relax on vacation; i ... Read more
KCaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first time on a cruise although not my first time in New Zealand. Was looking for a relaxing no-fuss holiday and this pretty much fit the bill. I'll start by noting that towards the end of the trip we were alerted to a ... Read more
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Carolined63
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My husband and I are both first time cruisers so were not sure what to expect. We got on in Auckland, we live there so just got dropped off, embarkation was so smooth, we were on the ship in half an hour and our bags delivered within the ... Read more
grams98
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
613 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We loved the cruise. After 5 nights in Santiago, we took turbus for $8 each to Valporaiso for 3 nights before our embarkation. ( hotels were Galerias and Cirilo Armstrong respectively. Wonderful stays) Embarkation was easy, but ... Read more
Belirobin
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
I went on this cruise with my husband, children (12, 15), my parents and my sister. We were in consecutive cabins with interconnecting balconies on the port side, so had a fabulous view as we travelled anti clockwise around NZ. The scenery ... Read more
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Bunnie23
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Finally after waiting 12 months for this holiday we were on board, first time cruisers. Golden Princes from Melbourne to NZ Jan 2016.Balcony room in Caribe Deck 10 was spacious. Forget the shoe bag over the door idea. There is plenty of ... Read more
Morgsmom
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
1,842 forum post
1 helpful vote
Just got off the Regal Princess this morning after a week with DH. Embarkation: the “preferred” line at 11:00 to board the ship was at least 2x longer than the “regular” check in… Once the line started ... Read more
Ctowe48
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Embarkation went very smoothly. We thought it weird that you have to bring life jackets to muster drill. The buffet was one of the best we've experienced (we are huge royal Caribbean fans). The pizza everyone seems to love really isn't ... Read more
magenbaby
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Positives: The Regal Princess is a beautiful ship. We had a Suite which was fabulous - lots of room, full size bathtub and shower, nice balcony, complimentary mini-bar, complimentary cover charge for Sabatini's restaurant on ... Read more
Michael C
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and so we can't really compare with anything else. The cruise was SE Asia in January 2016. Depart Singapore 8/01 arrive back in Singapore 19/01. Positives The ship was great. Spacious, lots of different ... Read more
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Jodie701
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the first cruise my family took together - mum, dad, 2 kids plus grandma. Princess Cruises upgraded my mum's cabin so she can have one next door to us. That was nicely done Princess on a sold out cruise. I liked the ship and ... Read more
att2detail
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
108 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Are all cruise ships this boring? This was our first cruise and we really did not know what to expect. Before we left, our friends went on and on about all of the on board activities and the food. Our travel agent assured us we would ... Read more
sealegs2016
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise . Chose our 30th wedding anniversary for this trip . We live in Sydney south west so we rode the train in . Was in awe as soon as we set eyes on the ship . Embarkation was very well organised and we were on ... Read more
loge23
Member Since 2001
8 reviews
246 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our annual Christmas "escape" aboard Princess was a repeat cruise from 2014 on the (still) beautiful, if not flawed, Royal. The ship was in fine form with the usual elegant and understated Holiday decorations. The village ... Read more
Capoppy
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
23 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My first cruise and I did not want a bill after leaving the ship. Bought the all you can drink package and was still charged, several times for my drinks. Bought mom the beverages and more package, but was sad to find out the restrictions ... Read more
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