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We chose this cruise to see the islands Jamaica, Panama Canal, Cayman Islands , Columbia, and Costa Rica. Unfortunately due to rough water and Corona Virus scare we could only see Columbia and Costa Rica. This was very disappointing ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see the islands Jamaica, Panama Canal, Cayman Islands , Columbia, and Costa Rica. Unfortunately due to rough water and Corona Virus scare we could only see Columbia and Costa Rica. This was very disappointing and the water was very rough going from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Jamaica causing many people to get motion sickness and was the main reason for our ship not stopping at Jamaica. We were stuck on this ship for 8 out of 10 days . The ship is need of interior repairs (floors were rough under carpet causing trip hazards, pipes in ceiling were leaking in hallways) Pools onboard were empty of water due to rough sea conditions. Entertainment was ok but could have been better if they were to make it to the ship, some flights were cancelled the entertainment could't make it to the ship. I would not recommend princess cruises for cruising, I thought they were highly reputable cruise line but I was wrong. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Our cruise started off on a great with a speedy embarkation. However, we got to the room & a balcony chair was broken & our tv (multiple times). Then due to a medical emergency, we were delayed leaving princess cay, which then made ... Read More
Our cruise started off on a great with a speedy embarkation. However, we got to the room & a balcony chair was broken & our tv (multiple times). Then due to a medical emergency, we were delayed leaving princess cay, which then made us late for St. John (the whole reason we booked this cruise was for hiking St. John national park). Princess rebooked but then we were delayed by port authority and without communication, we missed the ferry to St. John and our excursion. Sure we got our money back but then we had to venture out in a foreign place alone to get there. Now Sint Maarten was great. on the way home, our ship was quarantined due to transferring two crew members from a Coronavirus infected ship to our ship & cdc not allowing us to port. So we missed out on Kennedy space center. The food at the first half of the cruise was not great but it did get better starting after St. John. Sure princess did what they could in both situations but it was not what we expected on our first cruise Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We only cruise Princess since our first Alaskan trip. We took all 4 of our kids on that one and highly recommend people bring their kids and use the kids clubs. This one was just me and my partner for a quick break. We were only doing ... Read More
We only cruise Princess since our first Alaskan trip. We took all 4 of our kids on that one and highly recommend people bring their kids and use the kids clubs. This one was just me and my partner for a quick break. We were only doing the first 7 days - Eastern CARIBBEAN! Despite all the health fears this year, with the information we had at the time, we felt safe to travel at the end of Feb as planned. There were extra precautions throughout or trip and a 16 hour delay disembarking for checks at the end of this cruise. Despite this, the staff were as professional, friendly and patient as ever. Problems can happen with any service provider at any time for many reasons, we are all human after all. For me, it’s not about whether a problem happens but how the problem is handled and risks mitigated for the future. Those extraordinary events aside, the cruise was perfect, literally my only complaint is too much food to finish the exquisite dessert at Sabitini’s. We booked the Sanctuary bungalow at Princess Cays and ordered the upgraded lunch. Highly recommend! Shore fishing was great. Villa botanica excursion was good, their patio daiquiris were Devine. We plan to do it again, with the kids this time next year. If you arrive a few days ahead of your cruise, try a sport fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale with Tacohookedup.com. We also stayed at the Hilton Marina, which was minutes from fishing and the cruise port. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Had the time of my life. Medallion experience was fantastic. Embarkation was ultra smooth. Took us merely 1 hr 45 mins from reaching the port ( our taxi ride from Miami to FLL port was twice as more inconvenient) to get settled in our ... Read More
Had the time of my life. Medallion experience was fantastic. Embarkation was ultra smooth. Took us merely 1 hr 45 mins from reaching the port ( our taxi ride from Miami to FLL port was twice as more inconvenient) to get settled in our cabin. Disembarking was a big hassle but the situation was truly unusual, even for the crew, so understandable. The variety and quality of food was absolutely delicious, more so in buffet areas than MDR. We had taken the "pamper me" onboard package. It was well worth the high price. The directors, crew and service staff were friendly enough. Entertainment was not at all bad either. The snorkeling excursion ( shipwreck and turtle cove) was one of my best experiences. Internet was a bit sketchy on board at times. Overall a great experience. Will definitely cruise with Regal again. Waiting for cruising to get safer, then we plan to do Alaska with Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
For us this was the cruise of a life time for us. Celebrating a Birthday, 45th wedding anniversary and retirement Cruise. We live on the east coast. And proberly will not go west ever again. So we picked this one. The itinerary was great. ... Read More
For us this was the cruise of a life time for us. Celebrating a Birthday, 45th wedding anniversary and retirement Cruise. We live on the east coast. And proberly will not go west ever again. So we picked this one. The itinerary was great. The island of Moorea was the most beautiful island we have ever seen. True paradise. We have seen every island in the Caribbean,nothing even comes close. Oh well the ship. This is the 5th cruise line. Our 10th cruise. Our first and (last) on Princess. Top to bottom I can complain about everything. It would be to long and nobody would read it. I will try to keep it short. You have to understand a 28 day cruise is for older people. A lot of snobs. Just rude. For the most part their head was up their ...!! Average age 70 to 80. We are 66. They think they had money. Well if they did they wouldn't be on this cruise. They would be on the high end lines or they would go to there villa. The ship had a bad layout. Food not good. Entertainment terrible. Nothing to do on sail days. Could't wait to get of that ship. Most of the staff was new on their first contract. So most of the service was not good. Language barrier was a problem. Most of the workers did not seem happy. Internet was a problem. The good- Casino,International Cafe,Wine Bar. We did meet some good guest. 9 Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
After 20 plus cruises with various companies, Princess is still a favorite. First time on Royal Princess. Ship was beautiful and spacious, no lineups for any venue or dining. Sabatini's speciality restaurant was a romantic ... Read More
After 20 plus cruises with various companies, Princess is still a favorite. First time on Royal Princess. Ship was beautiful and spacious, no lineups for any venue or dining. Sabatini's speciality restaurant was a romantic setting for two to enjoy an anniversary. The menu selection and food presentation was memorable. Alfredo's pizza was so great, we enjoyed several times. Make sure you try one of their signature pasta dishes. International cafe in piazza had delights all day and night. Best donuts ever! Main dining room had a different food theme nightly. Make sure you check the menu in advance to plan ahead for your evening meal. You may want to order 4 or 5 courses! The adult retreat pool area was our favortie hangout. Great place to relax and read, and enjoy a drink. Our balcony room was well laid out with sofa and table, mini fridge, blow dryer, great lighting and spacious closet. Even the shower seemed a little roomer, with a nice ledge for ladies to shave their legs! Room was super clean and our room steward was great. All staff we encountered were friendly and professional. Cruise director was fun. A great vacation! Looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I have sailed princess twice before, did not have a good experience on ruby princess I must add, but this cruise was amazing. The cleanliness, staff, and food was awesome. We travelled to the western Caribbean and Mexico this trip, and ... Read More
I have sailed princess twice before, did not have a good experience on ruby princess I must add, but this cruise was amazing. The cleanliness, staff, and food was awesome. We travelled to the western Caribbean and Mexico this trip, and have never been catered to in such a amazing way. I can’t say enough about the crew. They were always ready when needed. This was our first medallion cruise. At first I thought it sounded gimmicky....but found myself using it for everything from locating people I knew, to ordering from anywhere/anytime, and having it delivered anywhere I was at the time. We had no problems whatsoever, and made it home just before corona virus hit. Would I do it again? As soon as we finish with covid19, I’ll be booking another cruise on this boat ASAP. Since all our information was on the medallion, we could go to the beach without having to worry about keeping our passports safe. It was a positive addition to the trip. They also staggered when everyone got aboard, so there was no massive lineups like in the past in Fort Lauderdale....we just showed up and boarded...,it was a nice change. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've cruised with Princess before and four other cruise lines. We have Princess as our vacation of choice. We actually have done this cruise before on the Grand Princess. And, will be sailing on the Star Princess at least three ... Read More
We've cruised with Princess before and four other cruise lines. We have Princess as our vacation of choice. We actually have done this cruise before on the Grand Princess. And, will be sailing on the Star Princess at least three more times before she is reassigned later this year. When living in France and Singapore we went with local cruise lines, but they didn't compare to Princess in terms of Ship accommodations, itinerary, food or staff services. We selected a cabin with an unobstructed view. We have made this cruise before on the Grand Princess, and going this early in spring, across the Pacific Ocean, at 20+ knots or 23 miles per hour, you don't really sit out on your balcony for very long. Once you are in the islands and the warmer climate, a balcony is very worth while. But, we had chosen extensive shore excursions, so we wouldn't be sitting of a balcony anyway. We lived in Hawaii for about a year back in 2008 so we already know much of the history and culture. But, Dr. Anne, the naturalist's talks about culture, history, fish and animals and details about each island were excellent, and we learned even more. Tikki Dave and his wife are wonderful entertainers, trainers [hula and ukulalee] as well as making nut necklesses. Great fun, but mostly they provided hours of entertainment. Other entertainers, the commedians, impersonators, singers and the production shows were supurb. Overall, the Star Princess is feeling her age, will be getting a spruce up this summer, but she is still a wonderful experience with a wonderful crew. Great food in the Princess fashion of excellence and we're already booked 3 more cruises on her because she still shines in the Princess tradition which is as good as it gets on the seas. Hope to see some of you in March-April and again in September aboard the Star Princess, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We booked this cruise on the Golden Princess for our Golden wedding anniversary. We had to pay an extra $630 above the advertised price in the Herald Sun. When moving into our cabin (Stateroom is a joke) we found it contained two bunks ... Read More
We booked this cruise on the Golden Princess for our Golden wedding anniversary. We had to pay an extra $630 above the advertised price in the Herald Sun. When moving into our cabin (Stateroom is a joke) we found it contained two bunks folded against the walls above the double bed. This made it very hard to try and get around the bed to get into it. Fortunately our very helpful cabin steward suggested splitting the bed into two singles. This had to do. When moving in and using the drawers some of them would fall open as well as not closing properly through jamming. The desk timber was not in good condition and the whole cabin had the air of general neglect. The Horizon Court is a good place to eat but mostly the cooked food was tepid or cold. This is common on all the Princess cruises we have sailed. The ship however is a good one to cruise on. She is fairly stable and for her age, still tight. We did enjoy the cruising but it was soured by the above issues particularly the unfair price gouge. 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
This was our first Princess cruise, so we truly didn't know what to expect other than what we had read and what Princess is known for. Embarkation was a breeze even if we were required to fill out a medical questionnaire stating our ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise, so we truly didn't know what to expect other than what we had read and what Princess is known for. Embarkation was a breeze even if we were required to fill out a medical questionnaire stating our exposure, or lack of exposure, to Covid-19. No temperature check or screening of any kind. Once onboard, we found evidence of what all the previous reviews had mentioned. This is an older ship and shows it with rust in many areas, disabled elevators, etc. Even with these shortcomings we were still quite excited to begin our 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The first noticeable observation was that this cruise was populated with older adults. The largest age group represented was the 70+ group. Many walkers, canes and electric scooters. Since this itinerary was 15 days and right in the middle of the school year, we didn't expect to see many young people, but we weren't truly prepared for this demographic. All that said, we had a great time. Our dining room staff was top notch, the Broadway-type shows were very good and the magician/comedian(Christopher James) was hysterical! There were several activities during the many sea days and the food was quite good. We paid the up-charge for the Crown Grill steakhouse and felt it was money well spent. Sadly, everything changed on the 12th day. We were informed that a passenger on the previous cruise has contracted the Coronavirus and, regardless of usual cleaning practices, we were now considered exposed to the virus. We were allowed to dine for our lunch meal after which we would be confined to our rooms. Masks were issued and social distancing was encouraged for lunch, but instead most folks treated it as if this would be the last meal they would receive. Taking as much food as they could carry to their rooms. While confined to our rooms, Princess did an amazing job of keeping us fed, amused and informed. The captain would make frequent announcements and we had meals and activities delivered to our rooms. Our stewards would place a tray/container at our door, knock and then stand a safe distance away. We had booked a balcony, so access to fresh air and sunshine was immediate. The folks in inside staterooms were allowed to walk the upper decks, in small groups, on a controlled schedule . Princess also gave everyone free wi-fi and added new content to the "on demand" TV viewing options. Our last port, Ensenada, was eliminated so we could head directly back to San Francisco. We floated in limbo for a couple days until Oakland graciously accepted us. We didn't realize how good we had it until we were placed in the hands of US authorities. Princess did everything right with the information and supplies/services they were provided. The generosity of Princess was exemplary. I have nothing but good things to say about how our crew, and the Princess team, dealt with our constantly evolving situation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this ship for the itinerary Buenos Aires to Santiago. Itinerary perfect but book your own independent tours for so much less money and far better - too many people on ship tours - think toilets! Staff were fabulous but the ... Read More
We chose this ship for the itinerary Buenos Aires to Santiago. Itinerary perfect but book your own independent tours for so much less money and far better - too many people on ship tours - think toilets! Staff were fabulous but the people on board lovely but so old i.e. most between 70 and 80 years . No one around after 10 PM . The poor band which were great but had an audience of 6 - quite sad really . Food and dining - great . Tenders to ports were a fiasco. Disorganised and no information if we we were late to port no information from the captain , staff were not informed - it was a shambles , worst part of the cruise.Dining room was the best place to eat as the horizon buffet just too manic . Each to their own ! But definitely recommend for itinerary, the food and friendliness on board and read above for thoughts.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised with princess for the past 10 years. They are absolutely consistent with 4 star service. They are constantly upgrading and hands down they have the best entertainment from the big Vegas Style production shows to the ... Read More
We have cruised with princess for the past 10 years. They are absolutely consistent with 4 star service. They are constantly upgrading and hands down they have the best entertainment from the big Vegas Style production shows to the single magic and comedy acts. The cabin rooms are white glove clean and anything we ask for, is delivered promptly to our room. The only shortcoming is some ships dining menus are not like they used to be. This particular cruise did not have an exciting menu but that's the executive chef. My specific bèef is that they dont have my favorite " Rice Pudding" Anyone who asks, we give Our last cruise was amid the corona virus and the measures the ship staff went to was over and above all expectations. We couldn't have had better care from our mothers at home ! We would gladly go back right now even when the corona virus is escalating across the globe. This pandemic was not created by cruise ships. Being on a ship in tgemiddle of an ocean is the safest place on earth. A ship is floating quarantine. Planes are moving virus carriers around the globe. Princess scores 12 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Let me start off by commanding the crew who fought through adversity and came out shining. Kudos to all who worked on this voyage of so many things wrong. We got into Ft. Lauderdale 3 days early to relax and do a little sightseeing - ... Read More
Let me start off by commanding the crew who fought through adversity and came out shining. Kudos to all who worked on this voyage of so many things wrong. We got into Ft. Lauderdale 3 days early to relax and do a little sightseeing - whoops - it rained most of the three days! But, we did have a great Valentine's dinner at the Old Heidelberg Inn close our Best Western hotel. The staff at this hotel desperately require training in customer relations at minimum. Actually, they should be fired! But that is another review on Trip Advisor. Embarkation was quick and actually running early. Got to our cabin (B755) at the back of the ship with a great stern view, nice balcony and just the right size of room for 2 weeks of togetherness. Then, on to explore a bit until our luggage arrived. Nice layout to public rooms, but some of the lounges appeared to be "add-ons" becoming part of the hallways. What happened top intimate Barrs? We did find one tucked away - the Explorers Lounge. This is where the trivia contests were conducted each evening which made for some entertaining evenings. Speaking of entertaining - the floor shows in the Princess Theatre were wonderful. Super talent on display with every musical. We did not take in the standup comedy shows (interfered with Trivia). We did not pack any formal wear so we ate at the buffet most days (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Only had two breakfasts in the dining room and only three dinners on the non-formal days. Oh, and we tried Steamers as an add-on one evening when they had a two for one sale. Food - what a major disappointment since our last cruise (trans-panama) three years ago! We were served in the buffet, because there was an Norovirus outbreak on the previous sailing. You pointed to what you wanted and they put it on your plate. Hand washing before , after, and even during meal time. Enforced. Which is good and the staff did wonders. But the stuff they were serving up was not great. I have had better at a Chinese buffet at out local Chinese Restaurant in the town I live in - in the boonies of Canada. To order wine with your dinner was a task for the computer literate only. The Medallion app only worked some of the time. Twice we did not get the wine ordered and once we got charged but no wine showed up. To get coffee at any meal time you had to line up to have it served by crew. There were no floaters serving anything - they were all tied up in the buffet area. We got tired of shambling for coffee at breakfast on our third day out - we decided to have brekkie in the dining room. Fine, if you have an hour or so to have a simple meal. Service was super slow and not very attentive to your needs for coffee refill or any pastry or bun. The salmon served at breakfast was near raw and I ended up not eating more than two mouthfuls - c'mon folks - prepare food to guest standards - not some chef that is used to a spoonful of near raw salmon with little crackers. North Americans do not eat that way. Fish or sausages or bacon, eggs, toast, coffee (lots) and serve it up quick - not 45 minute waits. So that was a bust although we did try once more later in our cruise - same result - not to be tried again. Dinner was a long drawn out experience-- a good hour longer than breakfast. And again the food was not dining room quality. Except for one night we had steak and that was very good. So Princess got one out of three on dinners. None on breakfast. Steamers was just OK - a bit too greasy for my tastes. Also somewhat tasteless. At our second port my wife had an accident requiring 5 stitches at the ship's medical centre. That was traumatic enough but the shore excursion folks (on who's tour it happened) - were so sorry it happened they sent my wife a Stanley bear as a "get well" wish. But the medical centre charged us over $900 for 5 stitches. Still fighting with Princess Insurance on that one. After our stop in Curacao - we were supposed to go to Aruba - no way with the outbreak of Norovirus. So we headed back to Ft. Lauderdale a day early. Yes, they put us up at a nice resort (JW Marriott Turnbury Golf resort) but lunch for two (salad and a sandwich) hit $65. A bit out of my league. Too much drama for what was supposed to be a relaxing trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Had to cancel prior booking in November 2019 and not much selection on short notice. Always sailed Princess in the past. This was the second largest in their fleet with 3500+ passengers. Too many guests for my taste. Service was poor ... Read More
Had to cancel prior booking in November 2019 and not much selection on short notice. Always sailed Princess in the past. This was the second largest in their fleet with 3500+ passengers. Too many guests for my taste. Service was poor and most staff unfriendly. Head Waiter forgot it was our 50th Anniversary and we didn't get our celebration package. Very disappointing since this was the reason for the cruise. Daytime poolside activities were few and live music was missing the first three days Movie Under the Stars ran all day at max volume which made for difficult reading and no write time. Food selection in Horizon Buffet lacked American cuisine. Geared all towards all International foods. Pizza at Alfredo's Pizzeria was excellent. Catamaran Excursion to Turtle Cove was fantastic. Captain Joe and his crew were terrific. Great way to spend a few hours. This was my only cruise on Princess where I was very disappointed. All past cruises were great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Loved our first Princess Cruise! The princess crew are so amazing and made our trip so awesome. My favourite part was the traditional dining. Thanks to Freddie and Jose for being so fun and hard working. Also, our room was spotless every ... Read More
Loved our first Princess Cruise! The princess crew are so amazing and made our trip so awesome. My favourite part was the traditional dining. Thanks to Freddie and Jose for being so fun and hard working. Also, our room was spotless every day thanks to Denys. Marcus was an excellent cruise director and we enjoyed the games he directed. The cooking and cocktail making demonstrations in the piazza were so funny and even the officers interacted with the guests throughout the cruise. We did the excursion to Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta was such a fun day. It felt like going to Fantasy Island. The food was so great. The movies under the stars and shows were terrific. We liked the medallions for ordering food or beverages, paying for merchandise, and unlocking our door. My only wish is for free wifi. We give this cruise a 10 and would definitely recommend Princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was to be a get away to make up for a trip that ended because of a family tradgedy. The ship was fine, but the extra amenities were lacking. We tried the special dining at the steak house and the porterhouse was chewy and the filet ... Read More
This was to be a get away to make up for a trip that ended because of a family tradgedy. The ship was fine, but the extra amenities were lacking. We tried the special dining at the steak house and the porterhouse was chewy and the filet mignon that replaced it was not much better. The wine package was not adequately explained and could only be used in a specific dining venue. There were only a few wines that met the criteria for inclusion and others were surcharged although there was no refund if the cost was below the ceiling price. The entertainment was professional and well done, although I was a tad surprised, when a Motown show had no black singers or dancers. None of the shows had any black entertainers. The spa offered a thermal package, but the only difference between it and the regular free salon activities were plastic sandals, and a robe. Although there was a pool, it was not private with the exception that no children were admitted. The general ship population was able to use it at any time. The balcony cabin we had was not private because the Promenade was just outside and on weather permitting days had a steady stream of people traipsing by at all times. The cabin steward was excellent and everything was done promptly and effeciently. The regular dining menu,service and quality was very good. The excursions offered by the ship were very expensive and did not live up to expectations. One port was bypassed because of weather and safety concerns. I had expected this trip to exceed the amenaties and experiences we have previously had with Norweigian, but alas they did not. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We wanted to visit Hawaii, and at the same time, renew our wedding vows. We love sea days and this cruise had many. From the moment we came aboard we had a terrific experience. Now, truth be told, the Star is far from the pride of the ... Read More
We wanted to visit Hawaii, and at the same time, renew our wedding vows. We love sea days and this cruise had many. From the moment we came aboard we had a terrific experience. Now, truth be told, the Star is far from the pride of the Princess fleet. It is showing its age with rust lines all over, leaking ceilings in many places, older carpet in passageways, and so forth, but the crew worked hard to keep it as clean as possible and their attitude and smiling faces overcame any concerns about the ship. From the dining staff, to the entertainers and cabin staff, the crew was wonderful. Our vow renewal was everything we had hoped for and more, from the captain officiating to the rose petals scattered on our bed that night! Even though we had to skip Kauai because of the wind, the other stops were just fine their were shore excursions for everyone. We particularly liked the variety of entertainment around the ship, and the Piazza was our destination for several hours per day, just for the variety of entertainment and the great food in the International Cafe. Crooners Bar on Deck 7 was another favorite for us. Embarkation was fast and easy, and disembarkation was the fastest I have ever experienced. Bravo Princesss! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised with several other lines but always come back to our favorite - Princess This was our 10th with Princess and as always total relaxation and enjoyable. I was in a wheel chair for the first time in my life and bypassing ... Read More
We have cruised with several other lines but always come back to our favorite - Princess This was our 10th with Princess and as always total relaxation and enjoyable. I was in a wheel chair for the first time in my life and bypassing the normal lines was terrific. I wrote Princess prior too the cruise and advised we were celebrating our 42nd anniversary, however there was absolutely no acknowledgement by the cruise line and the only room with a supposed view (Without paying the usual fortune for a balcony) had a 98% restricted view. The Grand Princess seemed to be in need of a serious updating as everything appeared older and more worn than other Princess ships we have sailed in. I do not know how they do it but the Princess crew were as always friendly, smiling, appeared happy to greet and serve us and extremely pleasant to be with. Our cabin was clean as always, but appeared well worn as above stated. We felt our cabin steward was assigned too many rooms (18) to allow time for chatting or getting acquainted as is usual. Everyone from the steward to the waiters and cooks were helpful, and helped us enjoy another cruise of a lifetime. Although the comedians were much better than ever before the entertainment was not up to the usual Princess par, as I believe there were only 2 or 3 production shows for this 15 day cruise and we always look forward to an almost nightly show. The food was fresh enough and of good quality, but we were extremely disappointed in the menu which was definitely NOT up to Princess par. A little more "down home cooking" instead of the "Pretty" gourmet type satisfy and sustains one much better for all of the many available activities. The life or death trip interruption was a sad first as was the warning prior to disembarking at Maui that security was lacking and it might be difficult to get back on the ship. As a result we canceled our looked forward to whale watching at Maui and stayed on board. We were also disappointed that we were unable to complete the trip to Ensenada as planned, but the Captains decision to bypass that stop was understandable and the best decision to make. Speaking of the Captain - CAPTAIN JON PAUL BRYANT IS A DIAMOND IN THE PRINCESS TREASURE CHEST. He was the best communicating Captain and had the absolute best sense of humor in his announcements regarding cruise changes due to the life or death patient and the disembarking/embarking concern at Maui made it almost the best possible cruise we could have ever planned. KUDO after KUDO to Captain Bryant, and please let me select him as our Captain on all future cruises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Disembarkation was more orderly and better than most past cruises EXCEPT the gangplank walk was extremely long. GREAT CRUISE Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Great itinerary but not great pre cruise drink packages no bottled water packages so brought a case on ourselves . Ship was rusty on our mini suite deck and other spare as. Staff were mostly friendly but some could use nicer hellos. Shop ... Read More
Great itinerary but not great pre cruise drink packages no bottled water packages so brought a case on ourselves . Ship was rusty on our mini suite deck and other spare as. Staff were mostly friendly but some could use nicer hellos. Shop had almost nothing with lord of the rings items which was disappointing and quality was limited. Disappointed captain didn’t do the champagne waterfall like other ships have done. Vow renewal was very very nice . Disappointed with quality and type of food, we don’t eat red meat pork or lamb and limited fish and seafood or chicken to same favorite menu item .. buffet many nights offered better selection and quality. Disappointed no local kiwi fruit or fresh fruit from nz no honey etc.. but did love love love the scones with cream and jam every afternoon!, photographers were very good but sadly photo packages were very expensive and many people didn’t buy as many as they wanted . Loved the ports though Napier could be longer . Auckland was somewhat boring . Wildlife tours and seeing lord of the rings places and hobbiton made the trip great. Many great on board photo opportunities which we liked . No happy hour which was disappointing but made it much cheaper for us as we didn’t drink much due to that. Would do this cruise again.. not sure with who as itinerary is paramount but had a great time . Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically ... Read More
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically open when you approach, you can order food/drinks anywhere, locate your friends on the ship, pay for purchases in the shops etc. Cabin was roomy and clean. Beds were comfy...although a little soft for my taste. Balcony was beautiful. Bathroom is very small but not a deal breaker. Our A530 cabin had the BEST view of Los Arcos when we docked in Cabo. Also saw grey whales on the way into port. Pick that side of the ship when choosing a stateroom. The Cabo marina area is mostly bars, restaurants and touristy shopping which we avoided. The excursion we picked was Tamarindo Farms Organic Farm to Table experience. We made pico de gallo and guacamole and had a wonderful lunch. This was the highlight of the tour. After lunch were supposed to tour a "glass blowing factory" but ended up at an art gallery in San Jose Del Cabo. All in all a good day. On the second day in port we decided to stay on ship ( since you have to be back on board by noon). Got a spot at the adult pool and enjoyed a sunny afternoon and more whale watching as we left port. When the ship is moving it gets windy out there! Enjoyed the movies at sea, bingo, excellent entertainment (Encore show and Cheaza -the Whitney Houston tribute singer), anytime dining had wonderful choices every night. Make a reservation in am if you don't want to wait for a table. I would recommend this cruise for someone who wants to see what cruising is all about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our third cruise on the Royal since October 2019. I got an email from Princess about the Renew Your Vows and Breaking a Guinness World Record for this 5 day cruise to Cabo San Lucas. Jumped right on. So I won’t repeat comments ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the Royal since October 2019. I got an email from Princess about the Renew Your Vows and Breaking a Guinness World Record for this 5 day cruise to Cabo San Lucas. Jumped right on. So I won’t repeat comments from those previous reviews from our cruise on the Royal on October and December 2019. All was the same. Great food and service and no complaints. We didn’t know what to anticipate and, as usual, Princess exceeded our expectations for the Vow Renewal. This was an unbelievable time. We had to send in a copy of our marriage license before the cruise for the Guinness Authenticators to validate a legitimate renewal. Upon arrival in our cabin, an itinerary for the ceremony, an ID card and list of gifts greeted us. We gathered in the Wheelhouse Lounge at 11:30 am. Ship staff was in dress blues with white gloves. Classy. We were given corsages and boutonnieres. They had delivered a pair to our room, however we had left early and missed them. They had plenty of extras. We were escorted to dedicated elevators and taken to our station for the ceremony. It was held on deck 16, the pool area. It had been closed to all except Vow Renewal couples. We were on the platform above the pools. The deck area around and behind the pool was full of couples, as well. I estimate 800 people so 400 couples. This ceremony was being synchronized with two other Princess ships; the Regal and the Crown. Both were in the Caribbean. The MUTS had a countdown time and we waited for all ships to begin at the same time. We had to wait over an hour, but the weather was great and there were was a duet singing 1960 and 1970 love songs. A very nice atmosphere. Everyone was excited. Our Vows were led by the Captain and his wife. The intended host was to be the first couple winning the dating game, but she broke her leg and could not travel. Gavin McCloud, the captain on the Love Boat TV show led the ceremony on the Regal. Afterwards there was complimentary Champaign for all. It took about 45 minutes to determine if we broke the World’s Record. Suddenly the ship horn started playing the “Love Boat” theme song. The previous record for the most couples renewing at the same time was 1201 set in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We beat that and totaled 1443 for all three ships. There were almost 3 thousand folks participating. My wife and I wore matching Hawaiian shirts, but there were tuxedos, wedding dresses, veils and fancy duds everywhere. At the end of the ceremony, a man jumped into the pool with his tuxedo on. Princess photography took some good pictures of us. We also were given a chit for two free glasses of rose wine and two free drinks. We had hoped a video would be made for purchase, but alas, it was not. We enjoyed the remaining days of this lovely cruise. We spent two days in Cabo San Lucas with the best weather we have ever had there. Slight wind and not hot. Calm seas on this part of the Pacific ,as usual. We had a couple beers at our favorite cantina, the Tequila Shark located right at the entrance to the tender pier. We shopped at the large arcade just to the left of the pier. On an excursion to Todos Santos we again shopped and had a meal at the Hotel California. The community here is improving buildings and tourist amenities. Our guide was Armando, who is superb. We’ve had him several times over the years. For a special meal we ate at Sabatini’s on board the ship. Lobster Three Ways is wonderful. Service is very good here. Not all ships offer the Lobster in their Sabatini’s. No one I asked seems to know why. Too bad. A very nice surprising cruise. Well do it again if offered. Princess made it special. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We wanted to be in the Guinness world book, so great. In general, the cruise was great. The ship was kept so clean, might have the been China flu. Our cabin was kept clean and tidy. Dining was hit and miss with the beef, but, the rest of ... Read More
We wanted to be in the Guinness world book, so great. In general, the cruise was great. The ship was kept so clean, might have the been China flu. Our cabin was kept clean and tidy. Dining was hit and miss with the beef, but, the rest of the meats were good. Because we share the table we never had to wait to be seated for the anytime seating. The service was so good there was times l would have to turn my coffee cup over to stop them coming over. Another trick l used is leaving the cup half full, but, this didn't always work. The shows were great, they were better than the usual. The captain did not speak often, but when he did, he was very long winded. Gary the cruise director and the staff, Kyle, Ana, Bernardo, Rachael, Bangoni and Big Dan really made our cruise a real joy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We renewed our vows...so touching. Regal Princess and two other Princess ships broke the Guinness Book of World Records on Feb 11, 2020. Loved the Cruise Director, Gary Golding. Special Valentine desserts were amazing. Loved our bed, our ... Read More
We renewed our vows...so touching. Regal Princess and two other Princess ships broke the Guinness Book of World Records on Feb 11, 2020. Loved the Cruise Director, Gary Golding. Special Valentine desserts were amazing. Loved our bed, our shower...had an inside room..very comfortable. We received perfect customer service from all crew members. The Regal Princess has it all. Never felt crowded anywhere. Pool was fun. I LOVED Movies Under the Stars...Fabulous. Pizza was delicious. Food in general was delicious. Medallion worked great. Embarkation and disembarkation went perfectly. All the shows were terrific. Very professional and loved the costumes. You would really have to go some to beat the Regal Princess..it is the perfect size ship. Cabin was always clean. Ship was immaculate. Loved the casino and shopping. Photographers did a super job..I love our pictures. Many people on our cruise were booking their next cruise on Princess while we were there. Loved very single minute. The only thing we would have liked better would have been a different itinerary. We had already been to Cayman Islands and Cozumel. We chose this cruise because of the vow renewal ceremony. Did not care for Ocho Rios. THANKS PRINCESS CRUISES. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
A gift to me, my love of the ocean made my boyfriend pick a very special ship it was like no other vacation I’ve ever experienced it was romantic and exciting! So many memories were made we are planning another one for the next year. ... Read More
A gift to me, my love of the ocean made my boyfriend pick a very special ship it was like no other vacation I’ve ever experienced it was romantic and exciting! So many memories were made we are planning another one for the next year. The ship is magnificent so elegant and beautiful very classy! Staff is awesome as is the entertainment and musicians Loved all the ports except one Unfortunately one of our ports, Jamaica was not such a good place to go to you walk off the ship into a parking lot full of taxis to get to the town you have to walk a half mile. I have a bad knee so we rode a taxi which cost us 30 dollars the town was run down pretty bad with traffic all over and people hanging around really depressing area we turned right around and went back to the ship like everyone else was. I feel I was gypped out of a port that was paid for that I couldn’t enjoy. Not right by the ship going there! Extremely disappointed I must say I felt sorry for the people there I hope the country helps it’s people there was nothing for tourists to do there Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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