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Sail Date: February 2018
I saw some bad reviews and just don't get it. We just finished 21 Princess cruises all in the VG - Excellent category. I had a conversation with another old timer on the ship and we compared notes about how great cruising is and why a ... Read More
I saw some bad reviews and just don't get it. We just finished 21 Princess cruises all in the VG - Excellent category. I had a conversation with another old timer on the ship and we compared notes about how great cruising is and why a number of cruisers never seem to enjoy themselves. Oh well... From the time we got to the ship everything went smoothly. Very few people in lines and then right on to the ship. Our room was ready so we left our carry ons and headed to the buffet. Our main dining room table was waiting for the 4 of us and the wait staff were excellent - again. There's always more to do than we have time but I especially liked the choice of movies under the stars with popcorn delivered to my chair. We talked to great people, entered many contests, won a bottle of champaign at one (gave it away to a couple near us) and did the Mexican hat dance in the Piazza. We've been to all the ports several times and always find something new to explore. The worst part of the cruise was having to get off the ship when it ended. NOW - the confusion with our Air Canada flight was another issue but we didn't let that take away from our great cruise with Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Last minute "Drop & Go" getaway from cool Florida weather. We were assigned a Deluxe Balcony room as our usual choice of a mini-suite was sold-out. For a ten-day Caribbean cruise, the room was adequate, with a small ... Read More
Last minute "Drop & Go" getaway from cool Florida weather. We were assigned a Deluxe Balcony room as our usual choice of a mini-suite was sold-out. For a ten-day Caribbean cruise, the room was adequate, with a small couch, but we missed the additional storage capability of the minis. The first day, our stop at Princess Cay was wisely aborted by Captain Nick Nash (our current fave) due to very windy conditions and rolling seas. We watched the tender rocking during the test launch and quickly decided to stay onboard before Captain Nash's announcement. So off we went. We loved the itinerary: St. Thomas, Martinique, Grenada, Bonaire, and our favorite island Aruba. The weather was wonderful in all ports. The ship, which we were very familiar with from previous sailings, was beautiful with little sign of wear and tear. The consist was all adults save for two (2) children we barely noticed. Dining was terrific throughout the entire cruise. We ate in the Symphony ATD and we requested and was given a regular 7:30pm table for two. We enjoyed the guests at the adjoining table - eventually a couple reserved that table as well and we had a fun and friendly conversation each night. Service in the DR, unfortunately, was inconsistent but this did not significantly diminish our experience. The food was excellent in the MDR. We had our traditional Prime Rib for night 1 delivered exactly as ordered, followed (not in order) by fish entrees, veal, duck, pork, and other beef selections -all terrific. Included were two or three Curtis Stone entrees - notable the Seafood Stew and the Pork Belly, both were very good. Look for the Norman Love Chocolate Journey desserts offered a few times during the cruise - incredible! Some last words about MDR dining: for those who complain about this venue, where do you all eat every night on land? Tablecloth tables, reset silverware, attentive non-intrusive service, and well-presented gourmet quality dishes - that's only a very special occasion dinner for us and usually a $150-$200 check to go with it. We found the MDR dining to be a primary value point for us on this cruise. We purchased the Gold 10 wine card but were disappointed that a listed Chablis was not available in the DR, but was in the Vines and Crooners Bar. We urge Princess to reevaluate their wine program to allow a wine card to be used in other venues and not just the DR. There's a new wine list, easy to navigate, with a few new selections including Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2010 & 2012 at $ 1,600 or a Chateau Petrus at $5,288. Me thinks Princess would be better served by adding some less expensive Bordeaux and other labels that may actually sell. Let's face it: If I could afford a $5,000 bottle of wine onboard, I wouldn't be on Princess. That said, the Gold Card program (average of $30/per bottle - choose up to $45, pay any difference above $45) worked well for us. We ate in the Crown Grill one night - we both wanted the Veal Chop. A rather indifferent waiter actually tried to talk us out of that choice. We found his demeanor odd for Princess - he was fixated on the percentage of meat to fat on the chop. The Veal chop btw, was excellent and had little fat content. We had the nice Silverado Cab with our meal there served in a very nice Silverado balloon glass. We only used the Horizon buffet twice, both times offered plenty of good choices. We think the back open deck is one of the best areas on the Royal. Also visited Alfredo's for a lunch - very, very good. The personal-sized pizzas at Alfredo's are far better than what's available at the pool deck. The much-discussed pool deck pizza has indeed changed but not for the better. While it wasn't awful, I can't imagine why Princess would change what was a winning and distinguishing formula if not to eventually discontinue or charge for the service. We understand Celebrity did this with their poolside hamburgers. Entertainment was a mixed bag. We missed the production shows but had seen them all before. We did not catch any main theater performers either. The Princess entertainment formula is pretty consistent these days: a singer/pianist for the Crooner Bar (Perry Grant), a party band (Rhapsody), a string quartet (missing, but they had a terrific violinist with his band on), a lounge band (Topaz), and a guitarist (Tony Delaney - he did a Bob Dylan set the last day). A steel drum player, excellent one at that, also performed. The fine ship's orchestra, led by the inimitable and irrepressible Gordon of model train fame were fabulous. We saw them do a trimmed down "Jazz Cats" show at the Wheelhouse a couple of nights and they also fronted the World Orchestra show in the Atrium near the end of the cruise. Top flight musicians - all of them. For the record, the Jazz Cats are: Gordon on sax and flute, Chris on trombone, trumpet, and flugelhorn, Ian on Piano, and the terrific Patrick, late of the Syracuse Symphony on drums. Riley, the fine orchestra guitarist, also performed solo for a couple of gigs and was excellent. We enjoyed conversing with the musicians and learning about why they continue to perform on cruises (gigs for real musicians are few and far between on land). The performers put on a fine Ye Olde Pub Night show in the Vista Lounge one night which we thoroughly enjoyed. Afterwards, the jolly, sotted policeman from the show stripped off his costume and took us upstairs to the 19th deck (putting green) for a Star-gazing event. He was very knowledgeable about such matters but the cloudy conditions somewhat foiled his efforts. Still, lots of fun! On the subject, new to us was the Retreat Pool area becoming the Retreat Lounge one evening and hosting the ever-popular BOGO (+$1) late night event. This is a brilliant idea - the lounge is reset with couches and nice lighting under balmy Caribbean skies. A full moon shown down. Cognacs were ordered. Everything was cool - until DJ Q showed up and forgot that the volume was on 11. Not to knock the estimable Mr. Q, but the Retreat Lounge vibe is not a Brooklyn disco circa 1977. On that topic, we heard more disco on this cruise then we did in the 70's - and for us, that's not a good thing. Anyway, we had to retreat from the Retreat Lounge to fend off hearing loss and a headache. We later told Gordon that the Jazz Cats would have been just splendid up there. DJ Q totally misread the vibe. I suppose disco is progress of a sort since in our early cruising life we had to deal with WW2-era music ad infinitum! We did not notice any aggressive selling onboard for this cruise. We thought staff was considerably off in numbers from past years. Still the staff were in fine form throughout the cruise. Our stateroom steward, Nat from Thailand, was excellent. We're back on in 60+ days for the crossing and the British Isles initial cruise for the season. We look forward to it! Great job, Royal Princess, and deserving of five stars for this cruise despite a few quibles. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we ... Read More
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we did this last minute to get warm, booked everything including air travel less than about 30 days before the sail. First, I had always heard that on today's modern cruise ships you don't feel the ocean. Lies, damn lies. From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk there were waves. They had to close all the pools because of the water sloshing back and forth in the pools, 2-3 foot pool waves anyone, and sometimes it would escape the pool and splash on the deck. I and my wife were generally OK however we heard from various people that their roommate was laid up with seasickness. Because of what I learned about ship movement I would get the lowest cabin mid-ship. Also, there are 3 main dining rooms, same menu in each however, one is in the stern (aft). I would try to get into one of the midsection main dining rooms, less rocking while eating. FYI, my wife was getting her hair done for the formal night and there was a swell. She told me some of the staff fell down. FYI, on this particular cruise there was a nice mix of ages from 20 somethings to 80 year olds. A few preschoolers. Very few teenagers and school age children. We liked this. Overall I liked the ship. Decent number of pools and hot tubs, nice promenade that circled the ship however there were stairs to get to the front part of the promenade this might be a problem for some (except in bad weather they closed the stairs to the front), nicely decorated dining rooms, nice interior, ship not too large, nice number of entertainment venues (i.e. bars with musical entertainment or trivia contests), theatre was OK, there was also a disco in the top aft section. However, some of the activities like learning to play a steel drum were in an interior conference room. Dinning in the main dining room was OK. The food was OK and the service was really great. I did not have any out and out misses. Some days I liked the food better than others. I thought the equivalent was Ruby Tuesdays maybe a little better, my wife thought it was a definitely a step up from that. Again, not 5 star New York restaurant but definitely reasonable, especially for what we paid (got a last minute dal for about $100 per person per day that included port fees, taxes and gratuities). Did not particularly care for the buffet. Generally we ate in a MDR for breakfast and dinner when we could and embarkation day we also made it on in time for lunch in the MDR. We scored a great table for 2 (table 132 in Botticelli MDR). The only problem is that because we booked so late we only got a 5:30 seating which was just a tiny bit early. One last thing about the Botticelli, it can get noisy from the conversations at dinner, I think there may be too many hard reflecting surfaces. We dressed up for formal night (I did a Tux, most of the men did dark suits or similar). In general the wait staff wore different outfits each day. There were fresh flowers on the table. Our wait staff remembered our drinks. The head waiter stopped by our table once or twice during the cruise. Generally nice little touches that made dining in the MDR an experience. Also ate pizza near one of the pools. Pizza was decent. I prefer ultra-thin crust NY style however the pizza on board was definitely acceptable. On the pool level they also have a place for burgers, bratwurst, BBQ, grilled chicken. The burgers were good, so was the grilled chicken, I did not think the BBQ brisket was up to snuff. There was also an international cafe on deck 5 that is supposedly open 24 hours (was never up in the wee hours to test that). They had Paninis, salads, deserts, in the morning they had donuts (here you had to pay for coffee, did not try it). I generally liked the food at the international cafe. In general the coffee on the ship was mediocre, but I drank it, I will pretty much drink anything although I would prefer Jamaican Blue or good pure Hawaii Kona. There is a coffee card you can buy, on such a short trip (5 days) it was not worth it. Might give it a try on 7 days or longer. We did not try the pay for dining rooms. We pre-bought water which I thought was a good idea. We bought the soda package, I think we broke even, probably would do that again. We're not drinkers so it was cheaper to buy drinks and wine by the piece. They also had buy one drink get one for a dollar at select times of the day. The only true miss on the whole cruise was a basic margarita in the Wheel House bar, really bad, and they overcharged me a dollar or two. The entertainment was generally good. We went to two of the shows in the theatre. Something called Encore and another about the 70s. Liked those two shows. Not sure younger people would like the 70s show because they would not get it without living through the time period. There was a disco party up on the pool deck one night. That was fun, not sure what they would do if the weather was bad. They also had live musical entertainment in many of the bars/lounges and in the piazza. Really liked the string duo (woman playing cello and one playing violin). The steel drum guy was pretty good (he also taught the steel drum lesson) as well as the band that played at the various things like the disco party and last night balloon drop. The movie under the stars was also fun. I was disappointed in the Mardi Gras event. It could have been much better and should have been held in club fusion and not the piazza. The enrichment stuff was a little lacking. However we did like the steel drum lesson (will probably buy the same steel drum for our granddaughter that they use in class) and I liked the talk on how the ship operates that was given by a third mate. The star gazing was not great because it was a full moon so the stars were washed out. Can't really blame that on Princess, luck of the draw. FYI, they use a pre-recorded tape for part of the star gazing. I did not object to that but others might mind. Stumbled on a lawn bowls contest one day. I am sure it was in the daily newspaper (a must read) however did not see it. It was run by a very nice young woman from the cruise staff. She had an English (or maybe Australian) accent. I didn't win. Overall the service was great, dinning staff was excellent. Cruise director was a lot of fun. Port excursions. There is not that much to do on Grand Turk. I did do one of the snorkeling excursions, Horseshoe Reef and Round Cay. I hadn't gone snorkeling in a while so this was fun. FYI, the water was chilly, just not cold. The group that actually ran the excursion was I believe Chukka Caribbean Adventures. Very nice, I was very happy with it. However, I think you can find better snorkeling off the Florida Keys. The diving is probably wonderful because of the "wall" but I did not try that. We also did a bus excursion, The Grand Turk Experience. I thought it was interesting, some people might not. Again it is a very small Island. I believe that most tourists to Turks and Caicos go to the bigger island in the chain. We also walked up the beach to Jack's Shack for a drink. The Dominican Republic is bigger. Puerto Plata, is main the city near where the ship docked. Puerto Plata and vicinity is probably worth two days. We did the Heritage Puerto Plata with lunch excursion. It was OK. I don't like just sitting around the cruise port so this was a reasonable choice. You get to do a rum tasting at one of the distilleries (they call it a tour of the distillery but I think of it as really just a tasting and buying opportunity in comparison to what Wild Turkey does for a tour in Kentucky), we saw the fort, a small local museum, the town plaza. You get a taste of the local environment. If I were younger and in good shape I would have done the waterfall swim excursion, sounded great but a little too strenuous for me. Some of the other activities sounded nice but not enough time. They try to get you off the ship early on disembarkation day (i.e., by 8 or 9 AM) and our flight was not until 7 PM. We had a lot of time to kill. By the time we decided to do an excursion most of the tours were filled up. The one available was a short tour of Fort Lauderdale and a boat ride on the intercostal. It was fun. We started early so we had extra time on the bus so they did an impromptu stop near the beach so we could stretch our legs, walk on the beach, or pay a small fee and walk out on the fishing pier. I have been to Fort Lauderdale, I like the city and if our travel plans had worked out I would have stayed an extra night either before or after at the beach area. I thought the sales staff in the onboard jewelry stores were a little pushy. However, that is easy to avoid, just don't go in. Locally we stayed at the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation the night before sailing. They have a free shuttle from the airport and to the port. YOU NEED TO BOOK THE SHUTTLE TO THE PORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE TIME SLOTS FILL UP FAST. Nice little hotel. Nice little outdoor pool and hot tub in the back. Walking distance to two shopping areas. The shopping areas have restaurants and one has a liquor store with a good wine selection if you want to buy wine for the cruise. We brought on two bottles. Embarkation and disembarkation went OK Overall I would go again, assuming food and service did not decline. I would just try to get a mid-section cabin. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our fourth cruise and all with Princess. In a sense we are newbies I suppose, but we have been pleased with Princess and see no reason to go elsewhere. Stayed at the SpringHill Suites. Stay was fine but the shuttle to cruise ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise and all with Princess. In a sense we are newbies I suppose, but we have been pleased with Princess and see no reason to go elsewhere. Stayed at the SpringHill Suites. Stay was fine but the shuttle to cruise port was terrible. In the past they offered free shuttle and arrived within 20min by a van shuttle. This time we were charged $10/pp and in a larger bus it took 1 1/2hrs...unacceptable and most likely will not book there again. Love the Regal Princess. Embarkation was flawless and fast. My wife’s sister and her husband are platinum and were able to board a bit earlier. They were able to book the Sanctuary. SHIP- The Regal and her sister Royal are beautiful. They are large and hold a large number of guests, 3,560. We all found ourselves saying (other than elevators after muster) we never felt the ship crowded. It was always clean and well kept up. SANCTUARY- We love the Sanctuary and enjoy the peace and quiet it offers. The staff is amazing and treats us like royalty. Hats off to Maktum who served us daily and saw to our every need. DINNING- did the buffet the first day and was as expected....crowded, mass rush for food, and hard to find seating. But typical for first day. Food was good, a good variety, but hard to get what you wanted with the crowd. We mostly visited the Symphony DR and were always pleased with the service, selection and quality. We’d eat as a group of six and never really heard a complaint. We’d also do breakfast in the Symphony DR. We did receive a free up charge to eat at Crown. It was fabulous and the waiters were top notch. I’d pay the up charge for the experience again. PORTS Princess Cay... we have never been to Princess Cays and it was nice to catch a tender and walk the beach and grab a bite to eat. The food was just so-so. We were not on long. Next time we’d bring our snorkel gear and hang a little longer. Falmouth, Jamaica... we only went ashore to check out the port and walk a little. The port area is very nice. Once we got through the gate toward town we were hounded by sales of tours and any items you could imagine. There was a lot of police presence there and the farther we walked into town the sketchier it became. We had had enough of the folks approaching us with sales so we just headed back. Grand Cayman... through Princess we did the Stingray Encounter, turtle farm, and Hell excursion. It was a blast and would recommend it. The guys for our Stingray Encounter were faboulous. They would bring the stingrays up and allow us to hold and feed them. Very gentle creatures. Cozumel... through Princess we did the Chocolate Seaside Workshop, Tasting, and Wine Pairing. Nice shorter excursion. Very well done and informative and the wine pairing was very interesting. ENTERTAINMENT- we tried to catch the 10:00pm show nightly and really enjoyed every performance. Also enjoyed other entertainment throughout the ship. After our fourth cruise we feel we are settling into the idea of cruising and have another Princess cruise set for the end of the year on the Coral for a 15 day Panama Canal cruise. We do recommend Princess and if you can try to book on the Regal or Royal...they are beautiful. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We had to cancel a previous cruise to New Zealand, with this cruise being our first of NZ and on Diamond Princess. We selected this cruise as it was when the weather should be the best and after the school holidays, there we 500 children ... Read More
We had to cancel a previous cruise to New Zealand, with this cruise being our first of NZ and on Diamond Princess. We selected this cruise as it was when the weather should be the best and after the school holidays, there we 500 children on the previous Diamond cruise to Fiji. It also coincided with our 42rd wedding anniversary. Having cruised on the Golden and Emerald previously, it didn't take long to familiarise myself with the ships layout. We selected anytime dining and after enduring waits of up to 20 minutes at the Santa Fe dining room, we changed to the Pacific Moon and had no problems getting a table, thanks Mario. Our cabin, C507, was spacious and located close to stairs and lifts in the middle of the ship. The on demand TV system was riddled with problems. Various different error messages were displayed onscreen. After 3 service calls I gave up contacting them. Others I spoke to around the ship also experienced problems with their TV. I was surprised to find current release movies such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I viewed this movie in the Princess Theatre and it was not modified. We went to Sabatini's and Sterling Steakhouse and enjoyed the extra attention you get compared to the dining rooms. Auckland was our first port of call and we arrived at midday and our visit coincided with a public holiday celebrating their Anniversary. There were street performers, pop up food outlets and RNZ Navy ships open for inspection right were we docked. We took a 90 minute cruise around the harbour and followed it up with a ferry trip over to Devonport. The weather was fine and warm. At Tauranga we had a private tour with Hinterland Tours to Rotorua. This tour was excellent with a visit to Whakarewarewa which is Rotorua's only Living Maori Village, and included a cultural show. We were also fortunate to be able to view the geyser's doing their thing. Napier was another midday arrival and another private tour. We went with Hawkes Bay scenic tours in a 14 seat mini van. Highlights included Te Mata Peak, the Art Deco Cities of Napier and Hastings and rural drive. In Wellington we used the Hop On Hop Off bus. The "bus" used is a mini 14 seater. The route gives a great introduction to Wellington. Most people got off at various stops, we stayed on to complete the circuit and joined the bus later in the day to get to the cable car. Due to the aftermath of cyclone Fehi and the 6 metre seas and 50 knot winds, we were unable to visit Akaroa. The Diamond Princess handled the conditions very well with little noticeable movement. This was commented on by many on the ship. Port Chalmers was our final port of call and we shared the port with the Golden Princess. We had booked the Taieri Gorge By Train trip with Princess as they had the monopoly on the train. My previous booking direct with the Dunedin Railways was cancelled citing the excuse: "due to a glitch in our system" ! The Princess booking was $400 extra. Finally, we arrived at Fiordland with overcast sky's quickly clearing for a perfect day to visit Dusky, Doubtful and the highlight, Milford sound. The dis-embarkation went to time and like the embarkation very smoothly. We will be cruising again to NZ with Princess next year. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Great range of dining venues even with the anytime dining. Didn't have to wait for a table when happy to share with others. Good reason to meet others on the cruise. Enjoyed the range of food options and catered for customers with dietary ... Read More
Great range of dining venues even with the anytime dining. Didn't have to wait for a table when happy to share with others. Good reason to meet others on the cruise. Enjoyed the range of food options and catered for customers with dietary requirements. Good entertainment with the shows but need to get to the show 30 minutes prior for a seat so the theater maybe a bit small. Only negative we found was the bed in the cabin was very firm. Enjoyed the shows in the evenings as was extremely popular and needed to be there 30 minutes prior as theater fills fast. Missed on port due to storm but felt fully informed by the captain. Had a great commentary when we traveled through the Sounds and we really enjoyed the experience.Found the service from staff as allways helpful and go out of the way to ensure you have a wonderful experience. Have travel with Princess and would travel again if they upgraded their mattresses on the Diamond. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We absolutely love cruising to New Zealand and as we have our own business we are limited in the length of time we can be away from it. Therefore between 7-14 days is the maximum, which makes New Zealand a perfect destination, it's so ... Read More
We absolutely love cruising to New Zealand and as we have our own business we are limited in the length of time we can be away from it. Therefore between 7-14 days is the maximum, which makes New Zealand a perfect destination, it's so beautiful and each port of call is so varied....The amazing scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Cruises are the perfect getaway with everything catered for, especially on Princess Cruises with lots of time to just chill-out and relax, meet new friends, have fun and spend quality time together, which was our main focus for this holiday Our cabin steward was fabulous and kept our room stopless, as for all the rest of the crew & staff, they were all amazing and friendly. The shops were good and I have to admit that I did visit :"Essence" several times to stock up on a couple of perfumes. The only thing I missed was the lack of the "Internalial Cafe" that Princess Cruises have on several of their ships...Hopefully this is something that they will introduce on Diamond in the near future. We have cruised with many different cruise lines over the years, but our first preference is Princess as they've kept to the traditional cruising experience with promenade decks, traditional afternoon tea, stunning restaurants and lovely deck areas. Also with a varied age group of passengers. All the staff and crew are friendly, helpful and nothing is to much trouble for them... I can't wait until we sail again and we always make sure we organize a prepaid deposit for our next booking before our cruise ends...which is excellent value at only $100 PP plus you can either book when ready with either Princess or your choice of travel agent, plus receive onboard credit... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Princess Cruises have done much to have the risk of cross-infection / cross contamination under control in all areas of the cruise ship. My wife and I were very impressed with that. We both have some knowledge of pathogenic bacterial ... Read More
Princess Cruises have done much to have the risk of cross-infection / cross contamination under control in all areas of the cruise ship. My wife and I were very impressed with that. We both have some knowledge of pathogenic bacterial control. In addition the air quality around the entire ship is fresh, nice and comfortable. Also, the Golden Princess has neat and modern interior decor, really happy with it. Very attractive buffet area (Horizon) with smart, modern lighting - we didn't need to go elsewhere. The service staff are really good, and they're happy people! The stateroom stewardess was joy to have. We didn't see the ship's officers much as they didn't mingle or talk with us. It was nice to hear the captain's voice now and again, however. I would go on the Golden Princess again for sure, and I would recommend this ship to anyone without hesitation. Well done Princess Cruises! Are you guys the best kept secret? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife got sick the first day on Monday. She decided to not go to the island and stay in the room. (The right thing to do) I called the excursion desk to cancel the two excursions that we booked and I was told the only way to get our ... Read More
My wife got sick the first day on Monday. She decided to not go to the island and stay in the room. (The right thing to do) I called the excursion desk to cancel the two excursions that we booked and I was told the only way to get our money back was to see the ships doctor which would of cost more than the two excursions. I have seen the ships doctor before on another cruise and I had trip insurance. I spent 6 months of doing paper work and never did get the $156.00 dollars back. The ship was old school decor and I loved it. Was had cabin R324 and it was the largest we had ever had. Plenty of space to keep our stuff. Our room stuart was Jojo and he was one of the best we have ever had! The dinning was great. The food was excellent and our server Natallia took care of us like we were her own kids. When we got on the ship we noticed we had anytime dinning. We have found out after many cruises that we prefer to have the same water every night. We get much better service this way. So when we got on the ship we saw the maitre d' and asked to have the same time and table every night. He gave us table 303 and 7:30 which was perfect. The shows were good including Doug Funk the comic. If you go to the cigar bar after his show you might get to see him. Warning he is trying to get a date with Hillary :). St. Thomas is in great condition because of the US government, they will tell you. Can't say the same for St. Maarten but it was still fun. The overall cruise was great. I missed not having a comedy club but the shows were better than most of the other cruises we have been on. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate ... Read More
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate and it takes no time at all to become familiar with the public spaces. We had deluxe balcony cabin M510 on deck 15. Well appointed and spacious, excellent functional bathroom and plenty of storage space. Cabin sound insulation excellent too. What I enjoy most about Princess are the informality and easiness, but the excellent quality of service and food & wine.All of the staff we came into contact with were delightful, very polite and helpful. Food in all areas was exceptional, especially the Crown Grill which is WELL worth the 29 dollar supplement.The enclave in the Lotus Spa is a wonderful place to relax and was certainly worth the 199 dollars for ten days. All in all, a lovely ship, with a lovely relaxed vibe and excellent customer service. Read Less
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