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Princess always delivers on their products and experiences. We had a great time and experience on Crown Princess while cruising south from Vancouver to Los Angeles. We visited Seattle, Mount St Helens, Astoria OR, San Francisco, and Santa ... Read More
Princess always delivers on their products and experiences. We had a great time and experience on Crown Princess while cruising south from Vancouver to Los Angeles. We visited Seattle, Mount St Helens, Astoria OR, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara. Lots of wineries to visit! Food was good and service was excellent. Embarkation went well, even after expecting higher waiting times as there were 3 cruise ships on port. Disembarkation was ahead of schedule and flawless. We visited the Crown Grill twice during our stay and did not diassapoint. Steaks are wondurful and lobster was great. We chose anytime dining and had no issue getting a table for two in ten minutes or less. Food at the Horizon court buffet was great and lines seems to move quickly. Only one day we had to wait to get in and I think it was due to people not being familiar with the multiple buffet locations. Overall a top rated experience. Will do another Princess cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
A perfect cruise. We boarded in San Francisco on a warm sunny day and the city views from the decks are amazing - you could see the Financial District, Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, Ferry Building, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. If we had ... Read More
A perfect cruise. We boarded in San Francisco on a warm sunny day and the city views from the decks are amazing - you could see the Financial District, Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, Ferry Building, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. If we had never left port it would still have been a great cruise. We live within driving distance and parked at 55 Francisco, a short three block walk from the boat. They charge $18/day for indoor parking. I dropped my wife off at the traffic circle by the dock, but lots of folks just rolled their suitcases over from the parking garage. If you walk to the end of Francisco and cut across the little park you'll be across the street from the cruise terminal. Can't miss a boat that big. Embarkation at the new Pier 27 cruise terminal was a breeze - friendly, efficient service and very little waiting. Princess let's you bring as much wine as you like, but you have to carry it on (do not put booze in your checked baggage). There's a table where you show them what you have; first two bottles are free, then $15 corkage after that. The wine sold on the ship bears typical restaurant prices and is a fairly mediocre selection, so if you have some good stuff at home, bring it. They put small labels on the bottles for which you've pay corkage so you can bring them into the restaurants at no extra charge. The "free", untagged bottles are best consumed in your stateroom. The service was exceptional everywhere on the Grand Princess. The crew seemed to be in good spirits about heading south after a long summer of 10 day Alaska Cruises. All the ports were beautiful and fun. Santa Barbara - we caught the trolley to the courthouse and took a long, leisurely stroll back downhill to the ship. We enjoyed a little self guided architectural tour, tacos al fresco on State Street and several stops for local wine tasting. Long Beach - Princess offers lots of L.A. and Hollywood trips like studios tours, Beverly Hills and Grouman's Chinese Theater. We've done all that so we opted for low budget and walked over to the Queen Mary, where your cruise card gets you in for free. We explored the ship for hours from top to bottom, The engine room is a marvel of sophisticated complexity. San Diego - walked off the ship and bought Old Town Trolley Tickets at the end of the pier. It's a hop on hop off trolley that goes all over town. More "hop off" than "hop on" though, as the trolleys run full and you typically have to wait for three or more to get back on. Balboa Park was the highlight of the day. Lot's to do and see. We had lunch at El Prado in the courtyard. The bar menu is great and affordable with a good wine selection and you can sit outside. Ensenada - we opted for the wine bus, operated by Bajarama, Great fun. They bus you to a nearby valley that produces most of Mexico's wine. LA Cetto is a big operation and fun to visit. Next is Casa Dona Lupe which is at the other end of the scale, for pizza and more wine tasting. Nothing is great but the comradeship of your shipmates and a dose of Mexican culture makes it fun. The tour guide offered to stop for a couple bottles of tequila to drink on the way back if we would take up a collection. Even though it was a mostly older crowd, I have never seen a more enthusiastic bunch of tequila drinkers. We made a point of having a bite at every food venue on the ship and it was all good. Okay, the room service burger was dry, but the club sandwich was good and the cream of artichoke soup was excellent. All the soups on the cruise were seriously gourmet and after touring the galley I know why. The main dining room food and service were outstanding, as was Alfredo's Pizzeria, where you can eat at the bar and watch them make your individual pizza fresh or sit at the ocean view tables. They also have bar service. The Piazza on Grand Princess is a better design than some of her sister ships. The performance area is surrounded by no less than four venues: Vines Wine Bar, Alfredo's Pizzeria, The International Cafe, and The Piazza Bar. The entrance to anytime dining in the Michelangelo Room is also off the Piazza and one day they were backed up and sent us off with a pager. We snagged a table at Vines and soon three guys in mariachi suits showed up in the Piazza and started playing La Bamba. Couples started spontaneous dancing - so fun! Our cruise came with some onboard spending credit so we tried both specialty restaurants. Service and food were over the top. Sabatini's has wonderful appetizers - we tried three. The three lobster entree is a good way to go. The first lobster is the creamy orzito and the second is a nice sized grilled lobster tail - which appears to be a tail sitting on top of an empty shell, as is traditional. In fact, your third lobster dish is another tail that's hiding in the shell! Fun! At the Crown Grill, we each had the back & blue soup - delicious. I had the 8 ounce filet mignon and the wife had sea bass topped with large tiger prawns. It would be hard to recommend one specialty restaurant over the other. If you're in a mood for a dark, New York style chop house, go with the Crown Grill. If you prefer a Mediterranean and seafood vibe, try Sabatini's. The International Cafe can provide you with a quick sandwich or salad. I like a good Cuban sandwich and their's was no disappointment. The Cafe offers the same scrumptious desserts as the main dining room, even the Norman Love chocolate specialties, so if you're in the mood for a late night snack, just hop on the elevator. We had breakfast at the buffet on the lido deck several times. Good variety. They do made to order omelets and you don't even have to wait - just fill out the order card and leave it on your table and a server will have your omelet made for you and bring it back. We ate breakfast in the dining room one day and choose to be seated at a large, round table with three other couples. It was nice having a leisurely meal while getting to know some fellow passengers. And it paid off when one of the other couples turned up on our Bajarama tour. There is so much to do on the Grand Princess that we could have used another week. If you like movies, there are plenty abroad Grand Princess: on the deck at Movies Under the Stars, in at least two lounges and on the TV in your stateroom. On Channel 27 they show a different episode of the Love Boat everyday, all day. It's fun to see the old 30,000 ton Pacific Princess while on board a ship of three times her size, and it's interesting to see which famous stars show up. I highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to explore the California Coast aboard a large, well equipped ship with great food, spacious cabins and excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Recently back from my first ever Mediterranean cruise, but my 5th overall European cruise, on the Royal Princess. A little background; I am 55, DH is 59. This was our 26th cruise. Previous cruises have been Princess (13), Carnival (4), ... Read More
Recently back from my first ever Mediterranean cruise, but my 5th overall European cruise, on the Royal Princess. A little background; I am 55, DH is 59. This was our 26th cruise. Previous cruises have been Princess (13), Carnival (4), Holland America (2), Viking River (2), and one each on Royal Caribbean, NCL, Celebrity and the American Queen. We booked this cruise in mid July, having lucked into a flash sale that was offering guarantee Obstructed View Balconies for the same price as interiors (Which were at a great price). About 10-days before we sailed we got our cabin assignment and we were upgraded to a deluxe obstructed balcony. We bought our airfare through Princess EZ Air and we got fares that were better than what I could do on our own. This cruise was a 7-day, Athens to Rome, to which I added independently a day extra in Athens, and two days in Rome. For our day/evening in Athens I went to Hotels,com to find a hotel. Pickings were slim as I wanted something nice, in the Plaka District. I finally settled on the Electra Palace. Even though a little pricey I loved the fact it had a rooftop pool, and indoor pool and spa, and very important, a reputation of comfortable beds. We got into Athens around 10:30am, and went through passport control rather quickly. I had arranged for a taxi from the airport to our hotel through a company called Welcome Pickups. The taxi was waiting for us, and in no time we were on our way to our hotel. After checking in we took a short walk around the Plaka, getting a quick bite to eat, before going back to the hotel for a nap to recover from jet lag. Later we would walk some more around the Plaka District and get dinner at one of the many cafes and do some shopping. The next morning, after checking out of our hotel we went on the HOHO bus for a quick tour of Athens. After one complete loop, we rode around again, this time getting off at the Acropolis (20 euro pp) and the Temple of Zeus (6 euro pp). It was about 1PM, and time to think about getting to the ship. At the Temple of Zeus there were plenty of taxi drivers and we negotiated with one of them to drive us first to the hotel to pick up our luggage from luggage hold, and then continue on to the pier. For 35 euro our driver did both, and in no time we were at the pier. Embarking was very fast. We had priority boarding, but the line for priority was just as long as regular boarding. We waited maybe 30 seconds before we were getting our boarding cards. Within minutes we were on board. First stop was to the Spa (Deck 5) to see about passes to Enclave (Thermal Suite). The cost was $149pp for week long passes. I loved the fact that the Enclave was opened until 11pm, except the final night when it closed at 10pm. Then it was off to the Sanctuary to see about getting cruise duration passes to the adult only enclave. The cost was $210pp for the week. Then we were off to our cabin. Our cabin was E509, an obstructed deluxe balcony. We were fortunate as our obstruction was the top of a lifeboat, obstructing the bottom ¼ of our view. The location was fairly near the center bank of elevators. I was pleased with the layout and location of our cabin, and we received very good service all week long from our room steward. Finally we went to the Horizon Court (Buffet) for lunch. The Horizon had an amazing array of food, something for every taste. Most of it was good, and there were enough waiters to get tea/water and to clean away dirty dishes. When traveling in Europe we cruise for the ports and a chance to relax, using the ship as our traveling hotel. Keeping this in mind, we didn’t go to any shows, preferring to spend our evenings in the Enclave. Most dinners were at the buffet, but we did eat twice at Alfredo’s (A fee free causal restaurant on deck 7 that serves pizzas and a few other items), and one night at the Crab Shack ($29pp). Overall I thought that Princess gave us an excellent cruise, and good value for what we paid. The only area I felt was a little subpar was the shore excursion desk. We had an issue with our tour guide in Santorini and brought it to their attention after the fact, and didn’t get a response until 6 days later that was basically a “so sad, too bad” response. The day we were in Elba, a tender port, even though we had a shore excursion booked through the ship, no effort was made to ensure we got on a tender to get to shore, even though there was still a long line of independent passengers waiting to get off, and they were given priority to get on the tender. We very nearly missed our tour because of this. The original itinerary of this cruise underwent several changes due to overcrowding at ports, and the unrest in Turkey. Originally we were to go; Athens, Santorini, Turkey, Malta, Sicily, Naples, and Rome. We ended up with Athens, Santorini, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Sicily (Time in port was shortened by 3 hours), and Elba, and Rome. Both Kotor & Corfu were beautiful, but Elba was a poor substitution for Naples IMO. There was nothing wrong with Elba, but it just can’t compare with what Naples had to offer. If interested in seeing any photos from the trip feel free to check out my web site; www.thegrandtour.simplesite.com Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our 30th wedding anniversary cruise had been 18 months in the planning, and it was well worth the wait! We chose Sea Princess for this cruise as we had fond memories of our very first cruise aboard her, and she was leaving from our home ... Read More
Our 30th wedding anniversary cruise had been 18 months in the planning, and it was well worth the wait! We chose Sea Princess for this cruise as we had fond memories of our very first cruise aboard her, and she was leaving from our home port, Fremantle. We also were keen on the itinerary as it visited some ports we had been to previously, but included some new ones for us to experience. Embarkation: This was a little slower than previously, and the time schedule given in advance for boarding seemed to bear no resemblance to what actually took place. Having said that, we were on holiday, so who really cared! Stateroom: We chose a balcony in Baja deck and were very satisfied again. Please note my comments below. Dining: We mainly used the MDR for dinner, and the Horizon for breakfast and lunch. The standard of food again was excellent. Because the cruise was, in effect, two separate cruises back-to-back the MDR menu was repeated in the second leg of the journey, but this allowed us to try a variety of dishes from the same menu. Special mention needs to be made of the Ultimate Balcony Dinner which was a real treat and one we would highly recommend. Entertainment and activities: We enjoyed MUTS, although we felt the range of movies was somewhat limited, and the stateroom TV options also were not as expansive as previously experienced on other Princess ships. The piano shows in the atrium were excellent and the art auctions were interesting and well supported, although there did seem to be more of these than on previous cruises. We made daily use of the gym and really enjoyed the facilities. Service: The stateroom steward, Kenneth, was very professional. He was right on the ball, very efficient without being intrusive, and responded quickly and happily to any requests we made. Our MDR waiters, Lohita, Denchai and Angelito also gave excellent service and added to the pleasant dining experience. Ports and shore excursions: We chose carefully which ports we would visit (not ones serviced by the tender boats) and used Princess organised tours at two of those. Penang: We did the Royal Selangor Pewter, Spice Farm, and the butterfly farm, Entropia. We would really recommend this tour! It was interesting, informative and good value. We had visited Penang previously independently, but this tour gave us a fresh look at the island and piqued our desire to visit again. Singapore: We did this independently and visited Sentosa Island. The highlight here was the cable car around the island, giving us a wonderful overview. Again, we will need to pay another visit now to explore further! Ho Chi Minh City: Our first time in Vietnam and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We did the organised tour to the lacquerware factory plus a city tour including time at the markets, and two hours in Dong Khoi Street to shop independently. Again, we would thoroughly recommend this tour. The guides on each of the Princess tours were very articulate and informative. Bangkok (Laem Chabang): We took the shuttle to Pattaya as it was much closer than Bangkok. We enjoyed a day at leisure in Pattaya at the mega shopping mall, and the highlight there was trying the Thai equivalent of a laksa in an authentic Thai restaurant where no one spoke English! The resulting meal was fiery hot, but very enjoyable! The remaining days were either sea days or days we stayed onboard. These provided opportunities to read, play scrabble, star gaze, and generally fully relax. All too quickly the cruise came to a successful finish. Disembarkation at Fremantle was smooth and problem-free. All in all, this was a memorable cruise, and one from which we returned feeling very refreshed. We will definitely be travelling with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
After touring France for a 12 night Trafalgar Tour plus 4 nights in Paris we flew to Civitavecchia and boarded the Royal Princess the next day. It was so wonderful to have a balcony cabin again, this being my 35th Cruise and ... Read More
After touring France for a 12 night Trafalgar Tour plus 4 nights in Paris we flew to Civitavecchia and boarded the Royal Princess the next day. It was so wonderful to have a balcony cabin again, this being my 35th Cruise and hubby's 33rd Cruise we utilized the balcony every morning day and night, which can be neglected with hectic schedule whilst cruising the Mediterranean. The Royal Princes was beautiful and grand we enjoyed her Royal splendour. Being Elite cruisers made our privileges extra special. Malta was cancelled due to timing and our safety for Istanbul's instability, Corfu and Monte Negro were rescheduled instead which were lovely but we were unhappy that they cancelled Malta. Nevertheless we had a wonderful time on board as usual meeting interesting people, eating delicious food, watching a fabulous show and dancing the night away. We shall look forward to cruising the Mediterranean again soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
You simply cannot fault Princess Cruises & this was another exceptional cruise with them. If you ever get the chance, definitely take the Transatlantic sailing at least once in your life, you won't regret it. DINING: ... Read More
You simply cannot fault Princess Cruises & this was another exceptional cruise with them. If you ever get the chance, definitely take the Transatlantic sailing at least once in your life, you won't regret it. DINING: Outstanding and catered to my husbands allergies. Fantastic variety of options usually themed to the ports we were in. PORTS: Fantastic with a wide variety of paid shore excursions as well as off site CABIN: Love love loved our cabin. Inside Riviera deck R424 - best cabin, close to the lifts but no noise. Big TV in the room for us to watch movies. Love the closet & shower tucked away. ENTERTAINMENT: Brilliant, love the shows. Our favourite was The Voice of the Ocean but I'm biased having won it a few years ago. The service is what will always see me return to Princess. Love the service and love the fact I always feel at home when I'm on board! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
short said: it was a perfect cruise! Regal Princess is again a step forward in the development of cruise ships - we have sailed with 8 different Princess ships before ... it offers everything you may dream of in a very pleasant - not to ... Read More
short said: it was a perfect cruise! Regal Princess is again a step forward in the development of cruise ships - we have sailed with 8 different Princess ships before ... it offers everything you may dream of in a very pleasant - not to posh - environment. The staterooms are of same design as on all other ships ... inroom entertainment is really "wow" - offering movies, tv channels, port information, recording of shows and lectures ... Dining does not leave any wishes open ... Horizon Court is enlarged by Horizon Bistro and a Pastry Shop, the variety and quality of the food is marvellous ... besides you could choose between several dining rooms, restaurants, pizzeria, grill, ... really great !!! Congratulations to this further development ... especially regarding the sweet treats we enjoyed the improvement ... the shows presented at the theatre were top as always, ... the musical entertainment in the bars and on the plaza was varied and good - especially the ladies string quartett, but we had already "more intoxicating" performances on other cruises ... We did not book any cruise tours via princess ... we explored the ports mainly by our self: - Kristiansand: there is not much to do .... just stroll through the village .... along the seafront, enjoying the yacht harbour, the small beach, ... heading back through the "old town" - Bergen: easy to enjoy ... walking around Bryggen, taking a ride up to Floyen, Visiting Fantoft stave church, strolling through the harbour-near area of small old houses ... - Greenock: Train station to Glasgow I walking distance (approx. 20 minutes; buy tickets at self service machine and avoid lines at the ticket booth); We took a hopon-hopoff tour through Glasgow, that was the best way to get around the city, we visited museum and explored the city center by foot ... trains back to Greenock every 20 minutes ... - Belfast: 16 Dollar per person for a bus ride to the city center!! - no - we walked one way .. approx. 35 minutes .... in the city we again took a hopon-hopoff tour ... it was very interesting ... I would say 1 day is too short for the city,,,, we would have loved spending some time in the area with the mural paintings, but we decided to visit the Titanic Experience Center - and it was worth!!!! Great time there ... many new facts on the ship and the tragedy, many interactive parts ... we can only recommend it! From there we took a cab back to the ship for 8 Dollar incl. tip!!! - Cobh: we booked a tour with ecoach.ie ... got perfect information where to easily find the tour bus ... a great driver (Kevin) gave us very interesting and also funny information on Ireland ... they really kept the promise to be at Blarneys Castle before the crowds ... we were among the first to climb up for kissing the famous stone ... when we descended, the line was already waiting all around the castle ... further stops on the tour were at scenic Charlesfort and Kinsale .... the tour took us further through Cork ... at all stops we had more than enough time to enjoy the area, shopping, eating ... I can only recommend this tour ...and it cost only a third from the on-board sold tours with the same itinerary - 5 days at sea: that sounds boring and long ... but it isn´t ... they passed by too quickly ... reading, movie watching, going to the gym, joining an art auction, listening to lectures on various topics ... and eating ;-)) ... - Boston: the easiest way is to take the offered bus shuttle to the city center (8 Dollar) .... from there we explored the city along the freedom trail on our own ... shopping and strolling around the new designed Harbour walk rounded up the day ... - New York: disembarkation and via Princess booked tour transfer to Newark (that's money worth and convenient !!; just make sure you have your terminal information handy). Overall we had a wonderful time - Commodore Romano took a small detour to avoid a storm and accompanying rough sea ... which was very much appreciated ,-)) ... Service staff was friendly and courteous... We had an even cabin number - which is located on the "left" side (port side) ... we therefore enjoyed much sun during the crossing and except Kristiandsand & Boston were also looking toward the docks during our port of calls ... we could so enjoy e.g. the bagpipe players seeing us off in Cobh, .... for sure we will be cruising again with Princess ,-) Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We selected this cruise because our good friends (frequent Princess cruisers) invited us to join them. It was my first Princess cruise since 2005, and my husband's first cruise ever. We live in the SF Bay Area, so the 10 day ... Read More
We selected this cruise because our good friends (frequent Princess cruisers) invited us to join them. It was my first Princess cruise since 2005, and my husband's first cruise ever. We live in the SF Bay Area, so the 10 day round-trip to Alaska from San Francisco was super-convenient for us. I know the Grand is not a brand-new ship, but she is aging gracefully, and has plenty of amenities. I never felt that I was cruising on a tired or worn-out ship. While the Grand is large, she still looks and feels like a ship,which is more than I can say for some of the newer ships (for example RCL's Harmony of the Seas). That ship just looks like a shopping mall from the pictures I've seen. Our cabin (A507, large inside) was spacious and had excellent storage. I do wish they would find a way to keep the king-size bed (two twins pushed together) from separating during the night, but that's a very minor quibble and happens on every ship I've ever sailed. I like the fact that your cruise fare still includes most everything you need for a lovely vacation. I purchased a soda and more package, since I don't drink, and that was a good move. It would be even better if bottled water was included, but I didn't mind buying a bottle or two of water a day. In general, I get tired of all the "upselling" that the cruise lines do, and have no interest in onboard (or portside) shopping or art auctions, so I just tune that stuff out. I would have liked more games shows and trivia contests as far as entertainment goes. And I love to play board games, so some organized game nights would be fun, too. Food and service were generally excellent in the Da Vinci Dining Room (where we had Anytime dining), though some nights service was better than others. Since we ended up dining around the same time every day, next time I think I will go back to Traditional Dining, so I can get to know my waitstaff and table mates. We also enjoyed the Crown Grill, Sabatinis, and Alfredo's alternative dining. The Horizon Court and Trident Grill were also quite respectable. Being a cigar and pipe enthusiast, I was grateful for the retreat provided by Snooker's Bar on Deck 6. The staff (particularly waiter Emil) took excellent care of me and I felt like it was my very own little corner of the ship. I love that the room is available even when the bar is closed, so that I could enjoy my pipe or cigar any time. I urge you to continue including this feature on your ships, as it makes a huge difference in my enjoyment when I can have a great cigar after dinner, or get away from the crowds for a pipe in the afternoon. Back when open-deck pipe/cigar smoking was permitted, it was basically impossible because of the wind and elements. Having a comfortable indoor spot where pipes and cigars are allowed is a major consideration for me when I book a cruise. Alaska, was of course beautiful. We found Glacier Bay to be the highlight of our trip (just like the first time I cruised on the Dawn to Alaska in 2000). We also found Victoria to be a surprisingly lovely port. I wish we had been given a little more time there. I would highly recommend both the itinerary and the Grand Princess to anyone who wants to cruise to Alaska from California. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Wonderful cruise: Ship is beautiful (3 years old) and well maintained. Going into Dry Dock in a few weeks and adding a pool at the back of the boat. Pools are small - Retreat Pool is the best. Cabin was D616 on 9th floor - beware ... Read More
Wonderful cruise: Ship is beautiful (3 years old) and well maintained. Going into Dry Dock in a few weeks and adding a pool at the back of the boat. Pools are small - Retreat Pool is the best. Cabin was D616 on 9th floor - beware that the lifeboats are right below on 8th floor so when you look out of the balcony, you can see them. Get a room on 10th floor or higher. Dining was fine - food good in Concerto dining room. Go to Crown Grille for some great steaks. Worth the extra money. Entertainment was sub par. Princess needs to upgrade the talent on the ship. Service was as expected - Princess has top notch service. Ports were "city" ports more industrial than the Greek Isles that I prefer but still wonderful sites. Watch for Portofino, they load up way too many people on that excursion. Wi-Fi is still poor - they need to upgrade. We did have a wonderful cruise. Reserve Sanctuary on your sea day - they go fast but quiet and lovely area!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Found this cruise advertised in our NSW NRMA motoring magazine. 17 Days Sydney to Perth via Brisbane/Cairns/Alotau (PNG)/Darwin/Kimberly Coast/Broome and Geraldton on Sea Princess. Then 4 Days Perth and return via Indian Pacific Train to ... Read More
Found this cruise advertised in our NSW NRMA motoring magazine. 17 Days Sydney to Perth via Brisbane/Cairns/Alotau (PNG)/Darwin/Kimberly Coast/Broome and Geraldton on Sea Princess. Then 4 Days Perth and return via Indian Pacific Train to Sydney. Reasonably fast embarkation, and went to our balcony room and met our Stateroom Steward. Then up to Sundeck for the "Sailaway" then to tea at 5-30pm in Traviata Dining Room where we met our Waiters. All staff very friendly and service was great. The food was excellent and just the right quantity so that one could enjoy all 3 courses. Back to the Stateroom to unpack and get a good nights sleep. The rocking of the ship very condusive to sleep. Up early next morning and off to Horizons Bistro for breakfast with a wide selection of food available. The same at Lunchtime. In fact you could go there anytime for meals or snacks.They are very conscious of people washing their hands and it is mandatory to do so before entering a restaurant. Happy hour was 3pm to 4pm in Legends bar (2 drinks for the price of 1 plus $1). There was some form of activity or Entertainment from 8am tp 11pm (and beyond) in the theatre, lounge or various bars. The daily "Princess Patter" let everyone know what would happen during the day and "The Wake Show" (TV) also passed on useful info. We went on organised excursions in Alotau PNG and Geraldton WA and did our own thing in the other ports.When we were not doing activities we would just relax on the balcony or lie down and watch TV. Enjoyed Bingo and Trivia and especially the shows in the Princess Theatre where all acts were of a high standard. The Cruise Director and his staff made sure everyone had a good selection of things to do.Have paid "future" deposit as we fully intend on doing more cruising.Only issue was with going ashore in Darwin where there was only one gangway and it was a real bunfight to get to it. Ships staff should have organised proper queues or another gangway. As is usual with Cruise lines the price of alcohol is a bit over the top but I am led to believe that this is where they make a lot of money. Being an "Australian" cruise there were no "tips" added to accounts but this may also explain drink prices being high. Tipping was a passengers perogative and we did tip our waiters, steward and a couple of others. The other good thing was that the people were mostly aged 55 and up which meant that we did not have younger ones getting drunk and making life hard for others. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise to Alaska because of the timing was perfect to get everyone of the family (except one) on board at this time. We had ten members of the family and eight friends join us for this wonderful event. We sailed on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to Alaska because of the timing was perfect to get everyone of the family (except one) on board at this time. We had ten members of the family and eight friends join us for this wonderful event. We sailed on the Ruby (one of our favorite ships) and the venue was great for all to enjoy. The main event of course was to renew our wedding vows( after 60 years) and the ceremony was conducted by Captain Marco Fortezze (his first 60 year event). It was a real challenge getting everyone there but it was worth it. It's like herding cats and the grand kids said "Gramma and Grandpa are finally getting married" -HaHa. It was really worth it and everyone had a great time. The ship, cabins, dinning, ports and excursions and entertainment were super. This was our fourth time to Alaska and we highly recommend it. Especially if it is going to be the first time for someone to sail on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Embarkation was very smooth and we didn't have any waiting. The ship is huge but the crew managed to provide a very intimate service and it felt very personal. The bar staff remembered our favourite cocktails etc. Our cabin had ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth and we didn't have any waiting. The ship is huge but the crew managed to provide a very intimate service and it felt very personal. The bar staff remembered our favourite cocktails etc. Our cabin had everything we needed and was kept exceptionally clean. The balcony area was great and plenty big enough. The dining opportunities were numerous and the food and service were excellent. It felt we were going to a fine dining restaurant every night. Alfredo's did great pizzas and the International Café did a wonderful range of salads, panninis etc. The entertainment had something to please everyone, it was difficult to make a choice. The theatre shows were of a very high quality and we really enjoyed Marc Paul and The Beatle Maniacs. I think the shore excursions are on the pricey side but as I had my 80 year old mother with me I wanted it to be a relaxed experience and it certainly was. We did our own trip from the harbour in Santorini which was only £20 euros and excellent value but we did shore excursions in Kotor - Montenegro, Pompeii and Sorrento, Taormina - Sicily. Whilst I expected this trip to be my mum's once in a lifetime experience it seems she has other ideas and is keen to book for next year. The only negative comment is that Princess organised the flights that were split - Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle and CdG to Athens on the return we did Barcelona to Munich and Munich to Heathrow . We had 4 1/2 hours stopover in Munich which meant it took over 8 hours to do a 2 hour trip - CRAZY!! Never again, I'm wiser now and realise that I can actually chose the flights I want. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise - a little pricey but this was Alaska. Stayed in a mini suite allowing us more room with a full size tub. Our Steward [Ricky] was excellent and attentive. The food in the main dining room was excellent ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise - a little pricey but this was Alaska. Stayed in a mini suite allowing us more room with a full size tub. Our Steward [Ricky] was excellent and attentive. The food in the main dining room was excellent and service was exceptional [not so much the buffet – not too many choices there]. Also dined in the “extra pay” steak house – disappointing, - Service was slow and steak was overdone. Food was much better in the main dining room and you don’t have to pay extra. The comedians were excellent and with “G” rated shows this was a plus. Our shore excursions were great – had fun on the River float and Dog Mushing was truly an experience. Both took approx. 30-45 minutes to get to the area allowing time to see the countryside – this was a plus in our book. We had a baggage issue when boarding [this was our error] and Laurel at check did an outstanding job getting things together and saving our vacation. All in all we had a great time and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Lovely ship excellent service great itinerary. We had balcony C7 40 which is a balcony on the aft of the ship on the back of the boat. It is not covered so everybody that's above deck 10 can see into your balcony see your whole ... Read More
Lovely ship excellent service great itinerary. We had balcony C7 40 which is a balcony on the aft of the ship on the back of the boat. It is not covered so everybody that's above deck 10 can see into your balcony see your whole balcony. And there is a black soot covers everything unless your room Steward cleans it. We went to the crown grill one night sucked we had better service in the dining room. Most of the trip our balcony was in the shade with a really nice view there were only a few days that it was too hot and in the sun. Overall it was wonderful we would totally do it again in a heartbeat . Next time we would choose a mini suite over a balcony on the back of the boat because the mini suite was bigger and was cheaper. Excellent service excellent food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My daughter wanted to celebrate her 21st birthday on a cruise so we selected the 7-day Inside Passage Cruise from Seattle to Alaska. The cruise was absolutely wonderful. Every employee we were in contact with were friendly, courteous and ... Read More
My daughter wanted to celebrate her 21st birthday on a cruise so we selected the 7-day Inside Passage Cruise from Seattle to Alaska. The cruise was absolutely wonderful. Every employee we were in contact with were friendly, courteous and helpful. We absolutely loved our mini suite. Our room stewart Ricky was heaven sent. We felt like celebrities in our cabin with empicable service. Dining was also great. We appreciated the hand sanitizer station at the entry of the buffet with a host standing there to make sure everyone sanitized their hands before a plate (or platter) was handed to them! As for regular dining, we opted for the anytime dining. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. We had a great time with the dining room staff. We had the all-inclusive drink package which I highly recommend drinkers purchase. On sea days there was plenty to do. We played bingo, worked out in the gym, went to the spa and salon and tried our luck in the casino. We walked the promenade deck daily for fresh air and a look at the ocean. Unfortunately, it was raining at every port, however we enjoyed our land tours which we booked direct thru Princess Cruises. I've read many negative reviews about Princess Cruises. I have absolutely no idea why people would be unhappy with Princess Cruises. My group of six had the best time of our lives on the Ruby Princess thanks to it's staff and crew. We are looking foward to our next cruise on Princess Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Booked with cruise.co.uk which was excellent as always. Good service and we got 2 nights in Rome for a lesser price than other companies were charging just for the 7 night cruise. Arrived at the Port very early but were allowed to check ... Read More
Booked with cruise.co.uk which was excellent as always. Good service and we got 2 nights in Rome for a lesser price than other companies were charging just for the 7 night cruise. Arrived at the Port very early but were allowed to check on at 11.30am, we had priority boarding as we have sailed with Princess before, although those without priority boarding were not far behind us. Cabin on Deck 12 Aloha A628, balcony was as you would expect and the cabin was of a usual size. Had read reviews where people moaned about the balcony being small. It had room for 2 chairs and a table and was more than adequate. The bathroom and bedroom areas were nicely decorated. My only criticism was that the towels were old and not fluffy. Shower gel and shampoo/conditioner was in pump dispensers in the shower. There was plenty of hanging space, suitable also for long dresses. The cabin steward was polite and cleaned the cabin to a good standard. Other reviews mentioned that there were no towel animals, this was the case but cabin animals are not high on my priority list. We ordered breakfast to the room a few times, coffee was nice and hot. Restaurant we chose 6pm dining, in future we will go for the later time as it was a bit rushed when getting back from excursions. The food was tasty, hot and a good choice. The waiters Dan and Sam were hilarious, excellent service and good fun. They did like to fill you up with food though, bringing extra dishes and lots of deserts to try Bar service was fine, no problems good choice of drinks, we had the all inclusive package which saved a lot of money as we do like a drink. The wine in the package was all good you can choose upto a $10 glass of wine. Horizon restaurant (self service buffet) ok, only used this on the first day, as we were off the ship every day apart from the one sea day. International Cafe which is in the Piazza Atrium area, lovely coffee, an excellent choice of sandwiches and salads at lunchtime. No extra charge. Take-away Pizza and burgers by the pool, lovely pizza very hot, burgers were good too. Entertainment - day time was the usual art auction; wine tasting; quizzes etc. Entertainment - evening time a bit disappointing to be honest. The magic show Hurley Magic appeared once in the Theatre and once in the Vista Lounge. This was extremely good entertainment The Vista Lounge is sadly not used very often and it has a strange set up with the seating. There are long seats with a table in front and then chairs in front of the table facing the stage so if you do have to sit there you have to sit with your drink behind you, in your hand or turn away from the stage. The theatre had 2 resident entertainment shows one was extremely poor, boring, dull with no costume changes, no story and a poor backdrop/set. We had to fill in a questionnaire at the end which makes me think they were trying it out to see what guests thought of it. The second night they appeared it was much improved, better set, better singing and lots of costume changes but still not brilliant. Again we had to fill in a questionnaire. Movies under the Stars was good, films showed were new and appropriate for most people and you can snuggle under a blanket with a pillow and a pack of free popcorn. The dancing fountains were quite good, shame they were not on for longer though. The Live Show Audience Theatre was good fun, they had various game shows going on each evening with audience participation. Piazza/Atrium area had entertainment going on during both the day and evening although the piano player that was on the 7th deck was awful. The classical musicians and band were very good. General decor/appearance of the ship - the ship was beautiful very contemporary, the atrium was lovely. Our only complaint and it appears this was everyone's complaint was that there were no central staircase (they were there, but not in use unless in an emergency) so you had to travel by lift. If you are at the back of the ship you can't go down to 5 and walk through, you have to go down and then go up the stairs to walk across to come back down again. The issue with the stairs meant that most people used the lifts as they couldn't use the stairs. This meant the lifts were constantly in use so much have been a nightmare for those in wheelchairs or have limited mobility. Beauty Salon - very expensive as they usually are but I had a hot stone massage which was very good and my husband had a Royal Shave which he loved. Formal Night was probably one of our biggest disappointments on the ship. Standards are dropping every time we go on a cruise. Sadly we have people with a 'I am on holiday and I will do as I please' attitude. We like the formal nights and do get very dressed up, to then have to be mingling with others wearing shorts, t shirt and crocs is not good. The ships need to decide who they are catering for the those who like to dress up or those who don't want to dress up. I did feel quite over dressed on some evenings wearing a nice dress and sparkly heels. Cruising is becoming more caravan and camping which isn't our scene hence why we don't go caravan and camping. I am not snobby I just don't like 'roughing it' when on my holidays we did that when we volunteered last year in Ghana (which we loved, but it wasn't a holiday). I am better dressed doing my housework or going shopping than some of the people on the ship, no reflection on Princess this is becoming quite common place unfortunately. The entertainment staff and reception staff themselves felt the same as we did and agreed that standards have dropped. They appreciated that there were still people like us who were dressed up as the entertainment staff were dressed up formally. Ports We started in Rome and visited Florence; Monte Carlo; Toulon; Gibralter and Valencia and disembarked in Barcelona. This ship was sailing around the med continuously for a few months and some people had been on it for 21 days and 28 days. They were a bit fed up as some ports were visited twice and some ports had been missed out. We were lucky we visited all of the ports on the itinerary. The people who had been on for 21/28 days were complaining that the entertainment was being repeated which is worth bearing in mind for anyone who is stopping on the ship for more than the 7 days. Excursions. Generally these were really good, bit rushed at times to get ready for 6pm. We went to Monte Carlo on our cruise which was amazing although they did alter the programme. It was my birthday and we had booked our beauty treatments for 5.30pm we planned to cut the free time short and get on the ship a bit sooner to fit the beauty treatments in. The original itinerary meant we should have gone to Cannes and then had free time in Monte Carlo, but then Cannes was now in the afternoon rather than morning. We decided not to go to Cannes and spent the day in Monte Carlo (which was amazing, this doesn't feature on many cruise itineraries so we were extremely lucky). I complained to the excursion team about the change of order (the excursion did state 'your first port of call will be Cannes'. One member of staff was very rude and we were told Princess have no control over the excursions which I understand, my gripe was that the itinerary did state first port of call to be Cannes. I went away quite annoyed that my birthday had been slightly spoilt. However, to my surprise I received a letter in our cabin 4 days later stating that they would refund the money which I really appreciated as the trip was $79 each. Sunbeds - Not a big one for sunbathing but there were plenty of sunbeds for everyone and plenty of towels. Over all we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and would definitely go back with Princess. We put a £75 deposit down whilst on the ship for another cruise to be used within 2 years, if we book a balcony we receive $100 onboard credit. This deposit can be refunded if we change our mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This cruise was titled "The Festivals of Japan" and it only happens once per year. If you have a chance to sail on this ship at the appropriate festival time, grab it!!! Four of the ports of call visit coastal communities during ... Read More
This cruise was titled "The Festivals of Japan" and it only happens once per year. If you have a chance to sail on this ship at the appropriate festival time, grab it!!! Four of the ports of call visit coastal communities during their festival times when you will see singing and dancing in extraordinary costumes and viewed by tens of thousands of spectators. What was particularly special about this cruise is that you are fully immersed in Japanese culture. Of the approximately 2500 passengers, approximately 10% were not Japanese, and of the 10%, we were split between Americans, particularly Hawaiians, Australians, Canadians, some Brits and Europeans. Announcements were made in Japanese first and English second. The food primarily is Asian, but there was lots of choose from for more traditional American tastes. There is always a salad bar, lots of cut up canteloupe and honeydew, 2 soups at lunch and dinner--one asian and one not. I would say that the food was 4 star--quite good! I loved the afternoon scones with cream and jam which you can have in the International Dining Room or at the buffet Horizon Court. Portions in the dining room are particularly tiny, but you can always ask for more. Since I'm a big eater, I preferred the Horizon buffet so I can sample everything and go back up for seconds for those items that I preferred. The ship is a nice size--not too big and not too small. I have cruised about 6 times now and I don't particularly see much difference between rooms on different ships. I had an interior room to save some money and it was more than adequate for one person and the layout was comparable with other lines. The evening shows which I attended were quite enjoyable, although I tended to watch "Movies under the Stars" and munch the freshly popped popcorn. There is a gym and golf course but I did not use these activities. My main reason for writing this review is to help people with the shore excursions. In almost every port, Princess provided free shuttles into town. So, I would suggest savings yourself some money and just doing excursions on your own. For more detail: Akita: the shuttle drops you off at Kenmin Kalkan which is the Akita prefecture hall and the central location for the evening Kanto festival. I brought my own folding chair and was laughing at my friends who sat in the hot sun waiting 2 hours for the festival to start. I showed up right when the festival began, at 7:15, found a place to sit, and left just before the end to avoid the crowds upon leaving. Once again, I was on the free shuttle back to the Diamond Princess. Aomori Nebuta festival: The festival is performed twice--during the day from 1 to 3pm in the town and then in the evening on the water. My group paid for seats, but in fact they had to stand and had difficulty seeing the floats. I went during the day for free on the shuttle and found some shade from the relenting sun but was up close and personal! I hate to complain about the heat when I was in the shade and performers were dressed in elaborate costumes and they were dancing in the sun!! The children dancing are my favourite! Once again, I brought my chair. The shuttle drops you off at a wharf one block from the parade. In the evening, the bridge is raised so you either have to go into town prior to the 5pm lifting of the bridge or you can't go. Once you are at the festival, you have to stay past 10pm until the bridge is lowered. I'm so glad that I went in the afternoon!! At the end of the festival, the people of Aomori make a splendid fireworks exhibition which can be seen from the ship. I would suggest seeing the parade in the afternoon and saving the $129 fee, but you can make your own decision. Sakaiminato: the Princess docks at Showa south warf with complimentary shuttle to Sakaiminato station. Busan, South Korea: the shuttle whisks you to the Phoenix Hotel, right across from the Fish Market and BIFF square. Again, no need to take a tour. I went on a tour to the Beomosa Temple, which was very nice, and then we spent and hour in the Market. It was enough for me. Busan was a surprisingly modern city and the tour to the temple took us on the 50 minute drive through the city, so it was interesting to see this. Kochi: the shuttle bus takes you close the action and drops you at the bus terminal in town. From there you can walk to the Castle area, particularly in the "malls" which have shopping and respite from the sun. I did this in the morning and came back to the ship for the afternoon. Then, around 6:30 pm when the sun went down, I headed back to town for the festival. It was simply too hot to be out in the sun during the day. Tokushima: this is the one city where I would recommend signing up for the Festival. The shuttle does not go into Tokushima, but it goes to Komatashima and from there you can take a train to get to Tokushima, but I was worried that the train would be full. (you can check the train schedule at hyperedia.com. ) I spent the day on the ship and paid for the festival tour at night. I didn't take the shuttle just to explore the area as I didn't think that there was much to see at the Komatshima shuttle stop. Yokohama: I took the free shuttle from the ship to Sakuragicho Station. Many of the people in my group took the shuttle from Princess to the airport but their flights weren't until 5pm. I didn't wan to sit in the airport for 8 hours. At Sakuragicho station, there is an information booth and they will store your luggage for 500 yen (approx $5) for the day. From Sakuragicho, I walked around the harbour area--seeing the giant ferris wheel, went to the Red Brick Warehouse, through Yamashitacho park, up through China town and back to Sakuragicho station. This walk took about 2-1/2 hours. Then I found a shuttle bus from Sakuragicho station to the airport!!! I was so happy to find this, rather than drag my luggage to Yokohama station and then to the Limousine Bus to the airport. Warning: the airport bus direct to Haneda only operates in the morning, but it turns out that it picks up a short 5 minute walk from the station at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel--which looks out over the amusement park. This is a high end hotel and the concierge was marvelous and held my luggage for the 10 minutes while I waited for the bus. The bus is run by the Keiku bus line and I used my Passmo card to pay for it (740 yen). The bus goes to the Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama Prefecture office, Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu and Rose Hotel Yokohama, which is in Chinatown. Definitely bus a Passmo or Suica card at the airport when you arrive in Tokyo. I put the equivalent of $30 on it, and when you go back to the airport to leave Tokyo, you can go on the 2nd floor of airport to the Keikyu office and they will give the cash back which is left on the card. When I arrived in Tokyo, I took and the airport bus which went close to my hotel and it also goes to various stations. I was a bit afraid of the trains and didn't want to lug my luggage up and down multiple platforms and risk getting lost! I stayed in the Ginza area for 3 days prior to the cruise. P.S. If given the choice, definitely fly to Haneda which is approximately 20 minutes from Yokohama or Ginza whereas Narita is very far and very expensive to get to. Another tip: rental a pocket wifi. This way I had internet everywhere that I went including some times when the ship was on the water. This is much cheaper than the ship wifi. I understand that some USA people can get unlimited wifi for $29 but in Canada, it is much more expensive and limits on the usage. If you go, you will have a great trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We are in our 50’s and completed some 15 cruises. These have all been generally very good even when we used to take our two kids with us! Like most UK cruisers we started with P&O and then moved to Princess and Celebrity to be with a ... Read More
We are in our 50’s and completed some 15 cruises. These have all been generally very good even when we used to take our two kids with us! Like most UK cruisers we started with P&O and then moved to Princess and Celebrity to be with a mixture of nationalities. Our first experience of Royal Princess was three years ago when we were toured it briefly the day before its naming ceremony. We were really impressed but the itineraries didn’t appeal until this year. As a result we thought we would give P&O another try last summer after an absence of 10 years and cruise to the Canaries aboard Britannia. Being the younger sister to Royal and Regal Princess I thought I would be just as impressed but it wasn’t so. Even though Royal Princess is over three years old and due for a dry dock later this year the general condition was just as I remembered. Seeing the atrium again and being able to compare it with Britannia’s made it seem more impressive than I recalled. Britannia’s atrium was soulless by comparison and apart from its central glass shard the interior design was lacking in detail unlike Royal Princess which really does have the wow factor. Every night there was a buzz, with bands and dancing in the Piazza, and pianists above in the Crooners bar until 1 am in the mornings. We embarked in Athens for a 14 day cruise that was in actual fact two back to back cruises. Not an issue as we had done a B2B in the Caribbean, but on this one we did notice a difference in ambience with the change of passengers in Civitavecchia for our second week. Having been to Rome before we chose to stay aboard and have the adult only pool and Jacuzzi to ourselves before watching a film on the huge outdoor screen. A great way to spend a ship turnaround day. Due to the safety concerns in Turkey our itinerary was change a week before we boarded and we lost Ephesus. No problem as we’d been there a few times before. As a result though they also dropped Malta with no reason given. This was a big disappointing as it was another big reason for booking the cruise. Instead we had a very poor alternative in Corfu and the beautiful Kotor but we’d been to both before. Fortunately our Monaco date wasn’t changed as this was where we had planned to renew our wows for our 30th wedding anniversary. This event was the icing on the cake for this cruise. Everything promised by the Passengers Relations manager was delivered and Captain Bob Oliver (from England) was excellent as Officiant in his white formal uniform. After the ceremony we were escorted around the ship (including the bridge) by a photographer and video cameraman. Being a formal night we were particularly conspicuous as my wife wore a pearl coloured off the shoulder dress and I wasn’t wearing my usual formal black diner suit. As a result of the accompanying cameramen we were mistaken for newly weds and often congratulated by passers by! Fortunately our cameramen were not part of the team filming the follow up to the British TV series. To our relief an English couple’s wedding was filmed which will be interesting to watch together with crew members who featured in the first ITV series. If any one else has considered renewing their vows I can not recommend it more highly. The same recommendation goes for Royal Princess itself. In my view it’s the best ship I’ve sailed on and the service from all crew members we encountered was exemplary. The food on board was also the best we’ve had on a cruise despite the menu in the MDR repeated on the second week. Never did I have a bad meal or one that was cold and I’m particularly fussy about food temperature. The Horizon Court buffet choices were huge too by comparison with Britannia which just served up traditional boring British fayre. Even the interior design (despite the same layout) was superior to Britannia which looked more like a modern factory canteen compared to the classy food counters, furniture & fittings found on Royal Princess. In case you think I can say no wrong about Princess here are a few minus points! Sabatini’s restaurant was a waste of money as the food in the MDR was just a good. They promote it as providing an authentic Italian feel but not when served by an Indian waiter! In the MDR we only had one other person join us on our table for eight for second sitting dining despite assurances the spare chairs were allocated. We even moved restaurants but to no avail. We did however get to know our table waiters Dan and Sam in Allegro really well so were none too happy to be moved again away from them to be put on a table with two other couples for our second week (but also with two empty chairs!). Despite Mr Mazzone’s (the Matre’d) genuine concern and kindness our MDR dining experience was disappointing on this cruise. Another gripe is the cost of shuttle bus/boats. Three times we were advised to pay in advance (Livorno, Toulon and Valencia). Toulon was a rip off at $20 each round trip as you could catch a public sea boat/bus for 2 Euros from just beyond the ship’s berth. Finally, having enjoyed midnight drinks in Crooners with engaging solo artists the first week, we then got Kory Simon most of the second week. He was awful and murdered songs with his asides and audience participation. Seasoned cruisers will have heard of the entertainer Perry Grant, and this Kory guy was an extremely poor imitation. With US $’s being the onboard currency we knew after the UK referendum result our £’s would buy less so we brought Princess $’s in advance giving us an effective exchange rate of US $ 1.43 to £1.00. A great tip from the Cruise Critic forum. We also took advantage of the wine package (silver) and got 10 bottles for $241.50 (inc’ 15% tip) in the MDR. We also made the most of the daily Happy Hours (second drink cost just $1). Crooners was 3 pm to 4 pm and Club Six was 11 pm to midnight. For those who like to know prices, a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chandon was $9.20 (inc tip). Bottles of Stella, Heineken and Grolsch were $6.84 (inc’ tip) and a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne $69 (inc’ tip) but cost us just an extra $31 as we had the wine package. P&O drinks are cheaper, but that’s to be expected for a Weatherspoons experience. Princess is more up market and the prices reflect this. Weather as you would expect for early August in the Mediterranean was mostly very hot particularly for Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and Kotor, but not an issue. Gibraltar was our only cloudy port but then it is British! So our three year wait to get back on Royal Princess was well worth it and we will certainly return or consider Regal or Majestic Princess. Britannia however will become a distant memory albeit a great one for entering in the Strictly Come Dancing competition. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the destinations that it was going to. We stopped at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda. The destinations were beautiful, the boat was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We have been on two ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations that it was going to. We stopped at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda. The destinations were beautiful, the boat was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We have been on two other cruise lines and would recommend Princess over our other two experiences. We went on our Honeymoon and were treated very well. The Excursions that they offer are great, our favorite was the snorkeling in Grand Turk as well as the bus tours in Puerto Rico. We would love to go on another Princess Cruise to experience other locations and their other boats. They had entertaining themed parties and the live band played great music. The food and room service was also very good. I had notified them that this was our honeymoon and they surprised us with balloons as well as chocolate covered strawberries. If you would like to see our experience on this trip please click on the link to see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ANESBJcko Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Everything about this cruise was excellent! From Embarkation to disembark everything went very smooth. sailing under the Golden Gate was amazing, we had a mini suite on the Dolphin deck forward. Our Stewart was very good, he was always ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was excellent! From Embarkation to disembark everything went very smooth. sailing under the Golden Gate was amazing, we had a mini suite on the Dolphin deck forward. Our Stewart was very good, he was always available for getting ice, taking our laundry and straightening our cabin whenever we left. We did the Ultimate Ship tour and that was well worth the cost. The entertainment was very good, we saw some good shows. We watched Star Wars under the stars with blankets and popcorn. The specialty restaurants were both great, we went to them twice. we dis the ultimate dining on our deck and that was such a treat! All of our excursions were great, whale watching, river rafting train ride and shopping. The smokes salmon was amazing in Ketchican, we shipped a case home. We went to all of the fun bars in the ports, they were fun and lots of entertaining. The Halibut fish and chips in Juneau on the bay was very good while watching the fly planes. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Star Princess was a worthy ship. Basically when choosing between the different itineraries, I was looking for Anchorage to Vancouver. I was very happy with the itinerary, stopping at Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau and ... Read More
Star Princess was a worthy ship. Basically when choosing between the different itineraries, I was looking for Anchorage to Vancouver. I was very happy with the itinerary, stopping at Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. We took advantage of excursions in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and was very happy with the ports of call. That being said, I was ultimately pleasantly surprised by how awesome the ship experience was. There was constant entertainment and activities. The head waiters in the anytime dining took care of me. I have a gluten intolerance and they took special care to let me see the menu the night before so I could order in advance. Every evening there was a movie playing on a bigscreen on the 14th deck as well as many recent releases on the television in our cabin. We took a cha-cha dance lesson, there was karaoke and dancing as well as very entertaining shows in the theatre..we very much enjoyed their show "British Invasion". Every afternoon there was a string trio playing in the Piazza which we made sure to attend. In the evenings after catching dinner and/or a show we especially enjoyed the music in Crooners Bar. The lounge singer "Funche" was very fun and had a huge catalogue of music. Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, The Beatles and many more. He did all the hits. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our very first cruise with Princess and we could not have made a better decision the Royal Princess is amazing. As soon as you walk on board we felt very welcome. Our cabin steward Magdellena was so welcoming and nothing was too ... Read More
This was our very first cruise with Princess and we could not have made a better decision the Royal Princess is amazing. As soon as you walk on board we felt very welcome. Our cabin steward Magdellena was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The food on board was excellent with plenty of places for eating and drinking. The only gripe I have is that the drink prices were more expensive than other cruise lines. We had a balcony cabin which was very spacious with lots of cupboard space. The ship is huge which might not appeal to cruisers who prefer the smaller ships, however we never felt as though the ship was too busy. The entertainment was superb especially the Frankie Valli. Jersey boys tribute who were very good. We visited lots of interesting places from Pompeii , Santorini, and Florence. It was a very busy itinerary. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Royal Princess Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We booked a suite this time to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was wonderful. This room was quite large. Living and dining area, large bed, bath and shower, makeup area and a very nice bathroom which is separate from the shower and ... Read More
We booked a suite this time to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was wonderful. This room was quite large. Living and dining area, large bed, bath and shower, makeup area and a very nice bathroom which is separate from the shower and bath. We have been to Alaska three previous times and decided to enjoy the room and large balcony. The balcony takes 1/4 of the length of the back of the ship on our deck so plenty of area. We ate at the steak house and the food was delicious. We had the buffet a few times and the pizza and hamburgers but mostly kept to the dining room which we loved the food. The waiters and staff were extremely polite, nice and funny. The shore excursions were fantastic. We took three tours. We saw many very active whales and couldn't have asked for better anniversary. We will be going back in Sept. 2017. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Great big clean ship.Food was amazing and staff were great.We had a balcony room on deck 10 and had no problems with the size of the balcony as many have stated in other reviews.The elevators were only a problem when boarding and leaving ... Read More
Great big clean ship.Food was amazing and staff were great.We had a balcony room on deck 10 and had no problems with the size of the balcony as many have stated in other reviews.The elevators were only a problem when boarding and leaving the ship but not as bad as many others have said,maybe chill and take a breath and remember we are on holidays so don't stress.Shows were OK and get there a bit early and you will get a seat.Movies under the stars were lots of fun and sitting by the pool with a wine and watching Phil Collins (Genisus)was great on a beautiful sunny warm day.We did not pay extra for a cabana nor did we pay extra for the sanctuary,not sure if it's a good idea as did not see many people in there but on a sea day maybe it's busy not sure.The retreat pool was the best place to read and have a swim and a cheeky cocktail so make sure you spend some time there as its a lot quieter than the main pool.Formal nights were lots of fun and we had 4 of them in our 14night cruise so bring a nice suit ,or dress and have some drinks in the piazza before heading to the dining room for dinner.Sometimes on formal nights you will be given a buzzer but never took long before you were sitting down with a big juicy steak topped with lobster.A quick note to let you no is the crab shack is not fresh crab like some of you are used to(maybe being Australian as I am)we eat lots of blue swimmer crab nice and cold but this crab was frozen then thawed and then steamed so was like the legs of the crab resembled a rubber belt so was not very impressed for the 60 dollars we paid,but when I gave some feedback to princess they refunded our 60 dollars back to our ship account so no complaints there.If you are reading this like I have read all the reviews before I went on this ship most of all the negative things people are saying can be quite petty so don't stress about food balconies in rooms and the elevators just relax as I did and have the best time of your life,I am sure you all will have a beautiful time,I would go back to this ship in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms ... Read More
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms with balcony's. Very nice touch is the Concierge lounge on the 14th floor. Quality of food in the main dinning room not up to last year but the Buffet upstairs was first class and the room service for breakfast was also first rate. Staff always ready to please and or help with anything. Only complaint would be that they try to sell you everything from coffee cards to spa products. Cruise was reasonable priced so maybe that s how they try to make it up. We were supposed to go to Istanbul but after the trouble there they changed it to Rhoades, which turned out to be fabulous, and they gave us a credit. Well done Princess. I will use Princess again, fair price for a good product. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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