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293 Princess Spring Break Cruise Reviews

Family trip with father in law 82y old. We choose Tasmania as it was bit cooler and slower pace. Dad had so much fun that he was still up dancing at 10pm. So much for slower pace lol. The food was for everyone's tastes. ... Read More
Family trip with father in law 82y old. We choose Tasmania as it was bit cooler and slower pace. Dad had so much fun that he was still up dancing at 10pm. So much for slower pace lol. The food was for everyone's tastes. Restaurants were great and nice serving size. Decor was Majestic, shows were top quality. Rooms were clean and had all that was needed, pillow was like sleeping on a cloud would hv liked to take it home. Aircon was little cold in our room and couldn't turn it off, could turn it down. We even could watch a few love boat series on tv. When arriving at a destination it was easy to walk off ship and do our own thing. Also did an exclusion and the organization was great well worth the trip. Spa was friendly and helpful, there training was excellent. Great experience and many fantastic memories thank you princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
After nearly twenty cruises with Royal Caribbean / Celebrity, we booked a Panama Canal cruise on Emerald Princess leaving on 29 February 2020. Having never sailed with Princess before, we decided to do a test drive by booking Golden ... Read More
After nearly twenty cruises with Royal Caribbean / Celebrity, we booked a Panama Canal cruise on Emerald Princess leaving on 29 February 2020. Having never sailed with Princess before, we decided to do a test drive by booking Golden Princess for a 5 day cruise departing Adelaide on 25 January, visiting Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Phillip Island before disembarking in Melbourne. Our assessment - Average. I am. hoping for better from Emerald Princess. How did we reach that assessment: Golden Princess will be handed over to P & O Australia in August and it shows. Maintenance levels seem to have dropped - plenty of signs of rust not being attended to was one indication. We stayed in a very unusual stateroom - a Suite on Fiesta Deck (Deck 6) that does not have a balcony - it is one of six Suites created out of un-needed restaurant space or something similar. The room itself was large, with plenty of storage and a great bathroom, but no independent ventilation and an air conditioning system that was not working properly - the thermostat was set at 19 Celsius but the room temperature hovered around 23 Celsius for most of the cruise and on our only sea day hit 26 Celsius. Yes we reported it on Day 1 and No - nothing was done to rectify the issue. We thought that the staff that we dealt with were friendly and helpful and the level of service pretty good (not good enough to overcome the issues raised earlier) It is a bit hard to criticise the cruise line about the call into Kangaroo Island - the residents there had just experienced a serious bushfire, but lets be honest here - if you don't take up an overpriced shore excursion then bad luck - there was no independent transport that we could find and two hours ashore was ninety minutes too long. Phillip Island was also a bit of a disappointment. The icing on the cake for me though - and a warning for everyone concerns the issue of lost property. I (stupidly) left my R M Williams Sports Coat in the wardrobe in the cabin when we disembarked in Melbourne. I realised what I had done two hours later whilst at Melbourne Airport and called the Princess Customer Service number to report the loss - only to be told that I had to do so through their website. I did so immediately and (13 days later) am still waiting for a response to that email - I'd call that poor Customer Service. I followed up with a web chat and then 3 days later with another phone call to be told that company policy was to destroy clothing found on the ship for health reasons. I find this totally unacceptable in my circumstances - a relatively high value item located inside a cabin where the owner can be easily identified AND the owner has contacted within hours reporting the loss and stating that they can arrange for the item to be collected in Melbourne. I think on reflection that AVERAGE is a generous assessment of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The timing was ideal and we hadn't previously been to a number of the ports of call covered by this cruise We had previously done one Princess cruise and had heard some very good reports about Princess from friends. Overall the ... Read More
The timing was ideal and we hadn't previously been to a number of the ports of call covered by this cruise We had previously done one Princess cruise and had heard some very good reports about Princess from friends. Overall the cruise represented very good value for money. The Majestic Princess is a very nice, comfortable ship. Given the number of passengers on board, most areas of the ship do not appear crowded. The Crew/Staff were in almost all occasions friendly and helpful. The embarkation and disembarkation process was quick and efficient - I can't recall a ship where this process was done better. Getting on and back on the ship at the ports of call was also handled very efficiently. The Majestic Princess also handled the tender process brilliantly. The three ports that required the use of tender craft/water transfer to the pier proved to be a very smooth operation. I have never encountered a tender process as smooth as this on any cruise ship. The only disappointment was the food in the Dining Rooms and Buffet which, on most days, fell short of my expectations. The fact that you are able to take wine on board (after paying a corkage charge) is a real bonus. Well done Majestic Princess Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this ... Read More
We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this group offer this but l believe we have become used to what princess offers in regard to entertainment (night shows), meals, room service, loyalty programmes etc. Embankment & disembarkment was the quickest we have ever known for a cruise both from our home port of fremantle, w.a. But also at ports visited. Whenever a tender was needed to ferry us to shore, this was done as expediately & as safely as possible given some weather conditions were not good at times, e.g. Kangaroo island. Staff everywhere were very helpful, friendly & fairly well conversant with the english language, given their different nationalities . There were some disappointments with maintenance issues, not only in our cabin but other people spoke of problems. To their credit, within 5 minutes of being bought to the attention of the service desk maintenance people were at our cabin to fix the issues mentioned. To compensate for our inconvenience & to our surprise we were offered the choice of 2 dining venues for a complementary meal. I am sure leaving an anchor behind in a port (chain cut) because this was stuck in the mud & could not be raised by the onboard machinery is not an everyday occurrence but added to the variation & interest from the norm. At all times we were kept up to date by capt. Diego.(whom we have sailed with before). Nobody could do anything about the 3-4 m waves around the gt aust. Bright, further advised by capt. Diego hours before this started. The effect of this was a reduction in speed for 2 1/2 days meaning we by-passed busselton but this wasn't an issue because we all arrived safely home due to the skill & expertise of the captain & crew. This is an old ship, has been sold & these issues are not the norm for this cruise line. Washing hands was insisted upon before entering a dining room & always has been. Dining & food was always a1. Well presented & tasted even better. The maitre d in the deck 14 dining room was a delight. Staff were always at hand to assist with seating, & assisting the elderly whenever they saw a need for this or not, lending an arm or just carrying a plate of food. They were always asking if we wanted a drink of iced water, iced tea or coffee & used dishes cleared from every table quickly & efficiently. Entertainment was v.good with us seeing both sessions of one comedian's show. the volume in the theatres is too high, especially for those of us with hearing aids. Even removing these did not prove a viable option for me because l was still blasted. At a presentation with crew associated with productions & 'what happened behind the scenes' l did raise this issue but was told, 'lowering the sound may impede the overall effect of the production, l will speak to the sound guy & you may need to sit there or there' (pointing). My reply, 'l was sitting there last night & the lady next to me had to remove her hearing aids & told me so.' (i had seen her do so & told her). Many folk on cruises are elderly, l believe & the fact many were leaving 'in their droves' after the start of some performances must be an indication to organizers what is right & what is not. Fold up mobility scooters were plentiful here as were the bigger type. Cruises are all about doing what you want to do with your time, & the options are plentiful. Shopping was great but we also enjoyed being able to just sit in a lounge with a book of puzzles, having a quiet coffee & sitting taking in the delightful sounds of the solo or duo (at times), entertainers. Music seem to resonate every where in the ship which we enjoyed. Many people took advantage of the library playing games, borrowing books, doing jig-saws or just reading. We took a few laps of the decks from time to time. Apparently 3 laps is equivalent to 1 mile. We didn't take advantage of 'movies under the stars' because the weather was a little cool for us, neither did we swim. Some activities organized by the activities dept were little more than 40 -45 mins of 'doing your own thing'. I thought card making was going to be constructive where we would be shown a technique. On a previous cruise we were shown paper flower making & other interesting things to do. Our crew member spread items around & then ran to & fro to the department returning with other bits & bobs before saying, '5 minutes left.' We are hoping for something more next time, something we can get our teeth into, if we still have our own teeth. We attended many interesting demonstrations on board. We plan to sail with them for many years to come, hope to do another cruise within the next 12 months & have already started to plan our 2022 cruise with princess cruises for a double celebration. We both reach 70 years of age in february 2022 & celebrate 50 years of marriage in may of 2022. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
It was my first cruise and what an amazing experience I had. The crew really makes an effort to keep you happy, there are lots of entertainment on board, some are excellent like the shows and invited guests, and others a little ... Read More
It was my first cruise and what an amazing experience I had. The crew really makes an effort to keep you happy, there are lots of entertainment on board, some are excellent like the shows and invited guests, and others a little repetitive and tedious like musicians playing and singing every night the same songs, old songs. I have to mention the cruise director Jody, she is an extraordinary person, she was always smiling no matter what was happening and how "emotionless" were the people, and I'm still wondering how can she have high heels and run from one extreme of the ship to the other all day long and still be as bubbly and happy as she is, she is amazing; another one that was entertaining and funny was Robbie, funny man that made everything fun and sparkly with his craziness. I have to mention how good was "Share" by Curtin Stones restaurant, amazing food and the prices are so affordable that you will be surprised, remember to go hungry because you eat so much you won't believe it, and the staff at Share is out of this world, they go extra miles to make you feel special, I have to mention the MaitreD Daniel, what an amazing man and a very skilful waitress Mireya, these people made us feel like kings and queens. The ship has everything you need so next time you go on a cruise don't take too much stuff with you, everything is provided for you. I can't wait to go back on a Princess Cruise soon! Two bad reviews, sorry, the coffee is not good, they need to hire proper baristas. Second, there are no Vegan options at all in any of the food restaurants or food courts, there are only vegetarian options but no vegan, which made my holidays a little more complicated trying to have a proper vegan meal, maybe these can be considered to make Princess Cruises the best Cruises of all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
You'd think it would be difficult to be pissed off after spending a week somewhere as gorgeous as the Caribbean. But congratulations, Regal Princess - you've succeeded. I'll start with a little background: This was the ... Read More
You'd think it would be difficult to be pissed off after spending a week somewhere as gorgeous as the Caribbean. But congratulations, Regal Princess - you've succeeded. I'll start with a little background: This was the FOURTH cruise I've taken with Princess just this year alone - and my second on the Regal. I'm not the type to complain about every little issue on a cruise - I'm generally pretty easy to please. I did Panama Canal last month on the Island Princess and it was amazing. Zero complaints. I wrote a great review after that cruise because they deserved it. I just got home from a seven day Western Caribbean cruise on the Regal Princess. The ports of call and shore excursions were excellent, as always, but many things about the ship itself were pretty terrible. I don't even know where to begin, so I'll take it from the top... I boarded the ship the first day and headed up to the Riviera Deck to my stateroom - R311. I immediately noticed a funky smell in the hallway - almost like the cleaning products used to deodorize a toilet in a bus or airplane bathroom. It was pretty gross. I noticed that the carpets were wet, too, so I assumed that they had just wet vacuumed the hallways or something. I went into my stateroom and began unpacking. The carpet in front of my bathroom was also wet - bad enough that my socks got soaked after stepping on it. And the bathroom itself smelled like urine, which really bothered me, because I had the same problem last Spring in my stateroom on the Aloha deck. Later in the afternoon I went to explore the ship and stopped by the front desk to tell them about the smell in the bathroom. They said they'd have the steward take care of it, and he did - when I went back to my room an hour or so later, the bathroom had been bleached and scrubbed and the smell was almost totally gone (note: if you want your steward to take great care of you, give him/her a $20 tip at the beginning of the cruise as soon as you meet them and they'll do almost anything for you). I was tired that evening and decided to just order room service. This also turned into an exercise in frustration. I called several times and nobody answered. I was put on hold each time. After spending about 10-15 minutes waiting, I'd had enough and called the front desk to complain. They said they'd have the room service people call me back, and eventually, they did. I tried not to get too worked up about the situation because it was the first night of the cruise, and the room service staff are often pretty backed up at this time. I ordered the lobster and steak and paid $19 for it (it wasn't worth it, and not only that, they got my order wrong). Later in the evening I tried calling the dining reservations line to make a reservation for the following evening at Sabitini's, and same situation - nobody answered. I gave up after several attempts. That night I went to bed in a not great mood but was hopeful that the rest of the cruise would be much better. I was startled awake at 5:30am by a SCREECHING alarm that went off in my stateroom. I called the front desk and they said they were aware of the problem - someone else had also called from their room on Riviera to report the same thing - and that they were working on fixing it. The alarm continued screeching for another 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, I'm wide awake, and I go to use the bathroom. I open the bathroom door and the bathroom stinks like urine again. Now I'm definitely not happy. There's no way I'm getting back to sleep. The alarm is still going off. I go down nine flights of stairs to the front desk to complain about the alarm and the smell of the bathroom. They send a housekeeping manager up to my room to check out the bathroom, and he sends the plumber up. Eventually the alarm turns off. The plumber fiddles around with the bathroom drains for 15 minutes or so, and then says he's sorry but there's not much he can do - the entire Riviera deck was flooded yesterday by a burst pipe, which is causing the sewer smell in both the hallway and possibly the smell in my stateroom bathroom, too. Basically, I'm out of luck. I appreciated the honesty, because this was the first time someone had the decency to actually explain to me what the TRUE situation was. A simple letter of apology or acknowledgement from Princess would've gone a long way here. "Hey, sorry the hallway is flooded and smells like a sewer and we did nothing to warn you", or "hey, sorry to wake you up from a sound sleep at 5:30am with an ear-splitting alarm that went off in dozens of rooms for 20+ minutes with zero explanation and no way to quickly turn off". Needless to say, this never happened. In any event, I called guest services and told them that I wanted a new room on a different deck. They said the ship was filled to capacity but that they'd see what they could do and get back to me. I heard nothing back for several hours. It wasn't until I got my travel agent involved AND threatened to contest the entire cost of the cruise with my credit card company that guest services finally had someone up the chain reach back out to me. I received a call a little later from Dean - the guest services director - and he was fantastic. I really need to give credit where credit is due here. I explained to him that pretty much every single thing about the cruise up until that point had been a complete nightmare, and that nobody on staff either seemed to care and/or had the ability to help me fix the problems I was having. I pretty much gave him a list of complaints and he immediately began addressing and trying to fix each one. It made all the difference in the world to me that he took my complaints seriously and actually worked to correct them. He even made me a complimentary reservation at Sabitini's that evening. Without my experience with Dean and his help resolving everything here, I doubt i'd ever be taking a Princess cruise again. From this point on, some things improved and some didn't. I went to Sabitini's that evening and this was literally the highlight of the cruise. They were so welcoming and friendly - the level of service and quality were amazing. I wish the entire cruise was like this. It meant so much to me that they actually treated me like a guest, because for most of the cruise up until this point (and after it), I felt like just a number. The ports of call and shore excursions were all excellent. Thank God for that because this helped the cruise not seem like a complete disaster. I did have some fun, at least. But overall, the negative experiences I had that first day or two of the cruise overshadowed the entire vacation, especially because many of them were never completely resolved. The hallway and bathroom continued to smell, it was difficult to get a human being on the phone when calling room service, the dining reservation line, or even the front desk, and the ship seemed very understaffed for the amount of guests on board. With so many shortcomings during this cruise, I've been trying to put my finger on how things could've gone so noticeably downhill since my last Regal cruise this past March. My theory is that it all boils down to the Medallion system. It's obvious that Princess is eliminating staff and replacing them with a terribly inadequate and cumbersome system of online Medallion applications. What a huge mistake. Human beings should not be replaced by automation in an industry where the overall level of quality/satisfaction is so heavily determined by the level of care/attention you receive from actual humans. If I go to McDonald's, I don't care if the human interaction is replaced by a self-service kiosk. When I'm on a cruise, it's a completely different story. Not to mention the fact that the apps often don't work or drastically limit the number of things you can do/order compared to when you interact with an actual human staff member - which often necessitates an additional human interaction, anyway. The few staff still employed seemed totally overwhelmed with the number of guests on board. They couldn't keep up, guests were getting frustrated, there were lines for almost everything, and the decreased morale was pretty apparent. it's a lose-lose situation for everyone involved. I really hope someone high up at Princess reads this review. Some of the issues on this cruise might've been bad luck, but others were entirely preventable. A lot of it boils down to customer service. I've given Princess many thousands of dollars in business in the past year alone. Just because I'm on the younger side, and traveling solo, doesn't mean I should receive a lower level of service than an older couple or a family with kids - and that was the impression I got again and again on this cruise (as well as other Princess cruises I've taken). I guarantee you I'm contributing just as much to your bottom line as these people, if not more. Perhaps you should realize who your truly loyal customers are, and start treating them that way. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to do a cruise within Australia and this 8 day cruise was surprising in so many ways. The Atrium was beautifully decorated with Xmas decorations, which made it even more impressive than usual. The quality and variety of the ... Read More
We wanted to do a cruise within Australia and this 8 day cruise was surprising in so many ways. The Atrium was beautifully decorated with Xmas decorations, which made it even more impressive than usual. The quality and variety of the food was outstanding and we loved all the french pastries that were added since our last cruise. We had not been to Hobart before, and as the ship docks right in the centre, it allowed us to see and do a lot in the time we had there. The ship was immaculate. The staff are so super friendly and positive. They are a great team of young people. The Geological shore excursion from Port Arthur was wonderful, with the diversity of this small state highlighted in a very short time. Mostly love the Hollywood Conservatory, which allows you to escape from the cold winds/weather when needed, but still see the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We did not want to fly so had to choose a cruise which sailed Sydney to Sydney. N.Z. is very beautiful. Everything is green and lush unlike Australia where we are experiencing severe drought. Embarkation was smooth and easy although ... Read More
We did not want to fly so had to choose a cruise which sailed Sydney to Sydney. N.Z. is very beautiful. Everything is green and lush unlike Australia where we are experiencing severe drought. Embarkation was smooth and easy although there was a long walk from check in to the gangway. No help was offered. I have some difficulty walking and found this walk carrying hand luggage quite challenging. Disembarkation was handled very well, although I was surprised that no announcements were made. We were not even told on which level we could access the gangway. Luggage was easily found and there was help available from the luggage hall to the taxi rank. The Majestic Princess is a very large ship carrying over 3000 passengers plus crew. I would not travel on such a big ship again. Too many people, not enough elevators, not enough lounges by the pool. The Horizon buffet restaurant was always very crowded and it was difficult to find a seat, especially with a plate full of food. Food in dining room was always luke warm and not of the quality on previous Princess cruises. The shows in the Princess lounge were very good, however there was very little entertainment during the day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Five couples agreed to a get together and N.Z. was our choice. No animal cruelty in our stateroom cabin / balcony as could not swing a cat and taken back to be greeted with two single beds so second honeymoon called off there and then ... Read More
Five couples agreed to a get together and N.Z. was our choice. No animal cruelty in our stateroom cabin / balcony as could not swing a cat and taken back to be greeted with two single beds so second honeymoon called off there and then !! Was this cruise specifically to cater for Senior Seniors as it appeared that way ? Not much life after 11.15pm each night and no participants for the Tap Gypsy Tap or the Boogie Woogie !! On the positive side you could not ask for better staff and their efficient happy service and humour was also appreciated. High praise for Edwin & Jun in the bar at level 5 and added to the ambience of this section of ship to become our meeting place when couples became lost. Very Beautiful . (VB) Do not let this deter you from Princess Cruises as they certainly have bigger, better, newer ships however in all honesty will not be recommending Sea Princess to my friends / contacts. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Melbourne to Melbourne, so no added cost of flights or hotel. Short cruise for friends who were first time cruisers. Smooth embarkation, plenty of staff to help you with luggage, however they lost the tag off ours, so had no clothes to ... Read More
Melbourne to Melbourne, so no added cost of flights or hotel. Short cruise for friends who were first time cruisers. Smooth embarkation, plenty of staff to help you with luggage, however they lost the tag off ours, so had no clothes to change into for dinner. Took a while to locate it. Canaletto Dining Room (Formal Dining) this would be the hardest restaurant to find, only one set of lifts go to the part of deck 6 it is on. Food was average. Crown Grill not up to Noveau restaurant on Carnival Spirit. Wine prices were far too high, realise the demographics of delivery and storage and expect to pay more, but $9 wine selling for $46 Is not acceptable. Advise to take your own and pay the corkage to drink your own in the dining rooms. Cabin and shower area small, our steward kept it very clean, wardrobe space had a good supply of hangers. Entertainment ok and Roel de Vries in promenade bar was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting. As we are from Sydney, so cruising from ... Read More
We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting. As we are from Sydney, so cruising from Melbourne gave us the opportunity to travel to Melbourne a few days before and spend time sightseeing, which we haven't done for many years. The whole experience of embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. It was easy to catch a taxi from our accommodation in Melbourne CBD to Port Melbourne and the bus organised by Princess Cruises to get to the airport after disembarking was hassle free. The ship was very good, decor very nice and the fixtures well maintained. We had a mini suite, which was very clean and well maintained and we really appreciated the extra space. A key part of going on a cruise is the dining and the dining experience on the Golden Princess was excellent. We had no problem choosing something to our taste at every meal, the meals were delicious and the wine list was very good. There was a very good mix of entertainment and activities to keep us occupied. The shows we attended were excellent and we'd have happily paid to see the same standard of shows at home. There was a good mix of entertainers on board and we had no problem being entertained while enjoying a drink or two in the bars and lounges. The service provided by the crew was very good and we felt well looked after. Our cabin steward was excellent, as was the wait staff when we dined at Sabatini's, one of the speciality dining restaurants. The ports of call were interesting with a good mix of excursions to suit most people. The highlight for me was Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. However, I enjoyed our day in Adelaide, where we didn't book any excursions as we've been their a number of times before, but spent our time visiting the Art Gallery and city centre. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the Kangaroo Island stop due to strong winds and rough water preventing the ship from anchoring. Would we do the cruise again? Definitely, though we would probably prefer to do a one way cruise starting in Sydney with the same ports of call and then fly home from Adelaide. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this cruise for a South Pacific holiday break and to experience a new port for me SavuSavu, Australian Survivor filming Island. It was a 14 day experience. This was also recommended as a shining, new, modern Princess ship (built ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a South Pacific holiday break and to experience a new port for me SavuSavu, Australian Survivor filming Island. It was a 14 day experience. This was also recommended as a shining, new, modern Princess ship (built 2017), with the new Sea Walk. This was different yes but it does not make up for a decent promenade deck or front and rear views on a lower deck out of sun or wind. For Sailaway had to be with the smokers or peer through the life boats as in Port of Suva to listen to the Police Band. While it did have many positives being a local departure from Sydney for me, and the on board currency in Australian Dollars is a blessing when the US dollar keeps dropping, I also appreciate there are no gratuities to add to the fare ( unless you personally reward for good service), I was a little underwhelmed in this cruise. I do feel some Princess standards have dropped. I much enjoyed being able to use the Princess @ Sea App, on your personal phone or Ipad/tablet device, there were things however that left me disappointed. Positives: All Princess @ Sea capabilities. Able to book Shore Excursions, read daily Patter on your device, highlight your planner events you want to visit, access all ship information on your device. Keeps you updated with weather, time of arrival/departure etc. Port information, shore excursions. Order your breakfast . Can preview your photos, absolutely everything. The best advance and very welcome. The cruise is paid for in Australian dollars and no extra tipping is required except for excellent or exceptional service to reward your favourite crew. The Hollywood Pool and Spa , Exclusive for Adults only, with indoor pool and covered, skylight roof. Many lounges, exclusive private cabanas out of the weather, a TV . Excellent size and place for reading and solitude, bar access as well. Hoist for disabled. Lovely lounge rooms and decor. The Piazza Atrium area great, but could also be bigger for main events when passengers crowding to see, not enough seats. Standing only. Heaps of sun loungers, good concerts on the screen on deck, blankets for movies too and popcorn (small). Enjoyed craft activities...never take this away. It is a great alternative to Trivia but in saying that the ones on this cruise were fun and much effort and planning went into them. They were a cruise team highlight and worth attending. Tho many things would clash and not always able to get to them as much as I would have liked. Princess Live room for overflow concert performances was a positive idea and for comedy or lectures , however much better to have access to the actual Princess Theatre in the first place to feel the show Live and in person. Theatre seats do not have a table for drinks however and are quite cosy and a close, bucket, seating. Comfortable lounges and decor tasteful. Many lifts and wide areas to stand and wait. Fantastic gym facilities, and adult only areas. Lovely Fountain show but not advertised enough. I doubt everyone saw it. I only chanced upon it one night. Movie selection in your room was nice as well, latest ones and older movies. Complimentary in room service and light meals could be ordered. All crew worked hard and provided a friendly holiday, always trying to please. The International Cafe in Piazza area near Atrium served nice toasted sandwiches, meringue GF desserts, cakes and cookies, and a pie or quiche offering. This was complimentary to go with purchased coffee or for passengers just desiring a light snack. Negatives: Theatre not really big enough to accommodate everyone for each show. Cruise Planner had 2nd show at 9.45 pm, rather late or had early shows on a Port day 6pm and 715 or 730pm..... could not understand this. How to fit dinner around this when it can take too long to be served or you could end up eating quite late or miss dinner totally. This could occur even with anytime dining. Main Dining menu was not really great with variety choices. On offer were too many meals that were same or similar with just different vegetables or accompaniments. Meat , fish , chicken, and an overload of seafood. Desserts quite dull as well. Tea and coffee offered at completion not hot and meals also did not keep hot either even when close to kitchen. Buffet was serving similar to main dining but at least it was hotter and could just stick to fruit , or bread. Plenty of food provided but not choices I enjoyed however. Tendering could be a long process in Island ports. The entertainment on this cruise was a let down due to the fact I had seen many of the acts in the first and second week before. The Aussie comedian, McCool, AGoT was a breath of fresh air, as too much violin and classical type performers were offered. Much effort by those people but not to my liking and became too much the same style of entertainment. More variety choices for all age groups needed. Small internet room and library however there were many games to loan and a selection of many used books to read and peruse for interest. I enjoy seeing some of the dancers at the end of a show...did this occur??? Photography prices seem quite expensive. Many printing offers on metal boards, mugs, coasters etc are a lovely alternative souvenir to take home. No promenade deck to walk around, also no front access or rear access to feel the ocean around you and enjoy that at sea benefit, To Escape Completely and Come Back New. I hope Princess does not maintain this cut back feeling, and still embrace moving forward but not just with new ships but to still enhance passenger fun and friendly enjoyment all around including the main dining experience and buffet....not just to push extra cost dining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite located deck 14 mid ship.Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze no hassles.Meal menus and choices in the dinning areas we felt could have been a little better, still good and should fulfill most people’s appetite.Shore tours where well planned and well organised by the crew . Would recommend you book prior to boarding the ship however as they were limited. Entertainment was good plenty of different themes from musical to comedy . The theatre was big and plenty of seats it’s pillarless and you have a great view of the stage from every seat.I would highly recommend the Majestic Princess for your next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process ... Read More
Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process very early. Shops with expensive prices. Atrium is a small hole in the vessel. Elevators are old and dirty. Not sailing again with a Princess. The staff seem to agree that Royal Princess have higher standards in food, cleanliness and ship entertainment. The cocktails were very overpriced. Coffee tasted like water, looked muddy. Tea was better option. Same breakfast menu every single day. Buffet posts and glass were extremely dirty. Staff around ship couldn’t answer badic questions, but gave honest responses, “sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe someone else knows”!!! I would spend a few hundred more and get a better experience with an alternate cruiseline. Many seniors with books in hand and ready for relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because of the price and cabin. Having sailed with Princess before and in a rear-facing cabin which we loved. The only thing that was not as expected was the restaurant. We normally opt for Any Time dining and usually ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the price and cabin. Having sailed with Princess before and in a rear-facing cabin which we loved. The only thing that was not as expected was the restaurant. We normally opt for Any Time dining and usually eat late 8.30pm and have not had much trouble getting a table for two, but on this cruise, everybody seemed to want to eat at that time and tables for two. The system when this happens is that you are given a pager and they call you when a table becomes available. This worked very well as the bar is adjacent to the restaurant and was handy for pre-dinner drinks. I think the longest we had to wait was 15 minutes, no time at all. The shows were a bit low on the quality side and having cruised with Princess many times we have noticed that the resident dancers seem to be doing less and less. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
On boarding the sapphire princess for the second time the CPS meet and greet car was amazing. On board within 20 minutes. The cabin was very clean we were on Deck 14 at the front this is situated behind the pizzeria. The only problem I can ... Read More
On boarding the sapphire princess for the second time the CPS meet and greet car was amazing. On board within 20 minutes. The cabin was very clean we were on Deck 14 at the front this is situated behind the pizzeria. The only problem I can say is people above on the walkway going for cigarettes with their stilettos on also cabin L302 is opposite the lift which can me noisy and a lot of traffic. Weather was bad from Southampton so we did not leave until 1:30am supposed to leave at 4:30pm this meant that you missed Copenhagen. They gave everybody a refund for missed port tax of 12.63 dollars. We also had many problems with ship accounts not working and the TV in the room would constantly stop working which they never fixed. In main the food in the Horizon self service was good, not always hot but if you think like mash potato is going to be cold then put it in a dish and ask the to heat it up. The staff are very friendly and will get you water and tea or coffee when you are sat down. Remember to order room service FREE at least once. The coffee shop on deck 5 is good as you can have FREE sandwich hot or cold, cake also. You will have to pay for tea in a tea pot there cost of $1.89 . There is a pizzeria restaurant on deck 5 which is good more choice as for deck 14 it is made by the slice as many as you wish put only 2 variety’s. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I had never been to Alaska (or Canada) before, and I already had experience with Princess, so we booked this cruise. First off, the ship was really nice, way better than the Star Princess (which desperately needs an upgrade). The beds ... Read More
I had never been to Alaska (or Canada) before, and I already had experience with Princess, so we booked this cruise. First off, the ship was really nice, way better than the Star Princess (which desperately needs an upgrade). The beds are very, very comfortable. I booked a mini-suite, which I prefer over the suite due to the combination tub/shower. (I disliked the separate shower in the suite because it's tiny and there is nothing to hold onto). There was plenty of sitting room in the living area, plus there are two tv's in the stateroom. I enjoyed the overall look of the ship, which seems to have undergone an upgrade. The dining was good news/bad news: The Michaelangelo and Da Vinci dining rooms served very good food (included in the fare). The Crown Grill was just as outstanding on the Ruby as it had been on the Star (try their filet mignon!) and well worth the $29 charge. However, the Share by Curtis Stone and Salty Dog restaurants (which are not included in the fare) were major disappointments. The entertainment activities need improvement. There just isn't enough to do on the ship during the day. I enjoyed the night time entertainment in the various venues, and I really appreciated the first-run movies at my disposal. But there really isn't much to do before dinner. I would recommend replacing the often obnoxious trivia games with something more substantive, such as a lecture series. The service was really, really good. I cannot say enough about the consistent helpfulness of everyone I encountered. Bravo to Princess' training department! The ports were pretty good: Loved Skagway especially. I recommend taking the train ride there. I also enjoyed viewing Glacier Bay although I think it was twice as long as it should have been. But still, very beautiful. I would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We enjoyed the cruise around Japan with the view to visit Hirosaki Castle Park for Sakura or Cherry Blossom which usually peak between 22Apr to 1May. It was our main highlight and we cherished the beautiful sakura. Short 15min walk from ... Read More
We enjoyed the cruise around Japan with the view to visit Hirosaki Castle Park for Sakura or Cherry Blossom which usually peak between 22Apr to 1May. It was our main highlight and we cherished the beautiful sakura. Short 15min walk from port, 40 min direct train trip from JR Aomori to JR Hirosaki and 20 min walk to Castle. Park entry was free. Views were fantastic. Public holiday due to Emperor Hirohito abdication and Emperor Naruhito ascending to throne, meant the place had lots of food stalls, crowd and festive ambience. Feel very safe and pleasant throughout. Cruise overall was alright. Weather and food was good, generally. Enjoyed the Princess production shows like To Be Born Wild ( rock n roll ) and Secret Silk ( great display of props but audio vocals were muffled eventhough seated in centre of thearte ...needs imporvement). Other guests entertainers were a bit dull but I give credit to Dominic Duo at the Wheelhouse Bar. We danced to their tunes. Food quality and service in the main dining room were alright but not always in the Horizon Court as it is very busy with people and lacks the ambience. Food quality can be unappealing sometimes. Same goes with breakfast room service. Did not use the pizzaria but enoyed the matcha ice cream from the parlour. Port visits were not that attractive but there were farewell local dance and Samurai performances in Sakata and Aomori. People were very welcoming and taxi drivers were very polite and very fair in their fares and please take back any small change and receipt given out of politeness to them. No need for tips. Service with a smile. We did a bit of shopping in downtown Busan after we figured how to use their Metro. Get entry to right train platform as you can't walk over to the correct platform if wrong like other city metros. We wasted our ticket but it is alright. A small price to pay for the adventure. Busan was lively downtown in Art Street. 1 USD to 1000 Won ans 1 Aud to 800 Won. Prices are in their 000s. A small drink at a street vendor cost me 3500Won or 3.5USD. Views across Kanmon Straits between Kyushu and Honshu, was interesting if you happen to know about the great sea battles fought here that created the Kamakura Shogunate in 11th Century. However, I much prefer the nightime view of Busan Bridge which changed colours every 30 seconds. Our ship sailed under it at about 10.30pm. on its way to Sakata. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We are from the Bay Area and booked a 6 am fight out of San Jose to LAX. We were up at 330 am so we were tired and excited. We got an uber to a breakfast place near the airport called Bread and Butter. It was really good and very ... Read More
We are from the Bay Area and booked a 6 am fight out of San Jose to LAX. We were up at 330 am so we were tired and excited. We got an uber to a breakfast place near the airport called Bread and Butter. It was really good and very inexpensive. We took an uber around 11 am to the pier from the restaurant. It was so surreal to see the enormous Royal, which would be home for the next 7 days. Since our daughter was celebrating her Sweet 16 birthday we decided to book a suite a 102.. and make it a surprise on what room we booked. When we dropped off our bags we we ushered into a medallion line. i kept asking if this was line for suites everyone told me yes. We and everyone else were given number 5. We were checked in and asked the lady about suites and she had no idea so she called her supervisor and asked if there was a special area or a person to walk guest on. The supervisor said, " Because you're medallion pre checked you just sit with everyone else. No special area or walk on host." OK/// Even Carnival has an area for suites but we were tired and glad to find a chair to rest. The kind lady next to me overheard that we were in a suite and told me to go up to the lady calling out numbers. We did. she apologized and said to go right on. The ship was beautiful and so impressive. Our cabin on Aloha deck A102, was also amazing. A really gorgeous bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate shower. We met briefly with our steward, Edsell. We were so hungry and tried to find the dining room for lunch, that was open but no one seemed to direct us right. We stumbled onto Alfredo's and what a delicious place this was. We had the vegetarian pizza and Hawaiian pizza. we also tried the tiramisu for dessert and it was clearly the best dessert we had. all week. We went to the room and unpacked and rested. After mustered we made reservations at the crown grill for dinner. It was complimentary with suite privileges. I had the prawn appetizer and filet mignon with baked potato. My husband had the same and my daughter had the steak tartare and lamb. She loved it. Not sure if I would eat raw beef. We were full for dessert. The wait staff was excellent. Our room steward tried his best but when we asked him to exchange the mini bottles for all sky vodka, instead of the various other liquors. he told us to call room service, which I did. Room service directed to tell our room steward for this request.. Finally we had a room service drop off our pre purchased liquor bottle and we told him and he took care of it. We also asked our steward if we could have menus to order dinner since we wanted to just relax in our cabin. He again told us to call room service. My husband just went down to the restaurant and took pictures and we did receive it. Room service was fantastic. Always early and a white table clothe was et out. We did the ultimate balcony dinner and it was amazing. I recommend this highly. We had so much food and it was fresh. The lobster was way better then what is offered in the regular MDR. The nice thing about it was my daughter was able to order food from the regular menu and eat with us. We tried to see if she could get our UBD menu but they can not separate so it would have been another 100 dollars for an additional one person. My daughter and husband did the scuba diving tour in Cabo. It was so cold and the visibility was not good but that is Mother nature. In Mazatlan we went to the beach in the golden zone. We did jet skis.. The rental is 60 dollars for half an hour. My husband and daughter did fresh oysters from a beach lady. She had a table and just through oysters out on a table and shucked them..They were very fresh and no-one got sick. In Puerto Vallarta we did the Eco tour which was amazing. We stopped in a tiny village called san jose and ate fresh tortillas. Then to the jungle to go on a hike. We also ate homemade tortilla with beans and guacamole from a traditional farm. Delicious and I could have ate a dozen.. Our tour guide discussed the birds and plant life in this region... Very interesting. We ended on a beach ( non swimmable) for a bbq lunch. Really enjoyed this and the people were nice and friendly. Just make sure to have hiking boots and bug spray. We used Sabatini' for breakfast which was amazing. Our highlight was the Pub lunch on our last day. The food was ok, Club class had amazing pastas. It did take awhile to get served. We bought the thermal pass Enclave but were so disappointed that we got a refund. It was so crowded it was hard to find a space to sit. The Spa had foam in it , which I know want harm you but it is not pleasant to bath in.. People were not pre-showering which grossed me out. And a lady had a band aid on her foot. We were refunded, but were pushed to use our money instead on a massage or other service. We said no and then she said the salt rub needed to be returned or she would need to charge me for that. Thankfully we did not open them and gave it back. Only one refund was done, so a trip to guest services to rectify. I did not like also, there was no sea view just a dark tomb with people walking back and forth.. It was not for us. Holland America has the best thermal suites in my opinion. We had a great time and I love cruising but we prefer small ships. Please ask any questions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My family of 5 just got off of Royal Princess. We have cruised on NCL, RC, and Carnival. This was a first for us on Princess line. I was very excited to try a new cruise line and compare to my other cruises. Well let me start of with the ... Read More
My family of 5 just got off of Royal Princess. We have cruised on NCL, RC, and Carnival. This was a first for us on Princess line. I was very excited to try a new cruise line and compare to my other cruises. Well let me start of with the bad; the food is the worse I’ve seen and ate. My family and I stayed hungry the last two days of our voyage. We even tried the specialty restaurant that we paid for. Medicore food and same choices everyday. The breakfast hours finished early and it seemed like they wanted less people to dine for breakfast. What I noticed is they didn’t want us to dine in the dining room. They tried to have people dine more at the buffet. Either one was a joke for food. Even the steaks and seafood at the specialty restaurant was not good. I was on the Carnival Horizon in December and there food was hands down the best! They had fresh squeezed green juices in the morning and also they let you dine for breakfast until 2:00pm on seadays as brunch. Also not much to do on the ship very boring. Although there were kids on this voyage it seemed as it was for a older crowd. It was okay for me for the first 3 days then it got boring with nothing to do. Shows, club and entertainment was not up to date. Now for the good part; extremely clean ship and all public areas. Our room was very clean. We had two mini suites. Oh forgot inbarkation was a mess they could find my medallion so took a while to get on. The pool area was clean and well kept. Our room steward was very nice. Every employee was very nice to us. They seemed like they were well taken care of Princess company unlike other ships were the employees look over worked and angry. I like how the employees were not pushy or they didn’t expect any tips. I like how Princess employees were the best from any other ship I’ve been on. Made us feel comfortable they didn’t make us feel obligated to tip. The other thing I liked on Princess is they serve you coffee juice water and also ice cream as like on other lines it’s help your self and people make big messes. I liked the fact that there was no food droppings or dirty plates every were in the buffet or around pool area. The cleanness, comfort and class beats all the ships I’ve been on. I went to the spa and it was amazing! Loved their spa, the massage rooms were so big and comfy. Had the most relaxing massage. The medallion digital badge is good but when they are charging you, you don’t know how much they are ringing you up. You won’t be able to keep count if you wanted to. I also loved the cafe on the 5th flood were they served specialty coffees and pastries. My favorite spot throughout the entire cruise. Bottom line the food bothered me the most. It was the most disgusting food I’ve ever had. Other then that the ship is nice and the employees are nice, it’s extremely well kept ship. Most likely I won’t cruise with them because the food matters to me. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We cruised with our 10-year-old daughter on Royal Princess. The top priority for us is a quiet place to stay. Balcony cabin A111 was at the great location with the quiet level that meets our standard. Food: We were pleased with ... Read More
We cruised with our 10-year-old daughter on Royal Princess. The top priority for us is a quiet place to stay. Balcony cabin A111 was at the great location with the quiet level that meets our standard. Food: We were pleased with our assigned dining table for 4 every night. The fine dining was delicious. Horizon Court buffet had a generous selection of food every meal. We enjoyed later at night wandering around there just to walk around; and to sit down for a bite if we couldn't resist, even after our dinner! Entertainment: All staffs were very professional. The cruise director Matt O was a whole new level of professional! His passion, talent and enthusiasm made every show memorable. He brought laugh and happiness every where he went. He was the shinning star on Royal Princess! Camp Discovery: The new junior program was just rolled out a few months when we cruise. Some of the staffs were not well-trained to handle multiple requests with all kids around; the skee ball machines either were broke down, or not allow to play due to other reasons. My daughter did enjoy the slime making activity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Nice ship. The new Medallion Service is a winner. Each guest has a little medallion that pretty much does everything. You can track members of your party, helps you with directions, unlocks you door as you approach, is used to all ... Read More
Nice ship. The new Medallion Service is a winner. Each guest has a little medallion that pretty much does everything. You can track members of your party, helps you with directions, unlocks you door as you approach, is used to all purchases of any kind (the ship is cash less), and other things. I purchased my internet ahead of time for a flat rate of $55 and it was by FAR the fast I've had at sea. Download speed was usually 4mbps or better. I think you could stream Netflix or Prime Video but I choose to download movies and TV shows which worked great. Buffet area is the best organized I've seen on my 5 cruises. Anytime and Traditional dinning are good as always on Princess. This ship did not have a Curtis Stone venue which we thought was great. I don't think the ship had any of the Michelin Chef on this ship. We missed this We attended the Entertainment Show every night. It was good not great. The Princess Live Game shows were great fun, and you could watch them On Demand the next day. Wish there were more. Other activities were pretty much cruise ship standard. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise was a mistake.The cost of the shore excursions was over the top in price.We were following one shore excursion and you could not understand the Tour Guide anyway so thank god i didnt pay for that.Every time they had an ... Read More
This cruise was a mistake.The cost of the shore excursions was over the top in price.We were following one shore excursion and you could not understand the Tour Guide anyway so thank god i didnt pay for that.Every time they had an announcement over the ships intercom you had to then listen to the whole thing again in Japanese and some times this could take up to 5 mins. Another let down was the rundown condition of the Club Class Mimi Suite we had.It is starting to show its age and for what you pay it just isnt good enough.You could hardly open the door to the balcony, the area around the fridge was horrible with screw caps hiding holes from who knows what.Cabinet doors that did not stay shut. Draws that did not slide to open and the list just goes on and on.But i think the main problem was the Shower being over the bath.Do they not get that most of the people on board are elderly and find it extremly hard to use this setup.The only thing that saved this trip for us were the people in the Club Class restaurant who were the best and they are George Gilbert and Pachi i thank them very much for making every meal experience amazing,Thank you again Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I've been waiting 50 years to go on a cruise and I hate to say that I picked the wrong ship and the wrong cruise line. The size of our mini-suite was great and the beds were comfortable but the furniture was rather outdated and worn. ... Read More
I've been waiting 50 years to go on a cruise and I hate to say that I picked the wrong ship and the wrong cruise line. The size of our mini-suite was great and the beds were comfortable but the furniture was rather outdated and worn. The couch was a tired green with a few holes and the furniture on the balcony needed an upgrade. The food in the buffet was worse than Golden Corral and there was very little entertainment on the ship. The three sea days we were bored to tears and ended up watching movies in our room each night. I guess if you are 75 or older you might enjoy this cruise with nightly Bingo and knitting classes or playing cards on deck but my daughter and I were so disappointed because we had heard and seen videos from friends who have been on cruises and were told of all the deck parties and all the fun activities on the ships. We never saw any or maybe if we would have known that there was a LGBT convention we would have picked another cruise because there were tons of activities for them or if we had known that 90% of the passengers were over the age of 70, we would have picked another cruise. I wish I could say that the dining was at least good, but I can't. The table we had assigned to us for the whole cruise each night sat over one of the engines I guess, because the whole table and all of our chairs shook every night except one and that is because we were still docked in St. Thomas. There were several menu choices each night but the food was just ok. I had again heard stories about how wonderful the food is on a cruise and how you come back home with a few extra pounds and I can honestly say that I didn't. Our two wait staff that we had for the week were super nice though. I have to give them credit for that. Siti and Dadang were great. The service on deck and out by the pool area was not so great. If you wanted a drink while sun bathing you had to go and get it yourself because there was never anyone walking around asking if you wanted a drink. Also if you decided to grab a slice of pizza, which by the way was the best thing I ate all week and needless to say we ate sliced pizza every day, you could never find anyone to bring you a glass of water or iced tea. It would have been nice if they would have at least had some sort of beverage stations set up around the ship to get a drink without having to pay $10 for an alcoholic one. I believe half the trip I was dehydrated from lack of water. Oh and let me fore-warn you to NOT TAKE PART IN THE TEETH WHITENING in the LOTUS SPA. WHAT A RIP OFF. We got suckered into it because we were told upfront that the cost would be $129 each for teeth whitening that would last 2 to 3 years. Well, after the process was done, you then get told that for it to last 2 to 3 years you have to pay an additional $249. WOW. So the $129 that I just paid is only good for a few days! So I broke down and bought the additional packets that were $49 for 12 treatments, which I was told was only good for 1 week of whitening AND WHEN I GET MY CREDIT CARD PRINTOUT THE GUY TAKES IT UPON HIMSELF TO ADD A $39 TIP. WOW was all I could say. The only good part about the whole cruise was the ports we visited. That was what I was most looking forward to was seeing the beautiful blue waters and that did not disappoint. We enjoyed a nice bus tour of St. Thomas and we had a great time walking through all the shops and open markets of St. Maarten. I will say that come Saturday morning, the day we got back to Ft. Lauderdale, I was up at 5am and ready to get off the ship! At least if you carry your own luggage off, you can disembark at 7:30 instead of waiting until 8:30 or in some cases 9:30 depending on what floor you were on. If I ever decide to go on another cruise I will certainly do more homework of the ship and will probably chose Royal Caribbean for sure! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first time on the Regal Princess and our fourth cruise aboard a Princess Ship. The Regal is Medallion ready and we loved the system. I could track my son, husband and other shipmates. There was one glitch in which I ... Read More
This was our first time on the Regal Princess and our fourth cruise aboard a Princess Ship. The Regal is Medallion ready and we loved the system. I could track my son, husband and other shipmates. There was one glitch in which I couldn't locate my daughter because she is a minor not staying in my cabin. It is to protect minors, but there was no way (yet) to let me add her. Our loop hole was that my son could track her as he was another minor. Every dining experience was good. Our favorite speciality dining and the only one we did was Sabatini's. It's excellent! I highly recommend the short ribs in the main dining room on lobster night. I just ordered surf and turf and had the lobster tail on the side. We only ate breakfast in the dining room once, but wish we'd done it more often. We met lots of nice and interesting folks every time we shared a table. In Princess Cay we just did a beach day and rented a clam shell. It's nice to have shade access if necessary. My mother in law did the glass bottom boat tour and said it was "Okay." (Not too thrilling). In St. Thomas we taxied to Red Hook and took the ferry over to St. John and then took another taxi to Trunk Bay Beach. It was a beautiful beach. There is a snorkeling "path" with some signs to read. It's not the best snorkeling I've ever seen, but it was still pretty. There are no chairs or umbrellas. We were only approached once by a lady living there selling bracelets. My daughter had to have one. The trip across the two islands was scary, but we made it. The roads and steep, winding and they drive on the opposite side of the road but still have the steering wheel on the left side. In St. Maarten we just grabbed a taxi and planned to go to Little Divi but the driver (Uncle Al's Taxi) talked us into Mullet. He was a GREAT driver and was basically a tour guide the entire drive. He charged us $8 per person one way. We got to the beach around eleven and planned to stay until 2:00. We thought Al would go drive more people, but he stayed at the beach chatting until we were ready to return. There were local ladies selling merchandise, massages and hair braiding on the beach. My daughter wanted braids so I said she could get three. I agreed to a massage without discussing a price (mistake). While I was off getting my massage my daughter got 14 ($42) braids and the massage lady told me I owed her $80. Good Lord, I am sure I could have argued, but I set my hubby to an ATM since I didn't think I'd need as much cash as we spent. Al drove him to a nearby casino. The chairs were two plus an umbrella for $15. What I thought would be a cheap taxi ride day ended up costing about $211---take away the massage and braids and it was just $89. My son bought a burger and a soda which was ten bucks I believe. After the ports, we had two relaxing sea days that went all too fast. The comedians were great and we enjoyed the shows we went to. We also went to several of the game show events in Princess Live...Voice of the Ocean, The Married Couples game, Majority Rules and Battle of the Sexes. All were entertaining...more so if you participate in the last two I mentioned. Cory was the cruise director and I thought he did a really nice job. The galley tour after the food demonstration was interesting. My husband and I did the $25 wine tasting in Allegro. We learned about six different wines. I managed to drink it all and I rarely drink. I could feel it when we were done. Next time I'll sign up for the $40 per person one to get better food. That one is less people and is held in Sabatini's. The pool area was very nice and I didn't feel like it was too crowded. We were at the end of spring break season for public schools. I think there were only 300 children aboard out of about 3500, so a very small percentage. My 15 year old daughter really had a great time with the teen center. It's basically just a hang out. They have their own hot tub. My son (10) spent a lot of time at the basketball court and none in the kid program. I don't know why he didn't go there....just didn't want to. He used to participate when he was younger. To sum it up, I'd definitely do it all again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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