12 Princess Royal Princess First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

This was our first ever cruise and we decided to go on the Royal Princess for our honeymoon. Having never cruised before we were apprehensive but we loved every minute of it! We started off by spending 4 nights in a nice apartment in ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we decided to go on the Royal Princess for our honeymoon. Having never cruised before we were apprehensive but we loved every minute of it! We started off by spending 4 nights in a nice apartment in Holywood, Fort Lauderdale. This place itself was beautiful and ideal for travelling in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. We did a few of the usual tourist things (Miami Heat, Miami Beach etc.) but most of all just enjoyed relaxing in the Holywood area. One recommendation for Fort Lauderdale if you are staying there pre or post cruise would be the Jungle Queen tour. On to the cruise itself. From the moment we stepped onto the ship we were looked after superbly. All of the staff on board were exceptional and no request was ever too much. Our Cabin was a deluxe balcony. Something we were worried about before coming was having a small cabin and we didn't need to be, There was more than enough room for our huge suitcases and for us to move around. With so much to do on the ship we both said for next time we would look at a smaller room. The design of the room was nice and modern and was well looked after by the stewards. For dining we did a mixture of the anytime dining (food was exceptional, something I know princess have been critised for before), alfredo's (superb pizza) and we tried the buffet one evening. The buffet itself for me was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong when we went to the buffet at lunch on sea days was very good, lots of variety and surprisingly good quality for a buffet. Just on the evening we went the selection was poor and what we did have wasn't the best. That said we only tried it one night. There was a great mixture of entertainment throughout the cruise, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety throughout the cruise. My personal highlights was the vocal impressionist Tyler Bryce and the Voice of the Ocean finale. I think they may have uncovered a future star with the winner. The on-board band and resident entertainer were also high quality. Also worth mentioned the princess live. Quite impressive to have a TV studio on-board and it was fun getting involved with this. I won't go over all of the ports as already rambled on but two to pick out. A highlight was an excursion in St Thomas where we did the Kayak, Hike & Snorkel adventure at Cas Cay. Would highly recommend the three hour trip, great variety and great guides. It was both fun and educational. On the negative side we went on an excursion in St Lucia that we would not recommend. It was a scenic drive to the sulphur pits, a working plantation and catamaran journey back with a brief stop for a swim. The catamaran element was fun but the rest was tediously boring despite the guides best efforts. The last thing that made our cruise great was the people. We made some good friends on board and was well looked after by the bar staff. In particular worth a shout out to the team at Bellini's (Nemo, Ariel and Val). Service was excellent and they themselves were like a comedy team. Had so much fun. Hope you found this useful. We were first time cruisers and are already looking at booking our next one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our very first cruise ever; friends and family could not believe we were really taking a cruise as we do not fit your typical cruise profile, although we are retired. We had no preconceived ideas about what to expect, and I ... Read More
This was our very first cruise ever; friends and family could not believe we were really taking a cruise as we do not fit your typical cruise profile, although we are retired. We had no preconceived ideas about what to expect, and I thought it might be like spending seven days trapped in an enormous floating apartment building. We were more than pleased, actually thrilled, with all aspects of our trip. Embarkation was a breeze, as we were traveling with platinum members who had special access to walk on embarkation process. We found our interior cabin plenty big, with lots of storage space, drawers, shelves, and a perfectly acceptable bathroom. Our room steward was on top of everything and I am convinced he tidied our room three times a day. The mints on the pillow every night were a nice touch. My only complaint is that nowhere did they inform you that in order to keep the lights on in the cabin, you need to leave your cruise card in the slot whenever you are there. As a result, we spent a few moments in pitch dark trying to figure out what went wrong. It is quite dark in an interior cabin with no light whatsoever. Every single employee, throughout the cruise, when met in a hallway or anywhere else always greeted us with a polite "good morning" or whatever greeting was appropriate. All staff were extremely courteous and polite whether handing out towels or serving a meal. The food was top notch, with such a wide cross section of options that there could be no room for complaint. We splurged one night and ate in the Crown grill, and were very pleased with the food, felt it was a bargain considering the meal we got. As a gluten free/lactose intolerant person, my pre registration of dietary needs were noted at every meal by our wait staff, especially when we chose the same dining room for dinner each morning and night. There were no problems finding appropriate food for these dietary restrictions. We found plenty to do every day, from a morning workout on the track each day to trivia, show presentations, dance classes, the string quartet, and the fabulous piano/comedy musician at the Crooners bar. We also watched a few movies, and attended a comedy routine one night. I had two sessions at the spa, a facial , and a sea weed massage treatment. Both were excellent, although the pressure to buy very expensive products used by the staff was off putting to me.When they forgot me for one scheduled treatment and left me sitting alone in a waiting area for 45 minutes, I went to the desk in a very poor mood, to put it mildly, and was comped the treatment. I used the adults only area and pool, and found it wonderful. Towel service is excellent throughout the ship with as many as you want or need offered; pools and hot tubs clean and appealing. We took excursions at every stop, although one was cancelled on Grand Cayman due to rough surf. NO problem, we simply disembarked and found a local woman with a van tour business offering to take us wherever we wanted. We got to go to the turtle refuge and other spots, narrated by a local anxious to share history and facts with us all for only $20/apiece. Well worth it, and cheaper than the equivalent offered by Princess. The other excursions sponsored by Princess were excellent, staffed by attentive, informed, and engaging staff. On one, we got to climb a Mayan pyramid and visit other Mayan ruins after an incredible lecture on the bus beforehand. We would return to each of the ports again and participate in other excursions! If you like specialty coffees (lattes etc.) buy the coffee card- it is worth it and if you don't use it up, it is good on future cruises. You can also buy gelatos with this card, and specialty tea. We plan to return to Princess for another cruise in the future. The sooner the better! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Our annual Christmas "escape" aboard Princess was a repeat cruise from 2014 on the (still) beautiful, if not flawed, Royal. The ship was in fine form with the usual elegant and understated Holiday decorations. The village ... Read More
Our annual Christmas "escape" aboard Princess was a repeat cruise from 2014 on the (still) beautiful, if not flawed, Royal. The ship was in fine form with the usual elegant and understated Holiday decorations. The village carolers in Dickensian attire greeted us, a foreshadowing of the excellent musical talent aboard this cruise. Embarkation was fine - a bit chaotic in the cavernous reception area but preferred check-in softened any stress from the load-in. As always, the attendants were courteous and efficient. We chose this cruise over the Emerald Princess cruise to the ABC's - favorite destinations of ours - due to our positive experience on the Royal last year. It took a little getting used to, but overall we think this ship is quite nice. Without much detail, the cruise was wonderful throughout. The entertainment, particularly the the musicians - both ship's band and guest musicians - was outstanding, the best overall of any Princes cruise and we've been on 20. Of particularly note was Ship's band leader Dave and his fine crew. Dave organized a couple of special Christmas shows and were they special indeed! Dave and the rest of the musical cast put on a great show in the Piazza. We were lucky enough to catch the rehearsal as well. The ship's band was complemented by the fine Argentinian quartet (forgot their name) featuring the lovely Pascale on vocals, the irrepressible Federico on bass, a fine drummer, and the amazing Juan on Piano (sorry about the names, guys). Also in the show was the steel drum player, an accomplished professional, Tyrone; and the excellent party band The New Deal. Classing the place up a bit was the wonderful Liberty String Quartet, featuring their amazing violinists. Dave pulled off a terrific job in getting all these fine musicians playing together for a truly memorable show. The sometimes nightly jazz shows at the Wheelhouse also featured most of these players. At one, a fantastic vocalist named Rebecca joined in for three songs, including the challenging Nature Boy, to fine results. I spent the most ink on this aspect of the cruise because they really deserve to be remembered. We enjoyed speaking with Federico, Tomas (the fine ship's guitarist) and Juan at the jazz shows - they are really great guys. We ate at the Concerto DR for 9 of the nights (anytime opened at 7:30pm here) and were served professionally and cordially by Manual and Kedek, who worked together flawlessly. A lovely greeter on one of her first cruises, Raqual, became a familiar face to us each night at the Concerto. We loved her warm, genuine spirit! The food was overall, very good. Plates arrived warm and as ordered each night. The first formal we opted for an earlier dinner at the Symphony and that experience quickly drew us back to Manual, Kedek, and Raqual -well worth the wait until 7:30! We had the Chateaubriand which was delicious and rare, the duck, a wonderful pork rib chop, turkey on Christmas, and my favorite overall dish: Sea scallops over Ratatouille which was sublime with perfectly cooked scallops over a flavorful melange of vegetables. Well done! At the chef's presentation in the theater, the British chef aboard prepared this dish so I now am on the hook to replicate. We usually eat the Grill or Sabatini's, but we were intrigued enough by the posted menus each day to dine in the MDR, and we're happy we did. One soft note was the soups - so terrific last year - bland this year. My wife observed that they removed the over salting fortunately and that probably made some of the difference. One exception to this was the appetizer of pate and mushroom bisque one night which was another highlight. We skipped the Cay this trip due to rough seas in favor of the Retreat area, also repeated this in Dominica and Grenada. Grenada this year was a quick stop in the early AM. We slept in most days preferring Room service for breakfast. The Retreat area was our preferred onboard hangout, except on sea days when we avoid the pool areas altogether (it helps to live in FL). Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise, booked on recommendation by a friend of ours mere weeks before departure. We had no real idea of what to expect beyond a big boat!! Travel to the port was a mundane experience as to be expected but once we ... Read More
This was our first cruise, booked on recommendation by a friend of ours mere weeks before departure. We had no real idea of what to expect beyond a big boat!! Travel to the port was a mundane experience as to be expected but once we were on board the serious experience of cruising began!! The staff of the Royal Princess are beyond polite and helpful. The surroundings are plush, beautiful and well thought out. The staterooms are comfortable and functional and as we had a balcony the views were amazing! The 17...yes 17...different places to eat all served food that was never disappointing nor lacking in any way. From simple snacks and nibbles to gourmet cooking that would not be out of place on a big city menu! You have NO reason to go hungry on this ship!! The entertainment team is outstanding, from the constant shows and games and activities to the simpler pleasures like watching a movie there is ALWAYS something to occupy your time! The stage shows from the Princess show team are outstanding and I have no idea how they do it three times a day!! The bought-in entertainers are also top of their game and should not be missed either! I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed the cruise but suffice it to say we got what we paid for and enjoyed the experience immensly. We got to visit quite a few ports and enjoyed the shore excursions even though the last port visit was cancelled due to bad weather (the only day it was poop!) and the cruise company refunded us a paltry $18 for missing a day ashore...our last shore day actually. Now I can't help but also have the tiniest of moans about the cost of extras whilst onboard. It's expensive. Full stop. There is no cheap or even reasonable cost to anything on board. A drink at the bar will cost anything from $4 to $10+ for a beverage costing a fraction of that ashore or at home. Jewellery in their shops (all Princess owned, despite what the shop is called!) is over priced too, it may be beautiful but it's cheaper everywhere you go! Photographs (Not Princess owned, afaik) are a complete nonesense at $65+ for a set of pictures. I could go on.... The entire cruise is an exercise in separating you from your dollars!! The alcohol drinks package is massivley over-priced unless you are a power drinker so don't buy it! The soft drinks package, however, is actually the only deal that can save you money if you use it right. Forget about buying booze ashore and bringing it onboard...the x-ray scanner sees all and it will be taken off of you....you bad people!! The various spa treatments are ok...again expensive (I can shave better than the one I bought!!) and the chocolate shop is a joke when you look at how much the same chocs cost at home! Buy your shore excursions online before you go or at ALL the ports you visit. There will always be LOADS of folk offering trips and days out and they are cheaper and identical to the excusions offered onboard at a fraction of the price. BUT....don't let these comments put you off. If you are careful, don't get wasted in the bar every night and just enjoy yourself you won't break the bank despite the best efforts of the very polite and friendly staff to encourage you to part with your precious dollars!! All in all, I would thoroughly recommend Royal Princess for a cruise. It is a magnificient ship staffed by the most friendly and efficient crew. There is never a dull moment unless you make it so! Yes, it's expensive, but you will make memories that will last a lifetime!! Go for it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first ever cruise, and Princess surpassed all our expectations. What a beautiful ship! We had the most relaxing holiday of our lives and got to experience a wonderful part of the world. We chose the Eastern Caribbean Voyager ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, and Princess surpassed all our expectations. What a beautiful ship! We had the most relaxing holiday of our lives and got to experience a wonderful part of the world. We chose the Eastern Caribbean Voyager visiting Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts, St Thomas and Princess Cays. I researched and booked most of the port tours myself and had no regrets. I did however regret booking the Trunk Bay beach tour through Princess. It was the only one we booked through them, and it was so unorganised and crowded. We all thought it was only Princess passengers however they made us stop for Celebrity passengers who never even came! We wasted a good 20mins for nothing. Highly recommend booking your own tours. We booked the balcony obstructed view- E438 (which wasn't even obstructed- highly recommend) and the room was a decent size with more than enough luggage/wardrobe space. The room and bathroom were spotless. It was a perfect size for us. Loved that there were 3 mirrors in the room so getting ready was easy :) the bed was super comfortable, and the interactive flat screen TV was a bonus. According to other passengers on the ship, this was the most modern they have seen on any cruise. Loved that you just play movies and shows on demand! They had a great choice also. They also have live news too which was great. We were mid ship and after reading many bad reviews regarding the middle lifts, I can now understand the frustration. Like I said this is our first cruise so we have nothing to compare it to, and apparently all other ships have stairs in the middle. Well not this one. Trying to get on during peak times was a struggle. A majority of the time we just gave up and walked to the back of the ship to get to where we wanted. It wasn't a massive drawback for us, but I did feel for the older passengers who relied on the lifts. This was probably the only con of the ship. Stairs would have been perfect there! The shows were fantastic especially loved the comedy act! Enjoyed the casino although this got a bit boring after a while. Its not that big. We hung out at Club 6 every night for 11pm happy hour and also to socialise. Whilst we met some great people, I must admit it was the staff that won us over. We loved seeing them every night and they were always happy to have a chat. Club 6 isn't pumping, hardly anyone was dancing! But I guess its an older clientele so most of them were in bed by that time. Only a few young ones stayed up to drink and dance. Sea days were awesome just hanging by the pool. We didn't bother with the Sanctuary, we just relaxed in the Adult Retreat for free. Preferred this pool over the main pools. It was nice and quiet. I read somewhere that it gets too windy up there but we didn't notice this problem at all! We hired the Cabana the first sea day for $50 I think, it was nice, but not really needed. Food was wonderful EVERYWHERE. We were blown away by the quality of the food in the Dining Hall especially. Desserts? Wow!!! The chefs and waiters did an amazing job. Staff everywhere on the ship went above and beyond. They are just the friendliest people and gave 10/10 service. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. I thought it would be a nightmare each time but we didn't have any issues :) There were no mad rushes and no wait times. I have no hesitation recommending this cruise, it was such a pleasure to be on. I hope one day we will be able to travel on her again.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our first experience of cruisng and we were delighted. Our family of two adults and three children (13, 11, 7) have come back with so many fond memories of the whole holiday. We were apprehensive at first as we had heard mixed ... Read More
This was our first experience of cruisng and we were delighted. Our family of two adults and three children (13, 11, 7) have come back with so many fond memories of the whole holiday. We were apprehensive at first as we had heard mixed reports of cruises as a form of holiday. We have come away from our first cruise with the biggest complaints being that there was too much food and not enough time to enjoy all of the activities and facilities on board so we are converted. My wife has a history of sea sickness and this is why we choose a large, modern ship travelling in relatively small seas - she did not have one day of sickness which was a relief. The younger kids thought the kids club was fantastic which is mainly due to the effort put in by the staff. Personally I was blown away by the standard of the entertainment on board and really did not expect it. Another concern prior to departure was the queues we expected getting on and off the ship due to the fact it was so large but the staff had it all under control and made it happen with ease. This was true right through to disembarkation which happened effortlessly. Alcohol was not overlying proced onboard. Self service laundry facilities are available and easy to use. We choose a mixture of the pre arrnaged tour and exploring some prots ourselves and enjoyed both forms of shore visits. I think this was mainly due to the fact they were great places to visit in their own right. The only mildly annoying thing about the ship itself was the lifts and getting between floors which many other reviewers have spoken about. Having said that to walk a few stairs or up and down the ship was a good excuse to not pass up the sweets each night at the buffet! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We used the Princess Cruise Lines to transport our family to and from our Destination Wedding in St. Thomas! The Royal Princess ship was great and it was an inexpensive way to get all of us to the Island. No need to worry about food or ... Read More
We used the Princess Cruise Lines to transport our family to and from our Destination Wedding in St. Thomas! The Royal Princess ship was great and it was an inexpensive way to get all of us to the Island. No need to worry about food or booking a block of rooms at a hotel. We had a standard balcony room which was nice and spacious. As far as entertainment the movies under the stars was the best and The bar staff at the main pool were superb! For food Alfredo's had a great selection of good Italian. There was also great music entertainment in the main lobby at night. And if you are looking for the perfect wedding in the Caribbean you have to use Weddings the Island Way as your planner! weddingstheislandway.com. Angela and her crew made our one day on St Thomas so memorable and organized. There is not a lot of time so we really appreciated how they made everything so seamless. There is nothing like getting married on a sailboat, would highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. We've stayed there before and it was fine for one night. We took the shuttle from the hotel to the ship. We had to wait for a bit to get on the ship as there were over ... Read More
We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. We've stayed there before and it was fine for one night. We took the shuttle from the hotel to the ship. We had to wait for a bit to get on the ship as there were over 1000 Elite members on this cruise, but the wait was fine. It takes a lot to make me go WOW and the Royal Princess did just that. As soon as we stepped into the Piazza my heart was stolen away. She was so beautiful with all of her gold and lights. We stopped and I got my coffee card and my husband got his soda sticker. This was the first time I had purchased the coffee card and it was well worth it. You can use it for coffee, premium teas and the gelato stand. We made our way to our cabin to drop our carryon bags, then headed up to the buffet. The layout was a little difficult to get use to, but in the end we both loved it. They had so many selections to choose from. I am a vegetarian and they had so many options that I was blown away. We only ended up going to the main dining rooms 3 nights and chose to eat at the buffet the rest of the evenings. There was really no need as the selections were wonderful. They had nuts, beans, salads and anything I could ask for. My husband was pleased as the selections of meats and sides were to his liking as well. We did have anytime dining and we were seated at the main dining room with no reservations with no problems. The food was very enjoyable and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed the movies for the Movies under the Stars. I think we watched at least 4 of them. They brought around popcorn, pizza, ice cream and cookies. We did not eat all of the options, but it was nice to know that many people were enjoying it. We did go to several of the shows and the entertainment was good. Our ports were Princess Cays, St Thomas and St Marteen. We loved Princess Cays the best. We did not get off the ship in St Marteen as we had been there before and had nothing else we wanted to see. We spent the day on the ship in the adults only pool at the front of the ship and it was wonderful. It's like you have the ship all to yourself or a select few. The cabin was spacious with lots for room for our luggage and clothing. Pratch was our cabin steward and took very good care of us. We opted for the walk off service first thing on disembarkation day and took a shuttle waiting at the cab area. It was a wonderful cruise. We got to spend a wonderful week with my sister and her husband and we all enjoyed the trip very much. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
The Princess ground staff were there to greet us at the airport and assist us to our bus transfer to the ship. On the way to the ship we had to wait for other local passengers which took about twenty minutes. Be expected to tip the driver ... Read More
The Princess ground staff were there to greet us at the airport and assist us to our bus transfer to the ship. On the way to the ship we had to wait for other local passengers which took about twenty minutes. Be expected to tip the driver who was very cheerful and welcoming. Embarkation onto the ship went well as we arrived around 2.30 pm and there were no crowds. We received our cabin card and a small deck plan card. We didn't receive much direction by the security staff which I believe may have been attributed to their lack in speaking English comfortably. We embarked on deck 5 and was assisted to the lobby elevator in order to proceed to our cabin on deck 10 (caribe). We were greeted by name by our steward Chris Cabanas who advised our luggage would not be forwarded for about 2-3 hours. We were happy with our cabin and the balcony especially. If you prefer some alone time and fresh air, I would suggest a balcony cabin. We found the cabin quiet and had ample hot water. There is plenty of shampoo and body wash provided and we were able to use Princess bathrobes that can be purchased for $45. We also received two complimentary Princess cruise tote bags. Each night we received two chocolates when our beds were turned down. Our steward directed us to deck 16 - Lido where the pool, snack bars and buffet restaurants are located. We weren't certain at this time if fees applied to the snack bars and had to embarrassingly ask, answer being no. There is a no cost soft ice cream bar called Swirls, which at night also provides free popcorn for the 'movies under the stars.' The other two snack bars, one for delicious thin crust pizza and the other for burgers, hot dogs and fries. My first meal was a nice tasting veggie burger. The servers did offer welcome alcohol drinks at a cost which I thought should have been complimentary. We did not dine at the restaurants requiring $25 service fee but were told by other passengers Sabitini's was exceptional for steak. The Horizon Bistro (buffet) is opened 5.30am to 11.00pm and is on the Lido deck. We were pleased with the food options there and it was nice to eat outside on the deck. We opted for anytime dining, however, I would recommend eating before 6.30pm in order to not miss the evening entertainment. The staff were hardworking, courteous and helpful. It was nice to see the staff's name and their home country. I would recommend leaving a gratuity at the end of the cruise to any staff who provides exceptional service as did our cabin steward, Chris. The auditoriums for the stage shows have limited seating. We did see the Princess Live shows and enjoyed the Princess Pop-star competition which highlighted many talented and courageous passengers. Please check out the Princess Patter newletter for daily activities. The gym was well equipped. We did not take advantage of the Sanctuary or Lotus Spa. I would suggest being cautious of the sales presentations unless you are looking to spend a lot of money on jewellery and algae supplements. There is a gift shop in the atrium that has many items should you have forgotten something. We found the gift shop not overpriced. Also, you will be photographed many times which make lovely souvenirs at a cost of about $20-$25 per photo. I was the only one who did experience sea-sickness out of my family of five; Tuesday morning and Friday evening. I cannot explain why I got sick as I didn't feel the ship's movement. I did bring Gravol which made me sleep and recover. Two passengers suggested taking any form of ginger being fresh, pills or ginger ale. I would say that if you suffer from motion sickness, prepare yourself. I didn't think it necessary to see the ship's medical clinic. Being our first cruise we truly enjoyed: the ship's elegant three-storey atrium; the formal night champagne glass fountain ceremony with the captain and crew with complimentary champagne (to those over 21 years); the "Love Boat Themed Horn" when departing from ports;and the amazing caribbean scenery, weather and beaches; and the movies under the stars. The skywalk over the ocean was amazing and not too frightening. Our only not so positive comment (other than my sea sickness and the sales sessions) was of the unpleasant diesel and sulfur smells from the upper decks. We couldn't lounge on the higher decks for this reason. Staff handled the debarkation efficiently regarding organizing the luggage and transfer to the airport. The Royal Princess is not a super large ship that provides out-door activities as rock-climbing or wave surfing but is a grand ship which provides relaxed elegant sailing travelled by mature passengers and adult families. The crew and staff did make us feel welcomed and appreciated which is important when one spends a considerable amount towards a vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We have been on two older RCCL ships previously and were offered a decent deal on a balcony room on the new ship, Royal Princess. Most regular reviews highlight all of the nice parts of the ship. Here, I will list all of the odd or bad ... Read More
We have been on two older RCCL ships previously and were offered a decent deal on a balcony room on the new ship, Royal Princess. Most regular reviews highlight all of the nice parts of the ship. Here, I will list all of the odd or bad experiences on Royal Princess... 1) Elevators are always full, not programmed correctly, and broke down a lot. The capacity is 18 people per elevator, but if we had 10 people, it was tight. You couldn't easily go to top to bottom or from one end to the ship to the other, very confusing layout for all. 2) Dining-Fixed at 5:30pm. It took 2 1/2 hours to get through the first night's meal. The second night was almost as bad. 2 couples joined us in complaining and we received no apologizes only excuses until the next day from a mysterious caller who stated they received our complaint. Every night after that, it was pretty much 2 hours. The food was not very appetizing and the presentation didn't rise to the level of past RCCL ships. 3) Pools, only two small ones,. Hot tubs, only 4 small ones that might fit 5 people and were not very hot. 4) the temperature varied greatly in all parts of the ship, not very comfortable for an island cruise. 5) Entertainment was okay, but nothing to rave about. The magician was the worst and the comedian was very funny. A nice cabin overall. Not many drawers for clothing, but a large hanging closet. The view from the balcony was nice, a few levels above the tenders. In between the rear and mid-ship elevators made it a decent location. Our cabin steward, Esparanza, was very nice and always attended to the room. We would never take Princess again, 2/3 of the people on the ship were previous Princess cruisers. Many of them complained about the new ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I realize I have nothing to compare the Royal to but I thought it was a gorgeous ship and we had a wonderful time! I really was surprised at how much people on the ship were complaining about things but I guess they have more experience ... Read More
I realize I have nothing to compare the Royal to but I thought it was a gorgeous ship and we had a wonderful time! I really was surprised at how much people on the ship were complaining about things but I guess they have more experience than I do! I was impressed with how quickly we were able to board the ship--very easy and painless process--have your passport and travel summary and you are good to go! We were on the ship within a half hour of arriving at the dock! Our room (a deluxe balcony) was ready so we dropped our carry on bags off, checked it all out and headed to lunch! The elevator is slow to come but quick to close--so quick my 14 year old daughter got on ahead of me and the elevator slammed shut and off she went without me! Off to a great start! She rode the elevator til she got back to me and then we went to the Horizon Court. I again lost her because the place is so huge and it all starts to look the same! Quick tip- there is light and dark wood furniture in the different dining rooms--pick one style and stay in that area! I thought the food was wonderful and there was so much to choose from! We ate there for most breakfasts and even a few times for lunch and dinner. We had Anytime Dining and ate in both the dining rooms--they seemed equally nice to us. All the staff we encountered throughout the ship were very polite, friendly and so helpful! We never had to wait for anyone to offer us anything--there was always someone asking what they could do for us. We enjoyed the complimentary room service a few times too--best chocolate fudge cake ever!! We had rough seas all week and you could feel it as you walked around and especially when you laid down but it never felt so bad I got seasick or anything (my daughter did not feel well a few times so she took Dramamine). Our cabin was very nice and spotlessly clean. Our room steward was Cynthia and she was wonderful! My daughter wanted to bring her home with us! I found my twin bed to be very uncomfortable--think cement slab--but they do not have pillow top cushions for the twin beds. I could barely walk in the mornings from my body aching so badly. I loved having a balcony but found that more than half of the time I tried to be out there someone on another balcony would be smoking which was not permitted. I specifically chose Princess because of their no smoking policy but it was not enforced on my cruise at all. It also really reeked of smoke when you went to The Piazza on Decks 5, 6, and 7--smoke from the casino. Yuck! So disappointing! Our Princess Cay day was a bust--we had high winds and rain so we got a few minutes in the ocean and the rest of the time we were trying to find cover from the rain. It is a beautiful island and I would love to see it again in nice weather. Our other 2 excursion days were nice--Maegen's Bay beach on St. Thomas is spectacular!. I bought a bottle of rum in St. Maarten and it was taken at the security point and given back to me our last day. Our sea days were nice but be warned if you do not get up very early and grab a lounge chair you are out of luck! It took us til 4 pm the first sea day to be able to get one. The pool area was very crowded and chaotic--unsupervised kids everywhere! . We loved all the shows and entertainment, loved the Wheelhouse fish and chips lunch on sea days, loved the ice cream at Swirls, loved the Princess Live Studio--go watch them tape the Wake Show--really cool to see a tv show filmed! Sam and Ryan are awesome Cruise Directors and there is always some thing going on! We watched Wolverine at Movies Under the Stars--that was fun! Overall I would say that was the best vacation I have ever had and I did not want to come home to cold and snow but reality called! We paid our deposit to go again but I think we will try a different ship just so we can see what everyone was talking about! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Never being on a cruise before, this was so enjoyable...!!.the finishings and the decorating were truly superb ..our room was fabulous, and we lucked in to the larger balcony (room E407) The steward Ignaccio couldn't do enough for us ... Read More
Never being on a cruise before, this was so enjoyable...!!.the finishings and the decorating were truly superb ..our room was fabulous, and we lucked in to the larger balcony (room E407) The steward Ignaccio couldn't do enough for us and was at our door in minutes if needed. We booked in the Allegro for dinner each nite, but found after a few nites that the food was even better in the Horizon upstairs....so much to choose from and much more interesting...But saying that, the service in the dining room was amazing...we were greeted each nite by a line of servers, that made us feel so special as we walked to our table...Our server was Ileana from Romania...loved her..she is the best.... shore excursions could have been shorter and/or less crowded!!! A couple of down points: -the elevators were so aggravating ..couldn't tell which was going up or down and were crowded -internet service was so expensive..it averaged $10. per e-mail and they were just short ones to family -need better signage to the allegro dining room, put down to the location -beverage card was costly and didn't included canned pop, only the "soda shop" kind (watered down) and not value for money Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.2

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