25 Princess Royal Princess Fitness Cruise Reviews

We had been planning to take an Alaska Cruise for sometime. We heard good comments about Princess Cruise and got a good deal from them. Our family of 15 members consisting of my husband and I, our three children, their spouses and seven ... Read More
We had been planning to take an Alaska Cruise for sometime. We heard good comments about Princess Cruise and got a good deal from them. Our family of 15 members consisting of my husband and I, our three children, their spouses and seven grandsons ages 3 -13 were on this trip and we all loved the experience. The Medallion concept is great. Love the way the Medallion opened the cabin door and showed our picture. The Medallion was great when boarding and disembarking the ship. The staff on board the ship were excellent and very friendly. The service in the restaurants was very good. The sailing was smooth all the way, only one night there was a possibility of rough sailing. Liked the way Captain kept us informed about what to expect. Although we missed stopping in Juneau, I appreciated that the Captain made the right decision to sail through to avoid the bad weather. We spent seven nights on the ship and three nights on the land. There were enough activities for the children to be entertained. Overall, it was a very good experience. Hope to go in a cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Princess Cruises have always done exceptionally well! Delicious food, clean and modern furnishings, state of the art technology most especially with the Medallion, expert and friendly staff, relaxing environment and a full range of ... Read More
Princess Cruises have always done exceptionally well! Delicious food, clean and modern furnishings, state of the art technology most especially with the Medallion, expert and friendly staff, relaxing environment and a full range of entertainment. The company prioritizes safety from the minute you board all the way to the end. The process of embarkation and disembarkation were easy. We always look forward to waking up in the morning because of the activities they offer daily. Food is excellent with so much variety to choose from. The cabin is kept clean with respect to privacy upon request. The technology is above and beyond with the Medallion. The staff are respectful, accommodating and have shown professionalism. Every minute is priceless while on board. Whether you seek to relax, pampered or be entertained. Princess Cruises deliver the best vacation ever! My family and I are looking forward to our next cruise with this company. We highly recommend Princess to people of all ages. 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
Full disclosure, we are avid cruisers with 20 trips on different lines. Royal Caribbean always ranks the highest on our list. Our 7 day cruise started with a mis-placed suitcase that was not delivered until 7 p.m. after several calls and ... Read More
Full disclosure, we are avid cruisers with 20 trips on different lines. Royal Caribbean always ranks the highest on our list. Our 7 day cruise started with a mis-placed suitcase that was not delivered until 7 p.m. after several calls and visits with Princess supervisors. Disappointed that after many promises of return calls none we received, including no apologies for the major delay. I should mention that we did receive our other 2 bags soon after boarding at 2 p.m. Our travel partners that checked bags at the same time and location as ours received their bags on time. Princess boarding process is lengthy and cumbersome. A lot of waiting to board the ship. The new medallion system needs improvement. This controls your door locks, however it opens the door at least six feet as you approach your stateroom and leaves it open for 10 seconds after you leave. We also do not like the fact that your names are displayed outside your door on a screen 24/7. Cabin, a mini suite, was fine, however the bath area shelving was very dusty. No greeting from cabin steward or other interaction throughout the week. Dining on Princess was a disappointment. Late seating first night had us on the worst location for a party of four even with advance reservation prior to sailing. We were moved to a much nicer location after speaking to a supervisor. In general staff not real friendly, with the only exception being our dinner waiter and his assistant. Breakfast staff in the dining room not gracious or accomodating. The front hostess was boarder line rude. Lunch in the dining room also fell below service expectations. Note we never ate off buffets since food quality tends to be poor. We were very surprised that dining room and specialty dining room food quantity was also just average, nothing to be excited about. With all the hype for the Executive Chef, he was more “show” then delivery of quality food products. Granted the ship serves thousands of meals, there are other cruise lines that do a much better job. On board entertainment was fine with the same production shows typically booked on other lines. Shore excursions were also average. Recommend booking early as many popular tours were sold out by the time we got on the ship. Disembarkation for us was difficult, we had to carry off early due to an airline flight change. Very long lines and what seemed like miles of dragging bags. We will not do that again. Bottom line, unless you want the ports that only Princess goes to we recommend you pick another line. Our experience with Royal Caribbean with 12 past cruises has always been very good to excellent. Last comment, we saw very little management presence and almost no management interaction with passengers. Dealings with “Supervisors” was frustrating. Follow up promises never fulfilled. , Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We love to try the Royal Princess and a few of the countries it was first time visiting Loved everything and enjoyed every moment on the beautiful Royal Princess. Loved everything from sports activity to excursions dancing shows ... Read More
We love to try the Royal Princess and a few of the countries it was first time visiting Loved everything and enjoyed every moment on the beautiful Royal Princess. Loved everything from sports activity to excursions dancing shows participation playing games,Zumba walking on the track on the back of the ship. Loved to sun tanning on deck beside the pool, occasionally enjoy the hot tub on the sea days. Enjoyed very much the ceremony of the crossing the Equator it was so fun. The dining service was amazing enjoyed delicious dishes,beautiful displays of delicious desserts . We had three formal evenings I love to dress up and have champagne enjoyed that very much also enjoyed some of the art shows. Most enjoyable experience was when we arrived in Peru it was first time it seemed like a different world seeing the Candelabra from the excursion boat was amazing experience, and also Nicaragua was our first time amazing place beautiful people (we also loved La Serena Chile.) Loved all the cruise members of the Royal Princess. Thank you we had a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Great itinerary. Beautiful ship. I liked my minisuite. Im going to keep booking them instead of a regular balcony cabin. Very good food. One of the best I've had. The ship was clean and well kept. Didn't like the internet ... Read More
Great itinerary. Beautiful ship. I liked my minisuite. Im going to keep booking them instead of a regular balcony cabin. Very good food. One of the best I've had. The ship was clean and well kept. Didn't like the internet charges per minute. They need to fix that. Some of the land trips were expensive but very well organized. Tge Tattoo military parade in Edinburgh is something that SHOUL NOT BE MISSED. I'm planning in going back to Scotland to see this again. The food at the Royal princess ship was outstanding. Liked the healthy choices. Tha staff at the anytime dinning was very friendly. I would go back and take this cruise with the same ship again. The gym had very good quality new equipment. I like to work out so this was important fo rd me. The spa was good but zi didn't like my pushy massage therapist. Didn't like that she charged her own tip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We enjoyed the Workshops and activities related to becoming more healthy. The ship was filled with elderly people. I enjoyed seeing elderly folks interact with music and dance. The Spa had a wonderful Chinese Acupuncturist with lots of ... Read More
We enjoyed the Workshops and activities related to becoming more healthy. The ship was filled with elderly people. I enjoyed seeing elderly folks interact with music and dance. The Spa had a wonderful Chinese Acupuncturist with lots of experience and we were recipients of her care. The massage therapists were eager to give you free 5-10 minute massages as an introduction to their massages. The Spa area was very busy. However, their Sauna area was very hidden and not very well marketed. The Spa was on Deck 5, while a lot of their Fitness workshops were on Deck 18 and a little hard to find. The food was exceptional and had many healthy options. The dining staff were cheery and brought our drinks to the table in the Buffet area, unlike some of our other favorite ships. Handicapped customers were treated with respect and dignity. The ports we stopped at were interesting and felt safe. Local people were friendly. Our taxi drivers were very informative. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate ... Read More
Having traveled a number of years ago on Emerald Princess, I was keen to try out this much larger ship. It is interesting that from the outside, it does look a bit like a multi-storey car park, but once inside it is very easy to navigate and it takes no time at all to become familiar with the public spaces. We had deluxe balcony cabin M510 on deck 15. Well appointed and spacious, excellent functional bathroom and plenty of storage space. Cabin sound insulation excellent too. What I enjoy most about Princess are the informality and easiness, but the excellent quality of service and food & wine.All of the staff we came into contact with were delightful, very polite and helpful. Food in all areas was exceptional, especially the Crown Grill which is WELL worth the 29 dollar supplement.The enclave in the Lotus Spa is a wonderful place to relax and was certainly worth the 199 dollars for ten days. All in all, a lovely ship, with a lovely relaxed vibe and excellent customer service. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was a family & friends cruise...first time for friends. We were disappointed in the Princess experience on this ship. We are Platinum level and have enjoyed Princess ships in past. However, as another reviewer pointed out, the ... Read More
This was a family & friends cruise...first time for friends. We were disappointed in the Princess experience on this ship. We are Platinum level and have enjoyed Princess ships in past. However, as another reviewer pointed out, the number of elevators vs. passengers was poor planning. The elderly did not always have the option to walk the stairs, and elevator waits were approximately 5-10min and then jammed pack with people getting aggressive to squeeze in just to get a lift. Food quality was disappointing on this ship. Dining room dinners were bland and meals unworthy of praise. Servers appeared not to be able to spend time with their table, due to the high numbers of passengers vs. servers & room. Horizon court was bland or average food. Desserts were presented well, just not flavorful. And the design of the Horizon court was not planned well. Again, the number of passengers versus the narrow spaces in between the food selections was crowded. People pushing and getting aggressive as the space was too tight. Round service areas in the buffets for larger numbers is more conducive to high density traffic...not "line" food service. Traffic circles! However, Sabatini's wine dinner was outstanding. Those chefs need to be directing the dining room food courses on the ship. All of their food was wonderful! Excursions for the most part were enjoyable. The segway tour was a lot of fun, but the return to the ship promised a stop at the beach for a swim and eats. Our driver gave us 20min total. We ordered a snack at the restaurant on the beach and the driver told us we had to leave or he would be late. He added, NO wet clothes in my van or on my seats. Don't know where the "swim" time was suppose to come into play. We had to get our food to go which was cold when we reached the ship. Horseback ride was fun with the horses, but again, the excursion stated snacks. We thought for the price a snack would be provided or choices. We reached the beach to find a shack and a woman cooking chicken....for a price. Disappointing! This should have been noted in the description of the excursion as "chicken for small fee on excursion". Overall, we were disappointed. Passenger to space ratio poorly designed. This experience has us questioning whether to continue our trips with Princess or branch out. We had always had great experiences with Princess in the past and hope reviews are taken into consideration for future ships and trips. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We tried 5 different cruise ships for the last couple of years & Princess always meet our expectations.Royal Princess is an awesome ship, big enough for the busy crowd and the staff are something to commend for, from the ... Read More
We tried 5 different cruise ships for the last couple of years & Princess always meet our expectations.Royal Princess is an awesome ship, big enough for the busy crowd and the staff are something to commend for, from the housekeeping,dining,bar,photography,casino,dining,entertainment & dance instructors - we'll give them all a thumbs-up for great job. We like the nightly entertainment at the theatre, the piano bar, the nightly dancing & the musicians at the Piazza.We never miss a day of our daily workout in the Fitness Centre & the exercises on the 18th floor. The staff does an excellent job on ports of disembarkation & embarkation, we like the people that work in Photography - they're professionals, our in board & out board pictures were amazing. We dined at Concerto Dining Lounge every night & Nelson Nini & Sawad were super in providing us great service & the patience of sorting out the dishes on the menu. We plan to celebrate our birthdays next year & no doubt we'll go with Princess Cruise again ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is my first review. I am a first time British cruiser, 36 years old professional chap, who was, as I suspect many are, a little bemused by the number of alarmingly poor reviews on this site. It does make me wonder why some people go ... Read More
This is my first review. I am a first time British cruiser, 36 years old professional chap, who was, as I suspect many are, a little bemused by the number of alarmingly poor reviews on this site. It does make me wonder why some people go cruising in the first place if they hate everything. I have just come off Royal Princess for a seven night itinerary in the eastern Med and was not sure what to expect given the poor reviews this ship has had. Nonetheless I went with an open mind and wanted to make my own judgements. The consensus is/was, according to the poorer reviews on here, that the food on Royal Princess is average to middling and not as good as other Princess vessels, the cabins are minute and the balconies so tiny as to not be worth bothering with. The lifts are so poorly placed as to make moving deck to deck a real traumatic nightmare and overall the ship is a huge seventeen deck disappointment. I must say I think all of those things are inaccurate. The food I found to be good throughout and occasionally very, very good indeed depending on what you order. I’ve not been on any other Princess vessels so cannot compare, mind you. The cabins are smaller when you walk in but are absolutely fine size wise and extremely comfortable and well-appointed. Everything is well-designed and I had no issue at all. The balcony was also fine and I do wonder what people are doing on their balconies if not sitting and chilling with a book and some drinks/breakfast to state so categorically that they are unacceptably small. Granted, a game of touch rugby or perhaps a spot of rounders might be a bit difficult I accept but there is most definitely room to swing even a moderately large cat to your heart’s content. The lifts are busy but never over-crowded even on this fully booked 100% occupied sailing and waiting times never exceeded a couple of minutes, even with one of the lifts out of service for maintenance. Respectfully to all concerned, if you cannot handle a couple of minutes wait for a lift at busy times pre or post dinner/tender then perhaps cruising with 4000 other people on a giant cruise ship isn’t for you. Let me first go through the things I found very good or especially impressive by bullet points for clarity. • Royal Princess is a magnificent ship. As mentioned above she was fully booked and 100% occupied for the seven days I was aboard and at no time ever felt busy or crowded. She is a fabulously well-designed vessel, complaints over lifts/stairs notwithstanding. I was hugely impressed the moment I boarded and this only increased as I took the week to explore her. • We encountered some long 5-6m swells on the last sea day inbound to Barcelona and the vessel handled them superbly. There was astonishingly little movement. It was very comfortable and there was no sickness from my fellow passengers that I saw. I’ve worked on ships when I was younger, and 6m metre swells are very much in the “sit down, hold onto something” territory in my past experience even on some big ships, so to feel so little pitching and rolling (even on a beam sea at one point off Corsica) was very impressive. • The food in the Allegro/Concerto was uniformly good – the bread was fresh, the pasta was nicely done, the steak/meats were cooked well and to order, and the sauces seasoned very well. The menu was imaginative and held enough to keep my family and I interested. There were a few dishes that were just good, but a few that were very good indeed and a real highlight. The veal ravioli with cep mushroom sauce and truffle was a delight, for example. I recall also very much enjoying a fresh gnocchi and a hulking great bit of aged New York skirt steak that melted in the mouth. The wines were decent and service save for one night was good and unproblematic. • The Retreat adults-only area was lovely and a real tonic to the occasionally frenetic deck 16 outdoor area. • The cabin and balcony was a lovely and restful place to have a GnT. Probably my favourite aspect of cruising and the reason I cannot wait to cruise again. • The staff were a generally good mixed bunch. When they were bad they were still ok (the Russian/Ukrainian waiters and bar staff could do with cracking a smile and saying please or thank you now and again and some of the junior waiting staff in the upscale restaurants might find knowing the food and drinks menu better might be helpful), but when they were good they were absolutely terrific. Ariel and the rest of the guys on the Vines bar on Deck 5 were fabulous. The two charming Mexican ladies who looked after us in the Allegro were also top professionals and nice to deal with. Doooouglas my cabin steward was extremely efficient and personable as well. The cruise director and his very beautiful Australian second-in-command were charming throughout. Everyone was smart, well-turned out, very professional and approachable. • The Horizon buffet was well done generally and had a great choice of food with plenty going on to keep you interested. I had a braised/slow cooked beef in a dark peanut curry sauce with sticky rice one night after a few drinks that will linger long in the memory. Also the beef hash and potatoes for breakfast – really delicious. • The unlimited drinks package was excellent value and a lot of fun to explore. Recommended. The frozen margaritas are worth it on their own. • The TV on demand thing in the cabins is very good when you want an early night or some downtime before dinner. • Movies Under The Stars is a great idea but Watching Andy Murray Win Wimbledon Again Under The Sun With A Glass Of Wine is an even better one. A great way to watch sport, loved it. • One thing I was worried about was that I’d heard of cruising’s reputation for the constant upselling and hassling you to buy stuff or pose for photos or souvenirs etc or hard-selling trips/excursions etc. Whilst there was a little bit of the photo thing on Royal Princess it never felt intrusive and overall I was pleasantly surprised. • The excursions were fine – there was loads to choose from and I didn’t hear any complaints. • All the ports of call were fabulous. Kotor and Santorini especially were just stunning. The things I wasn’t that impressed with and thought could do with sharpening up. • The wifi is incredibly expensive. I want to access my emails not buy a townhouse in Marbella. • We had poor service one of the nights in the Allegro where everything that could go wrong did so in epic, rather Fawlty Towers style. To use the parlance of my home city – “They had a ‘mare”. We complained and after that the restaurant manager came over to apologise and then the head Maitre’D for the ship (charming and hugely impressive Italian chap called Genneroso, a real top pro) came over and couldn’t do enough for us after that. We were incredibly well-looked after, but the first formal night was pretty much a washout sadly. • Whilst the food in the Horizon is decent and very good in parts, why on earth do they insist on serving cheap (not Heinz! Sacrilege!) baked beans almost raw? Who does that? • The entertainment was a massive let-down. The Jersey Boys tribute act was marred by the fact that the singers couldn’t actually sing which is a drawback for someone making their living as a singer. The comedian chap does do a very impressive Tom Jones and Elvis impression. My advice would be to stick to that. The rest of it wasn’t funny and the Freddie Mercury and David Bowie impressions just downright karaoke. He absolutely died on stage the night we went to see him – I was cringing for the bloke, it was toe-curling to watch. Absolute rubbish. What is the point of having such a huge and well equipped theatre if you don’t put acts on that are worth watching? The string quartet in the Piazza was nice in an inoffensive way, the young lady with a guitar who popped up at times on the ship was also good, and the scatty house cover band that played in the Piazza was the decent side of average but beyond that it was poor. I’d heard glowing reports of the glittering entertainment on cruise ships and was shocked and a bit embarrassed at how bad it was in the main theatre on Royal Princess. I can only assume we had a dodgy sailing where (probably) the usual theatre entertainment were all struck down with botulism before sailing and we got unlucky with the stand-ins. A comfort for anyone reading this – I very much doubt the comedian chap or the Jersey Boys act will be invited back so you’re safe there! • The shops are nice but not selling i-Phone lightning / android phone charge wires or plug adapters was a real miss for me. I am an idiot who leaves these things in hotel rooms with boring and expensive monotony and the shop missed out on a lot of captive dollars from me by not selling them. • I only found out Alfredo’s is a zero surcharge restaurant after the cruise had finished. I’d certainly have visited otherwise. Need to make that clearer. • Formal nights. We got dressed up in full dinner jacket etc and felt a bit daft, especially on the second formal night. So many people wandering round in shorts and vest tops or polo shirts and jeans trying to get into the restaurants. What’s the point? Felt like half the ship couldn’t be bothered and weren’t pushed by the crew. Either do it or don’t do it. • Singles at 8 in the Wheelhouse Bar. I went and was the only one there. Either advertise it or drop it. Some suggestions for the company which other cruisers of this vessel may or may not agree with: • It would be great if there were screens in the lifts and in some of the public areas showing a moving map display like we get on the IFE on aircraft. Perhaps even an interactive one? That would be great to have. • A better selection of draft beers would be great. The US is at the vanguard of the world now (controversial!) in craft IPAs and small(er) batch lagers and ales that make my US business trips a real joy, in stark contrast to years gone by. With that in mind and the fact that Princess are an American cruise brand, I’d love to see them make more of their burgeoning craft beer culture. It’s something worth celebrating. • The drinks outlets are a bit samey. Crooners, Vines, Wheelhouse and Bellini’s are all much of a muchness. Royal Princess could do with a sports bar, a glitzy cocktail bar effort (Club 6 doesn’t quite get there I’m afraid) and certainly the Salty Dog gastropub will be a welcome addition at the next refit. The margaritas are super – why not make more of that into something a little more speciality themed? I recognise sports or margarita bars are more Carnival than Princess brand wise but with 4000 people on board and so many F&B outlets I do think there is scope/interest. • The Vista Lounge seems to be a massive space that never had anyone in it every time I stopped by. Could be half the size and be more intimate, and create the room for another bar/pub/sports lounge etc. Overall: Royal Princess is a fabulous ship to make my cruise debut on and on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was literally one meal service and some entertaining theatre entertainment away from perfection. I take the points of past reviewers but I think there is a tendency to over-criticise and slate for slating’s sake for some and I’m someone who prefers to focus on what I enjoyed instead of what wasn’t so great. Even the most ardent and committed of miseries would, I hope, concede that there is much more to enjoy and love about cruising on Royal Princess than there is that needs work. My whole family enjoyed the cruise very much as I did and it did exactly what we wanted it to – we had a stunning family holiday that we will all remember very fondly for the rest of our lives. They say great cruise ships age well and I suspect Royal Princess’ first big refit (coming soon and apparently to include Salty Dog gastropub and some other tweaks) will iron out some of the parts that need a little bit of work and thin out the complaint reviews for the terminally miserable. I’d happily pay the same again for the same cabin on her tomorrow, without blinking. I’d recommend Princess and Royal Princess to anyone. Just go, enjoy yourself and don’t stress about a very occasional few minutes waiting for a lift. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had transfers from the airport to the ship and when we arrive at the terminal there was a hugh line. Even though it was long it seemed to move fairly good. Since we took a red eye flight we did not have time to explore the departure ... Read More
We had transfers from the airport to the ship and when we arrive at the terminal there was a hugh line. Even though it was long it seemed to move fairly good. Since we took a red eye flight we did not have time to explore the departure city. The ship was very clean, food was excellent, cabin was laid out well with good space and the service from everyone on the ship was very pleasant. As far as choice of ports go I think Princess Cruises made a very good choice compared to other cruise lines. We love to dance and I think that the Cruise Director could have made a better choice. When most of the ship is a middle to older crowd, teen music like rock and roll is inappropriate. The entertainment was very good. This was our third cruise on Princess and we already have another cruise planned for 2017 in November and we are sure that everything will be just as wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
First, a small introduction. My wife and I are Platinum Members and have cruised 11 times, all previous voyages were on Grand Class ships: Ruby, Emerald, Crown, etc. We have only sailed with Princess Lines. We are both 62 and in good ... Read More
First, a small introduction. My wife and I are Platinum Members and have cruised 11 times, all previous voyages were on Grand Class ships: Ruby, Emerald, Crown, etc. We have only sailed with Princess Lines. We are both 62 and in good health. We have always had a good experience with Princess Lines with only a few small problems that were readily and graciously resolved by the staff. We have always stayed in a regular balcony stateroom at mid-forward. My review can only compare the Royal Princess with other Princess ships and not other cruise lines. The Royal Princess is a beautiful ship, both inside and outside. I personally think the overall colors and patterns used are effective and pleasant to look at. Much of the ship stays with the design of the Grand Class ships with some modifications. Some modifications work well, but others do not which I'll discuss in more detail. The Atrium has been enlarged and the new design has added shops, bars, chairs and tables. I think the new design works exceptionally well and is easier to move around in and through. The Italian specialty restaurant is directly off the Atrium. We did not eat there but my wife and I thought it was a convenient location for a specialty restaurant. The photo gallery is also located in the Atrium. I have mixed feelings about the photo gallery design. I think the older design that has it away from the Atrium was easier to manage and find your photos. But I think it will vary from person to person how they feel about it. The Lotus Spa has been moved so the entrance is off the Atrium. In some ways this might be more convenient because it is in the center of the ship and within easy access for all passengers. However, it seemed odd that it wasn't next to a pool. It is a very nice spa with a new area called The Enclave. If you want to use the saunas or The Enclave, you have to book for the entire cruise and the expense doesn't make that a good value unless you don't do anything else but go to the spa everyday. They offer specials, especially near the end of the cruise and one should watch for them. I want to call attention to the lack of a mid-ship staircase between deck 7 and the top deck at mid-ship. You can only use the elevators between deck 7 and top deck. What makes the design worse is the elevators are not properly programmed and synced to accommodate the flow of passengers that need to use the elevators. Passengers had to wait unacceptable amounts of time. It was a disgruntlement with every passenger I talked to about it. My wife and I decided to use the staircase and elevators at the forward section of the ship and that worked much better for us. There are stairs available at mid-ship in case of emergency, but they are narrow, hidden and only used by the staff during normal operations. I think the design fails completely and needs to be changed. The main dining rooms are very similar and in the same locations as the Grand Class and work well. The food was good with just a couple minor complaints that was resolved by our staff in a gracious and friendly manner. The menu allows you to select from the specials for the night or from standards. One thing some passenger don't know is that you can order food not listed on the menu like a hamburger or a slice of pizza. We have always chosen traditional dining and early sitting. We have not experienced problems with having to wait for a table like some have with anytime dining. Early sitting always allowed us enough time to eat and then leave to get a decent seat for the major shows. We always choose one night to eat at the Crown Grill. It has always been special and well worth the extra $25 per person. The food has always been prepared well and the service has always been excellent. It is a special treat and if you go early, it is a quiet and secluded dining experience. It makes for a nice romantic interlude. The Horizon Court has been redesigned and it is much better. You can walk through from starboard to port side and the buffet is much easier to manage. There is also a new area within the Horizon Court called the The Pastry Shop for those who have a sweet tooth. The food is about the same as before with some things very good and some things not so good. You have to explore for yourself and discover what you like and don't. Our balcony stateroom was mostly like the balcony staterooms we had on the other ships. There is not a lot of space and I noticed that a set of drawers has been removed. The bath has a much improved design but it is still a small bathroom. The bed was too firm for my wife but we asked for a mattress topper and they brought one to us and that worked well for my wife. I understand that the entire fleet is converting to pillow-top beds. If you need more space, you have to get a larger stateroom and pay for it. We don't spend much time in our stateroom except to shower and sleep so the lack of space wasn't a big deal for us. The Retreat Pool is basically the adults only pool. It has been enlarged and moved up to the sun deck and has a much more open space feel to it. They added a bar just for that area, which is very convenient. We think the change of location was a good idea and improved the feel of the area but there is less available shade area. The fitness center is located near the rear of the ship instead of forward. There is a good selection of equipment to use and the design works except the men's and women's dressing rooms are very small and need to be larger. I think the designers figured passengers would do all their changing in their staterooms. Although we don't use the areas set aside for teenagers and children, there are added and enlarged areas and should be a welcomed accommodation to the parents and the children as well. The Princess Theater was changed. The stage is much larger but it seemed to me that the space within the seating area was reduced. We explored the theater when we first came aboard and decided beforehand where we would like to sit and what would be the best way to enter and exit so we didn't have any problems. We heard discussion among other passengers that did complain about the size and accessibility of the theater. The Sanctuary is a very nice place to rent a day or half-day to have a calm and restful atmosphere away from the noise and excitement at the main pool. It depends on the individual whether it is a worth the money. We have used it just once and enjoyed it. A change in design that we were really disappointed in was the Promenade Deck. You can no long walk around the entire ship. It really isn't a Promenade Deck. There are two sections on both port and starboard that you need to access by walking through the ship. The design makes the decks more like large balconies from the public areas. If you want to just go out there and sit, then they will work for you. However, if you wanted to stroll, walk or run on them, you can't. If you want a jogging or walking track, it is located on deck 18 (Sports) that wraps around the smoke stack area near the rear of the ship. It has a nice view of the ocean or port but you have to go around several times to get your workout in. It was somewhat boring for me and my wife on our morning walks. We missed the old Promenade Deck. I don't think the new Princess Live will last. We didn't go, but when we walked past it was mostly empty and didn't seem like much excitement was going on. The area should be turned into a sports bar. The Royal Princess doesn't have a regular sports bar. The entertainment provided by Princess Lines has always been a mixed bag. Sometimes the shows and entertainers are very good and sometimes mediocre. When they are good, they are really good. As for the service, it has always been very, very good on all the ships we traveled on. The general staff was friendly and serviced us well and we didn't have any real complaints. Sometimes you encounter a bartender or some other server that seems to ignore you are there, but every bar or cafe I have been to seems to have one or two of them. If you have a complaint, find a manager and let them know. We have always been graciously accommodated when we found it necessary to complain. My wife and I didn't use the casino but it seemed similar to the other ships we have been on. I did like the addition of a bar area off to the side of the casino. The shore excursions can vary from voyage to voyage. We have been on some that we thought were worth the money and interesting and others that were not. It can be a mixed bag of results. If you do some research and see what others say about the excursions before you select them it would serve you well. In summary we thought the Royal Princess is a very nice ship to sail on but our favorite ship remains the Ruby Princess. We have observed that the average age on the cruises we have been on is 40-70. There are young adults and older adults as well, but a small percentage. We have seen children too, but not very many. We think the Princess Lines caters to our age group 40-70 that we fall within, but there is a lot of things to do and something for everyone on the ship. Our cruise on the Royal Princess was to New England and Canada. It was a wonderful cruise. The age group was much older than usual. We nicknamed it 'The Senior Cruise'. We are 62 and we thought of ourselves as the youngsters. I hope this review of the Royal Princess is helpful and I wish you great sailing!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I have cruised over 40 times with Princess cruise lines and I was very disappointed with the new Royal Princess. While the ship is very beautiful, it has so many design flaws there is no way I would ever board this ship again. The ship ... Read More
I have cruised over 40 times with Princess cruise lines and I was very disappointed with the new Royal Princess. While the ship is very beautiful, it has so many design flaws there is no way I would ever board this ship again. The ship is cut-up, smaller rooms, and no middle stairs. The only way to operate the lights in your stateroom is with your princess room key, so upon entering you must insert your key card in the slot in the wall by the door. Very annoying! Our room was the typical mini-suite, but the tiny balcony could barely accommodate 2 people, also the room was a little smaller than on other ships. The new televisions are a nightmare to operate, but we finally got the hang of it by the final night. Take note, that passengers are required to watch the safety demo on the TV before you can view any other programs. Yes, we still had to attend the safety drill. Line dance and ballroom classes are conducted in the Piazza area on deck 5 instead of the Vista Lounge so everyone from floors 5-7 can view the participants plus the floor is not made for dancing. Zumba is held outside on deck 18 aft so classes are dependent on weather conditions. The fitness room is very small so one must arrive 30 minutes early to obtain a spot for stretch class, yoga, etc. Big ship, but everything is small, library, internet café, and Princess theatre. The art auction takes place in the vista lounge so that is why dance and zumba classes are done in other areas. Also, the vista lounge does not have a bar located in the vista lounge so the stewards must go outside the lounge to order drinks, which results in slow beverage service. Internet service is horrifically slow because this ship rents ipads which are connected to the ship's Wi-Fi, terrible idea for passengers who use the internet café. Shows in the theatre were so-so because the stage is smaller, seating is not good, an exiting the theatre is difficult. The seawalk is a joke, only about 12 panels on each side of the ship and one can see passengers sitting on their balconies down below. I would not like people taking pictures and peering down from the seawalk watching me. Glad our room was not located there. The food on Princess has declined throughout the years as has the service due to the gratuities being added to your bill automatically. Bingo was fun, though expensive, trivia was enjoyable, loved tea time, Chocolate Easter display was wonderful, photo pictures turned out good, but expensive, and the yes-no game was fun and interesting. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, no problems. Used to love the Princess line, but will look at some other lines next time.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Having cruised with Princess before (Crown Princess and Caribbean Princess) we were expecting, at least, the same standards, if not substantially better. Mistake! The ship is beautiful but nothing seems to work properly: The service is ... Read More
Having cruised with Princess before (Crown Princess and Caribbean Princess) we were expecting, at least, the same standards, if not substantially better. Mistake! The ship is beautiful but nothing seems to work properly: The service is sub-standard compared with other ships. The crew seems to be totally demotivated and uninterested. The food is OK but nothing to write home about. We had to give up using the lifts because they are so crowded that sometimes we had to wait 15 minutes. Most passengers were making fun of it. The only pool (apart from the retreat) has movies being played out loud instead of something relaxing while you chill out. The entertainment is so so poor. The shows have been curtailed to 30 minutes only and the performances are 3rd class, always ending in an hysterical appearance of the cruise director instructing the audience to clap. Two technical faults during this cruise. The first was a power failure that lasted about 15 minutes. The second was an engine problem that resulted in a 3 hour late arrival to the first port.All the disembarkations were absolutely chaotic. No one seemed to know what to do and we had to wait sometimes one hour to disembark. Royal Princess never again, thank you very much.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Let me start by saying we had a very good time and would definitely sail on the Royal Princess again. There were a few negatives, so I will start with those and get them out of the way. One of the biggest downfalls was the lack of stairs ... Read More
Let me start by saying we had a very good time and would definitely sail on the Royal Princess again. There were a few negatives, so I will start with those and get them out of the way. One of the biggest downfalls was the lack of stairs midship. We always take the stairs, and it is a pain to walk all the way to one end or the other to get to somewhere that is straight up from where you are. We did take the elevator a few times and it was quite the wait. When we went to Princess Cays, we didn't want to wait for the hour wait to get off the boat, so we didn't even leave the ship. A big fail was the gym..... we work out everyday and it was a very bad design. The put a major walkway right through the gym, so as you are working out, there is a constant flow of people walking through. People doing weights even had to stop their workouts to let people walk through. Hopefully they fix this on their new ships. Now onto all the good! Embarkation was the best experience ever! We were on the boat in less that 5 minutes! We waited until 2pm to go and no lines anywhere! We went to our room and our luggage was already there and our room steward was there to greet us. Great 1st impression. Our inside stateroom was very spacious, we loved it. We ate at the buffet most of the time and the food was great. We never had a problem finding a table and the servers were on the ball. There were so many places that you could get food and they were all good. Alfredos, which is free, had great Italian food. I am a vegetarian and there was plenty of food choices for me and everything I tried was great. The cheesecake was awesome and so were the vanilla bean lattes! The movies on the ship were first run and great to watch. We watched brand new movies on the deck under the stars, in our room and also in the theater. It was a great perk. Movies under the stars was great, and they came around with ice cream, popcorn and pizza. We didn't go to many shows, but there were many available to go to. I also went to the spa on the last day, and got a great package of 4 different treatments for $99. Great deal and wonderful time. I think that the ship was beautiful and had many great features. It was very spacious and you could always find somewhere quiet to go. Overall, we had a wonderful time. We were the last group of debarkation and we were off in about 25 minutes, so not bad. I miss the food and the wonderful service already. It is hard going back to real life :0) Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This was our first Princess cruise. (We have cruised other lines.) I expected Princess to surpass my experiences, but unfortunately that did not happen. The ship is beautiful, and we have no issues relative to our stateroom. The stewards ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise. (We have cruised other lines.) I expected Princess to surpass my experiences, but unfortunately that did not happen. The ship is beautiful, and we have no issues relative to our stateroom. The stewards were very responsive to our needs. Other than the first day, we didn't have any issue with the elevators. You definitely use them a lot since the dining areas and entertainment are on the lower decks, and the pool, fitness, and buffet dining are on the upper decks with stateroom only decks in between. There simply was not enough to do on the ship. My husband and I like to have some other activities besides laying beside the pool all day. They have a few token game shows thrown in during the afternoons as well as the usual art and jewelry sales. That's it. We had a positive experience regarding responsiveness of the staff. This includes the buffet, dining room, stewards, bar staff, etc.. The next disappointment was the food. We had a couple good choices during dinner, but most nights the food was average. After a few mistakes, you learn what to eat at the buffet. The choices ranged from being dried out to cold (especially breakfast items.) Most of the selections were just too bland. I am not one who likes spicy food either. Items freshly made on the pool deck were best. Entertainment is another area of major disappointment. They have one theatre with 3 times for the shows. We usually attended the 8:30 show. You had to arrive at least a half hour in advance to get a decent seat. Then the show lasted a half hour - definitely too short. We really liked the comedian. The 3 Divas were OK, as well as the ships singers and dancers. Did not like the illusionist at all. He did some digital card trick that looked like a giant etch a sketch. The last night of our cruise, the stage malfunctioned for the dancers. We ended up just leaving. The embarkation line was long, but it continually moved. We signed up for the EZ Baggage at disembarkation, and that was great. No need to deal with your bags to the airport. The two items that will prevent me from ever using Princess in the future are the lack of activities/entertainment during the day, and the quality of the food. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We just returned on Sunday 23 Feb from my 27th cruise and 21st cruise on Princess. I have never been so nervous about getting on a cruise ship in my life because of all the bad reviews about the Royal Princess. Not one single concern that ... Read More
We just returned on Sunday 23 Feb from my 27th cruise and 21st cruise on Princess. I have never been so nervous about getting on a cruise ship in my life because of all the bad reviews about the Royal Princess. Not one single concern that has been written on this ship came to pass. It is now time for the reviewers of this ship to get a life about the Royal Princess. Let's take this step by step. 1. Boarding at Port Everglades was extremely quick. Yes, I'm an Elite Level Princess cruiser and did get in an express line at 12:15pm and was on the ship by 12:45pm. I was watching the regular check-in line at it was moving at a brisk pace. If you want no wait getting on the ship then get to the port about 1:30pm. Our luggage was at our room when we got to the cabin. We were in the front of the ship in L108 which is now a Premium Mini-Suite. The only downside to this room is that it is hard to get full use of the HUGE balcony when the ship is underway. 2. Yes, the elevators were slow when we boarded, but they were being used to get luggage on board and dispersed throughout the ship. During the cruise, I never waitied more than two minutes for an elevator at either end of the ship or near the Center elevator grouping. The doors are alittle slow in closing, but with the number of people using wheelchairs and walkers to get around the ship it was safer this way. Enough about the elevators. 3. The center staircase issue is a non-starter. It is way too easy to walk a little bit and use the stairs at either end. The stairs in the center of the ship will get you easily between Level 5 - Level 7. 4. The Enclave in the Spa is worth every penny of the $199.00 they are asking for its use for the week. They do limit the number of passes to the first 40 people that sign up. The massage special of $119.00 for the Royal Massage Special was one of the best I have ever had on a cruise. I did not want the mini-facial, so they just added extra time to the massage. The folks running the spa were extremely friendly and professional. My mother who was traveling with us used the Beauty Shop and loved the way they did her hair. 5. The Horizon Court -- So what if you have to walk around to see the tremendous number of different entree's being offered. This was the best food I have ever experienced on Princess. We do not use the Anytime Dining so I cannot comment on that area of the ship. The Bakery Section in the HC was outstanding. Time to stop whining about the food there. 6. As suggested, we ate at Alfredo's for one of our dinner's. The menu is limited in the type of pizza's they offer, but what we ordered was great. 7. International Cafe -- Awesome fresh and hot doughnuts in the morning. Did not get the Speciality Coffee Card, but the folks that I talked too seemed to enjoy the different coffee / tea drinks. 8. Crown Grill was outstanding was always! 9. The pools are limited on the Lido Deck and yes it was crowded up there, but never over-crowded. Great area in the evening for Movies Under The Stars. If you want more pool area reserve the private Sanctuary for the week. People tried to get up there at 7:30am everyday without alot of luck. Not a big deal to me. 10. The casino had a great selection of Slot Machines and they seemed always busy.Did not see many people winning at them though. The Table Games were excellent and even though I wound up down for the trip, I really enjoyed the professional running the Casino. The Electronic Poker Table was busy every evening with 1 - 2 No Limit games. They also had numerous $60 Texas Hold-em tournaments. 11. The special guest shows were good for a cruise ship with the Beatlemaniacs and an excellent comic. The ships company entertainment I though was just okay. At no time did I ever see people not able to get into any of the 3 shows at 6:45, 8:30, or 10:15pm. 12. I'm not going to comment on the ports asI have been to all of these in the past. Finally, The Royal Princess is a beautiful vessel. She is clean and everything is up to date. Yes, there are some minor things that seasoned Princess Cruisers will find different than the other ships. To that I say Who Cares! This was a great vacation and I would not hesitate for one second to go on her again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Sailed from Port Everglades on the 8th December for my wife's 60th birthday present. We had a Mini Suite R609, many issues and problems we did not expect as a suite passenger. 1st ever time on Princess as a passenger. (1) no water ... Read More
Sailed from Port Everglades on the 8th December for my wife's 60th birthday present. We had a Mini Suite R609, many issues and problems we did not expect as a suite passenger. 1st ever time on Princess as a passenger. (1) no water in the room unless you paid for it everyday, I haven't been on a cruise before where this took place, as a passenger in a suite you expect to be given some perks. This alone would put me off going on this ship again. Felt like I was being nickel and dimed for basic things like water. (2) Power cut out in the room the 1st night and it took 5 calls to passenger services to get anyone to come and look at the problem. (3) toilet block at 5am on the 2nd evening again it took them almost 1 and a half hours to come and look at the problem with people not understanding the English good enough to understand the problem. (4) tap handle broke in the WC within the 1st hour we used the bathroom, again it took 2 days for anyone to do anything about it. (5) 1st night in the anytime dinning was a total shambles, they told us the place was full and we had to go to the other dining room, when we went to that one they had no idea about how to fit us in for anytime dinning, the senior manager of the restaurant then cam to our aid after 10 minutes and seated us. The waiter was like a comedian and just throwing plates down in front of us with no decor or interest at all. I ordered a good bottle do red wine and the waiter split it the 1st time he poured onto the table cloth and left it there to dry in.The food in anytime dinning is terrible, worst I have ever experienced on any cruise line ever. There are major safety issues on this ship, no stairs on certain floors so if there is a fire or evacuation you have to go across the ship to use stairs and nothing was available at the floor we were on , only lifts which you cannot use in emergency situations. (6) the internet is a total joke, I tried to send 1 email and after 2 days it still never sent and cost me over $40.00 in internet costs. Everyone was complaining about the slowness and total non functioning of this internet on this ship, you would think that for the newest ship on the seas this would be sorted. When I spoke to the IT guys they said it's the satellite, being in IT myself this was total rubbish, there is just not enough servers on the sip to do any level of internet activity at all. 100s were complaining and I asked and got a 100% rebate on my account for this shambles of a system. (7) the patio doors in our suite creaked every night making sleeping difficult. Princess needs to really buck up their logistics and customer focus, because as a suite passenger I felt nothing extra. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean blow Royal Princess out of the water as far as passenger detail and quality of food is concerned. Good points are the entertainment was fantastic on this ship. We made our cruise vacation a good time but felt we would never go on anther Princess cruise again. Even passengers who had 21 previous Princess cruises told us the Royal Princess was very very poor in comparison to other Princess ships.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Just traveled on the Royal Princess with my family of four and two other families. Over all we had a nice time and it is a beautiful ship but there were a few issues but not deal breakers if we wanted to do this ship again. Since we were ... Read More
Just traveled on the Royal Princess with my family of four and two other families. Over all we had a nice time and it is a beautiful ship but there were a few issues but not deal breakers if we wanted to do this ship again. Since we were a total of 4 we had a Mini Suite with a Balcony that slept four. We were on the Aloha deck which is deck 12. As everyone has been saying the balconies are quite small and truthfully only one person could be out on it at a time. I felt the room size was fine even with my wife and two boys in it. I have no idea why some of the reviews were going on and on about where the toilet paper was located I would not have ever thought twice about it except I read about it so many times in people's reviews. It is okay right where it is and overall the bathroom was very nice. The Atrium on the boat reminds me of a high end hotel's lobby...the dining rooms and bars (Crooners especially) were great and if you can make a specialty restaurant reservation please do especially the Crown Grill. One of the best meals ever. The pool area which I was worried about after reading a few reviews was adequate. We cruised over Christmas and can't imagine a busier time and we always got chairs. Now if you are going to go out to the pool at 11:30 and think a chair is going to be waiting for you good luck. My biggest complaint with this boat and I think everyone on this board has brought it up at some point is there are no stairs mid ship. Now this may not seem like a big deal but we were mid ship and anytime we wanted to go back to our room we had to take an elevator which was a pain in the you know what as it would stop at every floor (as there were no stairs) or had to walk to the very front or very back of the boat to find stairs. Not sure why they did this. If you are thinking of booking this ship try to get a room in the front or back as this will make your trip more enjoyable. The staff was great all around we had no complaints about anyone.....we did not do any excursions as we like to stay on board when everyone else gets off. In regard to Disembarkation we needed to get off the ship early as we had a 10AM flight so we were in the first group off at 7AM. I think we were off the boat with our bags and through customs in about 15 minutes total which was great. All in all everyone in our group had a wonderful time, would we do this boat again probably would we get a room in the same location...no way!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Let me start by saying that there is no perfect ship, and I have been on dozens of cruises. I will try to give the most impartial review possible. With the exception of sister ships, you always get that enigmatic feeling boarding a new ... Read More
Let me start by saying that there is no perfect ship, and I have been on dozens of cruises. I will try to give the most impartial review possible. With the exception of sister ships, you always get that enigmatic feeling boarding a new ship. The orientation process hasn’t changed much since the invention of the sail, it just got longer. Let’s agree from the start that the Royal Princess is a beautiful ship. There are shortfalls, but not its beauty. Still, it’s not the most beautiful ship I’ve been on, that might be the Costa Atlantica, but Costa has problems of its own and let’s not go there or this might turn into an epistle. Where to start? Let’s start at the most important factor, too often overlooked: the beds. If you spend up to eight hours in a bed you want comfort. Simply put, the beds on this ship are superb! They are made in Italy and when two twin beds are put together for passengers requesting it, the cover serves as a pillow-top. And speaking of pillows, they are firm and thick. Add the gentle rocking of the ship, and this is heaven, for me at least. True delight pretty much ends there, due to another case of letting the architects have their way. The ship is difficult to navigate. Amidship are a bank of elevators. Every ship I have ever been on has a carpeted stairwell adjacent to the elevators. Not here! If you want to go up say, just one deck, you have to wait for the elevator, which during rush hour when elevators are often full, could take a while. Going forward or aft, there are often deck passageways that have a blockage, either port or starboard. This increases the orientation difficulties. If you are fortunate enough to enjoy one of the stage productions (The magic of David Cats is exceptional), and order a drink, there are no drink holders, so you will either put it on the floor and try not to accidentally knock it over, or be forced to hold it until gone. Then you hope that someone else in your aisle doesn’t knock it over and break it. The productions with singers and dancers are entertaining, but not fantastic. The choreography is impressive, but the choice of music makes me wonder if they purposely chose songs that no one knows, or just wanted to avoid the popular ones that we all embrace. One exceptional show for me was “Edith Piaf.” She is almost universally regarded as France’s most beloved singer. This show is in a smaller venue and the vocal tribute is spot on. A video of the show is available on your cabin smart flat screen TV, and it was so compelling, I watched it twice. This is the first ship where the spa doesn’t adjoin the exercise facility. Surprisingly the exercise facility is aft and topside. The area itself is adequate. There are treadmills and elliptical trainers that overlook the water, but the exercise machines number maybe twelve, and they are squeezed in a tight space. There are free weights and, surprise, lots of classes of zumba and miracle ways to lose weight and make you look years younger, all of which can be had with the aid of your room card, if you catch my drift. There is a men’s room off the exercise room and when the door opens, you have a great view of anyone who is urinating. Worse yet is the changing room, with lockers but no locks, and a door that opens directly to a hallway. If someone comes in that door and you are buck naked, remember to smile. The Spa, located way down on deck five has every trendy therapy you can imagine, along with the usual massages. If you are looking for just a sauna or steam bath, it will cost you $159/wk. They are housed in what they call the enclave. A more realistic name would be hot cave, as there is no escape from the elevated temp., from the moment you open the door with your computer coded wrist band, until your exit. The enclave is a large area, with the most uncomfortable amenities you could imagine. To increase its snob appeal, nothing has a name with which you are familiar. Sauna and steam bath are manaum and calderia, but my spelling might be off. Everything in this area is made of stone. The two steam rooms are normal sized, maybe ten by twelve, and both have two stumps in the middle of the room from which steam emanates. Around these are six seats that look like mushrooms on which you sit. If that sounds uncomfy, you’re right! There is no way to lean against a wall or relax. As mentioned, the room is totally tile and stone. What ever happened to relax? You are able to sit down and lean against the perimeter wall in the sauna, but again it is made of stone, and while that does heat up and provide warmth, there is no comfort and you are unable to recline. Worse yet, the room is more tepid than hot. That is not a problem in the steam rooms There are eight sloped stone “lounges” on which you can lay your towel. They are body contour in shape and do allow a haven of rest. Looking much like an afterthought, there are two oval shaped water beds. I don’t know what else to call them. They are maybe 6 feet long, and you lay on them. They are situated just off this large indoor pool, which has water spraying from various outlets when activated and acts as a giant hot tub. It is large enough to hold maybe twelve folks trying to escape the pain inflicted in the steam rooms and sauna. The entire area is posted as a quiet area, asking patrons to “respect” the privacy of those attempting to relax. Good luck there. The noise of the hot tub makes guests raise their level of conversation to that of someone talking on their cell phone while on an aircraft. No one bothers to monitor this yapping, and when asking the ladies that are happy to sell you the package for some help in controlling the noise level, you are told to report it to them and they will attempt to take action. Well, I never felt it was my job to play hall monitor, and no one that I saw comes in to check, so if you want quiet, try earplugs. Just to emphasize the low level of ambiance, you must exit the enclave to get to the men’s locker room in order to shower or whatever. There are no hair dryers, no razors, and while there are slides for your feet in the lockers, also activated with your wrist computer, and towels for your use, there is not even a scale with which to see how much you have overeaten on the cruise. In short, this was a big disappointment. Not having booked a massage, facial or pedicure, let me say that they seemed busy, so lots of folks probably enjoyed those. The food, as with most cruises, was plentiful and available. The culinary climax comes on the next to last night, which is almost always a formal night, another misnomer. The world is changing and Princess is totally flummoxed on how to cope. The Princess Patter, or daily blab, requests that “when formal nights are held, please observe the dress code….tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks for men.” Talk about your empty guidelines. Some men appeared in tee shirts and nothing was said or done. The buffet on any ship, where any dress is acceptable, is open if the rules are not followed, but Princess has chosen to ignore its own guide and allow anything. This may be the way of the world now. It is even more relaxed on Costa, so is it time to change the guidelines to mention that anything will be accepted, so as to abolish any guilt that casual folks might have? There are two “specialty” restaurants, if you want a culinary experience above mundane. That is not to say the restaurant food is poor, but you have a kitchen, every night, feeding thousands of passengers. All ships attempt excellence, but in reality, it rarely is. Anyway, the upscale dining, either Italian or Steak/Fish, are, for many, worth the markup. The baked fish in salt for two is especially popular. Problem is, the ship’s designers have chosen to have these restaurants open, without doors. This robs the diner of any ambiance. The soft music in the restaurant is drowned out by the music from the lounge nearby, and people walking by in the hallway. This makes the experience less cozy or enjoyable. The cabins, or staterooms, are respectable size, but please, for your own well- being, if you can possibly afford it, opt for a balcony cabin. The inside cabins, except for the flat screen TV, resemble a jail cell. Talk to your cruise specialist. That said, each cabin sports one, two, or in the case of major suites many flat screen TVs. The problem is the selection of channels. You have ESPN International and ESPN2. Please understand these channels are not the same as what you enjoy at home. You are likely to see the world’s most popular sport on both channels, that sport being football. That is not the football you know with the NCAA or NFL. This is what Americans call soccer, possibly the most boring sport in the world if you are not a fan (oh he’s kicking the ball, oh yes, he is except for a defender, oh my, he’s kicking the ball now, what fun!). Excuse me, but what percentage of passengers are American? And you are giving us this crap when there is baseball, basketball, REAL football or even golf on? Man up! The other selections are equally meager. You get BBC news (walkies anyone?). currently they are showing a girl and her parakeet. For what reason, I do not know. Next choice FOX News (so far right, the ship might turn to starboard). MSNBC is channel 4. (What DO they broadcast anyway?). Next is CNBC, (great to watch if you’re into the stock market and it is going up). Channel 6 is Engage. (Anybody’s guess there). Channel eight is the WebCam, which gives you the view from the bow of the ship. As mentioned, this is a smart TV of sorts. One more thing to mention about the in-cabin TV experience. You have what amounts to a Smart TV. You can pull up Live TV, TV shows, Movies or Music. Some of the offerings are limited, but all-in-all, the selection is good, and the quality of the image is outstanding. It is unfortunate to tell you that there are no lounges in the bow of the ship, as there are on almost all ships. These type lounges are excellent for viewing the entering and leaving of ports, so the passengers are robbed of that charming experience. In the opinion of folks with which I conversed, that is the biggest error in the ships design. As you may have noticed, there are many. Let’s sum it up, shall we? Good Points: beautiful ship, great beds, nice big flat screen TVs, friendly crew, Laundromat on every deck ($2 for wash, $1.50 to dry, swipe card for tokens) Not so Good points: no free sauna or steamroom, poor ship layout by almost any standard, no forward lounge Same as any Cruise line: food at many venues, reserved or anytime dining, enjoyable entertainment (don’t miss the great illusionist), fitness center, available complimentary room service menu, anytime buffet, sports deck with choices.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I wanted to try the newest princess ship, the Royal and overall was very impressed. She is obviously bigger than any other Princess ship. I mostly liked the way Royal was designed. The enlarged Piazza is definitely the focal point of the ... Read More
I wanted to try the newest princess ship, the Royal and overall was very impressed. She is obviously bigger than any other Princess ship. I mostly liked the way Royal was designed. The enlarged Piazza is definitely the focal point of the ship. The various eateries in the Piazza were a definite improvement. Alfredo's pizzeria is a great addition as is the expanded Vines wine bar. There is a seafood bar which includes sushi. The International Cafe is a definite crowd pleaser. The Gelateria is now in its own separate location. One nice feature you can use your coffee card for Gelato. Sabatini's is on deck 5 near Vines. I stopped eating at at Sabatini's when the format was changed several years ago. In my opinion they went from treating you to a night in Italy to dining at an Italian restaurant back home. The Royal has 3 main dining rooms. One dedicated to fixed seatings, one has a 5:30 fixed seating and is open to any time dining at 7pm and the third dining room is any time dining. I always choose any time dining. I found a mixture of great service with some so so service. A great lead waiter , Ivan from Serbia placed us at table 307 in the Concerto dining room after 2 days of very slow service. Our Waiter was Grace and her assistant waiter was Tranquilino, both from the Philippines. Their service was outstanding. Their time management and excellent customer service skills were probably the best I've ever had with Princess. The food in the dining room did not disappoint, fantastic as always. The horizon court has been expanded with numerous food stations. They also added a horizon bistro for something quick and a pastry shop. This is a real plus. Our cabin seemed a bit small for what I thought it should be on this new ship. They put a card reader on the wall by the cabin door. You must put a room card in it to activate the electricity. While I understand the reason is to conserve electricity I found a way to get around this without leaving my room card in it. I had my platinum membership card with me for preferred embarkation. It's the same size as the room card so I left it in the card reader throughout the cruise. The water pressure was much less than other ships I've been on. Also probably to conserve water. There was another definite issue with the bathroom. They placed the toilet paper holder in a very awkward place under the sink to the left and slightly behind the toilet. It was very difficult to use. The entertainment venues had some pluses and minuses. The princess theater was bigger and while the seats were comfortable they lacked the pull up trays for drinks. The vista lounge on deck 7 aft was a little crowded the way the tables and chairs were layed out. Princess Live a real tv studio is very cool. The morning show is filmed there daily. Also they use the venue for various shows like Liar liar and the marriage show. The entertainment on this cruise was very good. The production shows were very professional and very entertaining. There was only 1 comedian during the cruise but he was very funny. There was also David Cats a magician and the Beatle Maniacs. Both were excellant. They also had a band called Steele that played mostly in the Piazza. They were outstanding. The main pool area had a some extra touches that were very neat. The first thing was the sea walk. It's a curved walkway with a glass floor the moves out over the ocean. The view straight down is a bit scary. Then there's the center court fountains and the largest movies under the stars screen. The adult pool by the Sanctuary is also larger and have more lounges. It's still next to impossible to get a place in the Sanctuary. I got up one morning very early at my wife's request to try to reserve places for the next day. The line was already 25 deep and I stood in line 45 minutes until 8am when they start taking reservations. It was full before I got half way there. Overall I really enjoyed the Royal and hope the short comings will be dealt with on their next ship the Regal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We booked the first Caribbean (actually it was in the Atlantic) for this new ship -- which was launched in Europe the summer of 2013. It had completed its transatlantic cruise to Ft. Lauderdale and this was the initial 5 day sailing which ... Read More
We booked the first Caribbean (actually it was in the Atlantic) for this new ship -- which was launched in Europe the summer of 2013. It had completed its transatlantic cruise to Ft. Lauderdale and this was the initial 5 day sailing which included a day at Princess Cays, a day at Grand Turk, and two days at sea. The ship is the largest of the Princess fleet. It was beautifully outfitted with all types of venues available. It was fully booked and holds around 3,600 passengers. I felt that the service, in all areas, was good and efficient. We ate in the buffets and the traditional dining room -- and the food was well prepared and the variety good. There were no problems with substitutions (ie: no potatoes, but more veggies, etc). The shows were all well done and appropriate for any age range. Positive Additions: The buffet eating venues (Horizon Court and the adjoining Bistro) provided excellent food selections as well as abundant seating. There was never a problem getting a place to sit and eat. Negative Issues: There was no central staircase bethind the central elevators -- a staircase ran from deck 5 to 6 and 6 to 7, but not beyond that! That necessitated unnecessary central elevator use, or the need to go to either the far aft or far forward stairs! This made for heavy traffic on the central elevators. All other Princess ships have a stairway to all floors behind the central elevators. In the Princess Theater, there are no cup holders -- although bar service is provided. Therefore you either held your beverage, or sat it on the floor! Not the best arrangement to say the least.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Was looking forward to this cruise, all the aft rooms had soot all over the balconies. Food was not good in the dining room we only ate there 3 to 4 times. Had turkey one night is was tough white meat, corn bread was bad also. They put a ... Read More
Was looking forward to this cruise, all the aft rooms had soot all over the balconies. Food was not good in the dining room we only ate there 3 to 4 times. Had turkey one night is was tough white meat, corn bread was bad also. They put a slice of sweet potato on the my plate. Desert was almost the same every night. Food was good in the Crown grill but there was a charge for that $50 a couple. Bathrooms were so small toilet paper you had to twist your body up to reach it. Had to ask for soap to wash your hands. The whole ship was boring mostly a geriatric cruise ship. Laser light show wasn't working at all. TV was constantly not working. Shows limited to 30 min. only. Princess theater has no tables in it to hold drinks or even cup holders built into chairs. Coming from Deck 12 you take the elevator to Decl 7 then walk down the hall a ways to center of the ship then take another elevator to deck 5 were the dining rooms are. Not enough people working on the ship and for sure they do not smile much at all. Would not use this cruise lines again. Ship had a lot of hipe but thats it. Just not an upbeat experience. Seems most of there passengers play scrabble and play cards thats it. Even at times the music is boring. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I have thought a lot about my experience on board the Royal Princess, let it digest and settle in for a couple of weeks before penning a review. I will say that, compared to how I felt getting off the boat, my negative impressions have not ... Read More
I have thought a lot about my experience on board the Royal Princess, let it digest and settle in for a couple of weeks before penning a review. I will say that, compared to how I felt getting off the boat, my negative impressions have not mellowed with time, although my acute irritation has tamped down somewhat. To sum up the experience: beautiful ship and if it had been my first Princess cruise, I would never have considered returning to the line. The good: This is a BEAUTIFUL ship, to look at. No plastic brassy Sopranos-esque splendor this. Woods and granites and polished steels, as well as wide open spaces and broad areas make the ship a joy to be in. Automatic doors and wider entryways everywhere are wonderful. It feels like a luxury resort hotel on the water, which is really what all cruise ships should be in my opinion. The public spaces are bigger and grander than I have seen on Princess ships. Despite almost 4000 passengers, there really wasnt any problem with getting a place to be or a place to sit wherever you wanted to go. That was a wonderful new experience, especially during busy times where there were a lot of people out and about. The new Ocean seafood bar is a great, if pricy, experience. Ossetra caviar set up in the perfectly traditional way with plenty of fixings (egg, onion, crme fraiche, the whole schmear) is a joyous experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the splurge. Note-- -get a vodka martini straight up, NOT a shot, if you like vodka with your caviar. The pour is bigger and more cost effective. The sushi here was also wonderful, with unusual offerings like tuna poke for the Hawaii-philes amongst us. They do not do rolls, however, which is a bit of a lack, but if you charm the staff they will work with you regardless of the official offerings. This was one of two areas where the staff and service simply shined. The boutiques are better stocked and have broader breadth. A particularly nice addition, to me, was the cosmetics boutique dedicated just to fragrance, cosmetics, and body products. The prices were really good, too. Bravo! Horizon Court is vastly better and improved. From the space and layout to the variety and quality of the food-- A++++. The bad: I read someone else describe this as a teething situation. Yes, this ships staff is collectively a cranky fussy baby that does not know what to do with itself. Without cataloguing in a super boring way the serious and ongoing shortcomings: dining room service is slow, incompetent and belligerent about its incompetence (no I DID bring you the right bottle of wine, oh really, cause I can read my account number on the previous bottle which is not this); bar service is hit or miss at best never even a waiter to be found in the casino and only three times over 13 days in the aft smoking section; room service is an unmitigated mess--- deliveries an hour early, consistently missing items (like milk for cereal), fruit orders are an absolute shuffle (heres your bowl of kiwi, wait, I ordered everything BUT kiwi) and on and on and on. More than once I was brought the wrong drink, and once told "just drink that its close enough." The ship is new and the staff has no experience with each other, and boy does it show. The best example of this was standing, for a full five minutes, trying to get a simple Diet Coke, listening to the lone bartender argue with a server at the bar about how the server had taken an order, with the server arguing back that he had done it correctly to start with. Aside from our STELLAR cabin steward, the service got a D- grade consistently. The staff are pretty clear, universally, that they are there for their own reasons and purposes. Providing service or experience is definitely not high on the list. I got particularly sick of the entertainment staff strutting and shoving around the ship--- even crowding and shoving in line at the buffet--- as if they owned it. Its too big, period. Everything and everywhere is a hike. This becomes really tiresome after a while and its just wearing to walk a football field to get anywhere. Dining choices and especially the wine list have taken a serious turn towards the uninspired and mediocre. When coupled with the "service" the Dining Rooms really left me cold, which was sad since on our other cruises I loved the Dining Room experience nightly. The fountain show is lame. Perhaps a better pool would have been a better call. The ugly: Its a profit maximizing situation, only, for Princess and thats how theyre treating it. It starts to stack up in an annoying way. They are charging separately for soda in a mixed drink. They actually have fewer and less nice amenities throughout when compared to other ships--- laundry room is top loader and old washers and dryers; no game room/area; the pools (see below); the library is several shelves with a single conference table; steam rooms and spa amenities are co-ed and costs $49.00 per day; etc. etc. The idea was clearly to cram as many people as possible onto this pretty tub with the minimum amenities they could get away with. Two pools for 4000 people. Yes two. No aft pool area which was awesome on other ships. No indoor pool. Basically, if you want to wade into Manhattan rush hour type crowds the pools are great, otherwise the pools are unusable. I found this situation unforgivable. Our cabin, while beautiful, was ridiculously badly insulated, poorly installed and the tradeoffs Princess made, bluntly, suck. Our balcony on a mini-suite was a joke--- teeny tiny. Compared to the Island Princess where it was basically another room on our mini-suite, the Royal Princess balcony frankly just made me mad. Two chairs crammed in and no room to move. There were ottomans underneath the deck chairs that one could not get out without taking the whole mess inside, and nowhere for them to be. The balcony was basically useless and unusable. I could not find a comfortable way to sit, ever, and every time I tried my legs fell asleep. The suites were also balcony-deficient. The noise in the cabin was outrageous and was a lot like being inside a boiler room--- crashes, bangs, shudders, groans. A TV fell off the wall at one point. Ugh. For a laugh--- whoever designed the bathrooms clearly never poops. Toilet paper was IMPOSSIBLE to get to or use and everyone I spoke to had toilet paper sitting in a roll on their counter for this reason. While this is just dumb, it gives you an idea of how they treated the ship and comfort of the passengers--- i.e., not at all. The verdict: All in all, we had a great trip because of the itinerary in the Mediterranean and the wonderful people we met. The Royal Princess itself was not something that made the trip better, and I will never sail it again.   Read Less
Sail Date July 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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