219 Princess Royal Princess Senior Cruise Reviews

BREAKFAST Most of the food in the buffet was COLD. The toast, English muffins, and bagels were run through an automated toaster when the buffet was opened and were served for the next several hours. Fried eggs were also cooked earlier ... Read More
BREAKFAST Most of the food in the buffet was COLD. The toast, English muffins, and bagels were run through an automated toaster when the buffet was opened and were served for the next several hours. Fried eggs were also cooked earlier and the warming pans delivered either cold or luke warm eggs. The only made to order item were the omelets, and they were great! LUNCH & DINNER Again much of what was served was cold. There was a good variety of meat served, but it was way overcooked, dry, and tastless. MAIN DINING ROOMS Very little variety and again luke warm fish and meat (overcooked). Nothing special except on the two formal nights. If you did not bring your formal atire, no filet or lobster. We should have ignored the formal attire since the "Smart Casual" requirement was not enforced. We saw shorts, flip-flops, sweat pants, ripped jeans, and T-shirts. "Any Time Dining" was a myth. You need to make a reservation in advance and each time we tried we could only get a time of 5:30 or after 7:15. ENTERTAINMENT All venues, especially the central plaza or atrium, were so loud you could not get out of or walk by fast enough. What they lacked in talent they made up for in volume. CHARGES FOR WHAT OTHER LINES GIVE OUT FOR FREE Bottled water, soft drinks, playing cards, all are charged to your account. The Library and game room is a joke. We have seen larger facilities on river cruise boats. Internet fees are also high when compared with other cruise lines. The only free coffee we found was at the buffet which was far away from our stateroom. NEWS AND TELEVISION No CNN or ESPN. Fox News may be fine for the ultra right and MSNBC for the left. But, that was your only choices. They did have Euro Sports and CNBC. Having sailed with Oceania eleven times, I missed the free four page USA Today that was delivered free to my stateroom daily. Also available on Oceania is a free full version of the USA Today in the Concierge Lounge. You cannot even buy one on Princess. OTHER Prices in the boutiques were mostly outrageous. $30 for a logo plastic water bottle or $24 for an insulated coffee cup. Part of the problem with this ship is it's size. Elevator wait times on s ship with 3,700 passengers is often very long. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The price was great and the port was close enough to drive there. The room was large enough and kept clean by the steward at all times. He provided the requested ice the whole trip. The food was good if not super in buffet and ... Read More
The price was great and the port was close enough to drive there. The room was large enough and kept clean by the steward at all times. He provided the requested ice the whole trip. The food was good if not super in buffet and servers there were very friendly and attentive. We will probably book this trip again in a few years and will watch prices on Princess cruises closely. Thinking about their Alaska trip in the near future. Entertainment was the highlight of the trip...the stock singers and dancers were much better than the usual groups are. The comedy act on two different nights was excellent. The crowd had a great time with him...his first name was AJ and I cannot remember his last name. It was my first time on Princess and I will try them again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
EXCELLENT IMPROVEMENT BY PRINCESS CRUISE LINES AS AN ELITE MEMBER We never thought princess would have outstanding service & abundance of variety & quality food. They had 4 or 5 different buffet line that never seems to be ... Read More
EXCELLENT IMPROVEMENT BY PRINCESS CRUISE LINES AS AN ELITE MEMBER We never thought princess would have outstanding service & abundance of variety & quality food. They had 4 or 5 different buffet line that never seems to be crowed we planned to do anytime dining but after tasting the quality food in the lido we had enjoyed our meals at the buffet. The royal princess decor was beautiful and clean ship always someone taking care of business. The entertainment was excellent with dancer's and singers along with the comedy & other shows. The crew activities and clowning around was entertaining we really enjoyed the dance off in the pizza....along with the captains toast & elite party. The water show was interesting just like they have in las vegas but smaller but enjoyable. Embarkation & debarkcation was wellorgainzed and prove to be effective in leaving the royal princess we are looking forward in sailing on the royal princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically ... Read More
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically open when you approach, you can order food/drinks anywhere, locate your friends on the ship, pay for purchases in the shops etc. Cabin was roomy and clean. Beds were comfy...although a little soft for my taste. Balcony was beautiful. Bathroom is very small but not a deal breaker. Our A530 cabin had the BEST view of Los Arcos when we docked in Cabo. Also saw grey whales on the way into port. Pick that side of the ship when choosing a stateroom. The Cabo marina area is mostly bars, restaurants and touristy shopping which we avoided. The excursion we picked was Tamarindo Farms Organic Farm to Table experience. We made pico de gallo and guacamole and had a wonderful lunch. This was the highlight of the tour. After lunch were supposed to tour a "glass blowing factory" but ended up at an art gallery in San Jose Del Cabo. All in all a good day. On the second day in port we decided to stay on ship ( since you have to be back on board by noon). Got a spot at the adult pool and enjoyed a sunny afternoon and more whale watching as we left port. When the ship is moving it gets windy out there! Enjoyed the movies at sea, bingo, excellent entertainment (Encore show and Cheaza -the Whitney Houston tribute singer), anytime dining had wonderful choices every night. Make a reservation in am if you don't want to wait for a table. I would recommend this cruise for someone who wants to see what cruising is all about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We picked this short cruise largely because we hadn't been to the 2 ports on the cruise before. We coupled it with the 2 previous Royal Princess cruises before on a B2B2B basis. It stopped at Avalon, Catalina Island and Ensenada, ... Read More
We picked this short cruise largely because we hadn't been to the 2 ports on the cruise before. We coupled it with the 2 previous Royal Princess cruises before on a B2B2B basis. It stopped at Avalon, Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Catalina was very picturesque and a great stopover point. We rented a golf cart and drove around the island for a couple of hours, which was great fun. We rented the golf cart from Island Rentals for a total cost of $80 for the 2 hours (less than most tours). We could have had a 3rd hour for free, but felt we saw most of what was available to see. The normal price was $50/hour, but because I am a U.S. Navy vet they discounted the cost by $20. Vets and active service members can get this discount simply by asking. The carts are a little difficult to drive in as much as when you stop they die and have to be restarted (at least the one we had did). Eventually I got use to it, but no way am I willing to trade in my own UTV one one of these beasts. Still a great deal of fun and a great way to see the island. Ensenada was a surprise after hearing so much negative things about the town. We actually found it to be a great port. An antique car show was going on at the time and we enjoyed that as well. The people were friendly and the merchants weren't as pushy as in many of the other ports of call. The Royal is a beautiful ship and the staff and employees are friendly and very helpful. The food was also great, both in the buffet and the dining room. We also enjoyed Alfredro's Pizzeria and the waiter Avinash was fun to talk to. The "Ice Cream Lady" serving cones on the deck was also fun to joke and talk with. It is people like these that keep us coming back to Princess. What we didn't know when we booked this cruise was the fact that about a dozen of the San Francisco 49'ers football players would be on board with their fans. Apparently the team does this frequently as a service to their fans. Neither me or my wife are big football fans so those efforts were essentially wasted on us, but their fans certainly seemed to enjoy all the attention they got from the players. Unfortunately this seemed to encourage too much drinking with many of women in particular becoming loud, drunk and a bit obnoxious. We avoided them so it wasn't a major problem for us though. The cruise director, Marcus Prince Juanta was one of the best we've had. He was entertaining, but wasn't so silly as some of the others we have had. He was virtually everywhere in all of the activities and always added to those events in a good way. We decided to take the Princess shuttle to the airport after the cruise. While it was a little more expensive than some other forms of transportation at $34.00/person, but the convenience of it made it worth it to us. The production shows weren't really very entertaining and the dancers and singers weren't that great either. That was the only area of the cruise I would mark below a five. Over the years the entertainment on all of the Princess ships seems to have degraded and music is always too loud throughout the ship. The loud music is the most common complaint we hear from many of the passengers. The music is frequently so loud in the Piazza area that it makes conversion with your shipmates nearly impossible. It would be nice if they would simply turn down the volume by about one half. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The port of calls were certainly limited on this cruise with two days in Cabo only with the second day on the short side. Nevertheless, it was a great get away cruise. We'd sailed on the Royal previously to Alaska and even on the ... Read More
The port of calls were certainly limited on this cruise with two days in Cabo only with the second day on the short side. Nevertheless, it was a great get away cruise. We'd sailed on the Royal previously to Alaska and even on the previous 7 night cruise to this one on a B2B basis. The Royal is a beautiful and well designed ship. The beef steaks and roasts were much better than usual in both the dining room and the buffet. Many times in the past we have found the beef to be somewhat tough and not having a lot of flavor on the Princess ships, but on this trip we were very happy with the quality of the meat. It was flavorful, tender and cooked perfectly to my rare preferences. This cruise was over the Super Bowl weekend and many of the cruisers took the cruise in order to watch the game on the "Movies Under the Stars" big screen. The ship had tailgate parties and a lot of activities centered around that particular event which have been the reason for the shorter than normal length of the cruise. As usual the workers and staff were exceptional. Marcus Prince Juanta. the cruise director, was the BEST. He was entertaining, personable and didn't have to wear PJs and act silly to entertain the cruisers. Avinash in the Alfredro's Pizzeria and Zelenir (ice cream cone lady) were lots of fun to talk with. We felt the entertainment in the theatre was lacking a bit. We would have preferred a little more diversity in the type of shows. My own preference would be less of the production type shows, dancing and singers and more in the form of Cirque du Soleil, hypnotists, comedians, etc. The comedian Steve White was great though. Because the E626 cabin is quite a bit aft we did experience some slight noise, but it wasn't enough to bother us. And at times we could feel a little vibration when sitting in the buffet next to the windows, but again it wasn't enough to really bother us. Overall we found the Royal to be a great ship which is well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were hoping to get out of the cold weather, but found California and Mexico to be considerably colder in late January than we expected. Fortunately coming from cold Montana we were use to the chill. We'd been on the Royal Princess ... Read More
We were hoping to get out of the cold weather, but found California and Mexico to be considerably colder in late January than we expected. Fortunately coming from cold Montana we were use to the chill. We'd been on the Royal Princess before and found it still be a very beautiful and well maintained ship. All the staff and workers on the ship were very friendly and helpful, but that is a common attribute on all Princess ships. We flew into Los Angles and took the Go Shuttle to our Best Western Plus hotel in San Pedro. We usually used Super Shuttle for our transportation to our motel, but they have since went out of business. I believe that Go Shuttle must simply have a contract with Uber or Lift because they were located in that area and we were pickup up in Toyota RAV4 SUV rather than the usual shuttle area. If you use this service be sure to get good directions to the pickup area because it took us a lot of walking and asking questions to find them. No one seemed to recognize the name "Go Shuttle" at the airport. It was by far the cheapest service we could find at $39.95 for both me and my wife. Food was excellent throughout the ship. We thought the beef steaks and roast were considerably better than on our previous cruises on Princess, but the fruit wasn't all that great, but that was probably due to the time of the year. We were a bit disappointed with the theatre shows and would like to see more diversity in the type of shows. The comedian Carlos Oscar was very good, but the production shows "Colors of the World" and Encore" were both a big disappointment. Marcus Prince Juanta was possibly the best cruise director we have ever had, funny, but not silly like so many others. Rolando and his assistant in the Concerto Dining Room were both great as was Avinash in Alfredro's Pizzeria. And Zelenir from Brazil serving up the ice cream cones around the swimming pool was exceptionally nice to talk to. Getting to know and talking to people like these simply make our cruises great ones. We often prefer smaller ships, but overall the Royal Princess is a great ship and one of the most beautiful in our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The Sanctuary was a life saver for us. Pleasant, Restful and First Class ! The First Day Shore Excursion was a Disaster, after that first day Shore Excursion we stayed on the ship every day and were pampered in the Sanctuary. The ... Read More
The Sanctuary was a life saver for us. Pleasant, Restful and First Class ! The First Day Shore Excursion was a Disaster, after that first day Shore Excursion we stayed on the ship every day and were pampered in the Sanctuary. The stuff was amazing in every single way. Even after our disappointing excursion they refunded us 100% for that day plus let us out of the other two excursions, knowing we were disappointed. The Dining and Entertainment was a highlight each night. The Formal nights were a great time. With over 3000 people plus 1000 workers On Board, we were amazed you could always find a quiet place to sit and relax. But Again, The Sanctuary was Amazing and worth the extra cost to have a Beautiful Cabana, Fruit, welcome drink and a fridge full of Beverages. The Day of Disembarking was super organized and smooth, Impressive !!!! The Movie and water show were also Very Good . Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Wife's birthday, 48th Anniversary. These new beds are outstanding. I have a Sleep Number bed at home; these beds are just as comfortable. The seas were FLAT the whole trip, and mostly over 70 deg F. The food choice was vast, and ... Read More
Wife's birthday, 48th Anniversary. These new beds are outstanding. I have a Sleep Number bed at home; these beds are just as comfortable. The seas were FLAT the whole trip, and mostly over 70 deg F. The food choice was vast, and tasty, with short lines. We have been to the same ports many times, so we stayed onboard, mostly, to enjoy the food, and take naps. The new Medallion, which replaces the cruise card, unlocks/locks your door, and does so much more. It is used, along with your cell phone, to order drinks, find your partner, and get you on and off the cruise quickly. This was the most relaxing cruise we have been on in a long time. I am married to Mrs Cruise Queen (her cruise critic name) so I should have had her write this. She talks a lot more, and types far faster than I do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Those people who have read my previous reviews know that my wife and I are senior citizens and basically, cruise potatoes. We cruise because we love being on cruise ships. We don't care about the itinerary since we rarely get off at ... Read More
Those people who have read my previous reviews know that my wife and I are senior citizens and basically, cruise potatoes. We cruise because we love being on cruise ships. We don't care about the itinerary since we rarely get off at the ports. We don't do excursions. The ship is our destination. Therefore, my reviews consist of commenting on the on board aspects that are important to me which are food, service, entertainment/activities, stateroom and general ambiance - pretty much in that order. We cruised the Royal Princess on January 11, 2020 to the Mexican Riviera. The same ports we have been to at least 18 times before. Food grade B+ I realize food is very subjective. What I think is mediocre, you might think is terrific and vice versa. Most of the main dining room food was quite good. The Horizon buffet food was more hit and miss. The buffet was divided into three sections, a small buffet at the front/aft part of the lido deck, a pastry section and then a larger, more encompassing buffet at the aft/aft part of the lido deck. They repeated some items and changed others. The fresh fruit in the buffet was mostly hard and not very flavorful. The cantaloupe seemed to be the best of the bunch. In the main dining room, you had the option to order a steak from the Crown Grill. If you go to the Crown Grill, you pay an up charge of $29. If you order it in the main dining room, the up charge is $19. I ordered a filet mignon from the main dining room. It was cooked to order correctly but by the time I got it, it was dry, lacked flavor and was barely warm. The MDR dinner menu on Princess has a this night specialty selection on one side of the menu and an every night repeating choice on the other side, in case you do not like any of the specialty options. This is common among most cruise lines. The problem with Princess which really annoys me and why they will never get a 5 star review from me unless they change, is that every other cruise line on their every night options has a seafood dish, a chicken dish and a meat dish and perhaps a vegetarian option. The meat dish on the other cruise lines consists of some kind of steak. On Carnival, for instance, it is a flat iron steak. On Princess, the meat dish consists of a HAMBURGER!!! Yup, hamburger. Talk about being classy!!?!. You are in a relatively elegant dining room, served impeccably on white linen, china and crystal tableware and if you are a meat eater and don’t like the specialty option that evening, you can order a….hamburger or if you don’t feel like McDonalding it that evening, you can order, let’s see…a HAMBURGER. No other choices. Princess used to have a reputation of having some of the best food of the major market cruise lines. Why they have made a decision to cheapen down their brand I do not understand. They could at least serve a chopped sirloin steak with choice of potato but nope….hamburger and fries. No other cruise line of the six I have cruised, Carnival, RCCL. HAL, NCL & Celebrity does this. I guess other lines care more about their image than Princess does. OK, done with my rant over my pet peeve with Princess. Entertainment/Activities A- Princess has seldom disappointed in the caliber of performers and production shows and they did not on this ship either. They did have to cancel half of one of the production shows because of “technical difficulties”. Toward the end of the cruise, there was a culinary show on which they had lowered a kitchen backdrop toward the front of the stage. Once lowered they were unable to raise it again and when we disembarked it was still down. This would prevent ANY production type shows from occurring during the next cruise unless they found a way to raise it. The comedian, singers, dancers were all very good. The production show that we only saw half of, I could not follow the story line and what I did follow seemed stupid. The costumes and lighting tended to be dark and I thought it was a bad show. I would have walked out before it was over anyway. The fact that the dancers and singers were quite talented could not save it. Singer Barbi McCullough (sp) who performed on the last day was exceptional. What a voice! She knocked it out of the park. My wife and I are readers and we usually spend a lot of time reading on our cruises. The library should have been called the game room. There were lots of games but maybe 7 books total in the whole library!!!. My wife loves perusing ship’s libraries. Needless to say, she was quite disappointed with this one. We did not do many activities this trip, but looking in the Princess Patter, the daily guide to what was happening, there seemed to be a fair amount of activities to partake of, should one want to. Stateroom A- Our stateroom was classified as an obstructed balcony class stateroom but there was very little obstruction. We lucked out and got a stateroom that had no lifeboat outside our balcony. The room was adequate in size except for the bathroom which was really tiny. Typically bathrooms are small on cruise ships but this was smaller than most. Other than that, there was more than enough storage space for two people. The only problem was there was limited space under the bed to store our suitcases. There was a large plastic something under the bed that stored linens or covers or something for, I assume, housekeeping. Large screen TV on the wall facing the bed with limited channels but a fair selection of on demand free movies and shows. Service A+ Everyone from our room steward, Igor, who was exceptional, to our dining staff and every crew member we encountered with the exception of one crew member in the Horizon buffet and one in the casino, rendered excellent service, provided a cheery greeting with a smile and made you feel warmly welcomed and cared about. You can see from my previous comments how picky I am and I have no complaints about the service I received from crew members. It was top notch. General Ambiance A The ship is beautiful. Public areas are gorgeous. You are surrounded by elegant décor. This is a Medallion class ship and frankly, the Medallion app has some bugs that need to be worked out. It works quite well for opening doors but as far as finding your shipmates, ordering food and drink, etc., sometimes it works OK, sometimes not. My wife could locate me via a diagram of where I was on the ship – my exact location. When I tried to locate her, all it would give me was the floor she was on without a diagram. I could not find how to order food to where I was on the app, only drinks. My wife tried to send me messages via chat. Either it never let me know there was a message or I could not hear the notification due to ambient noise. In any case, the message was not instant and frequently would not show up until 15 minutes to an hour after she sent it. Others have commented on this and I will too. The main elevators – the ones that are used by most people most of the time – are inadequate for the number of passengers. They are packed full a great deal of the time so unless you are on floor 4 or 5 or 16, there will be many times when you wait for a long time only to find that when your elevator comes it is packed full and there is no room for you. This is very frustrating. You need to use the forward or aft elevators most of the time but the aft elevators cannot get you to some places. The main elevators are the most convenient and the ones that will get you to wherever you need to go but are a problem. Did we enjoy the ship? Yes, yes and yes. Will we go on her again in the future? Probably - more likely than not. Since we live near the west coast, we favor ships that cruise out of the west coast. They are the easiest and most cost effective for us to get to. This was our 27th cruise since we started cruising together in 2012. Hopefully, there will be many more cruises in our future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
we have cruised with Princess many times We live close to the port and like this itinerary and the cruise price was very favorable. The ship is in tip top condition and we were looking forward to experiencing the new medallion set ... Read More
we have cruised with Princess many times We live close to the port and like this itinerary and the cruise price was very favorable. The ship is in tip top condition and we were looking forward to experiencing the new medallion set up onboard. The medallion made embarkation a breeze and everyone gave it 5 stars, you have to become ocean ready by uploading your details to Princess about three weeks prior to your cruise, then princess send you your medallion via FedEx and that’s it. The medallion allows you many more time saving tasks but too many to mention here. The entertainment was very enjoyable but there was a technical hitch and one of the new main shows was postponed and rescheduled and eventually cancelled for the performers safety. The food was very good with nice choices in all venues. The crew were friendly, attentive, efficient and hard working. I would recommend this cruise who would like a comfortable 7 day fun time or just for a rest. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was an amazing cruise. Perfect for a first time cruise or limited time available. This ship has been updated with the new medallion program. Which makes your moving around the ship so much easier. The nicest part was the crew used ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise. Perfect for a first time cruise or limited time available. This ship has been updated with the new medallion program. Which makes your moving around the ship so much easier. The nicest part was the crew used your name and the cabin door unlocked for you when you came up to the door. Our first port of call was Catalina. This is a tendered port. If you have not used a tender it is a small boat that took you to shore. We did not go over until after lunch and at that time it started to rain. The Princess crew offered hot chocolate and towels for that wet guests later in the day. Such an nice return! Dining because we were on the 15th deck right under the Horizon buffet we ate there every morning for breakfast. My advise walk around and see what they have before plating. It made it so much easier to know what we wanted without wasting a lot of food. Again creature of habits we like Concerto Dining Room and the amazing food for dinner we ate there every night. The staff's recommendations were always right on. Also check out the fitness classes that they offer on board. Very informative! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose this cruise to take my elderly mother on a shorter cruise. I also chose it for the price and the way the main dining and other activities are all centrally located so she would not have to walk as much. Summary: The Dining ... Read More
I chose this cruise to take my elderly mother on a shorter cruise. I also chose it for the price and the way the main dining and other activities are all centrally located so she would not have to walk as much. Summary: The Dining was very friendly and accommodating, even when we didn't arrive on time. The food was mostly good. But the formal night did not not have the usual steak and lobster, instead just okay food on formal night. (I think lobster was offered on the first night but for an added cost). The cheapest bottle of wine was $55, and then they brought the wrong one, and since they had opened it, they would not take it back. There was a lot of upselling. The cabin was so small, (a mini suite) that we could not even get a standard walker through the door) The minis suite was smaller than a standard cabin on Holland America. The steward forgot to leave us any washcloths on 3 of the 5 days. Sometimes left us 2 towels for 3 people and other times 5 towels. However he turned out beds down daily and was otherwise OK, but none of those beloved towel animals. The beds were adequate, the couch bed springy and not too comfortable but an extra padding that we added ourselves, helped. Beneath the beds they stored a bunch of linens so we could not easily stash our suitcases. The toilet was had some glitchy flushing mechanism for several days but eventually stopped working all together and when called, they did fix within an hour. The door handle fell apart and they fixed it. We literally could not move a walker through the narrow door, which was a surprise. Disembarkation was the worst. They gave written information about tagging our luggage and setting it out the night before. When we did not receive tags, I called guest services and asked. She grilled ME for 10 minutes as to why I thought we were doing this and I kept telling her it was in the Princess Patter and the disembarkation instructions. She finally said if I wanted tags I HAD to come to guest services and do it myself since on 5 day cruises they don't usually do this. We did because with our elderly mom and all her equipment we did need help with luggage. So the next day everyone was taking their luggage and it was a bit of a fiasco disembarking and especially waiting on the elevators since no one could take the stairs with luggage. Also, several areas of the ship were not WC accessible so we could not participate in them at all. My biggest complaint is the poor communication. First on the phone, we were told yes we can get a WC on the ship. Then we were told no. Then on the ship we were told yes. So we did rent a WC for 20$ a day which help a lot! The Best parts: Super easy Embarkation. Very nice staff in the restaurants. Very fun dancing in the Piazza. The adult swim area is nice but in the windiest area of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our fifteenth cruise (my husband and myself) . We cruise with Royal Caribbean or Princess. We just wanted to go back to the Mexican Riviera as we haven't been in over twenty years. We also wanted to see the Royal Princess and ... Read More
This was our fifteenth cruise (my husband and myself) . We cruise with Royal Caribbean or Princess. We just wanted to go back to the Mexican Riviera as we haven't been in over twenty years. We also wanted to see the Royal Princess and experience a medallion cruise. It was also a birthday celebration for me even though my actual birthday was the day of disembarkation. We live 90 miles outside of Los Angeles so we just drove to the port, parked the car, and hopped on the ship. Embarkation was easy as we have come to expect with Princess. We got on the ship a little after 1pm as we realize now that the staterooms are usually ready after this hour. We can go directly there. On this cruise we noticed that we could go to the buffet or the dining room when we boarded instead of everyone being crammed into the buffet. I think there were a couple of other eating venues open as well. We always book the balcony rooms completely aft as we enjoy watching the ship's wake. We dropped off our backpack and went to the buffet for a bite to eat then toured the ship. In about an hour or luggage was already at our room so we unpacked and our cruise officially began. We don't do the dining rooms anymore, neither do we do formal nights anymore. We just like to grab a snack during the day and eat in the buffet in the evening. There's nothing wrong with the diving rooms or the formal nights, we've just been there, done that and prefer to remain casual. We like to play the casino but we found this one to be oddly shaped. Also, IMO they need to get more machines like land casinos and ditch some of the ones hardly anyone was playing like the old style quarter machines. Anyway, like I said that's just my opinion. Overall the Royal Princess is a nice ship with one of the prettiest atriums I've seen. The crew was excellent (kind of reminded me of the old days of cruising). The one negative I will mention is the buffet food. This is the first cruise since the buffet was offered on cruise ships that we were truly disappointed in the food selection. Also, our food was never hot, just barely warm. We decided to eat sandwiches from the shop next to the coffee shop or grab a burger and fries at the grill. We have A Princess cruise scheduled for next year, so we will continue to cruise with them. I would also like to add that we've never seen a more congenial group of passengers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We enjoyed our week on the Royal Princess, but all in all it was nothing special. The food in the main dining rooms was generally good, but some nights the selection was less than inspiring. The buffet offered a wide variety of choices, ... Read More
We enjoyed our week on the Royal Princess, but all in all it was nothing special. The food in the main dining rooms was generally good, but some nights the selection was less than inspiring. The buffet offered a wide variety of choices, usually tasty. As always, the ship's pastries were better to look at than to eat. Dinner in the Crown Grill was very good, and worth the upcharge; the same cannot be said of Sabatini's, which was very disappointing--the "lobster three ways" was particularly unpleasant. As others have mentioned, the elevators were inadequate for the number of passengers. The casino is a disaster. Too small, too few machines, too many customers, too much smoke, and illogical use of space which had dead-ends and people bumping into one another. No complimentary beverages, no matter how much one played, just an offer of casino credit on a future cruise. A glass of ordinary white wine came in at $13, including the mandatory "tip." Unconscionable. The mattress was heavenly. Our room steward, Michael, was quiet, efficient, and pleasant. The Medallion experience was a very mixed bag--surely not worth the hassle. We never did manage to use it to locate our travel companions. Princess should either fix it or abandon it. One very complimentary comment: the tv selections were excellent--recent movies, lots of on demand shows from travel and home and garden channels, all day access to MSNBC, BBC, Fox, etc., all at no charge. Best in-cabin entertainment we've ever had. Despite a very generous offer of future casino credit, we're not enthusiastic about returning to the Royal Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
price and convenience, local cruise. Liked princess before and like mostly princess this time, but they need to get the bugs out of the medallion, worked great to get on board. Luggage was assume they where at room by time we got on board ... Read More
price and convenience, local cruise. Liked princess before and like mostly princess this time, but they need to get the bugs out of the medallion, worked great to get on board. Luggage was assume they where at room by time we got on board and went straight to room. MEDALLION worked part of time, getting on board was great but then lots of people didn't use it, so in the future when everyone uses it might not be so fast. I bought the internet package, wasn't worth it. half time didn't work, always waiting, and always dropping off. when it work was ok. Food was good, some times hard to find a place to sit, this is a problem with so many people. Went to formal night, they didn't enforce it!, also had to wait for a table 30 minutes, when we did get a table there where 8 tables I could see empty, cleaned and ready for diners, why did I have to wait? no problems on cruise except couldn't get off in Cabo, due to weather. PV was a bust they had only about a dozen tents in port to shop, if you wanted to shop need a bus or taxi to go into town. Getting off was great easy luggage and customs great. Would I go again, probably. It was still pretty good, no cruise is perfect. but good times out did the bad. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Casino free but i paid for coffee and no sugar free syrup i couldnt have coffee never again princess very dissappointing staff not friendly food terrible my friend couldnt even cut her chicken. Casino rude people drinks not up to par the ... Read More
Casino free but i paid for coffee and no sugar free syrup i couldnt have coffee never again princess very dissappointing staff not friendly food terrible my friend couldnt even cut her chicken. Casino rude people drinks not up to par the ship was freezing in some parts and hot in others. No wheel chair to get off the ship. Hate hate hate hate hate hate this ship never going on this ship again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! food terrible the same food in the buffet every night! Never had to wait on any other princess ship for any time dinning but on this ship we had to wait over thirty minutes! Coffee and tea line was so long and took forever to get your drink. NEVER SAW MY CABIN BOY THE BED WAS TERRIBLE AND WE ORDER TWIN BEDS BUT WHEN WE GOT TO OUR ROOM IT WAS ONE BIG BED HAD TO CALL FOUR TIMES TO GET IT FIXED Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We wanted to try a cruise aboard once of Princess's Mega Ships. Having cruised on Princess for over 20 years, We have sailed on most of their Grand Class and smaller ships. Royal Princess did not disappoint. Beautiful, ship with a ... Read More
We wanted to try a cruise aboard once of Princess's Mega Ships. Having cruised on Princess for over 20 years, We have sailed on most of their Grand Class and smaller ships. Royal Princess did not disappoint. Beautiful, ship with a great crew, many entertainment choices and a fun Cruise Director. Some Positives: Great Princess beds, Medallion Class Crusing , Buffet and Pastry Shop on Deck 16 vastly improves the buffet experience. Alfredo"s Pizza. Many entertainment choices. Great crew and service. Mariachi group, cruise director Matt O. Halloween celebration and decorations. Some negatives: No walkable prominade deck on deck 7, there is a walking track on deck 18 but most evening after dinner too windy up there. Tiney, tiny balcony almost a JOKE. Smoke in the casino. Food: I know food is subjective but we have seem the food quality go down hill over the last few years. The specialty dining (with an upcharge) was good. The buffet was vastly improved. The main dining room menu was great on paper but sometimes it was just so-so on the plate. We usually don't send food back but this time it happened two (don't worry we found other enters to substitute). I would rate the MDR on the level of a chain dinning on land. Not sure if we will choose a Royal Class ship in the future or return to a Grand Class ship but we always have a great time on our cruises because we make it our own! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
To have a rest from a bad year. The last year wently poorly for us. I was diagnosed with tumor that precluded me from traveling . much less cruising. The ship was well decorated but all venues where used for activities all day. There ... Read More
To have a rest from a bad year. The last year wently poorly for us. I was diagnosed with tumor that precluded me from traveling . much less cruising. The ship was well decorated but all venues where used for activities all day. There wasn't a quiet spot on board to read or just relax . Lack of promenade was the biggest issue for us. As well as small narrow balconies. Disembarkation was a disaster in San Pedro. There weren,t any facilities after you left the ship in the the terminal. The only facilities were six porta potties set up for the dock up. They were over full , didn't flush , filthy and the doors didn't lock properly . The selection Gluten Free in the Horizon court was very limited . The daily lunch menu was very repetitive every day . The same of the MDR at lunch. The disembarkation was the smoothest we every have had . The Medallion system worked great. Had only one occasion where a charge wrong to my account. Passenger services removed it right away. Unlimited Internet was great Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Six seniors (age 68-71) who have cruised together since 2013 wanted a cruise that involved driving or short air flight thus choosing the 7 day west coast on Princess. The 4 from Arizona drove over from Phoenix, overnight in San ... Read More
Six seniors (age 68-71) who have cruised together since 2013 wanted a cruise that involved driving or short air flight thus choosing the 7 day west coast on Princess. The 4 from Arizona drove over from Phoenix, overnight in San Bernardino; 90 minutes drive to the dock next morning. One way, one day Hertz dropping in nearby Hertz office in San Pedro. The Washington cruisers flew down the night before, stayed near LAX at an Embassy Suites. Embarking: we arrived about 10am, waited to enter the ship once our group number was called. Onboard about 11am; went directly to the Concerto dining room—not the Horizon buffet – a nice option on Princess, had a good lunch at our table for 6. After lunch we had cabin access—we were all on deck 12; deluxe balcony for our room. Dining: Had the 5pm traditional seating in the Concerto dining room. Out of the 7 days ate there only twice. Food quality and selection were usually good; no real complaint. Dined once in a specialty restaurant to celebrate the wife’s birthday; The Crown Grille. Though the room was not enclosed we had a great table for the six; service, food quality ambience were all great. Horizon Buffet on Deck 16 – normally ate breakfast and lunch here. Found the quality and selection to be better than the MDR. Tables normally were available, stewards kept the tables cleaned off and practically badgered you with offers of drink refills—very good service here. Nice feature on this cruise: the Horizon opened at 5am partially and fully at 6am; great for early risers like us. Show times were normally at 8pm and 10pm so a 5pm schedule for dinner worked very well to attend the evening show at 8pm. The Evening Shows: we like to catch the 1st show, in this case at 8pm. However, most everyone else did as well. If you did not have your seats by 7:30 you were in trouble. A good seat involved 7 to 715pm arrival in the theatre. A real downside on this ship – way too few seats for the 3700 passengers. I understand seating was no problem at 10pm. Seats were narrow, not very comfortable and the full room got warm. In 7 nights we had the same comic twice, the same impressionist twice and 3 production shows. I would have preferred more variety. The shows were decent. PASSENGERS: Mostly seniors, very few children/minors. Probably the oldest crowd we have ever sailed with – was told they utilized the LA Port because it did not involve an air flight to come and go and this age group was common on these sailings. The passenger make up did aggravate another strong downside to this sailing -- THE ELEVATORS ! There were 3 banks of elevators but they seemed smaller than usual elevators. If the ship was empty they worked well, during sea days and busy times the waits were too long. I admire seniors who travel; cruising is a great option for people who have medical limitations and move slowly – I understand I now am part of that group at my age, but getting on and off elevators is not a quick process. Internet and the Infamous Medallion Program – As usual the internet pricing was outrageous so we did not participate. I did attempt to print an airline boarding pass 1 day prior to disembarking and found I was expected to buy 1 day’s worth of internet (19.99) to do this. No provision to use internet to check in and print a boarding pass. Customer service said they could not help me. This is something that a person should be able to do without paying $19.99. The Medallion Program – as a pacemaker person I noted the medallion is not recommended for me so I used a regular card which worked well. In our group there seemed to be problems with the Medallion program working as advertised at least on this cruise—there appear to be some bugs that need working out. I’m sure they will eventually force this on us as an “improvement” and make this our only option – I see it coming. So my experience is not favorable. The itinerary - Good itinerary – got on Saturday, sea day Sunday (good for the 1st full day) then SFO, Monterey (tender), sea day, then San Diego, then Ensenada and finally off Saturday in LA. Late departures from SFO and San Diego caused some alteration in the evening dining – so we had 2 nights of open seating to go with those late departures. Excursions: Took only 1 ship excursion in Ensenada – was okay – once was enough in Ensenada – would not go ashore next time. Did our own tour in Monterey, renting an Enterprise 6 passenger Dodge Van to tool around this beautiful area and splitting of the cost made this convenient, enjoyable and reasonable, plus it enabled us to lunch at one of our Monterey favorites; Rosines. Casino: On deck 6 – busy place, wife hit a number of decent slot jackpots on this cruise making it our best casino win story of all our cruises. Disembarkation: We were scheduled to dock at 615 on Saturday, which we did. With our flight back to Phoenix at 1110 at LAX we chose the walk off option; were to meet in the dining room at 7:20. We arrived at 655 am to find we were cleared and headed for the gangway. Walked about a mile to reach immigration/customs, very quick and outside by 705am. Took a dedicated Super Shuttle for 4 to LAX (took about 20 minutes) for $54. Arrived early there so a great getting off experience this cruise. Summary: Great time with our good friends (again). 4 out of 5 overall on the ship. Was clean, kept up, ran on time in and out of ports. Good dining selection and variety, good service but this elevator issue and inadequate seating in the theatre were very annoying and took the edge off a great experience. We continue to rate Princess, Celebrity and Royal as our favorites and consider those three when we cruise – this experience reaffirmed our commitment to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
All 6 of us are experienced cruisers and picked this one for the newer ship and close to home itinerary as 4 hail from the Phoenix area and 2 from the Pacific NW. Embarkation went smoothly and disembarkation may have been one of the ... Read More
All 6 of us are experienced cruisers and picked this one for the newer ship and close to home itinerary as 4 hail from the Phoenix area and 2 from the Pacific NW. Embarkation went smoothly and disembarkation may have been one of the smoothest ever. We chose to have our inaugural lunch in the dining room that was open and food, company and the atmosphere were lovely. Cabins were ready as we finished lunch. Public bathrooms are very tight on space. Quiet places to read require a bit of searching. Overall, I thought the food was done quite well. Booked traditional dining but two late port nights were open seating, one was a specialty restaurant and we had one or two dinners in the buffet. The main dining room offered various meals of very good shrimp, scallops, veal, lobster and beef wellington which we enjoyed. Sides and desserts were appropriate and tasty. We participated in the pub lunch and thought their fish and chips very good. Hitting Alfredo's for a pizza lunch one day was also a nice venue and tasty food with yummy tiramisu for dessert. On the last day, my husband and I had hamburgers/hot dogs and fries by the pool and the fries were even hot! Our special dinner at the Crown Grill was excellent. Steaks and sides were done as ordered and delicious with very timely service. Breakfast at the buffet had lots of choices. Nobody has a side of smoked salmon as good as Princess. Eggs Benedict came from the omelette station and are brought to your table. Pastries on Princess as usual are excellent. There were no children in our group but I thought it was cute that they had a kids section on the buffet. Coffee/juice servers were very prompt in refilling your cup and clearing tables. The only missed note in my book was toast that is prepped ahead of time under lights--mine tasted more like hardtack! We participated in several trivia sessions. Thought "Goldilocks" questions were not too easy, not too hard but just right. Staff did a good job. Having questions projected on screens is very helpful in avoiding language barrier problems. Evening entertainment was very good--production shows were some of the best I have seen but you had to arrive very early, seats were already limited a half hour before the early show. I am sure the 10:00 show is too late for an older crowd. I went to the Chef's presentation which was cute and funny. Seats in the theater are tight and rows very close to each other. Two shows by the comedian--A J Jamal--had everyone laughing. Mostly minor issues we experienced were outweighed by the good and we would definitely sail Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Got our Medallion at Embarkation Port of Los Angeles. I had already submitted my information online so it only took about 5 minutes and we were onboard. Becareful with the Medallion. Do not hang it behind your cabin door as it will unlock ... Read More
Got our Medallion at Embarkation Port of Los Angeles. I had already submitted my information online so it only took about 5 minutes and we were onboard. Becareful with the Medallion. Do not hang it behind your cabin door as it will unlock it. We were on Deck 10 with a balcony way in the front Port side and it was good. I usually try for Midship. The dining areas were in the back of the ship. The food was just OK, including the lobster tail. Staff in the dining, guest service and stateroom were excellent. The ship interior and exterior were nice. Guest entertainers were great but production shows were just ok. Disembarking went smooth and ahead of schedule by 15 minutes. We only did a HOP ON- OFF bus in San Diego which was nice. Monterey was beautiful! Ensenada looks so much nicer than the last time we were there a decade ago. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose the Royal for a new sailing experience, looking for exciting adventures and it was all this and more. The ship is absolutely stunning and has great offerings of food, entertainment and activities. Many events centered in the ... Read More
I chose the Royal for a new sailing experience, looking for exciting adventures and it was all this and more. The ship is absolutely stunning and has great offerings of food, entertainment and activities. Many events centered in the Piazza. However, with a larger passenger list, there is not enough crew. Longer than usual wait times for drinks and meals at dinner. At times we were unable to find waiters for a glass of ice tea, or coffee in Horizon Court. Our room attendant was unable to keep up with the demands of having 18 mini-suites to clean thru little fault of his own. Sadly, the Effy store had so many aggressive sales people I was turned off and refused to buy an anniversary ring. The Sanctuary service was fabulous! We tried the Sanctuary Cabana and were very pleased to not regret the $140 per afternoon cost... it was that great. Also, I got a world class hair makeover from Yureli in the Salon and I couldn't be happier. I wholeheartedly recommend the Royal... bear in mind to be flexible and in some ways lower your expectations. Who knows, may your cruise on the Royal Princess will be a 10. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The Royal is a beautiful ship and now that it is going out of LA, I am hoping to be able to go more often. First of all, there were 2 ships in port that day which made the traffic difficult. It took over 45 minutes to park. I thought ... Read More
The Royal is a beautiful ship and now that it is going out of LA, I am hoping to be able to go more often. First of all, there were 2 ships in port that day which made the traffic difficult. It took over 45 minutes to park. I thought Medallion would make check in easier, but really, it didn't make any difference. After we checked in we waited another half hour to board the ship. All in all, embarkation was just VERY busy and chaotic. I was glad that I had printed my boarding pass because the Medallion App kicked me out, erased my boarding pass then wouldn't let me back in for the rest of the cruise. This ship is large, and I think that the service in a couple of areas was lacking because of the amount of people. It seemed that if we had an issue, it always took at least two tries to get it right. We had everything from a toilet that didn't work to waiting over an hour for starter in the main dining room. We used the buffet a lot. The food there is fine, not great, but the good news is that we always found a table due to the good set up of the buffet. Tip: the desserts for the buffet are only available at the front buffet closest to the pool, not the back portion. We had a cabin in the back and the shaking back there was intense. So intense that when you laid down it felt like a message bed. If you like that, then this is a good tip for you. Book an aft stateroom. Things we loved: The cruise director Matt O was amazing and made the cruise so much fun. I'll cruise with him any day! The Bellini bar- the drinks are great and the tables are in a nice location if you want to watch the happenings of the Piazza. Alfredo's- a great option for lunch. The shows- we enjoyed the shows each evening, there was plenty of variety. Disembarkation was very easy. We chose to walk off. We were assigned a 9:45 walk off however as we were going towards the waiting location for walk off, they said that if we wanted to go now, we could. That made it nice. We were off the ship and thru customs before 8:30. Would I go again? Absolutely! I love to cruise and even though this one had a couple of hiccups, there was plenty on this cruise that I enjoyed. I think I will give them a little time to work out the kinks, but all in all, I'm glad they are going out of LA. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
DW and I choose this cruise due to no flying. LA round trip to Alaska. First kept getting delayed boarding notices. Was supposed to board around Noon but instead 6 PM. Then our traditional dining at Allegro which was booked and ... Read More
DW and I choose this cruise due to no flying. LA round trip to Alaska. First kept getting delayed boarding notices. Was supposed to board around Noon but instead 6 PM. Then our traditional dining at Allegro which was booked and confirmed 1 1/2 years go was changed to Anytime. Had to take vacation time to change it to a not as good substitute set seating dining at Symphony. The room steward was perfect, he met all our needs and went beyond the call of duty, gave him the highest rating on the post cruise eval. Entertainment was uneven. The main production numbers were cut short. We had done the Royal last year October and we saw more versions of the Princess singers and dancers. Some of the guest entertainers were very good and some not. Jennifer Singer was terrific. Was disappointed in the Princess whale excursion out of Ketchican, saw none. The Juneau Tour and Whale Watch was great, saw many whales, saw 3 spouting next to each other, several flippers hitting the water, several diving with tails in the air, and several jumping out of the water and making very large splashes. Food was good or just OK in main dining, worse with few exceptions at Horizon, very good at International Café, very good at Alfredo's, excellent at Sabatini's. Balcony cabin was smaller than older Princess ships. Matt O, cruise director, was all over the ship and terrific, made the otherwise too many sea days in a row do-able. An on that note, Victoria was skipped due to the last portion of the new extended dock not being finished due to that part lost a sea during a storm. Princess should have substituted another port, say Vancouver. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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