8 Princess Royal Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Mediterranean

Everywhere we went there was noise and music all the time. The only place we could find peace and quiet was in our cabin. We booked a trip to Europe and everything was "American" on the ship. I felt like we were in the USA. ... Read More
Everywhere we went there was noise and music all the time. The only place we could find peace and quiet was in our cabin. We booked a trip to Europe and everything was "American" on the ship. I felt like we were in the USA. Breakfasts were terrible - fast food. Hot food was ice cold. We thought we could have a leisurely breakfast in the dining room during sea days but it closed at 9:00 am. The only excursion we took was terrible and it was cut short so the driver drove around in circles at the end. Internet prices unrealistic. We booked the cruise after seeing an add in our local paper and it seemed like it was a good price...not so sure now. Problems with plumbing in bathroom twice. Handle on shower broke and we could not turn the water off. Bed very uncomfortable. Our room steward was excellent. Dining room staff very attentive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Seeing 10 ports of call in 14 days really gave me a small overview of which countries I would like to return to and which I wouldn't bother with We arrived in Athens a day and a half early to sight see. There were 4 women on this ... Read More
Seeing 10 ports of call in 14 days really gave me a small overview of which countries I would like to return to and which I wouldn't bother with We arrived in Athens a day and a half early to sight see. There were 4 women on this cruise with me being the youngest at 65. The other three were age 75 and over. Embarking was a breeze. The ship was similar to other Princess ships I have been on. We had a balcony cabin which was great because we could relax and sunbathe without having to lug our towels and things to a lounge chair on one of the outside decks. And since we had two cabins next to each other we could open the partition on the balcony to have access to both cabins. The food at the regular dining rooms was great. Always a great selection. The buffet was good and there was a separate smaller area for a smaller choice of buffet and the full buffet. It was a little confusing to start with because you thought you were in the large buffet area and found out after you selected your meal there was another larger buffet. We dined at one of the specialty restaurants one night and were definitely not impressed. There was always plenty to do on the ship, zumba, dance lessons, crafts, trivia and quiz games, and the cruise assistants were very good. The nightly entertainment was great. Comedian, singers dancers. Our room service was good, nothing critical to say. The ports were good and it gave me an overview of which cities or countries I would like to return to. Santorini Greece was kind of a major disappointment. I took the ancient ruins tour which was good but the town we visited after was disappointing. The walkways were dirty, (smelled like urine) and also smelled like donkey poop (donkeys go through there evidently. In Italy, the Mt. Aetna tour was disappointing. Our tour guide's usage of the English language left a lot to be desired. However the Almafi coast was fantastic. Italy was my favorite destination. The coastline and a bit inland beautiful. Marseille France was OK. The Monserrat tour was good, enjoyable. Barcelona Spain was very interesting. Gaudi tour was good. Cartagena was nice. A walking tour which I left a little early to wander in the food and shopping area, very nice. Gibraltar tour of the Gibraltar steps was very exhausting. Do not go unless you like to hike and look down for fear of tripping for 2 hours. But the older and younger tour guides were very nice and knowledgeable. Couldn't really hear a lot of what they said as we were spaced out along the narrow trail and I was at the back. All of my excursions I booked through the ship. For new places, I want to make sure if something happens the ship will not leave without making arrangements for me. My travel companions cancelled a couple of the tours because it was just too much walking on the ship (I booked the rooms and prefer to stay at the front of the ship so it was a lot of walking for them to get to the buffet and the dining rooms) along with the tour excursions, maybe because of their age. Although they are all pretty healthy. We stayed after in Rome for 2 1/2 days. I would want to visit Italy again but maybe just a land stay on the coast. Hope this helps Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
As usual Princess Cruises delivers on its promise to provide a trouble free, relaxing holiday, with this Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley. Sailing from Athens through to Rome over 14 days, embracing some of the best European Cities, ... Read More
As usual Princess Cruises delivers on its promise to provide a trouble free, relaxing holiday, with this Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley. Sailing from Athens through to Rome over 14 days, embracing some of the best European Cities, culture and history. All our port calls were smooth on and off the ship and the excursions were of good quality and value. Dining was excellent in every venue, supplied by the best kitchens on the sea and delivered by a dedicated and hard working staff and crew. Our stateroom was always a wonderful haven to return to after a long hard and hot day on shore. To mention just some of the amenities on board, Alfredos Pizzeria is especially a favorite, together with the International Cafe, with its array of coffees, cakes and pastries.Our evening meal at Allegro was always an enjoyable event, with great wait staff, table mates and service. The entertainment is always at a very high standard and has some of the world greatest acts and performers appearing nightly. It was a very enjoyable cruise with embarkation and disembarkation carried out in with little or no disruption. The size of the ship and the many passengers on board, does not inhibit your ability to move around and make the most of all the wonderful facilities provided. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms ... Read More
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms with balcony's. Very nice touch is the Concierge lounge on the 14th floor. Quality of food in the main dinning room not up to last year but the Buffet upstairs was first class and the room service for breakfast was also first rate. Staff always ready to please and or help with anything. Only complaint would be that they try to sell you everything from coffee cards to spa products. Cruise was reasonable priced so maybe that s how they try to make it up. We were supposed to go to Istanbul but after the trouble there they changed it to Rhoades, which turned out to be fabulous, and they gave us a credit. Well done Princess. I will use Princess again, fair price for a good product. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise, aboard Royal Princess, is certainly one that the cruise line can boast: a ship beautifully appointed and maintained; a staff worthy of recognition; fascinating ports and professionally escorted excursions! With 23 cruises ... Read More
This cruise, aboard Royal Princess, is certainly one that the cruise line can boast: a ship beautifully appointed and maintained; a staff worthy of recognition; fascinating ports and professionally escorted excursions! With 23 cruises under our belt, this was our second Princess. We sailed previously with 20 RCCL and one Celebrity. Without exception, this may have been our best cruise ever. From the start, about a year earlier, we booked directly with Princess on their website. Despite needing to fly to Rome a day before departure, in order to tour Rome on our own, air reservations were completed online through EZAir without a hitch. Periodic payments were a breeze to complete throughout the ensuing months. Documentation suggesting embarkation arrival times proved most beneficial, as we only waited in line about five minutes before heading directly to our cabin. Luggage arrived within the hour. Dining was fairly standard--nothing to “rave” about--but tasty selections and attentive service--both in the buffet and main dining room. We dined one night at Crown Grill, which was excellent! We couldn’t have asked for a better meal. We didn’t take advantage of any of the theatre entertainment, simply because we were generally too tired due to the excursions at each port. We did, however, find relaxing enjoyment several evenings in the piazza. The piazza was also a great place for meeting and socializing with strangers. The ports and excursions were the best! We booked through Princess for walking tours in Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Aix en Provence, and Valencia. (We strolled through Gibraltar on our own, since we are returning there in October 2016.) Without any doubt, these guides were second-to-none considering their knowledge of the sites and their abilities to manage groups of people. The ports and locales were historically fascinating, and we cannot say that any of the excursions wasn’t worth the price! Disembarkation was smooth, to say the least. We had the impression that Princess disembarks smaller groups than we’ve experienced in the past. This allowed for quick and easy access off the ship and through custom/immigration. If there is anything negative to state, it would entail the ship's design. A lack of mid-ship staircases between all decks makes for occasional crowding at the elevators. As Diamond Plus members with RCCL, it is difficult giving up the benefits of such, sailing on another line. However, this cruise was so rewarding and so worth the price that we took advantage of onboard booking and scheduled two future cruises with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Late review, cruise was may 2016. We chose this cruise because we were impressed with princess cruise. Our first cruise was on ruby, 12 day med, may 2010, thoroughly enjoyed it. We started our vacation in Paris for a week, then Rome for a ... Read More
Late review, cruise was may 2016. We chose this cruise because we were impressed with princess cruise. Our first cruise was on ruby, 12 day med, may 2010, thoroughly enjoyed it. We started our vacation in Paris for a week, then Rome for a week. Had not been in Rome since 2010. The hotel we stayed at was misrepresented. Shower was about 2 ft by 2 ft, really. Next time we'll stay on the other side of the Tiber river, other side of forum. We took the train to civitavecchia the day before our cruise. We stayed at a small hotel at the train station for $50 US. We did not hear the trains, and breakfast included was good. Royal princess is a larger ship, more people, but you would not know it. Not impressed with the layout. To get from one end to the other you would have to change decks, elevators, not enough, took a long time. No problem, stairs were a good form of exercise. Restaurants were good, although not what I remembered from the ruby. Staff was excellent, however the sales pitch from the first two nights were annoying, a straight faced no thanks worked. After five nights the food was repetitive, but we were able to get good food in most restaurants. We chose anytime dining. We chose princess shore excursions, and were not disappointed. The guides were very knowledgeable, courteous, and entertaining. We have always chosen a balcony cabin, as it is nice to relax after a long day, and watch the world go by. We had a deluxe balcony, deck, marina 15 m712. The balconies are smaller compared to other ships, but the two of us fit fine, I'm 6' 4". Embarkation, and disembarkation, went smoothly. Even with small inconveniences princess pulled through. We head to alaska in may for a land sea tour. . Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Med Cruise Sept 1-16 2013 Royal Princess We began our journey on July 12 2012, when we booked the dream of a med cruise. It seemed forever in the distance. The cost of the cruise was $5633.38. We booked our own air on American Airlines ... Read More
Med Cruise Sept 1-16 2013 Royal Princess We began our journey on July 12 2012, when we booked the dream of a med cruise. It seemed forever in the distance. The cost of the cruise was $5633.38. We booked our own air on American Airlines at a cost of $2273. We were able to use points to upgrade to first class on the trip there. Steve also used points to pay for the Hilton Diagonal in Barcelona and the Hilton Molina Stuckey in Venice. We pre booked all of our tours through Princess. The reality finally came true, when we boarded the first leg of our flight for Miami at 6:00 AM. We arrived in Miami at 10 and had a 7 hour layover. We watched Gatsby and snacked all day. We boarded the 767 and sat on the plane 75 minutes before we finally departed. We had dinner and were given personal entertainment systems. Steve watched 42 and went to sleep. I watched the big wedding/Mary and Martha/ mud/ and funny girl. We had breakfast and arrived in Barcelona at 10:45 am. We got our luggage, a taxi and drove to the Hilton diagonal. The cost was $35 euros and he took a credit card. We checked in and were very pleased with our room; we showered, and took the city bus tour. The cost was 25 euros each. We only took the blue line which took us past the la sagrada familia. The tour lasted two hours. We were amazed at the history of the city and the influence of Gaudi everywhere and all the SCOOTERS!!! We did not feel like taking the red and green line tours. It would have required 4 more hours and we were just exhausted. We had dinner at the vibe outside and retired to our room for the night. We got some much needed sleep. On Tuesday, we got up at 7:30, showered, had breakfast, we went for a walk and Steve worked on the pix from the prior day. We took a taxi to the port to board the ship, The Royal Princess. The taxi driver did not accept a charge card, only euros so I had to go inside to the banker to exchange money. The cost of the ride was 35 euros. We boarded with group 4 and they allowed us to get on board at 11:45 and go straight to our room. Our room M504 is on the 15th floor midship, which is the top floor for cabins. It is quite small but well appointed. The balcony is also small. We toured the ship. It is a very beautiful elegant ship. We had lunch at Alfredo’s pizzeria. We had a calzone and pizza and the house chardonnay. The wine was 6.25 a glass. Note to self…gratuity was added in. We had dinner at 8 at concerto. We are on the dine anytime plan so we have a choice of two full service restaurants…they have the exact same menu. The service by mark was excellent…but the food was mediocre. We had sea bass. We talked to some lovely ladies form California by way of South Africa much of the evening. We missed the show at 8:30 of course and were too tired to stay up for the 10:30 show. The ship is lovely however so far we have not been impressed with service. On Wednesday we got up at five and had breakfast on the balcony. We could not get the room safe open. We called service but they did not show up in time for us to get it repaired. We went to the theater to meet our tour group at 7:35. The cost of the tour was $198 for both of us. We disembarked in Toulon and boarded a bus for Provence. We drove 90 minutes through the French countryside. There were lots of vineyards and mountains and some lovely seascapes. Provence is full of history and old architecture. It is amazing how buildings from the fifteenth century are still standing and in use today. We had lunch a le belle epogue. I think my Caesar salad had dandelions in it…lol The tour guide was very knowledgeable but painful to listen to. It was as if he had to translate from French to English for every word. Many people just dropped out of the tour. We got back on the ship at 4:30. We had dinner at symphony. On Thursday we had breakfast on the balcony and met in the theater for our excursion at 7. The cost of the tour was $398 which included lunch. We boarded the bus in Livorno for the 20 minute drive to Pisa to see the square of miracles. Walking through the gate and seeing the white marble leaning tower of Pisa, was breathtaking. The Church, baptistery and bell tower were pristine. It was amazing! We boarded the bus and drove the 90 minutes to Florence. We did a ton of walking throughout the city. We saw Giotto’s bell tower and baptistery. We saw the piazza Della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the piazza St. Croce…the final resting place of Machiavelli, Galileo, and Michelangelo. We went to the Uffizi Museum and Gallery and saw the sculpture of David by Michelangelo. We saw the amazing Santa Maria de la Florence basilica which hold 30,000 standing Catholics! It is made of white, green and pink marble and is amazing! We had an authentic Tuscan lunch at trattoria. Steve bought me a Valentino purse and wallet. We got back to the ship at 5:45, hot and exhausted but omg the memories!!! The guide was wonderful! We had dinner at concerto. I had fettuccini alfredo and Steve had red snapper. Once again…it was mediocre at best. Today we docked in Civitavecchia and got up at 6 to catch the bus for the 90 minute drive to Rome. The tour cost was $478, which included lunch. We went to the Coliseum which was simply amazing. We saw the circus Maximus, the largest stadium in ancient Rome. We then went to lunch at villa carpegna. Then we went to St. Peters square and Basilica, the Vatican museums, and the Sistine chapel. The guide was wonderful. We got back at 6 pm. We had dinner at symphony and had a table by the window. We had martinis before retiring to bed. Saturday September 7, 2013, we got up at 5:00. We showered and had our breakfast on the balcony. It is interesting watching the ship come into port in Naples. We had to meet in the theater at 6:50. The tour cost was $478 which included lunch. We boarded a catamaran and headed for the beautiful Island of Capri. We took a cable car to the top of the island. The views were simply amazing. We did a little shopping. The people here are famous for perfume making. Many very wealthy people come here to vacation. We took the cable car back down and reboarded the catamaran to go to Sorrento. Sorrento is on the peninsula with spectacular views of the Vesuvius volcano. The people here are famous for their beautiful inland wood artistry and we almost bought a grandfather clock. We had lunch at Ristorante paraucchinio . Each lunch has been wine, water and pasta followed by meat and vegetable and a dessert with coffee. The pastas have been good, but the meat leaves a lot to be desired. We left Sorrento by bus and went to Pompeii. The ruins of this magnificent city destroyed by the volcano in 79 AD are amazing! We watched a cameo demonstration at Cellini gallery. They used beautiful conch shells. We got back to the ship at 5:30. Our guide was very good. We had dinner at concerto which was surf and turf followed by martinis at crooners. Sunday was a day of rest. We had to change our clocks forward an hour. We had breakfast on the balcony and then attended a wine tasting at a cost of $25 apiece. Tonight is Formal night. We had dinner at Crown grill at an additional charge of $25 apiece. We both had filet mignon. We had a wonderful chocolate soufflé for dessert. Monday’s tour was the Greek Island of Mykonos! The cost was $78. We boarded a bus to the beach. The guide was very good. What a beautiful picturesque place!!! White houses all along the cliffs. This was my dream!! To come to Greece! But I will confess, it did not live up to my expectations and I am so glad I came here for a short visit and did not book an entire vacation here. We walked to several beaches and had a drink. We got back on the ship at 1. We attended another wine tasting at a cost of $40 per person and went to Symphony for dinner. Tuesday September 10 we went to the city of Istanbul Turkey. The tour price was $278. We boarded a bus and went to the hippodrome. We visited the Blue Mosque. We visited the grand bazaar. We visited Orient Handmade Carpet and jewelry for a carpet making demonstration. We saw the Topkapi palace, museum and harem. We saw the Hagia Sophia museum. We had lunch at Reji. It was very good. We had dinner at Concerto. Wednesday…September 11…We had breakfast at 9:30 in the buffet. YUCK! We docked in Kusadasi Turkey about noon. The tour price was $158. We boarded a bus to visit the house of the Virgin Mary. We went to the Ephesus Ruins. We went to Basilica of St. John. It was a very hot day with little shade. We were exhausted. We got back to the ship about 7:30. We had dinner at symphony. Thursday, September 12, we docked in Piraeus, Greece. The tour price was $298. We boarded a bus to travel to Athens. There were 7 other ships in port…one was the legend of the seas, the ship we will sail in January to the Caribbean. We went to the Olympic Stadium. We went to the acropolis which was terribly crowded and the temperature was 91 degrees. It was almost unbearable, but it was amazing to see the Parthenon and Erechtheum. We had lunch at the Radisson Park hotel. We went to the Acropolis National Archeological museum. We shopped in the plaka and had a drink at an outdoor cafe. Our guide named Maria was very knowledgeable, but she refused to carry the lollipop with our group number and instead carried a silver umbrella to shade her. There were many silver umbrellas, so it made it very difficult to keep track of her in the huge crowd. It was a bit scary. We got back to the ship about 4:30. We had dinner at concerto. Friday the thirteenth we slept until 8:30. We had a champagne breakfast on our balcony…a gift from our travel agent. It was wonderful. We went to a wine tasting at 11 which cost $10 per person. We shopped on the ship for souvenirs for the kids. We had dinner at Sabatini’s. We attended a show. Saturday sept 14…we had breakfast at concerto. We had lunch at Alfredos. We took a vaproetta to St. Marco’s square and toured the doge palace, went to a glass blowing demonstration, had a glass of wine in the square while listening to a band play godfather, and took a gondola ride. The cost of the tour was $159. The guide was very good. We ate dinner at symphony. Sunday we had breakfast at symphony and disembarked the ship at 8:30. We took a vaporetta to st Marcos square and caught the water taxi to the Hilton Molina Stucky. We had lunch at Harry’s Dolci. Monday morning we got up at 4. We took a water taxi for $120 euros to the airport dock. Then we took a shuttle for $35 euros to the airport. We waited in line for an hour to check in. Our flight left at 7:30. We flew to Madrid; Then to Dallas. We got home at 10:30 pm. We were a bit disappointed in the service on this cruise but we would certainly use Princess again. It was an amazing trip full of memories we will cherish for a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This was the first time we had cruised with Princess and there were quite a few positive points. The crew were very friendly and helpful, the food in the restaurants was very good with a good selection every night with one exception see ... Read More
This was the first time we had cruised with Princess and there were quite a few positive points. The crew were very friendly and helpful, the food in the restaurants was very good with a good selection every night with one exception see below. Due to the number of excursions we really needed another week to really explore the whole ship and make the most of what it offers. It is certainly very glitzy in all public areas. However, as others have pointed out, the stateroom was quite cramped( to squash more in?) with very little seating space at all. The two chairs provided were of a different type - one an arm chair and one an office chair. They could have provided a settee for a more comfortable experience. Also there was evidence of "penny pinching". On previous cruises small items such as the use of the laundry have been complementary as were shuttle buses to ports of call and the shuttle boat to Venice. As some others have pointed out alternative tour options could have been publicised better. We found out about some whilst talking to guests over dinner. Just smacks of a company trying to squeeze as much money from clients as they can. The buffet was OK but we thought some of the food on offer could have been presented better. Overall we enjoyed the company we met during the cruise and those we spoke to (mostly from North America and Australia) seemed very happy with what they had paid for.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Royal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.2

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