We recently returned from a 20 day Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Princess. Our 2nd trip on this vessel in 2 years. A beautiful ship with friendly staff and very good food and entertainment. The only complaints were there is no promenade deck to walk around and not enough spaces for smokers...
Our other complaint was that we were given a casino voucher to be used off another cruise, but we had to fly to Europe of America to use it. Given we come from Australia Princess did not cater for us in this respect and so the voucher was useless. We sent them a letter but never received the courtesy of a response. The same thing happened last year, so they do need to pick up on their responses better.
We were some of the lucky cruisers who took the first cruise the ROYAL PRINCESS did to the Baltic last year. We joined her in Warnemunde, Germany and every Port we called into we were greeted with a Royal Reception.........not a play on words but it was just amazing. We had brass bands play on
our arrival, mayors and councillors came to greet us, many flags were flown, local organisations provided dancing, water entertainment, markets on the dock and so much more. When we left our Captain gave our farewell blast and played the tune of the LOVE BOAT.......which of course everyone on shore and on deck just loved. We had a gorgeous balcony cabin and were able to see everything, fortunately most times we managed to dock on the side our cabin was, which was not planned but a great added bonus to our cruise. The ship itself is just beautiful, and although it was a rather large ship we never had a problem getting off or on, the queues moved very quickly and it was all very well organised. At Nynasham we used the tenders to get ashore, and those who chose to go ashore were all quickly accommodated. We thoroughly enjoyed our ROYAL PRINCESS and are hoping to sail on her again in the not too distant future.
In total I have cruised 8 times. I have cruised with P & O in Australia 5 times but never again after trying Princess. You can never go back after cruising with Princess. The difference is amazing. P & O is perfect for families and the budget conscience but as I am in my 60s now I have realised the
pleasure of a little luxury.I have also done a small cruise on Voyager of the Seas but was very disappointed. There are many bad points with this ship least of all it was impossible to get a good view of the outdoor cinema. So many areas were roped off. Another difference to Princess is the lifts. Only 2 sets compared to Princesses 3.
Our cabin was great at the very back of the ship but the walk to the lifts was so long. I will not cruise with Royal Caribbean again.The 2 Princess cruises I have done were on The Star & The Royal in Europe and having an adults only pool was worth every penny. I also love the outdoor cinema. Our next cruise will be with P & O UK departing Southampton. The ship, Britannia looks fantastic & ever bit as grand as Princess.
The Royal Princess is both a new ship and a large one, with a length of 1,083 feet, height of 217 feet and 19 decks. There's ample room on board for 3,560 guests, and she can be seen cruising around the world at a quick 22 knots.
The Atrium is a glorious feat of construction and design, and is an ideal spot to pass time visiting the piazza for live entertainment and the dining outlets for decadent food.
As a new ship in the fleet, the Royal Princess has a screen 30 per cent larger than others for the Movies Under the Stars activity where you can watch the latest films and enjoy free popcorn on the deck. The Princess Theatre runs amazing live entertainment such as comedy and shows, and Princess Live! is an on board television station, broadcasting performances, game shows and more.
Cool off with a swim during the day, then watch at night as the pools transform into the Princess WaterColor Fantasy, a lights show with fountains and music. You can also dance the night away in a club, check out the casino, take a stroll on the glass-panelled SeaWalk or relax in one of the cocktail lounges.
With a total of 1,780 rooms, there is plenty to choose from to suit your travel style.
All outside staterooms feature balconies, plus there are 730 cabins with balconies as well. There are 36 wheelchair accessible cabins and 342 inside cabins.
The suites are the epitome of luxury, featuring separate sitting areas, sofa beds, complimentary mini bars, a DVD library, walk-in wardrobes, hot tubs in some suites and many more perks and benefits.
While there are plenty of casual meal options such as the buffet, cafe, pizzeria, sushi and tapas bar, the traditional cruise fare is a much more structured experience.
Opt for the Traditional Dining room and meet the same table mates each evening at set times, where your own waiter will stay with you throughout the journey.
As an extra special option, you can dine at the Chef's Table, a private spot for just you and your loved ones.