Royal Princess

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Royal Princess is a large ship, carrying 3600 passengers and crew, and sails from Barcelona, Spain and Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Princess - A Nice Place to Die

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For starters, we watched an age 60-ish man have a heart attack and die on the Lido deck shortly before leaving Corfu on June 7, 2017. The medical team response time was nearly 15 minutes - this is double the time for biological death to occur post MI (code called @ 3:21PM, 1st call to medical staff @ 3:24PM, med team arrival 3:36PM). Only passengers beginning CPR promptly gave this man any chance of survival.

Operationally, the wait and basic service staff were excellent, yet Princess seems very overstaffed, incompetent and avaricious in management. Examples: One of our excursions and our departure port transfer tickets did not match what was in their own systems, and as documented on-line and in our cruise summary. Of course, we had to make a trip to Passenger services to correct this. We waited just under an hour for our excursion to Corfu as passengers booed the staff in the Princess theater, for the "convenience" of being charged near double mark-up for what these excursions can be purchased for on your own. Excessive charges for minor things like 0.75/min for internet and short shuttle rides. Consistently rude, sexist and inflexible photographer and gallery staff. Even cut off my head in our boarding photo, using a tripod, and having a digital image preview they called "good". Value for the price: < 1 on a scale of 10.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

What a spectacular time in the Mediterranean!!!

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This was our first Princess Cruise and our second Mediterranean cruise. (Our first was with Disney). I must say Disney set the bar very high so going into this cruise we had lower expectations but Princess is our new favorite. For starters the ship is gorgeously maintained and elaborately decorated. They overall feel is very upscale from the stunning piazza area to the violinist and piano players are multiple decks to the oak trim and subtle lighting. We are hard to impress but we were! The food in the specialty dinning restaurants was superb! (We could have eaten every meal at the Crown grill just for their steaks and selection of salts!) The cabana couple's retreat message was the best we've ever had. We loved the free pop corn and swirl ice cream while watching movies under the stars on the pool deck. It was magical! The high tea on board was awesome! The specialty coffee card was worth every penny!

The salon service was amazing! The laundry facility was very helpful.

As for the ports of call, we were pleased overall with every stop with the exception of Catagena Spain. It was very boring and could easily be replaced with someplace offering more options but who can complain while on holiday in the Mediterranean right? We just felt for such a small cruise (7 days is not a lot) that time would have been spent better at another stop or extend the Gibraltar stop so we have the option to visit Morocco. 

The only cons we could say was the food in the buffet was hit or miss and the staff in the child care facilities were less than friendly but we are definitely going on another Princess cruise overall it was fabulous. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Love the ports and scenery!

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The scenery was my favorite! The food was great as well! My room attendant Edwin was excellent.  He kept the room clean and neat.  I was disappointed in my spa appointment.  Detox & Inch Loss -Ionithermie.  It was very expensive and does not work so  I loss over $600 on that one event.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Royal Princess: nice ship, great service, but mediocre food and entertainment

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The Mediterranean itinerary was excellent.  Every port was interesting.  The ship is large and well laid out, and even though it was full, it never felt crowded.  The new Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro buffets are especially well designed, so we hardly had to wait in line to get food, and there were always available tables.  The service staff was excellent.  Our balcony cabin was a little smaller than other Princess ships like Grand, Star or Ruby, but otherwise very comfortable.  One major improvement in every cabin was the flat screen TV and the on-demand channels/programs they offered.  (I think all Princess ships should have this.)  We were very disappointed with the quality of the food.  With the exception of the Crown Grill, the food in the buffet and dining room was just mediocre.  However, the pizza in the Alfredo's Pizzeria was surprisingly delicious; it is not well patronized by the guests, but IMHO, it is definitely a "not-miss" and it's free.  The entertainment and activity programs they offered were similar with other Princess ships; however, the Cruise Director's staff of the Royal Princess was mediocre, which really made the entertainment less enjoyable.  Overall, I give 5 stars for "ship layout, service, itinerary", 4 stars for "cabin", and 3 stars for "food, entertainment".

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4 out of 5

Nice ship. Fun itinerary. Too much upselling.

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Lovely ship. Amazing itinerary. Plenty to do. Despite the size, shore excursions and meals were smooth and very seldom had to wait in line. Great fitness center. 

 

They do oversell. Most sea day activities are based on selling something. The Spa was the worst. Based on my location, I had to walk past the Spa desk every time to get to the coffee bar or service desk. The Spa personnel were like vultures. I finally began getting off one deck higher and walking a different path. Even then they still lurked outside the elevator on other floors and would literally run up, grab you and pull you over to the sales desk. T

 

Normally the spa is one of the treats I look forward to, but the hard sell told me what I could expect if I actually did make an appointment. First cruise that I never stepped in the spa once. I get they want to make money, but this team was worse than the  street vendors. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Amazed!

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This was our first experience on Princess.  They were great in most everything they did.  Was a little disappointed in the food quality.  My wife had a hard time finding something that tasted good. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excellent Trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We very much enjoyed all aspects of the trip.  Probably our favorite was participating the "The Voice of the Ocean".  Performing on the stage in the Princess theater was a memory we will never forget.  The ship is beautiful and it took the entire 17 days to learn where everything was.  We were specially impressed by the silence in our cabin, no sounds of our neighbors or the nearby elevators.  We also liked the anytime dining and always chose to join others, thereby meeting many interesting and enjoyable people.

 

We look forward to our next Princess cruise.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Great Cruise

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This was our first cruise longer than 14 days and it was wonderful.The port selection was perfect. Unfortunately we did not get to Monte Carlo due to weather conditions, so we went to Marseilles twice. Also, Gibraltar was a little fogged in. The weather was better than expected overall. The food and entertainment was very good.Happy 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

OUR FIRST TA

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We had a good CD- Ron Goodman and his staff was energetic like Martin (the Pop choir director), Debbie and Marvin, lots of laughs and doubled as Zumba instructors.  We are not foodies, but appreciated the quality.  They try to be varied but 17 days gets monotonous.  We were glad after 7 days at sea for a change of scenery and tastes.  

 They offer plenty of options of entertainment and packages and I will use them again, My only gripe is sauna and steam room is available only with spa package.

  

 The ports, all new to us, were fine except for the distance between the port to town.  Although Princess offered a shuttle, there was a fee, people opted for cabs rather than wait on line.  Cartagena  was a gem. Marsielle was a nice surprise.  Gibraltar had fog and rain. Madeira and Palma had beautiful gardens and tiles. Toulon we toured out of city. Barcelona bustling city.

Princess itself runs a tight ship,they seem to treat their service people well.

 

We had a issue with EZ air, our entire flight was rerouted and the upgrade we had paid for was not available for the new flight. Longer lay over, mechanical delay ruined a really nice cruise.  Our pick up at the airport was not available at the later time, we spent $50. more for another car service. Princess said they will refund us the difference between business and economy seating ($178.pp), I think they owe us more and will continue to ask questions.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

The best vacation

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Wide variety of daily activities are well organized. Very good food. Crew members are very cooperative. Itinerary was pretty interesting. I would gladly recommend this cruise to my family and my friends.

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Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Try and not use the midship elevators whenever possible as there is no alternative stair case there, instead favor either the fore or aft staircase and elevators.

geblab
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Use the stairs whenever possible as elevators are small and scarce for a ship of this size.

maggiemae68
Contributor Level: Purser

We liked our room location, near the back at the top of ship as the buffet dining rooms were one floor above, and gym one above that. Also we were near elevators to get to lower levels. No complains what so ever...

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