CruisinFamily

CruisinFamily
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Joined: 08/28/2013
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Diamond Princess

May 2016 - 6 Night Kyushu & Japan Inland Sea (Kobe Roundtrip) Cruise on Diamond Princess

Pleasant Cruise but Lacking Details

Having sailed on the Royal Princess a couple times (along with plenty of cruises on other lines), I didn't feel this cruise was up to par with what I expect from Princess. Boarding/disembarking was smooth and the ship was clean, but I didn't find the same level of service, food quality or port information. Our cabin attendant seemed annoyed when we slept in on sea days and forgot details such as towels on occasion. I do appreciate the laundry rooms available on board. The buffet food was good, but did not have a lot of variety. Sailing Japan with many Japanese guests meant the buffet had more Japanese options and few of the other cuisines typically offered. The Steakhouse charged $29 for our overcooked steaks (up from the $25 I paid last year) to sit in a section of the buffet which didn't have the same upscale feel . It was also lacking in details such as the flavored salts and attentive service. The Italian Restaurant food was marvelous, but our waiter disappeared halfway through the meal and we were served patchwork from other staff. The regular dining room was fine, but anytime dining was not an option. The ports were good, but frustrating from a schedule viewpoint. It's impossible to see much of Busan in a few hours, so you're pretty much forced to take a Princess tour. Our day in Nagasaki was cut short because we were assigned late times to disembark for the long immigration lines. The ship advertises a day in Miyazaki, but docks an over an hour away in Aburatsu, a much smaller port with little offered (although we did enjoy Obi Castle). There were no real port talks or even maps offered and when we asked onboard for more info about Aburatsu we were told the staff was going ashore that day to find out more about the port (I realize this is the first time Princess has stopped here, but shouldn't they be prepared for their already booked guests?). We found, however, that the locals in most ports were excited to have us and tried to offer us guidance. We also didn't find the same quality/quantity of onboard activities/entertainment/amenities on board, however that could probably be attributed to being on a much smaller ship than the Royal (we sure missed the International Café for a quick bite). Despite all these details, we had an enjoyable time and I do recommend cruising around Japan which is a lovely country.

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Royal Princess

June 2015 - 12 Night British Isles (Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Royal Princess

Royal Princess

August 2013 - 12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona to Venice) Cruise on Royal Princess

Royal Medierranean Sailing

Overall it was a very good experience with interesting ports. This was our first Princess cruise (we usually take Royal Caribbean) and the Royal Princess is a beautiful ship. It is very well appointed and elegant. There were some hiccups on our sailing, though, with small things like spotty internet (although I can't say as I've ever experienced good internet at sea), hassles like a hour plus delay getting off ship in Athens, and concerning things like a loss of power for a half hour or so (on a brand new ship?). After a long day in port, we sometimes found ourselves avoiding the dining room at dinner because the service was slow (we had anytime dining) and the food was good but not great. Our cabin steward was passable - sometimes didn't get fresh towels even when we left them on the floor. The front desk staff was nice enough, but we kept getting conflicting information from them about how to pick up an item held by security. Getting on an off the ship on port days was not as smooth as we've experienced on other lines. Princess sometimes had just one line to check people off and on the ship, although it was a nice touch to offer wet towels to wipe off before getting on board. We didn't think there was a variety of entertainment. It seemed that at night your choice was the casino or music/dance options at various bars. The itinerary kept us at sea almost everyday, so when we had a day at sea we didn't want/need much entertainment. The pool area was overrun with young children, but that was probably because all European families go on vacation in mid-August. We found ourselves staying in the room to watch a movie - the Royal Princess has a great selection of recent releases as well as some classics available anytime in the cabin (side note that sometimes it didn't work).

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CruisinFamily's Tips

Royal Princess Royal Princess - International Café in the Piazza was a great option for a quick breakfast and had great sandwiches - we ate here much more than the Buffet.

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