chuck30921094
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Royal Princess

November 2016 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Excellent cruise but not perfect

The pros: excellent staff in every area of the ship. Well trained, professional, courteous and accommodating. Beautiful ship. Good ports. Good size mini suites. Everything well organized including amazingly efficient embarkation and debarkation. 5 minutes after meeting in our "grouping area" we were heading off the ship and 20 minutes later we were leaving the Port Everglades parking garage. This was not an exception; last year after our 2 week cruise on her sister ship Regal Princess it was the same amazing process. This past summer after a 1 week cruise on the RC Allure it took almost 2 hours to get off and out.

 

The only con: the quality of the food has deteriorated. Princess has obviously decided to cut food costs. Again service is great in every area but not the food quality including the steak house (Chops). The main dining room menu selections are very inferior and pedestrian, from the appetizers and soups to the entres and deserts. Their list of "regulars" that they have every night now includes a hamburger instead of a strip steak. One of the entres early on the cruise was duck larange. What came out were 2 deep fried partial wings with no meat and an orange sauce which I am sure was marmalade. Terrible. From that point on we ate all meals in the Horizon Court buffet where the food was actuallly very good and with great selections, except for 2 nights in Chops. Both nights there we had ribeyes. The first was good but the second was poor. Not worth going back a 3rd time so we cancelled our reservation.

 

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Allure of the Seas

July 2016 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Great ship and great food

Overall a great ship. Great food and service in the Any Time main dining room. Actually better food than in the specialty restaurants. Great entertainment. Great staff. Only negatives - pool bands for a Caribbean cruise were poor, lots of deck chairs but the ones with straps were very uncomfortable, and the disembarkation was a disaster. It took over 2 hours after going to our group to get off. 1 piece of our luggage ended up in "lost and found" even though all tags were on and totally legible. It was explained to us that if a bag gets mis sorted it goes there rather than being brought over to its number. Messed up the timing for our party of 4 getting off. Last November on our Princess Cruise on their largest ship also docking in Fort Lauderdale, from the time we grouped to getting off took literally 20 minutes.

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Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - We ate at 150Central and Chops. Excellent service. Average food quality. At 150Central our dinner started with a "salt show". 8 small rolls and a container holding various salts from around the world to sample on the bread. We cancelled our 2nd night reservations there .

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Royal Princess and gave it 4 stars!

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shared a quick tip for Allure of the Seas"We ate at 150Central and Chops. Excellent service. Average food quality. At 150Central our dinner started with a "salt show". 8 small rolls and a container holding various salts from around the world to sample on the bread. We cancelled our 2nd night reservations there ."

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Allure of the Seas and gave it 4 stars!