Southern California native. Avid cruiser. This next one will make my 35th cruise.
Good, Bad and Great
Had a great time meeting new friends that I am sure will become long time relationships. The adventures where truly wonderful but the Panama Canal itself was simply amazing; Such history and an engineering feat. Truly one of the wonders of the world and if you are interested at all this is a must see in your life.
The Island Princess seemed to be cramped especially in the Horizon Buffett area and around the pools. Also the activities onboard did not seem to be very well coordinated and had a lot to be desired. Also the dinning room staff, ALL OF THEM, seemed to be driven by their motto of the "Consummate Host". They tried to hard doing things like constantly interrupting conversation at the table just to ask if we where enjoying our meals. Also pressing throughout the 16 days to remind us to fill out the cruise survey and reminding us of their names and to please give them good scores.
On the other hand, the crew attending to the Crooners Bar was amazing. Made everyone feel like family. I can not count the number of people that came by to give them hugs the final night. They made the cruise.
I have been on seven Princess ships and this one was my least fav. However the Crooners Bar Staff and the ports of call made this cruise one of my all time best.
My wife and I took our 30h cruise on the Royal Princess. We hav cruised on Carniva, RCL, NCL, Celebrity and Princess. The Royal Princes was by far he mos beautful ship we have raveled on. Even though here was over 3400 passangrs It never seemed crowded, there was never a line for anything and the staff was amazing. I am looknig forward to our next cruise on the Royal Princess