Great ship, great crew, great ports

Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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Royal Princess

12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona To Venice)

Sail Date: September 03, 2013

Ship: Royal Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review Summary

This was our third cruise although one of them was just three days which hardly counts. We were a little worried about a few problems since this is a new ship and we thought they may still be working some bugs out, but we didn't have any problems. The ship is beautiful and the crew very efficient. We saw four shows in the large theatre and enjoyed them all and on other nights we participated in some of the games and contests they had throughout the ship. We used the anytime dining plan rather than the traditional dining and ate around 7:00 - 7:30 and didn't experience any long lines. The food was nicely varied and always delicious. The first formal night we decided to eat in the buffet since we decided I wouldn't pack a suit, although I did have a tie, but the second formal night we went ahead and ate in the main dining room since we wanted the Beef Wellington and nothing was said. The ports were amazing. We were on the Barcelona to Venice direction and it seemed every port just got better and better.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

We typically are excursion do it yourselfers and don't buy excursions, but we did in Istanbul because it was the only way to get into the palace since it was normally closed on the day we were there, but was open to the tour groups. We were glad we did and would recommend that approach to others.

Ports Of Call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Better than good, will go back.

Toulon, France

3 out of 5
Not much to do, but a good first port to get your feet wet.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Better than good, will go back

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Looking forward to next time.

Naples, Italy

3 out of 5
Pompii was very interesting, Naples was very dirty and a dissapointment.

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5
Had a great time, we rented an ATV and roamed the island and beaches.

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5
Better than good, will go back

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
We thought this was the most amazing location.
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