expected more from Princess/ not for young families.
Royal Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: November 24, 2013
Ship: Royal Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: B704
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 4 years ago
I heard great reviews from others regarding the Princess line but I have to say the food was disappointing. The selection and variety was great but the food was either overcooked or was poor quality. I ordered a scallop dinner one night and it was overcooked. My husband ordered the leg of lamb on one occassion and my brother ordered the trilogy of lamb, chicken kabobs and pork.... lamb was overcooked or something... it was hard and could not be chewed.
The kids club was not well thought out ... it was closed from 5-6. we have dinner seating at 5.30... so we had to either sit down and then get up after 30 min to accompany them to the Club or arrive to dinner late. Same with lunch... cant the daycare provider stagger their schedule? Also not sure why 2 year olds arent allowed. My twins were turning 3 in 3 weeks and they wouldnt let them participate. The parents of the younger kids get pagers so the same can happen if a diaper needs to be changed. Had I known this prior to booking, I would not have choosen this cruise. My travel agent said 2 yr olds were allowed. Also, when I did go the the kids club with my twins, the center was doing Yoga. My kids are not going to do yoga... so they went to the play gym. I was told it was closed!!! So what are they suppose to do? They also wanted to play air hockey and I was also told it was closed and wont be turned on. Ridiculous. So should my 2 yr olds play bingo? attend a spa event? tour the ship galley? no they cant. in addition, they are not allowed in the splash pool. It is my vacation too.... so unfortunately, your rules were broken and your ship cant be run like a rigid detainment camp .
some good news, I thought the common area was well appointed and very tasteful. There should be stairs by elevators as an alternate route. The elevators were ofen jammed since there were no alternate stairs closeby. For a ship with 3600 passengers, there was plenty of seating in the dining rooms so that there werent lines getting food whether on deck or in buffet (took a carnival cruise last year , medium size ship but always a line for food). It would be nice to have music around the pool... instead the giant tv showed nature programs and even a glacier snow programs. I think music came on once at 4pm when most were leaving to get ready for dinner etc.
service in dining room was average... nothing notably terrific or terrible. Oh yea... would be nice if there was snack service past 11pm. My 9 and 7 year old kids started hoarding cookies so that they could munch on them at bedtime.
I think princess is geared for the older traveler vs families with kids. I will stick with Disney til my kids are teenagers. I literally babysat my kids on a cruise. Not exactly a vacation for me... except that I didnt have to plan meals. Could have done that at home if it werent for a family reunion.