Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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4 out of 5

Great cruise thru the British Isles

Sail Date: May 21, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This cruise covered many stops; one in England, three in Ireland and Scotland plus a day in France.  Beautiful countryside and Orkney Islands was unique all on its own; much like Iceland.   We saw so many sites, and the two days at sea were welcomed  rest from the excursions.  The excursions covered a lot of territory and if you went on an all day excursion, the lunches were all fabulous!!  This cruise was more taxing than the Alaska cruise which is only 7 days long, but we would highly recommend this cruise partly because so much is covered in 12 days.  

Ship Quality
The ship is huge and there are no stairs in the center of the ship. The piatza (sp) doesn't have enough seating for the number of people on the ship.
Food and Dining
Food was good; Sabitini's dinner was outstanding!
Service and Staff
Staff and service were excellent.
The ABBA cover group was horrible!! Many people walked out because they had the music up so loud; apparently they thought it was a rock concert. Princess singers and dancers were wonderful!
Children's Programs
Didn't have any children with us.
Onboard Activities
OK if you like trivia and dance instruction. Too many bars and the casino always stunk of cigarette smoke.
Destinations and Excursions Excursions were good but the tour guides were uneven. Some were much better than others. Lunches provided on the excursions were excellent.
Cabin / Stateroom
We loved our room even though we didn't get to sit on the balcony much because of the weather, but what do you expect in the North Atlantic. On our last cruise we had an inside cabin, so this was a pleasure to have a door we could open.
Southampton (London), England
Took shuttle from Heathrow airport so didn't see much of Southampton.
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Easy walking around.
Cobh (Cork), Ireland
Excursion was very rushed and tour guide seemed like a novice. We didn't even get to see all the the country house because she kept having the driver stop at every curve for a photo-op.
Dublin, Ireland
Beautiful scenery.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Fabulous architecture.
Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
Great tour guide; Scottish gentleman.
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Great tour guide; Scottish gentleman.
Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland
Great tour guide; Scottish gentleman.
South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland
Fabulous city; great architecture.
Le Havre (Paris), France
Tour guide spoke so softly, you couldn't hear her half the time. Givernay was fabulous!!


Our balcony room was near the forward elevators, so was very convenient to get to different levels. Also, we used laundry service and they did an excellent job in a timely manner.

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