What a spectacular time in the Mediterranean!!!

Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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Royal Princess

7 Night Mediterranean (Barcelona To Rome)

Sail Date: May 27, 2017

Ship: Royal Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: A125

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

This was our first Princess Cruise and our second Mediterranean cruise. (Our first was with Disney). I must say Disney set the bar very high so going into this cruise we had lower expectations but Princess is our new favorite. For starters the ship is gorgeously maintained and elaborately decorated. They overall feel is very upscale from the stunning piazza area to the violinist and piano players are multiple decks to the oak trim and subtle lighting. We are hard to impress but we were! The food in the specialty dinning restaurants was superb! (We could have eaten every meal at the Crown grill just for their steaks and selection of salts!) The cabana couple's retreat message was the best we've ever had. We loved the free pop corn and swirl ice cream while watching movies under the stars on the pool deck. It was magical! The high tea on board was awesome! The specialty coffee card was worth every penny!

The salon service was amazing! The laundry facility was very helpful.

As for the ports of call, we were pleased overall with every stop with the exception of Catagena Spain. It was very boring and could easily be replaced with someplace offering more options but who can complain while on holiday in the Mediterranean right? We just felt for such a small cruise (7 days is not a lot) that time would have been spent better at another stop or extend the Gibraltar stop so we have the option to visit Morocco. 

The only cons we could say was the food in the buffet was hit or miss and the staff in the child care facilities were less than friendly but we are definitely going on another Princess cruise overall it was fabulous. 

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
The kids did not like the lack of options and the staff was not the best. They would have liked more things to do but to be fair our last cruise was on Disney they cant touch Disney programs for kids.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice enough a tad small but very well done.

Ports Of Call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Spain

1 out of 5

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5

Genoa, Italy

5 out of 5

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
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