A little less than expected

Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Royal Princess

Greece, Turkey & Italy Medley

Sail date: July 01, 2017

Ship: Royal Princess

Cabin number: C215

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Nice but leaved a little disappointed. Bad elevators on ship and very poor food. Overall I'd give this cruise 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Buy the drink package and internet package before you leave. Many of the shore excursions especially through the shopping areas are not worth the price from what we observed.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
They would not let us send the luggage to the ship via the Princess airport bus ahead of us embarking onto the ship our first day so we could not visit Rome which did not set a good tone on the start of this cruise. No reason not to have let us send out luggage ahead of us arriving onto the ship as the bags were all tagged with our cabin number. We ended up wasting our first day in Rome sitting on the ship for 5 unnecessary hours.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was extremely disappointing. We have been cruising for over 30 years and this was the poorest quality food we have ever been served. Extremely bane and tasteless seemed to be the over theme on this cruise. Not for a lack of effort however as they offered over 50 different choices of food at the buffet. Maybe they should offer less choice and have better tasting food.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pool was nice. We were so busy with island exploring didn't do much at night with activities and entertainment.

Entertainment

Too tired to go to shows at night due to visiting ports every day.

Children's Programs

No kids on cruise

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Overall friendly staff and good service seemed to be the norm.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was extremely clean and staff was consistently cleaning things to maintain this standard. The worst thing about this ship is the elevators which are awful and extremely slow. When you push the elevator button it only calls two of the four elevators unless you move to the other set and then push that button. The elevators will also skip your floor more often than not.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was average and nothing special.

Ship tip

Buy the drink package and internet package before you leave. Many of the shore excursions especially through the shopping areas are not worth the price from what we observed.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Did not visit port

Not enough time due to luggage issues with trying to board the ship on 1st day. Very dissapointing.

Messina, Sicily

2 out of 5
Messina not that great as most stores were closed on Saturday. Not enough time in port.

Kotor, Montenegro

4 out of 5
Nice port with great viewing into and out of bays.

Corfu, Greece

4 out of 5
Loved the shopping and old town area of this city.

Souda (Chania), Crete

4 out of 5
Another great city with good shopping areas and nice water views.

Mykonos, Greece

4 out of 5
Very fun town with maze like streets and very, very clean. Also great beaches near by using local buses.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
Excellent and worth seeing the ruins around this city. Very hot in the sun however.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

5 out of 5
Go to Olympia and see the ruins. Very, very short on time at this port however. Should have used another four hours here.

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
Very city to explore and walk around both the new city and old town.

Chios (Khios), Greece

1 out of 5
Worst stop of this cruise. Horrible and did not very safe in the town. Went back on the ship around three hours and a horrible lunch experience.

Santorini, Greece Did not visit port

Not on cruise itinery

Naples, Italy Did not visit port

Not on cruise itinery

Barcelona, Spain Did not visit port

Not on cruise itinery

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Excellent. Nobody batted an eye when we left the ship.
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