Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe
Review summaryThe only criticism is that on tender days, Princess dropped the ball on getting people back to the boat. They need to coordinate with the local town to have adequate passenger ferries available in the last 2 hours before sailing. We waited over 2 hours in the heat @ Guernsey, and over an hour in Edinborough for the ships 3 or 4 rescue boats (which seat only 220) to ferry thousands of people. Both nights we missed our dining time with friends, despite being at the dock in plenty of time. Other than that, Princess was an excellent choice.
Food and Dining
Overall, very good with a lot of variety. Pastries were delicious! They always brought the rice milk we needed for cereal. They really should stop using powdered eggs for the scrambled eggs and cut back on the oil in the potato sides and grilled veggies.
Allegro Dining Room
Carlos, our head waiter was super friendly and worked really hard to connect with us. He was helpful with a co-diner's gluten issues and on the Italian night, he made table-side marinara sauce for pasta. Our waiter, Orlando was very good, too.
Kimmy, one of the assist. cruise directors who led most of the interactive games, was fun and bubbly. They record the entire event, including the audience, which not everyone is up for. It keeps a lot of people from participating since its included in the take-home DVD.
Any time I had an issue, they were great about helping to resolve.
Spouse made the rookie mistake of buying the $129 teeth whitening service. It really was a bait & switch to sell a very expensive take-home system
Incredibly expensive to have internet, and slow for the $. Cost $9 for 15 minutes the last day to be able to perform airline check-in. Also, the ships access to see your bill should also work thru the t.v. You can always get a printout from the machine near the service desk and on your smartphone, but without paying for the internet, your app options are limited.
Room was too narrow for bookshelves and large table. Needed more books, too.
An interesting feature that somehow always had water leaking in on the glass floor from somewhere. Always had caution cones, but nerve-racking, nonetheless.
The cruise talent did a pretty good job. The real gems were the port locals they brought on board, very enjoyable.
Movies Under The Stars
Very nice way to watch a movie, esp. with the nice blankets and cushioned lounge chairs. A retractible cover would make it better on the rainy days.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Bring your stretchy pants!