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Royal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 124

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Royal Princess

12 Night British Isles With Liverpool (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 24, 2018

Ship: Royal Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: D607

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Overall the cruise went smoothly and was very enjoyable.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was excellent in the main dining room although I do feel that the variety has decreased over the years. Our meal in Sabatini’s was outstanding in every way. The buffet was usually where we ate breakfast and everything was quite good. Again the variety is less than years before. The international cafe was great for a quick breakfast and also for a snack anytime. I’ve saved my favorite for last. Alfredo’s is the best in every way.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We usually don’t go to the production shows as we’ve seen them all several times. This cruise had 2 shows we haven’t seen before and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The comics on the cruise were very funny. The band that played in the Piazza was excellent. In fact all of the entertainment was excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The only thing about the service is that in anytime dining the wait staff varies in their ability to manage all of their tables. Some were much better than others. Overall I’d say the service was excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ships layout makes getting around the ship very easy. Everywhere I looked in the common areas was very clean. There was always someone cleaning or polishing or painting. It seemed you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a crew member cleaning.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Our cabin was clean and well maintained by our steward. For the first time our bed wasn’t all that comfortable. We have sailed on the Royal a number of times and this was a first. The other thing is that our cabin was too warm unless we set the a/c on full blast.

Ship tip

On embarkation day skip the buffet for lunch as it’s always very crowded. Go to Alfredo’s for a nice pizza and some sangria. It’s so much more relaxing.

Ports of call

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

5 out of 5
This port was quite nice. Our ship bought excursion was good but too rushed. The tour guide told us that it used to be 3&1/2 hours and princess reduced it to 3 hours.

Cobh (Cork), Ireland

5 out of 5
We stayed and went around Cobh ourselves it was a very enjoyable walk around the little town. We actually took a walking tour with a local we met after disembarking the ship.

Dublin, Ireland

5 out of 5
We walked around Dublin ourselves. We researched it before the cruise and had plotted a nice stroll around the city. We also had an afternoon tea at the Waterbury hotel. Brilliant

Liverpool, England

4 out of 5
We did a ships excursion on the Beatles. It was very nice but the weather was kind of ify most of the day.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

3 out of 5
We did the ships excursion that took us to the Titanic experience museum. Sad to say it was a little disappointing. We were going to stay in town and walk around on our own but again the weather didn’t cooperate.

Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

4 out of 5
We did a ships excursion on seeing The Falkirk Wheel which had broken down so this was a real disappointment. We then went to Stirling and had tome on our own. We went through the Castle and really enjoyed it. We walked around this quaint little town and had a nice lunch in a hotel bar.

Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland

3 out of 5
We did a ships excursion to the Dunrobbin Castle. This was a bit disappointing.

South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland

5 out of 5
We did Edinburgh on our own and had a really great time.

Le Havre (Paris), France

5 out of 5
This was my favorite ships excursion. We went to the D-Day beaches at Normandy. This was a truly wonderful experience.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5

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