5 Days of Cabo San Lucas fun in the sun
Royal Princess Cruise Review
Review summaryThis was truly the “Love Boat” cruise! Valentine’s Day on board plus breaking a world record for vow renewal at sea. A great way to spend a week away and relax. Just a short run down to Cabo to soak up some sun in the middle of winter back home, wish we were still there but there’s always next cruise.
Food and Dining
Symphony Dining Room
We do anytime dining when cruising, sure there can be a short wait before dinner, we usually go to vines and have a pre dinner glass of wine to take in with us. The benefit of anytime is we go when we are hungry let’s us spend more time on shore on port days. Symphony dining room is elegant and a nice place to have a great dinner, the food is exceptional with a good selection as well as a nice wine list available. The embarkation night prime rib is delicious and always my go to for the first night. My wife enjoys the ability to order two appetizers and forgo a main entree when she’s not feeling super hungry. With the great food in these main dining rooms which are included in your cruise fare the specialty dining isn’t a necessity but can be nice on busier nights in the main dining rooms (ie. Formal nights, everyone likes to get dressed up and go to their dining room instead of the buffet so the waits can be a tiny bit longer.)
Good pizza pool side, if you want the really exceptional pizza hit Alfredo on deck 6 but don’t let that fool you the pizza here is good and the perfect companion to a poolside day of chilling.
Great place to have a drink while enjoying breakfast on the outdoor terrace off of horizon court. We found this to be a bit of a secret spot to eat our breaky away from some of the crowds. Also a great place to get a shot of Baileys in your morning coffee if you so choose.
When it’s late night and we were ready to head toOur room we always stopped at the international cafe to grab a quick snack to take with us to the room. The IC is open 24/7 so there was always an opportunity to grab a sandwich or dessert to go or eat there. The coffees and teas had a nice selection to choose from, so many different tea options we would have to do a month long cruise to scratch the surface of them all. The ham and cheese sandwich was my personal go to for late night snack after having a couple (or a bit more then a couple) of drinks through the day/night. We would take our snacks and a final drink to our room and enjoy them from the comfort of our balcony overlooking Cabo while we’re were anchored, and when we were sea day we had the opportunity to see the stars.
Great venue, we were platinum level loyalty this cruise so we were invited to the elite lounge (in Club 6 on the Royal) it’s usually a bar/nightclub but the après did not disappoint and the servers and staff were super friendly and quick to bring drinks. If you are platinum or higher with Princess this lounge is a must visit for pre dinner drinks and snacks as well as a chance to chat with fellow repeat cruisers.
As always Princess has done a magnificent job with their Horizon Court and the world buffet. We enjoyed “fresh” smoked salmon available everyday, which we had excitingly been looking forward to after our Alaska trip, on the Royal, in June last year. Also same as on our previous trip my wife was very excited to be able to enjoy dishes from back home in India, she got to eat biriyani on Valentine’s Day which is her favorite, she commented that the flavor was great even though the spiciness was less then we are used to, not really a surprise for a buffet though.
Worth the $1.50-$3.50 for the special ice cream, the staff was very friendly and we were able to taste samples of any flavor we wanted and to try.
My wife and I are addicted to the Veal pasta which is served at Alfredo’s, it’s like a buttery explosion of deliciousness in your mouth! (We only like it a little bit clearly 😉). Aside from the pasta the personal pizza’s are equally incredible, my wife usually ate about half and I helped her finish the rest, the pizzas are enough for me to eat on my own and feel full but not over full. The serving staff was friendly as always and unless it was busy they were very quick to bring food or drinks. This venue is included in the cruise fair and we frequently choose to go here for lunch over the buffet since it was noticeably less busy then the buffet and the food was made to order so tasted much fresher.
The hot tubs on the Royal are fantastic, the additional hot tubs on the second level pool deck as well as the two in the retreat pool means that we were able to find a spot heck a whole hot tub to ourselves during one of the most popular on deck events of our trip even while two of the tubs were closed for the event. My only comment would be that the temperature in the upper level tubs (we didn’t get to try the first level cause we were in the spa so much) could have been higher and it would have been nice to have jets, also would be nice to have more bar servers coming by to bring drinks. We were using the tub while a major even was going on and bar access was limited so this may not have been the regular case for bar service.
We really enjoy the spa on board the Royal, my wife and I really really enjoy the Royal class Enclave thermal suite! If we are on a Royal class ship getting a pass is a no brainer for us. With 3000 people on the ship having a secluded space that has an admittance limit means we are able to go in and have the thermal pool to ourselves, combined with the variety of steam rooms and sauna this is how we often choose to end our nights with a float. I also choose to have a hot stone massage to celebrate my birthday on this cruise. The masseuse was amazing and found just the right amount of pressure to work out some nasty knots in my back with out pain. This was my first hot stone massage and I enjoyed it will definitely not be the last time I try the massage services at the lotus spa.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
If you have lots of devices you wish to charge in your cabin bring a USB splitter, you can’t bring a power bar with you but a usb splitter is all good, there’s only three plugs in the cabin. Also definitely check out the spa tour on embarkation day, if you are the type who enjoys quiet and less people while enjoying a hot tub the enclave will be your new favorite place to hang out. Also don’t be afraid to try an obstructed balcony, unless your cruising Alaska doing a voyage of the glaciers or the inside passage the crow obstruction will be hardly noticeable and is a great way to save some cash on your cruise fare.