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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise because it stopped in many ports in Spain where my daughter is now living. We chose a Transatlantic because for a very busy working couple it was nice to start the cruise with some days at sea where we could totally ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in many ports in Spain where my daughter is now living. We chose a Transatlantic because for a very busy working couple it was nice to start the cruise with some days at sea where we could totally relax. We especially enjoy Princess on longer cruises because of the self serve laundry. The staff in the main dining room was very attentive as we have come to experience with Princess. The food in the main dining room was on days a little lacking in quality and choice, but as a whole was satisfactory. There were evenings of very good entertainment in the main theater. There were some issues in the main theater such a long aisles on the side sections only accessible on one side causing some hazards (there were older passengers climbing over seats to get to a row above or below. There was also a inconvenient and frustrating elevator system on the Royal and there were sets of buttons to push to summon an elevator. This lead to a passenger getting on on elevator and the other sets of elevators stopping for no reason. The limitation of stairs available in the center of the ship added to the frustration. Our only issue was that some of the venue sites were too small for a ship carrying over 3,000 passengers. This definitely applies to the computer room as far as the number of computers available. Once on ship the Princess staff was efficient. The port experience was not satisfying from the bus attempting to drop us off to the long line getting in. Port discussions in the theater were great also that they replayed on room TV. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
Royal Princess ……only one year old, ship was a design mess...elevators impossible to figure out and no center stairwell.. we would often take an elevator down in order to go up...no games room..library is an embarrassment, probably the ... Read More
Royal Princess ……only one year old, ship was a design mess...elevators impossible to figure out and no center stairwell.. we would often take an elevator down in order to go up...no games room..library is an embarrassment, probably the size of a small bedroom ...theatre has no outside isles, feels unsafe...restaurant food unimaginative and inconsistent ..one day the soup would be great, the next day the same soup would be not edible….nickel and dimed at every 'corner'...eg. no free coffee, except on lido deck, orange juice is free at breakfast but not so any other time of the day and if one ordered it, anyway, it would arrive three quarters full of ice cubes.... Activities on board were not to my liking..no hands-on for me..no covered pool..didn't swim once in the cold...no walking deck around ship..whirlpools were tiny, holding four people at most, if you didn't stretch your legs out..the main pool was as large as the one at our condo, which has 300 units..shows were very good for the most part..long line ups when embarking ship at a port...sometimes although two scanners were there, only one was being used...our tv rarely worked..'media error' message kept interrupting our movie watching...saw 'the hobbit' five times...and no one came out to fix it, even though i called on two separate days..we soon found that the tv problem was common throughout a section of the ship…when we initially embarked in st petersburg, our remote was dead and our phone did not work at all..that was attended to in a timely manner... It bothered me that no staff at the entrances to the buffet area held sanitizer dispensers to educate and sanitize ‘hands’ entering the food area…at one point I watched the rotisserie chicken chef check the temp of his rotating chicken and then proceed to sheath the thermometer without cleaning it…our cabin steward was excellent although others were not as fortunate… …the ship had a laundry room on each floor which was a positive, although a number of floods took place there…we had a ‘man overboard’ situation which made the ship turn around and launch a vessel only to find that it was a fishing marker..overall, it’s a beautiful ship that was ill designed and is run by accountants…we had anytime dining and sat with probably over 150 people over the period of the sailing..only one couple spoke positively of their experience on the ship…but then, this was only their second cruise, …we bought the cruise for the Baltic and north sea experience and that did not disappoint.. Read Less

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