The Royal Princess cruise ship remains one of the most beautiful ships afloat. See her all-outside staterooms, wrap-around promenade deck, terraced observation areas and much more. Christened by Princess Diana, it has a sleek silhouette and terraced observation decks both fore and aft that have brought her rave reviews since being introduced in 1984.
Our ships may be big, but they don't feel big. That's because we used our extra space not to cram in more people but to create more small intimate places. Our deck plans offer lots of restaurants, theatres, bars, swimming pools and so on. We call it "big ship choice and small ship feel" (sm).
Princess staterooms offer the deluxe amenities you'd expect from a first-class hotel: everything from 24-hour room service to chocolates on the pillow at night.
Royal Princess' decks, observation areas and lavish floor-to-ceiling windows make her perfect for cruising around the world, including Canada/New England, the Mediterranean, Europe and South America.
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(Review ID: 1088)
3 people found the following review helpful:
Beautiful ship, crowded public spaces., February 7, 2014
This is a beautiful ship with many unusual features. The public areas in the Piazza were comfortable, and there are many dining and snack options. We especially enjoyed the food and service at Alfredo's, and the staff was most welcoming. Most of the other food services on the ship were very good, especially the lunch dining room. The staff there did an admirable job!Our main dining room dinner experience was lackluster at best. We were very disappointed with the inattention of our waiter and busser, compared to our other experiences. As an example, water and beverage glasses were filled once, then ignored for the rest of the evening. Our table guests had to request two water glasses and extra drinks at the beginning of each meal in order to have those items available. Food delivery for the dining room was slow, but it seemed that our table was always served last, despite our prompt arrival and order selection. Food was of good quality, but not exceptional.Our balcony stateroom seemed smaller than most, and the balcony was MUCH smaller than I expected. Room enough for two chairs, and a place to have a drink, but that's it. We loved the On Demand TV programming.The outdoor pool area was always crowded and noisy on sea days. Deck chairs were scarce. No safe haven for a quiet few hours, unless you paid for the privilege at the Sanctuary!The most frustrating aspect was the slow and crowded elevators. The small elevators, with a stated capacity of 15 or 18 (on the slightly larger main elevators) were in reality only capable of carrying 8 or 9 adults. Some passengers would push through to get on because they knew how long the waits were. We were upset about this problem, which impacted us daily. The elevator situation would make us hesitate to go on this ship again.
Dining, wine events, staff, ship design of social areas
Crowded pools, spa
Date of cruise: July 29
Departure port: Venice
Region visited: Mediterranean
Cabin category: Balcony
Found through: Cruise line website
Good for children: Yes
Good for teenagers: Yes
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Value For Money
Staff and Service
So much to see and do on the ship. The ship really is the star of the show, regardless of where you sail.The dining is amazing, with all of the options. The wine pairings and events are great, too.The spa is a letdown. The staff seem disorganized. The prices are too high. Enjoy a spa on land at home. The decks are packed during sea days, as to be expected. The staff is friendly and helpful.