We are looking at the Royal Princess doing the transatlantic in September. Does anyone know if they offer Personal choice features? What is your favorite cabin choice. Are the mini-suites really worth the money? We have sailed on the Dawn,Sun and Golden. I know she's a lot smaller than they are but I thnk we're ready for a smaller ship. Thanks for any and all comments......good and not so good. PS...... we're spoiled......... got to have a balcony!!!!!
I sailed her in September. She's my favorite ship in the world. While they don't have personal choice dining, they do have alternative dining and you can go anytime you want. It's the same as The Bistro on other Princess ships. They also have a good pizzeria. The food is the best in the fleet, IMHO. We had a cat GG cabin which is an unobstructed view outside cabin without a balcony. Transatlantic can be quite chilly so a balcony might not be the best choice. We were down close to the waterline and it was quite dramatic seeing the waves and the spray dashing against our window. Enjoy!
We have taken three cuises on the Royal Princess in the last two years.. Our last trip on it was in November from Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires. The ship is smaller than most and is the smoothest sailing one we have been on, even in rough weather. Cruises tend to be longer and more exotic than most. One fourth of the passengers were staying on for the next leg of the cruise around Cape Horn.
The cruise staff and entertainers are very friendly and frequently mix with passengers during the day. There were several excellent lecturers on board who gave talks on sea days on topics such as Diving, Treasure Hunting, Money Management and Changes in the World Population. Spa personnel gave frequent small group talks on Health and Beauty Issues.
There is one main dining room with open seating for breakfast and lunch. The Lido Deck often has daily specials such as sushi, Mexican, Italian, or French.We went to the Bistro for dinner twice. The first time it was quiet with excellent service. The second time followed a long day in Rio de Janeiro and the staff could not handle all the diners.The Piizzeria was very popular.
All cabins are outside so we go with one of the lower categories. Even the obstructed cabins have a view . The cabins are small but bathrooms are large. Most have tubs. Closet space is adequate. If you want more than crowded ports and megaships, you will enjoy the Royal Princess !