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Have any of u cruised on the "Royal Princess" and if so, what was it like?
We've booked our next cruise on the "Royal" Xmas and New Year's of 08 and was just wondering if anyone knew about this ship. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
We cruised on the "Diamond" this past Xmas and New Year's and had a blast. Beginning to love these holiday cruises.
I have not been on the current MV Royal Princess
, but I have been on sister MV Tahitian Princess
. These ships are much smaller than MV Diamond Princess
, but they offer most of the amenities that you have come to expect on a smaller scale. Nonetheless, there are a few differences.
>> 1. There's no children's center, youth center, or teen center. There were youth counsellors and a goodly number of minors on my cruise, so they took over the card room for the teens. I'm not sure where they ran the programs for the younger age groups, but they did a great job of keeping the younger age groups out of the way of the adult activities.
>> 2. Many of the facilities are fewer in number. In particular, there's only one swimming pool, one main dining room, and one show room.
>> 3. The (only) main dining room serves "Traditional Dining" so there's no "Anytime Dining" option.
>> 4. The backstage facilities are not as extensive as on larger ships, so you'll see a different set of production shows configured for the available facilities. Actually, this is good news since it means that you probably won't see the same shows that you saw aboard MV Diamond Princess
>> 5. The ship has two specialty restaurants (Sterling Steakhouse and Sabatini's Trattoria), but they operated on alternate evenings during my cruise aboard MV Tahitian Princess
>> 6. There are fewer gaming tables and fewer slot machines in the casino, so you probably won't find as many variations (betting limits, etc.) of some of the games. The fitness center is also smaller, so it might not have as many variations of fitness machines.
>> 7. In the morning, the outdoor grill doubles as the egg and omelette station for the buffet restaurant. Also, during my cruise aboard MV [i]Tahitian Princess, the overnight bistro was in one of the specialty restaurants rather than in the buffet area.
But overall, these ships offer everything that you have come to expect from Princess in a smaller package.