On the second day of sailing, we observed heavy smell of mold
and mildew. Reported it to front desk as I am highly allergic.
Nothing done. Reported it third day. Nothing done. Reported it
fourth night as I was now having to use my emergency inhaler.
Nothing done. Fifth morning, went to ship doctor at 8 am. Put on
prednisone, antibiotics and 2 inhalers. In bed all day missing 2
excursions and the best dinner. With 2 nights left they then
offered a different room but I did not have the energy to pack and
move everything. Extremely dissapointed!
The captain (Dino Sagani) regularly forced all clients to listen
to his irrelevant babbling by transmitting in each state room his
loud status reports. It is true that most other cruises don't force
paying customers to listen to obscure super-star wannabes, but on
the Royal Princess they do things differently! We had the chance to
experience the prison-like treatment of having our afternoon sleep
rudely interrupted by the captain's many fascinating announcements
â€“ we found out the speed of the boat in three
measurement units and we were also regularly informed of the depth
of the sea! We complained that normal cruises
donâ€™t transmit such loud announcement in the
staterooms, but the cruise staff quickly dismissed our lack of
enthusiasm and our reluctance to embrace the hyperactive
vacationing approach. So once you had your tenth supersized
extra-strong coffee you're ready to relax on this cruise.
The drills performed on the ship were also a nice occasion to
witness frustrated staff yell orders to some disobedient paying
customers. Luckily no client was beaten for their lack of immediate
compliance with the orders of parking-guard equivalents.
The food was tasty and nicely presented, but some items
quickly finished so we had to be there when the restaurants opened.
Otherwise, the ship is beautiful and the entertainment diverse
and of adequate quality.