Royal Princess questions

Feb 19th, 2003, 05:54 PM
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Royal Princess questions

Hi, I'm a newbie cruiser and hope to become an anti-cruise snob convert. Plan to cruise Oct 2003 on the Royal Princess Med (Venice to Athens) for our honeymoon. Selected it for the itinerary. The prices are a bit shocking, but what the hay. So here are my questions:
1. Is an oceanview state room so small that we will be miserable or is there some room to move about?
2. If we choose a balcony stateroom it appears that one must physically raise the drop-down bed in order to go out onto the balcony. How big an ordeal is this?
3. If anyone on this board has sailed the Med at the end of Oct, is it even worth getting a balcony room given what the temperature is at that time of year?
4. Any other info regarding this ship/cruise would be most welcome and appreciated!

Sorry if my questions appear all cabin related - we are both older 45-50 and are not really the "partying type" - our decision to cruise this line was simply a matter of ports we are interested in and enjoying a lovely cruise. I'm pretty sure we would get used to whatever accomodations we end up selecting!
Thanks all and happy cruising!
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Feb 20th, 2003, 12:27 AM
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You might get an answer on cruisecritic.com - either the Europe or the Princess board. We're going on the Royal in July on the British itinerary. We've been on the Golden Med cruise, and you are correct in saying that the ports are the important thing. We are in your age range and cruise for the same reasons you state, and have always had an inside room - we spend so little time there because we are always touring or enjoying the ship.

Enjoy!
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Feb 20th, 2003, 04:09 PM
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Thanks Lyn for your input!
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Feb 20th, 2003, 06:09 PM
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We were on the Royal Princess last year (British Isle/Northern Europe) Our standard ocean view cabin was fine. Loved the Royal, not one complaint. Enjoy!
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Feb 21st, 2003, 08:48 AM
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Thank you so much Trixi. Glad you had a wonderful cruise!
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Feb 21st, 2003, 10:48 AM
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I, too, enjoyed my 18 days on Royal Princess about 4 years ago.

If I remember correctly ALL the rooms are outside cabins (some may be obstructed though).

The lay-out of the ship was very nice. Since it was an unusual itinerary, I think only about 3-5 kids were onboard. There was an older group of passengers onboard this particular week due to the unusual itinerary. Definitely not of much interest to children or 1st time cruisers!

We set sail out of Dover, went to 3 ports in Iceland; then to a point further north to the northermost "town". We came down the coast of Norway and back to Dover. The scenery was great and I enjoyed the coolness of the air even in the June/July sailing.

I really enjoyed the personable CD. He was an older gentleman so I don't know if he is still with Royal.I enjoyed the activities on board. I am not a partyier, and am similar in age to you, misbegotten. I think it would make a lovely honeymoon ship---quiet areas, etc.

Was disappointed some evenings with the dinners. Guess I was expecting "Celebrity" quality in meals.
But maybe as a "newbie" they will be just fine.

Can't help you out on the balcony info. Didn't want one in cold northern climes. My large window was nice enough and I had an outside door 10 ft. from the cabin I could run to if I wanted to be outside quickly.

Yes, I too choose this ship because of the itinerary, but would sail the Royal again and also Princess.

Happy honeymoon and happy cruising!!
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Feb 21st, 2003, 10:30 PM
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Have done the Med twice- Once on Princess ( and all that was left when we booked was inside cabin)..which we took.....Was darker than hell- if you do an inside, bring a flashlight!!LOL
Met some awesome people and had a BLAST-did Lisbon to Venice.....

2nd time we did it, was on Windstar's WINDSURF- outside cabin-4 masted
sailing yacht..fell in love with that ship! Did Rome to Nice....

We chose a smaller ship the 2nd time around as it was more upscale , smaller, had FABULOUS food, and out of this world smaller ports that we never would have been able to see on a larger ship.....

If I did it over again-- I would still choose a smaller ship---as I like the open seating dining and choice of 2 different places to dine and eat with whoever we meet....

If you want an even more UPSCALE ship than Windsurf--try RASDISSON, SEABOURN,Crystal....You are in the right age group for all of these ships and they will definitely CONVERT you to cruising...

As for a balcony- and your honeymoon-- ANSWER- YES!! the scenery on the MED if you are on the side of the ship facing the ports is to DIE FOR!!!The weather is gorgeous in OCT!!

If you have the option of having dinner off the ship while in port, DO IT!! You may never be back there again !!!
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Feb 24th, 2003, 10:40 AM
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Thanks to all for your wonderful input!
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Feb 27th, 2003, 04:15 AM
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misbetten,
We have our 5th cruise on the RP coming up next month. All of the cabins are outside and with the exception of the top mini and suite categories are all just about the same in size. We find them comfortable - I have heard that the lower priced balcony cabins are a bit tricky to get in and out of due to the bed set up. We are very fond of the RP and love it size. Have always found the crew and meals to be very good. We aren't intersted in the casino and do take in some of the shows which are usually fine, but the destination and ports are the most important feature to us. Dining is either in the main dining room or Lido cafe for buffets (I prefer to be served when on vacation, so only occasionally do we bother with the buffet - I also eat less off the menu). We have enjoyed balconies on other ships but haven't booked one on the RP yet. Actually I like cabins B215 or B229 which are listed as partially obstructed (life boats) but these 2 cabins are right between them so we get a great price and a great view as well. We did the eastern Med end of October and the weather was lovely - 60s & 70s. Good luck and best wishes.
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Feb 28th, 2003, 07:06 PM
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Listen to charli. We took the Royal Princess about 5 years ago and had "partial obstructed view" which tuned out to be fine. Whne you want to go out, you can always go up on deck. Room was comfortable and had space to walk around. We never felt cramped. Food was good. We have also done Med cruiseon Windsurf and enjoyed that as well, especially the casual elegant dress code (no jackets or ties). The Med is so wonderful in October: Venice, Greek Islands, Turkey. (hope all is peaceful by then.)
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Mar 3rd, 2003, 06:15 PM
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We're sooo excited - finally booked the cruise. Can't wait!

Didn't have much luck getting price breaks thru cruisequick or kimskruises or others posted here - we actually booked it and got a better price thru princess. I find that pretty bizarre - why would a cruise line undercut TA's? Granted, the cruise we booked is in the "yikes" financial range, even thru Princess, but none of this makes sense to me. I must be too "green" at this cruise booking thing. Normally, I'm the queen of bargain finders!

We booked a cat BB cabin w/balcony, airfare, transfers, precruise stay, ins - you know - the whole enchilada. TA's all quoted higher on cabin and would only agree to reduce cruise cost until last payment. Princess said they would rebate up until the date of sail. go figure.
Not sure what I did wrong, but if any of you kind folks will give me a clue (or a dope slap) I would surely appreciate it!
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Mar 4th, 2003, 01:34 PM
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Now that you have a booking, perhaps you can contact a few TA's and see if they will rebate part of their commission (which sounds hefty in your case) to you if you transfer your booking to them. Commission rebate is how TA's are usually able to discount a cruise. It does sound very strange that you would have gotten a higher quote through kimskruises or one of the others mentioned here than through Princess directly. I don't think I've ever seen that happen before. Is it possible that the price changed between the time you received the quotes and contacted Princess???
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