Our first Princess Cruise Experience – Visiting the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
What does the Royal Princess Cruise Ship have to offer?
We were invited by Princess Cruises to come to Southampton and spend the day on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship. This was our first Princess cruise experience and we were very keen to see what this cruise company has to offer.
Royal Princess Cruise Ship facts
The Princess fleet currently consists of 17 ships and was first featured on the television with the Love Boat series in the 1970/80’s and the Royal Princess is currently part of the UK TV series ‘The Cruise’. One of the stars of the show Timothy was working at the excursion desk when we were on board and we were lucky enough to meet him!
The Royal Princess Cruise Ship has two sister ships the Majestic Princess and the Regal Princess, with the Sky Princess joining the fleet in 2019.
This Royal Princess Cruise Ship accommodates 3560 guests, and has a crew of 1346. The Royal Princess Cruise Ship has just celebrated it’s 5th birthday with the first cruise being in June 2013. It was christened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
The most stunning Atrium we have seen at Sea
Our first area to visit after embarkation was the atrium and what a welcome to receive, it was spectacular!
We have cruised extensively and never have we seen an atrium like this. Opulence and luxury at it’s best, the atrium spans three decks and is the beautiful heart of this ship. Here you will find live music, where you can sit with your coffee from the International cafe or an ice cream from Gelatos. If you fancy something stronger then the New York Style Crooners Bar and elegant Bellinis can also be found here too.
Cabins on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
There are 1,780 cabins on board the Royal Princess Cruise Ship consisting of Suites, Balcony and Inside cabins. There are some accessible cabins too. The cabins decor consisted of muted colours but equipped with all that you would need.
Our video here shows you around the cabins in more detail including the walk in type wardrobes that we have not seen before. So do come and have a look around the variety of cabins available on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship.
More information can be found here about the types of suites and cabins available on the Royal Princess cruise Ship.
As mentioned in the video Princess Cruises are renowned for having the most comfortable beds at sea and this has been confirmed by our fellow cruise blogging friends who have cruised with Princess. You can also buy the Princess beds and bedding, they are certainly not cheap but would be a treat. You can find more information and buy the products here.
The food on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
There are three main waiter-served dining rooms on board the Royal Princess Cruise Ship, the Allegro, the Concerto and the Symphony – all serve the same evening meals although only Concerto is open for breakfast and lunch. We were treated to a three course meal during our visit and the food was superb. The service from Mario was excellent too.
We walked through the Horizons buffet restaurant and it certainly was extensive, it even included a pastry shop. It was a nice, light and airy space which had a relaxed feel to it unlike some of the buffet restaurants and bun fights we have experienced on other ships! There are plenty of speciality restaurants to visit too and more information about these options can be found here.
We love our food and we know that after this experience we would be very happy with the food options on this ship.
Entertainment on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
The theatre on the Royal Princess is the largest in their fleet. Every seat has an unobstructed view and access on both ends of the rows of seats so your not continually being disturbed.
We were taken on a back stage tour that was so interesting, meeting the entertainment team and hearing the logistics of putting on a show. The changing room where the dancers changed had a rotating mechanical rack with thousands of costumes that were all coded to fit the individuals in the team. There is a team of dressers that help the dancers change with sometimes only 20 seconds for a costume change.
A huge mechanical horse and a fluffy dragon were a few of the pops that we were shown and we enjoyed the stories of when things don’t always go to plan including a dancer who actually fell off the front of the stage!
The variety of shows explained and the attention to detail was very impressive. One of our favourite things about cruising is enjoying the entertainment in the evenings and we hope to experience these shows ourselves one day!
Pools and sun decks on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
The main pool deck can be found on the Lido deck 16. There are two pools separated by an island that is used as a stage and fountain area that has 85 water jets and can shoot water 33 feet up, it also lights up and puts on a spectacular show at night. The one pool was a small paddling pool and the other side a larger swimming pool as you can see here. This was a really spacious area with also included swirls where you can get your complimentary ice cream, Calypso Cabana for sandwiches, Prego Pizzeria for pizza and the Trident Grill for BBQ food. It did look a real fun family place.
The fountain area is a fun spot and would be good fun in the day for the kids. However we did think with 3560 passengers on board having only the one pool here, it would get really busy during cruises to warmer destinations.
Here you will also find the 300 feet screen where their signature ‘Movies under the Stars ‘ takes place. Popcorn and blankets are supplied for a fun movie night. Movies Under the Stars was first seen on the Caribbean Princess in 2004, and now is one of Princess cruises signature features.
The Retreat on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
There is another pool on deck 17 called the Retreat and is an exclusive adults area. We loved this area and thought this is where we would spend our time. There are also cabanas that can be reserved at an extra cost of $50 per half day. At night this area turns into the Chill lounge with drinks and music on offer.
The Sanctuary on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
This is a private area that can be reserved for an extra cost. Fees are $20 for a half day/$40 for a full day, per person. Spa treatments are also available. Cabanas are also available beginning at $80 for a half day. This was a stunning area with ocean views and plenty of shade, an area definitely for a special occasion or a personal treat.
Near to the funnel are some more sun decks with plenty of sunbeds. This looked a really peaceful area, ideal for sitting and reading a book, and a bonus of having excellent ocean views. you would definitely find us here!
SeaWalk on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
A dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway, the SeaWalk® is the first of its kind at sea. On the Royal Princess Cruise Ship there is a Seawalk. At 128 feet above sea level, 60 feet long and 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship it offers views of the ever changing seascape. It was pretty freaky to walk over but we made it!
Come and have a look around the pools and sundecks in our video below.
Our verdict of the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
There is no doubt that the Royal Princess Cruise Ship is beautiful, from it’s livery to internally it has all the sparkle you need. Walking into the stunning atrium really does take your breath away and it is luxury at it’s best.
During our visit we also noticed that Princess appear to cater really well for families, for more information to see this ship from a family perspective do visit Cruising with Kids
We were very impressed with the Royal Princess Cruise Ship and it is now definitely on our to do list. We would love to sail on this ship one day as it offers a luxurious experience that we know we would enjoy.
Have you cruised on the Royal Princess Cruise Ship? What did you think? We would love to hear in the comments below.
We were hosted by Princess for our visit and would to thank Rachael and her team for making us feel so welcome. However our opinions remain honest and a true reflection of our experience.
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