by Don McCann
Having just returned from an agent 2-day preview cruise onboard the Royal Princess, it’s difficult to know just what to share first. After all, this is not only the newest ship in the Princess fleet, but it’s the largest and, perhaps, the most innovative. So, since I’m very much a visual person myself, I think the best way to describe the ship is with a few visual aids!
To begin with, I liked the ship very much. Royal Princess has many of the Princess hallmark features, but they have expanded and/or tweaked a few areas to give it very much its own personality. Some examples would be the SeaWalk, the first ‘over the water’ walkway of its kind; the expanded Piazza, which is visually appealing and includes many venues to draw to this area, as well; the largest Sanctuary in the Princess fleet and the most impressive, to be sure; and too many dining options to list here. The only thing of which was a head-scratcher to me was the lack of a stairwell at the midship elevator bank. I was in a cabin only one deck below Lido Deck, but instead of taking an easy single flight of stairs, I was forced to wait on an elevator to ascend only one floor; have not seen this on any other ship and can’t figure out why it is the case here?!
So here are a few visuals of the great new Royal Princess (and you can click on each photo to enlarge):
The SeaWalk as seen from below, at eye level on Deck 15, then looking DOWN at the sea!
The Sanctuary on Deck 17; there’s an extra charge, but it would not be full most of the time if it wasn’t worth it!
The Retreat is a lovely adults only area; a great alternative for those who do not wish to pay for The Sanctuary
The vibrant Piazza area on Decks 5, 6, & 7
Lido Deck 16 with pools and the large screen for Movies Under the Stars
Princess Live! is a new concept for innovative entertainment in person and broadcast on your cabin’s TV
- Alfredo’s on Deck 6 is THE place for pizza and has no surcharge!
The Princess Theater, not a bad seat in the house!
Horizon Court on Deck 16, friendly service and endless choices for casual dining
There is of course much more, but this gives you a glimpse into some of the features and areas onboard Royal Princess. If there is a particular area of interest you’d like to see, but missed here, then just ask us!
Check back for our next post on the various cabin choices!