Our final two days were at sea heading back to Ft. Lauderdale. We had fair winds and following seas, which made the transit very comfortable. Sea activities were pretty typical. Princess does, however, show lots of movies and we enjoyed "Enough Said" in the main theater.
The Royal Princess is a fine ship, but offers nothing really innovative:
- The Horizon Court Buffet was extensive and the food was very good. We ate there 5 nights, and didn't go to the dining room (a first for me on a cruise ship). As more and more prefer the open seating dining, it seems as if Princess has expanded their buffet options.
- The shows are shown three times per night, allowing viewing with just about any dining schedule
- The crew was very professional and very friendly. They were always ready to lend a hand, answer a question, and help in any way possible
- The large Piazza was wonderful and elegant. Princess does a bunch of activities there throughout the day.
- Having no stairs associated with the center elevators meant that you had to walk to the forward or aft elevators to get quickly to some of the places only a deck or two away.
- I had no internet access in our cabin, though they implied that the ship was fully wifi. This is not the industry standard for a new ship.
- In the Horizon Court/Horizon Bistro there is no drink station. Drinks are served by the pretty efficient wait staff. However for Breakfast, they have readily available only coffee, orange juice and milk, and perhaps tea. If you want anything else the waiter has to go to a different part of the lido to get what you want. Not very efficient.
All in all it is a great ship, but I think I like the older ship layout better - seems to be a little easier to get around.
Princess Live entertainment center - they broadcast various activities live around the ship:
Bingo in the Vista Lounge:
Fair Winds and following seas:
Next stop - Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas to Key West and the Bahamas on February 22. Stay tuned!