Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Royal Princess in Alaska - Another Cruiser's Perspective

Before we head back onto yet another ship (the Golden Princess coming up tomorrow!) followed immediately by another three weeks on the Royal (in Mexico!), I'd like to share another cruise passenger's perspective on the Royal Princess-in-Alaska experience. If you remember, earlier this month I did an interview with first time cruisers Chelsea and her daughter Emily. Today I have yet another viewpoint.

Joyce, a Deb's Days blog reader, was cruising with her husband on the Royal last week. I got the opportunity to visit with Joyce and she was kind enough to share some of her thoughts on the cruise. She even did a bit of a comparison between Princess and other lines she's been on. Read on to find out what she thought...
  • “First, we are not real fond of cruising. We like that it can get us to places we have never been and provides bed and meals and entertainment. We kind of get tired of eating and sometimes want our comfort foods from home. 
  • The Royal did have a lot of choices and was better food than Carnival for the most part. Carnival does a better job of food around the pool area (but then we were in the Caribbean) and their omelet stations were great. It wasn't made that clear you could get one at the buffet on the Royal. We liked Norwegian's food and with their specialty dining we enjoyed the Teppanyaki restaurant.
  • The Royal was well organized (sometimes the Magic didn't seem to be) and the dining rooms well managed.
  • The Royal had great entertainment and stuff to do all day. Carnival is very lacking here but we did go on a warm-weather cruise so people left the ship a lot for the beaches. 
  • It may seem silly, but I rather missed the towel animals left on our bed as the other two lines did. It just seemed like a little special touch from your steward.
  • Cabin: Royal was nice and I enjoyed the large closet and comfy bed and large TV. Carnival and NCL both had bigger cabins with sitting areas. Carnival had more desktop/dresser - type space because it was across from the couch.
  • Our specific cabin M504 wasn't bad. For Alaska, the overhang (the Seawalk) didn't bother us. I also was not bothered about being below the Horizon Bistro. We couldn't hear any sounds of chairs on the floors like some people had reviewed they had. They might have been on a different ship, though. We liked being one floor below where we ate most of the time and closer to the upper decks for viewing during the cruise when we weren't enjoying watching glaciers from our balcony!
  • For the most part, we liked the Medallion. Most of the time it didn't work coming up to our cabin. We would have to take it out and touch the screen. Not a big deal. Embarkation was easy and having workers know who we were was nice. It made it a friendlier atmosphere. The APP needs some work! We kept getting logged out even while on the ship. We did like the big screens to look at the happenings around the ship when our phone app wasn't working.
  • Overall we thought the Royal was a beautiful ship with great workers, but I might not recommend her for Alaska mostly because of her size and cruise restrictions. Her size did not seem to be a problem for eating and entertainment (maybe because of the early hour we ate breakfast and the number of repeat cruisers onboard). It also didn't feel like there were more than 3700 cruisers on the ship, for the most part. We didn't even explore every area of the ship! We did miss being able to go around the front of the ship like on Carnival. But it would be colder on an Alaska cruise anyway. Being on the top with the barriers helped with the cold during cruising and trying to find those elusive whales!
  • We liked the Rangers coming onboard. We liked the itinerary. We would have liked more time in Ketchikan.”
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Joyce!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

5 Weeks of Cruising Alaska on the Royal Princess: Trip Wrap-Up

5 weeks cruising Alaska on the Royal Princess cruise ship

Today I'm sharing the summary of the five weeks I spent this summer cruising the Royal Princess in Alaska. I made a video of the wrap-up right here:

I started writing a blog post for those who prefer reading about it, but I realized it was going to be A LOT of text with no visuals. So to get the complete picture (literally!) of the experience, a video it will have to be.

I do have some links of things mentioned in the video.:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cruise Port Presentations by Vickie Bowne

If you are a cruiser and haven't checked out vickieandbernietravel.blogspot.com, you need to! Vickie blogs all about Princess Cruises but also has a TON of port information for cruisers. She was also the South America destination expert for the Royal Princess, will be a Port Lecturer for a South American sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse, and then a Port Lecturer on a Mediterranean sailing on the Island Princess. She is a busy lady! 

Vickie has also started adding her ship lectures to her blog and YouTube. Check them out!

Thanks for sharing your talents with the world, Vickie!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

How to Get to the Promenade Deck on the Royal Princess

If you're considering a cruise on the Royal Princess but are concerned there is no Promenade Deck, don't worry. There is! You'll find six doors leading to outside seating. But those doors are a bit hidden. Take a look at my video where I'll show you how to find those somewhat-secret doors!

If you want to know anything else about the Royal Princess or have any questions about cruising or Princess Cruises, just ask. 

How to Get from Anchorage, Alaska to the Whittier, Alaska Cruise Port

Looking for your transportation options when cruising Alaska with Princess Cruises? If you are doing a northbound or southbound Alaskan cruise with Princess, take a look at this video of how to get to and from the Whittier, Alaska cruise port.