What distinguishes Royal Princess and sister ship Regal Princess are the variety of quality experiences, from exquisite dining to enjoyable entertainment, from acres of pool space (and plenty of lounge chairs) to facilities for active cruisers (the Lotus Spa Fitness Center, Sports Central and Center Court). Staff is friendly and staterooms won't make you feel squeezed in. Princess Cruises certainly delivered with its new vessels.
Dining aboard Royal Princess
In addition to traditional dining there are many options for specialty dining. Royal Princess features a new concept for Princess Cruises: the Chef's Table Lumiere. Situated in Allegro (one of three main dining rooms), Chef's Table Lumiere casts new light, literally, on the company's popular chef's table experience at sea. Guests sit at a custom-made glass table in an area surrounded by strands of lights that form a curtain. The effect is a soft wall of privacy in the middle of one of the main dining rooms. The dining experience, which includes the chef's specially prepared meal, at time of writing goes for $115 per person.
The other main dining rooms, Symphony and Concerto, feature the Wine Maker's Dinner, which goes for $40 per person, in a venue inspired by wine cellars. The circular areas, surrounded by wine bottles, seat up to 12 people each. Developed in conjunction with noted winemakers, the speciality menus are paired with wines and include classic carved meats such as crown of veal rack, lamb Baron and veal rack a l'Orlov.
You will likely want to make reservations for dining at the Crown Grill, a premium seafood and chop house featuring chops, seafood and premium Sterling Silver steaks. The cover charge is $25, except for the complimentary pub lunch, which is offered each day in the adjacent Wheelhouse Bar on deck seven aft.
Sabatini's features sophisticated Italian favorites with an a la carte experience. Princess' signature Tuscan inspired speciality restaurant is situated on deck five, adjacent to Vines wine bar, where you may want to have a pre-dinner prosecco or a cocktail. New for Sabatini's on Royal Princess: a wine display featuring what is arguably the sea's widest selection of Super Tuscans. Cover charge is $25, and Super Tuscan wine events are offered for $40 per person.
Alfredo's, on deck seven in the atrium, serves up fresh, hand-tossed Neapolitan style pizzas at no charge. There's also a selection of complimentary Italian antipasti, soup and salads, a hearty calzone, desserts and more.
Ocean Terrace is nearby on deck seven, with a la carte items (and pricing) for seafood dishes such as oyster shooters, sushi and sashimi, chili and lime crab margaritas and much more.
The 24 hour International Cafe serves up sweets such as cupcakes, pies and an array of pastries, plus salads and sandwiches, at no charge. For a fee, the International Cafe also serves speciality coffees, and new on Royal Princess: a Tea Tower with 250 blends of tea.
Royal Princess features poolside options, including the Trident Grill, Outrigger Bar (yummy guacamole and chips); Prego Pizzeria, Swirls (for ice cream), and the Cabana Picnic, offering a variety of picnic basket options with artisan sandwiches and desserts, available with champagne packages.
Royal Princess’ Horizon Court Buffet is the largest of any Princess ship and features new action stations, with Asian cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, fresh pasta and salad-tossing stations. There's also the Horizon Bistro, offered at dinner with specialty themes such as Brazilian churrascaria, Argentine gaucho, German Beer Fest, European Bistro, British pub and more.
Horizon Court is also home to Crab Shack, with a cover charge of $20 to enjoy crawfish in a Bayou-style "Mud Bug" boil, spiced peel and eat shrimp - and mixed steamer pots filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels. There's also Fondues, which offers a variety of cheese fondues for a cover charge of $20.
Royal Princess Cabins
Royal Princess has 358 Deluxe Balcony Suites with sofa, compared to 730 balcony staterooms, which are slightly smaller than the Deluxe Balcony Staterooms and without sofas.
There are 314 Mini-Suites, which are larger than balcony staterooms, and with added luxuries, including welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub.
There are also 36 Suites, of which 22 are corner suites. The suites feature two 42" flat screen televisions, separate bathtub and shower, marble floors and countertops, access to the dedicated Concierge Lounge, complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services.
Additionally, there are 342 Inside Cabins. All categories feature a selection of accessible staterooms, and for families, there are 50 adjoining staterooms.
Ship Facts Year Built 2013 ♦
Ship's Class: Royal Class ♦
Country of Registry Bermuda ♦
Tonnage 141,000 ♦
Length 1082 ft - 330 m ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,600 ♦
Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦
Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Crown Grill Steakhouse, Chef's Table, and more ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar ♦
24 Hour Food Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Movies Under the Stars® ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦
Golf Simulator ♦
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦