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Author Topic: Princess Not as Good as in the Past  (Read 233 times)
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« on: August 09, 2018, 03:16:10 PM »

We just returned from a 12 night British Isles cruise on Royal Princess. This was our first Princess cruise in two years. We found that dining room service was slower than we recalled on past Princess cruises. One reason may be that there are fewer assistant waiters. Information from the Princess galley tour noted that there are 109 waiters on board, but only 40 assistants. It used to be a one-to-one ratio.

Food quality was hit-or-miss. Fish was usually overcooked or mushy. Beef was usually good. The best food on the ship was at the International Cafe.

The tender process was unacceptable. There were long waits to disembark and re-embark at tender ports.

Shore excursions were grossly overpriced.

Production shows were good.

The “Movies under the stars” screen was used to screen concerts and movies most days, instead of providing live music.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 04:45:46 AM »

We just returned from a 12 night British Isles cruise on Royal Princess. This was our first Princess cruise in two years. We found that dining room service was slower than we recalled on past Princess cruises. One reason may be that there are fewer assistant waiters. Information from the Princess galley tour noted that there are 109 waiters on board, but only 40 assistants. It used to be a one-to-one ratio.

Yea, I sort of noticed a slowdown in the main DR on out last trip but thought it was just a fluke. We stopped going to the DR most of the time & ate at the Horizon where it was so much faster to eat & the food was great. No complaints from the wife or myself.

Food quality was hit-or-miss. Fish was usually overcooked or mushy. Beef was usually good. The best food on the ship was at the International Cafe.
Didn't see any degrade in preparation at all.

The tender process was unacceptable. There were long waits to disembark and re-embark at tender ports.

Shore excursions were grossly overpriced.

It's been overpriced for years now. Nothing new from my standpoint.

Production shows were good.
Good, but getting a little tired if you cruise many times a year. There's only so many dance routines they can come up with that hold my interest.  The new show, the Secret Silk,  was different and at least it wasn't another song & dance performance.

The “Movies under the stars” screen was used to screen concerts and movies most days, instead of providing live music.
Always loud & obnoxious during the day so we never sit in that area.
See above.
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