Here’s what’s Adam Arkinstall thought of his time aboard Royal Princess.

Before I even stepped aboard Royal Princess, I knew it was going to be something special. The overwhelming size of the ship was really quite imposing, and with the sky bridge protruding overhead, it is certainly a sight I won’t forget in a hurry.

Once on-board I was absolutely spoiled for choice. Royal Princess’ array of bars, restaurants and entertainment is incredible. Just walking around the ship makes you feel like you are in a small town, and if you’re not too good with directions (like me) you might just get lost!

Pools and Jacuzzis on Royal Princess' top deck

Pools and Jacuzzis on Royal Princess’ top deck

I was left speechless the first time I took the lift to deck 16. I stepped out of what seemed like a huge hotel/shopping mall onto a deck littered with pools, sun beds, Jacuzzis and a giant TV screen, all of which lights up at night which creates a completely different and ultra-modern feel perfect for an evening drink. The giant screen was used for Princess’ Movies Under the Stars nights. They supplied everyone with blankets, milk and warm, freshly-baked cookies, while we all sat back in our comfy reclining chairs and watch a film on the massive display.

The ship is literally a floating holiday resort with everything you could ever wish for within a short walk or lift journey. I especially enjoy eating in the ships Italian specialty restaurant Sabatini’s, where I tucked into a delicious lobster dish – something I had never tried before but will certainly be ordering again.

Dining wasn’t just a formal affair though, and I really loved picking up a tasty snack at The Pastry Shop and an ice cream sundae from Gelatos. I also made the most of the fresh pizza served at Alfredo’s Pizzeria – I can never resist a slice of pepperoni.

Fresh, tasty pizzas from Alfredo's Pizzeria

Fresh, tasty pizzas from Alfredo’s Pizzeria

Perhaps the only criticism I had of the ship was that I felt the décor catered more towards the American market. Waiting for a lift sometimes took what seemed like an age but if you’re looking to stay fit then there is always the option of the stairs. Sadly I didn’t embrace this more health conscious way of getting around the ship – I’ve never been one to take the stairs!

I thoroughly enjoyed every second on-board Royal Princess. It showed me what cruising was all about – amazing features aboard a stunning ship and fantastic service from an always friendly and utterly attentive crew. I would set sail aboard this ship in a heartbeat – what an amazing experience.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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