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Royal Princess Review

2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Public Rooms
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Royal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
1684 reviews

Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule
No aft pool
Bottom Line
Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising




Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Asia
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Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

Royal Princess Overview

Like other Princess Cruises ships, Royal Princess embraces many traditional components cruisers love and, through partnerships and technology, adds extras appealing to first-time cruisers.

It combines a full afternoon tea with craft cocktail presentations. Bingo, trivia and game shows dominate the daily program and hosts special destination-themed events, like Puppies (or Parrots) in the Piazza, depending on the itinerary. Evening entertainment is mostly production shows and music events; you can also watch a recent release at Movies Under the Stars.

The modern and high-tech OceanMedallion, a personalization technology, is meant to make your cruise more convenient and service more intuitive. OceanMedallion, a small disk replacing the keycard, is used to open cabin doors automatically, embark and disembark, register food and drink preferences and many more, particularly when paired with several apps.

Unfortunately, on our Alaska sailing, OceanMedallion didn't live up to the hype. Spotty Wi-Fi hindered ordering drinks using the app in most locations or finding our cabinmate using OceanCompass. Similarly, bartenders or waiters rarely consulted iPads; most interactions used our room number, like always. The MedallionNet internet, billed as strong enough to stream, was inadequate to download email. The hotel director told us the system works better outside Alaska, but at least passengers on our sailing seemed to enjoy wearing the Medallions, even if they eschewed pulling out their phones.

Royal Princess shines in its partnerships and programming, even if these lack major signage and branding within the daily Princess Patter. Chocolatier Norman Love's Chocolate Journey desserts stand out from the menu. The North to Alaska enrichment lectures, such as a talk by Libby Riddles, the first female Iditarod winner, were excellent. The Princess Luxury Bed by sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus is one of the comfiest we've experienced at sea. Animal Planet- and Discovery Channel-branded shore excursions were passenger favorites.

A nice choice for people who love a traditional cruise's comforts and rituals, Royal Princess is big enough, with an impressive array of restaurants, to appeal to first-time cruisers. It's not trendy, but it's hard to be bored here -- that's enough for most Royal Princess passengers.

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the main dining rooms, buffet, both pizza restaurants and at select other eateries
  • Room service
  • All theater shows and Movies Under the Stars
  • Most daily activities, unless otherwise noted
  • Kids programs
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities ($12.95 per person, per day, or $13.95 per person, per day, for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (15 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Use of The Enclave Thermal Suite
  • Entrance to The Sanctuary adults-only sun deck
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Special activities, such as bingo and wine or beer tastings
  • Photos and artwork

Top Royal Princess Itineraries

Royal Princess
35 night far east cruise

Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Whittier, Hakodate, Kagoshima, Tokyo (Yokohama), Kobe, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Singapore

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Fellow Passengers

Princess passengers are typically people who seek casual elegance and shy away from overt trendiness. On Alaskan sailings, you'll find more first-time cruisers who have chosen the ship for the destination, while on warm-weather sailings, you'll find more repeat passengers. Americans dominate, on both routes; expect more people from around the entire country in Alaska and a more local audience when the ship sails from a U.S. homeport.

Many families choose Princess; multigenerational groups (grandparents, adult children, grandkids) enjoy the dining and entertainment options and the line's solid family programs, particularly during the summer and holidays. During the Alaska season, the average age is mid- to late 50s; on warm-weather itineraries, the average age skews higher into the 60s (except during school holidays).

Royal Princess Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts, T-shirts, jeans and leggings most common inside the ship. Bathing suits and cover-ups are the main outfits on the pool deck.

Evening: Smart-casual most nights leans toward casual than smart; many wear the same attire during the day and at dinner. Women wear capris, nice jeans/pants; men wear khakis or nice jeans. Two formal nights on most cruises are laid-back -- few jackets, ties and beaded dresses. Men wear a dress shirt and nice pants; women wear maxi or cocktail dresses.

Not permitted: No swimwear, casual jeans (defined as ones that are frayed or with holes), tank tops, ball caps or shorts are allowed in the restaurants at dinnertime.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Code: Princess.

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Royal Princess Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Value For Money4.03.8

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Where does Royal Princess sail from?

Royal Princess departs from Los Angeles, Whittier, Vancouver and Tokyo

How much does it cost to go on Royal Princess?

Cruises on Royal Princess start from A$721 per person.

Is Royal Princess a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Princess won 7 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
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Sail Date: Jan 2020
We'd been on the Royal Princess before and found it still be a very beautiful and well maintained ship.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2020
After 20 plus cruises with various companies, Princess is still a favorite. First time on Royal Princess. Ship was beautiful and spacious, no lineups for any venue or dining.... Read More
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Princess Cruises Fleet

Grand Princess
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1613 reviews

Holds little more than 2,600 passengers; features include the adults only sanctuary, newly renovated kids club, high quality food and service.

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Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess offers some of the line's more exotic itineraries in Europe, Asia and South America, including a 107-night World Cruise.

Sun Princess
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Refurbished in 2016 to receive new dining and bar venues and Princess Luxury Beds in each cabin; carries 2,100 passengers and has three pools and adults-only Sanctuary

Golden Princess
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

A popular all-rounder, this 2,600-passenger ship offers the adults-only Sanctuary, teen-only sun deck, four pools, three show lounges and an outdoor cinema .

Star Princess

Mid-sized ship holding 2,600 passengers; features 10 dining options, Skywalkers Nightclub, a chocolatier, enrichment programs and outdoor movies.

Coral Princess
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Coral Princess is a vacation destination that offers up a pleasing amount of glitz while making passengers feel right at home.

Island Princess

Mid sized ship holding 2,200 passengers; offers the Sanctuary sun deck, the Universe Lounge, teen centre, and an Italian pastry shop.

Diamond Princess
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Japanese influenced ship for more than 2,600 passengers; features Japanese Baths, 13 bars and lounges, adults-only Sanctuary and a variety of dining.

Sapphire Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships in Princess' Grand Class. It carries 2,670 passengers and features an adults-only sun deck and a poolside movie screen.

Caribbean Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess boasts charm, elegance and a comfortable vibe. No matter your vacation interests, you'll find something aboard to suit you.

Sea Princess
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

An older ship whose recent refit added a sports bar, whisky bar, new café, ice cream kiosk and barbecue areas; holds up to 2,000 passengers

Crown Princess
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

One of Princess' largest ships, this 3,080-passenger vessel pioneered some of the line's best features, including an adults-only sun deck and three-story piazza.

Emerald Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Mega ship with a passenger capacity of over 3,000; features the Skywalkers nightclub, gourmet restaurants, poolside open-air movie screen, and 11 bars and lounges .

Royal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

No gimmicks here, just traditional Princess fun including Movies Under The Stars, the always-buzzing Piazza, Broadway-style stage shows and 14 bars; holds about 4,000.

Ruby Princess
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Dignified yet fun with Princess signatures including Movies Under The Stars, fine dining, the ever-busy Piazza and Broadway-style production shows; holds fewer than 4,000

Regal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Unique mix of elegance and fun; attractions include the glass-floored SeaWalk, dramatic Piazza, elaborate production shows and Movies Under The Stars; 4,000 passengers.

Majestic Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Launched in 2017, this new 3,560–passenger ship sails from Australia and China; features the SeaWalk and 13 dining options.

Sky Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Enchanted Princess

The fifth ship in Princess Cruises' Royal Class, set to launch in 2020, will follow Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Royal Class 4.

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