It depends on what you want from a cruise,but my honest opinion is the Princess are just that little bit superior to Royal Caribbean,although the latter usually have more children on board,which can be off putting to some people.
We've sailed on the Grand and its sister ship, the Golden, three times.
We've really enjoyed these ships and they definitely don't feel crowded.
They are a little older than the Crown & the Independence, of course. They were probably built with more passenger space, as times were not so hard then! We much preferred the Grand to the Splendour of the Seas. We found the Splendour a little dated when we sailed on her.
We have sailed with Princess 5 times once with Grand and once with her exact replica can't remember name Stat/sea/Sun. Sailed last year with RC and prefer Princess - personally don't like the shopping mall area.
We cruised the Med (sailed away from Venice - fantastic!) on the Grand Princess in October 2005. Our opinion was that it was sheer luxury with plenty of room whether you wnated to have company or be quiet. Next week we will be sailing from Southampton on Independence of the Seas to the Canaries. I'm a little concerned as someone else has said that I of the S is very glitzy and noisy. We also like the free dining on Princess and are a not keen on the sitting times of the I of the S as first sitting is a little early if you have been out all day and second sitting is a bit late finishing.
Hoping to cruise to Alaska next year with Pincess!
J & M Midlands.
You can now choose anytime dining as they do on Princes by prepaying the tips.You need to contact your travel agent. We are also going on this ship on 4th. October and have chosen this package.
Hi am also cruising with independance to canaries 4th oct 08. I have reced a ltr that tells us we can now book anytime dining (as long as you pay your tips in advance.) we have done so because we prefer to stay uptop in pool sometimes and eat later. speak to your travel agent.
I always prefer Princess cruises you are and also feel more comfortable
There is no comparison.Princess are far and above Royal Carribein. RC have the potential to be as good as Princess but there is something lacking in the administration of the ship I was on recently (Voyager of the seas)The rooms were never done before lunch time and when they were there was always little things which could have been better.The rooms on Voyeger were larger than on Princess The reaturants were always short of cutlety and the drink machines frequently ran out of drinks.Food is not as good
Internet access was a joke. Avery expensive one. It cost something like 53 cents per minute for access but it was so slow that you were actualy paying about4 dolars per minute compared to normal speeds.
You will find a difference in the general service at the bars. It is a lot slower and the staff are not as helpfull. On Princess the staff make an effort to remember your name and it makes a difference.
Overall I would not say that my experiance on RC would stop me from sailing with them again but compared to Princess they are worlds apart.
Both however are far sopperior to Carnival.
Bob Costello (Scotland)
I disagree re the voyager. When we were on board last June we had a great time. our dining room attendant Nuran was brilliant and knew all our names, our rooms were clean & tidy by the time we got back from breakfast and we never had a problem getting sun loungers together(5) Sometimes the Windjammer got a bit crowded but we just changed the time we went in by 15 mins the next day & were fine we never had a problem with cutlery either. The worst experience we had was with the help desk as there was always a queue-not enough staff on there perhaps. When we are on holiday we take a break from computers. Sorry you had a bad experience but we were thrilled with ours. Linda B.
I agree with the previous comment - RC are great but I think Princess are even better - we have been on Princess (Dawn, Grand) four times and love them - if I Had to choose - I would go Princess.