Saturday, September 30, 2017

Few Observations About the Royal Princess & Officer’s List

The ship looks amazing!  I swear this ship never ages and so far everywhere  I have looked, it shines.

The crew are so friendly, and helpful and we have really enjoyed seeing some familiar faces.

Demographics on board are younger – guessing average age is late 40s, early 50s.  Not many kids at all. A lot of newer cruisers too.  A lot of first time cruisers, and many Gold and Ruby.  Love seeing that cruising is reaching out to new people.

We tried quite a few times to change out our mini bar but we have never been able to connect with someone from Room Service.  The line just keeps ringing.  We tried all afternoon and until we went to bed and finally gave up.  We will try again tomorrow.

It should be noted that there is a Spanish Government Value Added Tax that is mandated and is 10% tax that is applied to all sales carried out on board while the vessel is in Spanish water or ports, so take note when ordering drinks.

I am saddened to report that Chef David McDonald has left Princess and will now be working for Viking Cruise Lines.  We will miss him, but we are happy for him.

This cruise is 11 days and we have two formal nights.  Both formal nights fall on sea days.

We will loose an hour prior to arriving in Greece and we will gain it back after leaving Greece.

Phoenix Rising is the band on board – who we LOVE.  Max Hixon is a guitar player who sings and is quite good.  AJ Clarke is the pianist in Crooners.  Hawley Magic is still on board too.

Production Shows on this 11 day are: Spectacular Sweet Soul Music, What the World Needs Now, and Colors of the World. 

They are offering the photo package for $245 which gives you all the photos and digital files from this voyage for this one great price.

Officers on board are:

  • Captain Nick Nash
  • Staff Captain Paolo Ansaldi
  • Chief Engineer Fabio Braccelli
  • Hotel General Manager Michael Prasse
  • Cruise Director Billy Hygate
  • Senior Doctor Pieter-Charl Du Toit
  • Customer Services Director Elke Pointecker
  • Staff Engineer Officer Gaetano Guida
  • Executive Housekeeper Marilena Voinea
  • Executive Chef Giovanni Sisto 
  • Maitre d’Hotel Silvio Zampieri
  • Captain Circle Host Collena

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