Posted August 14th, 2013, 08:02 PM
Last edited by cruisetrail; August 14th, 2013 at 08:15 PM Reason: Pictures added
An Open Posting to Princess Cruises- The lack of a walkable promenade deck on the Royal Princess will result in us cancelling our scheduled December cruise.
Walking around the ship on a promenade deck while watching scenery and sea life, listening to the waves, smelling the sea - is a single most unique experience that is possible only on a cruise ship at sea.
As background, my wife and I have been on 14 Princess Cruises over the last 20 years all over the world (Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Panama, Norway and elsewhere). Regardless of our itinerary, one of the most important things to us to do on every Princess cruise was our daily exercise walks on the covered promenade deck.
I was very disappointed to learn that the Royal Princess does not have a walker friendly promenade deck for people like us. I understand that it is cut off in the front and back of the ship and is too narrow in parts to do exercise walks. For us, the jogging trail at the top of the ship does not work due to my wife's sun sensitivity plus it not being the same quiet ambience of a promenade deck.
As a result of this Royal Princess design feature, we will for the first time in years start looking at other cruise lines. We may continuing to go on some of the older Princess Ships, but that fleet is aging. Our hearts are broken over this as we were one cruise away from Elite Status. We were looking forward to the other innovations of the Royal Princess class of ships. However, for us, this promenade issue is a deal breaker as it is a very important part of our cruise we thought would never be taken away.
Treadmills instead of cruising?
Connection to the sea is valuable.
The more the better.
The less the worse.
The Royal Princess has lost huge parts of cruising experience that cannot be compensated by a larger atrium & hydropool and a few cheap gimmicks.
Rbel4, you did two right things.
1. You cancelled the cruise on a ship that clearly conveyed disrespect to you.
2. You are saying this out loud.
What do you need elite status for?
Book a cruise on a better ship - that will be your reward.
The Grand class ships are at your service.
Look at HAL Signature class ship - amazing.
Look at Royal Caribbean Freedom class. Don't be afraid of a high energy ships. They are not as classy as Princess & HAL (food!) but the ships are gorgeous.
You don't have to be in the middle of an action all the time.
You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Royal Caribbean Freedom class Ship:
Enjoy your cruises.
Let bean counters cruise on ships designed by bean counters.