sashas_mom Posted October 30, 2013 #1 Share Posted October 30, 2013 Just returned from the TA on the Royal. I won't elaborate on things that have already been discussed, but thought I would add my perspective of the ship and my experience on her. IMHO, she is a gorgeous ship, although I agree there are flaws. My favorite part of the ship is the Piazza and Princess has outdone themselves, in my opinion, on the design and functionality of this space. Pictures just don't do it justice. It's just beautiful, elegant, spacious, and the new features, in my opinion, are a welcome addition. The details in the way it is lit and the color and decor lend to a very relaxing, beautiful space. The chairs were very comfortable and plentiful. It is a wonderful gathering place and we had more ballroom dancing opportunities than I've ever had on the previous 15 cruises we've done with Princess. Yes, I know it's not as ideal as a wood dance floor, but there were many of us dancing every day and evening on the marble, and enjoyed it immensely. The musicians rotated, so starting 3:15 there would be a ballroom dance class at 3:45 some days we had The Volume, a band with two girl singers, Or, the Rick Kilburn Quartet with a wonderful singer, George Evans. Some days we danced again around 5 and again around 8 or 9 p.m. I would say the quartet would have been in the Wheelhouse on other ships, and the band with the girls in Explorers. However, in this case, all their music lent itself to ballroom dancing. We also danced in the Vista Lounge on some occasions. I love to dance. I am not a professional, don't belong to a dance group of cruisers, but am considered by most to be a good dancer. In fact, I was the chosen partner of the dance instructor every day to demonstrate the lessons. All I can say is, if you love dancing and lots of it, this was the best experience I ever had on a cruise ship. Usually the dancing is reserved for the evening on the other ships, and over the years it seemed like there was less and less opportunites for it. I hope Princess will replace some of the acrobatic acts, etc. and give us more opportunities to dance in the Piazza. We did this also on the Golden when on a Hawaii cruise. What I especially enjoyed was the fact that many people who can't dance, but enjoy watching others dance, would come to the Piazza and for three decks people would enjoy watching the dancing and listening to the wonderful singers and bands. This cruise had the best entertainment and Cruise Director's staff I have experienced. I understand the desire to have a wood dance floor, but thought I would share my experience so if you love dancing, you can see there was plenty of opportunity for it. I will reserve my other observations for my official review, but hope this helps someone who is thinking of trying this ship and wondered about the ballroom dancing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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