All Aboard Royal Princess #TuesdayTravels

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At last I’m getting to the posts about our cruise on the Royal Princess around the British Isles.

We took taxis to Victoria Coach Station in London to pick up a bus to take us to Southampton. We weren’t the only ones. The area designated for the Princess Cruises passengers was mobbed, and the pile of luggage outside waiting to be loaded onto lorries was gargantuan. Wish I’d taken a picture of the rows of suitcases. Ah, well.

Ocean Terminal, Southampton

Ocean Terminal, Southampton (from

After a couple of hours on the coach, we arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, one of Britain’s main ports. The Titanic sailed from here on its ill-fated maiden journey in 1912. The size of today’s cruise ships dwarfs the Titanic by quite a bit. Our ship holds nearly 4,000 passengers, while the Titanic accomodated 2,453 passengers plus hundreds of crew members, a very large ship for its time.

Emerald Princess balconies

Emerald Princess cruise ship (


Our lovely spacious cabin (my photo)


The veranda outside our cabin.

Linda and I were very pleased with our spacious cabin. It had lots of storage space, so we were able to unpack completely and stash all but one very large suitcase under the beds. The room had a refrigerator, hairdryer, and satellite TV with on demand movies. We watched several during the cruise–Cinderella, The Rewrite, The Woman in Gold and The Theory of Everything–as well as videos about our destinations and lectures about the various ports of call. Our cabin was so comfortable, we spent a lot of time there. We only made it down to the Princess Theater for one show and one port of call lecture.

We spent a fair bit of time on the veranda enjoying the ocean air.

The first photo taken on my new camera shows two happy cruisers.

Linda & Linda

Two happy cruisers named Linda. I’m the one in blue.

The center of the ship is a huge, beautiful, open atrium called the Piazza.


The glorious piazza of the Royal Princess cruise ship


A graceful staircase in the piazza of the Royal Princess

There are a number of shops and lounges around the Piazza, and throughout the day there is usually something going on there, a class or some kind of entertainment. It’s also where they pour a champagne fountain on the night of the Captain’s Dinner. I love the spiral staircases.

The Horizon Bistro Court, i.e. the buffet, is on the Lido deck, and that’s where we had most of our meals. The dessert bar was amazing, and the desserts were irresistible! I was a little hesitant to get on the scale when I got home, but happy to discover that I’d only gained two pounds on the trip.


Royal Princess Skywalk

The Skywalk (right) is also on the Lido Deck, and walking across it is just a little disorienting as the ship is moving. Better not to look down, I think, to the rolling waves below. I only did that once.

This was my first time cruising on such a large ship and I had a blast. I’d do it again. Have you taken a cruise? If so, where did you go? I’m looking for recommendations. Alaska, maybe? Or somewhere exotic like South America.


Cruise Blues #TuesdayTravels

Royal Princess

Princess Cruises Royal Princess, my home-away-from-home for 13 days.

In July, I went on a 13-day cruise of the British Isles with Princess Cruises, and now I’m suffering from the Cruise Blues.

I heard people talking about the cruise blues in the elevator on the last day of the trip. It kind of boils down to things like:

Oh, no, I have to make my own bed. What happened to the cabin steward?

What do you mean I have to fix my own breakfast? I’d rather go to the buffet.

Where am I going on today’s shore excursion? Oh, yeah, the grocery store. 🙁

In other words, getting back to real life can be a drag. I’m mostly joking–I really was happy to get home–but I will admit it was nice to be spoiled for a couple of weeks. In the next weeks I’m going to do some blogs about the trip so I can re-live the fun of being on the Royal Princess.

First stop: London!