How did I fail to review the Royal Princess on TA? Surely not out of spite, the superb suite to which we were upgraded (for free!) on arrival with its captivating, unobscured 180-degree panoramic view over the Adriatic was without question the high point of 3 weeks of travel in the region. After looking over a few recent posts, I see the main points have already been well-covered: the view, the view and the view. There are two types of accommodation in this building: those that face the sea and those that do not. Never permit yourself the false economy of booking the latter. Whatever they charge for those sea view units is worth every single penny.
Our suite was a spacious one-bedroom affair, with two full baths. The "main" bathroom adjacent to the bedroom was so implausibly lavish that I swear it was larger and better appointed than our entire hotel room in Venice. The unit was outfitted with a small but useful kitchen, very handy although rendered a bit less functional because not a single utensil or vessel of any kind was provided. That said, all one had to do was raise one's eyes to the fabulous "Dr No" type view out the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall window to forgo any urge to quibble.
Service, anyway as much as we needed, was always impeccable, helpful, polite and dignified. Several young women of cosmopolitan background and a high degree of personal charm spend what seems like 24/7 just waiting to assist you with any little whim like making a reservation somewhere or helping you find something.
The freebie breakfast has been pejoratively described in a recent review. I thought it was fine for what it was with the single exception of the undrinkable coffee furnished by robot barista machines. But what is to quibble about when this collation is offered to you in a vast dining room overlooking that same exquisite sea-view?
So do not hesitate, book a sea front suite only, do not pay for meals in advance (if you must have meals, they';ll sell them to you at the same price anyway) and prepare for a really spectacular oceanfront resort accommodation.
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