Well I’ve made it to a rather misty and rainy Southampton which is a shame as ships always look more beautiful in the sunshine. I’ve been through a very efficient and friendly check in procedure at Oceans Terminal and its funny how a smile and a welcome lifts the mood in what is the most stressful part of any journey. From check in through to boarding and even in the lift you can feel a genuine welcome from the staff and crew. I walked briefly through the piazza and at a glimpse it looks very traditional and warm.
I’ve been allocated a very comfortable stateroom on deck 9 with a private veranda. I forget to describe the basics of staterooms so below I have listed the main facilities in the staterooms (as well as some pictures of course). The first thing that hit me was the storage space was open plan near the the bathroom and gives more space than enclosed units, there also seems to be a lot of under bed storage. The beds look very comfortable and with Egyptian cotton sheets I am sure a good nights sleep will be guaranteed. The bathroom is very comfortable with a large mirror, a traditional shower (with shower curtain) and toiletry products from the Lotus Spa (a nice touch). The stateroom has a lovely flat screen tv with your usual international news channels, movies, music and live tv. The stateroom also provides essentials such as a mini fridge, a hairdryer, telephone and a full directory with stationary, room service menu and information. A copy of the PrincessPatter daily guide is an essential part of cruising that new to cruise guests may not know about (this basically tells you what’s on, where and at what time). I’m going to start to explore the Royal Princess now and will be adding pictures as a explore.