A Suite fit for a Royal Princess

A suite is the ultimate in luxury accommodation on a cruise ship.  For some cruisers, it’s the only way to travel and during a recent ship tour of the Royal Princess, I was treated to a nosy around the largest suite onboard – the corner suite.

The Royal Princess took her maiden voyage in 2013 and was aptly christened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Royal Princess in numbers

19 Decks

3,560 passengers

1,083 feet long, 217 feet high, 155 feet wide

1780 staterooms (1438 with balconies)

36 suites and 314 mini-suites

My first impression of the ship was that the Royal Princess definitely lives up to her name; her opulent and regal decor makes you feel like your going to be treated like a princess (or prince) as soon as you step onboard and this is reflected in her suites.

There are only 14 corner suites available on the Royal Princess, two on each deck from Deck 8 to Deck 15 and situated at the aft of the ship.  Each are 680 square feet with a huge balcony that hugs the corner of the ship – the balcony is so big, it could easily be mistaken for part of the promenade deck!

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The corner suite balcony has so much outside space, it could easily be mistaken for the promenade!

The balcony has ample space to comfortably fit sun loungers and an outdoor dining set, perfect for Ultimate Balcony Dining to really make you feel like royalty.

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What is Ultimate Balcony Dining?

Available on all Princess cruise ships, the Ultimate Balcony Dining is the chance to enjoy an intimate, romantic dining experience with breathtaking views from your own balcony.  You have your own dedicated waitstaff, who will treat you to cocktails, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal.  This is also available for breakfast.

Living Area

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The living area of the corner suite

As you walk into the corner suite, you initially find yourself in the living area.  Here, there is a writing desk with telephone and seating area with a walk-mounted television, CD and DVD player, complimentary mini-bar (set-up) and fridge.  The sofa can be converted into a bed for guests three and four and this explains the position of the television and the curtain which can be used to divide the living room and bedroom.  There is also a door to the bathroom.

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Suites are stocked with a mini-bar

Bathroom

The bathroom is deceptively big, as I stepped into the bathroom from the living area there was a toilet and wash basin and as I moved through it opened into another section, complete with a full bath, walk-in shower and wash basin.  There is another door at the end, which leads to the bedroom.

As someone who has never had the fortune to stayed in a suite or have a bath in their cabin, I think this is one of my favourite features of the suite.  Having experienced inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms with Princess, a bath is the one thing I’ve missed.  Just the luxury of both people being able to get ready at the same time would be a novelty to me!

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Bedroom

The corner suite we viewed (R731) had two single beds but it can be configured with a queen bed on request.  The Luxury Princess Beds with their medium firm nine-inch single-sided mattresses have been scientifically-developed by sleep experts to guarantee you a comfortable night’s sleep at sea.  I personally can’t get a pillow at home to rival the ones onboard and am seriously contemplating purchasing some pillows from their online shop.

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The bedroom is spacious with Luxury Princess Beds for a great night’s sleep

The bedroom has a door leading out to the balcony and a door to the bathroom.  There is another wall-mounted television in the bedroom so that you can enjoy television programmes and movies from the comfort of you bed.  Suite guests have the added bonus of a complimentary SLEEP by Princess Kit which includes additional sleep-inducing items such as eye shades, earplugs, aromatherapy scents, Dr. Breus’ Good Night™ app and more.  Princess really takes sleep seriously to ensure a good night’s sleep for its suite passengers:

  • You can request for your bed linen to be dusted with lavender
  • Your can select from a selection of calming teas such as chamomile and Dr. Breus’ banana tea as seen on the Dr. Oz Show
  • There is a dedicated SLEEP television channel in your stateroom
  •  There is a personalised pillow and pillow-top menu in your suite, featuring The Dreampad, a pillow that uses patented technology to deliver music through gentle vibration.
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Each suite has a SLEEP by Princess Kit for guests to enjoy the best night’s sleep at sea

More Suite Features

  • Spacious closet
  • Terry towel bathrobes
  • VIP priority embarkation/disembarkation at the beginning and end of your cruise
  • VIP priority disembarkation at tender ports
  • Exclusive disembarkation lounge
  • VIP priority onboard shore excursion reservations
  • VIP priority line at the guest service desk
  • VIP priority specialty dining reservations
  • Complimentary private portrait sitting with the onboard photographer
  • Complimentary same-day laundry and professional cleaning services
  • Complimentary shoe polishing services
  • Complimentary Lotus Spa® Thermal Suite access
  • Complimentary umbrellas
  • Complimentary cruise card wallet
  • Exclusive Club Class Dining in the main dining room for dinner every day as well as breakfast and lunch on sea days
  • Private entrance for dining
  • Exclusive menu options in the main dining room
  • Exclusive Elite Lounge with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
  • Complimentary specialty dining mimosa breakfast (Daily)
  • Complimentary specialty dining dinner on embarkation evening
  • Complimentary premium evening canapés upon request
  • Complimentary chef’s “welcome goodies” on embarkation evening
  • Complimentary exotic fruit bowl on embarkation day, refreshed upon request
  • Complimentary ice service twice daily
  • Upgraded room service menu with full breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary in-suite afternoon tea service

After all this, you may be wondering why you’d ever need to leave your suite on the Royal Princess?  Well I can tell you that it is a beautiful ship to explore and you will not be disappointed.  It truly is a cruise ship fit for a Royal.

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I was invited by Princess Cruises to take a tour of the Royal Princess in June 2018.  Look out for more photos, information about this cruise ship in future blog posts on cruiselifestyle.co.uk or check out the lovely Carole and Paul’s first experience of Princess Cruises on the Royal Princess.

Related post: Regal Princess: Cruise Ship Galley Tour

Happy cruising!

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Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
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21 Comments

  1. Becky
    July 4, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Such a beautiful suite. Wouldn’t mind a night or 7 here 😂

    • July 4, 2018 / 10:02 pm

      I know, would love to stay in the corner suite on a cruise, one day maybe… I’ll keep buying those lottery tickets!

  2. July 4, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Sign me up! This looks lovely!

    • July 4, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      It definitely has the wow factor when you walk in!

      • July 4, 2018 / 10:09 pm

        It does!! I’m not a suite person, but this is nice!

      • July 4, 2018 / 10:13 pm

        Me neither, on my last cruise I had an inside cabin and am not worried about a balcony but this one would be amazing to stay in if I had a extra special celebration, I also like the perks that go with a suite.

  3. July 4, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Oh, wow! I want to go back. Dining on that balcony would be epic and I long to try out one of those super comfy Princess beds.

    • July 4, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      The beds are sooo comfy, I’m currently contemplating buying some Princess pillows for myself as they are just amazing.

  4. paulandcarolelovetotravel
    July 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    This is an amazing suite and so good to see first hand. If only we had the budget to stay in one!

    • July 4, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      I want to stay in this suite so baldly now that I’ve seen it. Imagine how lucky you’d feel if you got upgrade to this!

      • paulandcarolelovetotravel
        July 5, 2018 / 2:39 am

        OMG that would be amazing!

  5. July 5, 2018 / 12:34 am

    It’s so easy to get spoiled in a suite! This one sure looks enticing.

  6. July 5, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    Would love a suite 🙂 Am so looking fwd to trying out those new Princess beds 😉

    • July 5, 2018 / 10:30 pm

      The princess beds and pillows are so comfy 😍 you will love them

  7. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    July 11, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Oh wow I’m mighty impressed. A very spacious suite;) The bathtub looks like a normal hotel sized bath, normally they are smaller on ships

    • July 14, 2018 / 10:58 am

      The bath was nice, it’s one thing I miss from the other cabins – it’s difficult to shave your legs in the tiny shower cubicles! Female problems!!

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