ROYAL PRINCESS Triple Decked!!!, Part Three

Peter Knego wraps up his Decked! top-to-bottom tour of Princess Cruises’ brand new 141,000 gross ton ROYAL PRINCESS. This installment takes a look at all non-Piazza-adjacent interior public spaces.

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Deck 14 (Riviera):

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ROYAL PRINCESS Concierge Lounge, facing port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Concierge Lounge, facing starboard.

Situated on aft Deck 14 near the Penthouse Suites, the first Concierge Lounge on any Princess Ship is a small haven for up to 24 suite guests to enjoy. Staff are on hand to assist with excursions, specialty dining and Lotus Spa reservations and coffee, tea and snacks are served throughout the day.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Wedding Chapel, facing port.

Directly forward of the Concierge Lounge, the Wedding Chapel has been scaled down on ROYAL PRINCESS from the prior ships’ more elaborate venues and doubles as a meeting and conference room.

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Every accommodation level from Deck 14 to Deck 8 has a convenient self-service laundromat where, with the swipe of the guest’s card, tokens can be purchased ($1.00 for detergent, $2.00 each for washer and dryer) to operate the machines.

Deck 7 (Promenade)

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Princess Theater, facing forward.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Princess Theater totally random carpet shot.

Beginning the line up of public rooms on Decks 7 and 6, the Princess Theater is the largest on any Princess ship, accommodating 925 guests. This venue, with its unobstructed sightlines, high definition screes and state-of-the-art lighting is, of course, the setting for Princess mainstage productions.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Calypso Cove, facing aft.

Calypso Cove, on port Deck 7 aft of the Princess Theater, is one of several boutiques on board ROYAL PRINCESS. This is the shop for liquor, tobacco, snacks, sundries, Princess logo apparel, souvenirs, and brand-name accessories.

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Casino swirl, facing aft from Deck 7.

A spiral staircase leads down from the Calypso Cove on Deck 7 to the Casino on Deck 6.

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Princess Fine Arts Gallery, facing forward.

The Princess Fine Arts Gallery is aft of the Princess Theater on the starboard side and offers up reproductions and original prints at this dedicated fine art gallery.

The top level of the Piazza follows — please see prior Decked! which features the Piazza and its adjacent spaces..

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ROYAL PRINCESS Captain’s Circle and Future Cruise Desk, facing starboard.

Directly aft of the Piazza, a wide starboard passage links the rest of the public spaces on Deck 7, beginning with the Captain’s Circle (Princess’ frequent cruiser program) and Future Cruise Desk.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Princess Live! Cafe, facing aft.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Princess Live! Cafe, facing forward.

The forward portion of the passage is actually the 40-seat Princess Live! Cafe, which is the portal for Princess Live! and serves up specialty coffees and teas, accompanied by daily changing quick-bite food selections. After 5 pm, it serves aperitifs.

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Princess Live!, facing port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Princess Live!, facing starboard.

Princess Live! is a brand-new venue for the Princess fleet, serving as a 280-seat entertainment lounge and television studio, a first for Princess. Llive shows, culinary demonstrations and impromptu performances are held here, including the daily “Wake Show”, the on board morning talk show hosted by the cruise director.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Wheelhouse Bar, facing forward.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Wheelhouse Bar, facing aft 2.

The Wheelhouse Bar has been a Princess Cruises staple since the introduction of the SUN PRINCESS in 1995. Originally, these spaces featured P&O Lines nauticalia in a pub-like ambiance but this 70-seat venue on the ROYAL PRINCESS has been merged with the Crown Grill, Princess’ popular extra-tariff steakhouse. The Wheelhouse Bar is one of several settings for live music and the ship’s daily pub lunch.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Crown Grill, facing forward/starboard.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Crown Grill wine cellar seating area.

The 104-seat Crown Grill offers up a menu of chops, seafood and premium Sterling Silver steaks.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Library, facing aft.

On the ROYAL PRINCESS, the Library is a pleasant crescent of space on the starboard side of aft Deck 7.

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Vista Lounge, facing aft/port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Vista Lounge, facing aft.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Vista Lounge, facing port.

Deck 7 wraps with the 384-seat Vista Lounge at the aft end of the ship. With the addition of Princess Live!, it has been reduced in capacity from the Vista Lounges on the GRAND and CROWN ships. The Vista Lounge is an alternate evening performance venue where live bands, comedians and illusionists, themed parties and special events are featured.

Deck 6 (Fiesta)

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ROYAL PRINCESS Princess Theater facing aft/starboard from Deck 6.

Deck 6 is another level entirely devoted to public spaces, beginning with the lower portion of the Princess Theater.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Churchill’s, facing starboard.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Churchill’s, facing aft.

Aft of the Theater on the port side, the 27-seat Churchill’s is the ship’s haven for smokers and cigar connoisseurs.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Casino Swirl, facing aft from Deck 6.
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The Princess Casino on Deck 6 begins at the port side with a spiral staircase that leads up from the slots to the boutique area on Deck 7. It is adjacent to the Casino Bar.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Casino, facing aft.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Casino, facing forward.

In addition to slots of all shapes, size and denomination, Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette and all the latest table games are available in the Princess Casino.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Club Six, facing aft.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Club Six, facing forward.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Club Six, totally random carpet shot.

The 135-seat Club Six is ROYAL PRINCESS’ dedicated nightclub and disco, located off the port side of the Princess Casino on Deck 6. The middle level of the Piazza follows — please see prior Decked! which features the Piazza and its adjacent spaces..

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ROYAL PRINCESS Concerto Dining Room, facing aft from port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Concerto Dining Room, facing forward from port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Concerto Dining Room, totally random carpet shot.

Directly aft of the Piazza on Deck 6, the 600-seat Concerto is one of three main dining rooms on the ROYAL PRINCESS. It is identical in layout and decor to the Symphony Dining Room, directly below on Deck 5 — both styled by Princess’ VP Of Interior Design, Teresa Anderson. Each offer up Princess’ “Anytime” dining where guests can take dinner when and with whom they please during dining hours.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Concerto wine cellar, facing foward.

Concerto also features a 12-seat Wine Cellar table for the Wine Maker’s Dinner ($40 per person), that also includes specially paired wines.

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Allegro Dining Room, facing aft.
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Allegro Dining Room totally random carpet shot.

At the far aft end of Deck 6, there is the 618-seat Allegro Dining Room, which was designed by Giacomo Mortola and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. This is one of the boldest spaces on the ROYAL PRINCESS with its Art Deco Murano glass chandeliers and vibrant colors.

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Chef’s Table Lumiere.
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Lumiere curtain.

In the center of the room, the Chef’s Table Lumiere seats 12 under the largest fixture, which is surrounded by a curtain of fiberoptic lighting. For $95, guests can dine here (wines are included) from a custom gourmet menu with courses prepared by the executive chef.

Deck 5 (Plaza)

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Private Couples Villa.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Spa Treatment Room 14.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Lotus Spa Massage Room 16.

Deck 5 begins with the Lotus Spa, which on the ROYAL PRINCESS has been relocated from the top of the ship overlooking the bow to the lowest passenger level. A wide variety of treatment rooms, including the ultra-deluxe Private Couples Villa, offer up massages and special treatments.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Enclave corner.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Enclave Laconium.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Lotus Spa Enclave, facing starboard.

The largest thermal suite on any Princess ship, The Enclave surrounds a Hydro-Therapy pool and features a Hammam (a Turkish-style steam room), the Caldarium (an herbal steam room) and the Laconium (a dry heat sauna). There are also sensory sensory showers and heated stone beds. Day passes are available for $39 per guest.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Salon pedicure area.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Beauty Salon, facing forward.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Salon sink area.

The Lotus Spa also has a large salon offering up hair styling, manicures, pedicures and other treatments.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Reception, facing port.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Reception Area, facing forward.

The Reception area links the Lotus Spa with the Piazza and features a water fountain. It is home to the Passenger Services and Shore Excursions Desks. The bottom level of the Piazza follows — please see prior Decked! which features the Piazza and its adjacent spaces..

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ROYAL PRINCESS Internet Cafe, facing starboard/aft.

The Internet Cafe is located aft of the bottom level of the Piazza on the starboard side of Deck 5. It features 15 computer stations (fees apply). For guests with their own laptops, there is ship-wide Wi-Fi access (fees apply).

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ROYAL PRINCESS Symphony Dining Room, facing aft from starboard.

The 600-seat Symphony Dining Room wraps up the public spaces on Deck 5 and concludes this ROYAL PRINCESS Triple Decked!!! feature.

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ROYAL PRINCESS Symphony Dining Room, under the dome.
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ROYAL PRINCESS Symphony Dining Room wine cellar.

Identical in layout and decor to the Concerto Dining Room, it also features a special wine cellar with seating for 12.

For more on the ROYAL PRINCESS, check out “The Best Royal Princess Secrets” by CruiseMates’ Paul Motter by clicking here.

End of ROYAL PRINCESS Triple Decked!!!, Part Three.

Very Special Thanks: Julie Benson, Karen Candy, Martin Cox

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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