Photo Tour: Royal Princess Staterooms & Suites

Mini-suite, Royal Princess

Larger than a balcony stateroom, the Royal Princess Mini-Suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Royal Princess features five categories of staterooms and suites. During my June 2013 voyage, I was able to step inside all of them, and I’ve included photos in the slideshow at the bottom of this post as well as a video of my stateroom.

Mine was a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, D508 to be precise, on Dolphin Deck. The Deluxe Balcony Stateroom is a new category for Princess Cruises. It’s defined as an “extra spacious” balcony cabin with a comfortable sofa bed (in addition to the comfy queen-sized or twin bed configuration) and a smattering of the upgraded amenities found in the Mini-Suites, plus enhanced bathroom amenities such as terrycloth towels, waffle bathrobes and an upgraded duvet insert.

To get a feel for the room, check out the video, where you’ll get a sense of the size of the stateroom as well as the balcony, which is large enough for relaxing, breakfast or a snack, and with comfortable furniture to accommodate either.

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I particularly enjoyed the new 42-inch interactive television with complimentary programming, including new release movies. I also appreciated the closet layout, smartly separated from the bedroom/living area, and with a safe and drawers for storage. On some ships, you need to squeeze between the bed and the closet to retrieve your clothing. Not so in this smartly designed stateroom.

Royal Princess has 358 Deluxe Balcony Suites with sofa, compared to 730 balcony staterooms, which are slightly smaller than the Deluxe Balcony Staterooms and without sofas.

There are also 36 Suites, 22 of which are corner suites. The suites feature two 42″ flat screen televisions, separate bathtub and shower, marble floors and countertops, access to the dedicated Concierge Lounge, complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services.

There are  314 Mini-Suites, which are larger than balcony staterooms, and with added luxuries, including welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub.

Additionally, there are 342 “value-oriented” Interior Cabins. If you plan to spend most of your time outside the room, why not go for the value that these staterooms offer and spend your money elsewhere?

All categories feature a selection of accessible staterooms, and for families, there are 50 adjoining staterooms.

Did You Know? On Royal Princess staterooms received a number of upgraded features inspired by suggestions from past guests. The upgrades include a more contemporary decor (I like the new color schemes), larger showers (at 6’5″, something I appreciated), shower heads that can be hand-held, pillow top mattresses (did someone say nap?), upholstered headboards, larger television screens and energy efficient lighting.

There are many other thoughtful touches. The sinks were designed square in order to provide more counter space; mirrors feature built-in vanity lighting; hair dryer are in the drawers by the desks; and electrical sockets have been placed farther apart to accommodate multiple devices.

All in all, Royal Princess succeeded in providing comfortable and attractive accommodations in a variety of categories. Check out our photo slideshow to get a feel for the improvements to the Royal Princess staterooms and suites — and the breadth of selections available for your next cruise.

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck

Owner's Suite, 722, Aruba Deck, situated aft. Featuring a separate living area with sleeper sofa, access to the Concierge Lounge, two 42" flat-panel televisions, a wrap-around balcony, free laundry and professional cleaning service. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Hostess In The Concierge Lounge

Hostess In The Concierge Lounge

Suite guests have access to the Concierge Lounge. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck, featuring separate seating area with sleeper sofa, two 42" flat-panel televisions, and balcony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck, featuring separate seating area with sleeper sofa, two 42" flat-panel televisions, and balcony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck, featuring separate seating area with sleeper sofa, two 42" flat-panel televisions, and balcony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck

Suite With Balcony, 610, Capri Deck, featuring separate seating area with sleeper sofa, two 42" flat-panel televisions, and balcony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Mini-Suite, 518, Riviera Deck

Larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus these added luxuries: welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a spacious closet and bathroom tub. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, D508

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, D508

On Dolphin Deck, my balcony stateroom. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

New Interactive Televisions

New Interactive Televisions

Staterooms and suites feature 42-inch ViewSonic flat-panel televisions with an intuitive interface and complimentary new release movies as well as other programming. I enjoyed the simple-to-operate remote control. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom

Queen-sized or twin bed configurations. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, D508

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, D508

Pleasing colors in stateroom D508. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Balcony Stateroom 710

Balcony Stateroom 710

Queen-sized or twin bed configurations. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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We’re always interested in your experiences aboard, so please leave comments if you have something to add in the section below. Our goal is to build a collective cruise community of voices that help all of us make informed cruise vacation decisions.

  • MonyGone

    I’ve cruise w/ Princess before but it has been awhile ago….I’m interested in the special dining, drink card, and the Sanctuary and Spa. When and where do I go on embarkation to set these up first?

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  • theavidcruiser

    Sorry for the delay in responding, but I do not know the answer. Please let us know when you return. Thanks, Ralph

  • wallslo

    we will be sailing on the Royal in December. i have two Premium Deluxe Balcony rooms that face aft on the caribe deck. Do they call these Premium because the balconys are bigger. (they look bigger in the pictures of the back of the ship)

    thanks

  • theavidcruiser

    My guess is yes, it is covered. I did not go in that one, but I visited several others in that vicinity, and they were all covered. However, maybe someone who is on the ship now or in the coming weeks could answer — if they are reading!

  • saylor

    I would like to know if cabin M715 has a covered balcony. I switched to this cabin

    from an aft cabin on Marina deck which I heard was completely uncovered.

  • theavidcruiser

    Thanks for your comments, and good to know about the closet area.

  • B Moorhouse

    Yes, the deluxe balcony and mini-suite cabins are very nice, with the possible exception of the shallower balcony. But they are also quite expensive. I think Princess did a great disservice to loyal passengers (we’re Elite, 19 cruises), who like ocean view cabins, partly for their price point. Inside cabins are not a viable alternative. BTW, the closet area is quite similar to that in all 7 Grand class ships so it’s nothing new.

  • theavidcruiser

    Thanks for the nice remark about the video. First, your luggage – unless it is refrigerator size : ) it should all slide nicely under the bed. I had a large piece of luggage and stowed it under the bed for the entire trip. It was good to have it out of the way. There’s also generous closet space for hanging clothes, a shelf above the hangers (which also keeps the life preservers) and some shelf space in another small closet that has a safe. So I think you’ll have plenty of space, even more a honeymoon.

    The balcony is small, but it is large enough to enjoy the scenery (both of you will be able to sit comfortably) and perhaps to have breakfast or a light snack. There is a small table between the chairs.

    I think this stateroom is a pretty good value and I believe based on what you told me, that it will serve you well. Thanks for your question, and if you remember, please return to the site after your cruise and share your impressions. We welcome those!

  • RSINGH

    Hi, Thank you very much for your video. I had really been looking for some preview for the Deluxe Cabin on the Royal Princess as I’ll be sailing on it in the Mediterranean in September for my honeymoon. I was wondering if I can request your opinion on a few questions I had about the Deluxe Balcony

    I’ve been reading a lot about the small balcony. Did you find this to be any issue?, since we are planning on spending a bit of time in our cabin. I’m not expecting a whole lot that I guess I noticed a lot of reviewers on cruisecritic.com were expecting, but just in general, did you find it comfortable or even you found it annoying as I’ve been reading some reviews on cruisecritic.com. I just want to sit out a bit to enjoy the scenery, I don’t think I really care if I can’t face my chair towards the sea, but just want to sit and be comfortable.

    Also, we might be travelling with three suit cases, do you think there’s ample room in there to put them in some corner?

    Was just wondering any thoughts you had about it. This will be our first cruise on our honeymoon. And Thanks again for your video. The cabin does look amazing and it was just what I was searching for on youtube for the past week.