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This is: Mediterranean Magic (2016)

Cruise Ship 'Royal Princess'

Royal Princess Facts (provided by Princess Cruises)

Built: Monfalcone, Italy
Named by: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Inaugural cruise: 16 June 2013
Registered in: Hamilton, Bermuda
Guest capacity: 3,560
Tonnage: 141,000
Length: 1,083 feet
Height: 217 feet
Service speed: 22 knots 
Decks: 19
Guest accommodation:
1,438 with balcony (all outside staterooms feature a balcony)
314 mini-suites
358 deluxe balcony cabins
730 balcony ocean view cabins
342 inside cabins
780 additional/upper berths 
Dining and snacks:
Three main dining rooms
Chef's Table Lumiere 
Wine Cellar dining 
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant 
Crown Grill – Steak and Seafood 
Gelato – gelateria serving ice cream & Italian crepes 
International Café – coffee, snacks and light meals 
Tea Tower 
Vines Wine Bar 
Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar 
Alfredo's Pizzeria 
Horizon Court Buffet 
Pastry Shop 
Prego – Poolside pizza 
Trident Grill – Hamburger and hot dog grill 
Swirls – Ice cream bar 
Ultimate Balcony Dining 
24-hour room service 
Princess Theater
Vista Lounge
Princess Live! – television studio
Wheelhouse Bar
Club 6 Nightclub
Bellini's – Italian-inspired cocktails
Crooners – martini bar
Churchill's Cigar Lounge 
Passenger Services:
The Sanctuary (quiet area on deck)
Movies Under the Stars (poolside screen)
Lotus Spa and fitness centre
Piazza Atrium 
Wedding Chapel
Sports Central
Lawn Court – golf putting and lawn games
Jogging/Walking track
Kid's and Teen's centres
Internet Café
Photo/Video Gallery
Library Art Gallery
The Shops of Princess
Concierge Lounge (dedicated lounge for suite guests)
Guest Services Desk
Shore Excursions Desk
Medical centre

Stateroom R101

The accommodation on this cruise was a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom. Although mini-suites were available at the time of booking, these were located amidships, while this slightly smaller cabin was in a prime end-of-corridor spot on Riviera deck. I am convinced that we made the right call: the difference in size was fairly insignificant, but the location was marvellous for enjoying peace and quiet. We still had a seating area adjacent to the balcony, but the bathroom was shower-only.