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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Princess Cays
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Thomas
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Regal Princess

Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent dining options abound

Cons

Small cabins and balconies feel tight

Bottom Line

Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
Picked the cruise as a B2B with the Western Caribbean cruise leaving a week earlier. Must preface all remarks that we were one of about 6 who developed Influenza A for the whole week. Also I am a retired physician. I caught this flu ... Read More
Picked the cruise as a B2B with the Western Caribbean cruise leaving a week earlier. Must preface all remarks that we were one of about 6 who developed Influenza A for the whole week. Also I am a retired physician. I caught this flu the last day of the previous cruise even though I was vaccinated. Likely came from another person who was not US citizen. Take-home—maybe consider getting more than one flu vaccine making sure you get the flu endemic to the area of travel. This flu is aerosol transmission meaning all the great handwashing will not prevent. And have to credit Pricess with running water hand washing stations at the Horizon cafe. Even though many just blow by with proper hand sanitation. Medical staff was excellent. Didn’t agree with a one day quarantine, so stayed to cabin most of the week. Which was good as on day 3, I spiked a temp to 101.2 on Tamiflu and could have had full run of the ship. The problem was the “Unlimited Beverage Package” I had purchased pre-cruise. Some computer glitch told my wife that I was not on the package for the second cruise. Obviously too ill to drink. After day 4 I was told we were on the package after all, just a computer glitch. Princess finally agreed refund of three of those ambiquous days but still wanted to charge me $275 for the four days I was medically unable to drink while I sequestered myself in my cabin so as to not infect anyone else. Problem with decisions like this is that apparently there is no one who can make decisions onboard in real time. All issues have to be reported by email to Princess central and then acted upon days later. Princess should have comped all drinks and even our cruise fare as we prevented a possible pandemic in my opinion. That may be an exaggeration, but we are home still feeling under the weather. Too ill to see what Princess has decided. Room M427 DO NOT TAKE. One floor under the furniture serving the aft LIDO deck and the ice cream station. At least two times in the evening they rake the furniture with no plastic foot protectors across the floor for cleaning. It makes unbelievable cabin noise in the cabin ceiling. Some tips shared by me on cruise one by a 1400 day Pricess passenger. If you like Scotch order a Rob Roy, no bitters, no vermouth and you get two shots of Scotch for the price of one drink. Did the Chef’s table on cruise one, very worth the $115 per person charge and you get a free cookbook. Immediately on boarding call for a place on the wait list. Rum Runners work fine if you need to bring small amounts of alcohol onboard. No problem with locking you luggage with TSA locks. Ours were not violated. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I haven't sailed with Princess in years and thought I would take a February cruise on the Regal as it had 3 sea days. Overall it wasn't a bad trip. My girlfriends sister really talked up the ship so I had high expectations, and ... Read More
I haven't sailed with Princess in years and thought I would take a February cruise on the Regal as it had 3 sea days. Overall it wasn't a bad trip. My girlfriends sister really talked up the ship so I had high expectations, and after sailing on the Regal I was somewhat disappointed. First the food, the breakfast buffet was well appointed but by day 4 it was getting old with the same items. I really enjoyed the eggs benedict, and discovered they only had them out 2 mornings. For my birthday she insisted that we ate at the Steakhouse. The service was fantastic but I wish we could say that about the food. My ribeye was very chewy and her filet which she wanted medium well was very well done. The burgers served at poolside were great and the pizza wasn't bad if it just came right out of the oven, otherwise forget it. We opted for anytime dining and this was a first for me. The servers did a great job but the food.....well it wasn't the quality from my past dining experiences. One night I ordered linguini with claim sauce and it was served lukewarm. Some of the dinner items shocked me......fried chicken with fries and coleslaw? Which ended up being 2 very small pieces of chicken. Our last night was an American night theme so I guess they were justified putting meatloaf on the dinner menu ! That spoke volumes how they are cutting back! So much for standard surf and turf. A small filet with several pawns. The lobster tail was offered separately on another night . Our room was nicely appointed and clean. However the table on the veranda was rusty and had very old soda rings embedded on the top. Seriously, how much could a replacement cost them in the quantity they are buying. Our room steward did his job, and never went the extra mile. With all the cruising I have done one thing has always stood out. They are all so nice to you from the time you board the ship until.......the morning you disembark. That's when their true personality shines. I am never one to demand anything and have always tipped them well. I just think the cruise lines need to tell them to crack that one last smile as your passengers leave because that's the one they will remember! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We have taken 20+ cruises and chose Princess this time because we were traveling with 8 other people who chose this ship and itinerary. Princess always has beautiful ships and this was no exception. We booked a "balcony deluxe" ... Read More
We have taken 20+ cruises and chose Princess this time because we were traveling with 8 other people who chose this ship and itinerary. Princess always has beautiful ships and this was no exception. We booked a "balcony deluxe" instead of a regular balcony because this room includes a sofa bed and provides a little more space. (The balcony rooms are small.) The room was very nice, but the balcony was very small. On other ships our balconies usually hold both a chaise lounge and one regular chair with a table, but this balcony only fit two small chairs and a small table. The ships breaks "break up" in several places, so it is a little more difficult to just walk from one end of the ship to another in several areas. Elevators required a more extended wait time because people needed to use them to even go up or down one level. (This is just a fact, not a criticism because I understand there were mobility limitations for many of the guests.) We usually just took the stairs. Without exception, the food in both the buffet and dining room were absolutely fabulous. Everyone thought the choices and variety were excellent. There were a lot of activities offered, but we felt most were geared to a more senior crowd (which was 80% of the ship.) We would have preferred more festive music on the lido deck while sunbathing, but Princess usually showed movies on the large screen TV during the day. At night it was great to watch the "movies under the stars", but I prefer not to watch a television during the day on vacation. It was lovely in the evening sitting under the stars on the cushioned chairs with warm popcorn and a blanket, watching movies. Service was excellent and Princess has the most efficient boarding and disembarking procedures of any ships I have been on. As far as the ports, Princess Cayes was as expected. You are tendered ashore where there is a large beach with shops run by the ship. A buffet was included that served hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, ribs, and salad. The food was very good and plentiful. They also provided ice water at the end of the buffet line. As far as the beach, it is quite rocky on the shoreline and when walking into the water, so I would recommend wearing water shoes. I purchased a "clamshell" online prior to the trip. It is $40.00 and covers two people and two beach lounge chairs. It was great to have some protection from the sun and was well worth the money. It is a good idea to preorder since there are a limited number available. There is not much to do but enjoy the beach on this excursion. St. Thomas is absolutely beautiful, with lots of excursions available. We went on the St. John Catamaran Sail, Snorkel and Beach tour. It included a 45 minute ride out on a catamaran to St John where the snorkeling was great. Honeymoon beach is a beautiful spot. We saw lots of tropical fish, an eel and sea turtles while snorkeling. The boat ride back included snacks, rum punch, mimosas, etc and was worth every penny. Larry and his crew took excellent care of us. St. Maarten is also a lovely port where you can just walk off the pier to the shopping areas. Water taxis cost $7.00 round trip to take you to Phillipsburg where there are streets full of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. (We just took the 20 minute walk there.) The only negative is that all the shops closed at 5 p.m., so plan your day accordingly. There were many tours available but we just wanted to walk about on this day. I would definitely come back to see more of St. Maarten. We were told by locals that the french side of the island had been hit very hard by the previous storms and pretty devastated, so we just stayed on the dutch side for this trip. We will definitely be back because there is so much more to see. This ship was using the new medallion program throughout the vessel. It was nice to just approach our cabin and see it recognize us and just unlock, but many of the staff were still having difficulty with their devices recognizing and reading our medallions when purchasing something or when using slot machines in the casino. The medallions replaced the previously used cruise cards. You could wear them around your neck on a necklace or put them in your pocket. I purchased a clip ($5.00) that held the medallion and attached to a belt loop on your clothing. It was very convenient and had an elastic line that stretched out so I could just pull the medallion line out to make purchases without disconnecting it from my belt loop. This was much nicer then having to wear something around my neck. We had some difficulty with some of the APPs associated with the medallion (like linking with our shipmates to help find one another), but I am sure it will get better with time. Read Less
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