Sail Date: February 2019
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the ... Read More
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the food, activities, and entertainment was catered to that crowd. Food was bland and not well seasoned. Very repetitive as far as the Buffett selections on a day to day basis. During the day at the pool, there was no music, they would play movies or videos of concerts of people like Elton john or Bryan Adams. They screen was in the air so you had to stare into the sun if you decided to watch during the day. No pool activities or games. Servers around the pool were few and far between. At night it was all broadway type entertainment catered to the older crowd. Drink menus were also the same throughout the ship with only about 10 total mixed drinks on it. Again this isn’t so much a bad review as it is a warning to anyone looking to have fun while on board the ship. Also two of the ports did not have docks for the large cruise ship, spending hours on small rescue boats in rough waters and waiting in lines to travel back and forth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
4 Helpful Votes
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
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because it was two weeks and a decent itinerary, but mainly because it was a great deal! We loved the Medallions! When we walked up to our door, it would unlock, no need to try to find your room key. The updated TV ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was two weeks and a decent itinerary, but mainly because it was a great deal! We loved the Medallions! When we walked up to our door, it would unlock, no need to try to find your room key. The updated TV programming was great! Lots of movies & TV shows you could pause & finish watching whenever. The internet was much, much better! Food & service was also great! The ports of St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman & Princess Cay were the best. The other ports of Cozumel & Jamaica were the same (we have been to so many times). The entertainment was really good. They did have a repeat comedian on the second week that we had seen 4-5 times and it was the same act. There was a wonderful pianist the second week. Loved the game shows & trivia that were every night! The cruise director & staff were really good! Also liked taking the Zumba classes. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 24th Princess cruise. It only gets better and better. Everything was perfect except for the size of the balcony. We were in a mini-suite and are used to a much larger balcony. Pretty disappointed about that. Other than ... Read More
This was our 24th Princess cruise. It only gets better and better. Everything was perfect except for the size of the balcony. We were in a mini-suite and are used to a much larger balcony. Pretty disappointed about that. Other than that, We already have 3 more cruises booked. Princess has everything you could want in a cruise. The food was superb in every dining venue on board. The selections are amazing. The service on the ship is beyond wonderful. Everyone is happy and smiling. They are willing to help you in any way possible.The Horizon court is a little confusing but after a couple of days we were able to figure it out. The ship is just beautiful. Marble everywhere! It is beyond expectations. The entertainment was OK. The shows seem the same with the same singers and dancers but the Comedian was so funny. We laughed the entire time. If you haven't cruised with Princess, what are you waiting for?!?!?!? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for my parents and we sailed with 9 family members. This was my 5th cruise and the embarkation was the smoothest I have experienced. The ship is new and beautiful, staff are friendly and professional, and the food is ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my parents and we sailed with 9 family members. This was my 5th cruise and the embarkation was the smoothest I have experienced. The ship is new and beautiful, staff are friendly and professional, and the food is awesome - even in the buffet. The selection was broad, including vegan and vegetarian options, and even sugar-free desserts for diabetics like me. The menu in the sit-down dining rooms were excellent and varied. We had people with food allergies and the staff were beyond accomodating.The entertainment was very high quality, from music and dance shows to a very funny comedian and a great Beatles tribute band that had everyone singing and dancing. You do need to go at least 30 minutes before the show to get a seat. There was lots of other entertainment too - really something on the go all the time. The shore excursions were varied and interesting. We chose a jeep tour in Cozumel and although we had 2, 20 year olds travelling with us, you had to be 21 to drive the jeeps. This information was not provided in the ship's excursion brochures - just a warning. Overall, would highly recommend this ship Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our second cruise with Princess in the Caribbean. We were very pleased with the first cruise and this second one didn’t disappoint. The Regal Princess is a new ship so the cabin and all public areas were in excellent condition ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess in the Caribbean. We were very pleased with the first cruise and this second one didn’t disappoint. The Regal Princess is a new ship so the cabin and all public areas were in excellent condition and very attractive. We particularly enjoy the Piazza area on Princess ships. This is a great central area to relax, people watch and enjoy a variety of entertainment. We’ve also sailed with Celebrity and Holland America but haven’t encountered anything similar. Regal Princess is a large ship but we never felt crowded and were always able to find seating on deck and in dining and public areas without any trouble We celebrated my birthday on this trip and were surprised and delighted with the way this special day was recognized by Princess. I received two gifts - $50 off a spa treatment and one cover charge in a specialty dining room (a $29 value.) The food was very good - especially in the specialty Crown Grill restaurant - and service was excellent. We took a 5 day cruise on Celebrity Infinity just a few weeks before so were able to compare the two lines and Princess was the clear winner. Excellent embarkation/disembarkation process (Celebrity’s was chaotic), better food, better ambience, etc. The only downsides were weather related. We missed the stop at Princess Cay due to high winds which prevented tendering in and had one cold and wet shore excursion when it rained heavily in Jamaica. We will definitely sail with Princess again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first time sailing on the Regal Princess. We have been on about 9 other cruises with several cruise lines. We chose this cruise because we wanted a modestly priced trip that included warm weather, beach time, and a new place ... Read More
This was our first time sailing on the Regal Princess. We have been on about 9 other cruises with several cruise lines. We chose this cruise because we wanted a modestly priced trip that included warm weather, beach time, and a new place to visit. The Regal is huge with lots of activities to occupy people but still had places you could get away from the crowd. We had been to Fort Lauderdale on Dania Beach last year in January and had enjoyed a dinner at The Rustic Inn. Lobster tails, Queen crab clusters, and Hurricanes to drink. Yum! Plus there is a free shuttle from the restaurant that will pick you up and return you after dinner. Both our embarkation and disembarkation were quick and smooth. This was our first trip using the Ocean Medallion. It was useful to find the location of cabin mates, opening the cabin door, but still has a few challenges to work out. We had up graded to a balcony from an inside cabin. Our room was clean and had a good layout. The bathroom was functional with enough storage for us. We did the Anytime Dining and met many new people and learned of their travels. The food was very good with a nice variety to choose from. We ate in the buffet for breakfast. It is very large and divided into sections. The area is kept very clean, and the foods are at the proper temperature. Finding a table can be a challenge, but with a bit of patience we always found a spot. The singers and dancers were top notch and the comedian had a packed house. He did another show the final night and the 2nd showing only had about 10 seats left. We enjoyed several massages at the spa. The Enclave was wonderful and great to use when the weather outside was rainy. We knew a couple of the staff from our Panama Canal trip last year aboard the Coral Princess. It was wonderful to see them again. Thanks for the beautiful nails Monique and you are doing a great job as the Asst. Spa Manager, Kudzie. Princess Cays was cancelled due to high waves and bad weather. (It would have been a scary tender ride and probably not safe.) It was our first time on Jamaica and we did the Explore Jamaica tour and visited a beautiful garden. On Grand Cayman, we toured the Crystal Caves. So beautiful! They provided bug spray and our tour guide was very informative. We visited 3 caves. We saw many beautiful formations, a pool with special lighting, and bats. This is a fairly new operation and they have plans to add more caves and even zip lines in the future. Our last port was Cozumel and we took a tour to Chichen Itza. This was one for the bucket list. We have been to several Mayan Ruins and this one was always out of reach due to cost or distance. Thanks to a fairly new road, we took the 35 minute ferry ride to the mainland and then ~2.5 hour bus ride to the ruins. We had 30 minutes of guided tour plus 30 minutes on our own. You can't climb on any of the ruins, due to inappropriate usage from previous tourists, but it was still so impressive to see such a tall structure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
badgered by relatives and friends to go.....would not have done it otherwise...no regrets. This was my first Ocean Cruise.....have done two other river cruises. By far a much bigger ship with much more available. Getting on and off ... Read More
badgered by relatives and friends to go.....would not have done it otherwise...no regrets. This was my first Ocean Cruise.....have done two other river cruises. By far a much bigger ship with much more available. Getting on and off the ship was a hassle but not unexpected for the number of people. The people on the ship were all polite and helpful. Our facilities were all clean however I did wash my Hands 2372 times....smile....We did appreciate the care of our cabin by the young lady. Very helpful person as well. The food was good, a great variety with healthy choices (only gained three pounds) and the waiters were helpful, polite and knowledgable about the menu. Liked the balcony, used it quite a bit. Having the info available on the TV about the position of the ship enroute , the weather and the bridge cam was interesting for me. I did note that the two main news channels available were only the extreme left and right politically. CNBC was good to have. BBC was good for world news. I would certainly give your cruise line a positive review and tell others it was a good experience. May go again , age and health permitting. Thank you for the experience. Read Less
Regal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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