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Regal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Not So Grand Mediterranean Cruise

Regal Princess Cruise Review by eehanley

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2014
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

CONFUSING SHIP LAYOUT & PUZZLING HORIZON COURT BUFFET: To get off the back of the boat (think Horizon Court), you had to walk to the Deck 7 Atrium/Midship elevators or stairs. Below Deck 7 aft elevators were used for freight/stairs were blocked. Emergency evacuation would be disastrous. One section of the Horizon Court buffet was Asian food which was puzzling because we were on a Mediterranean cruise.

SUPPOSED UPGRADE: To get a bigger balcony, as repeat cruisers, we were supposedly “upgraded” to a fantail room, next to a corner Owner’s Suite, where we: 1) felt constant side-to-side fishtail motion; 2) heard the nightly Vista lounge; & 3) felt & heard the boat’s engines when we entered/left TEN ports.

SMALL SEA WALK & JOGGING DECK: Seawalk’s a 60-foot glass-bottomed section on a 1,083-foot ship. We enjoyed the Sea Princess’s full-ship outdoor walking deck. The Regal Princess’s outside, 17th floor, 1/4 of the ship, jogging/walking fitness deck was next to the boat’s exhaust.

SUPER EXPENSIVE SPECIALTY SERVICES: Expect to pay exorbitant prices for specialty services, such as, daily Sanctuary outdoor cabana rentals, weekly Enclave indoor spa passes, high-priced Platinum B&W photos, $30 Princess 8 x 10 color prints, $70 Destination DVDs, $25 cover charges for Italian or steak specialty restaurants, $49 per person, per day all inclusive (up to $10) beverage packages, plus automatic 15 percent gratuities, regardless of products/services.

PAY TO STAY AFTER SANCTUARY SPA SERVICE: Even after a $360 couples massage we were asked to pay EXTRA to remain in the 17th-floor private outdoor spa.

OVER-PRICED, OVER-RATED, & RUSHED SHORE EXCURSIONS: My husband & I paid $458 USD to wait with hordes of other tour groups & the general public to be: 1) herded like cattle through tourist attractions; 2) fed a second rate lunch at a so-called “first class” restaurant (Ranked #477 of 1,990); & then 3) funneled through two different gift shops to use the bathroom “facilities.” After over-paying for a 3-hour roundtrip bus with NO onboard bathroom facilities, eating an over-rated lunch, & being rushed through Florence, they brought us back to the boat 15 minutes late.

SUMMARY: We talked to lots of folks - from newlyweds to retirees, first-time cruisers to repeat-customers, like us - & the general consensus was the ship was too big (think Las Vegas at sea), Princess shore excursions were overpriced, & the standard dining & shows were average.


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To get a bigger balcony, as repeat cruisers, we were supposedly “upgraded” to a fantail room, next to a corner Owner’s Suite, where we: 1) felt constant side-to-side fishtail motion; 2) heard the nightly Vista lounge; & 3) felt & heard the boat’s engines when we entered/left TEN ports.


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St. Mark's Square

Tour was so rushed photographers barely had time to take pictures.

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Windmills Walking Tour

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Accademia Museum

My husband & I paid $458 US Dollars for two people for LI1105A Florence, Statue of David, & Uffizi Museum Princess shore excursion. After paying $4.60 USD for one bottle of water, we spent 90-minutes on a standard 48-person bus with NO bathroom facilities. We waited with hordes of other tour groups & the general public to be be herded into the Galleria to use the bathroom “facilities” & see the David. Crowds, constant static, & competing audio from several other tour groups made it difficult to hear our tour guide.

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Statue of David

My husband & I paid $458 US Dollars for two people for LI1105A Florence, Statue of David, & Uffizi Museum Princess shore excursion. After paying $4.60 USD for one bottle of water, we spent 90-minutes on a standard 48-person bus with NO bathroom facilities. We waited with hordes of other tour groups & the general public to be be herded into the Galleria to use the bathroom “facilities” & see the David. Crowds, constant static, & competing audio from several other tour groups made it difficult to hear our tour guide.

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Uffizi Museum

“Refreshed,” we waited - again - to be herded like cattle into the Uffizi. Luckily, we splintered off with a smaller group of ten with a local, knowledgeable guide for a more personalized tour of the museum.

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