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We left our hotel a couple of miles away at 10:00 and were on board by 12:15. Nice to have plenty of time to work out any issues with dining, etc. We went to eat at the buffet, it was overcrowded and if you could find a table there were no place settings, those were being put on tables by staff but it was too busy to keep up with the need. You are better off eating before you board. We had a dining time of 5:30 in the Concerto dining room. Dinner took about 1 hr. 30 min each night for 3 courses and dessert. Amarin and Ares were very attentive, and polite. Food was always very good to excellent. Reserve deck chairs very early on days at sea, they go quickly. One oddity is the layout of the handwashing station/bathrooms as you enter the Horizon Court/Buffet. From the pool this is the nearest restroom. So you enter intending to use the restroom but because the handwashing station is first you are greatly encouraged to wash hands and feel the need to explain that you are just using the restroom, and not getting food. The same occurs if you are just wanting to access the stairs or elevators at the back of the ship to get to your cabin from the pool. Piazza was beautiful. Crew obviously still settling in but they seemed to warm up as the week went by and get friendlier and more comfortable. In terms of Entertainment we only saw the comedian, who did a great job. The theater never did fill completely, but perhaps because that was his second day? Loved hearing the Love Boat theme play. The shows and movies on the tv are great. Bingo was typical. The skywalk is cool. Our children were in an inside cabin, I prefer this new layout to the one on the Golden.  

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Regal Princess Cruise Review by bushell23

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We left our hotel a couple of miles away at 10:00 and were on board by 12:15. Nice to have plenty of time to work out any issues with dining, etc. We went to eat at the buffet, it was overcrowded and if you could find a table there were no place settings, those were being put on tables by staff but it was too busy to keep up with the need. You are better off eating before you board. We had a dining time of 5:30 in the Concerto dining room. Dinner took about 1 hr. 30 min each night for 3 courses and dessert. Amarin and Ares were very attentive, and polite. Food was always very good to excellent. Reserve deck chairs very early on days at sea, they go quickly. One oddity is the layout of the handwashing station/bathrooms as you enter the Horizon Court/Buffet. From the pool this is the nearest restroom. So you enter intending to use the restroom but because the handwashing station is first you are greatly encouraged to wash hands and feel the need to explain that you are just using the restroom, and not getting food. The same occurs if you are just wanting to access the stairs or elevators at the back of the ship to get to your cabin from the pool. Piazza was beautiful. Crew obviously still settling in but they seemed to warm up as the week went by and get friendlier and more comfortable. In terms of Entertainment we only saw the comedian, who did a great job. The theater never did fill completely, but perhaps because that was his second day? Loved hearing the Love Boat theme play. The shows and movies on the tv are great. Bingo was typical. The skywalk is cool. Our children were in an inside cabin, I prefer this new layout to the one on the Golden.
 
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Cabin Review

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Cabin BE E709
About the size we were used to from the Golden Princess. The step in the shower is a great addition. Bring along a universal tv remote for ease with the tv, the extra channels and movies are a great addition. The balcony is pretty small, fine if you are going to stand out there and watch for a while or take pictures, but not if you spend all your time out there. View from this cabin was great. No one looks down on your cabin. I often smelled the faint odor of garbage, as if I was too close to a dumpster. Never did figure out where it came from. Our children were in an inside cabin, which has a nicer floor plan than those on the Golden. Feels more roomy.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Princess Cays
    Went 10 minutes early for the tender and were off on the first one. It can get a little hot down below. Princess Cays was beautiful. Stand up board was fun but you get pretty tired, even if you are an active person. Kayak was a good deal also. If your whole family wants to do the same thing best to reserve ahead of time, we had to do half kayak and half stand up. Food was good, basic BBQ. Lines didn't take too long. Views off the pier into the snorkeling area were terrific.
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  • St. Martin
    We disembarked, took the water taxi to town (and all day pass was $7 or so per person) and looked around for a few minutes. Found a local man (Jan) who we hired to drive us around the island for a tour for $25 per person (five of us). This is totally worth the cost. I recommend finding someone who speaks English well, and seems like they will be outgoing. We did not go with the first person to approach us. This man actually charged less than others but we felt like he would be a better tour guide. We traveled the main road around the whole island, stopping at all of the main sites: Orient Beach, Maho Beach, etc. After our tour we bought drinks and snacks at several places along the beach trying to get the free wifi they advertised, including the Hard Rock, and the beach chairs. We never were able to get service anywhere here and would have been better off returning to the ship for a free lunch and to use the shipboard wifi. Lesson learned. Next cruise outside of the US we will purchase only the ship wifi. It always worked for us. The Guavaberry liquor is terrific, available most everywhere. Look for the orange iguanas in the treetops as you go around the island.
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  • St. John Tour
    The ferry was terrific, staff nice and informative. Transports to the beach were open air, driver polite. Ride is pretty scary, large drop-offs, lots of hills and curves. The National Park Guide who tells you about snorkeling here, protecting coral, etc. is pretty efficient in getting you to the beach. The beach itself is magnificent. Snorkel trail fun to do. The problem is that we barely had an hour here. Don't worry about what is at the snack bar or how much to rent a chair because if you want to take a couple of pictures, snorkel for a half hour, and have time to change your clothes, you will not have time for anything else. Literally. I would love to go back but not as a part of this excursion.
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