We flew in Barcelona a few days early to visit before our cruise. This was our fifth cruise with Princess. Our embarkation was very quick and efficient. Once on board we found our cabin easily. Our room steward was there minutes after our arrival to introduce himself and see if we needed anything. The ship is kept spotlessly clean. One thing different was the layout of the Lido deck buffet. On this ship the buffet lines are perpendicular to the ship. This breaks up the buffet in several sections and never seemed to be too crowded.
One thing that we found not to our liking was the lack of stairs mid ship. This meant the mid ship elevators were always full and one had to wait longer than usual for it. We avoided this issue by using the forward elevators as our cabin was forward. We are sailing on the Regal again on Feb15, 2015
All in all, we were generally pleased with the Regal.
The room as laid out very efficiently. Lots of room for storage. One thing we noticed is the cabin is narrower and deeper than on other Princess ships. Narrower cabins means more cabins on each deck. Deeper cabins means smaller balconys. We were very dissapointed with the balcony. We travel with another couple and there is not room for 4 people on the balcony. There is barely enough room for two. The cabin decor is very nice and there seems to be plenty of room,
Barcelona is a vibrant city and you really need several days to explore. We met our guide our second day for a trip to Montserrat. She was right on time and the trip to Montserrat takes about an hour. We rode the cable car to the top. The views are magnificent. We stayed for the boys choir performance, not worth the wait. We waited for an hour, very crowded and the choir only sings 2 short songs. Our second day we toured the city and the Gaudi creations. Again our guide was very knowlegable and informative. We stayed just off Las Ramblas and Plaza Cataluyna. This is Barcelona's version of Times square. We were advised to be careful of pickpockets on Las Ramblas but had no issues.View All 284 City Tour Reviews
This was our favorite stop. The leaning tower of Pisa is quite a sight. For a small fee you can climb to the top. Once on top, the views are wonderful. There is not much else to see other than to tower. We had a private guide for our Florence tour. Elena was great. We were able to skip the long lines to see the statue of David. It is not to be missed. We toured the Duomo, and the Ponte Vecchio. We even had time to visit a very nice chocolate ship. The Florentines do chocolate right.View All 274 Florence & Pisa Tour Reviews
A great city to visit. The ancient Roman ruins are incredible. How they were constructed with just manual labor is amazing. Our guide met us at a small coffee shop by the Coliseum. After a coffee and a briefing, we were off. The Coliseum is most impressive. Our guide was well versed in its history and even explained some graffiti that was still visible. We went to an overlook for a great view of the Forum. We visited the Pantheon, very nice, and then off to the Vatican. Again, a quick briefing of what we would see and the went in. We were able to skip the long lines again. We were disappointed in the Sistine Chapel. It is VERY crowded, dimly lit and you can't move around to view all the paintings.View All 349 City Tour Reviews