Our 26th cruise but the very first on Princess. We love REPOs on newer ships that originate/terminate in our home port so this one fit the bill! The REGAL has a quirky design with some significant negatives. We love Aft balconies but avoided them in this ship due to complete exposure to decks overhead. Similarly, midship balconies were completely exposed to the lido deck skywalk (with seemingly voyeuristic views well past the slideing door). That means cabins need to be carefully selected for those who desire privacy. On the other hand balconies are extremely narrow and uncomfortable for lounging or dining (though I did manage to string up my hammock).
On a the plus side, the Regal's Piazza is the most functional atrium we have ever enjoyed for drinks and terrific entertainment (some impromptu, or seemingly so)! The adjacent bars and dining venues are an added plus. We much prefered those to the dining rooms which we found to be traditionally stuffy, with harried service and while the food wasn't bad there was a distinct lack of creativity. Consider the Cruise Line's 50th Anniversary gala menu which consisted of a choice of entrée of either fillet minion or fillet of fish .. Really!
Also every fish filet offered throughout the cruise (whether salmon,cod, torbot etc) was served with a boiled potato and baby bock Choy .. What's up with that? The crown grill's food was excellent but the harried and confused service ruined the specialty experience. Service at Sabatini's was impeccable but it was nearly empty. The Regal's other major pro, especially given the lack of comfort on stateroom balcony, is the Retreat Pool and cabanas. We scored cabana #6 for the length of the cruise ($80 per day) and never left the place even while in ports! Great area for relaxing, soaking in sun, hot or cold water and imbibing! (Plus its just a few steps up stairs from the Burger & Piza bars)! This cruise was a success based on terrific day times spent at the Retreat Pools and terrific evenings spent at the Piazza and its surrounding venues.. Namely Crooners Oiano Martini Bar and Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar.
One last point, as an occasional cigar smoker on a generally non smoking ship, Churchill's cigar venue is a smoke filled room in the worst sense of those words. However, the Aft Terrace Pool area which permits cigarette smoking appeared to be tollarent of cigar smokers, as well and was a lovely spot for a smoke and a drink!
We got upgraded from a standard balcony to a deluxe balcony.. We appreciated that we got a tiny couch in the upgrade but the balconi was equally tiny. We visited a suitebin the cabin crawl and even that balcony was equally tiny in width (though longer due to double sliders) and not really functional for comfortable lounging or dining.
Our favorite port and main reason we took the cruise,'.. But chose to remain on board in cabana # 6 and retreat pool