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Regal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,594 Reviews

Fun cruise but not designed for families

Regal Princess Cruise Review by HeatherLRamos

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2015
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

The regal princess is a beautiful ship. It has a lot of great amenities including movies under the stars, two seperate pools- one more child friendly than the other, and the food was incredible. We ran into a few issues however on this cruise line. The largest of the issues was the fact that this ship is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY. There are no changing tables in ANY of the public bathrooms on this cruise line and there are very few childrens' activities for younger kids. Also, prior to booking this cruise, I made it very clear that we would need a crib for our daughter in our stateroom (she was 1 1/2 at the time) and when we arrived to our stateroom we were told they had no record of this and that cribs on the cruise ship were limited. I showed the concierge the paperwork showing that reservation and he had to make arrangements. What we ended up with was not a crib- but a playpen with no padding. We had to make due buy getting a comforter from the concierge to make for softer bedding for our daughter. This was truly disappointing. We felt that with the premium price paid for the cruise that we really should not had to have "made due" with the options we were given. Also, there are several crew members that are downright rude- especially the young woman that was handling the icecream station by the pools. While I understand working on a cruise ship cannot be an easy job- especially being away from their families for a long time, I at least expected the crew members to be cordial! All and all the destinations were beautiful and the cruise ship is decorated in a way that can really only be described as "regal". We did have a good experience, but I would not recommend this ship for families traveling with younger children.

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Cabin Review

Cabin IE 209

Small interior room with bunks and 2 twins that convert to a king. Nothing special.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Princess Cays

Beautiful private island. Great food and good souveniers

St. Thomas

You have to take a Cab to get to the beach. We were not comfortable doing this with a small child and this was not highlighted on the itinerary. Other family members that joined us on this cruise went and got stung by Jellyfish- the water was loaded iwth them. Shopping was great and there was a vendor that made alcoholic banana smoothies! (yum)

St. Maarten

We fell in love with St. Maarten and this was really our favorite stop on the cruise.The beach was beautiful and the water was really warm. The water was roped off to prevent jellyfish from getting to the swimming areas. There were jet ski rentals right on the beach and you could rent beach chairs with umbrellas. Shopping here was great. The only notable bad experience was being approached by a local to buy pot. We laughed it off though was the "policia" escorted that individual off of the beach. We have decided that we will be returning to St. Maarten for an extended stay on the island.

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