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We are in our mid-40's, and traveled with our two daughters ages 21 and 15. This was our second time on a Princess cruise. Our first was on the Caribbean Princess and although that ship was in desperate need of some sprucing up, we still enjoyed every bit of it. We were excited to sail on the much bigger and much newer Regal Princess. It did not disappoint! Princess may not be the perfect fit for everyone’s type of cruising. If you’re looking for a ton of onboard activities to keep busy and entertained all day long and party it up in an almost amusement park type setting, you will probably want to consider another cruise line. Princess, offers many fun activities, just a bit more low-key. We live close to Orlando, so we get our fill of hectic and wildly fun vacations. We wanted a cruise to relax, unplug, and just enjoy the serenity of the ocean and Princess was the perfect fit. The ship is beautiful, elegant, sophisticated and classy. Although it is quite big, we rarely felt like we were sailing with 4000 others. We chose a mini-suite which offered plenty of space and storage for the four of us and the full sized bath tub was a huge plus. The sofa becomes a twin bed and the overhead pulls down directly above it, basically creating a bunk-bed that stays flat against the wall (other ships have the sofa bed that pulls out from the wall). This was great as you still had plenty of room to walk through and access/open the balcony even when the beds were turned down. The in-room movie selection was incredible! Room service always delivered right on time. Our cabin steward, Polaris, did a fantastic job keeping our room tidy and well stocked with extra towels and ice. The balcony is a bit tight, but not a big deal to us and we enjoyed the views, sounds and ocean air. The service we received from the entire crew was absolutely amazing, quick and friendly. They truly went out of their way to make us feel special and pampered. The waiters at English Tea Time would serenade us with Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars songs, which was awesome. Then there's the "Coconut Nut" song which basically became my family’s theme for our cruise. I must also mention our MDR waiters, Gabriel & Bonine as well as Ranier at Crooners who made the best martini’s! The food - OMG the food! We enjoyed most everything. The main dining room, the almost overwhelming buffets, the pub lunch, tea time, the pastry shop, the burgers and pizza by the pool, Gelatos, the International Café-all so very fresh and tasty. Our favorite place to grab a bite was Alfredo’s. They make a veal ravioli dish that should not be missed! We were so pleased to see our daughters wanting to try all sorts of dishes we never thought they would, and they enjoyed everything. In the Princess Theatre we watched Fiera, Spectacular, and a magician twice. We felt the sets were elaborate and the singers and dancers were very talented. As others have stated, the theatre gets packed quickly so try to get there at least 30 minutes before the show. They had plenty of waiters offering drinks to help pass the time. We also enjoyed the casino and a few shows in the Princess Live TV studio – so much fun! Slight Negatives – As many others have stated, the lack of center stairs does lead to longer waits for the center elevators. Knowing this in advance, we booked our cabin by the forward stairs & elevators. When we did need to use the center elevators, the extra minute or two wait was not a big deal to us. Maybe we got lucky? Or maybe we didn’t care much as we just wanted to enjoy our vacation and go with the flow. We also would’ve enjoyed a true wrap-around Promenade deck. I really missed not having the Skywalkers night club with its huge dance floor and dramatic views way up high on the Caribbean Princess. The Regal’s night club, Club 6, in on deck 6 and is basically a hallway with a small dance floor at one end. None of these negatives were enough to ruin my 5 star review. Thank you, Princess, for a fantastic family vacation and we can’t wait to sail with you again!

Just What We Were Looking For!

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Christina811

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We are in our mid-40's, and traveled with our two daughters ages 21 and 15. This was our second time on a Princess cruise. Our first was on the Caribbean Princess and although that ship was in desperate need of some sprucing up, we still enjoyed every bit of it. We were excited to sail on the much bigger and much newer Regal Princess. It did not disappoint!

Princess may not be the perfect fit for everyone’s type of cruising. If you’re looking for a ton of onboard activities to keep busy and entertained all day long and party it up in an almost amusement park type setting, you will probably want to consider another cruise line. Princess, offers many fun activities, just a bit more low-key. We live close to Orlando, so we get our fill of hectic and wildly fun vacations. We wanted a cruise to relax, unplug, and just enjoy the serenity of the ocean and Princess was the perfect fit.

The ship is beautiful, elegant, sophisticated and classy. Although it is quite big, we rarely felt like we were sailing with 4000 others. We chose a mini-suite which offered plenty of space and storage for the four of us and the full sized bath tub was a huge plus. The sofa becomes a twin bed and the overhead pulls down directly above it, basically creating a bunk-bed that stays flat against the wall (other ships have the sofa bed that pulls out from the wall). This was great as you still had plenty of room to walk through and access/open the balcony even when the beds were turned down. The in-room movie selection was incredible! Room service always delivered right on time. Our cabin steward, Polaris, did a fantastic job keeping our room tidy and well stocked with extra towels and ice. The balcony is a bit tight, but not a big deal to us and we enjoyed the views, sounds and ocean air.

The service we received from the entire crew was absolutely amazing, quick and friendly. They truly went out of their way to make us feel special and pampered. The waiters at English Tea Time would serenade us with Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars songs, which was awesome. Then there's the "Coconut Nut" song which basically became my family’s theme for our cruise. I must also mention our MDR waiters, Gabriel & Bonine as well as Ranier at Crooners who made the best martini’s!

The food - OMG the food! We enjoyed most everything. The main dining room, the almost overwhelming buffets, the pub lunch, tea time, the pastry shop, the burgers and pizza by the pool, Gelatos, the International Café-all so very fresh and tasty. Our favorite place to grab a bite was Alfredo’s. They make a veal ravioli dish that should not be missed! We were so pleased to see our daughters wanting to try all sorts of dishes we never thought they would, and they enjoyed everything.

In the Princess Theatre we watched Fiera, Spectacular, and a magician twice. We felt the sets were elaborate and the singers and dancers were very talented. As others have stated, the theatre gets packed quickly so try to get there at least 30 minutes before the show. They had plenty of waiters offering drinks to help pass the time. We also enjoyed the casino and a few shows in the Princess Live TV studio – so much fun!

Slight Negatives – As many others have stated, the lack of center stairs does lead to longer waits for the center elevators. Knowing this in advance, we booked our cabin by the forward stairs & elevators. When we did need to use the center elevators, the extra minute or two wait was not a big deal to us. Maybe we got lucky? Or maybe we didn’t care much as we just wanted to enjoy our vacation and go with the flow. We also would’ve enjoyed a true wrap-around Promenade deck. I really missed not having the Skywalkers night club with its huge dance floor and dramatic views way up high on the Caribbean Princess. The Regal’s night club, Club 6, in on deck 6 and is basically a hallway with a small dance floor at one end.

None of these negatives were enough to ruin my 5 star review. Thank you, Princess, for a fantastic family vacation and we can’t wait to sail with you again!
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We chose a mini-suite which offered plenty of space and storage for the four of us and the full sized bath tub was a huge plus. The sofa becomes a twin bed and the overhead pulls down directly above it, basically creating a bunk-bed that stays flat against the wall (other ships have the sofa bed that pulls out from the wall). This was great as you still had plenty of room to walk through and access/open the balcony even when the beds were turned down. The in-room movie selection was incredible! Room service always delivered right on time. Our cabin steward, Polaris, did a fantastic job keeping our room tidy and well stocked with extra towels and ice. The balcony is a bit tight, but not a big deal to us and we enjoyed the views, sounds and ocean air.
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