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Back home now after a fabulous cruise and a far better experience than our Alaskan Star Princess experience last June, where we were disappointed with the overall service and very much so by the food. Here, I have to say the food from start to finish was excellent, far better than expectations and of good quality and presentation. Service was excellent too and despite staff in the majority swapping over after week 1 in Club Class (CC) dining, we got to know both sets well, great rapport, interaction and humour from all which really made the experience special. CC dining, however controversial, was, imho, a huge success and we would do it again like a shot. Relaxed, civilised, attentive, top service, a few specials we liked, no wait, we could more or less pick out table..... what's not to like? We had a great head waiter who let us in on some interesting corporate titbits, and it looks like CC is here to stay. It caused some upset with other guest in line, next to the CC entrance, and why were we being whisked to the front, but it was explained to them. CC is advertised and can be had for a premium, but as we were staying in a full suite (Roma Suite, R604), we were automatically classed as CC guests, getting all their perks as well (not the wine set up, as we get a free mini bar instead). The suite concierge room was a nice little haven for a quick snack rather than going down 11 floors to the IC, and Michael there was superb. He couldn't do enough for us, nothing too much trouble and all our requests attended to, including swapping our disembarkation colour tickets over without a quibble! Every ship should have a Michael! Other eateries were good to and the expanded Alfredos was a welcome retreat for lunch. Tasty good quality food in a decent location. Pub lunch was ok, we only went once. HCB and bistro which we normally avoid, was surprisingly good for the odd lunch or late post tour on board lunch. Better layout than on other ships, seemingly more choice and better quality. We are hard to please, but we're impressed by what we saw and tasted. Tasty treats and snacks, sweet and savoury were in abundance! We were lucky on our second week to do the Chefs table Lumiere, and this was very special. It is very popular and sold out usually upon boarding, but we got in on dead on midday on our 2nd week (back to back cruises) and were put on the waiting list straight away (by Michael again!), and this was confirmed the next day. A tour of the galley, Q&A wit the executive chef, free flowing proper champagne, 5 big portioned hors d'oeuvres, then a 5 course deluxe dinner on a crystal curtained round table just for the 10 of us, waited on very attentively, again with free flowing wine. Superb night. Entertainment was ok. We've had better and indeed had worse! The production shows were repeated twice on our 2 week cruise and were of decent quality. Fiera was good though some lead singer voices let the side down. Comedian act suited the American audience but we found it just ok. The comedy magician was fine too, as I said it was all 'ok' though no stand outs as we previously have had, such as the Elton John impressionist or the amazing electric violinist player lady playing the modern rock/pop tunes, or the guest vocalists who usually stun. Speaking of stunning, the ship was. We loved the new bars and the bellinis were great! The larger Crooners was popular and vibrant (though prices went up mid cruise, luckily we were on a package it didn't effect us, prices now vary up to $10). The piazza was lovely and the new tea section teased our uk pallets. Club 6 and the new studio and vista lounge were all welcome additions to give more options for entertainment and space. No Explorers lounge and a far smaller Wheelhouse bar just outside CG restaurant, but plenty of other stuff to try. Crown Grill seemed more popular than usual this cruise, and whilst the steaks are a bit dry for my liking, the menu did not overall disappoint, and the black and blue cheese and onion soup remains my favourite! The prawns in a bourbon chilli sticky rice are a delight too! Our Roma suite, was nice though with a 3 foot less depth balcony and no recliner chairs (and slightly smaller in square feet than other suites on similar ships), we certainly noticed that, and that was a small disappointment. Other than that and with a slightly different layout to other suites we have had, it was a nice room. Two door entry bathroom, large double shower and bath (this time no Jacuzzi as on other suites on other ships), but no big deal. Fresh orchids and fruit baskets were replaced regularly, with 2 mini bar set ups and seemingly bottles of water every day, we were wanting for nothing. Being suite guests we got the corsages to wear on the first formal night (fewer people seem to wear the full DJ each cruise, and for the first time I just wore a business suit rather than the full works and I was glad I did, as I always felt the odd one out and people looked at me. It was nice to see others wear it and look good, but the numbers are falling for sure, especially by the fourth formal night!). A suite is a lovely luxury, with a double length balcony (albeit half depth for the Regal), sofa, 2 TV's, table and chairs, extra wardrobe space, free laundry, CC perks, priority tenders and did/embarkation etc. We were lucky indeed. All in all, we had a superb time, initially punctuated by the tragic FLL incident which was referred to on occasion on board, but it didn't dent anyone's experience. Good ports, improving weather, (we missed Dominican Republic due to bad weather and high winds, and for the first week it was a bit choppy, cloudy and windy with the odd shower; the second week was lovely) top ship, great service and very good food all made for one of our top 3 cruises (to include our full Panama Canal trip and our very first Med cruise on the Ruby!). Would do it all again!!

Regal Delight, and Much Better than Last Cruise!

Regal Princess Cruise Review by ian441672

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Back home now after a fabulous cruise and a far better experience than our Alaskan Star Princess experience last June, where we were disappointed with the overall service and very much so by the food.

Here, I have to say the food from start to finish was excellent, far better than expectations and of good quality and presentation. Service was excellent too and despite staff in the majority swapping over after week 1 in Club Class (CC) dining, we got to know both sets well, great rapport, interaction and humour from all which really made the experience special. CC dining, however controversial, was, imho, a huge success and we would do it again like a shot. Relaxed, civilised, attentive, top service, a few specials we liked, no wait, we could more or less pick out table..... what's not to like? We had a great head waiter who let us in on some interesting corporate titbits, and it looks like CC is here to stay. It caused some upset with other guest in line, next to the CC entrance, and why were we being whisked to the front, but it was explained to them. CC is advertised and can be had for a premium, but as we were staying in a full suite (Roma Suite, R604), we were automatically classed as CC guests, getting all their perks as well (not the wine set up, as we get a free mini bar instead).

The suite concierge room was a nice little haven for a quick snack rather than going down 11 floors to the IC, and Michael there was superb. He couldn't do enough for us, nothing too much trouble and all our requests attended to, including swapping our disembarkation colour tickets over without a quibble! Every ship should have a Michael!

Other eateries were good to and the expanded Alfredos was a welcome retreat for lunch. Tasty good quality food in a decent location. Pub lunch was ok, we only went once. HCB and bistro which we normally avoid, was surprisingly good for the odd lunch or late post tour on board lunch. Better layout than on other ships, seemingly more choice and better quality. We are hard to please, but we're impressed by what we saw and tasted. Tasty treats and snacks, sweet and savoury were in abundance!

We were lucky on our second week to do the Chefs table Lumiere, and this was very special. It is very popular and sold out usually upon boarding, but we got in on dead on midday on our 2nd week (back to back cruises) and were put on the waiting list straight away (by Michael again!), and this was confirmed the next day. A tour of the galley, Q&A wit the executive chef, free flowing proper champagne, 5 big portioned hors d'oeuvres, then a 5 course deluxe dinner on a crystal curtained round table just for the 10 of us, waited on very attentively, again with free flowing wine. Superb night.

Entertainment was ok. We've had better and indeed had worse! The production shows were repeated twice on our 2 week cruise and were of decent quality. Fiera was good though some lead singer voices let the side down. Comedian act suited the American audience but we found it just ok. The comedy magician was fine too, as I said it was all 'ok' though no stand outs as we previously have had, such as the Elton John impressionist or the amazing electric violinist player lady playing the modern rock/pop tunes, or the guest vocalists who usually stun.

Speaking of stunning, the ship was. We loved the new bars and the bellinis were great! The larger Crooners was popular and vibrant (though prices went up mid cruise, luckily we were on a package it didn't effect us, prices now vary up to $10). The piazza was lovely and the new tea section teased our uk pallets. Club 6 and the new studio and vista lounge were all welcome additions to give more options for entertainment and space. No Explorers lounge and a far smaller Wheelhouse bar just outside CG restaurant, but plenty of other stuff to try. Crown Grill seemed more popular than usual this cruise, and whilst the steaks are a bit dry for my liking, the menu did not overall disappoint, and the black and blue cheese and onion soup remains my favourite! The prawns in a bourbon chilli sticky rice are a delight too!

Our Roma suite, was nice though with a 3 foot less depth balcony and no recliner chairs (and slightly smaller in square feet than other suites on similar ships), we certainly noticed that, and that was a small disappointment. Other than that and with a slightly different layout to other suites we have had, it was a nice room. Two door entry bathroom, large double shower and bath (this time no Jacuzzi as on other suites on other ships), but no big deal. Fresh orchids and fruit baskets were replaced regularly, with 2 mini bar set ups and seemingly bottles of water every day, we were wanting for nothing. Being suite guests we got the corsages to wear on the first formal night (fewer people seem to wear the full DJ each cruise, and for the first time I just wore a business suit rather than the full works and I was glad I did, as I always felt the odd one out and people looked at me. It was nice to see others wear it and look good, but the numbers are falling for sure, especially by the fourth formal night!). A suite is a lovely luxury, with a double length balcony (albeit half depth for the Regal), sofa, 2 TV's, table and chairs, extra wardrobe space, free laundry, CC perks, priority tenders and did/embarkation etc. We were lucky indeed.

All in all, we had a superb time, initially punctuated by the tragic FLL incident which was referred to on occasion on board, but it didn't dent anyone's experience. Good ports, improving weather, (we missed Dominican Republic due to bad weather and high winds, and for the first week it was a bit choppy, cloudy and windy with the odd shower; the second week was lovely) top ship, great service and very good food all made for one of our top 3 cruises (to include our full Panama Canal trip and our very first Med cruise on the Ruby!). Would do it all again!!
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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Cabin S4 R604
As above, slightly smaller Penthouse suite and thinner balcony (confirmed by the Future Cruise lady, a more intimate cabin, as she politely called it!), and a slightly different lay out, but nevertheless a suite indeed, Comfortable, spacious and nice aesthetics including some nice art, fresh fruit and flowers, 2 flat screen TV's, large bathroom and shower, and separate bath, no jacuzzi. No noise either side of us, and being on the 14th deck it was handy for the pool, but not so handy for meal time and entertainment,but it helped running up and down the stairs with exercise! As a suite guest, the concierge lounge was literally 10 seconds away, full of pastries, coffee's and juices and light snacks. Nice seating and a TV, and of course the excellent concierge. A great suite perk, shame not available on more ships.
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