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We received a very special offer from Princess last autumn, to take two 7 day back to back cruises on Regal Princess.This gave us OBC and reduced air fares. As we live in the North West of the UK we needed to change the flight from LHR to Manchester. Several others on the cruise flew via Heathrow or Amsterdam. We flew Virgin from Manchester to Atlanta and then Delta to Miami. This gave us Virgin miles and saved money as the flight was cheaper. We also avoided the notorious queuing at Miami International arrivals, by entering the USA in Atlanta, then flying domestic to Miami. Return journey was the same route in reverse. Others were travelling via CDG, AMS and LHR takiing longer to travel. We were put up overnight in the splendid International Hotel, Doral, Miami. This was first class and room only so we had to pay for breakfast, wifi was free.Transfer to the ship around noon went well at 45 mins. A power cut on the Fort Lauderdale Docks caused a massive que for boarding, but Princess handled this well with out too much delay. The cruise was fine, the ship is beautiful (cruise number 21 so we have been around). Great cabin on deck 12 midships, balcony a bit tight, but fine. Large flat screen TV and the usual bathroom layout, Celebrity have better designed bathrooms. Lots of elegant sitting space indoors and out doors. As usual the sound from the large screen is intrusive around the pool, so the thing to do is go up to deck 17 and to the Retreat adults only area, perfect with shade available. The shows were great, but of course repeated on the second week. The deck party is fantastic, we thought we would have a look for 10 minutes, but stayed an hour and a half! The Staff were very caring, food excellent, better than P&O, not quite up to Celebrity. Ports were OK, the Caribbean is a bit tatty in ports if you don't do the trips. We go for the weather, not site seeing. Princess Cays, their private beach was very good with a barbecue lunch included. Lots of sun beds and shade available. Change over day back in Port Everglade was well handled, however getting information on what to do was difficult to find. It was raining hard all day, so we just took a taxi to the Galleria Mall which was expensive at $50 return inc tip. If the sun is shinning, take the water taxi from under the bridge near to the single ship docking point. You will understand this when there. Several ships berth together at one end of the dock, with a single berth at the other end near a white bridge. Walk out of the dock, turn right and follow the road beneath the bride and you will come to the water taxi loading point. I understand a hop on hop off all day ticket is around $20 per person and this will take you to beaches, restaurants and bars. We would definitely sail on Regal again , along with sister ship Royal, as seen on TV. Princess has several more of this class of ship on order, as does P&O. Having heard lots of bad press re P&O Britannia we are intrigued to know what is different? They say new staircases are being installed on Britannia, Royal and Regal, we didn't understand where the problem was on Regal. Stairs front, midship and rear, along with plenty of lifts with no real waiting time. The new Pricess smart phone APP was great. Your simply put your phone ito flight mode and connect to the ships APP. Your room account is displayed, what's going on is always up to date as it shows what's happening at the time you log on. Wifi is also available, which was expensive for those paying, but fast in the cabin and around the ship. We are Elite members of the Captain's Circle, which meant we got 150 mins of free wifi each week. What I didn't know until someone else told me was, this was renewed after week one and rstrarted on week two of a back to back cruise. Also, the same applied to my wife, so we ended up with 4 x 150 = 600 minutes of free wifi, we even left 80 mins unused.I was able to open two accounts on one phone to take advantage of this. Also, as Elite passengers you received one free fill up of the mini-bar. This was also repeated on week two. The Steward even arranged for us to exchange the whisky and brandy miniatures for more gin and tonic, happy days! I must say, P&O still have the best travel method, with charter flights to Barbados and then direct transfer to the ship within an hour of your flight arrival, no US Immigration!

Back to back cruising the Caribbean with Princess

Regal Princess Cruise Review by bleazardd

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We received a very special offer from Princess last autumn, to take two 7 day back to back cruises on Regal Princess.This gave us OBC and reduced air fares. As we live in the North West of the UK we needed to change the flight from LHR to Manchester. Several others on the cruise flew via Heathrow or Amsterdam. We flew Virgin from Manchester to Atlanta and then Delta to Miami. This gave us Virgin miles and saved money as the flight was cheaper. We also avoided the notorious queuing at Miami International arrivals, by entering the USA in Atlanta, then flying domestic to Miami. Return journey was the same route in reverse. Others were travelling via CDG, AMS and LHR takiing longer to travel. We were put up overnight in the splendid International Hotel, Doral, Miami. This was first class and room only so we had to pay for breakfast, wifi was free.Transfer to the ship around noon went well at 45 mins. A power cut on the Fort Lauderdale Docks caused a massive que for boarding, but Princess handled this well with out too much delay.

The cruise was fine, the ship is beautiful (cruise number 21 so we have been around).

Great cabin on deck 12 midships, balcony a bit tight, but fine. Large flat screen TV and the usual bathroom layout, Celebrity have better designed bathrooms.

Lots of elegant sitting space indoors and out doors. As usual the sound from the large screen is intrusive around the pool, so the thing to do is go up to deck 17 and to the Retreat adults only area, perfect with shade available. The shows were great, but of course repeated on the second week. The deck party is fantastic, we thought we would have a look for 10 minutes, but stayed an hour and a half!

The Staff were very caring, food excellent, better than P&O, not quite up to Celebrity.

Ports were OK, the Caribbean is a bit tatty in ports if you don't do the trips. We go for the weather, not site seeing. Princess Cays, their private beach was very good with a barbecue lunch included. Lots of sun beds and shade available.

Change over day back in Port Everglade was well handled, however getting information on what to do was difficult to find. It was raining hard all day, so we just took a taxi to the Galleria Mall which was expensive at $50 return inc tip. If the sun is shinning, take the water taxi from under the bridge near to the single ship docking point. You will understand this when there. Several ships berth together at one end of the dock, with a single berth at the other end near a white bridge. Walk out of the dock, turn right and follow the road beneath the bride and you will come to the water taxi loading point. I understand a hop on hop off all day ticket is around $20 per person and this will take you to beaches, restaurants and bars. We would definitely sail on Regal again , along with sister ship Royal, as seen on TV. Princess has several more of this class of ship on order, as does P&O. Having heard lots of bad press re P&O Britannia we are intrigued to know what is different? They say new staircases are being installed on Britannia, Royal and Regal, we didn't understand where the problem was on Regal. Stairs front, midship and rear, along with plenty of lifts with no real waiting time.

The new Pricess smart phone APP was great. Your simply put your phone ito flight mode and connect to the ships APP. Your room account is displayed, what's going on is always up to date as it shows what's happening at the time you log on. Wifi is also available, which was expensive for those paying, but fast in the cabin and around the ship. We are Elite members of the Captain's Circle, which meant we got 150 mins of free wifi each week. What I didn't know until someone else told me was, this was renewed after week one and rstrarted on week two of a back to back cruise. Also, the same applied to my wife, so we ended up with 4 x 150 = 600 minutes of free wifi, we even left 80 mins unused.I was able to open two accounts on one phone to take advantage of this. Also, as Elite passengers you received one free fill up of the mini-bar. This was also repeated on week two. The Steward even arranged for us to exchange the whisky and brandy miniatures for more gin and tonic, happy days!

I must say, P&O still have the best travel method, with charter flights to Barbados and then direct transfer to the ship within an hour of your flight arrival, no US Immigration!
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Balcony
Cabin BB A618
Very good, clean, everything you need. The same as other Princess and P&O ships. Good large flat screen TV. Regular bathroom. Balcony on the small size with two lounger chairs.
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