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Had a great time on the Regal Princess despite some medical issues we had a couple of days. Embarkment: We arrived at port that morning on another cruise ship and took a taxi from one cruise terminal to the other, arriving quite early at the Regal Princess and expecting a long wait. There was already quite a long line when we arrived some time between 10:30 and 11 am. But we had some nice conversations with our fellow passengers and it wasn't long before they opened the doors. I think around 11:15. Then it was smooth sailing after that. The line moved quickly though security and we only had two people in front of us at checkin. Only waited 10-15 minutes in the seating area before they called our row to board. Probably 45 minutes total from security to our cabin. Ship: This is a very nice ship. It's huge with many nice features. I think it's their newest ship and it shines like a new penny. Like other Princess ships, many bars and shops center around the piazza. The pool area is also really nice with two pools and a large fountain area that doubles as a stage and a place for extra pool loungers during the day. The walkways that hang out over the ship are really cool and the big screen is excellent. There were however some surprising disappointments. The promenade was a virtual dead zone on this ship. Never seen much going on in the Vista Lounge. The Wheelhouse Bar is now part of the Steakhouse, not the great place to mingle like on other ships. They replaced the Explorers Lounge with the window enclosed Princess Live, not the nice open entertainment area like on other ships. The Casino is surprisingly small and cramped for such huge ship. But other than these couple of design criticisms, this is a great ship and the smoothest ride we've ever had at sea - couldn't hardly feel any rocking or movement during the trip. Entertainment: Lawrence Welk would love it. The Love Boat theme with the ship's fog horn and the disco show on Lido after the last port are pretty cool, but all the live entertainment doesn't need to be stuck in the Seventies. The musicians and performers were really talented, but it was all broadway, opera, soft pop or disco. Magician was ok. Comedian was great the first night, but hard for him to follow his first act the second time around, especially with the cruise director warming up the crowd singing Tom Jones songs. On the other hand, Movies at Sea and the fountain show on Lido each night were great. Food: The best part. The buffet was always great, breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner. Main dining room menu, food and service were excellent. Didn't do Alfredo's or specialty restaurants. On Lido, Burgers and fries were not that great, dogs were good, pizza just ok. Had better on other cruise lines. Cabin: We had balcony cabin D424. Had a huge balcony in the sea walkway area. Had a great view looking out and forward. Had to stand at the corner and lean over to look aft. The cabins are on the smaller side, but that's the trade-off for the big closet area. Beds are nice and comfy. The best thing is the new big screen TV on the wall and a great selection of on demand movies. Service: Excellent everywhere, particularly the Medical staff who helped us with a medical issue we had during the cruise. Gripe: Reserving pool chairs. People leave towels on chairs and never sit in them. The pool attendants are supposed to clear chairs that are unoccupied for 15 minutes. A half hour is more reasonable, but it doesn't matter, the pool attendants won't enforce it unless you ask them to. The worst abuse I've seen was a couple who had two loungers in the sun and two loungers in the shade and would move back and forth between them. Four loungers for two people. Ports: Princess Cays: Nice Beach day - a little crowded - nice water but bring water shoes for the rocky bottom. Snorkeling not very good here. Montego Bay - Took the first shuttle bus from the cruise terminal and got off at Doctor's Cave beach for $7 each. Beach entry fee, 2 loungers and umbrella was $35. Beautiful beach with crystal clear water, soft sandy bottom and a really nice reef to snorkel a little further out. (Best beach of both of our cruises.) Good beach service with decent prices and good food. The beach became very crowded after the shuttle busses returned with all the people who took the full tour. Glad we had our loungers and umbrella as they ran out quick after the busses returned. Walked down the hip strip afterwards to Margaritaville and took a van back to the port for $7 each. There is nothing but security at the port facility. Had to show ID and Ship card three times to get back to the ship. Grand Cayman - Kim was sick so we missed a Sting Ray City/Snorkel tour we reserved. I went ashore and walked around downtown. They have a nice shopping and entertainment area stretching from one tender embarkment dock to the other. Bought some souvenirs and headed back to my sick girl on the ship. Cozumel - Took a unique tour of the backstreets of San Miguel and spent three hours at the Cozumel Hospital to see a specialist - you don't get to do that everywhere. But Kim was feeling much better by then and we did get to spend the rest of the day at the really nice port area at the Pier. There were three or four bars and cantinas - the usual shops - live entertainment - a drunk cruiser banging his head on the asphalt (obviously from one of the fun ships, not ours) and a Ron-Jons. Disembarkment: Very smooth. Went to the Symphony dining room a little before our assigned time and they'd already called our group so we walked right off the ship. Had to wait in line for a while but not too long to get through customs. Then caught a Taxi to our hotel for the night. Despite our medical issue and some of my gripes, it was a great cruise and a really nice ship. We'd definitely think about taking another cruise on the Regal.

Good Cruise, Nice Ship

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Cancunron

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Had a great time on the Regal Princess despite some medical issues we had a couple of days.

Embarkment: We arrived at port that morning on another cruise ship and took a taxi from one cruise terminal to the other, arriving quite early at the Regal Princess and expecting a long wait. There was already quite a long line when we arrived some time between 10:30 and 11 am. But we had some nice conversations with our fellow passengers and it wasn't long before they opened the doors. I think around 11:15. Then it was smooth sailing after that. The line moved quickly though security and we only had two people in front of us at checkin. Only waited 10-15 minutes in the seating area before they called our row to board. Probably 45 minutes total from security to our cabin.

Ship: This is a very nice ship. It's huge with many nice features. I think it's their newest ship and it shines like a new penny. Like other Princess ships, many bars and shops center around the piazza. The pool area is also really nice with two pools and a large fountain area that doubles as a stage and a place for extra pool loungers during the day. The walkways that hang out over the ship are really cool and the big screen is excellent. There were however some surprising disappointments. The promenade was a virtual dead zone on this ship. Never seen much going on in the Vista Lounge. The Wheelhouse Bar is now part of the Steakhouse, not the great place to mingle like on other ships. They replaced the Explorers Lounge with the window enclosed Princess Live, not the nice open entertainment area like on other ships. The Casino is surprisingly small and cramped for such huge ship. But other than these couple of design criticisms, this is a great ship and the smoothest ride we've ever had at sea - couldn't hardly feel any rocking or movement during the trip.

Entertainment: Lawrence Welk would love it. The Love Boat theme with the ship's fog horn and the disco show on Lido after the last port are pretty cool, but all the live entertainment doesn't need to be stuck in the Seventies. The musicians and performers were really talented, but it was all broadway, opera, soft pop or disco. Magician was ok. Comedian was great the first night, but hard for him to follow his first act the second time around, especially with the cruise director warming up the crowd singing Tom Jones songs. On the other hand, Movies at Sea and the fountain show on Lido each night were great.

Food: The best part. The buffet was always great, breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner. Main dining room menu, food and service were excellent. Didn't do Alfredo's or specialty restaurants. On Lido, Burgers and fries were not that great, dogs were good, pizza just ok. Had better on other cruise lines.

Cabin: We had balcony cabin D424. Had a huge balcony in the sea walkway area. Had a great view looking out and forward. Had to stand at the corner and lean over to look aft. The cabins are on the smaller side, but that's the trade-off for the big closet area. Beds are nice and comfy. The best thing is the new big screen TV on the wall and a great selection of on demand movies.

Service: Excellent everywhere, particularly the Medical staff who helped us with a medical issue we had during the cruise.

Gripe: Reserving pool chairs. People leave towels on chairs and never sit in them. The pool attendants are supposed to clear chairs that are unoccupied for 15 minutes. A half hour is more reasonable, but it doesn't matter, the pool attendants won't enforce it unless you ask them to. The worst abuse I've seen was a couple who had two loungers in the sun and two loungers in the shade and would move back and forth between them. Four loungers for two people.

Ports:

Princess Cays: Nice Beach day - a little crowded - nice water but bring water shoes for the rocky bottom. Snorkeling not very good here.

Montego Bay - Took the first shuttle bus from the cruise terminal and got off at Doctor's Cave beach for $7 each. Beach entry fee, 2 loungers and umbrella was $35. Beautiful beach with crystal clear water, soft sandy bottom and a really nice reef to snorkel a little further out. (Best beach of both of our cruises.) Good beach service with decent prices and good food. The beach became very crowded after the shuttle busses returned with all the people who took the full tour. Glad we had our loungers and umbrella as they ran out quick after the busses returned. Walked down the hip strip afterwards to Margaritaville and took a van back to the port for $7 each. There is nothing but security at the port facility. Had to show ID and Ship card three times to get back to the ship.

Grand Cayman - Kim was sick so we missed a Sting Ray City/Snorkel tour we reserved. I went ashore and walked around downtown. They have a nice shopping and entertainment area stretching from one tender embarkment dock to the other. Bought some souvenirs and headed back to my sick girl on the ship.

Cozumel - Took a unique tour of the backstreets of San Miguel and spent three hours at the Cozumel Hospital to see a specialist - you don't get to do that everywhere. But Kim was feeling much better by then and we did get to spend the rest of the day at the really nice port area at the Pier. There were three or four bars and cantinas - the usual shops - live entertainment - a drunk cruiser banging his head on the asphalt (obviously from one of the fun ships, not ours) and a Ron-Jons.

Disembarkment: Very smooth. Went to the Symphony dining room a little before our assigned time and they'd already called our group so we walked right off the ship. Had to wait in line for a while but not too long to get through customs. Then caught a Taxi to our hotel for the night.

Despite our medical issue and some of my gripes, it was a great cruise and a really nice ship. We'd definitely think about taking another cruise on the Regal.
PrincessCruises1, Social Team at Princess Cruises has responded
Hi cancunron, we're sorry to hear that Kim was under the weather during your vacation. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your Caribbean adventure and hope to see you again soon.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin: We had balcony cabin D424. Had a huge balcony in the sea walkway area. Had a great view looking out and forward. Had to stand at the corner and lean over to look aft. The cabins are on the smaller side, but that's the trade-off for the big closet area. Beds are nice and comfy. The best thing is the new big screen TV on the wall and a great selection of on demand movies.
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