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We choose our cruises using a combination of itinerary, overall cost, anticipated weather, on board credits and other perks offered. This transatlantic crossing offered some mild weather (a relief from our cold winter) by starting in Fort Lauderdale. With a couple extra pre-cruise days we were provided with a "defrost" cycle before commencing the cruise. We stayed at the economical Clarion Hotel pre-cruise which satisfied out needs. It was clean, in a safe neighborhood, close to shopping, restaurants and within walking distance to the beach. The only disadvantage to this hotel is that there is no pedestrian crosswalk nearby. The Clarion is approximately 3 miles from Port Everglades; but utilizing public transportation (bus system) we spent a grand total of $8 for both of us for transport from the airport to the hotel and further transport to the cruise port on day of embarkation. We travel with only carry-on luggage, so this would not be an option for those of you who take your entire wardrobe with you. Embarkation went smoothly. We were unpacked within 15 minutes of arriving at our stateroom (another benefit of packing light) and enjoying lunch at the Horizon Court thereafter. Princess continues to excel in menu choices and presentation in both the Horizon Court and specialty restaurants with impeccable service. The first few sea days were mild in temperature and we were able to use our deluxe rear facing balcony M725. This was a Princess upgrade from L119 which we had previously reserved. While the balcony is much larger than the standard balcony, we question whether it merits being an "upgrade." While not terrible, as others have mentioned with this rear facing balcony, there is a minimal amount of soot evident from the stacks. It is, evidently, an ongoing problem which Princess does not acknowledge. They don't come out and say that there is a possibility of soot (depending on the winds) but for the first time we noticed a dark colored (dark brown) indoor/outdoor vinyl backed throw rug at the balcony door which intimates to us that they are trying to catch the soot before tracking on to the stateroom carpet. We suspect that the small amount of occasional soot is not a health hazard, and we did not specifically request to be moved; but we would most likely not accept such an "upgrade" again. This was our second cruise on the Regal Princess. There are signs of impending refurbishment. The ship would remain in dry dock, post cruise, for installation of another much needed staircase. In our opinion the seating in Princess Live Theater on both the Regal and the Royal needs to be replaced. Princess Live theater seating has not held up well and is not very comfortable. Other that that, the ship, overall, maintains great appearance after its three years in-service and we would not hesitate to sail her, again. We had seen the productions shows Fiera, Bravo, etc. multiple times on both the Regal and the Royal. While the production shows are excellent, we were disappointed that there were not new shows on board. We love the theater entertainment and all entertainers brought on board (pianist, violinist, magician, and the cultural performance from the Netherlands) were very good. The ventriloquist was mediocre and not very original. We will say that we could also survive, quite nicely, without the screeching opera singer who was brought on board for the Bravo production show. Bravo was, otherwise, an outstanding production. We would also very much appreciate it if the lighting and sound crew could avoid shining annoying lights directly into the eyes of the audience. All of the excursions we took were Princess excursions which we found to be very enjoyable. PONTA DELGADA - We opted for the Princess Off the Beaten Track 4X4 Adventure which took us out of port to Sete Cidades (Twin lakes green and blue lagoons), a crater rim and peninsula drive along roads not otherwise passable by tour bus and return to the port for some free time. PARIS ON YOUR OWN - We pre-planned our metro option for seeing the major attractions in Paris "on our own" in 4 hours. We purchased a carnet 10 ticket “stack” of metro tickets for 14.50€ available for purchase near turnstiles in Metro stations – which was exactly the right number of tickets for two persons allowing us to see Hotel de Ville, Seine River, Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice Cathedral, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and Jardins de Tuileries. Obviously, there were no inside visits and this itinerary provided photo opportunities only...but the advantage was that one wasn't trying to take pictures from a tour bus, which from our perspective was a plus. To follow the metro itinerary you will also need a STREET MAP of Paris depicting where the metro stations are located: 1. From Cours la Reine to Notre Dame, get on M1 at either Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau OR Place de la Concorde. Get off at Hotel de Ville station and walk across bridge to Notre Dame Cathedral. 2. After Notre Dame, walk back away from the Notre Dame a short distance to get on M4 line at Saint- Michel-Notre-Dame toward Odeon and Saint-Sulpice. 3. Get off M4 at Saint-Sulpice 4. After Saint-Sulpice, walk to M10 line at Sevres-Babylone Station. Get on M10 at Sevres-Babylone Station toward Duroc Station 5. Change to M13 line at Duroc Station toward Saint-Francois-Xavier station 6. Get off at Saint-Francois-Xavier station and walk north on Boulevard des Invalides to Les Invalides (Military Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb) 7. Walk from Les Invalides to Eiffel Tower 8. Leave Eiffel Tower via Quai Branly to the Bir Hakeim M6 station on Boulevard de Grenelle. The station is just south of Quai Branly (away from the River Seine) 9. Get on M6 at Bir Hakeim station and get off at Charles de Gaulle Etoile for Arc de Triumphe. 10. Get on M1 at Charles de Gaulle and get off M1 at Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau to return on foot to Cours la Reine. Alternatively, get off M1 at Tuileries to view the gardens next to the Louvre and return on foot to Cours la Reine. BRUSSELS OLD TOWN AND GRAND PLACE - Again, a Princess excursion. Enjoyed seeing the Atomium, lace, chocolate, tapestries, etc. for which Belgium is known. A nice lunch was included...but, personally, we would prefer to "grab a bite" during our "free time" rather than lose an hour and a half with a "sit down" lunch. ROTTERDAM - Princess excursion to Keukenhof Tulip Festival which was essentially transportation "to" and "from" with 3 hours free time in the gardens. The flowers (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering shrubs e.g. azalea, etc.) were all beautiful and would not hesitate to go, again. HAMBURG - Princess offered no excursions for this disembarkation port other than for those seeking transport to the airport. We opted for some post cruise days, so we took the cruise port shuttle to S-Bahn Veddel where we ventured on to Central Station (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) and then walked to our hotel. Most of our time in Hamburg was spent at Miniatur Wunderland, St. Michael's Church, Planten un Blomen and general sightseeing. AMSTERDAM - Post Cruise Days - We opted to take the train from Hamburg to Amsterdam as we didn't want to miss either Amsterdam or the Tulip Festival on this journey. Visited many of the tourist attractions in Amsterdam (Royal Palace, Anne Frank Haus, etc.) followed by a day at Kasteel de Haar in Utrecht. The Castle in the most luxurious Castle with moats, drawbridges, etc. in all of the Netherlands. Highly recommend a visit.

Itinerary With Add-On Days Fulfilled Our Expectations

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Pet72Vet

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Premium Deluxe Balcony
We choose our cruises using a combination of itinerary, overall cost, anticipated weather, on board credits and other perks offered. This transatlantic crossing offered some mild weather (a relief from our cold winter) by starting in Fort Lauderdale. With a couple extra pre-cruise days we were provided with a "defrost" cycle before commencing the cruise. We stayed at the economical Clarion Hotel pre-cruise which satisfied out needs. It was clean, in a safe neighborhood, close to shopping, restaurants and within walking distance to the beach. The only disadvantage to this hotel is that there is no pedestrian crosswalk nearby. The Clarion is approximately 3 miles from Port Everglades; but utilizing public transportation (bus system) we spent a grand total of $8 for both of us for transport from the airport to the hotel and further transport to the cruise port on day of embarkation. We travel with only carry-on luggage, so this would not be an option for those of you who take your entire wardrobe with you.

Embarkation went smoothly. We were unpacked within 15 minutes of arriving at our stateroom (another benefit of packing light) and enjoying lunch at the Horizon Court thereafter. Princess continues to excel in menu choices and presentation in both the Horizon Court and specialty restaurants with impeccable service.

The first few sea days were mild in temperature and we were able to use our deluxe rear facing balcony M725. This was a Princess upgrade from L119 which we had previously reserved. While the balcony is much larger than the standard balcony, we question whether it merits being an "upgrade." While not terrible, as others have mentioned with this rear facing balcony, there is a minimal amount of soot evident from the stacks. It is, evidently, an ongoing problem which Princess does not acknowledge. They don't come out and say that there is a possibility of soot (depending on the winds) but for the first time we noticed a dark colored (dark brown) indoor/outdoor vinyl backed throw rug at the balcony door which intimates to us that they are trying to catch the soot before tracking on to the stateroom carpet. We suspect that the small amount of occasional soot is not a health hazard, and we did not specifically request to be moved; but we would most likely not accept such an "upgrade" again.

This was our second cruise on the Regal Princess. There are signs of impending refurbishment. The ship would remain in dry dock, post cruise, for installation of another much needed staircase. In our opinion the seating in Princess Live Theater on both the Regal and the Royal needs to be replaced. Princess Live theater seating has not held up well and is not very comfortable. Other that that, the ship, overall, maintains great appearance after its three years in-service and we would not hesitate to sail her, again.

We had seen the productions shows Fiera, Bravo, etc. multiple times on both the Regal and the Royal. While the production shows are excellent, we were disappointed that there were not new shows on board. We love the theater entertainment and all entertainers brought on board (pianist, violinist, magician, and the cultural performance from the Netherlands) were very good. The ventriloquist was mediocre and not very original. We will say that we could also survive, quite nicely, without the screeching opera singer who was brought on board for the Bravo production show. Bravo was, otherwise, an outstanding production. We would also very much appreciate it if the lighting and sound crew could avoid shining annoying lights directly into the eyes of the audience.

All of the excursions we took were Princess excursions which we found to be very enjoyable.

PONTA DELGADA - We opted for the Princess Off the Beaten Track 4X4 Adventure which took us out of port to Sete Cidades (Twin lakes green and blue lagoons), a crater rim and peninsula drive along roads not otherwise passable by tour bus and return to the port for some free time.

PARIS ON YOUR OWN - We pre-planned our metro option for seeing the major attractions in Paris "on our own" in 4 hours. We purchased a carnet 10 ticket “stack” of metro tickets for 14.50€ available for purchase near turnstiles in Metro stations – which was exactly the right number of tickets for two persons allowing us to see Hotel de Ville, Seine River, Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice Cathedral, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and Jardins de Tuileries. Obviously, there were no inside visits and this itinerary provided photo opportunities only...but the advantage was that one wasn't trying to take pictures from a tour bus, which from our perspective was a plus. To follow the metro itinerary you will also need a STREET MAP of Paris depicting where the metro stations are located:

1. From Cours la Reine to Notre Dame, get on M1 at either Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau OR Place de la Concorde. Get off at Hotel de Ville station and walk across bridge to Notre Dame Cathedral.

2. After Notre Dame, walk back away from the Notre Dame a short distance to get on M4 line at Saint- Michel-Notre-Dame toward Odeon and Saint-Sulpice.

3. Get off M4 at Saint-Sulpice

4. After Saint-Sulpice, walk to M10 line at Sevres-Babylone Station. Get on M10 at Sevres-Babylone Station toward Duroc Station

5. Change to M13 line at Duroc Station toward Saint-Francois-Xavier station

6. Get off at Saint-Francois-Xavier station and walk north on Boulevard des Invalides to Les Invalides (Military Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb)

7. Walk from Les Invalides to Eiffel Tower

8. Leave Eiffel Tower via Quai Branly to the Bir Hakeim M6 station on Boulevard de Grenelle. The station is just south of Quai Branly (away from the River Seine)

9. Get on M6 at Bir Hakeim station and get off at Charles de Gaulle Etoile for Arc de Triumphe.

10. Get on M1 at Charles de Gaulle and get off M1 at Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau to return on foot to Cours la Reine. Alternatively, get off M1 at Tuileries to view the gardens next to the Louvre and return on foot to Cours la Reine.

BRUSSELS OLD TOWN AND GRAND PLACE - Again, a Princess excursion. Enjoyed seeing the Atomium, lace, chocolate, tapestries, etc. for which Belgium is known. A nice lunch was included...but, personally, we would prefer to "grab a bite" during our "free time" rather than lose an hour and a half with a "sit down" lunch.

ROTTERDAM - Princess excursion to Keukenhof Tulip Festival which was essentially transportation "to" and "from" with 3 hours free time in the gardens. The flowers (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering shrubs e.g. azalea, etc.) were all beautiful and would not hesitate to go, again.

HAMBURG - Princess offered no excursions for this disembarkation port other than for those seeking transport to the airport. We opted for some post cruise days, so we took the cruise port shuttle to S-Bahn Veddel where we ventured on to Central Station (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) and then walked to our hotel. Most of our time in Hamburg was spent at Miniatur Wunderland, St. Michael's Church, Planten un Blomen and general sightseeing.

AMSTERDAM - Post Cruise Days - We opted to take the train from Hamburg to Amsterdam as we didn't want to miss either Amsterdam or the Tulip Festival on this journey. Visited many of the tourist attractions in Amsterdam (Royal Palace, Anne Frank Haus, etc.) followed by a day at Kasteel de Haar in Utrecht. The Castle in the most luxurious Castle with moats, drawbridges, etc. in all of the Netherlands. Highly recommend a visit.
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Premium Deluxe Balcony
Cabin D4 M725
This was a Princess upgrade from L119 which we had previously reserved. While the balcony is much larger than the standard balcony, we question whether it merits being an "upgrade." While not terrible, as others have mentioned with this rear facing balcony, there is a minimal amount of soot evident from the stacks. It is, evidently, an ongoing problem which Princess does not acknowledge. They don't come out and say that there is a possibility of soot (depending on the winds) but for the first time we noticed a dark colored (dark brown) indoor/outdoor vinyl backed throw rug at the balcony door which intimates to us that they are trying to catch the soot before tracking on to the stateroom carpet. We suspect that the small amount of occasional soot is not a health hazard, and we did not specifically request to be moved; but we would most likely not accept such an "upgrade" again. Another disadvantage of this balcony cabin is that those on the Lido deck above at Outriggers Horizon Terrace or the Terrace Pool deck look directly down into your balcony, so the balcony offers no privacy.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Amsterdam
    AMSTERDAM - Post Cruise Days - We opted to take the train from Hamburg to Amsterdam as we didn't want to miss either Amsterdam or the Tulip Festival on this journey. Visited many of the tourist attractions in Amsterdam (Royal Palace, Anne Frank Haus, etc.) followed by a day at Kasteel de Haar in Utrecht. The Castle in the most luxurious Castle with moats, drawbridges, etc. in all of the Netherlands. Highly recommend a visit.
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  • Brussels
    BRUSSELS OLD TOWN AND GRAND PLACE - Again, a Princess excursion. Enjoyed seeing the Atomium, lace, chocolate, tapestries, etc. for which Belgium is known. A nice lunch was included...but, personally, we would prefer to "grab a bite" during our "free time" rather than lose an hour and a half with a "sit down" lunch.
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  • Hamburg
    HAMBURG - Princess offered no excursions for this disembarkation port other than for those seeking transport to the airport. We opted for some post cruise days, so we took the cruise port shuttle to S-Bahn Veddel where we ventured on to Central Station (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) and then walked to our hotel. Most of our time in Hamburg was spent at Miniatur Wunderland, St. Michael's Church, Planten un Blomen and general sightseeing near or around the Town Hall and Alster Lake.
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  • Paris
    PARIS ON YOUR OWN - We pre-planned our metro option for seeing the major attractions in Paris "on our own" in 4 hours. We purchased a carnet 10 ticket “stack” of metro tickets for 14.50€ available for purchase near turnstiles in Metro stations – which was exactly the right number of tickets for two persons allowing us to see Hotel de Ville, Seine River, Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice Cathedral, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and Jardins de Tuileries. Obviously, there were no inside visits and this itinerary provided photo opportunities only...but the advantage was that one wasn't trying to take pictures from a tour bus, which from our perspective was a plus. To follow the metro itinerary you will also need a STREET MAP of Paris depicting where the metro stations are located:

    1. From Cours la Reine to Notre Dame, get on M1 at either Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau OR Place de la Concorde. Get off at Hotel de Ville station and walk across bridge to Notre Dame Cathedral.
    2. After Notre Dame, walk back away from the Notre Dame a short distance to get on M4 line at Saint- Michel-Notre-Dame toward Odeon and Saint-Sulpice.
    3. Get off M4 at Saint-Sulpice
    4. After Saint-Sulpice, walk to M10 line at Sevres-Babylone Station. Get on M10 at Sevres-Babylone Station toward Duroc Station
    5. Change to M13 line at Duroc Station toward Saint-Francois-Xavier station
    6. Get off at Saint-Francois-Xavier station and walk north on Boulevard des Invalides to Les Invalides (Military Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb)
    7. Walk from Les Invalides to Eiffel Tower
    8. Leave Eiffel Tower via Quai Branly to the Bir Hakeim M6 station on Boulevard de Grenelle. The station is just south of Quai Branly (away from the River Seine)
    9. Get on M6 at Bir Hakeim station and get off at Charles de Gaulle Etoile for Arc de Triumphe.
    10. Get on M1 at Charles de Gaulle and get off M1 at Champs-Elysses-Clemenceau to return on foot to Cours la Reine. Alternatively, get off M1 at Tuileries to view the gardens next to the Louvre and return on foot to Cours la Reine.
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  • Ponta Delgada
    PONTA DELGADA - We opted for the Princess Off the Beaten Track 4X4 Adventure which took us out of port to Sete Cidades (Twin lakes green and blue lagoons), a crater rim and peninsula drive along roads not otherwise passable by tour bus to view the many sights of the "green" island and return to the port for some free time.
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  • Keukenhof Tulip Festival
    ROTTERDAM - Princess excursion to Keukenhof Tulip Festival which was essentially transportation "to" and "from" with 3 hours free time in the gardens. The flowers (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering shrubs e.g. azalea, etc.) were all beautiful and would not hesitate to go, again.
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