We flew into Ft. Lauderdale two days early to make a long weekend out of this trip since the cruise was only two days.
This time we stayed at the Hilton Marina. This is an older hotel, but the rooms have been renovated. Our room was on the 3rd floor in the tower with an oversized balcony facing the port. If you want to have views of the ships unimpeded by the bridge, then you need to be on a higher floor. Room was a good size with a king bed, nightstand, desk & chair, table & two side chairs, and chest of drawers. Bed was comfortable though not overly plush, however the pillows were rather terrible. Bathroom has a large glass walled shower. The annoying new design trend of no towel bars or hooks can be found here. My biggest complaint with our room was the noise from the adjoining room. I think the connecting door was the main culprit so I would definitely ask for a non-connecting room next time. Hotel is ideally located close to the port with all the shopping/dining options along 17th street.
Regal (except for suites and Club Class minis) doesn’t have the new Luxury Beds yet - not until 2019 per current rollout schedule. But since it’s a newer ship, the bedding it launched with is pretty darn good. Bathroom has a full size tub with shower. All the usual mini-suite features make for a really nice cabin.
Cabin had the new 43” 4K LG TVs - these are fantastic! All of the OceanView programming is available along with lots of on-demand movies & TV shows (but sadly not the Love Boat anymore).
We’ve had minis a couple times and they are definitely a treat! And unless you have one of the angled minis under the SeaView Bar or Seawalk, minis have the same tiny balcony that regular balconies have - my biggest beef with the cabins on the Royal/Regal.