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My husband had been unwell during the summer, he has always wanted to be in the Caribbean over Christmas, (we usually go Jan/Feb) so I booked it as a surprise for him. This was our 14th Princess cruise, so expectations were high. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas, we were greeted by carol singers in the atrium at embarkation, which was speedy and efficient. Nice balcony cabin, if a little small, and still the ubiquitous shower curtain (Celebrity shower much better with glass screen) in the bathroom. No welcome back drink or other recognition of loyalty. Luggage arrived promptly, but there were many empty cabins on board. Went downhill at dinner first night, we were on late sitting, a table for 6, but bench seats! Seriously? OK in a café environment, but when dressed in smart or formal attire, not acceptable to have to shuffle along a bench. We asked to speak to the M'aitre D, our waitress informed us he 'would not come to talk to us'. We assured her that he would, or she would need to deal with 6 angry people, did he think he was something special? He suddenly appeared and assured us we would have a table with chairs for the rest of the cruise. On to the food, it was okay, but only 2 offerings of steak out of the whole 11 night cruise, usually available every night. Cut backs were very apparent, sadly. The waiting staff were very good, around the whole ship every member of staff greeted us with 'Happy holidays!' which was lovely. Drinks in the bars were reasonably priced, lots of choice re: cocktails and margaritas, but a serious lack of joviality , due we think to the boat being so short of passengers! Great weather, great ports of call, we did our own thing as the excursions are so overpriced, eg, trip to a beach $39.99 per person, we paid $24 total for a return taxi trip to the same beach. Princess used to be our first choice, sadly Celebrity are now much better, although their drinks are exorbitant in comparison.

Too many cutbacks

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Ginnylin

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
My husband had been unwell during the summer, he has always wanted to be in the Caribbean over Christmas, (we usually go Jan/Feb) so I booked it as a surprise for him. This was our 14th Princess cruise, so expectations were high. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas, we were greeted by carol singers in the atrium at embarkation, which was speedy and efficient. Nice balcony cabin, if a little small, and still the ubiquitous shower curtain (Celebrity shower much better with glass screen) in the bathroom. No welcome back drink or other recognition of loyalty. Luggage arrived promptly, but there were many empty cabins on board. Went downhill at dinner first night, we were on late sitting, a table for 6, but bench seats! Seriously? OK in a café environment, but when dressed in smart or formal attire, not acceptable to have to shuffle along a bench. We asked to speak to the M'aitre D, our waitress informed us he 'would not come to talk to us'. We assured her that he would, or she would need to deal with 6 angry people, did he think he was something special? He suddenly appeared and assured us we would have a table with chairs for the rest of the cruise. On to the food, it was okay, but only 2 offerings of steak out of the whole 11 night cruise, usually available every night. Cut backs were very apparent, sadly. The waiting staff were very good, around the whole ship every member of staff greeted us with 'Happy holidays!' which was lovely. Drinks in the bars were reasonably priced, lots of choice re: cocktails and margaritas, but a serious lack of joviality , due we think to the boat being so short of passengers! Great weather, great ports of call, we did our own thing as the excursions are so overpriced, eg, trip to a beach $39.99 per person, we paid $24 total for a return taxi trip to the same beach. Princess used to be our first choice, sadly Celebrity are now much better, although their drinks are exorbitant in comparison.
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Balcony
Cabin BB Caribe 319
Smallish, no room for a sofa, clingy shower curtain, Clean at all times, comfortable bed. A bit warm at times, air con did not seem to cool the room efficiently. Balcony clean and big enough for 2.
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