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Just returned from a week on the Regal Princess. I will break this down in PROS and CONS: PROS: Great embarkation and debarkation processes; little to no wait time (we are platinum members so that helped ) Beautiful ship, clean and well maintained. Loved spending time in the Piazza. We loved Bellini's and Vines for wine and champagne. Wheelhouse bar for great cocktails and music. Entertainment venues were all great. We attended all the shows and enjoyed them all. Great cabin ( and steward). No complaints about roominess or storage. Employees at front desk were outstanding. We have been to the Caribbean many times, so for us, it was all about the ship and our time onboard. Alfredo's still has some of the best pizza at sea! CONS: Enjoyed pool area, but still don't understand the "fountain". Waste of space, only 5 minute water show at 9:00 p.m. and only a few times as wind cancels show. Liked the Retreat pool, but prefer ships with covered pool. Worst hamburger/hot dog at sea at pool. Don't understand how HAL ( another Carnival Corp. cruise line ) can have such a low quality product served. BUFFET food continues to go downhill. I'm not sure the accountants can cut anything else off this buffet. Breakfast always the same and all foods lukewarm to cold ( i even stir every pan and get the food from the bottom ) Lunch and dinner basically the same. No blue cheese dressing anymore on the salad bar. Had to ask fo bananas as they are never on the buffet ( except last day ) Almost no fresh vegetables and the protein items are extremely overcooked. No rare or medium rare meats whatsoever.Desserts almost tasteless ( only last day of cruise do they have nice desserts). Dining Room service continues to be hurried and most service levels not great. Servers are friendly and smile a lot, but with no captains or sommeliers anymore, the wait staff just has too much to do and not enough time or hands to do it. The DR menus continue to be cut every oyage we take. Almost a game now to see what has been removed from the menu. The only beef item now on the "Classic menu" is a HAMBURGER!! Yikes!! Too muh to say in this category, but I would just go on and on. SAD!! Would we cruise again with Princess? Probably not. We love the ships and the employees but the poor foodservice is a dealbreaker. Hopefully, Carnival will look to HAL and maybe their rivals, Celebrity, to upgrade or at least bring back a quality product to the line.

Great ship, but food service continues downward!

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Don and Char

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Just returned from a week on the Regal Princess. I will break this down in PROS and CONS:

PROS: Great embarkation and debarkation processes; little to no wait time (we are platinum members so that helped )

Beautiful ship, clean and well maintained. Loved spending time in the Piazza. We loved Bellini's and Vines for wine and champagne. Wheelhouse bar for great cocktails and music. Entertainment venues were all great. We attended all the shows and enjoyed them all. Great cabin ( and steward). No complaints about roominess or storage. Employees at front desk were outstanding. We have been to the Caribbean many times, so for us, it was all about the ship and our time onboard. Alfredo's still has some of the best pizza at sea!

CONS: Enjoyed pool area, but still don't understand the "fountain". Waste of space, only 5 minute water show at 9:00 p.m. and only a few times as wind cancels show. Liked the Retreat pool, but prefer ships with covered pool.

Worst hamburger/hot dog at sea at pool. Don't understand how HAL ( another Carnival Corp. cruise line ) can have such a low quality product served.

BUFFET food continues to go downhill. I'm not sure the accountants can cut anything else off this buffet. Breakfast always the same and all foods lukewarm to cold ( i even stir every pan and get the food from the bottom )

Lunch and dinner basically the same. No blue cheese dressing anymore on the salad bar. Had to ask fo bananas as they are never on the buffet ( except last day )

Almost no fresh vegetables and the protein items are extremely overcooked. No rare or medium rare meats whatsoever.Desserts almost tasteless ( only last day of cruise do they have nice desserts).

Dining Room service continues to be hurried and most service levels not great. Servers are friendly and smile a lot, but with no captains or sommeliers anymore, the wait staff just has too much to do and not enough time or hands to do it.

The DR menus continue to be cut every oyage we take. Almost a game now to see what has been removed from the menu. The only beef item now on the "Classic menu" is a HAMBURGER!! Yikes!! Too muh to say in this category, but I would just go on and on. SAD!!

Would we cruise again with Princess? Probably not. We love the ships and the employees but the poor foodservice is a dealbreaker. Hopefully, Carnival will look to HAL and maybe their rivals, Celebrity, to upgrade or at least bring back a quality product to the line.
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