Regal Princess Cruise Review by loco1969
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
At Princess Caye we got Coastal Cruise with lockers, floats, and snorkel gear for four (2 packages). The coastal cruise was a lot of fun, we actually used the same boat that's used for the glass-bottom tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and gave a lot of history of the island. Snorkeling around the pier was good, I had forgotten my underwater camera though and missed some good shots, as my SO and daughter saw a barracuda!
At St. Thomas we did the two island snorkel tour. We spent about an hour or so at Buck Island, were we saw a ton of fish, sea urchins and coral, but no turtles; we then boarded the boat to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island. On the way to the second island, the staff provided unlimited soda and water for the kids as well as unlimited rum punch for the adults! At Honeymoon Beach, the kids played along the shore and found a bunch of cool shells and sea glass while my SO and I snorkeled, I went off on my own and found a turtle!! That was the highlight of my day! We spent another hour or so there, the boat had an open bar the entire time and they kept the drinks flowing on the way back to the ship. It was a ton of fun and I highly recommend this excursion for everyone!
At St. Maarten we went to Rockland Estates and took the Sky Explorer (ski-type lift) up the mountain, took a ton of pictures and then took it back down the mountain. If I did this again, I would include the Flying Dutchman zipline because it looked like a lot of fun! The highlight of the trip though was eating at Emilo's! The food there was fantastic and the portions were huge! We will definitely visit there again!
This was our best cruise ever. If you are on the fence about this ship, give it a try yourself!
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Princess CaysWe received snorkel equipment and float rentals for the day with lockers and an hour long coastal cruise. We didn't use the float rentals as we spent quite a while snorkeling around the pier, we saw a ton of fish, including barracuda. At 1:30, we boarded the same boat that they use for the glass bottom tour. We took an tour to the end of the island where the lighthouse is. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island. It was a fun way to end the day and the scenery along the coast was amazingly beautiful!!View All 11,587 Princess Cays Cruise Port Reviews
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St. MaartenWe took a charter bus to the estate. On our way there, our bus driver talked to us about the devastation that the island had endured from Hurricane Irma.It was sad to see how much damage was done to the island and how much repair they still need to do. Once we got to the Rockland Estate, we were given bands to show which activities we were doing. You go through the museum first, which is set up pretty well to explain the history of the estate. We then got on the Sky Explorer, which is a ski lift type of ride; there are actually two separate lifts, the first takes about 25 minutes, the second is only about 5. Right before the end of the second lift, they take your picture so be prepared to smile. Once at the end, you have to take stairs to the top where you will get a fantastic view of the entire island. You can also watch people ride the Flying Dutchman zip line or one of the other rides. After we took the lift back down to the bottom, we bought our picture at the gift shop and then went to Emilio's and ate lunch. Emilio's was the highlight of our trip to the estate! The food was amazing and the the portions were huge! It's a beautiful restaurant.View All 11,587 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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SnorkelingWe did the Discovery Family Two Island Snorkel and Beach Getaway by Fastcat. We boarded the Virgin Breeze Powercat and headed to Buck Island to snorkel, the crew provided all of the necessary equipment. We spent an hour or so here. We saw a ton of different fish, sea urchins and coral; however, we didn't see any turtles until we all got back on the boat and one peaked it's head up out of the water. On the way to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island the crew provided soda, water or rum punch for adults and had the music playing. Once we got to Honeymoon Beach, my girls stayed close to the shore and looked for shells and sea glass, they found quite a bit. My SO and I did some more snorkeling, I went out away from everyone else and found a turtle, that was the highlight of my day! The boat had an open bar for the time we were at the beach. After spending an hour or so there, we boarded to head back to our ship. The crew kept the party going with free-flowing rum punch, my glass never had a chance to get emptied lol. Overall, it was a great excursion and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to St. Thomas.View All 304 Snorkeling Reviews