Regal Princess Cruise Review by docmda
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Transatlantic
The Regal is a comfortable large ship which does not overwhelm you. We were in a starboard mid-ship balcony in Aloha 535. The voyage was smooth and really uneventful, if you like sea-days this is a fine choice. The cabin was more than adequate with a comfortable King bed. Plenty of storage areas, a large screen wall TV, sufficient outlets, and well appreciated toiletries. The shower was smallish but very user friendly. As most travelers find out their best friend becomes the room steward quite quickly.
Food was very good with a few exceptions. Lobster tails were just not tasty at all. King crab in the "Crab Shack" "specialty" seating which was just part of the Horizon Court buffet, was quite disappointing. However almost every fish entree in dining room was cooked well and served nicely. Portions are reasonably sized; though of course some folks order more than others. Entertainment was almost always excellent and theater often filled earlier than some liked. The daytime entertainment and enrichment events were quite extensive.
Casino was full service and did a brisk business. The three level atrium was the really quite beautiful heart of the ship and was quite functional for food, drink, entertainment, people watching, shopping, or just sitting and passing time or reading.
Landfall was Ponta Delgado in the Azores. This emerald gem should be seen at least once. Cherbourg France offered many possible excursions including the Normandy beaches of WWII. Zeebrugge Belgium offered trips to Ghent and Bruges which are both canal filled medieval cities and really worth seeing. Rotterdam Netherlands was the gateway to Amsterdam as well as chance to see the fabled tulip festival in Keukenhof gardens, another place that should be seen, in April, at least once in a lifetime. We continued into the Baltic after Copenhagen Denmark on this ship and heartily recommend Wernemunde/Rostock Germany, Tallin Estonia, Saint Petersburg Russia, Helsinki Finland, Oslo Norway, Stockholm Sweden en-route back to Copenhagen.
In short, the ship is just great for a large ship. The transatlantic piece is great for those who like sea-days. Northern Europe and the Baltic should be seen one way or another on one or more cruises. Of course the staff-crew were 98% excellent as expected.
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