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It's a beautiful ship but cannot adequately handle the enormous crowd of passengers. Elevators are almost always crowded and for those of us who are handicapped it is virtually impossible to get onto an elevator. Most of the time we wait patiently for the next car.....only to experience other passengers running up and jumping on ahead of us. My husband cannot walk well so uses a scooter to traverse this enormous vessel. The elevators can only accommodate one scooter or wheelchair and perhaps 3 other standing passengers. There are only 4 elevators so it is a very very long wait for one that will hopefully arrive when other passengers are not also just walking up to catch the next one. I am appalled at how rude they can be! They know that we are waiting to ride.....after all, nobody stands in a hallway just for the fun of it! Yet, they pretend that they don't see us and nearly shove us aside to beat us onto the car. The ship also is inadequate to feed the crowds on "at sea" days. I do not understand why the restaurants are not open for lunch on these days because everybody knows that 100% of the passengers are onboard for the entire day and most of them will want to have lunch. Yet there is only one restaurant open for lunch. .....for 90 minutes....and it is not well advertised, probably in the hopes that nobody will come! There is a pizzeria and a buffet line as well as a very few limited options for sandwiches. we were extremely disappointed to find that these limited choices were our only option. We are not fans of buffets....especially now that hubby is handicapped and cannot easily navigate the line in such big crowds. Fortunately a very kind fellow passenger saw his distress in struggling to manage a bowl of steaming hot soup and try to walk among the crowds with his cane in one hand and hot soup in the other.....while the ship rocks steadily in the stormy weather! We both appreciated her kindness in helping him to the table and carrying the soup for him. We are disappointed that the food is only average at best. Even the lobster.....how could anyone mess up such a delicacy! But it was served with only a very small dribble of drawn butter and was overcooked and dry. The specialty restaurant that we visited was "OK" but in past cruises we have been very impressed with the high quality of these venues so were again disappointed that this one was good.....just not outstanding.....and the service in that facility was very slow! We sat 15 - 20 minutes at our table before anyone even brought us water.....and that was only when I asked the hostess if anyone would be taking care of our table this evening! They do not offer lunch on this ship! Not even on "at sea" days when 100% of the passengers are onboard all day! I find that incredible! Cruise fares are not cheap; one should be able to expect "three squares" every day! This was very disappointing! On a positive note, the crew is very friendly and willing to help in any way they can. We are impressed that they go out of their way to politely greet us whenever our paths may cross. and the musicians are top=notch! Very talented and entertaining musicians; we are greatly enjoying their performances. The Regal Princess Orchestra....and AJ Clarke, as well as the Xcite band are especially outstanding!

Beautiful Ship but Waaayyy Too Crowded!

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Granny Girl Scout

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite with Balcony
It's a beautiful ship but cannot adequately handle the enormous crowd of passengers. Elevators are almost always crowded and for those of us who are handicapped it is virtually impossible to get onto an elevator. Most of the time we wait patiently for the next car.....only to experience other passengers running up and jumping on ahead of us. My husband cannot walk well so uses a scooter to traverse this enormous vessel. The elevators can only accommodate one scooter or wheelchair and perhaps 3 other standing passengers. There are only 4 elevators so it is a very very long wait for one that will hopefully arrive when other passengers are not also just walking up to catch the next one. I am appalled at how rude they can be! They know that we are waiting to ride.....after all, nobody stands in a hallway just for the fun of it! Yet, they pretend that they don't see us and nearly shove us aside to beat us onto the car.

The ship also is inadequate to feed the crowds on "at sea" days. I do not understand why the restaurants are not open for lunch on these days because everybody knows that 100% of the passengers are onboard for the entire day and most of them will want to have lunch. Yet there is only one restaurant open for lunch. .....for 90 minutes....and it is not well advertised, probably in the hopes that nobody will come! There is a pizzeria and a buffet line as well as a very few limited options for sandwiches. we were extremely disappointed to find that these limited choices were our only option. We are not fans of buffets....especially now that hubby is handicapped and cannot easily navigate the line in such big crowds. Fortunately a very kind fellow passenger saw his distress in struggling to manage a bowl of steaming hot soup and try to walk among the crowds with his cane in one hand and hot soup in the other.....while the ship rocks steadily in the stormy weather! We both appreciated her kindness in helping him to the table and carrying the soup for him.

We are disappointed that the food is only average at best. Even the lobster.....how could anyone mess up such a delicacy! But it was served with only a very small dribble of drawn butter and was overcooked and dry. The specialty restaurant that we visited was "OK" but in past cruises we have been very impressed with the high quality of these venues so were again disappointed that this one was good.....just not outstanding.....and the service in that facility was very slow! We sat 15 - 20 minutes at our table before anyone even brought us water.....and that was only when I asked the hostess if anyone would be taking care of our table this evening!

They do not offer lunch on this ship! Not even on "at sea" days when 100% of the passengers are onboard all day! I find that incredible! Cruise fares are not cheap; one should be able to expect "three squares" every day! This was very disappointing!

On a positive note, the crew is very friendly and willing to help in any way they can. We are impressed that they go out of their way to politely greet us whenever our paths may cross. and the musicians are top=notch! Very talented and entertaining musicians; we are greatly enjoying their performances. The Regal Princess Orchestra....and AJ Clarke, as well as the Xcite band are especially outstanding!
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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Cabin S3 C101
The cabin was large and comfortable. We loved the window that faces the front of the ship and spent quite a bit of time relaxing in the barrel chairs in front of the window. Balcony doors were extremely hard to open so we gave up! The sofa was hard and not comfortable, also too small to stretch out on. But the bed was very comfortable and we slept like babies! Closet space was adequate and the bathroom was nice and large.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Hop On Hop Off
    This tour was excellent! Jane was our tour guide for the first portion and she sang to us! Very good singer; we enjoyed it. On the way back, John was our guide and he told jokes that were quite funny! The bus was comfortable and there were lots of stops available.
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