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Having just been on a 15 day Royal Transatlantic, we expected the same level of cruising on her sister ship, the Royal. While the "facility" was almost identical, a number of things were lacking. The quality and variety of foods in the Main Dining Rooms seemed below what was presented on the Royal. Even the Horizon Buffet was not quite up to par. When the buffet fails to please and you end up having Alfredo's Pizza for dinner, something is off. (Pizza was good, just not the reason that we cruise.) A lack of good alternatives to the daily menu was disheartening. The cabin seemed identical and was clean. The bed was comfortable. In general, the staff provided good service; some were excellent, a few were lacking. Most did what was expected of them - nothing more. No staff member made me anxious to tip as I usually do. No one inspired me to leave glowing comments. Entertainment - very limited on board educational programs. The Tin Pan (steel drum) player, Trevor Cole, was excellent. The Romantica Strings were extremely good also. As to the stage shows, "Sweet Soul Music" was one of the very best shows that we have seen on board any cruise. The singers and dancers really worked and succeeded in a great production. Unfortunately, "Fiera" was just the opposite. It needs to be re-worked and the echo effects on the mics of the cast need to be cleaned up, along with the removal of the strobe lighting and bright, colored lights in the eyes of the audience. (Who among you enjoy being blinded?) "Bravo" and "Born to Dance" were well done without the distractions. The Medallion program was very limited at first. About 110 Medallion cabins were ready at embarkation time. But little by little, you would notice as you walked the same hallways, cabin mailboxes were removed and tablets were mounted on the walls. They are just part of the eventual plan. On this cruise, we used our Medallions to unlock the cabin doors. This worked most of the time. Medallions were also used at ports to get on and off the ship. However, during this trial period, the bar codes on your cruise card was also scanned and the staff compared your stored image with your face. The Medallions could be used to buy specialty coffees and all of the items in the stores on board but mostly with cruise cards being checked to "guarantee" the information and purchases. Since we had a Medallion cabin, we checked in with the Elite members and also waited in the Elite Lounge and boarded early. Very nice perk - thank you Princess. Princess Cay was nice but we had rented a clamshell to stay out of the sun. Really not necessary because of all the shady spots and lounge chairs. St. Thomas - our excursion showed us parts of the island that we had not seen before. Still has some hurricane damage. We were one of five ships in port. St. Maartin - our non-ship excursion to other parts of the island showed how much damage occurred and how much is still to be repaired. Orient Beach used to have a widespread area of development. Now, only Bikini Beach Bar is open and working. We didn't get as far as the nude beach (believe they are still open) but other than a few swimmers and sun bathers, the beach is almost deserted. The previous week (Thanksgiving) the ship had something like 140 kids and the cruise was loaded as per passengers who were on board then. We were also told the number of cruisers on our week, after Thanksgiving was about 2900 with about 20 kids in all. Ship is supposed to carry about 3650 passengers. Please don't take the comments as being a negative slam, we still love Princess. We have another Transatlantic scheduled for 2019. But constructive criticism is truly meant to help improve the cruise experience.

Seven nights - mostly nice

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Davey Jones Dentist

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Having just been on a 15 day Royal Transatlantic, we expected the same level of cruising on her sister ship, the Royal. While the "facility" was almost identical, a number of things were lacking.

The quality and variety of foods in the Main Dining Rooms seemed below what was presented on the Royal. Even the Horizon Buffet was not quite up to par. When the buffet fails to please and you end up having Alfredo's Pizza for dinner, something is off. (Pizza was good, just not the reason that we cruise.) A lack of good alternatives to the daily menu was disheartening.

The cabin seemed identical and was clean. The bed was comfortable.

In general, the staff provided good service; some were excellent, a few were lacking. Most did what was expected of them - nothing more. No staff member made me anxious to tip as I usually do. No one inspired me to leave glowing comments.

Entertainment - very limited on board educational programs. The Tin Pan (steel drum) player, Trevor Cole, was excellent. The Romantica Strings were extremely good also. As to the stage shows, "Sweet Soul Music" was one of the very best shows that we have seen on board any cruise. The singers and dancers really worked and succeeded in a great production. Unfortunately, "Fiera" was just the opposite. It needs to be re-worked and the echo effects on the mics of the cast need to be cleaned up, along with the removal of the strobe lighting and bright, colored lights in the eyes of the audience. (Who among you enjoy being blinded?) "Bravo" and "Born to Dance" were well done without the distractions.

The Medallion program was very limited at first. About 110 Medallion cabins were ready at embarkation time. But little by little, you would notice as you walked the same hallways, cabin mailboxes were removed and tablets were mounted on the walls. They are just part of the eventual plan. On this cruise, we used our Medallions to unlock the cabin doors. This worked most of the time. Medallions were also used at ports to get on and off the ship. However, during this trial period, the bar codes on your cruise card was also scanned and the staff compared your stored image with your face. The Medallions could be used to buy specialty coffees and all of the items in the stores on board but mostly with cruise cards being checked to "guarantee" the information and purchases.

Since we had a Medallion cabin, we checked in with the Elite members and also waited in the Elite Lounge and boarded early. Very nice perk - thank you Princess.

Princess Cay was nice but we had rented a clamshell to stay out of the sun. Really not necessary because of all the shady spots and lounge chairs.

St. Thomas - our excursion showed us parts of the island that we had not seen before. Still has some hurricane damage. We were one of five ships in port.

St. Maartin - our non-ship excursion to other parts of the island showed how much damage occurred and how much is still to be repaired. Orient Beach used to have a widespread area of development. Now, only Bikini Beach Bar is open and working. We didn't get as far as the nude beach (believe they are still open) but other than a few swimmers and sun bathers, the beach is almost deserted.

The previous week (Thanksgiving) the ship had something like 140 kids and the cruise was loaded as per passengers who were on board then. We were also told the number of cruisers on our week, after Thanksgiving was about 2900 with about 20 kids in all. Ship is supposed to carry about 3650 passengers.

Please don't take the comments as being a negative slam, we still love Princess. We have another Transatlantic scheduled for 2019. But constructive criticism is truly meant to help improve the cruise experience.
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Balcony
Cabin BC M243
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