Regal Princess Cruise Review by KittBill
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
We had been to Fort Lauderdale on Dania Beach last year in January and had enjoyed a dinner at The Rustic Inn. Lobster tails, Queen crab clusters, and Hurricanes to drink. Yum! Plus there is a free shuttle from the restaurant that will pick you up and return you after dinner.
Both our embarkation and disembarkation were quick and smooth. This was our first trip using the Ocean Medallion. It was useful to find the location of cabin mates, opening the cabin door, but still has a few challenges to work out. We had up graded to a balcony from an inside cabin. Our room was clean and had a good layout. The bathroom was functional with enough storage for us.
We did the Anytime Dining and met many new people and learned of their travels. The food was very good with a nice variety to choose from. We ate in the buffet for breakfast. It is very large and divided into sections. The area is kept very clean, and the foods are at the proper temperature. Finding a table can be a challenge, but with a bit of patience we always found a spot.
The singers and dancers were top notch and the comedian had a packed house. He did another show the final night and the 2nd showing only had about 10 seats left.
We enjoyed several massages at the spa. The Enclave was wonderful and great to use when the weather outside was rainy. We knew a couple of the staff from our Panama Canal trip last year aboard the Coral Princess. It was wonderful to see them again. Thanks for the beautiful nails Monique and you are doing a great job as the Asst. Spa Manager, Kudzie.
Princess Cays was cancelled due to high waves and bad weather. (It would have been a scary tender ride and probably not safe.) It was our first time on Jamaica and we did the Explore Jamaica tour and visited a beautiful garden. On Grand Cayman, we toured the Crystal Caves. So beautiful! They provided bug spray and our tour guide was very informative. We visited 3 caves. We saw many beautiful formations, a pool with special lighting, and bats. This is a fairly new operation and they have plans to add more caves and even zip lines in the future. Our last port was Cozumel and we took a tour to Chichen Itza. This was one for the bucket list. We have been to several Mayan Ruins and this one was always out of reach due to cost or distance. Thanks to a fairly new road, we took the 35 minute ferry ride to the mainland and then ~2.5 hour bus ride to the ruins. We had 30 minutes of guided tour plus 30 minutes on our own. You can't climb on any of the ruins, due to inappropriate usage from previous tourists, but it was still so impressive to see such a tall structure.
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CozumelWe left our ship and walked over to the ferry that would take us to the main land. Our ferry ride to Playa del Carmen was about 35 minutes. We then walked to our shuttle bus for the approximately 2.5 hour ride to Chichen Itza. A new toll road that went directly to the ruins opened about 9 months ago. It was well maintained. Our guide gave us lots of information during the drive and then we were given our snack which turned out to be a small lunch (included a small sandwich, cookie, chips, and small bottle of water). When we arrived at the ruins, we were given personal headsets to hear the guide and we had time for a bathroom stop before entering the ruins. Due to inappropriate usage by past tourist, we can no longer climb the ruins, but they were still very impressive. Our guide talked for about 30 minutes while he showed us part of the ruins and then we were given 30 minutes to explore on our own. We had enough time to explore all of the ruins, although we didn't shop any. Please note that tripods are not allowed! During our return trip we drank liquid that we had purchased from our bus driver and ate a snack that we had brought with us. The guide talked some more and then we took a Siesta. We went directly to the ferry when we got back and returned back to the ship after darkView All 11,600 Cozumel Cruise Port Reviews
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Island TourWe did the Explore Jamaica tour. Our guide was very thankful for his job through the cruise line. The island was very beautiful and we visited the very beautiful Konoko Falls Park.View All 37 Island Tour Reviews
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)We ate at The Rustic Inn on Dania Beach. They offer a free shuttle to/from their restaurant. They have a huge menu with a wide variety of seafood offerings. We had the double lobster tails and also the Queen crab which came with 3 clusters per order. Their Hurricane drinks are great. This is a casual restaurant serving many people who are using hammers to open their seafood. So it is a bit on the noisy side, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Our waitress even asked if we wanted our lobster delivered at a separate time from our crab so that it would still be hot. It is a moderately expensive place, but the seafood was cooked perfectly.View All 1,864 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand CaymanWe took an hour shuttle ride with 14 people and saw part of Grand Cayman as we headed for the Caves. This is a fairly new tour, but they have big plans for expansion in the future. We were advised to wear bug spray due to the mosquitoes. They had bug spray available to use for free before we entered the cave. The guide talked about the flora and fauna. We visited 3 caves that were filled with stalactites, stalagmites, cave bacon, flow stone and one had a pool with special lighting. Walkways were well maintained and safe.View All 11,600 Grand Cayman Cruise Port Reviews
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