Regal Princess Cruise Review by Tditchfield
- Sail Date: March 2019
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
Our cabin was spacious and had lots of storage space for our clothes and things. We did not feel as though we were living out of our suitcases. All the staff was courteous and helpful, but our cabin steward was a step beyond. Our room had been tidied several times a day and always had clean towels. He put up balloons and a banner for my birthday, which happened to coincide with our trip. Even the artwork in the hallways was exceptional.
We did not eat in the formal dining room, as our dinner hour was later than we expected and all the entertainment was going on by then. This was not the fault of the cruise line, but ours. There was just too much to do on the ship, so we ate at the buffet on our own schedule. But the food on the buffet was amazing as well. Not only a huge variety of international cuisine, but beautiful sculptures made by carving the watermelons and appealing displays of fruits, vegetables, and even spices and teas. The kitchen definitely accommodated all diets. We ordered room service for a couple of snacks and found the menu substantial, and the food was delivered quickly and courteously.
The on-stage entertainment of Broadway quality shows, bands, orchestras, and comedians was first rate - as good as any I've seen. There were also programmed activities like the usual trivia and bar entertainment, but many unhosted activities around the ship as well. The sports deck was always busy with games and sports, and the fitness center and spa always had something going on, sometimes around the ship. The pool deck doubled as a movie theater under the stars with a giant screen in front, as well as a platform for the dancing fountain shows (like the ones at the Bellagio in Vegas).
The shore excursions desk helped us choose excursions where we were most likely to see the things we wanted, but they offered a self-help option for tnose who knew what they wanted and chose to skip the line altogether. They took care of us on the excursions - such as a ship photographer with us to capture pictures of our fun - and got everyone where they needed to go.
We noticed a kids' fun section, but as our kids are grown we did not need it. We found the spa and fitness centers well stocked with equipment and amenities, but did not use the personal trainers.
One thing we noticed throughout the ship was that everyone seemed genuinely happy to work there. From the cabin stewards who freshened our room several times a day to the food servers singing to themselves, the staff seemed genuinely happy, which made our experience even better. In the hospitality industry everyone is usually pleasant and helpful, but the Regal Princess crew and staff are exceptional. The ship was a floating 5 star hotel and restaurant. We will definitely be sailing with them again and have highly recommended them to our friends who cruise.
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