We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We were blown away by Princess from beginning to end. The pre-boarding check in and medallion program were amazing. It made embarkation and debarkation easy and fast. The medallion made purchases on the ship much easier, as well as serving as our bluetooth key to our stateroom.
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.
Although our cabin wad an interior regular (about 175 sq. ft.) We found it to be spacious enough to get around without bumping into each other (2 of us) and it did not feel tiny. There was drawer and closet space for all our clothes and things, so it was never cluttered. It had a mini fridge, television with in-room movies and tv, a good sized bathroom and a safe for valuables. The king sized bed was very comfortable and the pillows were down. It was well lit and quiet. We never heard our neighbors coming or going and no door slamming at night.
We saw the SpaceX rocket launch on March 2, 2019. My sister lives in Titusville, so we stopped to visit on our way to Ft. Lauderdale to embark. This was a historic launch, a final test before sending humans up on a privately funded rocket. It was one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have ever seen. I recommend everyone try to catch a rocket launch if they can.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We went to the island and set up camp under a shade tree and snorkeled around the rocks on our own. There were many fish around the rocks, but the thing that seems to have gotten the most attention was the sting ray encounter.
We walked around the tourist area, but did not go inland. I wish we had had one day between St. Thomas and St. Maarten to rest and recover. There is an airport on St. Maarten where the glide path takes the jets over the beach at an altitude of about 20 feet to land on the runway. I have seen videos of it, and regret not going while we were there but we were exhausted from St. Thomas the previous day.
In the morning we went to Magans Bay to snorkel. Not many fish, but a beautiful beach in a quiet cove with calm water. This would be a good family outing.View All 269 Beach Reviews
This was not actually "booked" as a tour, but the excursions desk offers tips on catching a cab to Magans Bay. This beach was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic. It was rather crowded the morning we went, but beautiful nonetheless.
In the afternoon we took the tour to the sunken ship and Turtle Bay. The water was so clear that we could very clearly see the ship, even in about 55 feet of water. Then we went to Turtle Bay, where we saw several sea turtles and sting rays. There was a guide on this tour explaining the history and ecology of the area, but I swam away from the group to get a better look at the wildlife up close. (The noise and splashing of the crowd tends to frighten the animals away.) This tour was the highlight of our trip, and I highly recommend it.View All 92 Turtle Swim Reviews