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This is our fifth cruise with this general itinerary, although the first time doing it on princess. Living two hours outside New York, we enjoy the ability to book at last minute without having to plan airfare. First time using the Brooklyn cruise pier. Embarkation was a mess. They said it was because of a coast guard inspection but the result was compressing 3600 passengers into a three hour window. We have no particular complaints about the food. We had open seating and never experienced a delay getting seated as many have complained. We waited most nights until 7:30 when two dining rooms became available. We only used the buffet for snacks, but it appeared to be one of the best we have experienced. It was open continuously from 5 am to 11 pm. We used the sushi bar twice sharing the 20 dollar tower which was well worth it. And the international coffee bar was a delight for early coffee and an afternoon pick me up. We never used a specialty restaurant. Since we were in port 5 of 6 days, we ate our lobster, steamers and oysters in the various ports. Entertainment was enjoyable, not great. The production shows with the live orchestra were amazing. We had a Las Vegas guest singer two of the nights and a comic one of the nights. The lounge and dance entertainment were above average. The four piece dance band did a great job on 60’s night and could play every type of music. We didn’t experience any of the late night activity, hitting the stateroom after the 10 o’clock show most nights. The facilities were adequate for such a big ship. We were only shut out of the hot tubs once. The fitness room was very ordinary, but sparsely utilized on the four times I was up there. There were plenty of fun trivias, one in the morning and another in late afternoon for those so inclined. So with only one sea day, we kept very busy. Having taken excursions in all the ports on our prior cruises, we passed on the ship excursions. We took a long slow walk along the cliff walk in Newport on a gorgeous day, working our way back to the cruise pier after taking the bus to the end, about 3 miles. Then stopped at our favorite lobster and oyster house, Benjamin’s. We walked in both Boston and bar harbor prior to getting our daily fix of seafood. We took the city bus just outside the terminal for 25 dollars apiece on a 2 hour trip around St John and took a ferry over to Dartmouth to eat at a favorite spot for lunch in Halifax. Our inside stateroom was adequate for a one week port heavy cruise. It was aft which was an advantage for the fitness room and the dining venues. Only thing forward of note was the theatre. The lounges were mainly between aft and amidships. We walked off with our luggage without a problem. For anyone boarding a cruise in Brooklyn from Manhattan, we used the water taxi from Wall St pier 11 adjacent to south st seaport to the red hook stop on the South Brooklyn line. 2.75 one way. Then about 200 steps to the baggage pickup at the terminal. So the cruise gave us just what we wanted, a nice relaxing week away from home being pampered with very little annoyance.

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Regal Princess Cruise Review by intrepidone

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This is our fifth cruise with this general itinerary, although the first time doing it on princess. Living two hours outside New York, we enjoy the ability to book at last minute without having to plan airfare. First time using the Brooklyn cruise pier. Embarkation was a mess. They said it was because of a coast guard inspection but the result was compressing 3600 passengers into a three hour window.

We have no particular complaints about the food. We had open seating and never experienced a delay getting seated as many have complained. We waited most nights until 7:30 when two dining rooms became available. We only used the buffet for snacks, but it appeared to be one of the best we have experienced. It was open continuously from 5 am to 11 pm. We used the sushi bar twice sharing the 20 dollar tower which was well worth it. And the international coffee bar was a delight for early coffee and an afternoon pick me up. We never used a specialty restaurant. Since we were in port 5 of 6 days, we ate our lobster, steamers and oysters in the various ports.

Entertainment was enjoyable, not great. The production shows with the live orchestra were amazing. We had a Las Vegas guest singer two of the nights and a comic one of the nights. The lounge and dance entertainment were above average. The four piece dance band did a great job on 60’s night and could play every type of music. We didn’t experience any of the late night activity, hitting the stateroom after the 10 o’clock show most nights.

The facilities were adequate for such a big ship. We were only shut out of the hot tubs once. The fitness room was very ordinary, but sparsely utilized on the four times I was up there. There were plenty of fun trivias, one in the morning and another in late afternoon for those so inclined. So with only one sea day, we kept very busy.

Having taken excursions in all the ports on our prior cruises, we passed on the ship excursions. We took a long slow walk along the cliff walk in Newport on a gorgeous day, working our way back to the cruise pier after taking the bus to the end, about 3 miles. Then stopped at our favorite lobster and oyster house, Benjamin’s. We walked in both Boston and bar harbor prior to getting our daily fix of seafood. We took the city bus just outside the terminal for 25 dollars apiece on a 2 hour trip around St John and took a ferry over to Dartmouth to eat at a favorite spot for lunch in Halifax.

Our inside stateroom was adequate for a one week port heavy cruise. It was aft which was an advantage for the fitness room and the dining venues. Only thing forward of note was the theatre. The lounges were mainly between aft and amidships.

We walked off with our luggage without a problem. For anyone boarding a cruise in Brooklyn from Manhattan, we used the water taxi from Wall St pier 11 adjacent to south st seaport to the red hook stop on the South Brooklyn line. 2.75 one way. Then about 200 steps to the baggage pickup at the terminal. So the cruise gave us just what we wanted, a nice relaxing week away from home being pampered with very little annoyance.
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Cabin R724
Adequate. Plenty of storage. Good size shower. Bright. And no doors on closet which was smart. Two outlets on either side of desk.
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