We had a great time on our New England/Canada cruise on Regal Princess. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. It pays to download the Ocean Medallion app and complete the process on there. Embarkation was less than 10 minutes from curb to ship, while others were taking much longer because they weren't "Ocean Ready". We used Lyft to travel from our hotel near Wall Street and that was a very easy process.
Our first stop was Newport, RI and we tendered to that port. Allow plenty of time to tender if you have an excursion. We didn't have anything planned so we used Lyft to get to the Newport Vineyards/Taproot Brewery. It was fantastic! Excellent flight of beer and delicious food.
Next stop was Boston. We took Lyft to the Bunker Hill Memorial and walked the Freedom Trail in reverse. Finished at Harpoon Brewery near the pier for another flight of beer.
Next was Bar Harbor which was also a tender port. This is a beautiful little city that is very walkable. We chose the Acadia National Park Tour (white & green bus) and had a fabulous tour. We followed that with a lunch at Testa's for a lobster roll & lobster mac n cheese. Lots of good places to shop.
Our 4th stop was Saint John, NB which was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Our last stop was Halifax which was my favorite. We arranged a tour with Halifax Titanic Historical Tours which was simply amazing. Please look this up if you are going to be in Halifax. Paul will not disappoint!
Overall, we loved the ship. The clientele on this ship was a bit older so patience is the key. Simply because many have mobility issues and take a little extra time. The dining staff was top notch and the food was delicious. We ate all our dinners in the man dining room and had the 7:45pm seating. We didn't dabble much in the entertainment so I can't really speak to that.
Lots of great places to hang out and play cards or have a drink with friends. With the new app you can order a drink anywhere on the ship and have it brought to you! The casino was good and even had a few "non-smoking" nights if smoke bothers you.
A great ship and a great itinerary!
The cabin was perfect for 2 people, but I probably wouldn't try to fit more than that in there. It was smaller than other balcony cabins we have had on other cruise lines, but had plenty of storage and a nice big flat screen TV with lots of on demand options and a few live TV channels. My #1 complaint on this cruise was the size of the bathroom. It was so tiny. It was by far the smallest bathroom on any of our 11 cruises. The balcony was a good size and had 2 chairs and a small table.
Fastest embarkation ever!
Beautiful little town. Allow extra time to tender. Visit the Newport Vineyards/Taproot Brewery for some tasty food and beverages.
Nice cruise port that is a short drive from downtown with so much history. Grab an Uber or Lyft and do some exploring. They also have mass transit and the Silver Line comes out to the pier area.
Great tour with time to stop and see some sights. Still leaves plenty of time to explore the city.