Three of us decided to get away from the cold Midwest for a quick trip to the Caribbean. We sailed on the Regal Princess and were not disappointed. We had a great time.
Princess has rolled out using an electronic medallion instead of a cruise card. They wanted you to complete all of the information ahead of time, upload your photo and passport, and have them send your medallion (about the size of three quarters glued together) to you. I filled out some of the information, but did not finish it. So, we got ours at the pier.
We flew down from Columbus, Ohio, the Saturday before our Sunday cruise. The SWA flight- nonstop to FLL- was full, but easy. Arriving at FLL we caught the free Springfield Suites shuttle to the hotel, and arrived in time to get food from Door Dash and watch the second half of the OSU v Michigan game. Perfect.
The next day, we took the shuttle to the pier. Regal was the last stop of 5or 6ships, but that was ok. We had priority boarding because we had decided to accept an upsell offer for a suite. We checked in right away, walked on, dropped our hand luggage in our Riviera Deck suite, and headed up the Horizon Court. Easy does it. We were there before noon.
Originally, we had booked a minisuite, as there were three of us sharing the cabin. We decided to take the upsell to R605. Two twin beds and a pull out sofa. Bathroom with a tub and large shower. Large balcony, and three closet type areas. Luggage storage was a bit tight, but everything else was great. The cabin was only a few steps from the concierge loung which offered free espresso drinks all cruise long, in addition to iced tea, water, OJ, pastries, sandwiches and snacks. The lounge was also staffed much of the day and the attendants helped us with internet (we aren’t very adept at setting up technology), arranging the balcony Breakfast, and specialty restaurant reservations. They were outstanding and helpful.
Internet speed was very good throughout the cruise. We had free internet and were able to make use of it. We did not try to do all of the things you could do with the medallion- maybe next time.
The suite amenities were very nice- free first night specialty restaurant, cocktail party with officers, the usual elite and suite cocktail hours, breakfast at Sabatinis, laundry, champagne, evening canapés, chocolate strawberries, etc, and -a new one for me- club class dining. Club class dining offered a bit better service than we have had on the last few Princess Cruises, a special entre at dinner, and sometimes, appetizer. Was it worth it? Our vote is yes.
The Regal Princess looked great, the venues were nice, the ship was clean. They decorated for the holidays during the cruise.
The cruise director, Chris, was pretty good. His staff was outstanding, particularly an assistant named Kyle, who did many of the games. Kyle is hilarious.
We went to one show (Soul), and saw the comedian twice. The entertainment was good. There were good movies offered also. They all kept things hopping with fun, silly activities-just perfect for this time of year.
We played a bit in the casino. I understand this was a casino cruise and there were many casino comped guests. The casino was jammed much of the time. Too crowded, really.
Food, while subjective, was pretty good for the most part. Crown Grill was terrific.
Bar service was good, although we didn’t get many drinks from the bar.
Public areas were nice and there always seemed to be somewhere to sit.
Overall, it was a really fun week. We had a great time.
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