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It's been 20+ years since I last stepped foot on a cruise ship, but this trip seemed to be something that my entire family was going to enjoy, so we booked it relatively last-minute. Loved being out on the water, beautiful views, stunning sunrises and sunsets, gentle rocking of the ship led to blissful sleep each night. Quiet rooms, comfy beds, very relaxed atmosphere, and we got to experience a variety of ports in a short period. The medallion experience was mixed. Great concept - kind of a pain to fill out ahead of time, but worth it for ease of boarding and disembarkation. Got all the materials shipped to home, so we had them prior to arrival.Very annoying that they force a grouping by stateroom , though. My kids are teenagers, so were in a separate room, which made the apps a pain to use, and billing disjointed. Many locations on the ship tried to use the medallion, had it fail, and resorted to manual entry or paper tickets. Transfers from and to the airport were well organized and efficient. The ship overall was great - nice staterooms, well-appointed (if somewhat over the top) decor, roomy staterooms, everything was clean, comfy beds. Staff - a very mixed bag - most crew were friendly, helpful, seemingly eager to provide a great experience. A handful - particularly in the dining rooms, were surly, rude, and clearly just wanted you out of their area as quickly as possible. About half of the casino dealers were devoid of any personality at all. We booked shore excursions at each stop, which I would never do again. They are all run by third parties, and are basically nets to trap tourists into situations where they can be bled dry. Cheaper and more fun to just go it alone, and explore the ports with your group. Lesson learned. Speaking of being bled dry - the nickel and dime charges on this trip may make it another 20 years before i cruise again. $16 a day for lousy internet, $60 a day for soft drinks, another $100 a day for adult beverages, $60 a day for mandatory gratuities, plus 18% on any add-ons. Pay an extra $30-50 per person, per meal if you want to eat at one of the "quality" restaurants. When we booked this trip, it looked like a deal compared to all-inclusive resorts, but the total bill came out to almost double what our initial booking cost. Why not just include everything and let people see what the vacation really costs? Just annoying. Next year, Sandals or iberostar for sure! Overall, a great trip, but not a great value - if budget is a concern, I'd stay away from Princess.

Great vacation, punctuated by bad staff interactions and extra charges.

Regal Princess Cruise Review by gmax67

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony (obstructed view)
It's been 20+ years since I last stepped foot on a cruise ship, but this trip seemed to be something that my entire family was going to enjoy, so we booked it relatively last-minute.

Loved being out on the water, beautiful views, stunning sunrises and sunsets, gentle rocking of the ship led to blissful sleep each night. Quiet rooms, comfy beds, very relaxed atmosphere, and we got to experience a variety of ports in a short period.

The medallion experience was mixed. Great concept - kind of a pain to fill out ahead of time, but worth it for ease of boarding and disembarkation. Got all the materials shipped to home, so we had them prior to arrival.Very annoying that they force a grouping by stateroom , though. My kids are teenagers, so were in a separate room, which made the apps a pain to use, and billing disjointed. Many locations on the ship tried to use the medallion, had it fail, and resorted to manual entry or paper tickets.

Transfers from and to the airport were well organized and efficient.

The ship overall was great - nice staterooms, well-appointed (if somewhat over the top) decor, roomy staterooms, everything was clean, comfy beds.

Staff - a very mixed bag - most crew were friendly, helpful, seemingly eager to provide a great experience. A handful - particularly in the dining rooms, were surly, rude, and clearly just wanted you out of their area as quickly as possible. About half of the casino dealers were devoid of any personality at all.

We booked shore excursions at each stop, which I would never do again. They are all run by third parties, and are basically nets to trap tourists into situations where they can be bled dry. Cheaper and more fun to just go it alone, and explore the ports with your group. Lesson learned.

Speaking of being bled dry - the nickel and dime charges on this trip may make it another 20 years before i cruise again. $16 a day for lousy internet, $60 a day for soft drinks, another $100 a day for adult beverages, $60 a day for mandatory gratuities, plus 18% on any add-ons. Pay an extra $30-50 per person, per meal if you want to eat at one of the "quality" restaurants. When we booked this trip, it looked like a deal compared to all-inclusive resorts, but the total bill came out to almost double what our initial booking cost.

Why not just include everything and let people see what the vacation really costs?

Just annoying.

Next year, Sandals or iberostar for sure!

Overall, a great trip, but not a great value - if budget is a concern, I'd stay away from Princess.
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Balcony (obstructed view)
Cabin BW
Overall, nice cabin - a little far from elevators/stairs, and spotty wi-fi in that area.
Great night views of the sky, as it's in a "dark" area of the ship.
side view of the water is obstructed, but you still have a great view looking out over the ocean, You lose about 30 degrees out of 180 of the view.
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