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Regal Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1612 reviews
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Great trip. Loved it, but a few improvements could be made.

Review for Regal Princess to the Eastern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony
I don't know how to turn it!  Sorry it is sideways!
St. Thomas was gorgeous

Ocean now is cool for ordering beverages, but non-alcoholic drinks were limited on this. I could not use it for a non-alcoholic beer. There was no place to make any notes about order. But it is cool that your first drink delivered on Ocean Now (under $12) is FREE! So don't neglect checking it out. Frustration: two sisters in same stateroom. All the venues just asked stateroom number and many times put items on wrong account even when we specified clearly which account. Other random items appeared on account and I had to remove. I heard one lady saying every day 2-3 drinks appeared on their account which were not theirs, and they had the drinks package! So some glitches still on medallion. I find it helpful to use the medallion app to check daily on my account. Don't wait until the end of the cruise when you cannot remember.

We went to book the Sanctuary for a sea day. I waited until boarding because I wanted to use onboard credit. MISTAKE. All sea days were full in Sanctuary. We did it one morning on a port day instead. Lovely, comfortable, quiet place to relax for only $20 for half day. That's only $5 per hour! Next time I will book before we arrive. They also have a special lunch menu, some of the best food I had onboard was here!

Our excursions were both pretty lame.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Nice. Extended balcony was still pretty small, but adequate for 2. I wish it had been big enough for lounge chairs. Room air conditioner didn't really get room that cool, but often we had the balcony door open anyway. The beds were comfortable, but the duvets were pretty warm. I would have liked to just move the blanket off and sleep under a sheet, but this was not possible with this kind of covering.

We had a safe, but the instructions had long since been worn off so we did not know how to use it. But we just hid our money and had no problems at all. I don't think any money would have been taken even if we had left it out in plain sight.

Princess provides shower gel and shampoo/conditioner in pump containers in the shower. I found the shampoo/conditioner to be the worst I've ever used, and I'm not picky about shampoo generally! So I suggest if you have long hair or hair that tangles, bring your own shampoo and conditioner. For really short hair it is probably fine.

As is typical on cruise ships, there were not enough outlets. We both brought things to plug in but they didn't fit right, the way the outlets were facing. I cannot remember details. But we were able to plug a few things into an extension cord.

If you have a CPAP machine, you will need to bring a long extension cord. The outlets are not anywhere near the bed(s).

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We had time before our home flight so we went to Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park. It was pretty nice but water was too rough that day to swim and it was a bit cool. Very nice beach. Lounge chairs $18. Umbrellas $25. No concessions but there is a market across the street with expensive sandwiches.

St. Thomas

Took a taxi to Coki beach for snorkeling. Lounge chairs only $5. Beautiful beach. Servers bringing food and drinks, but food was at least $15 and not good, very limited selection. A non-alcoholic drink would have been $10! I skipped it. Snorkeling was nice. Lots of fish right where we were swimming because people were feeding fish with dog biscuits. Very nice beach to lounge on. If you have your own food and drinks, it's fantastic! towels for rent $3 (good because I forgot mine). I would go back to Coki beach, but I would make sure I brought some food with me because I didn't like their greasy, spicy food. No admission charge. Taxis come often. Cost for taxi from port to Coki beach is $9 for one person or $12 for two. Not bad.

We also did some shopping around port area. So many jewelry stores. Free charms or jewelry at some. Many stores have the same or similar items (like clothing) at different prices. Some negotiate and some do not. Shop around. Jewelry store dropped 75% off price of a ring my sister wanted! She eventually bought it.

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