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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
A quick 4 night cruise for my 2 college kids, husband and I. I appreciated the smallness of the ship - didn't feel like we had to travel far to get from one place to another. Breakfast in Windjammer was great! The lunch in Windjammer was ... Read More
A quick 4 night cruise for my 2 college kids, husband and I. I appreciated the smallness of the ship - didn't feel like we had to travel far to get from one place to another. Breakfast in Windjammer was great! The lunch in Windjammer was strange - food I didn't know and didn't look good. Chips/Nachos and Pizza was horrible in Park Cafe. Main Dining room dinners in evening were very tasty and staff was very quick to get us in and out. Enjoyed My Time Dining each night. Daytime Activities onboard were pretty sparce - but the staff attempted to keep people entertained. LOTS of people brought board games and cards as entertainment during the day. Evening shows were fine. My complaint was the Junior Suites. They are right under the Solarium - so from 1am-2:30am it was constant noise from above as staff cleaned and moved chairs/tables. I was kept awake every night due to that and the creaking sounds from this older ship. This was not our first cruise - but the RCL is really cutting back on its offerings. Not even paper or pen inside stateroom! it was a relaxing warm cruise - and even though I didnt sleep well - enjoyed just getting away for a few days and not having to cook or clean. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and ... Read More
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and service superb. Entertainment very enjoyable. Watching the children interact with the characters brought a smile to our faces. Cleanliness of our stateroom and the public areas outstanding. Castaway Cay very enjoyable even on a cloudy day that turned to rain. Crew very good at adapting to rainy weather for two days of cruise. However, my daughter's spa massage experience led her to tears when she returned to cabin. Twice her upper body was improperly exposed. Spa run by same people that provide spa for RCL where my daughter has had numerous massages and never had this occur. Spa manager apologized and refunded fee after we complained. But the evening after the massage was NOT "the happiest time on earth." Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We ended up on this cruise after an invite from family. We've cruised with RCI before and had a positive experience. This experience comparatively fell a little short. As in the past we enjoyed our stateroom attendant and our wait ... Read More
We ended up on this cruise after an invite from family. We've cruised with RCI before and had a positive experience. This experience comparatively fell a little short. As in the past we enjoyed our stateroom attendant and our wait staff in the dining room. The food in the dining room was never less than 8/10. The service from Milos & Million was a definite 10 out of 10. We really enjoyed our excursions. We swam with stingrays in Grand Cayman, toured the Mayan ruins in Tulum near Cozumel, zip-lined and tubed through the caves in Belize (amazing!), and embraced our inner dork with a Segway tour in Mahahual (Costa Maya). I'm not a fan of Royal's dining room scheduling. When we initially booked the cruise 4 in our group were scheduled for late dining and 2 for early dining. Weeks before embarkation we called in to have our times coordinated under "My Time Dining". We only learned once we were on the boat that this change never happened. Instead of making the customer happy and changing all 6 of us to my time dining, the dining room scheduler fought with us just about every night over when we could eat. It became a joke in our group that the scheduler hated us. She was never friendly and seemed to enjoy saying no. We were disappointed more than once when we thought we could get a late evening ice cream cone from the soft serve machines on Deck 9. They shut them down around 9 pm. Dumb! The Casino Royale was a flop. It was so infested by glazed over, leather skinned zombie smokers. Being a small area with poor ventilation made it impossible to stay in for long unless you want lung cancer. The smell also permeated through the rest of Deck 5. The food in the Windjammer was meh. Food quality is better at just about any other buffet. Don't go to the snack bar in the Solarium. Nasty. We really enjoyed our vacation because of the excursions. I was disappointed in the cruise ship. We will definitely cruise again but it will most likely be with another company. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Have cruised on Carnival 5+ times and Norwegian once. We wanted to try RC. Phenomenal ship. Great shows, especially the Monopoly Ice show and Headliners. Traveled with young adult daughters. Thought the people/cruisers were rude ... Read More
Have cruised on Carnival 5+ times and Norwegian once. We wanted to try RC. Phenomenal ship. Great shows, especially the Monopoly Ice show and Headliners. Traveled with young adult daughters. Thought the people/cruisers were rude and stoic. Thought it was terrible that RC charged for popcorn at events. Popcorn is so cheap. Dinning room experience and staff were great. Food was good quality in the dinning room. Did not care for Wind Jammer. Mass production but basically tasteless or over cooked. We feared getting sick from germs because too many people around the food. Stayed in FLL overnight after cruise. Found a really good cuban restaurant. Thought the FLL Airport was one of the filthiest airports I've been in. Really dirty and run down. And way too crowded, they need to expand. Getting on the ship was quicker than getting off. Ports were ok, not enough time in Bahamas. Will cruise again at some point. Don't know which cruise line we will pick. For now I prefer Sandals or some other type of all inclusive resort. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Summary - All in all a very good cruise. There are some opportunities for improvement. We are Tom (58) & Diane (56), active, experienced cruisers (Platinum level) Pre-Cruise - -We flew on JetBlue from Boston to FLL the day ... Read More
Summary - All in all a very good cruise. There are some opportunities for improvement. We are Tom (58) & Diane (56), active, experienced cruisers (Platinum level) Pre-Cruise - -We flew on JetBlue from Boston to FLL the day before the cruise. -Stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. This is our new hotel, it's close, clean and I used my Hilton points to stay for free. -We took a taxi from FLL for $17 ($20 w/ tip), it's about a mile from Port Everglades. Diane needed some stuff so we walked to Walgreens (about 1/3 of a mile away) safe, sidewalks and well lit. Then we walked another 1/2 mile to TJ Maxx and had dinner at Duffy's Sports Bar for a burger (not bad and they have a 2 for 1 beer special every night). Publix was next door. - I walked to Starbucks & Einstein bagels the next morning for breakfast. - The Concierge let us use his stapler for out luggage tags. - Could have walked to Port Everglades (some did), but took a taxi and cost us $5 ($7 with tip). Embarkation - (got there at 11AM) The only way we could have got on quicker was if they launched us aboard. We walked right in. - We were part of the Ocean Medallion pilot group (based upon cabin location, see below)), so it took a few minutes longer for them to get our packet and explain things to us. We were aboard by 11:25, then went to the Adult pool to rent a cabana (see below) Ship - The Regal is gorgeous and a bit overwhelming at first, but it can be mastered quickly. - We were in Lido 229, perfect location, on the same floor as the main pool, buffet and one deck under the Retreat Pool (Adult pool). Cabin - L229, 4 cabins from the stairwell & elevators, easy in & out. about another 20 feet from the Trident Grill. A Deluxe Balcony (had a loveseat) we set up the bed in a Queen sized bed, it was really comfortable, the balcony was a bit smaller than the Ruby/Caribbean Class (?) ship, but perfect for sitting out and having a drink, reading a book or having coffee in the morning. - Retreat Pool - Diane takes care of our grandchildren full-time, so she wanted to do more laying about & relaxing more than usual. So we rented a cabana by the Retreat Pool, a bit of a splurge but we had free gratuities and ended up paying $80 per day (a full day is 8-6, you can get it for 1/2 days), ($240 for the three days) for its use. We rented it for At-Sea Days. - The loungers are awesome, the attendant is there to serve you, brings you into the Sanctuary for afternoon tea and gets you cold face cloths, water or drinks if you want them. We didn't have to rush up to get a chair, it was saved for us, towels were spread out and ready for us when we were ready to lay-out. Diane said she wants to make use of the cabana in the future, it was that good. - If you want to reserve one, get up there as soon as you can to reserve a cabana. There will be two lines, one for the Sanctuary and one for the cabana. Ocean Medallion - We were in the pilot group for the Ocean Medallion. - They gave us the medallion and a cruise card, they still use cruise card for the bar service and getting off/on board at ports. - We opened our doors using the medallion, you stand within a foot or so of the monitor (they replaced the little mailboxes with the monitor, so you get your patters under the door, they need to put the mailbox some where else, we like those). - Once they get the process in working order it will be awesome. - WiFi - - We are Platinum, so we got free WiFi for the week for one device each, for lower levels it's $9 per day (I think). We face-timed the kids each day and used Facebook Messenger all day. - Getting into WiFi is easy as well - Go into Airplane Mode, turn WiFi on, select Regal Medallion (I think) and you'll be asked to verify with your cabin number and birthdate and you're in. - They have the Ocean Concierge App for everyone - Easy to use - once into the WiFi, open your browser, type in Regal.Princess.Com and you're in. - No longer toting patters around, this way you browse what's available for shows, pick the ones you want and you can plan your nightly entertainment (or add an event, like if you were going to meet someone at a time or a dinner reservation) REALLY EASY & surprisingly quick. Dining - Here is one of the opportunities for improvement We had Anytime Dining - my suggestion is to make a reservation in the morning. You can see what they are having in the dining room that night near the entrance of the buffet at the back of the ship, then you can decide if you want to get dressed up or eat elsewhere. - Symphony Dining room - they ran out of pagers a couple of times and had us wait for a pager, which was due to incompetence and mismanagement more than a rush of customers. I mentioned this to the Maitre D who didn't seem to care. Tables were empty for a whole meal, looking out at the line of diners waiting to get in it is infuriating, a waste of time, again mismanagement, that can (and should be) be corrected. - Chocolate Dome - if you see this on the menu, get it, Dane said it was the best dessert she ever had on land or on sea. It was a chocolate mousse with pistachios and a cookie base, I can describe how good it was, if you see it GET IT. - The food was good, but the service has taken a big knock since we started cruising. - Afredo's pizza on deck 6 was awesome. The ravioli was great, Diane loved the eggplant rolatini (?), the pizza was awesome as well. - The buffet is laid out really well, but the selection seemed to be the same stuff each meal of each day. The dessert area is separate, but there too, it seemed to be the same stuff. - The International Cafe - selections were more limited than on previous cruises, and no cookies down there any longer. Odd... Entertainment - We didn't go to the production shows, a dance and an opera show were not that appealing. We did see the Beatles Maniacs, which was great, as was Troy Tillerman (comedian), he was a riot. - Princess Live - The shows there are group participation, like trivia, game show spin-offs and stuff like that (good fun). - Casino - the new way of signing into and off of a slot machine is great. You tap your cruise card to the slot medallion and punch in your number and you're good. Fitness Center - The machines are new and really good. a Smith Machine and some free weights also. The bikes have clips, so if you spin, bring your shoes. Ports - Princess Cay - been there, done that, stayed aboard and relaxed St Thomas - we got off did some shopping and had a couple of drinks. It's making a comeback, lots of tarp covered roofs though. St Martin - Varying degrees of repair throughout the island, we walked down the main street and most businesses were open. We did buy some jewelry (Kay's Fine Jewelry, a fair deal for quality merchandise). Bought some stuff at local vendors as well, and had a few drinks. Disembarkation - We carried off our own luggage and were off the ship in 3 minutes, breezed through customs, caught a cab and were at FLL in 20 minutes after leaving the ship. Again, there were awesome parts, good parts and areas that need attention (service & food). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My daughter and I went on the cruise to celebrate her 21st birthday. We had always sailed on the larger Carnival ships. The Liberty was a first in the smaller ships for the 4 day Bahamas cruise. Cookie, the cruise director, was ... Read More
My daughter and I went on the cruise to celebrate her 21st birthday. We had always sailed on the larger Carnival ships. The Liberty was a first in the smaller ships for the 4 day Bahamas cruise. Cookie, the cruise director, was excellent. He was quite entertaining and engaged the cruisers throughout. Food: We love guys burgers as usual for lunch and on our day of arrival. We did eat in the MDR 3 nights of the cruise. The cruise left Port Canaveral on Sunday. Formal night was Monday. The food was not that special. On other carnival cruises steak and lobster were include. This one was just steak. Not a very elegant meal. I was also disappointed to see cruisers in sweat pants on elegant night. I did eat at the pizza palor and the Sea Food Shack. The sea food shack was reasonably priced. We got steamed shrimp was very good. The pizza was perfect. No extra charge. Overall the food was good. Entertainment: We went to a couple of shows. Overall the shows were ok. The hasbro game show I really loved. The rock rendention was meh. Flick was good. I didn't know what to expect so I was overall pleased with it. We played various trivia games to include Harry Potter and 80's music. Those were absolutely fun . One of the best parts of the cruise was the Sals class by Juan Carlos. That just totally made the cruise for us. All of the participants were really having fun and he was an excellent instructor. For shore excursions, we did the nassau experience which was bar hopping. Its not the traditional bar hopping but it was really fun. Met some very nice cruisers and you get a free drink at Violas, Margaritaville, and Fish fry. You end up at Senior Frog but no free drink. At Fish Fry make sure you get the lobster snack. Absolute fantastic. We had an inside cabin. The beds were really small. My daughter called them prison cots. Weren't the most comfortable. With this as our first impression we thought we had made a mistake in booking the cruise. But with all the other activities on the curise, they more than made up for the beds. Our cabin steward Dewa was also so nice, prompt and kept the room clean. I would book on the Liberty again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We're experienced cruisers, doing 2-4 per year. We were invited on this cruise as a result of my wife's activities in the casino from a Nov. Caribbean Princess cruise. Breakfast and lunch in the buffet...wide variety of foods ... Read More
We're experienced cruisers, doing 2-4 per year. We were invited on this cruise as a result of my wife's activities in the casino from a Nov. Caribbean Princess cruise. Breakfast and lunch in the buffet...wide variety of foods available...decent quality...dinner in the MDR. My wife has many food allergies and they prepared a great dinner and desert for her each evening. The one thing that spoils our dinner in the MDR is that the dress code was not enforced, even on formal evenings. We have no problem with men wearing a jacket and not having a tie, but it's disgusting when they allow men in wearing shorts, tee shirts, and flip flops. We've been on other lines where men have been refused entry to the MDR because of their clothes. We docked in Havensight at St. Thomas....all of the stores were open but we did see a few blue tarps on the hillside. St. Martin - a lot of the stores at the dock were open and it appeared that some had been torn down. We took the water taxi to downtown. On average, I'd guess that only about 20% of the stores were open. Lots of bldgs boarded up or being worked on. The casino....for a change I won...my wife tried and tried, but the more she tried, the more she lost. The entertainment was fantastic. The BeatleManics one night, a really funny comedian two nights, and production shows. We had seen 3 of them before, but they were still enjoyable. A new show, "Love to Dance" was one of the best productions shows we've ever seen on a cruise ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This is a great ship and has the best entertainers and staff. The Ice Skating show was unbelievable. The skaters are awesome. Cat's is long but very well done. The music quaility is Broadway class. The Aqua Show is very professional. Again ... Read More
This is a great ship and has the best entertainers and staff. The Ice Skating show was unbelievable. The skaters are awesome. Cat's is long but very well done. The music quaility is Broadway class. The Aqua Show is very professional. Again the music for this show was great. Central Park is beautiful and so peaceful! The piped in birds churping and cricket churping is an awesome touch. It is totally amazing how quickly the lines (if any) move and embarkment and disembarkment for exscursions is the fastest of any ship I have been on. This is my 10th cruise. Meals were very good, some choices were repetitive, but very good quaility. Our waiter and staff were great. Very friendly and entertaining. We enjoyed all the free food options and restaurants. The Solarium (the adult area) is huge and has so much sunbathing area> THe 4 hot tubs and circuler pool were so nice. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise to get out of the cold in January. We stayed at Embassy Suites by the dock and they are pros at handling multiple ships to put their customers on in a timely manner. The dock was surprisingly uncrowded. Embarkation ... Read More
We chose this cruise to get out of the cold in January. We stayed at Embassy Suites by the dock and they are pros at handling multiple ships to put their customers on in a timely manner. The dock was surprisingly uncrowded. Embarkation was quick. The ship looks good, the cabin was very nice in Aqua Class. Aqua Class has their own restaurant with the best service!!! Food is lighter and great! We tried the buffet once and it was good and fresh but we liked the Spa Cafe for lighter breakfast and lunch in a quiet ambiance with a pool and relaxing music. We loved Emotions string duo and the House band was good. The coffee place is excellent for day or night entertainment with wine. All staff very friendly. Embarkation was also pretty quick. We loved Key West and the after cruise ride to the airport was terriffic with an hour and a half boat ride of the canals and history of Ft. Lauderdale. I would like to see a piano bar and more on demand movies. Read Less

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