The ship is nice, crew were good with the exception of stateroom steward who after getting his additional tip was not please so he was just ugly the last day to deal with. The biggest issue is the entertainment or lack of it. Yes they have ... Read More
The ship is nice, crew were good with the exception of stateroom steward who after getting his additional tip was not please so he was just ugly the last day to deal with. The biggest issue is the entertainment or lack of it. Yes they have a few cute game shows and they had a comedian one night that did the same old cruise ship jokes. But other than that if you did not want to sit and listen to music or dance there was nothing. In the good Princess days there were all kinds of things, comedians hypnosis, dueling pianos, etc etc and more than one at once. Now there is one per cruise comedian and all the rest is singing and dancing for 60 and over. It’s become a close second to Holland America we’re if you get to the dining room under your own steam you have accomplished something. Everywhere you went people complained about poor quality and lack of entertainment. Wake up Princess while others are stepping it up you are going down hill quickly Read Less
First, this is our 2nd cruise with the Regal. Boarding was awesome, however recommend not to pre order your medallion,wait until you get to terminal. They are still working out the kinks with this process. For example,we ordered our ... Read More
First, this is our 2nd cruise with the Regal. Boarding was awesome, however recommend not to pre order your medallion,wait until you get to terminal. They are still working out the kinks with this process. For example,we ordered our medallion 3 wks before our cruise, however received another passengers medallion and someone else got ours. The Technolgy on the ship is amazing and blows all other cruise lines away. It’s so cool because their are cool apps you can download like ocean ready, ocean compass and play ocean. We used play ocean because of all the Triva games and new ones every day.
We stayed in a balcony, D332 it was ok however we had to look down on a life boat, not cool. Our steward was Denchi he did and awesome job! Cabin was always clean, only wish Princes would install USB ports near the beds and a outlet in the bathroom.
Our most memorable moment regarding entertainment was the group Beatlemania they were amazing, sounded and looked just like the Beatles. We didn’t go to any other shows,most were the Princes dancers which have seen before and the comedians according some of the passengers were only so so. We did however like the The Voice of the Ocean it was very similar to the real Voice.
Regarding meals, we love that Princes still does not charge with Room service unlike other cruise lines. We used this service often. The only complaint would have to be the Horizon Buffett. It appeared to be lacking variety and served same food every morning and the lunches were also lacking. The main issue was they would take the lunch Buffett food down by 2:00 to prepare for dinner, so we just went to Alfredo’s Pizza which is free and amazing.
We ate at the Crown Grill their steaks were amazing, however I think the choices on their menus are over tops, meaning just a salad would be nice, not all this fancy food . Can’t say enough about the pastry chef amazing desserts with every meal. The dining room meals were ok,again kind of over the top..keep it simple.
We bought the beverage package, so totally worth it, unlike other cruise lines you get top shelf without any extra cost. Love the activities, so nice to see Oz who came from another cruise line. We played lots of Triva and met new friends, I wish they would have the Triva not in Princes Live no tables and can’t get your chairs in a circle. Wasn’t crazy about the Cruise Director never saw her except for special events. Love Alfredios Pizza especially Mica our sweet waitress. And omg the Lady Luck lady who hosted Bingo spoke to the passengers like we were kindergarten kids, awful and annoying.
Our excursions to Princes Cay was the best, rented a 9.00 raft and enjoyed relaxing. Try to take the first boat off so you can get a good spot and a raft. Paid for a excursion at
St Thomas, we took the St John Champagne tour it was second time going, however it was different they hired a new girl and she get pouring champagne mixed with rum punch, not smart...
Dissembarking was quite easy we used Princes Transfer to the airport it cost but worth it. Because we opt to come one day earl, we rented a car best idea ever. Alamo rental has a car rental at the port you can drop your car off and a shuttle will take you to the port..
One last note during our cruise a small plane crashed with 2 men overboard, the Regal was the closest ship, Captain and crew did a fanstatic job with the rescue, both men were saved because of their expertise and speed. Read Less
Matt the Cruise Director was awesome. The cruise has a lot of entertainment to watch and be part of. I was pleased with all the food options, the only food option I was not pleased with was the lobster dinner on the last formal night. I ... Read More
Matt the Cruise Director was awesome. The cruise has a lot of entertainment to watch and be part of. I was pleased with all the food options, the only food option I was not pleased with was the lobster dinner on the last formal night. I did not like the lobster served with green risotto and a cream sauce and didn't feel that was a full dinner when you compare to the other dinner options that were served pervious nights. All the staff was very helpful and friendly. Our cabin was always clean . The entertainment was wonderful I really enjoyed the ship dancers. My favorite band was Symphonee. The Live DJ played music for all ages and was great getting the crowd involved. The cruise director staff made my 1st cruise very memorable and fun .I loved watching the marriage match show. For my 1st cruise I would defiantly cruise with Princess again. Read Less
From the time we parked our car every body we came in contact with for services were so helpful The gentleman who took our luggage then off to the to check in desk these folks were polite and made us feel comfortable answered all our ... Read More
From the time we parked our car every body we came in contact with for services were so helpful The gentleman who took our luggage then off to the to check in desk these folks were polite and made us feel comfortable answered all our questions Then we came aboard went directly to the upper deck to look around where found wonderful people working behind the bar who all were so polite and willing to serve a few hours later we went to our beautiful cabin our luggage was there and orderly our view off the balcony was breath taking proceeded to get freshened up and prepare to enjoy our dinner not knowing what to expect we found a beautiful dining room and a Waite staff willing to do anything to make our dining experience perfect afterwards we went back to deck 16 where we felt very comfortable finding our favorite bartenders an introduction show with music and dancing fabulous entertainment later we retired to our cabin where we found one of the most comfortable beds ever big flat screen tv spent some time on our balcony taking in the view My wife and I especially loved all of the food choices many bars of different themes we had fun in the casino at various times We were always greeted with a Smile through out our total experience We could only be so lucky to go again with all the same waite staff Thanks for a WONDERFUL experience for our first Read Less
We travel with a group from local travel agency. We had 20 in our group and this was my first time on Windstar. I love the smaller ship. The cabins were spacious and the biggest of any cruise line. There was a walk in closet and large ... Read More
We travel with a group from local travel agency. We had 20 in our group and this was my first time on Windstar. I love the smaller ship. The cabins were spacious and the biggest of any cruise line. There was a walk in closet and large bathroom. Our cabin was clean and well stocked the entire cruise. Our group mostly hung out at the Star Bar during the afternoon. The pool was small and did not really have a spot to all meet up. Sevice at the bars on board was friendly and great at getting items for our group when possible. (Coors Light and Baileys). I enjoyed the Dining room meals and was happy with service, offerings and taste. Some of travelers in our group were not as impressed. We ate at Candles one night and was very impressed. Great food and loved the outside dining experience. The entertainment was a bit slow for our lively group. Enjoyed the one night we spent dancing. Steve did a great Elton John show. We would have liked more dancing upbeat music. There was a small casino open most nights for a few hours. All ports were nice and most days had to tender to shore.There were excursions offered but we did our own thing at each stop. We found the embarkation and disembarkation an easy process without any issues. We were also happy we took the drink package. Overall it was a great time with our group. Read Less
Everything was incredible!! They make you feel like family and you never want to leave the ship! The food was world class and the service on the ship was otherworldly, the drinks on board were incredible and allowed you to venture into a ... Read More
Everything was incredible!! They make you feel like family and you never want to leave the ship! The food was world class and the service on the ship was otherworldly, the drinks on board were incredible and allowed you to venture into a whole other culture and a whole other world of excitement! It is a wonderful mix of people and every passenger on board was so fun and excited and so sweet to everyone else. The stage shows that they put on our like a broadway musical and the performers can sing with the best of them! They have a full range of things for you to do whether it’s hanging by the 5 pools and jacuzzi’s they have, learning about the many secrets of pirate treasure, world class shopping with incredible deals, or anything else you can think of, there is never ever a dull moment. Everything was so smooth especially with their new medallion you use for everything!! It is the best thing out there!! 100% recommend!!! Read Less
My partner and I, both 60, joined a business group for the first 5 days of this 11-day sailing. This was my first time on Silversea but not my first cruise. I have been on 36 other cruises on 11 other lines so I feel I have a good base of ... Read More
My partner and I, both 60, joined a business group for the first 5 days of this 11-day sailing. This was my first time on Silversea but not my first cruise. I have been on 36 other cruises on 11 other lines so I feel I have a good base of comparison.
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before embarkation and enjoyed riding the Water Taxi past the celebrity homes and yachts. Embarkation on the Silver Spirit was quick and easy.
The Silver Spirit is one of the most luxurious ships I have sailed on. Understated, yet upscale, elegance permeates throughout. There are many venues, outdoor seating spaces, and a lot of eager crew to serve you, It never feels crowded and you can always find a seat.
The pool was large for a ship this size and there were three hot tubs. The day we utilized them, only one had working jets. There were a lot of loungers by the pool but few in the shade. Away from the pool were many more seats in the shade. You really have to explore all the open decks to find all the spots.
Our Deluxe Veranda Suite was lovely: Marble bathroom with large shower, menu of toiletries, bath puffs, bathtub, and good lighting (once I located all the switches). Beautiful veranda with teak flooring and rails which do not obstruct the view. Sofa and chair in sitting area which could be cordoned off from bedroom with a curtain - a nice touch. Bed was very comfortable and our friendly butler brought us an egg crate mattress topper. He also filled our mini-fridge with our choice of beverages,
The FOOD! Mostly superb. I love buffets and the breakfast and lunch buffets were outstanding with lots of fancy seafood, carved meats, cute jars of layered things, ice creams, fabulous desserts, you name it.
Dinners were hit and miss. When we dined as a group (17 of us) service was painfully slow (3 Hours for dinner) and food was often cold. When my partner and I dined alone, the meals were normally paced. My favorite restaurant was Indochine, which I understand is the least popular on the ship, excepting the $60 upcharged La Dame (French). I love Asian food and this meal was excellent. Portions were small by American standards but we did not go hungry. Order something from all the courses and try something new! Dinner begins at 7 pm, which is late for us. I wish at least one of the restaurants started dinner service earlier.
Don't hesitate to make special requests or tweak your meals to your liking. This is one of the hallmarks of Silverseas' personalized service. For example, my partner ordered the four (or was it five?) cheese pizza but requested meat be added. The pizza was great!
I also loved the little treats offered in the Arts Cafe throughout the day. The All-Day Dining (AKA Room Service) menu was extensive. The only times we ordered room service was for morning coffee and service was prompt.
Compared to other cruise lines, the Silver Spirit does not offer a huge amount of activities. There was, among other things, trivia, golf putting, the spa talks, a galley and bridge tour. The latter tours required same day morning signup as noted in the Daily Chronicle, the shipboard schedule, in tiny print which is easy to miss. Don't be like me - read the entire Chronicle! A small library is in the very top and front of the ship.
An excellent lecturer offered a few talks on history and Caribbean topics. I would have attended more if I could!
The nightly entertainment was the weakest part of this cruise, The 10 pm shows were boring, dated and not of the caliber expected from an upscale cruise line. I actually walked out -a first for me. Even though most of the passengers were older, everyone seemed bored by the shows.
As for the ports, Grand Turk was a riot of beach activity, a swimming pool, Margaritaville, etc.right by the dock. We took a tour of the island, somewhat interesting, and a very fun boat excursion to Gibbs Cay where we swam with stingrays.
In Virgin Gorda, the big attraction is the baths. We did not book a tour here because I had been to the Baths recently. Note: There is absolutely nothing to see or do here unless you are on an excursion. Hurricane damage is still evident. Next time, I would not even bother tendering in.
We disembarked at St Martin and there is a shopping complex right by the pier. Again, I think an excursion by water may be the best option here.
This is not a cruise for children, although there were a handful onboard who seemed to be enjoying the pool. The ship seems to be geared to those who want a relaxing, quieter cruise with fine dining, wine, and service.
Would I go again? If the price is right and the itinerary compelling, maybe. If the entertainment was improved, that would be a big plus. Read Less
We heard about the Regal Princess, so we decided to experience her for ourselves and we were not disappointed.
We left Va. the morning before stopping for an over night in Daytona, before heading to Ft. Lauderdale the next morning. ... Read More
We heard about the Regal Princess, so we decided to experience her for ourselves and we were not disappointed.
We left Va. the morning before stopping for an over night in Daytona, before heading to Ft. Lauderdale the next morning. When we arrived at Port Everglades at 12:30pm, parked our car, made our way to the porters who took our luggage without a hitch and we were on our way in. Now this was our first cruise using the Princess Medallion, we had made sure we downloaded all our documentation into the Ocean Ready App before we arrived. We went through security, made our way to the Ocean Ready line and then right up to the Princess rep for check-in. He had us scan our Medallions, gave us a map of the ship and sent us on our way. We were on the ship the quickest we had ever been before!
I was in awe as I boarded the Regal. We had been other Princess ships before but something about her just made me feel at home.
We made our way to our stateroom, which was an Horizontal Interior Stateroom on Deck 15 the Marina Deck. Being an ocean view/ balcony type of guy, I was truly impressed with the size and the amount of storage available in this stateroom. We used our Medallion to unlock when stepped in front of it, it was automatic! We loved the fact that the door of the stateroom was on the side, it was like entering into a bedroom. I'm now sold on interior staterooms especially like this one!
With in a few minutes our room steward Jefferey Quirit came and spoke to us, letting us know if we needed anything to let him know. Jeff was fantastic, he never missed a detail. Our stateroom was immaculate every time we returned. He made sure our every need was met.
Everything about the Regal was wonderful: MDR service & food was great; entertainment was the best we had experienced on any ship; the in room entertainment was amazing with Princess On Demand services. Eatery's such as: Alfredo's, Gelato's and Sabatinis are a must! The 24 hour International Cafe cannot be beat!
The Medallion Net is a must for anyone trying to stay connected while on board. It is the best internet service we have ever used while at sea and the best value for your money.
We took excursions from the ship in St. Thomas and Sint Maarteen, they were wonderful.
The only negative I can mention was the scheduling of the activities during the evening hours over lapping with the late dining hours. I think CD need to be more aware of how she scheduling the activities on board and more involved with interaction with the passengers. Her cruise crew was great!
Disembarkation was quick and simple since we decided to take our own luggage off the ship having a 16 hour drive home!
Over all we loved everything about the ship & the crew, so much we have booked our next cruise on her this coming November! Read Less
We chose this cruise largely because of the southern Caribbean itinerary, the ports (a couple of which we had not visited previously), only one sea day, and the fact that we have sailed on Norwegian four times prior and have thoroughly ... Read More
We chose this cruise largely because of the southern Caribbean itinerary, the ports (a couple of which we had not visited previously), only one sea day, and the fact that we have sailed on Norwegian four times prior and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
The embarkation process in San Juan was really quick and easy and we were on board in less than 20 minutes. The lifeboat drill occurred literally as we walked on, which was somewhat annoying after a long travel day (we wanted a drink!), but in hindsight, it was nice to get that box checked right away and to get our vacation started.
We booked late so balcony was unavailable, but our picture window cabin on Deck 5 was perfectly fine. It turned out to be a good location to get around the ship but also was really close to the gangway on port days which was great. We spend very little time in our cabin, so we dont spend a lot of time critiquing that part of the trip.
Contrary to other reviews, we found the food and service to be very good. We ate at O'Sheehan's, The Venetian, the buffet, La Cucina, Moderno and Los Lobos and liked it all. Best meal of the week was La Cucina. Only real critique of the buffet (they are what they are) is food temperature was not great on everything and the desserts are lacking.
Ports were awesome. ranked in order of favorites were 1) St Thomas (Water Island), ST. Kitts, St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados.
Service throughout the ship was very good - we had wonderful experiences with bar service on the pool deck and the Atrium bar area. Only service complaint was bar service at Bimini Bar - bartenders seemed to ONLY focus on the crowd that spent the entire week up there and service to occasional visitors was second rate.
REALLY enjoyed the music of Patty and Jose in the Atrium each night - great music and engagement with the crowd and we met some really fun people.
We booked late and got a deal that included three choices of "extras" - we chose drink package, three nights of specialty dining and partial airfare. As a result, we felt the cruise was a great value and appreciated the freedom of the fact that almost everything was prepaid.
To sum up our satisfaction with the cruise and Norwegian, we purchased Cruisenext credits and are already thinking about our next sailing! Read Less
Our good friends picked the Norwegian Dawn for a Caribbean cruise leaving from San Juan. I thought Norwegian was a good name and all their boats would be up to snuff, but stay away from this one! We may try another Norwegian cruise, but I ... Read More
Our good friends picked the Norwegian Dawn for a Caribbean cruise leaving from San Juan. I thought Norwegian was a good name and all their boats would be up to snuff, but stay away from this one! We may try another Norwegian cruise, but I would recommend a newer boat and hopefully the shows, food, spa services, and boat condition will be much better. One of the biggest disappointments was the expensive Midship Balcony Cabin.
The bathroom flooded into the stateroom, the drapes had holes and slashes in them, worked on areas were left uncovered, and the balcony had so much rust everywhere you looked. In addition, my wife had aterriblw experience from the expensive Spa services and had to be treated in the Ship's Hospital twice.
Whatever you decide to do in cruising I have learned my lesson about taking an older ship. I just hope if we ever take another Norwegian cruise the ship will be newer and everything else will be better as well. This was my sixth cruise and first on Norwegian and at least on the Norwegian Dawn I would rate it much lower than any of the other cruise lines we have taken for room, entertainment, food, and other services. Read Less
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