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20 New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook) to Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

Wanted to do a Caribbean cruise. Originally planned for round trip out of San Juan but changed last minute due to hurricane Harvey. Was a fantastic trip and avoided the damage in most of the islands. Great cabin, great crew, great food ... Read More
Wanted to do a Caribbean cruise. Originally planned for round trip out of San Juan but changed last minute due to hurricane Harvey. Was a fantastic trip and avoided the damage in most of the islands. Great cabin, great crew, great food great ship and great experience. Dining in the regular restaurants and everyday venues was tasty and very upscale. However, the specialty restaurants were exemplary! Make sure you do your reservations as soon as allowed so that you don't miss out on these fine dining experiences. Spa area with the giant whirlpool, warm beds and snow grotto was unique and fun. So much power in the pool you had to hold on! Really neat for a change. We have been on many ocean cruises and this was by far the best ever. Hope to do it again sometime. Liked Viking Ocean so much we are going on the Homelands cruise June, 2019. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
As a "oldster" from the Northeast, which means that I am at least a bit "old fashioned" in my likes/dislikes, I enjoy Cunard with its carefully crafted persona of British mid twenties elegance and style - think Downton ... Read More
As a "oldster" from the Northeast, which means that I am at least a bit "old fashioned" in my likes/dislikes, I enjoy Cunard with its carefully crafted persona of British mid twenties elegance and style - think Downton Abbey of past PBS fame - and have sailed with them frequently over the years. Queen Mary 2 has recently had an extensive "makeover", which Cunard calls a "Remastering", with some pluses and minuses. The Pluses include: a much improved Kings Court Buffet a very nice Carinthia Lounge to replace the old Winter Garden lounge Food quality seemingly improved The Minuses are: the deletion of the top deck swimming pool the deletion of four elevators leading to overcrowding and extended wait times for service a very crowded Britannia DR with tables as little as 8" from one another the addition of over 50 cabins - 100 people leading to still more crowding the fact that they did NOT remodel the Royal Court Theatre - which has to be the most uncomfortable show lounge at sea. If you would like a "British" experience, with a very international (Japanese, German, Brits and Americans), in an elegant style with a strict dress code - formal and informal (suitcoat required) only at night, with excellent activities, lectures, etc. this is for you. If you want round the clock noise, games, carousing etc. try another line for you will not be happy with Cunard.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose the QM2 Caribbean cruise because of the convenience to the port but also from our past experience on this ship two years ago on a cruise to New England & Canada. This ship is so beautiful and the service is outstanding. ... Read More
We chose the QM2 Caribbean cruise because of the convenience to the port but also from our past experience on this ship two years ago on a cruise to New England & Canada. This ship is so beautiful and the service is outstanding. Recently refurbished `and for our cruise all beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Embarkation & disembarkation went well. ON disembarkation the luggage hall is a scramble with everyone trying to locate their luggage and it took us quite a while to find a porter but he was very accommodating. Our stateroom was ready when we boarded and we were greeted by our wonderful Butler Andres & his assistant Glen. They were both professional and respected out privacy etc. We never felt a bump or a roll even with some rough seas and the weather in the ports was wonderful. Mobility challenged people might have a problem with the long walk from the pier when docked to the island but there was some shuttle service at the piers "if" you could catch one! Our queens grill stateroom was spacious but not real big as we have had on other ships in a suite category. Robes, slippers and especially the quality of the bed linens were the best. Bed and pillows perfect plus there was always plenty of towels and bathroom amenities on hand everyday. Dining in the Queens grill was good but I can't say outstanding and similar to our Princess grill experience on our New England cruise. Caviar always available and the duck and lamb entrees were very good. The beef entrees left something to be desired but there was always Béarnaise sauce. The dining room was very crowded with many tables for two but most all were elbow to elbow with no real privacy because your neighbor was so close. We were fortunate to have a table for two on a side wall at the far aft end of the dining room so there was privacy and a somewhat quiet area. There was always a fish, beef, fowl and vegetarian selection. Deserts were interesting and I really enjoyed the extra vanilla and chocolate sauce thanks to Marie. Service was outstanding, thank you Nevin and yes every desire to order something special off the menu was graciously accepted by Ormand the Maitre D. We really didn't get too involved with the entertainment but very, very much enjoyed the Jersey Boys show! They were great and for me better than the Broadway show . We enjoyed watching all the dancers in the ballroom which is quite fun to watch some of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers wanna be. It was fun and a challenge dressing up at night for dinner and the ladies always dressed elegantly for both formal & informal nights. I do have an issue with the smoking policy. Why is there only one designated area which is unsheltered on deck 7 aft where all the joggers and walkers have to pass through? This is very unpleasant for all concerned! My new British friends were allowed to smoke on deck 8 aft after some requested a sheltered area when it was raining but still they had to sit outside in the cold & wind. I would think a ship of this distinction and size would provide a decent and specific area away from the majority of non smokers where those that smoke can be comfortable without dealing with the sometimes cold, wind plus rain and away from those that are unable tolerate or appalled with the smell of cigarettes. I for one respect the policy of no smoking in cabins or balconies but at least be fair to those that ad hear to the rules. My goodness there has always been a cigar lounge so why isn't there a safe, comfortable smoking lounge? So this rant is for my new UK friends on board now going home to Southampton on the most beautiful and elegant ship sailing the seven seas. Amen Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We went on this cruise two years ago and met some wonderful people. We kept in touch and when they told us they were going again we decided to surprise them. It made for a great time! We love cruising with Princess and we'll be doing ... Read More
We went on this cruise two years ago and met some wonderful people. We kept in touch and when they told us they were going again we decided to surprise them. It made for a great time! We love cruising with Princess and we'll be doing it again I'm sure but this time it was just a little disappointing. First was the dining room staff, service wasn't as good as we had come to expect with Princess, this was our 6th cruise with them. Secondly we got just the slightest feeling that some of the staff members were less than happy to be waiting on us. I wrote it off as just being the way I was perceiving it but it was there none the less. And for the first time I had a problem with another guest that I felt went unresolved. He decided to do cannonballs in the pool on the night when everyone was dressed for Halloween. My wife was wearing a rather expensive dress and after splashing pool water all over us, while we were sitting at one of the Cabanas (we had previously asked if that was OK and were told yes) we complained, first to the guest in question, he responded by doing it two more times, and secondly to the attendant who said "I can't stop him from swimming" even though there were signs everywhere saying "No Jumping or Diving." Princess did clean the dress for us at no charge so that was good but after we told the attendant about it and he said he couldn't help he told us we had to buy a bottle of Champagne to stay at the Cabana, even though that is where they chose to have Happy Hour that night. Princess is a good line to cruise with if you haven't cruised with, let's say Celebrity. If your expectations aren't really high you'll have a good time. Unfortunately when your prices are as good as Princess' you end up with some less than dignified people as your fellow passengers and that can put a damper on your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise to visit some islands we had not been to, and to snorkel their reefs. This was our first Princess cruise and our first 10 day cruise. The embarkation process was a breeze, and we went directly to lunch and ... Read More
We chose this cruise to visit some islands we had not been to, and to snorkel their reefs. This was our first Princess cruise and our first 10 day cruise. The embarkation process was a breeze, and we went directly to lunch and immediately met interesting people. This was repeated at nearly every meal. The food was excellent, but my wife wanted more choices. The cruise staff was also excellent: funny and engaging, yet there needed to be more activities (like dancing, etc.) as there were so many sea days. The activities that existed were made fun by the staff and their personalities. The stage shows were very good, as was showing the World Series games and the Halloween party. I enjoyed Alfredo's (although the service could improve) and the Cafe and other food venues. The cafe could use regular coffee and tea, so that you wouldn't have to go all the way up to the bistro. The ship is gorgeous and well designed and decorated, but there are several dead ends and flow problems getting to certain areas. It was easy to get disoriented and I heard this complaint from several guests who had been on these ships many times. The public areas were beautiful, as was much of the music, although more of it would be better. The snorkeling trips (Antigua and Bonaire) were well organized, beautiful, and the crew made the trips more fun than anticipated. These vendors should be commended. The cabin was spacious, well-designed, with plenty of storage. The steward had the cabin returned to perfect condition every (and I mean every) time we returned. The disembarkation was well-organized and easy. We had an early flight, and we walked off, went right through customs, and out to a taxi with barely any line to slow us down. The Princess staff could not have been more helpful in directing us. I would travel on Princess again as the overall experience was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife & I chose this particular transitional cruise because it left from our home port of NYC to the Caribbean, because it was fairly reasonable & it avoided flying both ways from it's final port of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... Read More
My wife & I chose this particular transitional cruise because it left from our home port of NYC to the Caribbean, because it was fairly reasonable & it avoided flying both ways from it's final port of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Since we had been on 6 previous Princess cruises, but none since 2011 & the ship, Regal Princess, was only two years old, we expected to have the latest in ship accommodations, but were disappointed in some of them! Firstly, the ship had some of the smallest cabins that I have ever seen in my 54 cruises! Secondly, the ship did not have a covered pool, but the picture that I saw of it,before booking, seemed to have one! This caused us not to be able to use the pool or hot tubs for nearly a week, since it rained for the first six days or so. The ship's interior, although beautiful, seemed dated already, having few large open areas, but rather being compartmentalized, causing one to possibly miss one! The entertainment was top notch, however, & varied enough to please everyone. However, the noise level at some of the events was ear splitting. Lastly, the food at all the venues was excellent & didn't repeat itself too much, except at breakfast, which was understandable. For the money,( I got an insider price of $499. per person for platinum members) was good, but if I had paid $999, per person, as originally suggested, i would have felt cheated! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I recently returned from the 10 night Princess Regal repositioning cruise from New York to the Caribbean and ending in Ft. Lauderdale. We took this identical cruise on the same ship in 2015 and after sailing over 35 cruises, we thought ... Read More
I recently returned from the 10 night Princess Regal repositioning cruise from New York to the Caribbean and ending in Ft. Lauderdale. We took this identical cruise on the same ship in 2015 and after sailing over 35 cruises, we thought this was one of the best we had ever done. We were excited to do it again in 2016. Unfortunately, there were some clear downhill differences. The ports of St Martin, Antigua, and Bonaire leave much to be desired as all three are practically the same sleepy islands. By changing one port to something with a little more to do (such as St. Thomas or Aruba) would go a long way in not being less monotonous. The food went from a 9+ last year to a 4+ this year. While there was certainly plenty of food to be had (and a buffet with a large variety) nothing seemed to have any flavor. Everything was so bland and without flavor I would often have no idea what I was eating unless I was told. Also, the dining room menu did not offer the extensive variety as the year prior. It was just not to standard we expected or experienced prior from Princess. While the majority of the staff is absolutely wonderful, I don't know if there were a lot of new employees that had recently started because on three occasions I asked a question of a dining staff and they didn't speak English well enough to understand and answer. Twice they had to get someone else to help. The evening show entertainment is top notch. Their shows Bravo, Fiera, and The Voice at Sea are the best of the best. They were truly spectacular (though sadly heard that the following cruise was going to be the end of those particular shows). Besides those shows, there was a miss on the rest of the activities. This cruise has 7 out of 10 days at sea and the lack of activities or anything cultural was a blatant miss. I heard many others also complain that the only activities seemed to do with a beauty service to sell you something. The band they had as their Caribbean music group (Xcite) was about 4 notches down from last year's entertainment. I traveled with my mom and was in a handicap balcony cabin. The cabin was plenty spacious and other than a lack of shelving the bathroom was perfect. My cabin steward James was fabulous and one of the best I've ever had. I may try this repositioning cruise one more time. I did love the fact that this was like an active 55+ community with hardly any children. If they hire a new chef, offer better daily activities (other than art auction, bingo, and pushing spa services) it could be back to a 9 or 10. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We live in upstate NY, so embarking in Brooklyn, NY was fantastic. They made us VIP so we got on the boat in a breeze. The Regal Princess is a very nice ship, but I think most cruise ships are nice. We wanted a longer cruise that you ... Read More
We live in upstate NY, so embarking in Brooklyn, NY was fantastic. They made us VIP so we got on the boat in a breeze. The Regal Princess is a very nice ship, but I think most cruise ships are nice. We wanted a longer cruise that you didn't hop on, and hop off the boat every day to explore an island. This cruise seemed to fit that bill. We stayed on the ship a lot longer, and loved it. We didn't do any specialty dining, but spent a lot of time in the casino, which they treated us pretty well. All the food was great on the boat. No complaints. All the servers and room stewards are amazing people. They can't do enough for you. Next time I will buy the coffee card, which was $32, because I found myself buying cappuccino a lot, their specialty coffee is delish. Our room, which was a balcony, was really nice. We are planning on the same cruise next year, definitely. Only negative was Antigua, not a pretty place, kind of seedy. Very very poor. You really need to do an excursion if you go there. I wouldn't do anything on your own there. We're pretty easy to please, we enjoy good food and the casino. Only saw two shows, which were really really good, but did other things on the other evenings. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
NYC to FLL via Regal Princess - with 2 pre-cruise nights in NYC. We were on the very, very early morning flight from Edmonton to Toronto to Laguardia Airport. Perfect flights, connections and timing with Air Canada. Can't say enough ... Read More
NYC to FLL via Regal Princess - with 2 pre-cruise nights in NYC. We were on the very, very early morning flight from Edmonton to Toronto to Laguardia Airport. Perfect flights, connections and timing with Air Canada. Can't say enough good about the fine help and signage at YYZ airport. Security and US Customs both quick, cheerful and top notch. Arrival at LaGuardia exactly on time and as great luck would have it, ours was the VERY first luggage off! We called an UBER who was there literally within 5 min which was another miracle considering LGA traffic! Further Heavy traffic meant a one hour drive to Manhattan but we didn't care being Uber isn't based on time. We considered it to be a New York tour! $34.16 US. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. Our hotel, The French Quarters, is very highly rated on TripAdvisor for good reason. Let's say "we are thrilled". The big thick towels and Keurig machine are great touches at this point in a travel day! Supper at the restaurant right here - Bourbon Street Grill - also excellent. $45 for 1 drink, 1 grilled chicken wrap, and 1 pulled pork sandwich. Huge portions and delicious- we could easily have shared one meal. Ambiance fantastic. The nearby streets are lined with great looking Bistros, of all persuasions. We could stay here a month and just eat! After Diner, we walked to Winter Gardens where we had prebooked tickets to the musical "School of Rock." I booked great seats B 104 and 103 a few days ahead. Very expensive and a real indulgence! The walk was a casual 15 min - easy peasy. The show is excellent due to the awesome cast of 18 children and adults too of course. The story itself, follows the book/movie to a T. After the show, we walked back and felt perfectly safe. Our hotel room, though right facing the street, still allowed for a good night and a sleep in! Unheard of for me. In fact we almost missed breakfast !! Breakfast here at The French Quarters is a simple little buffet, but perfect - yoghurt, boiled egg, cereal and fruit. And of course coffee and juices. The sunroom, where this mini buffet is, though quaint and ambient was freezing! I expect that in the summer it's sweltering! We enjoyed every minute of this lovely gem of a guesthouse. Let's keep it our little secret! Our New York Day was also FREEZING....and I say that as an Albertan who was wearing her down winter coat! I had tossed in gloves "just in case". Thank goodness but ....my warm hats are all at home. Shoot!!! We wandered about Times Square, shared a salad at Bubba Gumps and decided on last minute matinee tickets for BEAUTIFUL which is the story of Carol King's life. Having owned her 8 track, cassette tape, CD and now we both have her music on our phones, we thought this a good bet. Last minute bargain tickets were great but we were a bit disappointed in the show itself. A lot - the majority of the songs - were ones she had written but not performed herself. Rather they were performed by the Drifters and others. Certainly part of her story, but simply not our taste. Also the Sondheim theatre is perishing cold with uncomfortable seats! Not a patch on Winter Gardens which is gorgeous! Glad we went though - just one of those "once in a lifetime" things! We enjoyed a little more browsing Times Square after the musical but the cold certainly sped up our walk back to The French Quarters! Popped in to Walgreens - have never seen such costly toiletries in my life!!!! Stupid us - who would wait til Times Square to buy their mouthwash??!! Dinner back at French Quarters seemed like a warm and comfortable idea which it was indeed - a great repeat of last night's good food and service! Awesome to be cozy back in our adorable room, with its hot water and huge screen tv. Prince Michael settled into an Islanders vs Boston hockey game which he's wishing he'd bought tickets for! There were 3 NHL games on within an hour. Aargh- blew that! Well today was the exciting boarding day which doesnt grow old. After a second great night at French Quarters (and btw, I'll never stay anywhere else in NYC!), and a second perfect breakfast, we called another UBER who was there in four minutes! Yes, four minutes in New York City. Am I sold on uber or what!? It was a 54 minute trip for $38.51 Traffic was crazy - took that long to go 9.6 miles! However, once at the port, I've never been whisked thru the security and check in process so quickly. The Brooklyn Red Hook staff have A LOT to learn about pleasantries, but we'll get lots of smiles and politeness on the ship. So for now we bit our tongues and followed their barking orders, glad at least for their efficiency! Boarding started at noon with the usual stampede. Excellent to see some familiar faces as we embarked! Flor from Mexico waiting for us in the International Cafe and Ivan from Serbia smoothing the way to our perfect time and table in the dining room where Ana looks after us. Our STATEROOM - Emerald deck 08 room 623. Balcony is a good size with lots of room for the two chairs and a little table. However it is a Fully Obstructed Balcony room. We were very curious as to what that would look like? To sum up, our opinion is that we'd happily book this room again as the $$ savings were significant enough to pay for our two luxury days in NYC. Plus it is right across from the laundry room. I had a big load washed and dried before we even set sail! We get free "send away" laundry as we're elite status but.... sometimes you want your stuff back sooner than three days! I did hear one lady furious about having a tender outside her balcony. She is yet another case of not paying attention to what YOUVE booked. She's likely the one with the "wrong" dining time too! I think that the PORT OF NYC-Red Hook, and Quebec City offer the most beautiful sail a ways. Vancouver comes in a very close three way tie! Sadly it was raining today so sail away wasn't as lovely as it can been. We could see lady liberty from our quote fully obstructed balcony unquote no problem though. Also governors island was particularly nice in it's fall colours. DINING ROOM - Anytime Symphony ... We prefer a fixed time so choose a table for two and waiter which will work after we board the ship and see how the first night goes. Yummy yummy to start the dining experience with those amazing crispy spring rolls, and wind up with hazelnut chocolate soufflé. Life could be worse! We wandered around the music venues and beautiful ship. The welcome aboard show doesn't hold appeal when you've just seen two Broadway shows!! Must settle in for a relaxing day at sea coming up!!! It feels good to unpack, knowing it's for 10 days! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I am Elite on Princess and I absolutely love this cruise and have done this itinerary 6 times, and have already booked next year's. There is a large group (growing larger each year) who make a point to take this cruise. We met on ... Read More
I am Elite on Princess and I absolutely love this cruise and have done this itinerary 6 times, and have already booked next year's. There is a large group (growing larger each year) who make a point to take this cruise. We met on Cruise Critic and have formed close and lasting friendships. We plan many activities, from dinners together, to excursions, and a real celebration on Halloween. This year we started by meeting in the Piazza (a modern day marvel) in costume, and walked into the anytime dining room (we had made arrangements first because there were over 100 of us). We were warmly greeted. At 9:00 pm we all met in the Piazza and commenced a flash mob dance (still in costume) to Happy. One of our roll call members had choreographed it and we ran through it the day before. Very well received and filmed by the ship's videographer. We then went on deck for the Halloween Deck party. For the last 2 years Princess assigned our roll call our own videographer and she travelled with us on excursions, dinners, Halloween, etc. They prepared a special Cruise Critic DVD of our cruise and had a private screening for us the last sea day. I can't say enough good things about the way Cruise Critic is treated by Princess. We have a couple of members who do the bulk of the work contacting the corporate headquarters to make arrangements for various things, and they are always received warmly and professionally. Heck, we had almost 200 at our Meet and Greet and several officers attended. As for the ship, I can't say enough good things about her, and her crew. The Cruise Director, Martyn Moss, and his staff were top notch and the programs they offered were amazing. I only went to a couple of shows, but what I saw was outstanding and very entertaining. Very professional singers and dancers. And the stage is a modern miracle. Food - well presented and very well done. Everything from the mind-blowing buffet to the Crown Grill and everything in-between, is memorable and begs you to come back. We did the Crab Shack one night ($29.00 upcharge, as are all of the specialty venues). The food was excellent. I'm from the Jersey Shore and really appreciate great seafood. I wish they had kept the price at $20.00 (since we already pay for our food in our fare) because raising the fees up 33% was a very hefty increase. I've been to these islands several times, so I did no excursions. I wandered around and shopped a bit. We stopped at Antigua (one of my favorites) and it was their Independence Day so many of the shops by the ship were closed and almost none were open in town. We also stopped in Bonaire and St. Maarten. Both lovely islands. We had a lot of rain, both at sea and on the islands, but that didn't interfere with my enjoyment. We docked in Ft. Lauderdale on a Sunday and decided to spend an extra night there, as airfares were very high on Sunday. I love adding a day to an already incredible vacation. Are there a few things I'd like to see changed? Of course, but I do not let that spoil all of the positives. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise on QM2. After many years of spending Christmas & New Year entertaining family and others, we thought it time we had a rest and enjoyed our Christmas without cleaning, cooking and all that goes with having a ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on QM2. After many years of spending Christmas & New Year entertaining family and others, we thought it time we had a rest and enjoyed our Christmas without cleaning, cooking and all that goes with having a house full over Christmas. We planned as 'seniors', a lovely holiday that meant for over 40 years we were spoilt. After arriving in the UK we had 5 great days for the very first time experiencing Christmas in London. The coloured lights the very cool weather, seeing we live in the tropics in Australia. What a thrill it was & what an experience. We finally caught a shuttle bus to Southampton and boarded the very beautiful Ocean Liner QE2. The experience of crossing the Atlantic during winter was a fantastic journey. Yes, it was rough and the seas were high and the winds were tremendous, yet the QM2 handled it all with ease. After visiting New York on the 7th day we headed to the Caribbean for the warmth and hospitality of the locals. We must say cruising at Christmas on QM2 is just breathtaking, the decoration on board, the excitement of being spoilt by the stall and officers. Just a beautiful memory that we will never forget. Some of the lovey people on board have now become pen friends we hope forever. New Years Eve was just something that will live with us forever.. We do not believe Cunard can top the effort they put into a our Christmas & New Years cruise. We highly recommend a cruise on a Christmas New Year Cruise on QM2. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a repositioning cruise as this ship moves it's homeport from Newark to Galveston. A nice, primarily Eastern Caribbean itinerary with Curacao and Grand Cayman as well. Most of the passengers had flown to New York from Texas, ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruise as this ship moves it's homeport from Newark to Galveston. A nice, primarily Eastern Caribbean itinerary with Curacao and Grand Cayman as well. Most of the passengers had flown to New York from Texas, but there were also a fair number of Europeans on board, looking for some hot weather before their winter. They got it, as it was still quite hot in the Caribbean but no problems with rain, so pretty ideal weather throughout. The twelve night cruise had about half of the days at sea, which was pleasant and relaxing. The cruise director was one of the more personable ones and he even conducted several trivia games himself, which I don't recall ever happening before. In fact most of the trivia games and the staff that conducted them were far above the average for fun and creativity. The ice show was great, as everyone agrees. Can't understand why RC would build some of it's new ships without the ice rink! The other shows were pretty standard ones, except for Saturday Night Fever, which was a nice change, but not nearly as good of a show as Hairspray was on the Oasis. The classical guitarist was fabulous and his audiences showed their appreciation. It is nice to see this type of entertainer in the lounges again, as it provides a nice variety of music. Generally things were pretty good on the ship, but as a Diamond Plus level Crown and Anchor Society member who has cruised a lot with Royal Caribbean, I noticed that there seemed to be an inflexible attitude towards customer service and satisfaction, that must have come from the senior management of this particular ship. It wasn't noticeable from the majority of staff, really. But when you pointed out a problem, even if they followed up by checking with senior management, the final word on your issue boiled down to "NO." When questioned further they would say that things were as they were because of "a corporate decision." Therefore they could do nothing to change or alter a menu item ( this was the biggest recurring problem), excessive volume level on an empty of people pool deck or Royal promenade, or on a drink menu item. This is not consistent with my experience on other RC ships. It was really disappointing and I am at a loss as to why this was so different on this ship. Maybe things will improve when it homeports in Galveston! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
First time on Princess cruise but our 11th overall. We love Princess. Best food on any cruise we have been on. Sailed Royal, Carnival and NCL and blows them all way food wise. Best buffet at sea. MDR was great. Steakhouse was good but ... Read More
First time on Princess cruise but our 11th overall. We love Princess. Best food on any cruise we have been on. Sailed Royal, Carnival and NCL and blows them all way food wise. Best buffet at sea. MDR was great. Steakhouse was good but Carnival steakhouse is a tad better. NCL worst food overall. The Regal is a classy beautiful ship. Love the different pool areas and all the Pub and dining venues. The one thing that was missing was a sports pub. Entertainment was average. The showroom shows were adequate but this is one area where Princess and Carnival are way behind Royal and NCL. The entertainment in the plaza area was very good. Constantly changing and the house band was great. Activities were good. A wide variety of offerings. I would get rid of Princess Live Studio. Nothing really interesting happening at Princess live. Would rip that out and put in a sports bar. Love the Crooners happy hour. We had a balcony cabin and we enjoyed it. Love that it has sliding door. Carnival has regular door and takes up space. We were worried this would be an old fogie cruise. While the demographic was older the passengers were a lot of fun and stayed up late and partied a bit. Was worried because heard of a strict dress code in dining room. But saw plenty of guys wearing jeans on non formal nites. No shorts tho. People looked great on formal nite. So wasn''t as stuffy as we thought it may be. They had a great costume deck party for Halloween. Showed football and movies on the big screen. Also enjoyed the casino. Service was fabulous all over the ship. Dining room service was great. Bartenders were too. Enjoyed the seaview bar and all the other great bars. Loved this ship. Disembarking was the easiest we have ever experienced also. Improvements I would add would be Sports Pub. Sushi bar. Totally gut all the showroom shows and start from scratch. If you happen to miss any one of the shows no big loss. They were ok but nothing to write home about. Overall a great cruise and a great ship with fabulous food. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just got back Tuesday evening from Regal Princess on a 10 day cruise. Our 14th cruise, first with Princess. Too much inequality that is on this ship everywhere. They have cabanas on public space that they charge extra for. There were only ... Read More
Just got back Tuesday evening from Regal Princess on a 10 day cruise. Our 14th cruise, first with Princess. Too much inequality that is on this ship everywhere. They have cabanas on public space that they charge extra for. There were only a hand fill of blacks, children and younger adults. Sorry but the world is not all white seniors. Not enough entertainment and dancing venues. The food was just ok. Many problems with cabin, that after many calls to guest services desk never got resolved. We doubt if we will ever cruise with Princess again. Like always we met wonderful cruisers from all over the world. Australia, Scotland, Canada, California and NYC. Thank you to our new friends. If it wasn't for you our cruise would be a total disaster. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Embarkation – When our taxi arrived at the road that leads to the terminal in Red Hook, the line of personal vehicles and taxis was incredibly long, so we got out and walked most of the way. No biggie. Once we handed off our luggage to a ... Read More
Embarkation – When our taxi arrived at the road that leads to the terminal in Red Hook, the line of personal vehicles and taxis was incredibly long, so we got out and walked most of the way. No biggie. Once we handed off our luggage to a porter, in took about twenty-five minutes from the time we entered the terminal until we boarded. Although we would have been able to use the check-in line for Elite passengers, the regular line was shorter and was moving faster, so we went that route. Interestingly, they don’t take your photo to embed on your cruise card until you’ve enter the ship’s Piazza. This caused a bit of a backup in the gangway, but, again, no biggie. Overall, it was a pretty easy embarkation. Cabin – Originally, I had booked an inside room, but, as an anniversary surprise for my wife, I upgraded to a balcony…category BE, cabin C136 to be exact. She didn’t find out until after we boarded, when she tried to open the door of an inside room, which was directly across from the balcony room that was actually ours. When the key card didn’t work on the inside room, I turned around and said, “Let’s try this one”, and opened the balcony room. She was happy. The room itself was fairly spacious, with plenty of storage space, a big open closet, and a flat screen television. I’ve read some negative comments about the size of the REGAL’s balconies, but, to be honest, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. We could both sit out on the balcony, or stand and look out…that means it pretty much did what it was supposed to do. On the other hand, the size of the bathroom was a bit shocking. It was probably the smallest bathroom on a ship we’ve ever had. Still, it served its purpose, so the size was no big deal. However, I imagine someone with substantial girth might have a problem. One thing my wife loved was the small step molded into the shower stall; it made shaving her legs a lot easier than normal. The Ship – Without a doubt, REGAL PRINCESS is one of the most beautiful ships in which we've ever sailed. The attention to detail, aesthetically that is, is remarkable. The passenger flow is very good; we never waited in a long line for anything; and there are so many places for people to spread out that it never felt crowded. That is, except for the Princess Theater. For some reason, most people seemed to gravitate to the 10:15pm show, so it was always packed. One night we went to an earlier show and it was much better. And now for the same old complaints that people talk about over and over again: the lack of a wraparound promenade, a forward-facing view, and a central staircase. As far as the lack of a wraparound promenade, it wasn’t really an issue for us. We have no problem walking front to back and back to front on the same side of the ship. In fact, we avoided the aft area of the starboard side of the promenade as it’s a designated smoking area. However, the fact that they closed off a forward third of what little promenade the ship does have was rather annoying. The wide, open deck in front of the first set of lifeboats was never open; it would have certainly taken some of the sting out of not having a wraparound promenade if people would have been able to walk the entire length of what is there. Having no forward-facing view (or at least not without having to pay for The Sanctuary to get it) is also a little annoying. But I knew about these going in, so I have no one to blame but myself if they were a bone of contention. The lack of a central staircase was never a problem for us…our cabin was just off the forward staircase, so we always just walked to the forward elevator bank and staircase and used them. I can see how some folks would find it inconvenient. The Piazza: in a word, wonderful. So many choices for dining, drinking, shopping, entertainment, etc. There was almost always something going on….Zumba, live music, dancing, games, acrobatics, demonstrations and the like. Rarely did it feel crowded. One thing we really liked was the fact that the guest services desk is located out of the way, off the Piazza. Same for the shore excursions desk. Dining – Well, let’s just say we didn’t go hungry. We had Anytime Dining and, out of ten nights, we went to the Concerto Dining Room five nights, the Symphony Dining Room one night, and then one night each at Sabatini’s, the Crown Grill, and the Horizon Court. We also had one night doing the Ultimate Balcony Dining. During the day, we ate at the Horizon Court and Bistro, Alfredo’s, Prego Pizza, Trident Grill, and the International Café. Concerto and Symphony Dining Rooms – The Concerto Dining Room opens for ATD at 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m., while the Symphony Dining Room is open for ADT between 5:00 p.m. and 9 p.m. For the most part, the food and service was very, very good. Food that was supposed to be hot, was always hot, and there was a fairly good selection. A few dishes that stand out are the Beef Stroganoff, all the soups, and the Fettuccini Alfredo. My wife enjoyed the fish dishes very much. Out of all of our meals in the ATD rooms, only one meal was a clunker. The last night, American night, I had to send my turkey back because the middle was raw. No problem, it happens. And I made no spectacle of myself when I discovered it. I simply said, to our waiter’s assistant, in a low voice, “I’m going to need a different plate because my turkey isn’t cooked through.” He took it away, brought me another, it was fine, and that was that. Sabatini’s – I was a little skeptical about going. We went to Sabatini’s on SAPPHIRE PRINCESS a few years ago, and were less than impressed. This time, however, everything was wonderful. For appetizers, my wife had the Sformato di Carciofi Gratinati al Castelrosso (artichoke soufflé), and I had the Burrata alla Panna con Carpaccio di Pomodori (cow’s milk cheese with creamy lava center on tomato carpaccio). Both were excellent. We each had the salad, and then she had the Tris d’Aragosta (lobster three ways) and me the Lombata di Vitello al Forno (roasted veal rack). I also had an appetizer portion of the manicotti. For dessert, it was the Crema al Caffe (espresso crème brulee) and the Torta Profumata ai Limoni di Sorrento (citrus tart). Everything was perfect; an excellent meal. Crown Grill – Here’s where things went a bit astray. Although we've been on many Princess cruises, we had not yet been to the steakhouse. I guess we expected something a little more intimate, quiet, and elegant. This was a chaotic mess. Two large groups of loud, obnoxious people (including one guy at the head of one of the tables, who let everyone know how much he knows about cruising); staff practically running throughout the place; people walking past our window outside looking in at us…it was just ridiculous. Perhaps it was our fault for having an incorrect perception of what it was supposed to be like. On top of that, the food, while good, wasn’t really anything to write home about. I guess the final straw was when it took nearly an hour for us to get our dessert. When the waiter finally brought it out, he said, “Sorry, I forgot to tell you that it takes a while.” In other words, he forgot to put the order in. I’m sure some will find this hard to believe, but, we've had a much better experience at the steakhouse on Carnival’s ships. Horizon Court/Horizon Bistro – Wow, what a huge array of food; and, for the most part, everything we had was pretty darn good. At breakfast, I really liked how they had the same staples every day, but they would also change up several items daily. Lunch was different every day, and it was good. The one dinner we had at the Horizon Court was good, but we decided we’d rather be waited on in one of the main dining rooms. One cool thing is the pastry shop, located in the middle of the Horizon Bistro. Such a huge selection of cookies, jellos, pies, cakes, etc.; they also offered several sugar-free desserts. There’s also a coffee bar in the pastry shop where folks can get the same foo-foo coffees that are available at the International Café in the Piazza on Deck Five. For the first few days we didn’t know about it, and would go down to the International Café before heading up to the Horizon Court for breakfast. I think a lot of people didn’t know about it. Ultimate Balcony Dining – Fantastic. Here’s how it works: once you receive the card in your room confirming you have the UBD, you call ROOM SERVICE to set everything up, NOT DINING. During the call, they will set up the day, time, and menu. You have a choice of a few entrees, and whatever cocktails you’d like (one each is included). You also get a half bottle of champagne, flowers, and a photographer comes to your room and takes a few pics (which are also included). My wife had the Surf and Turf, and I had the Steak Diane. We set everything up for 7 p.m. on 10/30. At 7 p.m., there was a knock on the door and it was our waiter, his assistant, and two other men who were wheeling carts around in the hallway. Our waiter introduced everyone, brought in a folding table and set it up on the balcony. Everything was very professional, not at all intrusive, and they really made us feel special. Once the table was set up, we sat down and the photographer took the photos. From that point on, the waiter and his assistant were in and out (he had set our cabin door so it would not lock behind them)…it was just like we were in the dining room. They kept filling our water and champagne glasses, all the while bringing course after course. We had a plate of canapés, an appetizer of blue crab quiche, a huge salad, and our entrees. Not being a seafood lover, I only picked at the quiche. Everything else was very good. My steak was ten times better than the one I had at the Crown Grill. Then came the dessert. I can’t tell you what it was (some sort of chocolate mousse thing) but it was wonderful, and the presentation looked amazing. Altogether, the entire meal took about two hours, and was worth every penny of the $100 price tag. The waiter and his assistant did such a good job, I gave them each an extra $20…..well worth it. Alfredo’s – A great alternative to the Horizon Court/Bistro or even the main dining rooms, Alfredo’s offers more than just gourmet pizza. They also have calzones, salads, Italian meat pies, and a few desserts. During peak times, there was a little bit of a wait (maybe five minutes), but no big deal, and certainly worth the wait. While I do like the pizza by the pool at Prego Pizza, the pizza at Alfredo’s is a step above. Super fresh, hot, and tasty. The calzone I had one day was very good. Prego Pizza and Trident Grill – As mentioned above, the pizza is pretty good…but it is a little inconsistent. At times the crust was perfect, other times it was flimsy and not very good. Still, the flavor was there, and it was leaps and bounds better than some of the pizza I’ve had on other ships (including QUEEN MARY 2…think tasteless cardboard). We went to the Trident Grill twice and weren’t really blown away. The giant hot dogs were good, but the burgers were just okay. They also offer grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, brats and knockwurst. The fries were good. The International Café – What a cool place. Depending on the time of day, they would offer pastries, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. It’s also where you can get foo-foo coffees and teas. Service was spot on. Unlike Starbucks – which can take days for someone to make a latte – these folks were slamming out orders at lightning speed. The place is extremely popular, and it gets quite busy….but we never had to wait more than just a few minutes. It was pretty amazing. And now a few words about the Coffee Card. Basically, you pay $29 for a punch card that entitles you to 15 specialty foo-foo coffees, unlimited premium regular coffee, tea, etc. However, you can also use it to get ice cream at Gelato’s, which is located just on the other side of the Piazza. One punch gets you three scoops of ice cream or a sundae or whatever. If you have Elite status, and don’t want the complimentary bar set up in your cabin, you can trade in the bar set up for two coffee cards. All you have to do is call room service and they will come to your cabin, take away the booze, and bring you the coffee cards. Painless. This is what we did, and it was well worth it. Entertainment – A mixed bag. The production shows were okay…Bravo and Fiera being the best. I really liked the creepy sets, costumes and lighting of Fiera, but the tune selection was whacked-out. The selection in Bravo was better, but they need to get rid of a few of the performers; especially this one guy who sang Queen’s, “Somebody to Love”…absolutely no soul or mojo whatsoever. In contrast, Colin, the piano player/singer in Crooners, was outstanding. A killer player and vocalist, he had Crooners packed nearly every night. Great song selection, too. Being a musician myself, I will say that I was thrilled to see so many live bands all over the ship. In the Piazza, Crooners, the Wheelhouse Bar, the Princess Theater, out on deck, etc., and they rotated around the ship. Princess Live! Yeah, I’ve read all the complaints about how they've eliminated the Explorers Lounge, and that they should get rid of PL and replace it with one, but, to be honest, the only difference is the décor. IMO, PL is simply too sterile and cold, décor-wise, when compared to the rest of the ship. And the seats are the most uncomfortable things I think I’ve ever sat in. I think that, had they softened up the room with the décor of the EL, people would like it a lot better. Some of the activities (trivia games, the marriage game, etc.) were all well-attended, but, for things like the morning show, the audience was sparse. We went to a trivia game about flags of the world – which interested my wife since she’s VP of production for the National Flag Company – and one of the marriage games. Both were fun. The Water Fantasy shows, between the two pools on Deck 16 (Lido Deck), were pretty cool. They only last for about ten minutes, and they don’t do a show every night. When they do, the music is themed to a particular movie or artist. One night it was James Bond, another night it was Michael Jackson. They were all well-attended. Movies Under the Stars – It is what it is. Either you like the thing going nearly twenty-four hours a day, or you don’t. I personally would have liked a lull here and there, but that’s just me. I will say that I was a bit taken aback by some of what they showed. The Devil Wears Prada…really? The Princess Bride….really? And as much as I love Rob Thomas, and The Killers, I’m not sure full concerts of each were the way to go for the average Princess passenger. People seemed to be just tolerating them. They did show Phil Collins and Paul McCartney concerts, and it was pretty obvious by people’s singing that those were smart choices. And they did show some fairly current movies, too…Ant Man, Tomorrowland, Lady in Gold, and the new Terminator flick. In-Room Television – I guess this can be classified as entertainment. Lots of free movies, TV shows, Princess related videos, etc. As geeky as it sounds, one of the highlights for us was being able to watch nearly endless episodes of, “The Love Boat”. What terrific fun. I do think it’s odd that you can’t order room service, check your on board account, order shore excursions, etc. from your television. Princess@sea app – I loved it. Basically, it’s an app you download to your mobile device or Ipad. It gives you the ability to message other passengers, check the daily program, tag events you’d like to attend, check your on board account, and connect to the ship’s internet. I used it on my Ipad to get on-line (didn’t go to the internet café), and it worked flawlessly. Service – Other than the aforementioned issue in the Crown Grill, which wasn’t a deal-breaker, service throughout the ship was exceptional. Nearly everyone had a smile on their face. From dining staff to the guys painting around the ship, we were ALWAYS greeted in a friendly manner, and whenever we were leaving dinner, a show, or whatever, they thanked us for coming. I know it’s part of their job, but, after listening to some people whine and moan about the dumbest things, I don’t know how they do it. For us, the best part about the service was how they treated us like human beings…they joked, poked fun (at us and themselves), and they didn’t treat us like they had to tip-toe around us. Fellow Passengers – Pretty much normal, everyday people. For the most part, the crowd was a little older than us (we’re both 51); probably averaging 60s and 70’s. Understandably, there wasn’t many children, and the children who were there were all well-behaved. Not once did I see or hear kids running around without an adult, or being obnoxious. That was reserved for some of the grownups. St. Thomas, Antigua & Aruba – Although we had been to St Thomas 14 times, we had never taken the skyride to the top to see the remarkable view of Charlotte Amalie and the surrounding islands. While it’s only about a five minute walk from the dock at Havensight, REGAL PRINCESS docked at Crown Bay, on the other side of downtown, so we had to take a taxi. The process of getting a taxi was pretty flawless; very organized. You simply walk to the curb, there is one person asking where you want to go, and then they tell you which taxi to get it. Done. The Skyride is $21 per person, roundtrip. You can walk back down if you want, but, why would you want to do that? The views are amazing. This was our first time in Antigua, and, to be honest, we couldn’t care less if we never go back. We were off the ship, maybe, 20 minutes before we had had enough of people (namely taxi cab drivers) tugging on us, following us around, getting in our face, etc. I’m not exaggerating when I say we had to shrug off at least 25 cab drivers, all asking the same thing. And when we told them no thank you, three of them actually followed us around, and just kept harassing us. Don’t get me wrong, I know this is how they make their living. But, after such an organized and hassle-free experience in St. Thomas, it just hit us the wrong way. I finally looked at my wife and said, “Well, I’ve had enough.” She agreed, and we went right back on board. It’s really a shame; I’m sure it’s a beautiful island, but it was just too much of a hassle to find out. This was our second time in Aruba. This time, we bought a Princess excursion to snorkel on the wreck of the German cargo ship Antilla, which was scuttled by her crew in 1940. Absolutely fantastic. The wreck sits on her side in 55 ft. of water, and you can see everything crystal clear. Folks can find out about the ship at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Antilla_(1939). For $49 per person, it’s a bargain. Overall Impression – REGAL PRINCESS is a fantastic ship, but not perfect. However, whatever shortcomings she has, the positives certainly makes up for them. She delivers a solid cruising experience, and offers an almost endless array of dining and entertainment options. She’s big…I mean REALLY big. So big that her size just might turn some people off. But, for us, we enjoyed all she had to offer…or at least all we wanted to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We'll start with the premise that while every word of this missive is true...accurate...not vituperative...and/or personal, we suspect, fully suspect...that the true assessment of our cruise will either fall o deaf ears or just be ... Read More
We'll start with the premise that while every word of this missive is true...accurate...not vituperative...and/or personal, we suspect, fully suspect...that the true assessment of our cruise will either fall o deaf ears or just be dismissed out of hand. To WIT: The "decibels" of most of the music (entertainment) was ear shattering. Just unpleasantly loud & hence ruined the atmosphere. when a person must compete with the music to chat to their partner, it is no longer "music." and....we're simply talking about a innocuous chat; not a "socratic exchange" of a discourse that solves the world's problems. it is, instead,...noise. But...to be fair & balanced, my wife and i "did enjoy the string quartet. The members of the string quartet played their music in a manner that demonstrated a decorum fit for "easy" & enjoyable music; not caustic, acidic & befit for a teenage rock concert. The "culinary" delights so prominently displayed on the ship's advertisements were a long way from the actual food and/or the declared presentation. Parenthetically, a buffet is a buffet by any other name. however, as strange of a dichotomy as it may seem, the culinary staff on the regal princess has for it's greatest achievement a portion of prosciutto ham. What a disappointment! Think about it...the "best" they had to offer was a plate of sliced prosciutto ham!!!!! We could not, with a good conscious, recommend princess cruise line to our friends or enemies. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015

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