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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise as an alternative way to get from the States to England. I am glad we did. Our cabin (sheltered balcony) was quite nice and more than adequate for a winter crossing of the North Atlantic. A few minor details, such as ... Read More
We chose this cruise as an alternative way to get from the States to England. I am glad we did. Our cabin (sheltered balcony) was quite nice and more than adequate for a winter crossing of the North Atlantic. A few minor details, such as stained carpet and floor of the shower, kept the cabin from achieving an excellent rating. The food in all venues was excellent as was the dinner service in the Britannia Restaurant and and all meals in the King's Court buffet restaurant. Such excellence was, however, lacking in the single time we ate in the Britannia Restaurant for breakfast. The three shows we attended were very well done. Embarkation in Brooklyn was exceptionally smooth while the same could not be said of the disembarkation in Southampton. We received quite conflicting information, regarding procedures for disembarking, from the staff as to what was required to depart the ship early in order to meet our pre-arranged shore transportation. The person in the Tour Office gave us (what turned out to be) the correct information while the person coordinating the departure times and disembarking passengers seemed to not be on the same page as the Tour Office. On a positive note to all bridge players, the afternoon duplicate bridge games were well run and enjoyable. Kudos to the director. All in all, this was a wonderful trip and we would definitely cruise with Cunard again when we next cross the Atlantic. The atmosphere, service, food, and entertainment all add up to make this cruise a very pleasant experience. The very few and very minor complaints listed above are all that kept this review from receiving a rating of five (5). 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We took this re positioning cruise from 10/27-11/6. The Experience was great. From the time we got on until we got off the Princess Company kept the standards high and they did everything they could to give you a great cruise experience. ... Read More
We took this re positioning cruise from 10/27-11/6. The Experience was great. From the time we got on until we got off the Princess Company kept the standards high and they did everything they could to give you a great cruise experience. From the Dining room Matre d to the guy that sweeps the Pool deck, everyone takes pride in what they do, and to make your experience exceptional. We had a balcony B511 on the Baja Deck and we were centrally located on the ship. We heard nothing, We were close to the elevator and the Laundry. The Shows were good but short, 30-35 min. The down side is to get a seat in the theater you needed to be there 40 minutes before the show. They need to fix that. We saw really good shows though. We did not do any shore excursions because of the cost. They are extremely expensive. There is a casino that we do not use the odds are with the house and they win all the time! It is easier not to gamble and shop the Islands. We stopped at St. Martin a great port with great shopping, Bonaire, a beautiful port, and if you are a diver I hear it is a place to go. We loved this small dutch Caribbean town. Friendly , nice people and they want our business. Then we went to Antigua. The town is a toilet! You get harassed by the cab drivers as soon as you clear the gate. They have a lot of stores, but you have to fight your way through the cab drivers to get there. I did not get a very warm or safe feeling in this port. If I were Princess and any other Cruise ships, since I have had this same experience in Antigua before, I would seriously consider changing that port to Aruba or Curacao. I understand they have no control over what goes on in the port but a discussion with the officials may be useful. That is the only negative I had about this wonderful ship and its great Crew. Take a cruise on the Royal princess it is excellent. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Repositioning from NYC to the Caribbean aboard the wonderful Regal Princess Summation – • We had a wonderful repositioning, 10-night cruise from NYC to Ft Lauderdale. Details will be included after the Summation We used: ... Read More
Repositioning from NYC to the Caribbean aboard the wonderful Regal Princess Summation – • We had a wonderful repositioning, 10-night cruise from NYC to Ft Lauderdale. Details will be included after the Summation We used: • Princess EzAir (recommended) • Princess transfer from LaGuardia to the Brooklyn Pier (recommended) • Sailed on the Regal (Stunningly gorgeous) • Our first Repositioning Cruise (awesome) • Booked a bit later (got a great price) • Had a Balcony on the Lido deck (very nice) • Buffet laid out much better than the Ruby Class Ships • Used the gym (very good) • Pools were great (used the Retreat pool mostly) • Didn’t use the Spa • Did go to the Crown Grille (OMG) • Princess EzCheck (disembarkation Air & Luggage service OUTSTANDING!) • Took a taxi from Ft Lauderdale to FLL (no luggage to worry about, - see above - cost $18 w/ tip) Detailed Review – I am 57 and my wife is 55. We are Princess Platinum cruisers and have been on RCCL as well, but like Princess better. We booked the 10 repositioning from NYC to Ft Lauderdale around the beginning of September and got a balcony stateroom for $729 per. I did see prices for $699 but decided not to push things ($73 per person per night for a balcony? Really!) We are from Boston, so I was toying with the idea of saving a few bucks and taking Amtrak to NYC, then flying back from FLL. I checked Kayak and one way was going to be about $530 each. On the advice of my wife, I checked roundtrip using Princess EzAir. We got a round-trip (Bos – LaGuardia, FLL – Bos) for about $350 each (AA, with a connection in DC – Reagan airport). Not knowing the airport, NYC or traffic we got the Princess transfers ($30 each, money well spent). There were Princess representatives at the luggage area awaiting our arrival. After we got our luggage, we were led to the bus. Painless and carefree. There was a bunch of traffic and it took us about 90 minutes to get to the pier. If we got a taxi it would have been much more expensive. Once at the pier, folks were loading our luggage quickly. I found it much better than Port Everglades. The longshoremen in FL seem to be more interested in getting tips than tending to your luggage. In NYC, the guy seemed surprised that when I gave him a few bucks and was thankful rather than entitled (again, these are my impressions). Embarkation – As a point of reference, it was about 1:00 PM. In Port Everglades, this is usually the busiest time. In NYC, the only way to get aboard faster is to stand on a catapult and be launched over the side of the ship. Princess has this down to a science. As Platinum members, we get priority, but the regular line was non-existent as well. We got our cards quickly and were on our way to explore the ship. Cabin – We were on the Lido deck – cabin L119, forward. This was a smaller stateroom in comparison to the Ruby class Balconies. The balcony was shorter as well. There are Deluxe Balconies, maybe those would be a bit bigger. The bed was VERY comfortable. My wife wanted to pack it and bring it home. Our steward was Melissa from the Philippines. She was nice, but seemed to be new. We had an issue with the balcony door, it would stick, when it was closed, I had to lift it and slide it to open it. I told Melissa and she had the repair team there the next day. Another thing about the room was that if you left the balcony door open there was an insane whistle that forced you to shut the door. Walking through the hall, you could easily tell who left their doors open. We love the sound of the ocean at night, but didn’t do so on this cruise. The Lido deck was nice as we were one deck below the Retreat Pool and on the same deck as the main pool. We were also right near the buffet and the elevators down to the International Café. I recommend this location. We hardly had any movement even coming from NYC during the last days of October. Weather – Out of NYC it was drizzling, then it rained for the next 6 days. It didn’t matter, the cruise staff kept us entertained, the cooks kept us full and the ship was amazing. Food – The Regal did this right. Our usual game-plan for food is, we have breakfast in the buffet, lunch is where ever (maybe grab a slice of pizza at the pizzeria if we are at the pool or buffet) and dinner depends upon what they have in the dining room. This cruise was no different, except we had ½ of our dinners in the buffet. Odd for us as we usually like being served and relaxing a bit. The buffet was that good. We’d see what they were having in the dining room, take a look at what was in the buffet and say what the heck this looks good. This gave us plenty of time to make a show, moves-under-the-stars or to get my usual beat down in rummy from my wife. We also stayed in casual dress. My usual routine was to go down for coffee at the International Café before heading down for breakfast, as my wife was getting ready. We get the coffee card and use about ½ the punches during a cruise, so it lasts us two cruises and we get fresh brewed coffee. I’d walk through the pastry line after getting coffee for a pre-breakfast treat. The pastry chef Vladimir would smile and say “Come on I know you want it.” I dropped a $10 in his hand at the end of the cruise, he was awesome. Yup, I fell for his charms each day. Some days the other coffee-fetching husbands and I would enjoy a coffee, then head back to listen to the hum of the blow dryer, others I’d bring my treats back to the room and enjoy the balcony. Breakfast - (the real one, not the pre-breakfast) was at the buffet. There are omelet stations if that’s your thing, but it’s the usual breakfast fare. Also, the layout of the buffet is better on the Regal. We never looked for a seat, walk a bit either way and you’ll find one. Service was always great. These waiters work so hard. Lunch – When it wasn’t raining, we had lunch at the buffet. The Trident Grill and Pizzeria were great options when we were at the pool. Also, Alfredo’s on the 6th deck is outstanding. My wife loved the eggplant rolled up with cheese and angel hair pasta then baked with mozzarella. The pizza was great. Dinner – We had ½ of our dinners at the buffet, we usually have only 1 or 2 there on usual cruises. We had anytime dining and of the dinners we had in the dining room, we never waited for a table. My wife loves lamb. She had various lamb selections at the buffet on 4 occasions. The one night she opted out of lamb was for prime rib, which I stole a taste of (yum). We had the Crown Grille one night. It was great. The service is excellent; the food was even better. It does come with a $29 surcharge but our meal would have cost $200 easy at Morton’s or Capital Grille. My wife got the lamb chops, I had the filet mignon and I added a pair of lobster tails (no extra cost). The Black & Blue soup is so good, it’s sinful. Get the dessert sampler, your belly says “no more”, but your taste buds say “go for it”, then say “ahhh, thanks”. Entertainment – All of the shows we attended were at the very least fun and at the very best great. As I mentioned there were 6 rainy days. The cruise staff went above & beyond to keep us entertained. The Princess Live shows are fun. The Theater has production shows, which were very good. The bars have different folks each night (sometimes steel drums, piano or singers). There are happy-hour specials two times per night (Crooners at 4 and Club 6 at 10). The piazza has something throughout the day. On one night, the Cruise Director Martyn Moss organized a World Symphony, which was nothing short of fantastic. At the end of the performance, he sang a song, then proposed to his girlfriend (a violinist). Any guy who was thinking of proposing on the cruise had to rethink his scheme, Martyn raised the bar so high with that. Not a dry eye in attendance. Internet – we are Platinum so each of us got 120 minutes of free time so we never came close to using them. Keep in mind that the internet goes through a satellite hook up, so it is slower (in some cases much slower) than your land-based internet speed. The gym – I hit the gym on most days. The equipment is good. I spin at home, so I took a chance and brought my spin shoes. All of the spin bikes has the usual spin clips, so it was a good choice. The spin classes are OK, that said I have two excellent spin instructors at home, so anyone else who at least gets me to sweat is OK. They have a couple of Spinning Bikes (with clips) and a couple of cool simulation spin bikes where you can set up a scenario to challenge yourself against other virtual riders. There are the usual weights and a smith machine along with some usual other leg & arm equipment. The Casino – We hit the casino every night, not crazy money, but for fun. Overall we broke even, maybe a couple bucks to the good. Also, we played bingo and we hit for $300, so it was fun. Ports – St Maartin – It was rainy, so we did some shopping. I got a really good price on a watch at Kay’s Jewelers and they replaced a tanzanite stone on my wife’s ring for free (we bought it there 15 years ago). Antigua – It was a holiday, due to their Independence Day, which was exciting. It didn’t rain until later in the day, but it looked like it was going to pour at any moment all day. We shopped and had a few drinks at a local bar. Bonaire - We loved the island, but never did too much sightseeing. We did some shopping, but didn’t book an excursion because they were calling for rain. We got back to the ship early and went to the retreat pool and had an awesome day there. Disembarkation – We received a pamphlet on Princess’s new EzCheck service. For $25 each, they would take our luggage and bring it to FLL, print our boarding passes and if our bags were overweight, we wouldn’t be charged. Not seeing a downside, we opted for it. It was the best $50 I spent. They took our luggage the last night (just be aware that you’ll not see your luggage again until your home airport) and bring it to the airport. We had our carry-ons and that was it. We had a nice breakfast, and then got off the ship. We didn’t have to search for our luggage and breezed through customs, then caught a taxi to FLL. We skipped checking on our luggage and went right to security. Did I say this was the best $50 I spent? All in all, it was the best cruise we’ve had and are thinking of this itinerary aboard the Regal in the future. If anyone has any questions about this itinerary or review, please feel free to send me an email (ditomsween@gmail.com), please ensure to say Princess review in the subject so I won’t think it’s spam and I’ll do what I can to answer your questions. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the ... Read More
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the activities, everything about it is top-notch and most enjoyable. Our reason for sailing was to relax and enjoy shipboard life. This we did daily. While the weather did not cooperate enough to enjoy our balcony until we actually got to the Caribbean, our mini suite was a haven. The food options were incredible. We dined few times in the dining room, but also took in the Alfredo's pizzeria, the BBQ, and the fabulous buffet. The Pastry shop is indescribably delicious. We also spent countless hours walking the ship, watching the entertainers and just immersing ourselves in the sheer luxury of the ship and its many treasurer troves - boutiques, art gallery, and the like. An amazing holiday and we did come back renewed. We chose not to take shore excursions in the islands because we have been there so many times. We did take the Fort Lauderdale debark tour of the inland waterways aboard a paddle wheeler. Amazing views of the harbour, the many, many majestic mansions along with an informative dialogue by the crew. Since my return, I have booked to go on another 10 day Caribbean cruise on the Regal December 29th, with my neice, her husband and two great-nieces. I look forward to sharing this amazing ship with them on their first cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Chose this cruise for relaxation and the itinerary. Disappointed in the embarkation procedure, with technology today there should not be a reason to stand in long lines, even with elite status. The ship itself is fairly new, cabins well ... Read More
Chose this cruise for relaxation and the itinerary. Disappointed in the embarkation procedure, with technology today there should not be a reason to stand in long lines, even with elite status. The ship itself is fairly new, cabins well laid out and roomy. The dining started a downward spiral. On a gluten free diet. Their procedure is to have the guest preorder dinner in the dining room a day ahead. Nothing on the menu marked gluten free. Not only that but had a headwaiter come over and in an arrogant tone told me we were holding everything up, even though had told our waiter about the gluten free diet. Complained to the maitre d' and he didn't get back to us for days. This way of doing things made one felt put upon. Service in the dining room left a lot to be desired. Our waiter could not fathom that when someone wanted something added, they didn't want something else removed from their order. Led to a lot of confusion. Wrong food delivered twice. On the last night they couldn't [or didn't] find the remainder of a bottle of wine I had. Speaking of wine-their smallest package is for 7 bottles [on a 10 day cruise]. If you're the only drinker that just doesn't compute. Just about none of the food on the buffet was marked gluten free, you're left to your own devices on that. Entertainment was fine-normal sea going type. Great music and musicians. Ports-were only 3. St. Martin, Antigua and Bonaire. Shore excursions were blocked out in Bonaire by the ship. Left to our own to find something on shore. Don't know that we would take this type of itinerary on this ship again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
10-day Southern Caribbean Repositioning Cruise Brooklyn, New York to Ft. Lauderdale Visiting St. Maarten, Antigua and Bonaire The Regal Princess lives up to her name. She’s regal, beautiful and very, very big. Upon ... Read More
10-day Southern Caribbean Repositioning Cruise Brooklyn, New York to Ft. Lauderdale Visiting St. Maarten, Antigua and Bonaire The Regal Princess lives up to her name. She’s regal, beautiful and very, very big. Upon embarkation (which was very easy) you enter the ship through the Piazza, the main shopping and entertainment area. It soars three stories tall, gleaming with brass, inlaid marble and crystal. It’s a spectacular place to be introduced to the ship. And it's the hub of activity day and night. This was my 50th cruise. I’ve been sailing on cruise ships since I was 13 and I am now 54 years old. I hadn’t sailed on Princess for 15 years; sailing most recently with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. As a brand Princess positions itself as a mass-market, top-tier cruise experience. It lives up to it’s branding fairly well, however there are problems with the ship itself that were lower than my expectations. At almost 150,000 GRT the ship is large. Very large. She’s not as big as Allure of the Seas, but big enough that going back for a forgotten item can take upwards of 10-15 minutes to retrieve and return. It’s not a good choice for anyone with mobility issues or wants the feel of an intimate shipboard experience. Or for anyone who easily gets lost. Because she’s a big ship, she maneuvered through rough seas very well. We sailed out of Brooklyn into a storm and though there were15-18 foot waves and 50-60mph winds, there was little noticeable rocking/movement. The only time we felt motion was when we went to bed on the first night. The hangers in our closet kept banging together. For the remainder of the cruise we never once felt any rocking or movement. This was also true for Allure of the Seas, which is 75,000 GRT larger than the Regal. This is a good ship for anyone concerned with having sea sickeness. Regal Princess has one MAJOR FLAW. There are no mid-ship stairs. Because of this lines for the elevators, which there are 8 mid-ship, can be very long during high-traffic times like embarkation, shows and meal times. We booked a mid-ship stateroom and more often than not, had to wait 5 minutes or more for an elevator. Many elevators just glided by our floor without stopping. I had promised myself to use stairs as often as possible to help curb buffet weight-gain. To do this I had to walk all the way forward or aft to use the stairs. This was a logistical nuisance and added too much time to maneuver through the ship. (Note: Rumor has it that during it's 2017 dry docking they will be adding stairs mid-ship. Let's hope so.) We selected traditional seating for a late dinner. Our dining room was the somewhat lackluster (for a new ship) Allegro Dining Room. We had table 300, a nice round table with a booth and chairs. Our meals were wonderful. Always served hot, nicely prepared, with a good choice of options. Our servers were outstanding. The Allegro served the best food of any main dining room that I’ve ever had on any cruise. Unfortunately, there's a logistical problem with the placement of the Allegro Dining Room. You can’t access it from the deck that it is on. You must either take a very crowded stairwell down from the deck above or use one of four elevators that open up onto a mass of people stuck in line from the stairwell. Princesses’ architects really planned this entrance poorly. It was always hot and jam packed every evening 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. Not good for formal night. We dined in Sabatini’s one evening. The food and service was exceptional. The only drawback was we were seated next to a door leading into the kitchen. It must have also been by a trash bin because throughout most of the diner there was a foul stench waifing by our table. We had sushi one evening in the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. It was delicious and well prepared. Though it was al a carte the price was very reasonable and well worth it. We also dined at Alfredo’s several times for lunch (free). The pizzas, soups and pastas were outstanding. Worth the 20-30 minutes it took to individually prepare each individual entree. The coffee house had free pastries and sandwiches that were bountiful and good. The Horizon Terrace and Bistro was adequate. Compared to the buffets that we’ve had on Celebrity, the food was just ok. Selections were abundant, however the taste on many of the dishes was bland and boring. The logistics through the serving stations and the small aisles on both sides of the dining rooms made maneuvering though the area claustrophobic during peak times. One of the quirks with the buffet is that you don’t collect your flatware when you go through the buffet. The flatware is set on available tables. Unfortunately during peak times there’s not enough staff working the dining area. Many times there’s no flatware at empty tables and you have to steal flatware or wait for a server to come by and have them retrieve it for you. My favorite bar was the Wheelhouse Bar. It is elegant and the bartenders were friendly and made great cocktails. We purchased the beverage package and didn’t get our full value out of it, even though we did drink a good amount and had specialty coffees, water and sodas every day. Unless you plan on drinking from dawn to dawn, it would be hard to get your money out of the package…tho we did try to. My partner and I went to the LGBT mixer every night. The first evening was hosted by a ship’s staff member. The other evenings the group was left on our own, which was fine. There was about 25 participants and it was a nice way to meet other LGBT people on the ship. The mixer is proudly advertised in the daily paper/schedule and on The Princess at Sea App. for your smart phone (which was great to use throughout the cruise to find things that were going on). For our cruise the mixer was held at 7pm in the Wheelhouse Bar and then moved to Club 6. One of the disappointing things about the Regal Princess is there’s no forward facing bar/lounge overlooking the bow of the ship. I really missed sipping a cocktail while enjoying the view over the sea from 15 stories up. It’s just a shame. There’s very few few good sea views from any of the interior public spaces except from the lounges on the Piazza. This tends to make some of the spaces seem claustrophobic. A HUGE disappointment was The Sanctuary. It’a a joke. We boarded the ship right when boarding commenced. There were no more than 200 people ahead of us. We immediately went up to The Sanctuary to reserve chairs (I had read that chairs sell out quickly). We waited in a line of 12 people for 45 minutes only to be told that there were no more chairs available. Worse was it was cold and raining and there was o overhead shelter while we waited. The way they book chairs for The Sanctuary is archaic and frustrating for both customer and staff. NOT a good way to start a leisure cruise. If Princess can’t automate chair selection then they should just bundle this area into Suite packages and not offer it to the masses. Entertainment on Princess is mediocre. We had taken a Celebrity cruise a few months earlier and their entertainment was fresh, contemporary and extravagant. The Princess shows in all of the lounges was sophomoric. The singers and dancers were adequate however the production shows were left overs from the 1990’s. Obtaining seats to the main show room was a nightmare. If you were not there 15 minutes before a production there were no seats left. Lastly, I had to work during part of the cruise. I'm an illustrator and brought my laptop and a monitor toward in my room. The wifi, which I bought a 500 minute package for pre-sailing, was a joke. The internet is extremely slow on the ship. Painfuly slow. It would take upwards of 15 minutes to establish a connection to gmail or Yahoo. Forget trying to download or upload anything... or stream video. This is another reason I like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean better than Princess. Their internet is land-speed and can accommodate uploads of files. It's 2016. People want to be connected, even at sea. In the future I’d probably book Celebrity or maybe Holland America over a Princess Cruise. The cruise was nice however it just didn’t have that special quality and touch that Celebrity’s products consistently delivers. If I do sail again with Princess I’d like to try a smaller ship. I have no issue with big ships, in fact I like them. However Regal Princess should have hired better architects to design the flow of the ship. On the flip-side they did hire fabulous interior designers. The ship is beautiful. Read Less

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