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37 New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook) Romantic Cruise Reviews

This was our first Carnival cruise. My wife and I are in our late 50’s early 60s. We’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL, and for our honeymoon, Home Line. We hesitated sailing with Carnival due to its rep as a beer and ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise. My wife and I are in our late 50’s early 60s. We’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL, and for our honeymoon, Home Line. We hesitated sailing with Carnival due to its rep as a beer and pizza cruise line. After reading numerous reviews on how they’ve upped their game, we gave it a shot and were not disappointed. We sailed on the Sunrise, to Canada and New England. First, this cruise attracts an older audience. 90% of the passengers were older than us, and that was quite OK. The ship is a rehab, with Carnival adding additional passenger rooms to the detriment of common areas. They were very overcrowded, including the buffet, which was no loss, as cruise buffets in general arent stellar. It was difficult to get seating at the piano bar and the comedy club. We went to the comedy club once, 45 minutes early, and were able to get a seat. The ship was not nearly full, which gives me concern about how it would fare when full. We had an inside cabin, as we love the dark for sleeping. It was amply sized, and we didnt feel at all cramped. The food was really good. The Guy Fieri restaurants (note, theyre not really restaurant, just take out) were stellar. Some of the best BBQ anywhere and great burgers. Terrific! Make this your first meal when you wait for your room. Lucky Bowl was also exceptional. A cross between pho and ramen for lunch; delicious noodle soup. For breakfast, they serve breakfast bowls. Skip the buffet for lunch and dinner, youre best off at the taco bar (also good for breakfast), the sit down formal main restaurant or the Fieri stops. You can always grab something from the buffet if the other meals dont fill you up. The only meal that was disappointing was the for-pay Cucina del Capitan. The service was poor, and the food mediocre. If you want to splurge, order the lobster for a $10 dollar premium in the main dining room. Or the seafood tower. I’m sorry we didnt. We saw one the last night, and it was huge. At $60 for two people, it’s a bargain. Also, on the first formal night, they serve lobster for no surcharge. So, dont book the specialty restaurant for formal night. If you want more than one of anything, ask. If youre too timid to ask, ask them how big the lobster tail is and they will heap them on you. Passive aggressive ordering. Youre welcome. The activities were fun, and the shows were really good for what they were. The only total ripoff is bingo. On the first night, 8 people split the $200 jackpot. On the last night, they advertised a $5000 jackpot. This was a fill-the-card game. What they didnt tell you was that if there wasnt a winner after a certain amount of draws, they wouldnt award the $5000 jackpot. This wasnt advertised, and the winner walked away with a $1000 prize. A lot of angry people. All in all, it was a great cruise with really good service and food. Good value. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
After being on the regular cruise ships so many times I’ve decided to try a voyage on the only existing ocean liner, the famous Queen Mary2… Generally speaking, I liked the food, service and the atmosphere on this ship as being very ... Read More
After being on the regular cruise ships so many times I’ve decided to try a voyage on the only existing ocean liner, the famous Queen Mary2… Generally speaking, I liked the food, service and the atmosphere on this ship as being very quiet and kind of old fashion as opposite to the circus like, “bells and whistle” things going on aboard the other mega-passenger ships. However, I was really disappointed to see certain lack of proper maintenance done to this ship, that bear the name of queen and ultimately it has been acclaimed the pinnacle of luxury at sea… Below is the list of some of the problems Ive noticed during my vac trip (Canada/ New England, Sept 1-8, 2019). In addition, as “a picture is worth a thousand words” Im posting some photos as well. Hopefully, it will motivate the Cunard’s management to fix whatever needs to be fixed or improved… 1.The curtains in the main-grand “Britannia Restaurant” were dirty - really dirty and ripped off in clearly visible spots. It was truly unbelievable - after all, people wearing their best outfits, night gowns and tuxedos coming there and ultimately sitting beside those dirty curtains… 2.Lots of rust visible on the Deck 7th (Promenade), especially around the lifeboat’s davits. Also, lots of rust and pilling off paint can be seen on the ship’s hull, at the water line near the side door-platform where all the tenders dock whenever passengers go ashore – it really hits the eyes. 3.The carpet in all passenger cabin’s hallways look quite tired/ faded out of colors – unsymmetrical design of the patterns gives impression that one side of the carpet (plain-gray in color) is constantly dirty/ stained. Who has designed it - really?! 4.The black carpet/ floor-mat at the staircase’s exit, near one of the wooden door on the Sun Deck, (“Boardwalk Café” area) was literally sticky of old dirt and stains of drinks and residue of the “fingers’ food”. 5.The heavy wooden door leading to the “Boardwalk Café” was covered with a large mold-water stain at its bottom – fresh coat of varnish needed badly. 6.The tarp covers of some extra deck’s chairs stored on the Sun and Aft Decks were very dirty, dusty with some blackish residue on them – a simple power wash/ spray would do the trick with cleaning it and making looking in top shape – otherwise its true an eye’s sore, especially that its located on the “lounging decks”. 7.The most of the exit doors on the Deck 7th (Promenade) is the wooden-old fashion swing doors that are very heavy to open and all of them slams terribly loud whenever closing. All senior passengers had problem to use them as lots of strength/ push was needed to deal with those doors, especially on the windy days. 8. The illumination of the massive neon-sign/ marquee “Queen Mary 2” on the Sun Deck – was never turned on. It seems like its permanently out of order. Actually, the ship doesn’t have any illumination that might emphasise her beauty, even the side-flood halogen lights on the Deck 7th, near the life boats were always off. This grand ship’s silhouette was always in darkness at the night – so pity. 9. On occasions, when the ship was in the port, a special security warning banner “Keep away from the ship” was hanged out on Deck 7th. This banner was old, badly damaged by wind, ripped off all around – it looked like a piece of rug hanging from the ship. It was really quite shabby accent to the look of the ship. 10. The crew - not so friendly, not so courteous…On many occasions, I experienced crew members passing me without exchanging any greetings, smiles or even friendly eye’s contact, which is rather very unusual on the other cruise ships… Also, it was quite striking that some of the “entertainers aboard” (e. g. the reggae music band) were dressed very casual while on the stage… plain t-shirts, unmatched pants and tight leggings along with simple running shoes don’t seem like the right outfit for the performer on the “Queen Mary2”, even when the playing music is reggae. More finesse, glamour and good taste would be appreciated. Well, honestly the above list could go on and on, but I don’t want to sound too petty... All the above problems could be eventually excusable and tolerated on the other ships, but the title of the “ROYAL-FLAG SHIP” (!) of the oldest LUXURY cruise line should obligate and comes with certain responsibility in maintaining high standards, not only strictly about service aboard, but also about the appearance of the ship - it seems like this doesn’t mean much to the Cunard these days... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Transatlantic cruise was wonderful, so smooth. Dining, as always was very good. We went to several specialty restaurants, they were all great. Carney’s Steak house was fantastic. Entertainment was a little disappointing after seeing ... Read More
Transatlantic cruise was wonderful, so smooth. Dining, as always was very good. We went to several specialty restaurants, they were all great. Carney’s Steak house was fantastic. Entertainment was a little disappointing after seeing “Blue Man Group”, “The Legends”, and Electric guitar group on our last Transatlantic cruise. Need to ramp up the talent! Activities that I enjoyed were the MJ Thriller dance class and cupcake class as well. Service in O’Sheehans was horrible, staff was not well trained. Shore excursions were great, we did a few on our own as well. Excursion that we really enjoyed included a lunch in a Tuscany Winery, it was fabulous. Our last night on board after 25 days was wonderful as we enjoyed music in the Atrium. We returned to our room to put our suitcases out in hall for pickup. However after turning over our luggage the nite before debarkation-13 pieces of my clothing was stolen from 2 cases. The thieves had plenty of time to find what they liked-they actually paired items to create outfits! 13 pieces would require a couple shopping bags to cart off. I believe they were taken overnite in NCL storage, where was the security?? Plenty of time for these thieves to steal from me! Very angry, and getting thru to NCL Cust. Service has proved fruitless. I have always been very comfortable turning over our bags to NCL the nite before debarking, that feeling of security isn’t there anymore. I have to provide receipts and more paperwork. Not to mention shop for a swimsuit, favorite jeans and other missing items. Very disappointed!! Where was NCL security?. This is a huge inconvience and lots of time spent on this. It doesn’t help that Customer service doesn’t have your back - they never answered phone call about this. It has been 2 weeks now and we have not heard from NCL with an apology, a security report or any communication regarding our loses. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our fourth cruise, first on Norwegian. Could not even come close to the quality of all other cruise ships we’ve been on. Our biggest complaint was the lack of food choices available on the ship. TWO restaurants had the exact ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise, first on Norwegian. Could not even come close to the quality of all other cruise ships we’ve been on. Our biggest complaint was the lack of food choices available on the ship. TWO restaurants had the exact same menus. What a waste. Food average. Never had shrimp cocktail, properly made Italian food choices. Desserts and appetizers good. Rooms were adequate, our room with a balcony was great (however, they never cleaned the balcony surround enclosure, hard to see out if you were seated. Bed was comfortable and our steward “Roberto” was the nicest employee on the ship. Everyone else on cruise was for the most part not friendly or helpful. If u asked a question about almost anything they didn’t know!! Or they just ignored you, They did not know what seltzer was! Really with all those bars on board! Did not keep after the public areas. Had to leave our coffee cups and glasses on tables cause there were no receptacles around to dispose of trash. Four hours after I left a glass, the same one was was still there, unbelievable! The places we visited were great, no problem there. Would we cruise the Jade again, never! Also, not nearly as beautiful as all other ships! Also could not hear any announcements in the staterooms, channel 24 on TV was supposed to have this service available as per cruise director. We had to argue with personnel on board to get lounge chairs they had tied so we could join other guests on deck. Deck Stewart claimed it was not his decision to untie and place those lounges! The cruise cost us a lot of money and we all felt we were not treated as well as other cruises have in the past. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
For 799 USD on a balcony incl. 850 USD OBC you better go than staying home. Embarkation was "disappointing" since the weather was foggy and rainy. So not a real welcome feeling with a great farewell out of New York like we had ... Read More
For 799 USD on a balcony incl. 850 USD OBC you better go than staying home. Embarkation was "disappointing" since the weather was foggy and rainy. So not a real welcome feeling with a great farewell out of New York like we had in November 2014. Crew was fantastic - was mostly like reunion-party. Was NY Times Readers voyage incl. many lectures from NY Times. Wanted to join many but at first day many items canceled from my personal agenda and from second day never had a look again to daytime activities. Production shows were great. Violin-artist plus Diva of the Seas with Whitney Houston song fantastic. Only Opera Boys were a little weak compared to the level of the other shows. Food unchanged. But The Verandah. Too overpriced and too upscale compared to Todd English before. So only had one time but three times on last voyage. Alternative dining (Coriander and Smokehouse night) was nice. But the last Coriander food experience on QUEEN VICTORIA recently was better. Service experience as good as before. New King's Court with long ways to beverages. Best was fresh squeezed juices for breakfast. Cabin was fine. Nice balls and parties. Internet services better since it is no more MTN but Telenor. Better quality if it runs. But if it did not run it was terrible. Only regular debarkation deck by deck was too old-style. But friends with purser's office was helpful to get me off the ship at my time of convenience. Something they could do much better by asking the guests when they want to leave the ship. VERY NICE for Gays. Last transatlantic we were only 2 FODs. This time around 40. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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
What fun, to visit New York City then cruise to the southern Caribbean. We visited some great ports when plenty of time to explore. The Ship was, as always well maintained and sparkling. The crew and staff there for us for any need. ... Read More
What fun, to visit New York City then cruise to the southern Caribbean. We visited some great ports when plenty of time to explore. The Ship was, as always well maintained and sparkling. The crew and staff there for us for any need. We had a balcony in the aft section of the ship. While we had a few scattered days of weather, we never felt any motion in our cabin. The dining was excellent, both in the buffet and formal dining room. Service in both courteous, attentive, and friendly. Princess makes it easy to embark and disembark the ship in a timely manner. We enjoy the coffee card perks . The Captain was visible often and more than friendly as he stood by the gangway greeting passengers. Thank you Princess for not allowing passengers to come into the dining room on formal nights in flip flops, ball caps, t-shirts. We sail often and remain loyal to the Princess Cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
If you love Princess cruise line, then you must try the Regal or Royal Princess. We had the pleasure to experience both and this time it was the Regal Princess. The ship was beautiful and amenities plentiful....staff, entertainment and ... Read More
If you love Princess cruise line, then you must try the Regal or Royal Princess. We had the pleasure to experience both and this time it was the Regal Princess. The ship was beautiful and amenities plentiful....staff, entertainment and food was best of the best. Pleasant surprise that even the speed of internet was considerably faster than older Princess ships....we know because we've had some frustrations before but not this time on Regal...it's simply fast. For seafood lovers I recommend joining the Crab Shack night, the portion was BIG and delicious...besides the traditional Alaskan king crab legs, you can also choose lobster tails, prawns, crawfish, mussels etc. Value for the money is unbeatable. For on shore excusions, Princess worked with these bus tour companies that give you knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. At Halifax our bus tour guide was a retired school teacher and the lady bus driver was a former flight attendant...not only were they knowledgeable and took pride of explaining to your the landmarks, but they actually told you heart wrenching stories about how the City of Halifax buried many bodies from the Titanic disaster and how they personally knew some families that took in stranded flights into Halifax because of the 9/11 attacks....one amazing story a young couple planning to get married in New York was stranded in Halifax and a local family took them in for housing accommodation. They decided to get married at Halifax and the local family because their witnesses for the wedding. Even today they keep contact with this family and the kids from both families became friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We really enjoyed this cruise and have sailed on other cruise lines and one previous sail on Princess. We loved this itinerary and was lucky enough to have great weather and see a lot of changing of leaf colors. Loved their EZ air to make ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise and have sailed on other cruise lines and one previous sail on Princess. We loved this itinerary and was lucky enough to have great weather and see a lot of changing of leaf colors. Loved their EZ air to make great and economical plane reservations. Princess went out of their way to show their great service to their customers. Loved the ship - not too big. Loved the atrium for drinks, coffee and impromptu entertainment. The gym was great and roomy. The food was awesome. Especially since I eat gluten free and they were very accommodating with their menus. Sabatini's, a premium restaurant was excellent. Even the buffet was enjoyable with wait people getting our drinks and finding us tables. We did a number of excursions with Princess and found them to be good value. No real complaints her. We will be sailing with them again soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We loved the Regal. Nice ship with ample room for so many passengers. Beautiful! Crown Grill and Allegro have great steaks and specialty foods. The Horizon has variety but of course as Lido it has a lot of people and warm not hot food. ... Read More
We loved the Regal. Nice ship with ample room for so many passengers. Beautiful! Crown Grill and Allegro have great steaks and specialty foods. The Horizon has variety but of course as Lido it has a lot of people and warm not hot food. That is understandable to me though. The tenders that we took went pretty well although with a large ship there are lines to get off and on at times. That is part of having the beauty of the large ship too. The entertainment was so good with John Bressler as a great entertainer and wonderful piano playing and comedy. He is just amazing! The orchestra, singers and dancers were outstanding! The costumes and sets were Broadway comparable. The comedian, Andrew Kennedy, is the only downside and kept me from giving entertainment a 5. The game shows were fun. The Piazza had great entertainment from dancing, musical entertainment to games with participants. Fun to watch for a long or short while. Disembarkment was set up really good. Very organized and the waiting areas were nice. Embarkment went smoothly. Getting nearly 4,000 people on board in a short time is amazing. The cruise director, Martyn Moss, was VERY GOOD! The captain of the ship did a wonderful job. The excursion guides were all very good. The seemed to be happy with their jobs. Sometimes due to the size of the ship the excursions had too many people on them but that is part of having a large ship experience. I would recommend that you sit on the driver's side if taking the Acadia/Cadillac Mountain excursion and the Peggy's Cove one. We kept hearing look to the left and we were on the right. That was disappointing. One day the bus was hot but supposing that is due to the warmer than normal temps and sunny days. Bet on the cooler, cloudy days it is a good thing. Basically LOVED Princess and the entire trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because it was the 2nd half to a 7 day Princess Land Tour called Historic America. We are experienced cruisers with over 10 cruises worldwide. The Positives: Embarkation & Disembarkation: fast and easy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the 2nd half to a 7 day Princess Land Tour called Historic America. We are experienced cruisers with over 10 cruises worldwide. The Positives: Embarkation & Disembarkation: fast and easy Ship: The Regal Princess is very big and beautiful. It is modern with many special places on the ship to hang out and get away from people. Dining: The Specialty Dining at Crown Grill & Sabatini's did not disappoint. The International Café was delicious. The Horizon Buffett omelet station worked perfectly. Thank you! The Negatives: Anytime Dining was not anytime dining. The service was slow. The first night we waited 45 minutes in line (6:45-7:30pm) then another 20 minutes once we were seated for our order to be taken. There was one waiter, no back-up, 10 people at the table. This was only the beginning of the under-staffing issue. Horizon Court: Waited for coffee, cream and juice service. There were too many people, not enough staff. The area was unstaffed, the waiters running around in a frenzy. Service was slow. Crown Grill: Food delicious, but room was crowded, noisy and wait staff ran around in a frenzy. Port/Shore Issues: Newport Tender - We waited 60 minutes on shore to return to the ship. The line was long, many people with canes and other disabilities also waited to get back on board. Building a big Mega ship, without hiring sufficient staff to handle over 3500 passengers, not having the proper amount of transport or hiring more transport at the Port to transfer the passengers back is wrong. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First cruise as a honeymoon cruise from New York to Quebec to enjoy the Indian summer. Concisely put: the experience was worth every dollar spent. We had the most attentive and dedicated service from our stewards Krisna and Richard, ... Read More
First cruise as a honeymoon cruise from New York to Quebec to enjoy the Indian summer. Concisely put: the experience was worth every dollar spent. We had the most attentive and dedicated service from our stewards Krisna and Richard, all meals were very good or excellent. We love breakfast in bed, and this was always served timely and most enjoyable. We had chosen a seating of six for dinner as we like to meet new people, and had lots of animated and charming conversations with our fellow cruising couples over dinner. While the meals at the Queens Grill were very good to excellent, (try the lobster variations, we loved them) and also available for room service, we found the dining experience in the Indian restaurant Koriander okay but the food somewhat uninspired compared to authentic Indian cuisine as we know it. Though, this may be a bit nitpicking, given the high standards we applied to our experience. In other words: we opted for a luxury cruise and applied those standards as we know them from our previous experience with luxury hotels. And we were impressed, that indeed our experience on the QM did not fall behind those. Plus, we found the entertainment we indulged in excellent, although we partook just in a few : the presentations given by the ambassador Jordan were not only lively, spirited, but most insightful and widened our understanding of the complexities of politics in the Middle East after 9/11. The fitness center was spacious, well equipped and at the stern , so I could quickly glimpse a view of what lay ahead between my exercises. As to the bar experience we lounged in the grills lounge and the commodore club, and liked the ambiance at commodore so much that we frequented it quite regularly. In all restaurants and bar we were always served with dedication and friendliness, and were delighted by the personal service we felt anywhere on the ship. It is not easy to find something that QM could improve on, but we can make these suggestions: as to land excursions, we would rather have longer stays in bigger cities like Boston and Quebec , with so much to see in the cities and their surroundings. Newport and Sydney ma be quaint, getting there and back through tender service from the ship takes some time given the waiting times on board before you can get on the tender. As you then only have a few hours on land, excursions are rather limited and the organized ones with coaches were reported to us as rather "touristy". So we skipped Newport and spent a few hours in quaint Sydney, visited the heritage museum there (highly recommended also for the witty ladies that guide you and are treasures of historical knowledge which they narrate in a delightful way) , plus a roadshow of vintage cars that was just on in town. We would still have liked to spend more than a day in Boston, ideally two full days, but understand that other travelers may prefer a mix of smaller ports and bigger cities. As to the Grills lounge: it was a bit to cold in there, this may be a matter of personal preference, but adding to this was a smell of food that always pervaded the room. Compared to the beautiful and cosy library and the other attractive venues on board where we could meet and enjoy company we felt that this lounge clearly fell behind and was much less frequented than others. All in all we had a most pleasurable cruise and will surely recommend this to friends and anybody who would consider such a cruise in a classic style of yesteryear with all the modern creature comforts we nowadays take so often for granted. By the way, re classic: we appreciated that the dress code was upheld and also adhered to by the vast majority of cruisers adding to the elegance of the beautiful ship and its inner decoration. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Embarkation was good. No long waits. Parking at Red Hook good. Disembarkation was really good. We did walk off and were on our way out of the parking lot before 7 am. The Princess Regal is beautiful. Everything is new, shiny and ... Read More
Embarkation was good. No long waits. Parking at Red Hook good. Disembarkation was really good. We did walk off and were on our way out of the parking lot before 7 am. The Princess Regal is beautiful. Everything is new, shiny and clean. We had a good time during our cruise. The ports of call, other then Boston, were wonderful. We didn't really enjoy Boston but that is just us. It was a place full of history and things to see. We found it hard to get around and enjoy the sights. We enjoyed our cabin, it is small but laid out well. Bathroom is a tad small but again usable. The balcony as the cabin is on the small side but we had no issue sitting and enjoying the views as we sailed or going into port. We were on deck 9, one deck above the life/tender boats. I am not a big fan of this design were they stick out away from the ship as opposed to being tucked in. It really destroys the view looking down. Not an issue at sea but they really block the view when docked. Service was good throughout the ship, from our room steward to our waiters. The entertainment choices were plentiful. The shows in the Princess Theater were top notch. The ships singers and dancers are very talented. Comic was good. Special guest singers were both really good. We spent almost every evening after the shows in Princess Live. The cruise director staff had something going on all the time. From karaoke to game shows to trivia. Lots of choices. Speaking of the Cruise Director and his staff. They are a top notch crew. Lots of energy and fun to be around. Martin the boss is very funny. Cory his 2nd in command is great too. Good Luck to Cory. He is being promoted and moving to another ship in a few weeks. Dining was good. We chose traditional dining which we enjoy. We ate in the Allegro Dining room. Food was good to great. Did not have anything I did not like. Good choices on the menu each evening. I liked that they always keep certain things on the menu that are nice choices. We did not eat in any of the surcharge restaurants. Did have lunch at Alfredo's one day. For info the formal nights on our cruise were Sunday Night and Tuesday Night. The pizza is good. Disappointed we didn't have breakfast or lunch in the dining room. Next time for sure. The Horizon Court Buffet was good. Lots of choice and very big. We ate all our breakfast's there. We took 2 princess shore excursions: Bar Harbor Scenic Drive and Carriage Ride in Acadia National Forest. Highly Recommend. Newport Scenic Ocean Drive and Newport Cottage Tour. We toured the Elms. This is another good tour. All in all this was a great vacation. I am not sure we will cruise Princess again but it is a great ship with great people. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I chose this particular cruise because of the convenience of specific dates and destinations. My wife and I were extremely disappointed in the amenities due to the fact we purchased a full suite. The standard for this type of room was set ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise because of the convenience of specific dates and destinations. My wife and I were extremely disappointed in the amenities due to the fact we purchased a full suite. The standard for this type of room was set for us when we went on an Alaskan cruise 2 years ago on Celebrity. Celebrity by far as much higher standards on the complete experience for "suite" level passengers. The entertainment, food, service, and organization on Celebrity is far superior. One example of the entertainment was at shore in Halifax. The entertainment schedule stated "Scottish dancers with bagpipes". The actual entertainers were local middle school students from Halifax. It was basically a middle school dance recital. Not quite what anyone had in mind. There were approximately 300 passengers in attendance and after 10 minutes most of the people started filing out. I was so embarrassed for those poor kids. I stayed through to the bitter end and applauded as loud as I could. Also since we paid for a full suite we expected special invites for on board tours of the galley, the bridge, and dinners with senior staff. We did not get one special invite. On Celebrity we had special invites every day that made us feel very special, as we should have for the price paid. I don't believe the on board staff are any different on Princess than the Celebrity staff. But the difference is their training. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I wasn't going to tell anyone because I always wanted room for us to go on this ship again. We have been on a fair number of cruises and I cannot say enough good about this one. Everything clicked. We loved our room, the public ... Read More
I wasn't going to tell anyone because I always wanted room for us to go on this ship again. We have been on a fair number of cruises and I cannot say enough good about this one. Everything clicked. We loved our room, the public spaces, the cleanliness, the food (yummy), and the ease of getting on and off, etc. I can't wait to find another locale this ship goes on so we can experience it again. We did not do as many things as others like to do on a ship simply because we have already done it. But like many others I saw, it is so nice to have great spaces to simply "be" and this ship actually had enough public spaces but also they were very attractive. I like the theme the ships are heading to, which is a little more classy. We will definitely be back!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose QM2 over flying to Europe when the price becomes competitive. It did this Aug and we cancelled free tickets to take advantage. Although Cunard makes much ballyhoo over the remastering, it was confined principally to the Grill ... Read More
We choose QM2 over flying to Europe when the price becomes competitive. It did this Aug and we cancelled free tickets to take advantage. Although Cunard makes much ballyhoo over the remastering, it was confined principally to the Grill accommodations. The rest of the ship received new carpet. They did replace the disgraceful windows on deck 3 and they made significant improvements to the disastrous Kings Court buffet. Did not detect any change to standard cabins which were still quite nice. They also removed the elevator that went from decks 2-3 to 7. Never did understand why it was there. And a personal critique, they corrected the text on the photo of Ginger Rogers which was very wrong and which we had brought to their attention in the past. Sadly, the service which prior to dry dock had become worthy of Cunard, slipped a few notches and remains below that of other cruise lines, notably Princess which remains our favorite. This has been a shortcoming of Cunard since they abandoned the all British staff. Except for substituting for air fare, no reason to sail Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We are celebrating 25 years together this year & decided on an extra special holiday. After 6 nights in New York we returned to the UK in style. We booked 3 of the nights in New York with Cunard, which I have reviewed elsewhere ... Read More
We are celebrating 25 years together this year & decided on an extra special holiday. After 6 nights in New York we returned to the UK in style. We booked 3 of the nights in New York with Cunard, which I have reviewed elsewhere (DoubleTree Hilton on Lexington Ave) and given a very good review for. Cunard arranged the transfer from the hotel to the Docks. Unfortunately this was not so good. There were 2 staff that attended the hotel in the days before the transfer who gave conflicting information about how the 3 coaches were going to be organised. This lead the a crowded reception area with a very long wait by most of the passengers from that hotel. One of the staff quite rightly told us that the 3 coaches had set times and which coach we would be assigned to. The other male staff wrongly told us all to be in reception an hour before the first coach was due and he would just pile everyone on the coach until it was full & then send them off. This was incorrect. If we had all turned up at the times that the first member of staff had told us, then most people wouldn't have left there rooms until later, reception wouldn't have been so crowded and less people would have been annoyed at their long wait (we were on 12:30 coach that didn't get there until 13:15. We were waiting from 11:00). Once on the coach, everything went more smoothly. The transfer from coach to dock to ship went without any issues. The ship has had a major refit recently and it shows. The whole ship is beautifully decorated. The ship is also enormous so, it takes some walking from one end to the other. All of the public areas are very well decorated. The room was amazing. It was everything we hoped for and more. It was beautifully decorated, with plenty of storage/wardrobe space and perfectly designed to maximise comfort. The cabin had an outside balcony that had a couple of seats and a small table to put drinks on. Our cabin steward Annalise was excellent and she would get us anything we asked for. She never appeared to be annoyed at us, despite the fact that several times she came to do the room, we were sat on the balcony and she said she would come back later, when we were out. Despite us being in our room until late morning, she managed to keep the room immaculate. My only criticism is that our cabin was near the front of the ship & the Brittania Restaurant was at the back, so we got a LOT of exercise before & after meals. The ship is really big. Dining, the food aboard the ship is amazing. The Starters, main courses and salads are cooked fresh and to a very high standard. Some of the deserts & cakes were either frozen & defrosted or not to as high a standard as the rest of the food. Certainly, the Afternoon Tea had frozen & defrosted scones. Maybe the pastry chef was having a bad week? That said, I cannot criticise any of the food that I had aboard the ship. We were assigned a table for all of our evening meals in the Brittania Restaurant. There were 2 sittings and we chose the later one. Our waiters Ramil, Kenneth and Luka were excellent. Their timing was perfect and Ramil in particular had an uncanny ability to know exactly how much black pepper to put on, which was particularly handy for me, as when I am talking I forget to pay attention. Although many people ate their breakfast & lunch in the Kings Court buffet style dining area, we found it almost impossible to find an empty table there. Not sure if it was because the design of the Kings Court was not designed with enough tables, or the particular group of passengers we were on with ate in there in unexpected numbers. Because of this we ended up having all our meals in the Brittania, which worked out for the better anyway by preventing too much snacking or adding an extra scoop. We did have a few issues with our wine waiter, and consequently purchased less wine than we otherwise might have done. The prices of drinks are also quite high, at our local restaurant we pay £18 for a particular bottle of wine, on board ship, the same bottle was $75 more than 3 times the price. Entertainment. All the time we on board there were things to do, all day long. Most of the activities we did, took an amount of time, we then had 30-45 minutes before the next activity, so we didn't have to rush from one thing to another, yet we never had a point where we were bored waiting for the next thing to start. The evening shows were amazing. 3 of the nights there were 4 singers and a group of dancers in the Royal Court Theatre. They were excellent, in fact one of the singers, Mandy, sang "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" which was the best version I have heard since Dusty Springfield sang it. The Royal Court Theatre also featured the incredibly talented singing voice of Jordan Bennett and the very funny John Joseph. The G52 bar at the front of the ship had a disco going quite late into the night, which featured a band most nights. During the day there all sorts of activities to meet most sedate tastes, although there is also a gym aboard and a couple of swimming pools. We did make use of the on deck Jacuzzi on one of the foggy days and managed to sunburnt at that time. One activity that I would have liked to have done which I didn't was use the Planetarium. To go to the Planetarium you needed to get tickets. for 2 days we went to the ticket desk, waited in a massive queue only to be told the tickets had run out. On the 3rd day we went extra early, waited for over 30 minutes (15 of those minutes after the 9am opening of the ticket office) and no one turned up. We went to the pursers desk to ask if there was anyone going to open the ticket desk, the purser rang up and said there will be someone there. when we got back, we had to go the back of the queue again and didn't get tickets again. We didn't try to go to the Planetarium after that. The only port that we stopped at was Halifax in Nova Scotia. Prior to visiting it, we have never considered Canada as a holiday destination. Now that we have been to Halifax, we would consider going back and exploring more of Canada. Halifax is a very nice place with a Beautiful Public Gardens. The experience as a whole was fantastic and I am very glad we chose to go on that cruise. My main criticisms are minor (couldn't get a ticket to the Planetarium, not enough tables in the Kings Court Dining Room and the Wine prices were astronomically high, as was the additional 15% surcharge on everything) and I would still recommend the experience to others. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the destinations that it was going to. We stopped at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda. The destinations were beautiful, the boat was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We have been on two ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations that it was going to. We stopped at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda. The destinations were beautiful, the boat was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We have been on two other cruise lines and would recommend Princess over our other two experiences. We went on our Honeymoon and were treated very well. The Excursions that they offer are great, our favorite was the snorkeling in Grand Turk as well as the bus tours in Puerto Rico. We would love to go on another Princess Cruise to experience other locations and their other boats. They had entertaining themed parties and the live band played great music. The food and room service was also very good. I had notified them that this was our honeymoon and they surprised us with balloons as well as chocolate covered strawberries. If you would like to see our experience on this trip please click on the link to see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ANESBJcko Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Background. This was our first ship / cruise / crossing. UK couple celebrating 25th Wedding Anniversary. Preceded by a flight to New York from Heathrow and 4 nights in Manhattan. New York was fantastic with buildings for the ... Read More
Background. This was our first ship / cruise / crossing. UK couple celebrating 25th Wedding Anniversary. Preceded by a flight to New York from Heathrow and 4 nights in Manhattan. New York was fantastic with buildings for the first time for us being beautiful and the skyline is stunning. We will be back and would recommend Bryant Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre views , One World Trade Centre and a baseball game as must do's. We had done quite a bit of research prior to this cruise and felt reasonably comfortable before we embarked. We saw the beautiful Queen Mary 2 as we came into the Brooklyn Terminal. Our bags were taken straight from the car and we were 10 minutes ahead of our embarkation time of 15.00. We filled in a Health Questionnaire and were through security very quickly. We gave our credit card details and received our State Room cards all within 10 minutes from walking into the terminal, perfect! We made our way straight to our Stateroom 5141. Chosen for Low mid ships with a sheltered balcony. It was exactly what we hoped for with the bed and pillows being so comfortable and a spacious balcony. In our room was a half bottle of champagne, box of chocolates and coupons showing we had purchased the Bon Voyage package. We had a champagne breakfast in our room and free formal portrait still to come. Our bags arrived between 30 and 40 minutes of getting to our stateroom. Our stateroom steward Joseph was very nice and polite. Now our two niggles of the whole trip. 1. We asked Joseph how we handled our Bon Voyage Champagne breakfast in bed the following morning which was our Anniversary. We were new to any ship and wanted to be sure we did the right thing. He was unsure about the process for this other than putting out our normal breakfast in the room card. We showed him the coupon/ card but he was still not sure and was not giving us the most confidence so we went to the pursers office. The lady there told us not to worry and said she would inform the correct people what we wanted and to put out a normal breakfast card as well and mark Champagne breakfast on the card. We did this and everything arrived the following morning bang on time. Phewww... 2. The second evening meal was our Anniversary so we wanted to have the bottle of champagne from the Bon Voyage package with Dinner. At about 18.00 I took the bottle to the Britannia and was assured by a Maitre D' that it would be at our table for our meal. When we arrived we asked our sommelier but he had not seen it, it took 30 minutes to be found and then we were told that we should always hand drink to the sommelier's as they know where to put them which was not great for a first time Cunarder who had been assured by a Maitre D' that all would be fine! Anyway back to the story....We went on deck for the sail away and purchased two glasses of champagne. The weather was showery with the sail away party being held in the Pavilion Pool. We watched the ship squeeze under the Verrazano bridge which was thrilling. We then went to the Britannia Restaurant to found our table of 8 so we knew where to go later. Table 56 lower room by the window was lovely and our chosen meal time was 20.30. We had great evening companions with 4 first time English Cunarders and two experienced American Cunarders. Our conversations and meal started around 20.45 and never finished before 22.30, lovely! We loved the dressing up and the evenings were divine every time.We missed one evening meal which was a formal one sadly as the weather left us feeling a bit rough for one evening only. For three days the decks were off bound due to high winds. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday we were told was Force 8 winds with occasional force 9 and Friday night we felt it got a bit worse and heard it hit force 10. To be fair the QM2 handled this fantastically and we could not complain about her performance at all. We did pay the auto gratuities and some other tips on top with no concern at all. I think the presentation of all staff and service was fantastic. All the food we had whether from Britannia, Kings Court, Golden Lion or room service was fantastic. We had purchased four bottles of wine in New York and gave them to the Sommelier in advance with the $20 corkage charge being paid every time. I think everyone should expect to pay this and not hope for anything less. We did think about purchasing a coffee card before but would now strongly recommend you do not UNLESS you are an extreme coffee buff. We purchased a maximum of two coffees and had about another 12 - 15 by using the Kings Court or area by the Connexions lounges which are free self help machines and the coffee is very very good. We did purchase one soft drinks package and in hindsight would not do this again as we did not drink a lot of soft drinks. Entertainment...hmmmmm well we did 13 quizzes took in three evening shows attended 2 lectures watched an audience with Celia Imrie Watched the Chefs "Come Dine with me Performance" Spent 1 hour in the Casino AFTER attending a complimentary gambling lesson. Watched one film Went to the planeterium once Purchased a Three Day Spa Pass Attended two Silly Bowling competitions and One Deck Quoits Competition. Spent 3-4 hours playing cards and other games around the ship. Our evening routine involved at least one round of cocktails with Manhattans, Russian Elegance and Old Fashioned Deluxe being the favourites. Overall a magnificent voyage and we felt so at home. Forget tales of dress codes and stuffiness. We fully intended to enjoy what we did and not what others may or may not be doing. The Queen Mary 2 made it so easy to feel at home while also feeling decadent and spoilt. Yes drinks are expensive and dress codes are expected but you know that before you get on board, embrace what you want to do and focus on that alone and the QM2 will not disappoint, it really will not. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We booked a Princess Grill stateroom aboard the QM2 for a transatlantic voyage to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary. This was our third time on the QM2 and we have also travelled on the QE2 and Queen Victoria. A short time before ... Read More
We booked a Princess Grill stateroom aboard the QM2 for a transatlantic voyage to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary. This was our third time on the QM2 and we have also travelled on the QE2 and Queen Victoria. A short time before sailing we were offered a chargeable and discounted upgrade to Queens Grill and as it was a special anniversary we took advantage of this. We had also booked three nights at the Grand Hyatt hotel with transfers included as a precursor to the voyage; all arranged through Cunard. The overall experience was good BUT there has been a significant deterioration in the standards of accommodation and service since our earlier travels on QM2. It started with there being no driver at the airport to take us to our hotel. Yes, there was a Cunard driver but he was waiting for other passengers, we were not on his list. Two hours after touch-down the driver's passengers still had not emerged so he kindly took it upon himself to take us which resulted in us dragging our luggage across and through the car park to his vehicle. The hotel was ok but 'bed and breakfast'? You get an allowance for breakfast. If you choose to eat in the restaurant instead of the 'sit in reception' market place then your allowance doesn't buy you much more than a bowl of fruit. A cooked breakfast with coffee will cost much more than your allowance. Cunard representative available? Yes, on the day of our departure. We raised the issue of the earlier transfer; the representative would make some enquiries and asked us to see her later. Her response was that the transportation people understood that our flight had been diverted so didn't send anyone. We were on the plane we'd been allocated and arrived at the correct airport at the correct time. Then on to the ship: transport was fine. Priority boarding for Grill passengers and this was ok though the receptionist was a bit ruffled. Onto the ship, obligatory photograph then: nothing, we were just left there, no-one to give directions, no assistance. We found the lifts and arrived at our corridor where we asked a steward for directions. The room was very good, large and comfortable. The bathroom was not so good - broken tiles, drilled tiles where a fixture had been removed, scruffy Jacuzzi bath. After these initial disappointments the following seven days were generally good - good food, good entertainment, good lectures. The 'white glove' afternoon tea that Cunard makes a big play of was not as good as previous cruises: half the staff were not in white gloves, you had to attract the eye of a steward to get served, and there wasn't a lot of food to go round. The fabric of the ship is quite poor. The carpets along the corridors to our stateroom were badly stained, and not small stains either. There was a lot of rust around the funnels and in places along the deck. Stair carpets and carpets at the lifts are badly worn. There were many other little issues - overall our experience indicates a drop in Cunard's standards since our previous cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Well we got the cruise threw the casino & it saved us 1600 THAT was the ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT!! I Thought it was horrible dirty over crowed food stunk over priced ..pool packed and dirty nothing for kids you pay & WAIT FOR all ... Read More
Well we got the cruise threw the casino & it saved us 1600 THAT was the ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT!! I Thought it was horrible dirty over crowed food stunk over priced ..pool packed and dirty nothing for kids you pay & WAIT FOR all of it I did not like ANY of it nothing the island stunk & we got one stop because they made the choice with no refund & I know people like cruises but NEVER again !! lines were long you have to wait for everything cabin was small & noisy all day & night ..then I tryed to get my service charge back( what a rip off) !! & emailed them for months& nothing no money no reply..DO NOT CRUISE Norwegian ever! WE will never again !.Id had cheaper vacations that were 10 times better! & I wont ever go in November again bad time of year weather sucked & all old people! Read Less
Sail Date November 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
I'd like to start by saying that I have spent over seven years of my life in hotels as part of my profession. Hotels don't do it for me unless they are truly outstanding! My wife and I are also in our mid-fifties and ... Read More
I'd like to start by saying that I have spent over seven years of my life in hotels as part of my profession. Hotels don't do it for me unless they are truly outstanding! My wife and I are also in our mid-fifties and we're (especially me!) are truly weary of the seemingly ubiquitous casual atmosphere seen everywhere. of t-shorts, flip flops and shorts. We also are blessed enough to belong to a very nice club where the service is superb, the food better and the atmosphere comforting and gorgeous. For us, the QM2 met ALL of our expectations and more! I read many reviews prior to sailing and found the most disturbing theme to be one of the ship being a bit worn here and there......carpets and such. We DID, indeed, notice this, probably mostly because we were primed to do so from the reviews. Two thoughts....first, I don't think we would have noticed this so much had we not read the reviews mentioning it......Secondly, she's due for a major re-model and refit in April/May of this year that I'm certain will address all that we saw and more. That being said, it certainly did not detract from the grandeur of the ship. She is certainly grand and a throwback to reminisces of scenes from the movie TITANIC. We had an outside stateroom with a balcony (metal, not clear....who cares? Didn't matter to us!) that we found to be most comfortable. King bed, adequate bath, small couch, tv, etc. Our cabin steward was very attentive and accommodating to our requests (blanket instead of duvet was one). We found to food to be on par with that of our club.....and during the summer, we don't eat anywhere but the club as the food cannot be matched. The service was also excellent, the waitstaff impeccably groomed and exceptionally well trained and supervised. We loved the Chartroom for before dinner drinks. "OWayne" was our frequent waiter and was great! There are other bars but we enjoyed the atmosphere here the most. OK, my one and only real complaint......When we ask for a drink to be made a certain way, that's what we expect to be done. (Making a "sidecar cocktail" isn't rocket science......two parts cognac, one part Cointreau and real lemon juice). On evening we went to a different bar and they refused to make one that even came close. I suspect that they were following some Cunard recipe guide and refused to deviate from it. The bartender in the Chartroom was more accommodating. The ship has much to offer during the day....lectures, the planetarium, the library (Really liked that!) and more....many places to sit and stay quiet, read or just watch the ocean go by. The evening entertainment was definitely geared towards the older crowd but we found it quite enjoyable. If you're looking for rock climbing walls,,ice skating rinks, water slides and such and the "company of 4000" this is not the ship for you. If you want to decompress from your life, it is perfect, at least as far as we were concerned. We loved dressing for dinner and experiencing a time gone by in some ways. I would do another QM2 cruise in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just returned from 5 days on the QM2. The cruise was wonderful and the weather perfect. My family and I were in the Queens Grill and Cabin 10074 (Q5). This was not our first cruise when have been on other lines including: Oceania, ... Read More
Just returned from 5 days on the QM2. The cruise was wonderful and the weather perfect. My family and I were in the Queens Grill and Cabin 10074 (Q5). This was not our first cruise when have been on other lines including: Oceania, Crystal, Celebrity, Seabourn etc. Embarking was uneventful if you were to arrive early. We arrived at 11:00 am and there were still passengers disembarking. We showed are tickets and ID and then were sent over to a few tables to complete a form. We checked in the at the desk and then were sent to a small dark room with all other grill passengers and waited until 1200pm to board. They provided water and juice both were empty by the time we entered the room. Upon boarding the ship we went directly to our room which was ready and the luggage arrived immediately. We then went to the Queens Grill for lunch and meet our waiter for the cruise. When returning back to our room we found the air condition not working, I notified the butler at 6:00 it was still not working I went to the Pursers Office and complained to the clerk and finally I asked to Speak to someone in charge. Henry the assistant hotel manger came out and I asked for a room change and he advised me that there were no more Queens grill rooms available. They did resolve the AC problem but not until after 7 pm. The crew and staff especially Henry were out standing. I would overall rate the food as excellent and wait staff was very attentive and professional. The head waiter Jack was outstanding and meet any need which we had. The ports were nothing special Halifax and Boston. There were tours in both ports which I would suggest taking. The entertainment was average for a cruise ship except for a group called the "three Tenors", these guys were the best I have seen in a longtime on a ship. Unfortunately they only performed twice. When we arrived in Boston it was pandemonium getting off the board. Most people were waiting on line for up to an hour. This was to show your passport to Homeland Security who only had two officers working. There was little direction from the crew during this process. Cunard most come up with a better process. Halifax was perfect walked right off the ship. Disembarking in Brooklyn was awful !!! We went to the Queens Grill Club and then we were taken off the ship from there. Once we walked to the luggage area it went down hill. There were hardly any porters to assist you with luggage, they were all unloading the ship. There was a line which no one knew what was for and we finally found out it was to get a porter which there were only 5 of when we got off. They has a long walk to take people out and I waited a good 25 minutes for one. This was the worst process I have ever experienced in all my time cruising. Lack of Communication. This cruise had two formal nights(too Much for a 5 day voyage) In fact there were two formal nights back to back. The second was going to be the night we were in Boston but it was changed. They only way one would know if they read the front page corner of the daily activities sheet. Finally the Cunard Code is followed by all the crew. They say hello and good morning etc. Except the ship officers including the Captain who I only saw 1 time during the voyage, they would not even acknowledge passengers. If it good enough for the crew then it should be the same standard for the officer But over all I would consider Cunard again and she truly is majestic. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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