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Sail Date: September 2017
We have travelled almost 60 days with Princess and have been very satisfied in the past...but something has changed. The food was uninspired and repetitive for such a long cruise. There was no organized bridge for 40-50 daily players--even ... Read More
We have travelled almost 60 days with Princess and have been very satisfied in the past...but something has changed. The food was uninspired and repetitive for such a long cruise. There was no organized bridge for 40-50 daily players--even though a dining room was eventually supplied along with cards, pencils and a few bidding boxes. On a previous long cruise, we had the room as well as complimentary coffee, tea, water and cookies each day. Not this time. The shows were well done and the individual performances were acceptable. The morning lecturer on various crimes was interesting. The towels felt like sandpaper---and this ship is only 3 years old. Beds were very hard although I heard, too late, that a mattress topper could have been requested. We had an issue with wine one evening---the recommended bottle was terrible. When we asked to choose another one, we were told that the waiter would have to check with his head waiter to see if he could open a bottle for us to taste! I was told that there was no wine steward on the ship, but the asst. waiters had been trained. Really? The asst. waiter is now the expert. Our main issue was too many promotions--make-up, spa, art, jewelry, alcohol, watches. It was constant and quite annoying. One evening, the waiter(s) approached us four times to buy a specialty drink. Very intrusive. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. All 3rd party tours were excellent. Thank you Alla (Baltic) & eCoach (Ireland). The Princess tour guides were generally poor. Complaints that the tour was not what the tour was supposed to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. All 3rd party tours were excellent. Thank you Alla (Baltic) & eCoach (Ireland). The Princess tour guides were generally poor. Complaints that the tour was not what the tour was supposed to have been and tour guides even being nasty, especially in AArhus. Complained and never heard a word about it. Not enough activities, lectures, movies. People always complaining that there was not enough to do. Ship was overcrowded compared to previous cruises, especially during the first leg. Too many spa, etc, things that kept trying to sell you things. Food,except for Crown Grille very average, especially the beef which was usually tough and difficult to cut. Never saw a ship that wouldn't get you a steak any night, I have been on 10 cruises, this was the worst. No couch in the room. Service , however was wonderful. Our waiters and stewards were wonderful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Took a chance on this Baltic cruise based on itinerary and calander, we've sailed on Princess before and wanted to see what the larger ships had to offer...going smaller next time. The large ships definitely have the glitz and glam but ... Read More
Took a chance on this Baltic cruise based on itinerary and calander, we've sailed on Princess before and wanted to see what the larger ships had to offer...going smaller next time. The large ships definitely have the glitz and glam but miss the personal feel we experience on Oceania and Windstar. Embarkation was a breeze taking all of 60 seconds. Gettting on in Warnemunde is easy when 90% of the ship is getting on in Copenhagen. Getting to the port is a bit tricky as Princess will only transport from the Berlin airport and not hotels downtown. Ended up with private transportation. The ship is BIG and our stateroom on the aft on Aloha 737. Was led to believe the aft staterooms have larger decks, this is not the case on Aloha but true for the decks above and below, felt like A bit of bait and switch. That said the room steward took care of everything and did not experience any issues with soot on the deck as some have. Do like sleeping with the slider door open and did have a couple of time needing to close the door for exhaust smell. Weather was cool and not alot of time spent on the swimming decks. The pool areas were largely empty and did use the hot tubs a few times. Sanctuary area was empty the entire cruise. Wanted to use the enclave area but at $199 p/p for the entire trip thought that excessive given only three sea days. Would have liked to see a 3-pack offering or something like that. I usually am less than impressed with the entertainment on these ships but given the size Princess must pony up a few more dollars for entertainment. The guest entertainers were great and even the onboard dancers and singer put on some top notch productions. The best were the Beatlemaniacs. Started every evening at Crooners where Bo and Jason knew our routine. Enjoyed the early seating in Allegro as you then get the same staff taking care of you. They get to know your likes and dislikes and were very personable. The specialty steak restaurant was a let down. Service was fine, presentation left something to be desired, a steak on a plate, and family style sides. Felt a warmer atmosphere in Allegro. We always finished the night at Crooners as well, it gives a great view of whatever is going on in the Piazza. Did all our excursions with off board Trip Advisor or Viator excursions. Would definitely recommend TJ Travel for St Petersburg, we had 6 in our group...the best way to go. Would go on another Princess again but a much smaller ship and shy away from the Big Boys. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was the second time we have sailed on the Regal Princess. The first was on the Med Cruise on the first few months the Regal went into service. We found the food in the dining rooms not as great at the first cruise, but the staff ... Read More
This was the second time we have sailed on the Regal Princess. The first was on the Med Cruise on the first few months the Regal went into service. We found the food in the dining rooms not as great at the first cruise, but the staff still helpful and great. The buffet was..well the buffet..as expected. The ports were the attraction for this cruise and they were great. We only used one Princess Tour, Berlin, and it was again the weakest of the tours. We found the same thing on the Med Cruise, the Princess tours were expensive and weak. Private walking tours in Olso, Tallinn and Helsinki were great. TJ tours in St Petersburg ...exceptional!! I can praise them enough! I had read about the delays in getting off the boat in St Petersburg but getting ready to leave at 6am and getting in the first group of nonPrncess Tour passengers to leave made it fairly simple. The room steward Randy helped us out with lots of extras in the room. The notes abut no taxis at the port on disembarkation were exaggerated, we saw lots of taxis at the port beginning around 6am. Shows were not as good as other cruises, but the Beatles cover band was great again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I chose this cruise because it stops in Oslo. Few cruise ships include this beautiful city into their baltic itinerary. If you want a complete baltic/scandinavian experience you cannot afford to skip Oslo. Regal Princess ship is very large ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it stops in Oslo. Few cruise ships include this beautiful city into their baltic itinerary. If you want a complete baltic/scandinavian experience you cannot afford to skip Oslo. Regal Princess ship is very large but easy for passengers to move around it. Accommodations were comfortable and rooms were very clean. Food was ok. Portions were small but you could always get more dishes off the menu. Only 2 specialty restaurants but we managed to make last minute dinning reservations without a hassle. Staff was attentive and courteous but service for breakfast could be improved. It was a real hassle to get a buffet table or sitting area during morning hours on port days. The regular dining restaurants that served breakfast, were slow and food took near 30-45 minutes to arrive in most days. Unlike other large ships, Princess cruises has average evening presentations. Nothing like other large Cruise ships with Vegas-style shows, acrobatics, ice skating, comedy shows, or magicians. Every night it was the same repetitive folkloric dancers and singers, and though good at what they do, the presentations were mainly boring. Now, the baltic cruise is port intensive and the "real" entertainment (one can say) is outside the ship. So no big deal for us. Other negatives: The ship docked around 7:30am in Stockholm and left at 2PM. So we had less than 3 hours to tour the city and were rushed to get back to the ship. I think Princess Cruises needs to address this poor port stop and allow for a longer stay there. Also, the internet access is still considered a "luxury item". Slow and expensive. It is time for Princess to better its internet services and offer unlimited packages like other ships do. Other positives: Though expensive the Spa was really good. Service was spectacular and the staff were extremely helpful and kind. I recommend this cruise for adults but would not go with teenagers again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
The cruise was excellent. We had wonderful weather! The St. Petersburg port was amazing. We booked our excursions through SPBTours and we had a great experience. We spent 2 days in Berlin prior to the cruise and I would highly ... Read More
The cruise was excellent. We had wonderful weather! The St. Petersburg port was amazing. We booked our excursions through SPBTours and we had a great experience. We spent 2 days in Berlin prior to the cruise and I would highly recommend spending time there...however, do NOT take Air Berlin or American Airlines. My luggage was lost and I still have not had a response from either airline on the status of my claim. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze, took maybe 10 minutes! The entertainment was just okay, we had sailed on the Regal before, and the production shows were repeats. The sound level in the theater was deafening and I would recommend taking ear plugs. We have always experienced superior service from our stateroom attendants and wait staff aboard Princess ships and this time was no exception. We did find that the service desk was not very proactive in helping us to locate my luggage...they did provide us with a phone to make calls. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
After a Princess cruise to the Panama Canal on Coral Princess, we had wanted to do another Princess cruise. The Regal Princess was doing the Baltic and then repositioning to North America. We really liked the variety of ports and wanted ... Read More
After a Princess cruise to the Panama Canal on Coral Princess, we had wanted to do another Princess cruise. The Regal Princess was doing the Baltic and then repositioning to North America. We really liked the variety of ports and wanted to do a Trans-Atlantic. We were not disappointed on either itinerary. The Regal Princess is an incredible ship and it offers much in terms of comfort, dining and activities. What was not good about it? The ship is very large and there are steps (or the nautical, ladders) at forward and aft that go to all levels. The amidship ladder is a bit awkward with the intent being that one use the staircases in the atrium. Generally, that works. We got used to it. It would also be nice to have a bar or lounge on one of the higher decks. The Regal Princess, like most cruise ships, looks for ways to maximize onboard spending. They have made the forward, open deck area into what is called The Sanctuary. This is a nice area that they charge for use of. I wasn't crazy about this but as the temperatures were in the 50's and 60's (F) for most of the trip, it wasn't really an issue. For the first time we did "Anytime Dining" and it worked. We tend to eat early and see the earlier show. Even with 3500 onboard, this was not an issue. We enjoyed all three dining rooms and ate at tables for two, four, six, eight and ten. This gave us a lot of variety in dining partners and we got to know many onboard. Several days onboard they had the pub lunch at the Wheelhouse Bar. This was excellent. I enjoyed the Princess craft beers - Sea Witch (Especially the Red Ale). The Horizon Buffet is very good. An incredible variety of types of food and choices. We ate there a number of times for breakfast and lunch but almost every night made one of the dining rooms. The Horizon Bistro has some incredible desserts. We ate at Alfredo's Pizzeria (Excellent pizza!) and the International Cafe (no charge for a snack or meal but a charge for premium coffees and teas) - both in the Atrium. I recommend the coffee card from the International Cafe. It is open 24 hours a day. I did a fair amount of whisky sipping at the Wheelhouse and send out a salute to Ninad, who provided me with direction on the various single malt scotch whiskies on their menu. He exemplified "consummate host" as many did onboard. I will give the same praise to Ref of Vines, the very good wine bar. I highly recommend their wine flights and tastings. The entertainment onboard was fun! We enjoyed the ships talented singers and dancers and the special performers ranged from very good to extraordinary. The best performance was by the multi-talented Nathan Foley. Martyn Moss is an excellent cruise director and is quite entertaining himself. Sarah, the music director, is the best I've ever seen on a cruise ship. All of the ship's musicians were excellent and adjusted to whatever and whomever came onboard with words of praise from all performers. I also want to acknowledge the enrichment speaker - Dr. Angel Colon. His talks on the development of medical procedures and practices, the Panama Canal and climate changes in the Atlantic were all extremely interesting and educational. The ports were all interesting. We did a few excursions and I highly recommend, when in St. Petersburg, Russia, the two day excursion. This gives you a pretty broad view of the city and its many wonders. Also, you don't have to apply for your own visa in Russia if you use the ship's excursions. I was told by several who did something different that it took several weeks up to over a month to get a visa from Russia. In many ports we used the Hop-on, Hop-off buses and made our own way about the cities. In Greenock, Scotland, we took the excursion to Glengoyne Distillery, where we saw how Scotch Whisky is produced and a single malt whiskey comes to be. I left with a bottle of the 18 year old whisky, my best souvenir of the trip. We also did an excursion in Belfast of the highlights. This is a city we want to go back to and delve deeper into its interesting history. Also, any trip that includes Norway is always a good trip. We had two ports in Norway - Kristiansand and Bergen. As we came onboard in Berlin, we missed Oslo. Generally, I would say that the average age was in the 60's. Too late in the year and too long for very many who aren't retired. There were a few younger couples and even some children onboard but I don't think many were on the entire time but either the Baltic portion or the Trans-Atlantic. Interestingly, It seemed as though people got on and off at every stop. I know that's probably not true but it was different and I didn't even realize that the cruise actually "started" in Copenhagen three days earlier than our arrival in Berlin. Apparently, the ship was completely booked and there was no availability until September 2nd. We did take advantage of the Princess Onboard Deposit Program and look forward to our next Princess cruise. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I now know that I'm not a fan of big box cruises. The Regal is huge and jam packed. Not my thing. However, if you fancy big crowds, lots of flash aka Vegas, then it's the cruise for you. The staterooms are well appointed, yet small. I ... Read More
I now know that I'm not a fan of big box cruises. The Regal is huge and jam packed. Not my thing. However, if you fancy big crowds, lots of flash aka Vegas, then it's the cruise for you. The staterooms are well appointed, yet small. I did appreciate the laundry mats on each floor. The food was mediocre as well as the service. Our stateroom stewards were exceptional while the dining staff seemed overworked and overwhelmed. The ports were fabulous, however the tours were over priced. We enjoyed touring on our own much more then the cruise ship tours. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation but if I were to do it again I would book a more intimate experience on a smaller ship and cruise company. The entertainment was not very good. We've experienced much better on entertainment on other cruise lines. The fitness area was very nice, but extremely crowded. I did not like that spin classes and Pilates were extra charges! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We just voyaged on the new Regal, for over three weeks, September 2015. At about this same time last year we sailed on the Regal's sister, the Royal Princess, and in January of this year we sailed on the Coral Princess. The truth is, it is ... Read More
We just voyaged on the new Regal, for over three weeks, September 2015. At about this same time last year we sailed on the Regal's sister, the Royal Princess, and in January of this year we sailed on the Coral Princess. The truth is, it is very difficult to rate cruise ships since they keep changing as the industry evolves and matures. There is no such thing as a best cruise line or best cruise ship only the ship and cruise that is best for you. We have sailed a lot with Princess (we only cruise on Princess, Regent and HAL) but prior to our first voyage last year on the Regal the last was in 2010, much had changed within the industry by 2014, so much it isn't practical to compare cruises that took place more than a few years ago with today's experiences. So: We found much improvement in the Princess overall cruise product during this sailing on the Regal, over that we encountered on our previous two Princess cruises during the last year. This was a good cruise but not exceptional. We are beginning to appreciate some aspects of a cruise on the larger vessels a little more, previously we only used the smaller ships. Regal/Royal are the largest we have been on, the Regal is almost a new ship, it is delightful to enjoy a cruise on a vessel that has little wear and tear on it. We had a mini-suite and were satisfied with the size of the room which still has a curtain divider making for a bedroom with a TV and separate area with a large sofa, desk, coffee table, refrigerator, two seats and TV. The balcony size is not as large as we would like though, we would prefer a balcony at least another foot deep. Much better though than the commensurate level cabins on HAL even though HAL has a larger balcony. OUTSTANDING---One feature about this ship that is real intriguing is the over-the-water SeaWalks (one port and one starboard about midship). They are on deck level 17, 128 feet above the sea, and extend 30 feet beyond the vessels hull. They are enclosed extended half-moon walkways with glass-floors, the crew keeps the glass impeccably clean, so much so that one looking down at the sea far below, and rushing by, gives even those used to heights pause before stepping out onto the glass. VERY GOOD: The specialty restaurants were exquisite, particularly Sabatini's and the Crown Grill. We also booked the "Crab Shack" almost every time we had the opportunity (Do yourself a favor and don't miss that if you love shell fish). A pleasant surprise was the high end "Alfredo's Pizzeria" which was a no extra charge restaurant laid out like a fine dining Italian restaurant and located in a central portion of the ship's huge three deck level atrium complex. Be advised to keep track of what is going on in other eatery venues too, since some of them have specials that you will only know about by reading the daily "Princess Patter". For instance, one Sunday morning I noticed that the Crown Grill/Wheel House Bar was having a "Traditional British Pub Lunch" at no extra charge except for drinks, it was outstanding, it was from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM we got there about 12:15 and joined a small line, when we left the line was over a 100 feet long. During we kept seeing references to the "Chef's Table" as a specialty restaurant on the ship. But there was no such facility. I called and found out that was a special arrangement only offered occasionally where they really do it up big. As they advertise; "An extraordinary treat for both gastronomes and gourmet novices. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes galley tour with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an extravagant multi-course dinner created and hosted by the executive chef." This pitch is not an overstatement, it is truly an eating experience. They even forget to mention the variety of wines served with each course and that you end up in a special section (They drape a huge circular curtain over everybody after seated). in the MDR for the main course and desert. Only ten guests allowed each time, very-very good. My wife loved it. Trouble was I didn't ask the price. Found out when we received the final bill getting off the ship. $230. But it was still great. --Ships captain was great in most aspects of the voyage, a minor feature of which, that really delights me, is how he liberally used during sail-away's (sail-away's are one of my favorite enjoyments of each cruise) the multi-tone horn system on the Regal. I might add, this was much appreciated by many of those on shore waving us fair-well. It has been our experience to find, as a general rule, the Princess captains more outgoing an informative and easy to comprehend than captains with the other two lines we use, HAL and Regent, who often times offer only a dearth of information about what is going on. That does not mean however we haven't had a bummer for a captain on Princess in the past or real good captains on both HAL and Regent. The following describes an event as to why I like this captain: "Yesterday about 10:00 AM the captain came on and gave us the run down of the storm, changed course and the increased swell coming up, other than that he was very optimistic that we would get into Newfoundland on time with decent weather there. However, two hours later he came on again just as the ship was making a 180 degree turn. Turns out a lady passenger was in very bad shape and had to get emergency medical attention as soon as possible. We had been sailing for about 13 hours since leaving Ireland and were pretty far out in the Atlantic. The Irish Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and a electronic navigation heavy aircraft to guide it. We had to turn back because the range of the medivac helicopter wasn't the long. After about 5 hours sailing we made contact. They lifted the lady off the aft deck in a gurney, which took about 30 minutes with the helicopter in hover about 50 feet over the deck as the ship moved along at 20 knots. Apparently they prefer to hover the copter over a moving vessel like this instead of bringing the ship to a halt. The weather was very favorable at the time of the emergency and the sea was all but flat, thank goodness. Anyway, I was really impressed with the entire operation, Irish Coast Guard, the emergency crew on board our ship and the captain's handling of the vessel, as well as him keeping us informed. We all hope for the best for the lady and many a prayer was said for her as well as for all those directly involved in such a dicey and dangerous rescue at sea. As a consequence we lost about 10 hours, so the captain is laying the whip to her, hoping that we can sustain at least 20 knots until the sea gets too rough for that." --For almost the first week of the voyage we noticed no smoking, to the point we wondered if a new rule had been created making this ship a totally non-smoking one. As it turned out there is a limited amount of smoking in the Casino and within a fenced off portion of the Terrace Pool, Deck 17, and in a tiny enclosed lounge called "Churchill's" dedicated for smokers only. There might even be a short section of deck on the starboard side of deck 7 which allows smoking but I never saw any smokers there. It appears smokers shun this Princess ship or refrain from lighting up on it. That is good. --I use the hot tubs everyday, there are six good ones, four around the fountain pool and two at the Retreat Pool. Unlike our sad experience on the Coral Princess in January there were always towels everywhere all the time, and I mean all the time, no exceptions, good going. In the retreat area you didn't have situations where the kids of guests were using the hot tubs to learn how to swim. --It appears to us the buffet area (Horizon Court) has improved in quality of food as well as service over that provided on the Coral in January and to some extent over that on the Royal. Of course, like all buffets there is crowding at times but 3 out of every 4 of our visits to the buffet there has been ample seating room and waiters to take care of you. Wife says though she misses the custom made omlets of the past, now all you get is a pretty much generic omlet, take it or leave it. Also, the crew must bring you a juice drink after you locate a table, this is okay but the problem is that the glasses they serve you the juice in are half the size of what they used to be. What is next, orange juice in a shot glass? And whatever happened to the fresh squeezed orange juice, or was that on HAL? One thing that impresses me is that their smoked salmon has been excellent, it is cut into thin filets for lox instead of the thick slabs found on Regent and HAL. --Some of the musicians playing at various times throughout the ship were outstanding, for instance, in particular, four young lady violinists from the Ukrainian playing on the main floor of the grand atrium. Not to mention a lady's excellent grand piano work in the same general location. GOOD--As previously mentioned, we sailed on the Royal a year ago and the Coral in January. The main dining room experience on the Royal was tolerable but definitely needed some improvement. The Coral MDR however was a complete debacle, although we enjoyed the ship and cruise. The Coral experience was so bad we stayed away from the MDR on the Regal (by using specialty restaurants, the buffet and Alfredo's) until about a week into the cruise. Maybe because we expected the worst we were pleasantly surprised when we finally did go there. On the Coral the MDR was beset with a myriad of problems due to both understaffed kitchen and service personnel. Food quality was significantly better on the Regal and the waiter staff didn't appear to be so harried and disorganized. Now, if they can only get their passenger wine bottle inventory under control. Tip: Order a bottle and take it with you after, this practice is okay with them and most do it now, for obvious reasons, don't put yourself through a lot of grief before dinner while they run around for 30 minutes frantically trying to find your bottle, sometimes blaming their guests for part of the reason it is lost, or usually, in the end, blaming some low level employee, like a waiter, for a failure of their system. --Shore excursions were all well organized and good, at least all those we took, which involved every port. The best one though was St. John's, Newfoundland; every once in a while you really hit a home run by visiting an interesting port. This was one of them. People who live in this area are really nice, probably one of the cleanest cities in North America too, even their vehicles are all in good shape, like new. You should see how well taken care of their homes are. Since it was a rather historic occasion due the Regal being the largest ship ever there, they had a celebration of sorts about the time we left, all the vessels in the port blew their horns for about 5 minutes straight. Then when we departed it seemed half the 100,000 who live there turned out to see the big ship leave. In the pictures I took of the hills around the picturesque but very narrow channel as we exited, people look like swarming ants. They even had a muzzle loader salute for us as we passed by. --The before dinner Exclusive Elite Lounge for elite and platinum guests where hors d'oeuvres and half priced cocktails are available is much appreciated. --After we began to get some sea days to do it on, Princess provided a good variety of enrichment lectures by Phil DeMeulenaerre and destination lecture Peter Coyle. DeMeulenaerre did an outstanding presentation and research on the Panama Canal in a two part lecture, covering both historical and contemporary events there. Princess has always done a pretty good job in my opinion of providing for good lectures, this often is one of my favorite aspects of the voyage. --We used Princess Air, Princess transfers and Princess hotel accommodations at the beginning of the cruise. Were well satisfied with each. No problems, that is, going to Europe, however, on our return at New York we had the Princess transfer from the ship to the airport which didn't work out as well, as they took us all to one terminal, the wrong terminal, for the airline we were traveling on. However, that wasn't much of a problem, what was a problem was our flight didn't leave until after 5:00 PM and they kick you off the ship at a little after 8:00 AM. Meaning a long wait at the airport, but what they never informed us was that they had come up with a New York City tour for four hours in conjunction with the transfer, which would have been ideal but we were not informed of its availability. Princess has a problem in that regard, they do not disperse information regarding options very well, ie. dining, travel, excursions, captain circle perks, etc. --Princess Stateroom large flat screen TVs on the Regal are great. In addition, their selection of free movies is excellent, first time I have ever watched cabin TV movies. --The ships main desk personnel and its shore excursion personnel were very knowledgeable and due their hard work and attention handled most awkward situations professionally. POOR---We don't attend the theatre productions very much anymore in order to see the comics, jugglers, and dance entertainment groups. One thing I do not care for is the crowded theatre in the evenings where some of the rows have close to 30 seats in them; many people come early and grab the isle seats compelling those coming later to squish by the knees of as many as 13 people to get to a open seat, furthermore, these people are reluctant to stand when someone walks by and there is not much more than a few inches between their knees and the seat in front. If one chooses to order a cocktail while seated like that, forget it. I miss the theatre layouts from before, although there is one advantage with the Regal's in that there are no ceiling posts to block views. --Apparently the company now relies on passengers to glean info regarding the daily progress of the vessel from their cabin TV's. It is true that technology has allowed for this but what ever happened to the navigation charts posted throughout the ship and updated regularly? There were none to be found anywhere on the ship during this voyage and the info on the TV is not all that informative. Maybe most passengers don't care where they are or what surrounds them, position wise, channel wise, country wise, etc. Not me though, I miss the old days? --Not certain why Princess has significantly reduced the number of hand sanitizer stations once found abundantly throughout the ship. Are they going back to the era of mass epidemics or do they know something we don't about sanitizing? Certainly hope it is not another cost saving ploy. --The very tiny library on the Regal is a joke. It is quite obvious that they didn't intend to use the Regal on long world excursion style voyages, hence the lack of a decent library. --The internet system on the Regal is very good and one of the fastest we have experienced on ships, additionally, we get the signal on my laptop almost anywhere on the vessel. Pricey, but we have some internet perks due to our "elite" status so that helps. But their Internet cafe is very small. Something like the library, not designed for long voyages or many people attempting to use it, like when trying to get airline boarding passes printed 24 hours before disembarkation, however I had no problem printing our boarding passes. Tip: Take your own lap top, except for printing, you won't need to use the internet cafe. --Trying to use the elevators during disembarkation can be pretty stressful as they are not adequate. Thankfully, our stateroom was close to the forward elevator tower where they do have a public staircase, so we used that, if you don't mind walking down many deck levels that is. If we had been at the midship elevators there is no public staircase option there at all. UGLY--Princess just can't seem to get a handle on developing a functional system under which they can locate passenger wine bottles stored between meals. Not only do they have a huge problem between the different meal venues in that regard they consistently lose bottles within a given restaurant. It didn't use to be that way on Princess. Last year on the Royal they seemed to have came up with a solution half way through our voyage, after undergoing considerable hassles, it involved a paste-on-sticker of sorts where the passenger received a receipt and it worked good. Three months later we were on the Coral and the lost wine situation was worse than ever, on the Regal they lost our bottle both times when we have tried to hold it over. They did not learn a thing from the experience gleaned by their own sister ship, the Royal. It is not just us either, we have witnessed similar wine debacles taking place at tables near us on this cruise. --I am not at all satisfied with the emergency procedures, facilities for such and the drills etc, or the lack thereof, needed to cope with a disaster at sea involving a vessel of this size. The complexities of such give me the chills when I contemplate the potential of a catastrophic accident at sea involving fire, collision or other seagoing eventualities, particularly if the vessel experiences a rapid list to one side or the other. It doesn't appear to me that Carnival Corp learned much from their Costa Concordia sinking. Read Less
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