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639 Princess Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

Download and complete the Ocean Medallion ahead of time makes embarkation and disembarkation at all ports a breeze. The Regal Princess is beautiful and well maintained. Crew and staff were very pleasant and helpful. Salute to Caption Tim ... Read More
Download and complete the Ocean Medallion ahead of time makes embarkation and disembarkation at all ports a breeze. The Regal Princess is beautiful and well maintained. Crew and staff were very pleasant and helpful. Salute to Caption Tim for a relatively smooth ride during a major storm that kept us from docking at St John !!! Regal Rock Orchestra was amazing ! Tours were well organized and Newport, Bar Harbor, and Halifax are wonderful coastal towns to explore. Food for the most part was high end. Minor notes: 1) the bathrooms are "really small" ,2) breakfast at the Horizon Buffet had lots of selections, but food for most part was on the cool to cold side so use the Made to Order Omelet station, 3) due to low lighting in the Crown Grill I unexpectedly ate a large piece of fat but otherwise it was the best food on ship, 3) the water taxi service needs improvement at Newport. This was the only port that Tours did not disembark as a group and even thought I allowed 1 1/2 extra time to get to port I almost missed my tour, so plan ahead 4) the Compass app of Ocean Medallion never worked for me or others on the ship, even with a visit to Internet Café for tech help, but everything else worked on the app worked as designed, and 5) Peggy's Cove is beautiful coastal fishing village, but for the hour ride out, ONLY an hour there, and another hour ride back and the fact most tours go there (we were the only ship in port and we had 10 buses on site) it was over crowded and by the time you get though the gift shop (where the bathrooms are), it doesn't give you much time to explore the site, so I don't think it isn't worth the tour prices. Again the above are all minor points and did not take away from a wonderful, relaxing, get-a-way. Overall a wonderful experience and would book another cruise, even this cruise again with Princess. They really mean " Come Back A New " !!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
First off there was nothing to do unless you are a trivia person and you need another useless bag or wine stopper that gives free advertising for the princess line. The Caribbean Princes was dirty my room had used bandages stuck to the ... Read More
First off there was nothing to do unless you are a trivia person and you need another useless bag or wine stopper that gives free advertising for the princess line. The Caribbean Princes was dirty my room had used bandages stuck to the balcony door handle. The computer system allowed my computer to get three viruses and even if you want to use your own server then leave your computer at home they block you so you cannot contact your family. Second if you are older or handicapped don't believe them that they will accommodate your needs both on the ship and on anyone of the excursions. They refused to loan or rent any of the 30 or 40 wheel chairs they have on board for an excursions but they will tell you that a rental will be available at the excursion sites. Don't believe them they are lying. This was the worst ship we have been on. The so-called entertainment staff had a Romanian woman who started yelling at everyone at a trivia game because she was missing one golf pencil and said we were not to take the pencils and papers until she gave them to us. This same woman refused to allow anyone to use the restroom when we were waiting to dis embark in the designated dining room. Also if you are diabetic don't go on any excursions because even though they tell you you will be able to get something to eat don't believe them and bring something. We went to Williamsburg and every thing was closed for the season. they even make you cross through an open field in the dark. I tripped over tree trunks and rocks because there was no light to see by and the tour guide was in such a hurry he would not slow down for those of us who were slower. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately we had to skip Newport because of high winds, not any fault of Princess. Most ports we did on our own and the ones were we chose excursions were fine. There were 2 sea days were we had ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately we had to skip Newport because of high winds, not any fault of Princess. Most ports we did on our own and the ones were we chose excursions were fine. There were 2 sea days were we had ¨not so bad weather¨(the rest of the cruise was pretty cold). We hoped that there would be a good movie on Lido deck but no it was only football games and concerts during the day and sadly there were very few people attending, I think a good movie would have been nice entertainment at this time. The evenings were very cold so not comfortable for movie under the stars. We only attended a few shows in the theatre. We had second seating in MDR so very hard for us to get seats for the most popular shows. We have no complaints on the food, it was not great but ok. We enjoyed the medallion class especially for embarkation, and going out at ports. Also very convenient as key to cabin. Overall it wasn't a bad cruise, but we've had better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We wanted to do the East coast Fall colors cruise. This was the last cruise of the season, which led to a second cruise of the Caribbean. Stopped at most of the main east coast cities. Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, Boston, NYC, etc.. Quebec was ... Read More
We wanted to do the East coast Fall colors cruise. This was the last cruise of the season, which led to a second cruise of the Caribbean. Stopped at most of the main east coast cities. Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, Boston, NYC, etc.. Quebec was a wonderful place to start. We stayed there for 4 days before boarding the cruise and had great food and a great time. Quebec is a French speaking area, however my wife speaks french and many locals speak English. the Cabin was a typical small balcony. No couch only a single chair and small desk. I have been on many Princess cruises.On this cruise the food was very bland. Both the buffet and the main dinning room were both the same---Bland. We traveled with a second couple and all agreed about the bland food. However the service was excellent. Cabin steward and all waiters were outstanding. Fortunately the Pizza stand was excellent. The hamburger, chicken and taco stand was also excellent. The Caribbean portion of the cruise was a great itinerary. 7 islands in 10 days. My wife snorkeled on 5 islands and loved it. This included a face to face with a very large sea turtle. The ship was very clean and well presented. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were in a large group. Perfect fir us to hang out and also do things separate from group. Our room was great, service was not amazing and the communication of where entertainment was held was missed by most of us. Probably our fault. ... Read More
We were in a large group. Perfect fir us to hang out and also do things separate from group. Our room was great, service was not amazing and the communication of where entertainment was held was missed by most of us. Probably our fault. We all had many drinks, ate with the sane servers each night and no attempt to make trip special was seen. I just found that the service was not personal or personalized in any area. Some of the bar staff were rude and the wait times were long. Overall a good trip, just surprised by the lack of smiles, greetings and interaction from service personnel. Comedy show was great, the pool area was nice and the fitness center all though crowders at times, it was nice equipment and you were able to get a good workout in daily. Highly recommend the drink packages! Making reservations for dinner was easy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
What most determined our choosing this particular cruise was The Itinerary and most of all it was out of NYC which is driving distance away. We have traveled Princess before. This is a newer ship in good shape. The cleanliness of the ... Read More
What most determined our choosing this particular cruise was The Itinerary and most of all it was out of NYC which is driving distance away. We have traveled Princess before. This is a newer ship in good shape. The cleanliness of the Ship was great. Our cabin was quiet and extreemly clean. The quality of food was not as good as it was two years ago when we traveled on the same ship. Things that determined the Average Rating are as follows: 1. Cruise Line has cut back on the quality and quantity of food. An extremely small portion of lobster. Dinner featuring fried chicken had two very small pieces of dark meat. 2. Medallion does not always work - A passenger card is much better. After taking twenty-five cruises the card is a better way of cruising. Medallion tracks you everywhere - Big Brother. 3. The final bill had charges we did not make. Wasted 1/2 hour on disembarkation day getting it corrected. This has NEVER happened before on any of twenty-five cruises we have sailed on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We had a great time on our New England/Canada cruise on Regal Princess. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. It pays to download the Ocean Medallion app and complete the process on there. Embarkation was less than 10 minutes from curb to ... Read More
We had a great time on our New England/Canada cruise on Regal Princess. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. It pays to download the Ocean Medallion app and complete the process on there. Embarkation was less than 10 minutes from curb to ship, while others were taking much longer because they weren't "Ocean Ready". We used Lyft to travel from our hotel near Wall Street and that was a very easy process. Our first stop was Newport, RI and we tendered to that port. Allow plenty of time to tender if you have an excursion. We didn't have anything planned so we used Lyft to get to the Newport Vineyards/Taproot Brewery. It was fantastic! Excellent flight of beer and delicious food. Next stop was Boston. We took Lyft to the Bunker Hill Memorial and walked the Freedom Trail in reverse. Finished at Harpoon Brewery near the pier for another flight of beer. Next was Bar Harbor which was also a tender port. This is a beautiful little city that is very walkable. We chose the Acadia National Park Tour (white & green bus) and had a fabulous tour. We followed that with a lunch at Testa's for a lobster roll & lobster mac n cheese. Lots of good places to shop. Our 4th stop was Saint John, NB which was cancelled due to inclement weather. Our last stop was Halifax which was my favorite. We arranged a tour with Halifax Titanic Historical Tours which was simply amazing. Please look this up if you are going to be in Halifax. Paul will not disappoint! Overall, we loved the ship. The clientele on this ship was a bit older so patience is the key. Simply because many have mobility issues and take a little extra time. The dining staff was top notch and the food was delicious. We ate all our dinners in the man dining room and had the 7:45pm seating. We didn't dabble much in the entertainment so I can't really speak to that. Lots of great places to hang out and play cards or have a drink with friends. With the new app you can order a drink anywhere on the ship and have it brought to you! The casino was good and even had a few "non-smoking" nights if smoke bothers you. A great ship and a great itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The Princess Regal was a beautiful ship with great food, great entertainment, and decent activities. The best part of the cruise was the ship staff. Every person that we encountered was amazing. I can't say enough about our ship ... Read More
The Princess Regal was a beautiful ship with great food, great entertainment, and decent activities. The best part of the cruise was the ship staff. Every person that we encountered was amazing. I can't say enough about our ship steward Dax, the Vines Bartenders Viktor, Sydney, Ronnell, and Gracia. New England was beautiful- New Port, Boston, and Bar Harbor didn't disappoint. Weather prevented us from making it to the St. John New Brunswick port, but we made it to Nova Scotia. I don't have to go back to Nova Scotia- very little to do and not a very pretty city. But if you do go I highly recommend the Segway Nova Scotia tour. They were amazing and it was very fun. We had a balcony room and saw 2 wales and hundreds of dolphin. If you can afford the balcony or if it's a splurge, it is definitely worth it. We looked forward to getting to our room every night just to lis6to the ocean. Just beautiful. All-in-all the Reg was top notch and we were very pleased with our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We had always wanted to see the fall leaves in the NE and this trip did not disappoint. The ports were perfect and even when weather prevented us from going into St John the cruise staff made it a fun day at sea. Our room had plenty of ... Read More
We had always wanted to see the fall leaves in the NE and this trip did not disappoint. The ports were perfect and even when weather prevented us from going into St John the cruise staff made it a fun day at sea. Our room had plenty of space with lots of drawers, shelves and closet space. We like an interior room because we spend most of our time out and about watching shows, playing games, listening to music or walking the ship. We also like the darkness because we could sleep a little later without daylight coming in. The food was fantastic, lots of seafood and chocolate. There is something for everyone. The Horizon buffet is very good and not your typical cafeteria food. The entertainment on this cruise was some of the best I’ve seen. There was music, all types, comedy and tons of interactive trivia gameshow type activities. We have been on many cruises and this ship is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I was worried when I saw how many passengers it held but it never felt crowded. The Piazza is very large with tons of sitting areas so lots of people could be there but it was never cramped. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because it offered opportunities to visit California and enjoy a cruise. However, many seniors and handicapped people were on this cruise. I felt they were not as accommodating for them. The elevators could not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it offered opportunities to visit California and enjoy a cruise. However, many seniors and handicapped people were on this cruise. I felt they were not as accommodating for them. The elevators could not accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and able-bodied cruisers. They were so small that they could hardly accommodate 12-13 people when the capacity was 18. They need to figure out a way to help the handicapped if they want them to be assessible to all areas. They did have 3 pool areas; one for families, one for adults with no children, and one for those who wanted more privacy. Be selective about the excursions. Some of them are not worth the money. For example, our San Diego excursion cost $60 each to take a 4-hour city tour where you really did not get to spend time walking and checking out the local sights. The marina had an area just down from the ship that was great with shopping, tours, and restaurants that was within walking distance. The wine tours, Carmel and Monterrey were very nice. Espanada Mexico was a very poor tour to the shopping area; I would not recommend that tour. We heard that the Steinbeck excursion was very good as well. Do some research before your choose your excursion. Sometimes, it is just nice to enjoy a day on the ship and walk to nearby areas. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and make the trip great. Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. I would definitely take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our class chose this destination on a majority vote for our 45th college reunion. We wanted a cruise that would take us to the East Coast and Canada for the Fall Foliage. Our travel agent suggested a Princess cruise based on previous ... Read More
Our class chose this destination on a majority vote for our 45th college reunion. We wanted a cruise that would take us to the East Coast and Canada for the Fall Foliage. Our travel agent suggested a Princess cruise based on previous clients' recommendations. The embarkation was smooth and all the staff were very helpful and showed us the way to our stateroom and the dining room for lunch. Our stateroom was in a quiet location, clean, had a balcony, and the space was just right for my husband and me. The bed was very comfortable and the comforter was light and warm. The Medallion made it so easy to get in and out of our room, go through lines when exiting or returning to the ship. It also made it easy to shop, pay for drinks or other items on the ship; we did not need to bring our wallets and money on board. The food, entertainment, service and staff on the Regal Princess were all first rate!! I will return to this ship for another cruise with family and friends! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I went on this cruise with Mom and Sister (girls only). We had been a trip together in a long time. We had a great time. The pullout sofa bed was the most comfortable pullout I have ever slept on. Our waiters, Guisepee and David, were ... Read More
I went on this cruise with Mom and Sister (girls only). We had been a trip together in a long time. We had a great time. The pullout sofa bed was the most comfortable pullout I have ever slept on. Our waiters, Guisepee and David, were great. They were very attentive and anticipated our every need. We got to sit in the Club dinning area and were able to dine at anytime during the hours they were opened. The lobster was out of this world. I got to eat it twice on the ship and once on an excursion. Great excursions also. All tour guides were knowledgeable and were fun to listen to. I loved seeing the lighthouse in Peggy's Cove. Great place to visit. They only negative was I did not believe there was enough shopping available on the ship. The shops they did have had limited things in them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, After first day I was injured and not able to return to ship, due to being hospitalized for 4 days. No one from Princess has yet to inquire what happened to us, or where we were. So much for checking ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, After first day I was injured and not able to return to ship, due to being hospitalized for 4 days. No one from Princess has yet to inquire what happened to us, or where we were. So much for checking in and out with the new Medalion system. They had our phone # do they not care about their passengers? It's been 2 weeks. Yet they were happy to charge my credit card.i called Princess from my hospital bed, but was put on hold and then hung up on. Port authority was able to get our belongings fedexed to the hospital, and asked them to cancel our shore excursions for St Johns, but that didn't happen either. Since we arrived home I have received several how was your cruise surveys, and here are some future cruises you can chose from. I did send them an email but have had no reply, so much for being Elite. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have not been on Princess for about 8 years and decided to do the Canada New England itinerary on the Caribbean Princess. She is definitely not the right ship to do that itinerary. It was cold and the decks were unusable which led to ... Read More
We have not been on Princess for about 8 years and decided to do the Canada New England itinerary on the Caribbean Princess. She is definitely not the right ship to do that itinerary. It was cold and the decks were unusable which led to overcrowding inside. If the ship had had a covered pool at least we would have been able to spend some time outside. When we joined the ship we were delayed in New York for several hours as they were doing extra cleaning for Norwalk. We were under Norwalk protocol for several days - we found out when we got on board that they had had Norwalk for several weeks and hadn't been able to control it. There were many gaps in the protocol (allowing people to handle condiments at the hamburger and pizza bars and the paid coffee bar). Most annoying was the lack of seats for the show. There were 3019 people on board. The theatre only held 848 people and there were only two performances of any show - so 1696 could see it. If you weren't in the theatre at least an hour before the show started you were not going too get a seat. With the deck unusable there weren't a lot of entertainment options. Tried to talk to the front desk about it - they didn't care, left a note for the cruise director - he never got back to me, left a message on Princess' Facebook page - they told me to contact the front desk (which I already had), emailed Princess Customer service a week ago - haven't heard from them. We spent an extra day in Boston and missed Bar Harbor and St John and Princess offered us a 20% credit on a future cruise - so we have to buy another cruise to get any compensation. Definitely not good enough. The food was okay - but as we haven't been on Princess for 8 years we saw a definite deterioration in the quality of food offered in the dining room. The steak has been removed from the "always available" menu and replaced with a hamburger, there was chili on the dinner menu in the main dining room! All in all a disappointing cruise for many reasons. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We took this cruise because we wanted to see Fall foliage, enjoy some cool weather and visit a part of the country we hadn’t yet visited. The ship went to great measures to avoid a repeat of an apparent increase in the level of GI ... Read More
We took this cruise because we wanted to see Fall foliage, enjoy some cool weather and visit a part of the country we hadn’t yet visited. The ship went to great measures to avoid a repeat of an apparent increase in the level of GI outbreak they experienced on the previous cruise. Crew was constantly wiping down, and no passengers were allowed to handle buffet serving utensils for nearly four We had to endure four long sea days due to cancellation of two port calls caused by high winds up to 95 KPH. Very disappointing. We were only offered 20% discount on a future cruise as compensation. Saw very little fall foliage color change until our departure home out of Montreal. We took no excursions, as they didn’t look very interesting and were VERY pricey. The onshore taxi tours available were much less expensive. Highlights were the Newport mansions from the “Gatsby” era and the Marine museum in Halifax. The port cities themselves were pretty dull. Very modern buildings, lots of museums and old cathedrals. The dining room and buffet food was very underwhelming. Carved offerings, deserts, breads and pastries, were lousy. Lots of casseroles (perhaps re-purposing?). Minimal veggies. The Indian food was okay. First cruise I’ve gained NO weight! Buffets and seating areas were very crowded, and a lot of walking involved to find everything. The Crown Grille was the exception; outstanding food and service! The outdoor deck ice cream and coffee bar had the best soft-serve ice cream I’ve had. Hot dogs and pizza by the pool were good, but the burgers were mushy. The chili they use is NOT chili. Very limited boutique on-board shopping with very small selection. The biggest surprise was the entertainment! Best we’ve experienced on a cruise! All the performers were so highly experienced, multi-talented, professional and gifted! Every show was worth attending, even more than once! Great variety of superb entertainers! The Medallion system used by Princess is really innovative and worked well. Great ease of room entry, ordering drinks, gaming, embarking/disembarking, locating your fellow travelers, chatting, etc. The internet was the best we’ve found on a cruise. Easy to connect, pretty fast and great value for unlimited use of four devices. The barista style coffee drink package was a very good deal. Very limited live TV in cabin, but good movie choices. The shower was smaller than those found in a travel trailer. Don’t drop the soap! The new beds are wonderful! The cabin steward we were assigned was excellent and very friendly. Most of the rest of the crew always seemed like they were pissed off about something. Nice outdoor movies, but usually too cold and wet to enjoy. Not much else going on outdoors this time of year. The hot tubs were just lukewarm, so no one used them. There were no kids on board other than a few babies. Lots of seniors like us. Many walkers, wheel chairs and scooters on board that seemed to get around without too much difficulty. Bottom line, this cruise was several notches down from the last Princess cruise we took in 2005. But then so were the last Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruises we’ve taken in recent years. It seems great food and service has moved to the higher end cruise lines. Everything on the cheaper lines seems more geared toward families and individuals wanting to consume mass quantities with little discretion toward quality. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise is not my favourite itinerary but we did want to see the East Coast, especially New York and Quebec and both were fabulous. Could not get into Bar Harbor or St. John due to rough seas. I would have rather gone in September ... Read More
This cruise is not my favourite itinerary but we did want to see the East Coast, especially New York and Quebec and both were fabulous. Could not get into Bar Harbor or St. John due to rough seas. I would have rather gone in September for better weather. The staff were all awesome except for our room steward who was not that great. We had an accessible room and it was fabulously large as was the bathroom. Unfortunately, the bathroom smelled like a urinal and it was not able to be rectified. Our embarkation and disembarkation were seamless. The medallion worked great. The ship's public areas were nice but not enough seating inside for those days at sea. Too cold to sit outside. My biggest disappointment was the food. It was adequate but only very average. The waiters and the maitre'd were wonderful. Our next cruise is with Celebrity around the horn in South America! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My Husband & I had never been to the East Coast and I was excited to see the fall colors. We are both history buffs and I wanted to explore the history of this region. Our room was excellent and my favorite which is the last ... Read More
My Husband & I had never been to the East Coast and I was excited to see the fall colors. We are both history buffs and I wanted to explore the history of this region. Our room was excellent and my favorite which is the last balcony on floor 14 as the balcony is a bit larger and the view is better for me. Our room Stuart was excellent. The bed and pillows were very nice. Room service in the morning was very good but the menue is very limited. A nice pot of coffee is the most important and it was always prompt and hot. I like smaller ships but thought I would try a ship with 3000 people to see if things ran smoothly. Well EVERYTHING was crowded and a hastle. The Buffet was a nightmare! No matter what time we went between 5PM and 8PM the seating was so crowded you would wander around with plates of food looking for a place to sit. There was a virus outbreak so you could not serve yourself and all the waitstaff was serving buffet items. There was no one on the floor to get you water or coffee and you could not go near the beverage area! One time I ran down to my room to get water for my meal! It was so irritating. Why dont they seat you and get your drink order, reserve the table, then send you to the buffet? I tried to make reservations at the specialty restaurants but everything was full. I was told to come on by and see if someone did not show up for their reservation. This was for the Anytime Dining Room too! Soooo many people. I love the production shows so the 1st show I went about 20 minutes early and barely got a seat with my husband. Next production show I went 30 minutes early with the same results. The last show I went 1 hour early and got good seats. In all the shows there were people standing along the side of the theater during the entire production. This made me most uncomfortable. What if there were a fire - yikes. WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE! The excursions are usually good and well organized. Well not this time. The 1st port (Newport) we were to be tendered to shore. This is usually not a problem as we meet at a location and our entire tour is tendered togather and in plenty of time for the tour. This time we were left on our own to compete with the rest of our 3000 closest friends to get to shore on time. We were in the loby at 10 AM and did not get to shore until 12:15 - A WHOLE HOUR LATE FOR OUR TOUR!! WTH! The Excursion Staff said OOPS! Refund. REFUND! By the time I got to shore I had no time to book another tour to see the Mansions I was looking forward to. The Excursion Staff suggested I could shop. SHOP! I can do that at home! We had to skip two ports due to the weather (so again there were no reservations for the Dining Rooms or the Specialty Resteraunts and I was stuck at the buffet again!). We were offered a 20% discount on a future cruise, and altho this is a nice touch it could have been more. Especially becasue of this Norovirus thing. So other than not getting into many of the shows in the Princess Theater and not getting to eat at any of the good restaurants this cruise wasn't too bad. I advise you to make reservation for all resteraunts prior to your cruise. Make reservations for your dining the day you arrive When you are on one of these Ships with so many people! Also missing 2 ports was especially disappointing (especially since I feel I missed the Newport port also). I feel I need a "do over". Maybe I will start shopping for another East Coast Trip -- with Princess???? I do not know. Let me get over this disappointment befor I make that commitment. I hear Viking river cruise on the Hudson is great and they have small ships and don't nickel and dime me to death. Hummmmm... Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Chose the cruise to see the leaves changing in new england and to relax. Seems like we had the “B” team on the cruise....there was a noro virus outbreak on the cruise prior to ours, so boarding was delayed for the ship to be ... Read More
Chose the cruise to see the leaves changing in new england and to relax. Seems like we had the “B” team on the cruise....there was a noro virus outbreak on the cruise prior to ours, so boarding was delayed for the ship to be sanitized...when we got to our cabin we found someones 1/2 drunk sprite in our mini fridge and their shampoo cap on the shower floor...clearly our bathroom and fridge wasn't cleaned, much less sanitized between cruises. The food other than the Santini italian place was very bland...tasted like cardboard. It was an 11 day cruise... 1 of the 2 driers on our level was broken the whole time and our toilet wasn't cleaned after the initial cleaning( that we had to ask for...). The entertainment was disappointing compared to celebrity cruises. Actually everything paled in comparison to our Celebrity cruise experiences... oh well, live and learn...no more princess for us Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have been to many of the stops on this cruise, but the price was right and we have wanted to see the fall colors. Plus it gave us a chance to see the Atlantic Provinces of PEI and Nova Scotia. The colors did not disappoint although we ... Read More
We have been to many of the stops on this cruise, but the price was right and we have wanted to see the fall colors. Plus it gave us a chance to see the Atlantic Provinces of PEI and Nova Scotia. The colors did not disappoint although we missed Bar Harbor and St. John due to a storm that blew in while we were in port in Boston. We did none of the Princess offered tours (I'm just not into herding cats on busloads of people). The ship itself was quite nice. A recent refurbishment, plus the addition of the Medallion system made the sea days very enjoyable. It is a large ship and things can get quite crowded when it is full, but we always seemed to find a place for a quiet interlude if we wanted to. Princess has been striving to produce some new entertainment shows and we could see that paying off in the shows on this cruise. Let's just hope they do enough of them we don't hit too many repeats when we cruise again next year on another ship. The food was much better this cruise compared to our last Princess cruise to Hawaii in March 2018. The variety of dishes were good, the food delivered hot, and cooked to order. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose a fall cruise to celebrate my landmark birthday and to see the fall colors. We spent two nights in NYC (Columbus Day weekend) before getting on the ship. We were fine our first two ports, but then a Nor'Easter storm landed ... Read More
We chose a fall cruise to celebrate my landmark birthday and to see the fall colors. We spent two nights in NYC (Columbus Day weekend) before getting on the ship. We were fine our first two ports, but then a Nor'Easter storm landed us in Boston and lost us two ports by the time the weather cleared. You really did not want to leave the ship and explore as they kept changing the time we would depart. Bar Harbor and Saint John were casualties, and we were most disappointed to miss Acadia National Park. I understand it was for our safety and they did give us a little discount on a future cruise, but I had read on the boards they miss Bar Harbor about 50% of the time. Our tour company (not Princess) told us they canceled our tour long before Princess admitted we were not going there, our guide knew they had closed the port. The other ports were fine, really liked Newport Beach. Quebec City was lovely, very glad we added two days on after the cruise. Halifax was also nice, as was Charlottetown. Sydney was just okay. The outer decks were cold and windy, I missed not being able to utilize the outside of the ship. I don't think I'd cruise this late in the year again. The colors were also muted this year and the further north we went the colder it got. This was the last sailing before they left Quebec and headed down toward the Florida/Caribbean runs. We were on Deck 10 and it was fine, see cabin review. There is only one laundromat per floor, two washers and two dryers, and it was competitive! Would be nice to have more than that for all those cabins. Food was okay, good not great. Some things were very well done, and some were just mass prepared and mundane. We found the martini bar where they knew how to mix a drink, and got our cocktails from them each evening (Crooners Bar). We splurged on the Crown Grill one night. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!! It was one of our worst meals. They tried to sit us near the host stand/kitchen, and when we asked to be moved, the host muttered a comment which was very unprofessional. They messed up my husband's drink, and his meal as well. The waiter was very kind, but forgot the mint jelly for my lamb chops, I did not realize it until I saw someone else served and by then it was too late. We come from a town with great steakhouses and this was nowhere near the quality. My lamb chops were small, not a nice chop, and my husband's steak was tough and poor quality. We chose a regular seating for our other meals, and the waiters grew to know us and it was a pleasure to dine each evening. We ate breakfast and lunch in the restaurants most of the time, not buffet lovers. There had been a norovirus on the cruise before us, so they were very careful with hygiene on this cruise, the first few days in you could not even salt your own food and they served you from the buffet. The entertainment was mostly lame, one magician was wonderful, and one night we could not get in to see a different show (piano-comedy I think) because it was too full. They still offer Zumba, which was fun, I also used the fitness center one morning. I was given a $50 spa credit, so it made my service affordable. Otherwise the prices they charge are outrageous, $138 for a manicure/pedicure as an example.(Plus tip.) We took one tour with Princess to see Peggy's Cove and the Titanic graves, and it was well done. The rest of the time we did our own thing, as we prefer to explore on our own. This was a somewhat older crowd, we were amazed at the scooters parked under the stairs one night, but people were mostly friendly and we did see a few younger people and even a few children, but not the norm. There was a bar at the top of the ship in the back, Skywalkers. They seemed to use this for Elite functions a few times, they also had a special line in the dining room for club class. We were asked to leave Skywalkers early one evening as they had to ready it for a function. The whole ship should be accessible for all. Met the captain, very nice and approachable, a few stiffs at the front desk but overall the staff goes out of their way and works very hard. Our steward was a doll, as were our dining waiters. Would I cruise Princess again? Possibly. We're taking our first Viking ocean cruise next year so it will be interesting to see the difference. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our 8th cruise and our first experience with Princess. Our overall experience did not rise to the level of our previous cruises with Celebrity and Cunard. If the Princess cruise line is supposed to be an "Up-scale" brand ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise and our first experience with Princess. Our overall experience did not rise to the level of our previous cruises with Celebrity and Cunard. If the Princess cruise line is supposed to be an "Up-scale" brand for the Carnival Corporation, then they have ways to go. We noticed small things that were not quite right. The service was often very good, but inconsistent. Our dinning room waiters were friendly and attentive. But they seemed rushed and did not spend much time at our table. As a result, we did not get to know them. At times, the dining service was slow. The dining menu had few variations from day to day. The food was tasty and plentiful. Our cabin attendant was also excellent, but we had difficulty getting fresh supplies. We returned to the ship after a shore excursion to find that there were no washcloths. Our cabin attendant was very apologetic but he explained that "They were out of washcloths because of a problem in the laundry" and washcloths would not be available until 8pm. Some of our towels were frayed. We made a complaint to the service desk but were met with aloof and dismissive indifference by the staff. The fitness center workout equipment was modern but the only water available was from a single drinking fountain with no cups. There was a "out of order" vending machine that offered bottled water for sale. The ship was spotless and well maintained but we did not enjoy the layout. There was no topside/outside covered seating or atrium area. During bad weather, we were relegated to find a place in one of the interior seating areas which were all crowded. The large Vista Lounge was often not available due to scheduled events. There was no upper deck lounge to enjoy view. We felt the elevators were small and slow. As result, the wait time for an elevator was long. They were often uncomfortably crowded and challenging because of passengers with mobility devices. The stairwells were also narrow which caused some congestion. That all being said, we will give Princess another try. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Was taken on this cruise, I did not choose it. Years ago I experienced large ship cruising on the now retired QE2, about 30 yrs ago.... it seemed more elegant then and less cattle herding. The cabin had a balcony and I found it extremely ... Read More
Was taken on this cruise, I did not choose it. Years ago I experienced large ship cruising on the now retired QE2, about 30 yrs ago.... it seemed more elegant then and less cattle herding. The cabin had a balcony and I found it extremely comfortable and by past standards, roomy. it was clean and the steward was a dream. The activities were never ending and there was something for all. The food was inconsistent and I have to say sweat shirts and blue jeans are not casual smart dress for dinner. I would say cruising for the masses has definitely dumbed down the experience. The shore excursions were varied but way over the top in expense. Luckily I new some of the ports and we went out on our own. Rereading this I sound very snobbish, but I have to say the romance has been taken out of the cruise industry, even if it is The Love Boat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first cruise with the Princess line, but we have cruised with Carnival and Holland America previously. We chose this New England/Canada cruise for two reasons: we wanted to visit New York City, and we had never been to New ... Read More
This was our first cruise with the Princess line, but we have cruised with Carnival and Holland America previously. We chose this New England/Canada cruise for two reasons: we wanted to visit New York City, and we had never been to New England. We arrived in NYC two days before the cruise and visited as many historic sites that we could: Times Square, Liberty and Ellis Islands, Castle Clinton, Grant's Tomb, 9-11 Memorial, Trinity Church, St. Patrick's and others. We even took the subway a few times. Our itinerary stated boarding would begin at 1:00 pm. However, I believe people began boarding a couple hours before 1:00. Embarkation went smoothly although we did wait 20-30 minutes in line. To save money, we chose an interior cabin on Baha deck, and it was quiet and peaceful. The bed was comfortable although the cabin was on the smaller side, but OK for 2 people. The bathroom was rather small, but very clean and well maintained as was the cabin. For some unknown reason, the wash clothes weren't there, but our steward brought them later, and we had to ask for the bathrobes that usually are in the room. The first thing we did after boarding was have lunch at the Concerto room. The food was excellent and the waiter was very pleasant and cheerful. Afterwards, our room was ready. We took a walk to check out the ship which was beautiful. The skywalk was fun, and there were already people in the hot tub. Muster drill was fast and easy. Princess no longer gives out maps when you board so I had to stop by Guest Services and they gave us 2 maps. We had assigned early seating at the Concerto room, but there was a mix up for our table. There are two entry doors on opposite sides of the ship, one side is for odd number tables and the other door is for even. Seems like everyone was going to the wrong side which caused confusion. Someone was already seated at our table, so we were seated two tables over by the window which was fine. We had a wonderful, pleasant waiter and his assistant. They were very attentive. We did feel the menu was somewhat limited in the choices. Overall, the food was good, but some items were hit or miss. We also ate at the buffet which had quite a large selection of food, and servers came around to bring you drinks. We enjoyed roaming the ship, but felt that some of the lounges should have had more comfortable chairs where we could put our feet up and enjoy looking out the windows. There is a Sanctuary were the chairs looked comfortable, but to rent it there was a hefty upcharge. There is also a fee to use the whirlpool in the spa which is usually free on other ships. We enjoyed the nightly musical entertainment very much and another night, there was a comedian that had us in stitches. There is a large outdoor screen where we enjoyed a movie. Popcorn and blankets were provided. The ports where we stopped were wonderful. Two ports we had to take tenders. The first 4 ports, we had wonderful weather and the trees were in fall colors. Captain had to skip Halifax because of a severe storm and we had some rough seas that night. Our favorite port was Boston where we took a bus excursion to see highlights of Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord which we enjoyed very much. Disembarkation was a long wait for us, Captain stated there was congestion at the port and we had to wait to disembark. Our luggage was easy to find. We booked our transport to the airport through the ship. We were somewhat confused and irritated that the bus driver had to drop all of us off at the baggage claim level, and we had to go one floor up dragging our luggage and try to figure out where our airline was to check our bags. It was quite a walk. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable with excellent service, but we felt there were too many extra charges and were disappointed that some lounges close at certain times for Elite Members only. We also thought there was not enough comfortable chairs where we could look out and enjoy the scenery. There were no midnight buffets or ice sculptures that we experienced on previous cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I took this cruise with my husband because I had never been on a cruise before and we wanted to see some fall foliage. The ports were incredible and so different each day. We were sad to miss Halifax, but the experience of being in a ... Read More
I took this cruise with my husband because I had never been on a cruise before and we wanted to see some fall foliage. The ports were incredible and so different each day. We were sad to miss Halifax, but the experience of being in a tropical storm was something we'll always laugh at and look back on fondly. My husband and I are early 30s, and we had a hard time finding activities that we would like. I love trivia, but I don't know 1960s TV show themes, for example. We felt a little out of place as we tried to find activities we would like. The food was good, but we never knew exactly where we were supposed to be for dining. We went to the "wrong" dining room a few times and the staff seemed annoyed at us. We also missed the daily pamphlet with communication for formal night, and were really embarrassed when we left our cabin in jeans, hahaha. We scurried up to the buffet to hide. We also found navigating the ship to be extremely frustrating at times. I expected our medallions to tell us what food was open at what time, or information about port calls & the excursions we bought, but really the medallion was only useful for finding our way if we already knew exactly where we wanted to go. Speaking of the medallions, they, paired with the app, leave a lot to be desired. I ordered a pillow on Sunday on the app, and it was marked as my current order until Wednesday night. This meant I couldn't place any other orders. I went to the Medallion help desk, but they were unable to clear it for me. Beyond this, the app was pretty glitchy and frustrating to navigate. The medallions were great, though, for getting on and off the boat quickly. I also liked how people at the shops greeted me by name by seeing me on their tablets. They really made purchasing things feel seamless. That was pretty cool. The cabin room was super comfortable and we loved our balcony. We spent a lot of cozy evenings watching movies in our room, ordering drinks through room service. Since port days were so active, we loved how relaxing the evenings were. We also really enjoyed our time at the Lotus Spa. The service we ordered felt expensive but was sooo worth it. I loved getting a massage while the boat gently rocked in the tropical storm. :) We would probably take this cruise again, but next time we'd invite some of our other 30-something friends along and do this as a friend trip, rather than a romantic couple's trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because it was a new location to cruise to for us. We never like to cruise for just 7 days so we actually booked this as a B2B2B cruise and were on the Regal from Oct 12 to Oct 31. It was our first time cruising out of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a new location to cruise to for us. We never like to cruise for just 7 days so we actually booked this as a B2B2B cruise and were on the Regal from Oct 12 to Oct 31. It was our first time cruising out of New York. This was also our first time on the Regal and the first time on a medallion class ship. We arrived in NY the night before we cruised and stayed in a hotel near the pier. Boarding was easy and quick with the medallion. Our first 14 days on the ship our room was E437 an obstructed view balcony category BW. The truth was the view was not obstructed because the room looked over the small pilot lifeboat, in other words the view was great. The last five days we spent in room D501 a BB class balcony room. Both rooms were very nice and served us well. In room E437 our room steward was Carlos and he went out of his way of taking care of us and our room. I know he went home on Oct 31. In room D501 our room steward was Eduardo and he did a very good job but not quite as attentive as Carlos. The ship was in very good shape. It is a large ship with some very nice areas. I really wish it had the walk around promenade deck but it does not. I did use the gym on the ship frequently and all the equipment was in great shape. The Piazza is where many activities go on. At times the music can actually be a little to loud and echoes through the 3 floors of the Piazza. The elevators by the Piazza are very frustrating and if you really want to use an elevator go to the front or rear elevators during busy times or you will wait forever for an elevator. We had anytime dining for our first time. We found if we agreed to share a table we would wait for long periods of time for service, in fact one time they forgot to take our order and we had to bring it up to get the service. We found if we had a table for 2 the service was great and quick. The food itself was good, not great but good. We did not eat at any specialty restaurants. We did eat at Alfredo's as well as get pizza from the area by the pool as well as burgers and hot dogs a few times. These areas were good. The entertainment it the main theater was very good. The comedians they brought in were also very good. Keep in mind the theater does fill up early especially as the cruise goes on. After the first night if you were not in the theater a good 30 minutes before a show you might have trouble finding a place to sit. I like cruising with Princess it is my favorite cruise line and I have cruised on my lines. The Regal was very nice but not my favorite Princess ship. I never did find a favorite place on the ship, I did find some favorite crew. I would cruise on the Regal again without hesitation. We did cruise through some heavy storms a couple times and the ship handled the storms well. The waves were even crashing over the windows on deck 5. Cruising New England/ Canada was a first for us. It was a beautiful area but nothing that made me want to go back there. It is a lot like where I live so it was nothing real special to us. I did enjoy the area it just didn't make us want to come back. One thing that did happen while we were onboard was during our last 5 days on the ship a large group of people came on the ship. This group was there for the people of the TV show Lt. Joe Kenda Homicide Hunter. We did see the star of the show and his wife and even had lunch with some of the actors from the show. The group did not bother anything you just noticed them because they wore a lot of different t-shirts about the event. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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