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Sail Date: December 2017
Holiday cruise which was convenent as we did not have fly. Food was very good, did not eat in Specialty restaurants. Loved International Cafe for coffee and snacks.The only reason I did not give the ship a 5 star is because of the poor ... Read More
Holiday cruise which was convenent as we did not have fly. Food was very good, did not eat in Specialty restaurants. Loved International Cafe for coffee and snacks.The only reason I did not give the ship a 5 star is because of the poor quality of the mattress. We stayed with backache for 10 days because of sagging mattress. We were not the only ones complaining of this. If they improve mattresses, I would definitely cruise on this ship in the future. Diem bark a tion was the quickest that I have ever experienced. Great entertainment throughout ship. Was surprised that they did not push drinks every time you Sat in a bar area like most ships do. The Carribean really does not interest up as we are not beach or water sports people, so we probably will not go there again. Never found the ship to be crowded at any areas. Loved Alfredo's for pizza. Pizza on deck 16 not very good. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
First time doing a Christmas cruise, and it won't be our last. Embarkation was great. On the ship in 15 minutes from luggage drop off. The staff was the friendliest and most helpful we have ever experienced. We had anytime dining, and ... Read More
First time doing a Christmas cruise, and it won't be our last. Embarkation was great. On the ship in 15 minutes from luggage drop off. The staff was the friendliest and most helpful we have ever experienced. We had anytime dining, and that worked out very well (since we went at 5:15 each night). Food was very good in both the restaurant and the buffet. I just wish that the everyday menu had more choices, especially appetizers. The cruise singers and dancers were excellent, as was the Royal Princess band. Cruise Director Matty O is fantastic...maybe the best that Princess has now, but he got sick on day 7, so we didn't see him again. The assistant CD's filled in admirably. The only negative to the whole cruise is the lack of onboard activities before 3PM. It seems like Trivia and shopping seminars are the only thing available at that time. Many extra activities at night for the Christmas season really made this cruise special. Everywhere on the ship, the wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Alfredos Restaurant is the BEST free restaurant at sea. Very good pizza (for a cruise ship) and many other choices are served here. Funniest thing on the ship is the placard in the elevator claiming it can hold 18 people. 8-10 (with little people) is maximum. We will be cruising on Princess again. They exceeded our expectations in every way possible !! Read Less
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We're so glad you enjoyed your Royal Princess experience! Our holiday voyages are special to us as well. We're looking forward to welcoming you onboard again soon!
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Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this at last minute, considering the itinerary (recently ravaged Caribbean) and the price for a balcony cabin. Plus, the dates were perfect for our work schedule - 10 days from December 20-30. What could be wrong with that? ... Read More
We chose this at last minute, considering the itinerary (recently ravaged Caribbean) and the price for a balcony cabin. Plus, the dates were perfect for our work schedule - 10 days from December 20-30. What could be wrong with that? (Nothing!) Work had been very intense and we wanted to collapse on a beautiful ship in the warm Caribbean breeze. Itinerary from FLL was (cruise line created) Amber Cove, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Martiique, and Antigua - with one sea day before and two after the run of destinations. We were very lazy cruisers, and didn't get off the ship at Amber Cove Dr or St. Kitts, which we had visited in past. Both looked beautiful from the ship, too! We slept a LOT and went out to grab something to eat at odd hours - and there was always a good variety of wonderful things available. (We had been very frustrated and disappointed on our only HAL cruise the year prior, where the food availability was almost nil in late afternoon and evenings. Zero activity at night after 11pm. Anyone varying from a "normal" schedule was out of luck.) We toured St. Thomas - the port had been cleaned and prettied up, as has Magan's Beach (coconut groves mowed down - trying to replant something aesthetically adequate for tourism and to promote future growth). Everywhere on the island showed a lot of destruction - such a shame, and such a lot of work to recover even just to prior levels, exhausting to contemplate. (Puerto Rico can't even take ships yet - I can't imagine the devastation - we will visit at some point soon, perhaps. Dominica was very badly affected - hoping for their recovery but the damage is very shocking and daunting to contemplate.) We drove around Barbados with a driver with a nice family of four, and spent some time on the beach - a very enjoyable and attractive island, with nice varieties of vegetation and landscape. We enjoyed strolling around the port towns in Martinique and Antigua. Martinique has an architectural charm that other ports didn't, and the port is right in town and very convenient and charming. Antigua's port is right in town too, so it was very convenient for us when we dragged ourselves off the ship in the afternoon, and had a lovely time in each port, though we didn't see much but the waterfront areas. As far as the ship - everything great. (Exception - our second experience on this particular ship) was that the balcony wasn't entirely private - people on walkways below could look up at us. And the lighting from those areas bled into the room at night and made seeing the water difficult at night - taking away one of the great pleasures of a balcony cruise for me (privacy and direct water views with sound of waves). Service was excellent, food was great in buffet. Hats off to the buffet staff - at all the hours we were looking, there was a fantastic variety of foods - most all of them delicious. We only did two of ten nights in dining room - food was good but we had anytime dining and were on our weirdo schedule, and sometimes we just wanted to do things on our own schedule. Everyone was uniformly pleasant and professional. Nice variety of people on board - among passengers and staff. Entertainment - We didn't do any main theater shows but lounge musicians had lots of variety. Classical string group was excellent. House band good enough but drummer just a tick slow, piano man hilarious and an old pro with a schtick, jazzy band good and guitarist was country-flavored. We didn't do spa or classes, but DH went to the gym daily and enjoyed, it was busy but no waiting. We had a relaxed and wonderful vacation, with no glitches and no negative experiences. So "hard" to be back at home, fending for ourselves! We chose this at last minute, considering the itinerary (recently ravaged Caribbean) and the price for a balcony cabin. Plus, the dates were perfect for our work schedule - 10 days from December 20-30. What could be wrong with that? (Nothing!) Work had been very intense and we wanted to collapse on a beautiful ship in the warm Caribbean breeze. Itinerary from FLL was (cruise line created) Amber Cove, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Martiique, and Antigua - with one sea day before and two after the run of destinations. We were very lazy cruisers, and didn't get off the ship at Amber Cove Dr or St. Kitts, which we had visited in past. Both looked beautiful from the ship, too! We slept a LOT and went out to grab something to eat at odd hours - and there was always a good variety of wonderful things available. (We had been very frustrated and disappointed on our only HAL cruise the year prior, where the food availability was almost nil in late afternoon and evenings. Zero activity at night after 11pm. Anyone varying from a "normal" schedule was out of luck.) We toured St. Thomas - the port had been cleaned and prettied up, as has Magan's Beach (coconut groves mowed down - trying to replant something aesthetically adequate for tourism and to promote future growth). Everywhere on the island showed a lot of destruction - such a shame, and such a lot of work to recover even just to prior levels, exhausting to contemplate. (Puerto Rico can't even take ships yet - I can't imagine the devastation - we will visit at some point soon, perhaps. Dominica was very badly affected - hoping for their recovery but the damage is very shocking and daunting to contemplate.) We drove around Barbados with a driver with a nice family of four, and spent some time on the beach - a very enjoyable and attractive island, with nice varieties of vegetation and landscape. We enjoyed strolling around the port towns in Martinique and Antigua. Martinique has an architectural charm that other ports didn't, and the port is right in town and very convenient and charming. Antigua's port is right in town too, so it was very convenient for us when we dragged ourselves off the ship in the afternoon, and had a lovely time in each port, though we didn't see much but the waterfront areas. As far as the ship - everything great. (Exception - our second experience on this particular ship) was that the balcony wasn't entirely private - people on walkways below could look up at us. And the lighting from those areas bled into the room at night and made seeing the water difficult at night - taking away one of the great pleasures of a balcony cruise for me (privacy and direct water views with sound of waves). Service was excellent, food was great in buffet. Hats off to the buffet staff - at all the hours we were looking, there was a fantastic variety of foods - most all of them delicious. We only did two of ten nights in dining room - food was good but we had anytime dining and were on our weirdo schedule, and sometimes we just wanted to do things on our own schedule. Everyone was uniformly pleasant and professional. Nice variety of people on board - among passengers and staff. Entertainment - We didn't do any main theater shows but lounge musicians had lots of variety. Classical string group was excellent. House band good enough but drummer just a tick slow, piano man hilarious and an old pro with a schtick, jazzy band good and guitarist was country-flavored. We didn't do spa or classes, but DH went to the gym daily and enjoyed, it was busy but no waiting. We had a relaxed and wonderful vacation, with no glitches and no negative experiences. So "hard" to be back at home, fending for ourselves! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband had been unwell during the summer, he has always wanted to be in the Caribbean over Christmas, (we usually go Jan/Feb) so I booked it as a surprise for him. This was our 14th Princess cruise, so expectations were high. The ship ... Read More
My husband had been unwell during the summer, he has always wanted to be in the Caribbean over Christmas, (we usually go Jan/Feb) so I booked it as a surprise for him. This was our 14th Princess cruise, so expectations were high. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas, we were greeted by carol singers in the atrium at embarkation, which was speedy and efficient. Nice balcony cabin, if a little small, and still the ubiquitous shower curtain (Celebrity shower much better with glass screen) in the bathroom. No welcome back drink or other recognition of loyalty. Luggage arrived promptly, but there were many empty cabins on board. Went downhill at dinner first night, we were on late sitting, a table for 6, but bench seats! Seriously? OK in a café environment, but when dressed in smart or formal attire, not acceptable to have to shuffle along a bench. We asked to speak to the M'aitre D, our waitress informed us he 'would not come to talk to us'. We assured her that he would, or she would need to deal with 6 angry people, did he think he was something special? He suddenly appeared and assured us we would have a table with chairs for the rest of the cruise. On to the food, it was okay, but only 2 offerings of steak out of the whole 11 night cruise, usually available every night. Cut backs were very apparent, sadly. The waiting staff were very good, around the whole ship every member of staff greeted us with 'Happy holidays!' which was lovely. Drinks in the bars were reasonably priced, lots of choice re: cocktails and margaritas, but a serious lack of joviality , due we think to the boat being so short of passengers! Great weather, great ports of call, we did our own thing as the excursions are so overpriced, eg, trip to a beach $39.99 per person, we paid $24 total for a return taxi trip to the same beach. Princess used to be our first choice, sadly Celebrity are now much better, although their drinks are exorbitant in comparison. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We found the food to be much improved from the Royal Princess which we sailed last year. No need to use the upgraded restaurants. The sushi bar was an excellent deal. Entertainment was excellent, all the bands were wonderful and there ... Read More
We found the food to be much improved from the Royal Princess which we sailed last year. No need to use the upgraded restaurants. The sushi bar was an excellent deal. Entertainment was excellent, all the bands were wonderful and there was lots of dancing opportunities. All the ports were nice. Nothing to complain about. It was not to the super high end standards but an excellent cruise for the price. Looking forward to our next cruise on Regal. The ship was not full so there were never any lines. No problem finding lounge chairs on deck during sea days. Servers were especially happy to serve, buffet was best of any Princess ship we have sailed on. Ballroom dancing music was provided each night in Vista Lounge or Princess Live, we had to advise the person there that the music was not very good and he was able to provide much better music for dancing. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Chose this cruise prior to hurricane Irma. Mainly because it was in Puerto Rico all day until midnight! Unable to do what we had planned there this was our third trip on the regal. Very, very disappointed in main dining room menu and ... Read More
Chose this cruise prior to hurricane Irma. Mainly because it was in Puerto Rico all day until midnight! Unable to do what we had planned there this was our third trip on the regal. Very, very disappointed in main dining room menu and food quality. Club class was also a disappointment. We expected more as far as the menu and cook at table specials. Also disappointed in Sabatini new menu. Nothing we liked on the menu, therefore only went there one time. We upgraded to a suite, which was wonderful. In the back of the ship with a huge patio! Biggest surprise for us was Sabatini breakfast, as it came with the suite. What a pleasant surprise. Food Quality and menu was excellent, But that is only exclusive for suites...What a shame! Beings it was Christmas, we expected a lot of children, but there weren’t. The nicest surprise event was a ship-wide recital of Twas the night before Christmas !! It made Christmas Eve very special. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Found a great deal on this voyage and could not pass it up. Went with two friends and we all had a great time on this 11 day voyage. The Regal is 4 years old but still looks brand new. The service personnel were always smiling and ... Read More
Found a great deal on this voyage and could not pass it up. Went with two friends and we all had a great time on this 11 day voyage. The Regal is 4 years old but still looks brand new. The service personnel were always smiling and telling everyone to have a good day. The production shows with the singers and dancers were the best shows we have seen in a very long time. The private island, Princess Cays was in great shape and made for a relaxing day on the beach. The excursion train ride on St. Kitts, that takes you through the old sugar cane fields so you get to see most of the island. We highly recommend this. The excursion on the catamaran on St. Lucia was also a great one, just relax and enjoy a trip to the Pitons while letting you hair down and enjoying a short swim in a cove and cruising into Marigot. Took the Cave exploration on Barbados, very cool and interesting. Definitely a hidden treasure on this island. The only excursion that we did not thoroughly enjoy was on St. Thomas. We did the kayaking/snorkeling excursion but the snorkeling portion was way below par as it was too soon after the hurricanes as the waters were not perfectly clear and the landscape was a dull grey/green with very few fish to see and no color at all. Food was good and our cabin steward, Polaris, was the best. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
for those of us without much family, or far away children, this was a very nice way to celebrate holiday festivities effortlessly. the ship provided full Hanukah menorah lighting, snacks and songs. They there was Christmas with wonderful ... Read More
for those of us without much family, or far away children, this was a very nice way to celebrate holiday festivities effortlessly. the ship provided full Hanukah menorah lighting, snacks and songs. They there was Christmas with wonderful decorations and caroling. Our ports were Caribbean for wonderful warm weather and some interesting sights. I do have to say the food is not quite as good as I recall from Princess, so they need to step up here. dividing people into Club class and the plebians does not seem a good way to go if you neglect the regular people. The ship was wonderful, as I recall. they need to have more excursions that can handle disabled people I think as well. Having most excursions go to the beach left me out. Service was excellent, as usual. They have some of the same shows and some new, but always enjoyable even if I have seen it before, as the cast and costumes can be different, and the songs timeless. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Saw a great price on this Christmas cruise about 4 weeks before sail date and decided to grab it. We had been on Royal Princess 2 years ago and loved that ship, and Regal is the sister ship to Royal, so we knew we would like it. We had a ... Read More
Saw a great price on this Christmas cruise about 4 weeks before sail date and decided to grab it. We had been on Royal Princess 2 years ago and loved that ship, and Regal is the sister ship to Royal, so we knew we would like it. We had a great cruise and were overall very pleased. This was our 16th cruise, and my Husband said he thought it was his overall best cruise experience in terms of just the ship and I tend to agree. This was a cruise to the Carribean and we were mainly going to this destination to get away from the cold. If would say the strong points were the ship is in great condition and beautiful, and the overall attitude of the staff on the ship was excellent. Although we did not go to all the entertainment, the shows we saw were excellent, especially the Beatle Maniacs group. They also did a great job of accommodating my Husband's gluten free diet. Plus, we got all of this for what I thought was truly a surprisingly great deal for a Christmas cruise which generally go for a premium. I think this ship was undersold for some reason, I assume because it had a stop at Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, and people were staying away from those ports because of the hurricane damage. However everything seemed okay in those ports where we were, although I understand that in the remote areas of those islands, that was not the case. If there were weak points, I would say they were: 1 Although the food was good and acceptable, I would not say it was great. I never had what I would call a memorable meal but also nothing horrible. In particular, when I got a beef dish, it always seemed the meat was tough. I think it is best to stick with the chicken and fish dishes on this ship. But it seems to me that overall, the quality of food on cruises has been going down on all the ships since the advent of speciality dining. It's almost like in order to get a great meal now, you have to pay extra for it which I do not like. One picky thing about the buffet, I wish they had chopped eggs on the salad bar. Also, you never saw berries of any kind on the buffet, just melons and pineapple which are cheaper fruits. Also, I am used to getting room service for breakfast, but the order indicated a gratuity was requested, which I thought was odd since significant gratituties are added to your account. I do not like how the lines automatically add gratituites to your account. They act like this is for the passengers' convenience and so that all employees can share the gratituites. However, we still feel like we should leave something for the room steward and dining room waiter directly. I think this is just a way for the cruise ships to get more money. The gratituites they added were a lot more than 20 percent of the price of the cruise we paid, which is normally the most we would leave as gratituties for good service However, these are minor issues and overall we had a great cruise and would highly recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Embarkment and disembarkment was really quick. The ship was very clean the service all together was excellent. The ports where really good like San Juan best. I would take this cruise again. I feel that shore excursions are over priced. ... Read More
Embarkment and disembarkment was really quick. The ship was very clean the service all together was excellent. The ports where really good like San Juan best. I would take this cruise again. I feel that shore excursions are over priced. Had a lot of pictures taken and they were excellent. The food service was excellent the bread and desserts were excellent. Any where you went on the ship the crew was always friendly and willing to help you in anyway they could. From start to finish you couldn't had asked for better people to help and give you little bits of more information. Everybody just makes you feel like your part of the family and really care. I would take my adult kids and family on this ship. Enjoyed the buffet and all the different types of food. The fresh fruit was excellent though out the whole cruise. Food service people were outstanding. Excellent cruise! Read Less
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