Breaking this into easily digestable sections:
The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried ... Read More
Breaking this into easily digestable sections:
The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried to improve on the design flaws of the Royal with minimal success. There are NO midship stair ways resulting in overburdened central lifts that (I'm not joking) can take anywhere from 7 minutes to arrive and will stop (guarenteed) at EVERY deck, as people call them then give up waiting. Because of their excess use, the lifts were even inoperarable at times!
They are apparently suitable for 18, yes 18 persons! Not a chance, even with discomfort you could probably sqeeze in 12 and that's a push. It often gets so squashing in there it gets hot, and very hot very quickly which become increasingly infurtiating as you stop at every desk and no one gets in. More cabins added in increasing footflow and less accessways to compensate. Ridculous! I assure you after a few days this becomes very tedious! -----------3/10
Entertainment: I did not attend the main show but my family memebers told me it was actualy quite impressive, however in between the main show most nights it was a sub standard comedian or a person playing multiple insturments. Cheap low cost, low cost personnel entertainment. On most nights (even as earlier as 9pm) there is abolsutely NOTHING going on, it's almost hilarious. You have a singer in the atrium on the piano for maybe an hour or two, a movie at the movie under the starts and the show that's only an hour long, that's it, there is absolutely nothing going on which justified the low 'roaming population' after dinner service. I even remember hearing an old gentleman saying one night "Where the bleep is all the entertainment, there is no enterainment on this ship!" to my amused delight!! I was bored to tears on evenings and just sat at a bar sipping my drink. Atleast 80% of the time I went back to my cabin to read it was that comical.
Earlier hours saw use of the bingo in Princess live which is very, very cheesy and caters to the 60+ age group which rules me out. I saw no one around my age group (20-30) and was socially isolated. If I wanted to go bingo I had to pay a heavy fee, the virtual rifle range was open for about one hour a day, 3 at the most. The sports deck didn't have enough balls and the putting green is something I could have contrcuted in a weeked in my garden. I actually walked around this ship thinking....oh dear, I'm a total utter moron for booking this $2,500 'holiday' The only thing that scores this a 2 is the movies they put on in princess theatre!-------- 2/10
Food - Horizon 'infestation' court. My god where to start. This is the most congested frustrating part of the ship, it's packed, people walk into wall, objects, people, stand idle in main entrace ways completely zoned out. You can potentially get stuck behind a slow walker for 5 minutes which is how long it can take to get to one end the the other. You will have people nudging you out the walk, reaching over you rudely, reserving tables, and my favourite, people handling food like bread rolls and fruit, not liking the consistency of it and putting it back! Yes they actually touched food and put it back for you to consume later without knowing, oh yummy! Bacteria sandwich anyone? It's no wonder on this floating virus I got ill, everywhere I go someone foul person sneezed on me, sneezed and touched the handrails, coughed on my face, blew their nose only to touch the salad forks and put it back for some other poor soul to touch. It's just abolsutely disgusting!!!
The cakes are like instant packet cakes, they are 'display purproses only cakes' they look good and taste like pure death. I was actually unsure if I had sponge in my mouth or pieces of beach towel.
The Horizon court offered school dinner style sloppy job sludge and the dishes even had spelling erros on their labels for god sake. Have you ever heard of 'Todd in the Hole'? Poor old Todd's Princess career didn't go to well ending up served in a steel over dish. On the good side the Crown Grill was half decent, the atrium cafe offered decent sandwhices (but seemed to consistently serve hamd and cheese ones without any ham and cheese in them) which they never recitfied....rocket science and that.
Kids clubs! PARENT BE WARNED!!!
This is what killed the holiday, our youngest one (6) was not able to go into Princess Pelicans (the clubs for the yonugest age group) because they decided to shut it for all hours except 6 - 10pm on evenings, which means if your young one falls in this category YOU will be caring for them unless ship is in port.
This is AGAINST the .pdf file uploaded on princess.com stating clearly the full morning, afternoon and evening opening times, not subject to closure. The head office agreed that it should be open (I complained onboard) and the boss of the kids club manager couldn't even use her pathetic non existent false powers to open the club despite telling me she agreed with me. My full complaint email to her was then INGORED and the sanctuary we paid for (for the whole cruise) largely went to waste as our 6 year old could not go in their, and they would not refund the money.
The deputy cruise director called me to say he was quote "going to figure something out to make the cruise and enjoyable one" and " would touch base with me about this the next day" he didn't and had no intention of doing so. The club remained closed despite princess confirming they staffed the ship in the club to the max to cater for the summer holiday excess of kids. An absoluteyl vile and pathetic customer service ship for a miserable pathetic cruise line.
Rest assured they WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY and you will have no idea if the clubs will be open or not for your child, if they aren't your 6 year old will be put in the 12 year old club and play games that aren't safe/suitable and activities that are beyond their own leaning abilities. In my opinion the club manager should have been fired, she ignored her boss, insulted the customers, suggested I LIED and was constantly rude everytime she walked by us for the rest of the cruise. But this line is too weak, too pathetic and too stupid to do anything about it.
DO NOT GO ON HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! Go to florida as this cruise cost that much anyway. I beg you, go to Disney! Read Less