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Sail Date: January 2018
Experience overall was okay, cabin was great (Caribe-10 with balcony forward), not many kids, we (early 50's) were often the youngest in a common room by a decade or so. The food was up and down. The dining room was fantastic, ... Read More
Experience overall was okay, cabin was great (Caribe-10 with balcony forward), not many kids, we (early 50's) were often the youngest in a common room by a decade or so. The food was up and down. The dining room was fantastic, everything Princess is known for. The buffet was mediocre, a few great dishes surround by okay to just bad. Breakfast at the buffet was their best meal. The staff seemed to be in a hurry to close sections of the food service as quickly as they could, very rarely was the whole buffet open. Getting off and on the ship for excursions was efficient and easy. A word of warning about Sharkeeze restaurant in Grand Cayman: the menu is priced in Cayman dollars, the staff makes it seem like you will get a bargain lunch, but US dollars are worth less than Cayman so expect a 25% premium over menu prices. I think this is just a way to charge more when the cruise ships are in port - 5 ships when we were there. Entertainment was okay. The bands in public spaces were very good. We had an 8:00 (late) seating in the dining room which made it impossible to see any of the shows in the theater - so I am unable to review any of those Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The last Princess cruise we were on was before the Carnival takeover. Service has gone downhill as well as the food. You can tell that everything possible is being done to cut costs and it has severely affected the image Princess had ... Read More
The last Princess cruise we were on was before the Carnival takeover. Service has gone downhill as well as the food. You can tell that everything possible is being done to cut costs and it has severely affected the image Princess had previously built for itself. I should clarify my comments about the service. With regards to our cabin, there were no complaints. It was the dining room that needs attention badly. On our last cruise, the NY Strip Steak was on the menu everyday. On this cruise it was only on once and the steak I got was tough and tasteless. There were some very good items on the menu, but overall, the quality has declined from before. Our last cruise was on Norwegian (our first with them) and while the dining room service was about the same (our main complaint with regards to the cruise), the food was every bit as good, if not a little better. The embarkation and disembarkation (including in the ports visited) were the most efficient aspect of the cruise and were a great improvement over our last sailing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife got sick the first day on Monday. She decided to not go to the island and stay in the room. (The right thing to do) I called the excursion desk to cancel the two excursions that we booked and I was told the only way to get our ... Read More
My wife got sick the first day on Monday. She decided to not go to the island and stay in the room. (The right thing to do) I called the excursion desk to cancel the two excursions that we booked and I was told the only way to get our money back was to see the ships doctor which would of cost more than the two excursions. I have seen the ships doctor before on another cruise and I had trip insurance. I spent 6 months of doing paper work and never did get the $156.00 dollars back. The ship was old school decor and I loved it. Was had cabin R324 and it was the largest we had ever had. Plenty of space to keep our stuff. Our room stuart was Jojo and he was one of the best we have ever had! The dinning was great. The food was excellent and our server Natallia took care of us like we were her own kids. When we got on the ship we noticed we had anytime dinning. We have found out after many cruises that we prefer to have the same water every night. We get much better service this way. So when we got on the ship we saw the maitre d' and asked to have the same time and table every night. He gave us table 303 and 7:30 which was perfect. The shows were good including Doug Funk the comic. If you go to the cigar bar after his show you might get to see him. Warning he is trying to get a date with Hillary :). St. Thomas is in great condition because of the US government, they will tell you. Can't say the same for St. Maarten but it was still fun. The overall cruise was great. I missed not having a comedy club but the shows were better than most of the other cruises we have been on. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Just came back today from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Regal Princess (second time on this beautiful ship). EVERYTHING from embarkation to disembarkation was flawless. My cabin steward "Kitti" was super - very friendly and ... Read More
Just came back today from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Regal Princess (second time on this beautiful ship). EVERYTHING from embarkation to disembarkation was flawless. My cabin steward "Kitti" was super - very friendly and helpful, the food and the staff in the Allegro were wonderful, my birthday floral arrangement and b.d. decorations were lovely to enjoy at my "home away from home" and the the music throughout the cruise, particularly the stage productions, really impressed me. Loved the Beatle Maniacs, the Born to Dance show, etc. etc. The ship was immaculate - loved being upgraded to a mini-suite from a balcony and loved being able to sprawl out on the couch to read and relax at night. This was my fourth Princess Cruise and now have "Elite" status in their rewards program and look forward to many more vacations on this ship and others in the Princess fleet. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
There's not getting around the fact that Regal Princess is huge. Anyone booking a cruise on this ship should certainly expect to see lots of passengers! That being said, I must say that Princess did a great job in the design of this ... Read More
There's not getting around the fact that Regal Princess is huge. Anyone booking a cruise on this ship should certainly expect to see lots of passengers! That being said, I must say that Princess did a great job in the design of this vessel with respect to traffic flow. We were on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Princess Cays, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had stellar weather and sea conditions, which made everything extra nice. We were in category D4 - premium deluxe balcony in the aft of the ship. Cabin A-738. The cabin was a standard balcony cabin with a small pull-out couch and a larger than normal balcony. The depth of the balcony was equivalent to those on most other standard cabins, but it stretched a couple of feet to the left (due to some kind of mechanical room next to us), which really made a nice difference. The food was great. We had breakfast and lunch in the Horizon Court/Bistro every day, and had dinner in the Concerto dining room at the first seating with a nice table for two. On our St. Thomas day, all dining reverted to open seating, as the ship was in port until 10pm. We opted for Alfredo's for pizza that night. The menu at Alfredo's wasn't exactly what we were interested in. Our server was kind enough to allow us to build our own pizza. This turned out wonderful! Entertainment on the ship was quite good. We don't go to the shows (we're not big fans of sitting in the larger theatres), but the entertainment in the Piazza was awesome - a band from Australia and one from Trinidad made for great evenings. Beatlemania on the top deck, sailing out of St. Thomas was the highlight of the cruise. The fitness center was top knotch. You have to get there early to use the weights, etc due to crowds, but treadmills, bikes and ellipticals are readily available. Everything was is excellent repair. The upper deck jogging track was great - 7 x around = 1 mile. Very windy, but hey we're on a ship! The ship's pools were busy, but there were always open sunbeds available. The aft pool is sorta nice (The Royal Princess does not have this), however, it is in the absurdly vast smoking area. The adults only Retreat pool at the forward section was great, with it's own bar and quite ample sunbeds and chairs. This is where we hung out! The ship's design allowed for easy passage from the front of the ship to the back, even on the outdoor decks. 750 + steps from stem to stern! We have already booked the Regal again for next January. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our 7th Princess cruise and as always we truly enjoyed our time on the lovely Regal Princess. We arrived the day before and stayed at the lovely Casa Pellagrino hotel on Hollywood Beach. We actually rented a car at Miami airport ... Read More
This was our 7th Princess cruise and as always we truly enjoyed our time on the lovely Regal Princess. We arrived the day before and stayed at the lovely Casa Pellagrino hotel on Hollywood Beach. We actually rented a car at Miami airport and then turned it in the next day at Port Everglades, saving a lot of money over shuttles or cabs, plus it allowed us to drive around a bit. Headed over to the port around 11 a.m. on Sunday and as Platinum members quickly rolled through the embarking process and were in our cabin by 11:45. We had lunch at Alfredo's as we usually do and I purchased my pass for the Thermal Spa for the week (I spend about 2 hours each day there). Our cabin was on the Lido deck as usual and we also were participating in the new Medallion service (for us that was not a big deal, it opened the door locks and did allow more of the staff to know us by name but we really didn't take advantage of much else). We love being on Lido for its convenience to the activity area, Horizon court and pool bars. I have read a number of reviews regarding a decline in some Princess features and here are my thoughts on that: Pizza......I would like to put an end to the rumors of its demise, I felt it was the same pizza I've eaten for many years on on Princess (not a New York pizzeria but far better than frozen). I did feel that the MDR saw a bit of a drop off but nothing terribly significant, my feeling here and also in the Horizon Court was if they simply tasted things a bit more they might find that they could adjust seasoning a bit and drastically improve things. Horizon court has good variety, however, it remains confusing to navigate and find everything and I think a bit more direction would be good there. We ate in the Crown Steakhouse twice and absolutely loved it! We care little about LobsterGate so that has no effect on us and everything else was wonderful and the service as always was spot on. I simply do not like the new Sabbantini menu so we did not dine there. The International cafe was a favorite for us again for Breakfast and snacks as well as our coffee and tea. We do the drink package, not because it saves us money but because of the convenience of it and we enjoy trying different drinks during the trip. Bellini's is a favorite of ours and the Wheelhouse bar is always fantastic. We only went to 2 comedy shows on this trip but listened to more music throughout the ship than ever before and really enjoyed it, all very good. We love Regal and we love Princess but I've said this before and will again, we have been on a number of other cruises and still have never had a bad cruise....sit back and enjoy it and nobody should have a bad cruise! If you do I just don't know what to think....life is to short! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This is the second time we sailed on the Regal Princess. The ship is beautiful. The food was very good and so was the service. The casino was lively. We didn’t take any shore excursions, as we’ve been to these islands many ... Read More
This is the second time we sailed on the Regal Princess. The ship is beautiful. The food was very good and so was the service. The casino was lively. We didn’t take any shore excursions, as we’ve been to these islands many times. We enjoyed the cruise director, but I can’t remember her name. What was really the most noteworthy was the entertainment. We have season tickets to the theatre at home, and I can honestly say we enjoyed these Princess shows more than the broadway productions to which we subscribe. Besides the shows being so creative, the singers had very strong voices and the costumes were amazing. Each night was extremely entertaining, except for the night with the comedian, who was not really funny. I’ve been on at least 30 cruises, as we live near the port, and this ship has the very best entertainment! Loved the deck party with the Beatles music! Everybody was singing along. A fun time! It wasn’t all fun, however. We had a medical emergency on the ship, and the medical center proved to be efficient and professional, providing great care. Will definitely sail on her again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
As always, this Princess cruise was chock full of the senior set, which is fine - we're just coasting into qualifying for AARP ourselves, so it's not a problem - we're not party animals by any stretch. The good: The Coral Princess is ... Read More
As always, this Princess cruise was chock full of the senior set, which is fine - we're just coasting into qualifying for AARP ourselves, so it's not a problem - we're not party animals by any stretch. The good: The Coral Princess is one of their smaller ships, which meant we developed more friendships with people than on larger ships, which was nice. Likewise, we got to know more of the staff members on a more personal basis. The ship is able to go through the Panama Canal (only just, it squeeked through) and it's amazing to watch. The activity tours we went on were amazing (ziplining in Costa Rica, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman) but the walking tours (Gautamala, Cartagena) were really bad (how much will you buy, rich American tourist? Oh, yeah, there's a bit of history here, but let me show you where to spend your dollars...) My advice: do the activities. Serious fun. You do NOT need to be in fabulous shape to do them. It's okay to be chubby and wheeze a bit. You do need to be willing to laugh and feel a bit ridiculous. You will make the BEST memories if you do. We stayed at the Ft. Lauderdale Renaissance Cruise Ship Terminal, and it's literally right next door to the terminal. This does NOT mean you can stay there then walk to your ship, but it does mean it's an easy Uber/taxi ride. I would not walk it - it must have been a good 2 miles considering we had to drive all the way around the port to get to the ship. It's a decent hotel and we were able to Uber from the airport to the hotel, then walk over and get dinner from Chipotle next door. It made getting on the ship the next morning stress free. We're a lesbian couple celebrating 25 years together and despite this being an overwhelmingly straight, elderly demographic, we felt nothing but welcomed and accepted, which was the best thing ever. The bad: "Anytime Dining" on the Coral Princess apparently means line up at 4:45 or you won't eat until 7:00pm - and those old folks are SERIOUS about getting din-dins on time. Don't be messing with their meals. It's worse than third grade recess with line-cutting. One person will stand in the line and 42 people will walk up and join them before the doors open. The Universe Lounge has movies and production numbers, but the balcony level is awful to be watching anything - there's multiple safety bars. No idea why they don't put in plexiglass instead so people can actually SEE what's going on. There's less food selection in the Horizon Court than the larger Princess ships - a LOT less. I found that really disappointing. Same ol', same ol' every morning for breakfast. The ugly: Sales, sales, sales. I imagine it's the same on all cruise ships - we haven't been for a couple of years, and wow, it seems like they're selling at every turn. Most conversations seemed to start with "You want to buy..." Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, and loved most of the cruise and experience. The ship itself is old and falling apart. There were areas that had a moldy odor. There were areas where the air conditioning wasn't working. ... Read More
We always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, and loved most of the cruise and experience. The ship itself is old and falling apart. There were areas that had a moldy odor. There were areas where the air conditioning wasn't working. In our stateroom the thermostat didn't work, the remote for the TV didn't work, the shelf in the bathroom was broken and the carpet was dirty and worn. As in all other Princess cruises we have been on, the staff was wonderful and the food was terrific. The demographics on our particular cruise really leaned hard to the over 75 years old crowd with lots of walkers and canes. That may have influenced the entertainment, which filled up immediately after dinner. But after 8 PM the ship seemed deserted. We would have preferred more active activities too. We did 3 Princess excursions. The first was billed inaccurately as a scenic cruise and snorkeling of a reef and shipwreck. It was none of those things. We went in a boat right off the shore close to our ship to snorkel. There was no reef and no shipwreck and no scenic cruise. The second was a scenic drive, raft trip and lunch at a restaurant and it was fabulous. Our guide spoke the entire way there and back. The raft trip had another guide who was very knowledgeable. We saw crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys, etc. on the raft trip. The lunch was at a local restaurant and was very scenic. Our third excursion was a hike up a volcano. This was a little more iffy. We were not warned that it would be freezing on the trail (50's) when we had been experiencing high 90's. There were very high winds. The trail was covered with older, but recent volcanic ash that got into everything. We were not able to look right into the volcano like I have done on other similar hikes. The path down was very, very difficult. Several people fell. People who were athletic and in good shape injured themselves. I am not sure I would recommend this. I enjoyed the Cayman Islands, Cartagena, Panama City and Costa Rica ports. The Guatemala port was just another glimpse of a very poor country. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Straight forward embarkation after over night stay in hotel organised by Princess. Good cruise with excellent staff, good food and good choice of activities. Cabin was clean but showing some signs of wear and tear - upholstery on sofa ... Read More
Straight forward embarkation after over night stay in hotel organised by Princess. Good cruise with excellent staff, good food and good choice of activities. Cabin was clean but showing some signs of wear and tear - upholstery on sofa threadbare in places and buttons on remote control for TV not working. We were on traditional dining for evening meal and were really happy with choice and quality of food. My wife has an allergy that the staff were made aware of and they were really good at making sure that the meals would not effect her and offering a choice of alternatives if there were problems with the choices on the menu. This service and consideration was excellent and very much appreciated. There was a good choice of entertainment and activities. Not all to our taste, as is to be expected, but we were not short of things to do! We used ships tours in Costa Rica and Guatemala, both of which provided excellent guides and good transport. We used local services at other ports: "Dora the Explorer" in Cartagena who was excellent and I highly recommend and, likewise, Clemente through "Tours by Locals" in Panama City. The only issue we has was with disembarkation when we had booked a stopover, again with Princess. They tried to leave us to the last group to disembark, even though they were aware that we wanted to be off early to be able to see LA. This meant that we would not arrive at our hotel until the afternoon severely cutting down the time we had to explore and going against the whole idea of booking a stopover. Despite my protestations no alternative disembarkation was offered until I demanded to see the manager and suggested the provision of a taxi would be simple enough to sort out. Not the best end to the holiday but it was sorted out for us eventually. All in all a very good trip with the "blip" at the end that could have easily been avoided. Read Less
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