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3,023 Princess Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

Hubs and I travelled with two other couples, who are great friends of ours. Five of us are mid-60’s, the 6th mid-70’s, all very healthy and active. The one couple is elite status, the second is platinum (almost elite), and we are ... Read More
Hubs and I travelled with two other couples, who are great friends of ours. Five of us are mid-60’s, the 6th mid-70’s, all very healthy and active. The one couple is elite status, the second is platinum (almost elite), and we are merely gold! Sure do wish Princess would recognize cruises on Carnival toward status! But, oh, well! Because we were with our elite friends, embarkation was simple, as we were able to wait in the special lounge with them. Disembarkation equally simple, as hubs and I have global entry cards. (Highly recommend that if you travel out of the country!) The Crown Princess is smaller than the Royal, which we were on last year, but still lovely. The only thing I liked less was the walking track being the Promenade deck, vs the dedicated walking track on the Royal, as we like to take daily walks. The Princess crews seem always to be helpful and friendly, and they always make it a pleasant journey. I’m always amazed, though, at fellow travelers who are crabby, no matter what happens! Getting on and off an elevator, there’s often someone with a sour expression on their face. I mean, you’re on a freakin cruise in the Caribbean! How do you act when you really are faced with adversity? Lol! But I digress! The ship is beautiful, the staff wonderful, the ports delightful, the weather was perfect (ok, so that was good timing and luck), the food wonderful, and it was fabulous to get out of winter weather for ten days! Our very favorite stop was an excursion on Dominica, purchased through Princess, called “Cooking Caribbean,” in which we were driven in a van up to the top of a hill (breathtaking scenery) to the home of island residents. Daria (pronounced Dear-iya) taught 20 of us how to make her signature dishes, and we had samples of her flavored rum, then we all sat down to this delightful meal. She is a wonderful person, and we fell in love with her! We would take another cruise just to take her cooking class again! The rest of our cruise was fabulous, but this was really special! Also, on one of our sea days, we splurged for The Sanctuary, and it was just so peaceful and worth it. $40 pp, for the day. Very quiet and peaceful! This was our 5th cruise overall, and third on Princess. We’re sticking with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We sailed the December 22, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020 Caribbean Connoisseur cruise. I have always wanted to sail on the Pacific Princess since I was a little girl watching the Love Boat. Although it isn't the same boat as the show, Pacific ... Read More
We sailed the December 22, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020 Caribbean Connoisseur cruise. I have always wanted to sail on the Pacific Princess since I was a little girl watching the Love Boat. Although it isn't the same boat as the show, Pacific is a beauty! We enjoyed a smaller ship. It was easy to get around and find places to read, have a nice conversation and just relax. We liked that we could mingle with other guests and really get to know people. It was two weeks of Heaven! The food was great, the service was fantastic and the itinerary was out of this world!! I would highly recommend sailing on a smaller ship. Loved it!! It was definitely an older crowd which was not an issue for us at all. We really liked a more personal cruise and made some lovely new friends of all ages. We would have liked some more up to date music and offer activities for those of us in our 30's and 40's. We heard lots of music from the 50's and 60's which wasn't terrible but some more variety would have been nice. Check in was easy and friendly. We got right to our cabin but we did have to bring up our own luggage which was odd but we at least had it right away. I guess this isn't the norm but we were one of the last few to board and it was only around 1:00-1:30pm. Our cabin was clean and adequate. The closet was small for a two week cruise but we managed and utilized the desk drawers and cabinet next to the closet. The balcony was a good size for the two of us. The bathroom is typical...small but does the job. The hair dryer is attached to the wall above the toilet. A little strange but it worked fine. The buffet area was easy to navigate and had lots of choices most days but it was very hot in there most of the time. Sit on the side where the coffee bar is, it is a little bit cooler on that side. The staff there was very friendly. There were many choices for breakfast but it seemed to be nearly the same each morning. Sit down breakfast is available in the main dining room on non port days or when the ship pulls into port later in the morning/early afternoon. Lunch in the buffet had lots of choices from hot items like fish, chicken wings, various salads (warm and cold), sandwiches, soups, rice dishes, vegetarian choices, desserts including ice cream and lots of other items. We had late seating in the main Dining Room. Food was good and service was great! We really enjoyed our table mates as well. We had lots of fun every night. The ship was recently dry docked. I thought the decor was tasteful and elegant. The grand staircase is lovely. The ship seemed to be in good shape and all areas were clean. The best part of a small ship is no crowded areas, very few lines anywhere (if any at all), places to sit around the pool as well as other common areas. The library was well stocked as well as the card room. There were always seats for the movies and shows in the Cabaret Lounge. The Pacific Lounge was my favorite as it had great views from just about everywhere and there were plenty of places to stay cool and sit and read on a hot port day or play trivia with new friends. If you're a gambler, be advised the casino is very small but again, it wasn't usually very crowded and the bar was a generous size. There is a piano entertainment area just around the corner so you can listen to music and play 3 card poker or the slots! They also have bingo in this area on certain days. We started off as Ruby and made it to Platinum by the end of the cruise so we did do our own laundry to cut down on what we packed. There is a self serve laundry on deck 7 port side. It was right down the hall from our cabin, 7042. It takes tokens and as of our sailing, you have to get tokens from the front desk. Bring your own laundry detergent. I bring pods and some dryer sheets to cut down on costs. It's $3.00 each for a wash and dry and $1.50 for a box of detergent. We hit some rough seas on the first two sea days and it was a challenge for some. Barf bags were placed all over the ship and some passengers were not happy. It is what it is just make sure you prepare. I use scopolomine patches and have little to no issues. Many used Bonine or Dramamine and were fine. Just know this is an older smaller ship and you will feel some movement more so than on larger, newer ships. Overall we liked this cruise and got to go to many destinations we hadn't been to before. I would highly recommend the Pacific Princess if you want to try a smaller ship without the bells and whistles of the oversize mega ships. No lines, no crowds, no screaming children running wild (nothing against kids at all), no chair hogs, no crowded pool or hot tubs etc. We love Princess and we would definitely sail on Pacific Princess again if we had the chance to. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Having an opportunity to experience the Atlantic and Caribbean islands during Christmas and New Year 2020 on a smaller cruise ship is why we choose the Pacific Princess. This allowed us to have 2 sea days to get acquainted with the ship ... Read More
Having an opportunity to experience the Atlantic and Caribbean islands during Christmas and New Year 2020 on a smaller cruise ship is why we choose the Pacific Princess. This allowed us to have 2 sea days to get acquainted with the ship and new friends while heading to St. John, USVI where we snorkeled in Trunk Bay. Our itinerary took us to the lovely islands of Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, Antigua. The smaller ship allowed us to visit the small island of Mayreau, The Grenadines with its beautiful coconut palm lined beaches and lovely crystal clear waters. Our furthest island south was Tobago. Our final island paradise was Virgin Gorda, BVI with its dazzling views from Gorda Peak National Park of Eustatia, Prickly Pear, Necker Island and Mosquito Islands with their many turquoise waters and numerous beaches. The Pacific Princess entertainment was the best that we have ever experienced on our many cruises. Joe Thomas provided us with his stunning piano playing of memorable songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s. AJ Clarke is a composer, pianist, singer and entertainer. He featured very unique renditions of songs at random requested by the audience and self arrange the songs in one continuous song. Lowell Fox provided numerous lectures accompanied by old TV video clips of the era of early live comical television such as Sid Ceasar, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and George Burns. If you are looking for a small and quality cruise ship with world class amenities I recommend booking a cruise in the Pacific Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great time with family. Better than staying at home. If you have special abilities members of your family this is the place to go (with the exception of Shore Excursions helpfulness). The ship is great and assessable. Staff is ... Read More
Great time with family. Better than staying at home. If you have special abilities members of your family this is the place to go (with the exception of Shore Excursions helpfulness). The ship is great and assessable. Staff is wonderful and willing to help when needed. Always felt very comfortable at letting them just go about their day without us having to worry about them. From the entertainment staff to the the room Stewart, to the staff cleaning all were helpful (except shore excursion). You will be very pleased with the experience onboard. The medallion was such a great asset. You were able to locate and not worry about your party. Thanks again for making this a memorable event. And yes, we did book another cruise. Our special needs group also booked a cruise and they are planning on going alone, and I am sure they will be very pleased with the trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I went and also two of our kids (11 and 16) we had so much fun, and really really got away from it all for a week. The food was off the hook good, and the entertainment was the best ever. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, if you (like me) ... Read More
My wife and I went and also two of our kids (11 and 16) we had so much fun, and really really got away from it all for a week. The food was off the hook good, and the entertainment was the best ever. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, if you (like me) suffer from clean OCD this ship is clean! Embarkation was fastest I've ever experienced, like 15 mins maybe. We did some of the sit down dining but a lot of the buffet, the variety was outstanding. They has newer movies on demand in the cabin which we didn't expect but really enjoyed. All the activities and shows were perfect, we played trivia, saw unbelievably good shows, singers, dancers, a rock concert and even a really good comedian. Always something to do for anyone. It was Christmas week while we were on-board, we had never sailed for the holidays, the ship was all decorated and holiday music was playing, even Santa was on-board, its was really nice! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my family's first cruise experience. My wife did the research and heard great reviews about the Princess Ships. We picked Regal to go to the virgin Islands for a 7 day Cruise. I can't say enough about how friendly and ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise experience. My wife did the research and heard great reviews about the Princess Ships. We picked Regal to go to the virgin Islands for a 7 day Cruise. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff were. They do absolutely anything they can to make sure you are taken care of. From the Gentleman who took care of our room to the wait staff I met every morning at International Cafe for coffee and Doughnuts. Plenty of food selections and plenty of options. Buffet was amazing. Dining rooms were very professional. If you want any type of food at just about any time you can get it. Loved the use of the medallion which worked perfectly. Also the App to communicate with other ship mates and track where your friends are is a must. Used it way more than I thought I would. The Spa and Enclave was amazing as well. A HUGE hot tub in the spa with a rain shower in the middle. 2 Steam rooms infused with aroma therapy. Showers that cool you off after. Great place to reset and relax. I can't say enough about how nice this cruise was. In the 7 days of this cruise I would say I was absolutely spoiled. No complaints. Great experience on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
we has a party of 8 . All family members and it was a cruise to remember. Staff was 5 star . Restaurants were AMAZING. the traditional dining was delicious and felt like we were fine dining everynight. The shows were broadway worthy and ... Read More
we has a party of 8 . All family members and it was a cruise to remember. Staff was 5 star . Restaurants were AMAZING. the traditional dining was delicious and felt like we were fine dining everynight. The shows were broadway worthy and the entertainment in the bars were unlike i have ever seen. Michelle Joly sounded like Adele she was truly amazing. Ocean Dreams was a band from Argentina that were Great. The drummer is so talented. Everything was decorated to the highest degree. We enjoyed this trip very much and i recommend the Regal ship to anyone that wants a high quality cruise with something to offer for everyone young and old. The fitness center was big and clean with treadmills always available and great classes to take. Our Cruise Director Dan Falconer was a delight. He should have his own late night talk show. He is so funny . The ship was spotless and the customer service was top notch. The employees go above and beyond and i applaud all the crew members for their hard work and dedication to making our experience unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were looking for a one week cruise over Christmas. This cruise was the correct time and we had cruised on Princess several times before. We flew to Fort Lauderdale the night before our departure and stayed at a hotel near the airport ... Read More
We were looking for a one week cruise over Christmas. This cruise was the correct time and we had cruised on Princess several times before. We flew to Fort Lauderdale the night before our departure and stayed at a hotel near the airport and cruise terminal. We also knew another couple that would be on this cruise so that was an added bonus. The hotel had a shuttle to the ship so it was an easy ride over about 11:30 am. We dropped our luggage and went through the boarding process. Princess has a medallion that you get ahead of the trip and it makes boarding very easy. We also downloaded the app that worked out better than I expected. It was very useful for communicating and locating shipmates while on board. We really enjoyed the ship being decorated for Christmas. There were a number of Christmas trees around the ship and a huge one in the center of the ship. I was a little concerned that we may have too many children on the ship but it wasn't a problem. We did the later dining so it was mostly an adult event. The food was good and the service was great. The Italian restaurant was very good and we were happy that we scheduled it. The production showed were very good and they have some very talented performers. The cruise was very enjoyable. We did miss going ashore at Princess Cay because the water was too rough. The ship was great with good service, good food and good entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose this cruise because of the age of the ship, the ports of call and the length of the cruise. Also, because of the departure city of Fort Lauderdale. If you plan to stay overnight in a hotel would suggest you book one with free ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the age of the ship, the ports of call and the length of the cruise. Also, because of the departure city of Fort Lauderdale. If you plan to stay overnight in a hotel would suggest you book one with free shuttle service as fares can be high getting to & from the airport and the port. Being a first time cruiser I found the embarkation and disembarkation were quite easy. The Regal is a beautiful ship. The cabin was a good size for two and the partial obstructed balcony on Deck 8 was fine. The cabin was mid-aft and I would chose it again Any time dining was great, and was 2 decks down from the cabin. The free buffet was on Deck 16 and lots of choices. Lots of entertainment & activities for everyone. The service was great. The staff were helpful and courteous. Shore excursions were okay and good for us first timers. I would go again but different itinerary. It would be nice to have an online map of the ship to help with getting around. The Medallion Class is an excellent innovation. So easy to use as you don't need to carry cash. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 19th cruise. We sailed on The Regal Princess for the previous two cruises.We have sailed on all of the Celebrity ships plus two of the large RC ships. After a very positive experience on the two Regal Princess cruises, we ... Read More
This was our 19th cruise. We sailed on The Regal Princess for the previous two cruises.We have sailed on all of the Celebrity ships plus two of the large RC ships. After a very positive experience on the two Regal Princess cruises, we decided to sail on the new Sky Princess. It did not disappoint! Embarkation was a breeze with the medallions that we received prior to sailing. Our stateroom (M422) , a mini suite, was very roomy. The deluxe balcony was large.The decor in our cabin and throughout the ship is done in quiet subdued tones of taupe and sea blue. Elias, our cabin steward, was the best. He has a wonderful personality and a great attention to detail. We had “anytime dining”. We never experienced a wait. The service and the food in the dining room was perfect. There were over 5000 passengers on board including 700 children and service never missed a beat. The entertainment was good. The casino was very stingy, at least for me Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I have been talking about going to see the Panama Canal since our first cruise to Alaska in 2006. We have finally retired and decided on the Christmas Cruise to the Eastern Carribean and Panama Canal on Island Princess. ... Read More
My husband and I have been talking about going to see the Panama Canal since our first cruise to Alaska in 2006. We have finally retired and decided on the Christmas Cruise to the Eastern Carribean and Panama Canal on Island Princess. She is the sister ship of our Alaskan cruise ship Coral Princess so she was familiar in layout. We stayed in a local hotel the night before the cruise and decided to get to the Port early. We were in a group of about 25 people who showed up early and were given the number one to be called for embarkation. We were called about 11 am and went on board. Embarkation was smooth and effortless. We walked around and took pictures for a while and then went to lunch in the Horizon Court. We decided to check out our room and found our luggage already delivered. We had a balcony cabin and layout was good with plenty of storage and hangers. We had requested late seating (715p) in the Provence Traditional dining room but we were assigned a 715p seating in the Bordeaux Dining room which is used for Any Time Dining. This caused confusion as first we were told to get in line and wait to be seated but I questioned why we were given a seat and time assignment on our Cruise Card and still had to get in line. Hostess then told us to go right in to our table and to do this every night. It took several nights until the hostess and wait staff recognized us and did not ask where we were going! We enjoyed the dining very much, had great wait staff who remembered our choices in beverages and food came fairly quickly with only rarely a wait time. Entertainment was excellent, we went to the production shows, comedian, juggler, singers. Everything was very professionally done. All the cruise staff were polite, pleasant and helpful. We booked all our excursions through Princess. The one excursion in Panama was cancelled by the tour company and we were reimbursed by Princess. We did not schedule another excursion but decided to watch the departure through the Gatun locks. All our excursions were very informative and very organized and on time. We had excellent tour guides who answered all questions and brought us back to the ship on time. Would like to give a shout out to Fran in Limon, Jose C in Cartagena and Sonia in Grand Cayman who did excellent tours. We also scheduled airline flights through Princess EZair as this was recommended by travel agent as the best prices. We had problems with delays on American Airlines so would not use American again. Overall we were very pleased with our cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our second cruise with Princess Cruises after having a fantastic cruise in Alaska. We loved the crew again, they were very attentive to any need or desire we had , pleasant, helpful, ready to assist us. The boat has many ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess Cruises after having a fantastic cruise in Alaska. We loved the crew again, they were very attentive to any need or desire we had , pleasant, helpful, ready to assist us. The boat has many areas to explore and enjoy. It is in good shape and the crew is always taking care of any maintenance details. Our bedroom, a balcony cabin, was just comfortable and big enough for the two of us, with many places for storage. Oh... the bed and linens!!! Delightful! We enjoyed having different kind of wonderful professional shows and all over the boat entertainment. The variety and quality of the food was great and the sweets amazing! We didn't get a beverage package and the cost of the cocktails are reasonable. The cruise itinerary was fun and interesting, and having a few days at sea was relaxing and peaceful. We will be cruising with Princess Cruises again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose club class mini suite. Excellent for 2 week voyage. A bit disappointed with the entertainment of Santa and holiday events because of such a huge crowd in Piazzia. Maybe show this entertainment on tv so more can see. I’m sure that ... Read More
Chose club class mini suite. Excellent for 2 week voyage. A bit disappointed with the entertainment of Santa and holiday events because of such a huge crowd in Piazzia. Maybe show this entertainment on tv so more can see. I’m sure that was the best place not knowing weather conditions and having a full capacity of guests. Club class dining is outstanding, a bit disappointed in buffet. Formal nights were mostly informed in dining room, but was so much happier in club area. This is noticed on many cruises and I like it I enforced. It is on your booking and buffet is open if you don’t want to dress appropriately. The entertainment, dancers, musicians, singers were enjoyed by all ages. It was wonderful to have holiday decorations the entire time. All of the ports had decorations as well. I was disappointed how all tour groups met off ship and had to walk some distance to find group and then to get to tour bus or boat. I prefer to meet as tour on ship and leave as a group, not a mass exit when approved to go ashore. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was a family one over the holidays to mark the Panama Canal transit off my Grandmother's bucket list. We traveled in a party of eight with my mom, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, brother, and sister-in-law. I consider ... Read More
This cruise was a family one over the holidays to mark the Panama Canal transit off my Grandmother's bucket list. We traveled in a party of eight with my mom, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, brother, and sister-in-law. I consider this to be my first cruise since the last one I was on I was 18 months old. There were a few hiccups along the way but overall I had an absolute blast. The Impressive Parts: * Cruise Director Aaron Hawkins and his staff (Phil, Scottish Ken, Alex, and Sophie) were all phenomenal. I'm not an outside person so I spent most of my time doing various onboard activities. Aaron: Very enthusiastic and his good mood was contagious. He's youthful and reminds me a little of Peter Pan. There was always laughter and smiles when he hosted an event (trivia, game shows, theater shows, piazza events, etc) He was very professional in keeping the crowd engaged when there was a technical problem with the stage ramps before the Magic To Do show. Phil: If you want a workout, do his Dance Aerobics class. No Zumba on this cruise. Only Aerobics. There wasn't a whole lot of instruction on the steps, but the moves were simple enough that after a few beats you were able to catch on. If you went to most of the classes you'd figure out most of the moves. His music selection was also good. Alex from Serbia: Alex really kept it real. He taught Line Dance and a few origami arts & crafts sessions. If you were bad, he would tell you in no uncertain words (not mean, but funny). He was also patient and would walk you through the process again. Scottish Ken: Every karaoke song chosen is his favorite song which is encouraging when you’re nervous. He’s also not afraid to be a backup dancer during said karaoke song which is fun for both the singer and the audience. Very lovely man. Sophie: She has a bubbly personality that really brightens your day. She ran most of the art & crafts sessions and was very thorough in going through the steps of the project. Heard from some of the passengers I met at trivia that she ran the pop choir and has a pretty singing voice. *The second comedian was absolutely hilarious. My family went to both of his scheduled shows. The first one was all planned bits but the second one he played off the crowd most of the time to make it an unique show. * Dining Staff: It was a pleasure to get to know our dinner wait staff Kateryna and Maria over the course of the cruise. They were very patient with our family when we would pepper them with questions about cruise life. My cousin gets sea sick pretty bad and Kateryna gave her some tips to help with it. * Steward: Our room steward Rona was attentive to our various needs and requests. She always had good advice for things to do at the different ports. *Room Escape: First time doing a room escape. Cost $8 and you have to sign up ahead of time. It’s a good deal considering room escapes on shore cost upwards of $40. We didn’t escape but it was highlight for my family. The No Huge Opinion Parts: * Embarkation & Disembarkation There wasn't really a line to get on the boat. From airport to shuttle bus to check-in to boat, it all went smoothly. There was a delay getting off the boat, but that was on the US Government customs. Once we got through that, it was smooth sailing to the airport. * Room temperatures were either freezing (according to my grandmother) or sweltering (according to me). Definitely when the sun hit our side of the boat, there was no amount of AC that could cool down the area by the window. *Food: Plated meals and buffet were middle of the road (except for the fettuccine which was heaven sent). The best things were the variety and not having to cook for myself. I did find myself going to Afternoon Tea most times instead of a normal lunch due to being too full from breakfast. Not a huge tea drinker, but the tea there might have converted me. Ate at the International cafe (Deck 5) once had the chicken sandwich (9/10). Pizza at Slice (Deck 15) (10/10 tasted like normal pizza), Triple Smoked Burger from Salty Dog Grill(?) (Deck 15) (9/10), make your own omelet in buffet area for breakfast (6/10 I didn't pick very good ingredients so that was on me), Mongolian grill in buffet area for lunch (9/10, only went once and it was never open the other days I went to the buffet for lunch). *Magician & First Comedian: The magician and the first comedian were both entertaining but they weren’t really ‘Wow!!’. *Fitness Room: Larger fitness room than expected. About a third of the treadmills were under maintenance, but if you showed up when they opened, there’s no problem getting one. The running track on floor 19 is a little treacherous. I only went up there once one morning and ran a mile (16 laps for 1 mile). It’s slippery when wet so it was slow going but if you go in the evening, it will most likely be dry. Hiccups: * Well. The power went out. Engines, elevators, toilets all stopped working. There was a backup system in place so some lights and all keycard access to rooms still worked. I'm just glad I wasn't in the shower yet when it happened, though I did later run into some one who was. It lasted for 10-20 minutes before everything was back and running so it shows that the crew is competent and they know how to work fast in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, the internet was down for the rest of the night and part of the next day. Felt kind of bad for the cruise director's staff since there was a dance party going on at the time that was already moved to one of the inside lounges due to weather. They handled it well with keeping the crowd engaged and when the power came back on, the party picked up where it left off. * Tenders. For the Fort Amador, Panama stop, the first tendered port for us, two of the four tenders were under maintenance. Thus there was a huge backup for getting off the boat. We had to wait just over 2 hours from our scheduled meetup time before we could get to port. From reading other reviews, in early April 2019 there seemed to be an issue with how tour groups gathered (there wasn't any on board organization so it was up to passengers to get off the boat and to the port meetup site). Now when you go to the meetup area on the ship (either Princess Theater, Wheelhouse, Explorers, or Michelangelo), you get a sticker with a group number and you leave the boat by that group number. So when we all finally got off the boat, our tour group was caroled onto a tour bus and we were still able to do our activity. This also applied to our Nicaragua stop. There was about an hour delay in getting off the boat but it wasn't from broken tenders. It was more from it taking longer to get to port than expected due to rougher waters and the cruise ship having to anchor farther away from port than desired. The excursion was scheduled for most of the time at port, but by the time we started, we had to cut five or so minutes off each stop in order to get back in time. There was also road construction and a few major traffic accidents on the way back to port. * Stage Issues: On New Year's Eve, my family planned to see the Magic To Do show together, but it ended up getting cancelled due to an issue with the stage ramp. It was fixed for the late showing and they put on the show again the following night, but we didn't plan to go together again. My mother vouches that the show was good. She actually went twice. * Other technical issues: The computers they used for the lounges need to be updated. They were slow and sometimes took 5-10 minutes to get things working. Sometimes they crashed in the middle of a game. The cruise director staff and technicians did their best with what they had and most things were able to run with the exception of some audio files embedded into powerpoints. Overall: I had so much fun. The trip was relaxing and it was nice to disconnect from the stresses of land life for a while. Hiccups were there, but since they were handled professionally, I think they made for a more interesting trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I picked this 10-night cruise because the date spanned Christmas, and because it included four ports I hadn't visited before. I was a bit doubtful, because my last experience on the Crown Princess was a bit of a mixed bag. The good ... Read More
I picked this 10-night cruise because the date spanned Christmas, and because it included four ports I hadn't visited before. I was a bit doubtful, because my last experience on the Crown Princess was a bit of a mixed bag. The good news: this ship has really pulled up its game, and the service staff were light-years better at their jobs than on my last trip. From cabin steward to bar servers, and dining rooms to specialty restaurants, the service everywhere was terrific. I got a last-minute upsell from a regular balcony cabin to a mini-suite, and loved the extra space. It was actually a wheelchair-designed cabin, so I had space to spare and more closet space than I could ever use. The regular service and cleaning was impeccable. Since it's the Caribbean, the sundecks and pools are a favourite area. Nice to know that the smaller Terrace Pool at the rear of decks 14/15 is reserved for adults only. The main pool areas, especially on sea days, are crowded and noisy, with live music and movies. Great for those who want them, but the Terrace is a nice quiet alternative. Lots of food choices on this ship. The buffet offered a good assortment of foods every day, with plenty of change-up from one day to the next. Main dining room menus are familiar to regular Princess cruisers, but there's no duplication from day to day except for the every day classics. Princess has a great wine list, and there are multiple choices of wines available by the glass -- some of them rather unusual. The two specialty restaurants I visited, Sabatini's and the Crown Grill, both had the familiar menus from previous voyages. The service staff in these venues were spot-on with just the right combination of efficiency and relaxation, and the meals were absolutely perfect. My favourite entertainment is to just sit around for a while in the Piazza (the three-storey atrium) with a cappuccino, and listen to whichever musician is currently performing there. Quiet relaxing music, always pleasant and easy on the ear. Even if you just get an ordinary coffee, the International Cafe's brew is far beyond the so-called coffee in the buffet. Since this cruise attracted a wide-ranging crowd of people of all ages, the Piazza never seemed to get very crowded. Service staff here were especially good at seeing that everyone got whatever they needed in the way of food and drinks. Our ports of call were Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Kitts. The tours I took from Princess were all good. The ferry from St. Thomas to St. John with a bus tour of St. John was a great experience in getting away from it all, since so much of St. John is a spectacular national park. The catamaran cruise down the west coast of St. Lucia to the Pitons and back was great fun. Best of all was the tour of Harrison's Cave in Barbados, a really eye-popping experience. I didn't go ashore at St. Kitts because there were so many ships in port that day and I was feeling all touristed out by then. Would I go again? Absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I had a fabulous experience on the Crown Princess. The itinerary was amazing, visiting Princess Cays, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The service on board, including our stateroom steward, the staff at ... Read More
My wife and I had a fabulous experience on the Crown Princess. The itinerary was amazing, visiting Princess Cays, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The service on board, including our stateroom steward, the staff at the International Cafe and the staff in the Michelangelo Dinning Room was excellent. The food was amazing, although the food in the Salty Dog Gastropub was disappointing. We enjoyed the Crab Shack experience. We thought the International Cafe was a great place to grab breakfast and lunch. The morning pastries were amazing! We appreciated all of the things we got to do on board including the two lectures about sharks, the gingerbread making contest and the comedy shows. We took the Ultimate Ship Tour on the final day, which was a great tour, although a little overpriced. The embarkation process was extremely fast. Although there were 3,000 passengers on board we never felt like it was crowded. I will note that the morning fitness center hours were a little limited. It didn’t open until 7 am and you could not use the treadmills until 8 am. That meant that there was a crowd for the other cardio equipment in the morning. I will also add that the drinks seemed watered down. I had straight bourbon, so it was not an issue for me, but my wife had cocktails, which seemed weak. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise because we were looking to find a wider variety of age groups than we usually find when we cruise between holidays. The younger families and children add energy and excitement. Even if all you want to do ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because we were looking to find a wider variety of age groups than we usually find when we cruise between holidays. The younger families and children add energy and excitement. Even if all you want to do is "people watch", that can be more fun and entertaining. This cruise offered some wonderful destinations for me to enjoy some of the more active things I like to do; sailing, hiking, kayaking, and snorkling/swimming. And while I protected myself off shore with sun block, my wife could read, rest, pamper herself in the Lotus Spa, or catch a movie. I love to sail, and I went again on a small Hobie Cat at Princess Cay. What a thrill! A boat ride at St. Lucia to the Pitons was gorgeous and the stop at a beautiful tropical beach capped off a perfect excursion. My wife had a manicure and pedicure that looked fantastic, but she thought they could have and should have used better polish for the pricey job, as her nails were showing wear after just a couple of days. The buffet was good, especially the little deserts that are portioned so you don't feel too bad cheating with a few samples. We dined on Christmas Day at Sabatini's Restaurant. Good food, beautiful surroundings, for this special occasion, but we both decided we prefer the typical Italian comfort food like lasagna, chicken parm, etc. over the very upscale Italian dishes. I think most people would really love the experience. Most of the entertainment was top-notch, but we felt the main production singers were not the best we've seen and their production with "Soul" music was a little laughable. After that show we agreed with many of the guests that it fell way below Princess standards. We loved the comics and magician and I thought the production musicians and dancers were top notch. The Voice of the Ocean is always fun, and the "mentors" were hilarious. Can't wait for our 2021 New Years cruise, booked while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just returned from the 4 day cruise on Island 12-16/20. Shortest cruise we have ever been on. Island is a beautiful ship and the last of Princess's great mid size ships. FIRST - we walked all around deck 6 aft (which was empty ... Read More
We just returned from the 4 day cruise on Island 12-16/20. Shortest cruise we have ever been on. Island is a beautiful ship and the last of Princess's great mid size ships. FIRST - we walked all around deck 6 aft (which was empty of passengers) and there is NO VIBRATION! Finally it has been fixed. We did not expect a whole lot of the trip, but they put on two of the most amazing production shows we have ever seen. The Secret Silk and On the Bayou. They were not production shows as in the past. They were musical plays with a great story to tell in song and dance. The sets and costumes are fantastic. (We have been on over 100 Princess cruises so we have a lot of historical comparison) They are technical marvels and Princess has finally found a use for the video walls which on earlier shows we found profoundly distracting. They create amazing scenery along with three dimensional props. Do not miss either show - and watch especially for the Dragon in silk. We go for music and dancing and they had two groups that were very good, one excellent. Really enjoy the hugh Wheelhouse floor. So sorry this has been eliminated on Royal Class ships - which we sailed on once and never again. All of the rest is typical Princess. We were in E205. This is a very forward cabin the same size as a balcony cabin but with the balcony area inside. It is similar to a mini suite, but smaller. Loved the cabin - BUT it was a little rough sometimes and very rough other times and the cabin moved a little, but the noise of the ship hitting the water woke us up a lot. I would avoid any cabins this far forward. Our son was in E309 and it was noticeably different. Dining service was slow to acceptable, our visit to Sabitini's was very disappointing. Although free we cannot recommend. Worst waiter we have ever had and food no better than MDR. Save your money - we will probably give away any future free certificates. Will say however, we ordered filet from Bayou in MDR and it was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My girlfriend invited me for a get away and it was a good time just before Christmas and I had such a wonderful time, one to remember!!! I had a chance to model clothes, eat the best food and food that that was well seasoned, to see some ... Read More
My girlfriend invited me for a get away and it was a good time just before Christmas and I had such a wonderful time, one to remember!!! I had a chance to model clothes, eat the best food and food that that was well seasoned, to see some real good ,awesome entertainment and fun activities. Will make Princess my next cruise line. I didn't have to see a bunch of kids. Love them but sometimes they are in the way. I shal never forget my waiters who always made my night at dinner time.Joie and Alex as they were called.Two of the moat loving guys who were so accommodating, friendly and professional and remembered our names which was touching to me. At 71 years attention means a lot no matter where you go and who you meet and they were awesome. Thank you Princess and I will be back and soon Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We sailed on the 7 night portion of this cruise that stopped at Princess Cays, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. First I want to commend the staff of Regal Princess for the easiest embark / debark experience in all of my 13 cruises. ... Read More
We sailed on the 7 night portion of this cruise that stopped at Princess Cays, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. First I want to commend the staff of Regal Princess for the easiest embark / debark experience in all of my 13 cruises. I literally walked right onto the ship at 11:30 a.m. and right off the ship and through customs at 6:30 a.m. No problem making my 10:00 a.m. flight. Please note YMMV ... I attribute the ease to having completed all of my check in prior embarkation through the Medallion Class app. Once you have cruised Medallion, it will be hard to cruise any other way! The medallions given to each passenger replace cruise cards and totally change everything! Using apps you download before embarkation and the ship's WiFi (in airplane mode on your iPad or phone), you can order from any nearby bar, order room service, find your friends onboard, look up the ship's daily activities, make spa reservations, play casino games, and access the internet (for a fee). Tech saavy passengers will truly appreciate all of the perks that come with these apps and the convenience they provide during your cruise. The cabins are nicely set up with plenty of storage space. The beds were heavenly as I melted into a very supportive mattress each night with soft sheets and the fluffiest comforter on the seas. This must be what it feels like to sleep on a cloud and where can I buy this bedding ensemble?? :) Food - amazing. General dining room was en pointe each night. Lobster night - delicious! Not rubbery or anything you may have experienced on the "other" cruise lines. Steaks were great - I would say so great that you need not spend the $29 for the Crown Grill. We did go to the Crown Grill and while the service was first class, the steaks were not as good as what I could get at home. Sabatini's - so wonderful! At first we shunned the idea of $25 upcharge for Italian food ... but trust me when I say this is a complete upscale dining experience. And the premier chocolate desert - The Rocher - well, that alone is an experience I will never forget. We left our cruise still talking about our wonderful night at Sabatini's! No fancy water slides on this ship and there is a kid's program. May it was because of the dates we went, but there were not a lot of children on board. The lounges are beautifully appointed. The cruise staff keeps daily overhead announcements to a minimum ans are not always pushing the bingo cards (ha, ha). We choose to purchase a weekly pass to The Enclave ($259 / couple for the week). The ended up being one of our best decisions of the week. The Enclave (Google it) is like a mini spa - large hot tub like pool, heated loungers, water beds, 2 steam rooms, sauna, and rainforest showers. I was in here every morning to relax and set intentions for the day. I never had a problem getting a heated lounger as there are eight of them on Regal Princess. Spa staff always friendly! Overall, will definitely cruise with Princess again. First class for sure! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was the third Princess cruise and overall 11th cruise for my wife and me. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites the night before our cruise departed on Sunday, December 15. Second time using this hotel and had no problems (left ... Read More
This was the third Princess cruise and overall 11th cruise for my wife and me. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites the night before our cruise departed on Sunday, December 15. Second time using this hotel and had no problems (left car there for the duration of the cruise). They had a shuttle from the hotel to the cruise port and back included with our package. Arrived at the cruise port about 11:00 AM after dropping off other passengers for other cruises. With the medallion, we were on board in 10-15 minutes from security to boarding. Everyone was friendly and had no problems getting on board. Ate lunch in the buffet area and went swimming while waiting for our cabin to be ready. Explored the ship and didn't find anything "bad" worth mentioning. We felt the ship was simply beautiful and couldn't find fault with it. For the week, service was excellent to outstanding. Ok, some waiters were better than others in the buffet area, but our main dining room wait staff were efficient and friendly. Not the most personable, but never rude and never had any problems. We enjoyed the movies under the stars (and watching some movies in our cabin at night). The magic show on the last night was decent. Not the "best I've ever seen" type, but certainly far from the worse. Trivia games were plentiful and enjoyable. Cabin steward was excellent and rarely saw him except during our first day. Our cabin was maintained and clean each day (at least twice daily). We played ping-pong, putt-putt golf and enjoyed our stay in the Sanctuary. Pools were nice and we didn't notice any "chair hogging" this time (doesn't mean there wasn't any, but we certainly didn't notice it). Cabin was a balcony and roomy enough (love the tub in the bathroom!). Everything was simply wonderful...except the weather! The port at Princess Cay was good enough, but then the weather got "rough" and it rained or we had windy weather and rough seas. At Grand Cayman, we had to change ports since we couldn't tender at the first place. In Falmouth (Jamaica), it was nice for a while, but the rain poured down about 2 hours before leaving the port. Cozumel was ok. Weather didn't rain so much, but threatened to all day. Our last sea day was rough seas! Never felt we were at risk or anything and the staff was good at keeping us passengers informed. Disembarkation was just as easy as boarding. We found our luggage in minutes and flew through customs. From leaving the ship to waiting for our shuttle was maybe 20 minutes. Would I cruise with the Regal Princess again? Absolutely! I have a next cruise deposit made and all we need to do is decide when and where! Princess Cay: Tendered to shore. Wife went snorkeling and enjoyed it. Beach and facilities were nice (bathrooms were decent and clean). Water was cooler than I remembered from anytime I've ever been in the ocean! (LOL) Buffet was nice and plentiful. Falmouth: Didn't feel like taking an excursion. Walked around the port area and used the Sanctuary for the afternoon. Grand Cayman: Had to use another port than the original port due to weather concerns. Snorkeling was canceled, so we stayed aboard and enjoyed the games and activities. Cozumel: Took a taxi to Chankanaab National Park. Unfortunately, the weather never cooperated with us and the red flag was flying (no swimming!). We stayed about 3 hours and returned to the ship. So, weather was not so good...you would think that Princess would plan the weather better (just kidding!). LOL But overall, a good cruise and enjoyable. I was impressed that the staff remembered our names from one day to the next (besides our cabin steward and wait staff). We found this cruise to have good service overall, good food and enough activities to keep us busy. We ate at the Crown Grill for 2 nights and enjoyed the service and food. Service was better the second night, but again, excellent food. Yes, I would recommend this ship! This cruise had plenty of families. Cruisers of all ages were on board. While the age was still a bit older than some other cruise lines, this cruise had children and young couples on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have typically enjoyed princess cruises in our past. This one exceeded expectations as the staff was friendly they ship clean organized and very active. The food was excellent in all then use that we tried. We were very pleased with the ... Read More
We have typically enjoyed princess cruises in our past. This one exceeded expectations as the staff was friendly they ship clean organized and very active. The food was excellent in all then use that we tried. We were very pleased with the food and all of the restaurants. We get try both specialty dining restaurants both Sabatini and the Crown grill and found the service exceptional and the food delicious. The new additions of Alfredo in the International cafe made for excellent breakfast or watch stops during cruising versus going to the traditional buffet. The public areas on the ship are roomy and do not appear to be overcrowded considering the other 3400 passengers with you. The dining Room, which we did anytime dining, was excellent although you do miss having the same servers the overall food and presentation was excellent. Would highly recommend the regal princess for anyone wanting to experience and excellent crews. I would make one comment in that with a larger ship some of your port selections can be limited. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I received this as a Christmas Gift and it was a wonderful family experience! The best part of the whole cruise was the Club Class Dining Experience! The wait staff was incredible, and the food was out of this world! Lots to do on the ... Read More
I received this as a Christmas Gift and it was a wonderful family experience! The best part of the whole cruise was the Club Class Dining Experience! The wait staff was incredible, and the food was out of this world! Lots to do on the ship! The ports were incredible, also! I would cruise with this crew, and ship again! Great experience! The mini suite has a lot of extra room, drawers and space! The whole ship is extremely clean. This crew takes pride in their ship! All the staff is friendly and they really do make you feel special. It was easy to check in and check out on this cruise. The MedallionClass was better than a key card. There are many activities on this ship that works for all age groups rain or shine! The Lotus Spa is a great morning or afternoon get away to rest and relax! They offer many services and the price was reasonable for the service offered! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were very interested in seeing the Panama Canal and how the Locks worked! Very exciting and fun! Loved our mini suite, employees were nice, service was quick and easy to get anywhere on the ship. Food was so delicious anywhere we went ... Read More
We were very interested in seeing the Panama Canal and how the Locks worked! Very exciting and fun! Loved our mini suite, employees were nice, service was quick and easy to get anywhere on the ship. Food was so delicious anywhere we went on the boat. Entertainment was at its best with singing, dancing, games, movies, magic, juggling, comedy off ship excursions were fun, all tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful! Traveled with my husband alone and were go again. The ship was fashionable, but we noticed water leaks inside the eatery, our toilet had to be fixed, but we were provided with a free meal in a restaurant with surf and turf choices! We are ready to go again and have put down our future deposit for the next cruise! We didn’t have to wait to embark the ship and returning to port, we waited about an hour to disembark. Very organized ship and staff. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
to see the panama canal! On the ship we want to mention Freddy and Sammy from the palm dining room, Christina the house keeper on the Dolphin deck, Moses from the food service department.. they all did a wonderful job! we enjoyed the ... Read More
to see the panama canal! On the ship we want to mention Freddy and Sammy from the palm dining room, Christina the house keeper on the Dolphin deck, Moses from the food service department.. they all did a wonderful job! we enjoyed the excursions and all the ports. Moses helped me every night with my dietary needs. when i ate in the crown grill moses had food sent down from the Palm dining room. we enjoyed the buffet, Steamers, and planks. we enjoyed the exercise room, the ice cream vender, and the the Salty Dog. we had a lot of fun at the pastry place. we ate some pizza at the Slice place.we enjoyed the theatre and the magic show. we toured the stage. we especially enjoyed the kitchen tour. we liked to walk around decks 7,8,9 10,15,and 15. we enjoyed the tea parties and the front desk service also. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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