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Princess is our preferred cruise line. Staff and services are superior to other cruise lines. This was our first voyage aboard Regal. The medallion status is amazing....very comparable to Disneys wristbands. The food and dining ... Read More
Princess is our preferred cruise line. Staff and services are superior to other cruise lines. This was our first voyage aboard Regal. The medallion status is amazing....very comparable to Disneys wristbands. The food and dining experience is the best of all the cruise lines we have experienced. Every single crew member was exceptional. Everything was positive. Cannot think of one area that could use improvement. Enclave spa was superior. The sanctuary and spa services are the best. Medallion status expediates embarkation. The VIP lounge for elite and platinum passengers is an added bonus. Light breakfast was available while we waited to board. The interactive portals is a fun feature on the Regal. Complete the puzzle scavenger game and earn a T Shirt. New restaurant Alfredos is a nice addition. The Enclave spa is well worth the extra fee. Best I have used on cruise ship. Make sure to download all apps prior to arrival. Best internet on a ship. Very impressed with speed of medallion net. Highly recommend the Regal. Very positive experience. Good entertainment. Comedian Steve was our favorite show. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our second cruise with Princess in the Caribbean. We were very pleased with the first cruise and this second one didn’t disappoint. The Regal Princess is a new ship so the cabin and all public areas were in excellent condition ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess in the Caribbean. We were very pleased with the first cruise and this second one didn’t disappoint. The Regal Princess is a new ship so the cabin and all public areas were in excellent condition and very attractive. We particularly enjoy the Piazza area on Princess ships. This is a great central area to relax, people watch and enjoy a variety of entertainment. We’ve also sailed with Celebrity and Holland America but haven’t encountered anything similar. Regal Princess is a large ship but we never felt crowded and were always able to find seating on deck and in dining and public areas without any trouble We celebrated my birthday on this trip and were surprised and delighted with the way this special day was recognized by Princess. I received two gifts - $50 off a spa treatment and one cover charge in a specialty dining room (a $29 value.) The food was very good - especially in the specialty Crown Grill restaurant - and service was excellent. We took a 5 day cruise on Celebrity Infinity just a few weeks before so were able to compare the two lines and Princess was the clear winner. Excellent embarkation/disembarkation process (Celebrity’s was chaotic), better food, better ambience, etc. The only downsides were weather related. We missed the stop at Princess Cay due to high winds which prevented tendering in and had one cold and wet shore excursion when it rained heavily in Jamaica. We will definitely sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Embarkation was smooth and quick. We received our medallions in the mail prior to the cruise and set everything up beforehand and it was a breeze. We found the public areas of the ship to be clean and inviting. The lounges, bars, dining ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and quick. We received our medallions in the mail prior to the cruise and set everything up beforehand and it was a breeze. We found the public areas of the ship to be clean and inviting. The lounges, bars, dining rooms and decks were all comfortable. We did notice that it was always colder in the Explorers Lounge and Promenade Deck in general than elsewhere on the ship. The entertainment was good and the Production Shows were EXCELLENT! Our cabin was clean and comfortable and our Balcony was larger than we expected which was a plus. The Medallion automatically unlocking the door was nice and it worked perfectly for us. As usual, our Cabin Steward was great. We made many new friends, as we do on each cruise. Additionally, everyone we came in contact with from the maintenance staff all the way up to the Captain were polite and friendly (especially Bobby, Francis and the staff at Explorer's Lounge!). We enjoyed all ports of call with the exception of Trinidad, where we didn't get off the ship. We took excursions in most every other port and found them all to be enjoyable in their own way. All in all, it was a Great Cruise with Great Ports; Great Staff and Crew; and a Great Ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Elegant Ship.Loved, that our Captain played the "Love Boat" theme when we departed from Sydney. Loved the Sea Walk. Love that more seating areas have been added to the Atrium. Those that travel on a Princess Ship know that a lot ... Read More
Elegant Ship.Loved, that our Captain played the "Love Boat" theme when we departed from Sydney. Loved the Sea Walk. Love that more seating areas have been added to the Atrium. Those that travel on a Princess Ship know that a lot of activities take place in the Atrium. Apart from the 1st day (embarkation) it was hard to believe there were more than 3,700 passengers on board. She is a big elegant ship. After a while you don't think anything off the size. She is another beautiful Princess Cruise Ship. Staff are great and friendly. Cabin lovely, bed comfortable. We had a balcony as I enjoy sea days (if fine) relaxing on our balcony. Entertainment right up there with the best. Food will, what can I say..always delicious. So many choices. Loved the Hollywood pool and area. Love the pool in the Lotus area. Well worth the money. We had perfect weather from the time we left Sydney. Such smooth waters 99.9% of the time. We will look forward to our next cruise on the Elegant Majestic. :-) My ratings for excellent is because we cant fault our time on our cruise... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose Princess because we loved the style of the ship. From the moment we stepped on board to the moment they forced us to leave, we were in pure delight. This ship is visually magnificent. The venues are architecturally beautiful; ... Read More
We chose Princess because we loved the style of the ship. From the moment we stepped on board to the moment they forced us to leave, we were in pure delight. This ship is visually magnificent. The venues are architecturally beautiful; the food, delicious; service, impeccable and friendly. We loved every moment of our cruise on the Regal Princess. Our suite was mid aft. The bathroom was GORGEOUS. Loved the deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower. Super comfy bed. We were located across from the laundry, which was super convenient and not a bit noisy or obtrusive. Loved getting morning coffee from the concierge lounge! Our room steward, James, was THE BEST! Concerto Dining, Club Class: Delish! Anyone who has the pleasure of dining with Lilijana is in for a treat! I truly felt that I was her "darling" and her "love." We looked forward to nightly dinners in the MDR on Regal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Wanted something nice and elegant and without a lot of children. I'm not anti kid I have five grandchildren but when I am on vacation I would like quiet time. Food was excellent. We had a mini-suite. Very nice in size. We used our ... Read More
Wanted something nice and elegant and without a lot of children. I'm not anti kid I have five grandchildren but when I am on vacation I would like quiet time. Food was excellent. We had a mini-suite. Very nice in size. We used our balcony a lot. If I had a complaint it would be that there wasn't a lot of entertainment around the pool area going on. that's not much of a gripe. Loved playing bingo every day. My husband and I loved this cruise and will cruise again soon. This was our eleventh cruise. On this cruise, we had any time dining. We did not have club dining. I did not like the anytime dining as much. it seemed like we got pushed back and had to wait in line more. Booking again I will set my dining time. As far as everything else we couldn't have asked for a nice relaxing vacation. The ports were wonderful. St. Thomas, St. Maarten. Getting on and off the ship was so easy and smooth. They did have to cancel our St. Johns shore excursion because of the weather. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We selected this cruise because I wanted to have a string of at sea days to relax and enjoy the ship. Princess cruises have fabulous itineraries and our cruises have been dedicated to touring the ports on other cruises leaving scant time ... Read More
We selected this cruise because I wanted to have a string of at sea days to relax and enjoy the ship. Princess cruises have fabulous itineraries and our cruises have been dedicated to touring the ports on other cruises leaving scant time for enjoying the ship itself. Princess is a favorite because it is a cruise liner in the traditional sense. No mountain climbing or amusement park at sea. Just a beautiful, well laid out ship with a lot to offer for people from every walk of life in the style of yesterday with the all the trappings of of today's designs and interests. Beautiful Piazza, clubs, lounges, great entertainment. Our cabin, A-753 was one of two of the largest and we spent our days at the Lotus Spa enjoying treatments, reading on our balcony, enjoying the fine dining, shopping, taking in shows & trying out new experiences we hadn't had time for before. The Chef's Dinner was totally amazing. So from the start. The ship was beautiful. We embarked without a hitch and by the time we finished signing up for treatments, enjoying lunch at the International Cafe and exploring some we found when we arrived at our room that our Steward Tina had already had our bags inside and waiting for us to unpack. She offered help which was very kind. As Suite and Elite members we had many treats awaiting us and the expanse of the room was wonderful. Where we had thought a dining table and extra area wouldn't be used we quickly found out the more space you have, the more you can fill it up! The cabin was beautiful and although extra large the bar fixture with television in the living room was the same as the full suite we usually take so it was somewhat awkward in that it face the corner of your room instead of the living area itself. Needless to say when we watched a DVD with friends we were cuddled on the couch nearest the sliding glass door and our friends moved the chairs to that side as well. The Tv could not be seen from the other side of the couch! Still all in all, it was a hiccup that was easy to live with. The beds are glorious, the bathroom and whirl tub inviting and we couldn't have been more please. After the drill we relaxed a bit with some drinks and treats and got ready for dinner at the Crown Grill. Let me just say I have never been in a Crown Grill I haven't adored and this one was much more elegant than any of the other ships I had been on and almost twice as large. It looked like a NY Steak House and we dined on our favorite Onion Soup and a Fillet for me, Rib Eye for him! The vegetables, the dessert, the service, the food, it was all what we had expected and more. What a treat. As to other dining, we were once again happy to be at the Club Dining Room where the service was extraordinary. The wait staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgable. The extra items they served there proved to be what we mostly dined on! There's a feel of gaiety in Club Dining when Suite people get to meet each other and enjoy sharing stories and making friends. It's one of the best features Princess has added as far as I'm concerned. The food, which I always thought was okay on Princess was now good and really good! Each meal from service to the food itself was a delight. In the mornings we enjoyed our Suite Breakfast at Crown & Grill and I would have to believe that this is where all our weight came from! The eggs benedict were always perfect. The danish, the salmon, fruit, waffles, mimosas, Nemosas and Bloody Marys were all fabulous. The staff there was always happy, funny and engaging. It was a great way to start off our morning. As for the other venues, we really liked Share. It was our first time there and the "tasting" was extensive, varied and delicious. My favorite is the International cafe. I love their sandwiches and salads and my husband enjoyed their cakes and cookies as well. My favorite lunch place. As for activities, there were so many different offerings for people that no one could be bored. Games, crafts, music, dance, entertainment. You'd have to be totally dull not to find something to do. We like to "do" the Lotus Spa. I love the pampering and the Salon. We enjoy our treatments and opted for 90 minute treatments since we had so many sea days. They offer a new package. Where we did 3-2-1 twice over each they offered a package of ten so we could each have five and then whatever we added had the discount applied. After treatments we would meet in the Thermal room and enjoy that venue as well. So it was approximately over two hours later that we'd emerge and it took up a large part of the day. I also like to get my hair done at the salon after and their staff is always the best we've had. As a five star hotel needs to offer the best in personnel, so does a ship line for those people who know what to expect and want to receive it. They did not let us down. The staff we all friendly, fun and a joy to be with! Before I forget if you haven't done the Chef's table, cough up that money and do it! You feel like you're in a Michelin rated restaurant between presentation, foods and service. It was the biggest surprise for me of the entire trip. Their chefs are incredibly talented and this dinner is their time to shine....to provide a meal they can not do for the thousands they serve. It was too good to be true! And people always ask me about Princess tours vs. saving money and taking other tours. I say, in for a penny, in for a dime. Spend the money. Princess tours are generally well thought out and provide many different options. Face it, a cruise isn't going to introduce you in depth to an area. It's like a poo poo platter in a Chinese restaurant. You get a taste of what you are most interested in and if you want to go back and visit one day, you can! We opted for the Helicopter tour on Hilo which included a land tour of their most recent volcanic eruption. It was amazing. We learned a lot from our guide and totally felt immersed in the activity, legend and rhythm of the area. Couldn't have had a better tour. Enjoyed a lunch at a winery in between & picked up a strange critter on the road to take home to the tour's children. Our small tour group of six got on so well, we did another tour together and did a few more things throughout the cruise. Pearl Harbor's tour was okay, but where I usually choke up, read the names of all the brave heroes who have died and find myself totally part of the historical event, it just didn't happen for me. I'm not sure if it was the tour or the way it was set up or that we couldn't get onto the platform of the Arizona. But i'm glad i went. We also did the Luau that night and although I am glad I went to it I found it to be very commercial and not authentic. It is however, one of the highest rated on trip advisor and expedia and was offered by Princess so I went. I'm glad I experienced it but felt that there had to have been another luau somewhere that I had seen so many times in movies and in history books. The Maui tour we opted for was Whale watching & it was the most active day they said they had. We were fortunate to see so many whales and baby whales all over including twenty feet from our boat! Great and amazing. The last Island is of course known to most as the Jurassic Park/World island although I ventured more to South Pacific. We had a great tour, a sandwich lunch in a park and after we jumped on another helicopter and got to take in the amazing beauty of the Island that has captured so many hearts. I might have sang bali hai but we got back to our cabin and ordered up Jurassic World so we could see on tv what we had seen in real life. As of Ensenada I say nada. We didn't do a tour, I had no interest and the town was kind of nasty. But that's okay, my friends who did the Princess wine tour there loved it! Princess tours are great. And the best part of the tour is of course that Princess will not leave without you when you're on their tour. There had been something about tenders stuck at the ship in Maui that couldn't get near to the door to disembark because of the waves and some type of medical emergency. But as I listened to some of those passengers complain i could only think, Princess doesn't control a sudden rough current and their job when it happens is to keep you safe,, even if you're onboard the tender for thirty minutes. They wanted an apology. Let them go to church. Sometimes I just had to laugh at some of the expectations of other passengers but we all come from different places so it is what it is! Princess did a great job of handling the crisis. Everyone was safe and onboard ship. I don't want this to sound like a puff piece so here is my complaint. Even though I receive free internet with my husband for our level I still value it. And others had to pay. Princess knew that their internet wasn't working well at all. It would take over 30 minutes to download an email if you could! Most times you didn't get anything no matter where you were. It was an old system which didn't deliver. I believe they should have informed people about this. They were wonderful in crediting back your minutes. On land you could find a wifi to hook into and get some things done, but they should have been up front about it. That is my one take away that wasn't positive. I totally enjoyed this trip. I loved having the time to do the things on the ship I wanted to do. Seeing the shows in the theater (when you could get in), the entertainment at the clubs, a martini at the piazza. It was all good. They moved the elite lounge to the Fusion club and it was rather dark and cut up in there so I didn't use it this time but it didn't matter. You don't have to do everything! Yes, I love the happy hour and enjoy it on all the other ships but there was so much to do if you didn't do this. You just couldn't get bored. The people are great, the ship is beautiful, the rooms are fabulous, the food was great. What else could you want? Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Princess has the fastest embarkation of any cruise line. No wait, walked right on. Great balcony room. Tv programming needs work. Helpful staff. Princess patter was loaded with activities for seniors. Don’t miss sea adventure tour in ... Read More
Princess has the fastest embarkation of any cruise line. No wait, walked right on. Great balcony room. Tv programming needs work. Helpful staff. Princess patter was loaded with activities for seniors. Don’t miss sea adventure tour in Puerto Vallarta with speed boat, horseback riding to waterfall, snorkeling and beach relaxing with tour guide Ceasar!! Awesome! Ship headed for much needed refurbishment in spring 2019. Also visited Manzillo, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán. Also did Salsa and salsa and it was better than I expected! You won’t miss anything if you don’t get off the boat in Manzillo. We did a tour in Cabo through Princess, will definitely arrange something on my own next time! So many options, it’s a true tourist town. If buying Mexican blankets do it in Cabo where you could get 2 for $10. My husband and I traveled alone and wished that there were activities geared for Gen Xers. Visit large hot tubs at rear of ship for privacy and views. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this ship for ports or call and length of trip. We loved all the tucked away areas on the ship. The Sanctuary was quiet and enjoyable, we booked it for three half days. The restaurants were fantastic and the service provided by ... Read More
We chose this ship for ports or call and length of trip. We loved all the tucked away areas on the ship. The Sanctuary was quiet and enjoyable, we booked it for three half days. The restaurants were fantastic and the service provided by Antonio and Anthony was five star. We never visited any specialty restaurant because the food in the main dinning room was so delicious. Behind the fitness center is a free unisex sauna and steam room that can be used free of charge. The TRX classes lead by Dan were outstanding. We enjoyed the outside jogging track on 18 as long as people walking didn't get in the way. The shows were very good and we enjoyed all of them. The ports of call were our favorite. We went to Pirates Cove in Barbados, The Marriott in St. Kitts and in St. Lucia we did the "Joy Tour Excursion". They took us to the mud baths, waterfalls and finished up with a delicious local meal. Our tour guys Captain Phil, Nano and Jonathan were polite, informative and fun. Our least favorite excursion was in Antigua. We visited Church Valley Beach which was disappointing because the bar service and food were horrible and way overpriced. The steep slope to enter and exit the water was challenging for the ederly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My boyfriend and I had our first ever cruise experience on the Regal Princess, and I couldn't be happier. It exceeded our expectations in every way. We can't wait to sail with Princess again! Embarkation/First Impressions - ... Read More
My boyfriend and I had our first ever cruise experience on the Regal Princess, and I couldn't be happier. It exceeded our expectations in every way. We can't wait to sail with Princess again! Embarkation/First Impressions - Getting to the port from the airport was a breeze, just a quick $20 cab ride. We arrived at around 12:00 and were on the ship by 12:30! We immediately noticed how beautiful the ship was when we entered the piazza. There was live music and crew members were greeting us along our way to our room. We couldn't wait to check out the rest of the ship. Dining - Dining on the ship made us feel like royalty. We went to lunch in the main dining room on the first day and had some great meals. The dinners were even better. Every night, the menu had something exciting. The food was always fresh tasting and was presented beautifully. When we ordered drinks at dinner, they arrived quickly and were always exactly what we ordered. The wait staff were ALL incredibly happy and polite, not to mention great at their jobs. Seriously, the service on the ship was unbelievable. The buffet was also really good with so many options, it was hard to decide what to get! We had breakfast at the buffet every day except one. Alfredo's, the complimentary specialty pizzeria, was an amazing choice for lunch one day. I wish we ate there again. I ordered a pizza with prosciutto and tomatoes and it was so delicious. The tiramisu was the perfect end to that meal. The gelato shop in the piazza was great for an afternoon or late night snack. The gelato was delicious and reasonably priced at $1.50 per scoop or $3.00 for a fancy sundae. Bars - There were plenty of bars and lounges to check out, each with their own personality. We really liked the Wheelhouse Bar. It has a speakeasy feel to it with dark wood and dim lighting which provided a nice atmosphere. There were also nice bars outside like the Seaview Bar and the Outrigger Bar, and all the bars made great drinks. One day, we had a bar crawl and tried out each bar which was really fun! There is bar service outside on the pool decks and in the hot tubs which is really nice when you're lounging around during the day and want a refreshing drink. Also, I didn't see an empty glass or plate sit for longer than 30 seconds after it was empty which is really impressive to me. The environment was always very clean and well maintained. Specialty Dining - We ate dinner at the Crown Grill one night, and it was definitely worth the extra money. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the appetizers were great. Don't miss out on the french onion soup! It was to die for. I think it's worth going there at least once on a cruise because the menu is unique and very upscale feeling. We didn't get to try Sabatini's, but plan on doing so next time. Entertainment/Activities - As far as entertainment goes, we are a pretty laid back couple. We really enjoyed the Romantica Strings trio almost every day. They were amazing and it was a nice treat to relax midday listening to some beautiful classical music in the piazza while sipping a coffee from the International Cafe or a glass of wine from the Vines Wine Bar. There were a ton of events going on throughout the day, and there's something for everyone. There were always movies or concerts playing on the big screen at the pool. We also enjoyed the various music trivias that were held in the Princess Live! Theater. There was a comedian on board named Robbie Printz who had a hysterical comedy show on a couple of nights in the Princess Theater. There was a Beatles tribute band that had a few shows as well and they were top notch! It was so fun to sing and dance to their music and they really resembled the original Fab Four. One of our favorite shows was the Bravo show which included many staff members from the ship including singers, dancers, and musicians who put on a sort of opera type show. It was fantastic. We really liked that there were usually 2 times for each show so we could be flexible with other events. Ports/Excursions - Our first port was Princess Cays, which is Princess's private island. It was beautiful with crystal clear turquoise water. We went kayaking and it was such a cool experience. The water was so clear and warm and we enjoyed dipping our feet in every once in a while. I definitely recommend kayaking because you can explore farther away from the beach where there are barely any people and see straight down into the water. We even brought waterproof bags for our phones and took photos and videos under the water! The staff set up a nice buffet lunch right on the island, which was nice so we didn't have to go back on the ship for lunch. The food was good, normal barbecue type food like hamburgers, bbq chicken, salads, and hot dogs. There were also a few bars on the island serving up tropical drinks and local beers! Jamaica was probably our least favorite port because unless you stay right in the port, there are a lot of locals pushing you to buy things or go on tours with them, which felt uncomfortable and a little unsafe. You can tell they really prey on cruise passengers as we are unfortunately their main source of income.There is also a lot of poverty and things look pretty run down outside of the port, but that is out of Princess's control obviously. None of the excursions really interested us too much because they all looked so crowded, and not worth the price in our opinion. Maybe if we did an excursion, we would have felt like the port had more to do. We hung out at the Margaritaville resort for a little while and then went back on the ship.I enjoy ports where I don't necessarily need to book an expensive excursion and I can just lounge on a beach if I wanted to, but the nearest beach was not walking distance from the port. Grand Cayman was a beautiful island with gorgeous beaches. Our excursion was not booked through Princess, but I highly recommend it. We went horseback riding on the beach and in the ocean, and it was such an unforgettable experience. We went to Seven Mile Beach after which was great because we had a section all to ourselves. Cozumel was great, we went to a Mayan Cacao tour and bought some local chocolate and then went to Chankanaab Beach Park for snorkeling and exploring. The snorkeling was great and we got some awesome underwater footage. All in all, this cruise was the trip of a lifetime. We wouldn't change a thing other than maybe booking an excursion in Jamaica or staying on the ship that day. It's a shame that the port isn't in a great location, but that's not Princess's fault. The best part about this cruise was truly the service. Everyone was so nice, great at their jobs, and just seemed really happy to be there. That made our trip worth it. We cannot wait to book our next cruise with Princess! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was my fifth cruise. All my cruises have been on Princess since I have had nothing but an excellent experience. I think for the money, you can't go wrong with Princess. Even though I could afford to pay more, I can't see how ... Read More
This was my fifth cruise. All my cruises have been on Princess since I have had nothing but an excellent experience. I think for the money, you can't go wrong with Princess. Even though I could afford to pay more, I can't see how any other cruise line can be significantly better. From the embarkation process and throughout the cruise to disembarkation, the service and friendliness of the staff was evident. The condition of the ships, especially the Regal Princess has been very good. Dining experiences have been excellent, with a broad menu selection and you always have the option of choosing "Princess Favorites" menu items if the specialty dishes that day are not to your liking. There were enough activities on board to keep you entertained and making shore excursion reservations was easy. On all my cruises, I have run into passengers who cruise regularly on different cruise lines and they all say that Princess is an excellent value and they have had good experiences as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our excursions booked through the ship were out of this world ! We experienced the Rasta village, swimming with sting rays and even atv in the rainforest. We had a blast and everything was perfect ! We’ve cruised on this ship in the ... Read More
Our excursions booked through the ship were out of this world ! We experienced the Rasta village, swimming with sting rays and even atv in the rainforest. We had a blast and everything was perfect ! We’ve cruised on this ship in the past and we’re just as pleased but this year out western Caribbean excursions were out of this world cool ! Almin from the buffet will give you the best cut of beef every time. Regine will make you fresh pasta dishes in her skillet and sometimes almin even makes grapes at the station. The staff is exceptional. Our stewardist of our room was amazing he figured out our schedule quick and cleaned up after our gym shower and had us referent mid morning and again in the afternoon . Everything was as it was hoped to be and more. We even put down another deposit for another future cruise ! After that one it’s to the ruby circle for us ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
40th Anniversary Cruise, and there was no better way to Celebrate. The cruise alone was stunning with fantastic ports to visit. What made it over the top for us was the way we were treated from start to finish. Reach and every ... Read More
40th Anniversary Cruise, and there was no better way to Celebrate. The cruise alone was stunning with fantastic ports to visit. What made it over the top for us was the way we were treated from start to finish. Reach and every member of the Princess Staff made us feel welcome, never an unhappy face and spoken to with kindness and respect by each and every crew member. This being our first cruise will not be our last with Princess. The Regal Princess is a clean, comfortable, modern cruise ship with more to do on just a 7 day cruise. From the excelent dining to the comfortable beds and everything in between this was a perfect way to relax and enjoy life. Thank you to each and everyone at Princess for making this a remarkable way to vacation and celebrate. Met lots of people who were always friendly and a joy to be around Scott & Donna R. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I reviewed the entertainment and used a travel agent to insure the best room placement. I also read the reviews. Everything was excellent. From the cruise director to our cabin steward everyone was exceptional. Food was great ... Read More
I reviewed the entertainment and used a travel agent to insure the best room placement. I also read the reviews. Everything was excellent. From the cruise director to our cabin steward everyone was exceptional. Food was great waiters and assistants flawless. Absolutely nothing to complain about. The entertainment was above wonderful. Shore excursions was lovely. Got to see a sea turtle. Saw monkeys. Red ibis and snake sleeping in a tree on a boat ride through the mangroves. It was our 50th anniversary cruise and the Cruise director sent a card to our room with a gift card to the spa and a shop. We received a lovely cake and singing Happy Anniversary. He also call our room to wish us a Happy Anniversary and make sure everything was going ok. We meet a great guy named George he was the R&B supervisor still not sure what that means but we saw him often he was a delight, always stopped and chatted with us someone I will truly never forget. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We are veterans of eighteen cruises and consider the Royal Princess one of the best. The ship was very elegant and tastefully decorated, not garish like some of the other ships we have sailed on. The cabin was a little tight and the ... Read More
We are veterans of eighteen cruises and consider the Royal Princess one of the best. The ship was very elegant and tastefully decorated, not garish like some of the other ships we have sailed on. The cabin was a little tight and the balcony was smaller than we are used to, but the room was comfortable and well maintained. The shower is actually larger than most, which was a pleasant surprise. The main dining rooms are classy and provide lots of room between tables. We thought the menu provided a good selection every night and the food was of highest quality. Princess does not seem to have an efficient system for their waitstaff, as the head waiter for your table also acts as the cocktail server rather than having his assistant handle that job. The assistant always seemed to drift off somewhere and we had to hail him for bread, water, and coffee. Some tables were not turned over quickly and dirty dishes sometimes were left for a little too long. Then the maitre'd ended up bussing the tables. But we were satisfied with the dinners and didn't let the small details bother us. The Horizon Court offered a good selection for breakfast and lunch daily with something for every ethnic group. There are several options for eating on this ship to include a pizza restaurant, burger bar, seafood bar, International Cafe serving sandwiches and deserts, and the high-end extra charge Sabatini's and Crown Grille Steakhouse. The Crown Grille was the highlight of our dining experience on board, having world-class service along with outstanding food. The lounges were classy and comfortable with several located in the Piazza area midships. There was a good variety of entertainment throughout the cruise including Vegas style shows, island music, and a great lounge quartet. The clientel aboard was fairly sophisticated and we didn't see many fall-down drunks in muscle shirts and torn jean shorts . And a minimum of screaming kids due to the fact there are no water slide, bumper cars, or merry-go-rounds. Great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but ... Read More
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but we were disappointed that we couldn’t visit Fiordland National Park because of bad weather but better to be safe. Sea days had activities, pool games and movies and concerts on the big screen. The adults only area was one of the best I’ve seen. Pool, spa, bar, lounges, tables and chairs,board games and again great decor. The fitness centre had plenty of great exercise equipment, and a great amount of treadmills. Always very clean. The entertainment was the best that I have seen on a cruise. There was a Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury tribute shows. The entertainment cast and band were also very talented. I travelled with my husband and there weren’t to many children on the cruise.We would definitely cruise on this amazing ship again and again. So if your thinking of doing a cruise check out Majestic Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Fantastic experience! Stateroom was beautiful but I can confirm the vibration is excessive, even for an aft stateroom. However, the overall quality of the room and that balcony during the transit far outweighed the vibration being a ... Read More
Fantastic experience! Stateroom was beautiful but I can confirm the vibration is excessive, even for an aft stateroom. However, the overall quality of the room and that balcony during the transit far outweighed the vibration being a problem. Would book it again in a heartbeat. Balcony dinner was FANTASTIC. Club Class dining was wonderful and we were able to have the same server every night and never a wait. They accommodated my no dairy / no gluten needs without a problem. I found the food to be exceptional. Canal transit was the highlight for sure. We opted to stay on board instead of doing an excursion and watched the transit from our aft balcony going into Gatun and then from deck 11 forward leaving Gatun so we got both perspectives. Great choice in my opinion. We embarked from terminal 2 but were bumped to a different terminal upon return but they handled it wonderfully with minimal inconvenience. We stayed at the Hilton Marina the night prior to sailing. Great location, not impressed with the grounds at all. Not a good representation of a Hilton property. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Booked an interior room less than a week before embarkation. This was our fourth time on this ship and first time ever in an interior cabin. Found the cabin adequate for a ten day cruise to a warm weather destination. We spent very little ... Read More
Booked an interior room less than a week before embarkation. This was our fourth time on this ship and first time ever in an interior cabin. Found the cabin adequate for a ten day cruise to a warm weather destination. We spent very little time in the cabin, pausing there only to take care of the necessities like sleep, dress, shower, etc. Room was quiet and Steward Dennis did a fine job taking care of the cabin in our absence. The Lido deck cabin was steps from the outside pool and hot tub. A few steps more took us to the Conservatory which is why this ship is one of our favorite. The covered Calypso pool and bar means we can swim, "hot-tub", work a puzzle, and/or play ping pong in a covered area. These areas along with the Horizon Court and aft portion of the ship make four distinct areas to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Service was wonderful. Speaking of food. We were initially assigned Anytime Dining (AD) being 30 on the wait list for early Traditional Dining (TD). We walked directly to the Mater D. and asked of early TD. We took our first meal in AD and were assigned Traditional, thereafter. Our waiters were superb and knowledgeable. We often followed their recommendations. Food was excellent. We found the entertainment to be excellent. The Magician show was fun, Todd Adamson was a wonderful singer, and the band was good. The dancers were some of the best I've seen. Todd sang a wonderful duet with one of the women singers (Megan) for his second act in the Vista Lounge. The Cruise Director had a great lineup. The San Francisco Cruise Port is the best. Staff is great. Embark and Debark processes were highly organized. Easy on; easy off. Great experience. Fin. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these ... Read More
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these enrichment lectures with fine speakers like these two gentlemen. The crew was awesome and provided perfect service as well as exhibiting tremendous good morale. Special thanks to bar staff, Shailesh, Komang, Edgar, Mario, Geraldine & Sheila. Thanks to IC staff as well including Papa Ver, Anoop, Lito and Yehven. We loved the numerous spaces for the passengers to sit, eat something or have a drink. Our faves were the Wheelhouse bar (biggest fave), Crooners, the IC, MUTS, Explorers bar. The Blue Jade band was the best entertainment and dance band we have heard so far on a ship. We closed the Wheelhouse bar every night due to them. The ship's band was the best we have experienced to date as well. The theatre really need two more exits. Many somewhat disabled people took a lot of time using the two available exits making me really hope that there would be no emergency that required the theatre to vacate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service ... Read More
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service and friendly demeanour of the crew made us feel we were in a favourite neighbourhood pub. On shore trips were also great. Our state room steward went out of his way to attend to our every need. I had a malfunction of my running shoes, a glue repair was required. Ronald was able arrange the fix, and did so free of charge. My wife requested distilled water, and and extension cord for her Cpap machine, it was present at check in. When we checked in to board, everything was streamlined and effortless. From the time we checked in until we were in our cabin was less then 30 minutes. Well done on our return as well. Disembarkation was very efficient, and clearing customs slick. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Had a GREAT 7-day cruise to Mexico on the Ruby Princess. Met a nice couple from Canada. So here is a shout-out to LEO and Sandy if you read this "HEY"... We went with the Club Class upgrade this time and really enjoyed the perks ... Read More
Had a GREAT 7-day cruise to Mexico on the Ruby Princess. Met a nice couple from Canada. So here is a shout-out to LEO and Sandy if you read this "HEY"... We went with the Club Class upgrade this time and really enjoyed the perks that came with the upgrade. The dining and staff were outstanding. Our room steward was excellent and made the on-board experience a memorable one. He always would greet you with a warm and pleasant smile. Stayed on-board at Mazatlan and had a great spa day. They say there is a first time for most things and yes this was my first spa day. Let me just say it was worth every penny. I felt so good I even bought the wife some product for us. Movies under the stars was a nice evening out on deck watching a movie on the jumbo screen. All in All to sum it all up Great Food, Great Staff, and Great Time..... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My brother & his wife are avid cruisers & invited us along. I never thought I would enjoy a cruise so the first time he asked us to join them for a 2018 cruise I turned him down. My sister & Mom went on that cruise with them ... Read More
My brother & his wife are avid cruisers & invited us along. I never thought I would enjoy a cruise so the first time he asked us to join them for a 2018 cruise I turned him down. My sister & Mom went on that cruise with them & my sister came back with such great stories of her experiences I immediately signed hubby & I up for this cruise. Embarkation & disembarkation went smooth & fast. I had heard Princess has these down to a science & though I had no previous cruise experience to draw from I have to say it went very smoothly. There was plenty of activities to choose from onboard the Ruby Princess. I dare say if you can’t find something you’d like to do on a Princess Cruise you’re probably a grump who doesn’t like anything anyway. The dining was excellent we tried the Crown Grill & Curtis Stone for specialty dining, both were as described by Princess. All of our other dinners were in the Michelangelo dining room & were excellent as well. Our Head waiter was amazing, José Fernandez, my sister-n-law has a lot of food allergies & he made sure she got what she needed each & every night. José even worked with one of the chefs to create a bread for her that was palatable. No easy trick since she is allergic to yeast, dairy, eggs & sugar. They could only use the ingredients they had on hand after all, there was no running to the store. Our last morning on the ship before disembarking José met us in the buffet as we ate breakfast & brought her 2 slices of the bread they had created that she liked to go with her breakfast. All staff we encountered were great - it takes a special kind of person to do a job like that. You work very hard & have to be able to keep the smile on your face even when people are unreasonable. Most every passenger we interacted with was polite, decent & reasonable. I felt somewhat like I was living in a shopping mall with a bunch of other Canadians for a week : D We ate at the buffet for every breakfast & most lunches & enjoyed the selection it offered. The cruise director, (Natalie from Australia) & her assistant cruise director Yessy from Peru were stand outs for me also. I bumped into Yessy a lot doing trivia, karaoke & then working with her in the Princess Pop Choir & I absolutely loved her. If she’s not a Cruise director soon instead of an assistant I’d be surprised. She has unparalleled energy & just the right amount of excess personality required for the job. All three of my favorites were in higher profile positions but I would like to say that ALL OF THE STAFF on the Ruby Princess were exceptional. We’re already booked in on another Princess cruise to the Caribbean next year, hoping to take our kids & grandkids with us on that one. I came back new! Between the two of us we did 4 different excursions booked through Princess, all were excellent & as described. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Overall, the vacation was as close to perfect as could be. Even having cruised a few times recently, including one on Princess last year, we were still impressed by the service - we were treated like royalty at every step. Other than one ... Read More
Overall, the vacation was as close to perfect as could be. Even having cruised a few times recently, including one on Princess last year, we were still impressed by the service - we were treated like royalty at every step. Other than one VERY minor negative, absolutely everything was top notch. Details: - SHIP: The ship was clean, well run, and not very crowded even though it was full. Of course, central walkways, pool decks and (very rarely) elevators reflect the amount of crowd, but Princess does a great job of having enough to do around the ship that rarely are spaces crowded. Almost always, we could get a seat at all bars/lounges, shows, and deck chairs (except, of course, those right next to the pool on sea days). We didn't enjoy the late muster drill start, which was delayed by 20 minutes waiting for people to arrive, especially since they offered a second muster drill for folks boarding later. But there was plenty to do, inside and out, and some fun games hosted by the cruise staff. It was easy to maintain cleanliness since there were sinks with soap at the entrance to the buffet and all public restrooms suggested opening the door with a paper towel, and had a receptacle by the door. There were also hand sanitizers around the ship, and there was a discussion on personal cleanliness at the muster drill. Still, you'd occasionally see someone sneezing into their hand or whatever, but you can't control every single person's every move. We didn't get sick, didn't see anyone sick, and didn't hear of anyone getting sick. - ENTERTAINMENT: The production shows were good and the performers extremely talented, but there were no "big name" shows such as on other ships. The one show that seemed to be great was "sold out" for both performances, as early as 45 minutes before showtime, so we missed that. That was the only small disappointment in entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed the bar/lounge entertainment everywhere - a violin duo that played contemporary songs, a guitar player/singer, an amazing piano player, and a classic/soft rock/country duo. We wished we could have gotten to more of them more often! - DINING: We splurged on Club Class and LOVED the dining portion of that benefit. Our dining room staff was top notch and we enjoyed being able to eat at any time with no waiting, while being treated like royalty. There are other perks to Club Class that may or may not appeal to many people, but this by far makes it worthwhile to us. We enjoyed the Crown Grill and Sabatini's and they were both excellent, including service. We availed ourselves of the embarkation day special (BOGO) at Crown Grill; it wasn't full which is why they are promoting it. We tried room service the first day but it wasn't a good choice for us, so we stuck with the MDR on most days. - PORT STOPS: We aren't much into the excursions, but did do a Segway tour of Grand Cayman. That was cool, but mostly because of the Segways. Honestly, we didn't see or learn all that much about Grand Cayman. We stepped off the ship at Falmouth, Jamaica without a planned tour, but it was just a new port district full of jewelry stores and souvenir stops. It's great - clean and safe - if that's the type of stores you're looking for. We didn't get off the ship at Cartegena, Columbia or Limon, Costa Rica. Our view from the ship wasn't very picturesque. - PANAMA CANAL: This is the biggest reason we went, and it did not disappoint. The ship had a destination specialist who gave a talk beforehand that was available on stateroom TVs. The specialist also narrated the entrance to the first lock, which was broadcast outside the ship and on the "ship camera" channel on the TV. There was plenty of time throughout the day to get views from everywhere on the ship, since the transit takes 2.5 hours each way, plus there were a few hours at anchor in Gatun Lake. Besides our balcony, the best spot on the ship to view the passage was the Skywalkers Bar on Deck 18, aft. It was practically empty but had windows all the way around. - FITNESS: The fitness center is small but not too bad. Only one day it was crowded, but of course we avoided it on sea days. I took one exercise class and didn't like it at all - I won't clog up this space explaining why, but if anyone is interested, contact me for details. I didn't like that the walking deck does not go around the entire ship; you have to climb to the next deck. I swam mostly every day, but you can only swim laps in the 2 main pools - the 2 adult pools aren't big enough. However, as soon as you get a few people in the pool, or a couple of kids, swimming laps is tough. - CHILDREN: Please don't skewer me, but we are in the group of people who don't enjoy small kids on cruise ships. There weren't that many kids on this sailing, but to be honest, I wouldn't want to take kids on a Princess ship. It didn't look like there was a lot to do other than go in pools, etc., but I did hear later from someone else that there is a kids' program. Every now and then they got in the way or made noise at the restaurants, but it was way better than the other lines that cater to families. - CLIENTELE: We enjoyed everyone we met; there were LOTS of friendly people. In our 50's, I'd estimate that we are at the young end of the age range, but we enjoyed the group very much. Our favorite thing was to just chat with folks at a bar or restaurant, and we invited another couple to join us for dinner one night later in the trip. Definitely crossed this one off the bucket list. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the Panama Canal but who doesn't want to spend 2 weeks transiting the entire canal. This trip was a 10-day round trip from Ft. Lauderdale. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we want to see the new locks, and also for the sail date. This was our ninth cruise with Princess. Princess has always delivered first rate service. This was our first cruise using Princess new Ocean ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we want to see the new locks, and also for the sail date. This was our ninth cruise with Princess. Princess has always delivered first rate service. This was our first cruise using Princess new Ocean Medallion service. The Medallion really enhanced our cruise experience started with check-in. We were on board the ship with in five minuets of arriving at the port. The new internet service was supper fast and a pleasure to use. The staff in the dinning ventures and on board shops were helpful and went out of their way to provide excellent customer service. We did feel the Dome car railroad car excursion in Panama was was a big disappointment and very over priced for what we got. The long bus ride to get to the train was terrible and the Dome car it's self cramped and uncomfortable. The box snack was offered at the end of the tour when we are on our way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the ... Read More
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the entertainment we saw ranging from comedians to magicians and singers. Did not get to see the musicals only because it’s not our thing however we heard they were good. Fine dining and specialty dining was very good with the exception of Harmony which we did not rate being spoilt by excellent Chinese’s food in Australia. I suggest anytime dining rather than set times as it was tricky at times to coincide eating with going to shows. Loved the Italian Pizza restaurant NZ was spectacular and the excursions we did through the boat were well organised and really good. Cooking school at Akaroa was a highlight and was booked via the ship. Our self tours were also great and there are lots of options once you left the shop to self book things and tours. Rooms were a good size we thought and well designed with lots of wardrobe space and balcony was good enough for us- would def8nitley always go a balcony room for future cruising Remember to have money left in AUs or NZ dollars for a tip for exceptional service from staff at the end as we were a bit disorganised with this. We did not do the drinks package but maybe in hindsight we would in future as we love a cocktail however you are able to byo with corkage at ports for bottled wine and bubbles which we only realised towards the end of the cruise. Only negative we had was pools way too small for the Aussie market and inside pool was like a swim centre but definitely would book with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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