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Took the 8 day cruise to the ABC islands. We were very satisfied. Princess does a nice job. Importantly we didn't feel badgered by announcements about sales that is a problem on other lines. Ship-Very well maintained and ... Read More
Took the 8 day cruise to the ABC islands. We were very satisfied. Princess does a nice job. Importantly we didn't feel badgered by announcements about sales that is a problem on other lines. Ship-Very well maintained and clean. Yes some new carpet and furnishings would be nice but no where were the current ones so worn as to be a problem. Besides who goes on a cruise to look at carpet? Cabin-After somewhere around a 100 cruises I can say that the "C" deck cabins on this ship with the extended balcony that is 1/2 covered and 1/2 open are the best non suite cabins I have ever seen. Also love the open closet set up which provides a lot of space. The bath is small and shower curtain can be a problem but overall these are the best standard cabins at sea. Crew-Other then a small issue with a bartender not wanting to give us a couple of empty glasses to use in the room the crew was GREAT! Had an issue upon our return that we needed to get off early and the crew was very helpful. Dining room and room attendant were among the best ever. Food-Crown grill was very good with one of the best steaks I have ever had. I did feel that it was slightly understaffed for the number of diners, but overall the service was good (not great). The other food was, well it was what cruise food is now days, some was good, some was average. None was great and none was poor. It meet our expectations. International Cafe is billed as 24 hr. Went down one morning at 3:30 a.m. and it was basicly shut down. A couple, as is 2, old sandwiches and it was going to be 5 before the breakfast items were out. Shows-Only attend the two comedy shows, both were very good. Casino-Guys hosting the blackjack and slot tournaments were very good and friendly. Ports- All three were right downtown and easy to walk to around in. Passengers-This time of year (early Dec.) and this line it is an older crowd. Average age of 65+. There were a some people in the Disco each night but overall it was a pretty sedate group. Only a half dozen or so kids on the entire ship. Overall we were very pleased Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Primarily for the timing and ports. We visited 3 ports we had never been to, Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. The ports have become less important to us after many cruises but these were clean and we docked just steps from town in each place. ... Read More
Primarily for the timing and ports. We visited 3 ports we had never been to, Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. The ports have become less important to us after many cruises but these were clean and we docked just steps from town in each place. We upgraded to a full suite, as opposed to our usual mini or junior suite. Not sure we can go back because there were a great many perks with the suite beyond the huge bathroom, living room, wet bar and double veranda with teak table and 2 chairs and 2 padded, comfortable lounge chairs. Our cabin steward, Pedro was EXCELLENT. Food was very good. We ate at The Crown Grill and it was excellent. We were able to eat in their speciality restaurant, Sabbitini's for our breakfast. The room is small and intimate and first rate service by a fun staff and food made to order for you. Entertainment was Broadway quality singers and dancers, a different extravaganza every time! Costumes and staging A+. All staff we encountered were friendly and accommodating. As soon as you sat down at the Horizon Court (the self serve dining) someone was right there to get you water, coffee, juice, etc. very nice touch, as we are used to getting our own. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this line for a great deal that popped up on Cruise Critic. We decided to hit the Mexican Riviera as it had been since 2009 that we traveled there. Overall experience on this ship was Fabulous! Travelers - Myself (36), Wife ... Read More
We chose this line for a great deal that popped up on Cruise Critic. We decided to hit the Mexican Riviera as it had been since 2009 that we traveled there. Overall experience on this ship was Fabulous! Travelers - Myself (36), Wife (34), Daughter (11), Son (6) Ship Condition Fair, you can definitely see some aging in the rooms, and decking. I would like to see this ship with a quick refresh of carpets and interior panels. This boat was kept very clean and workers were tending to areas at all times. Dining We didn't dine in anything but our MD and had a blast. Every night the menu was superb and our table host was phenominal! We tried pretty much anything we wanted and they provided it to us. The Pizza joint on deck is GREAT! Thin crust and made fresh! SOOOO GOOD! Room Service was provide with quick turn around times! Entertainment We watched Voice of the Seas - this show was fantastic and the participation of guests made it all the better! We did BINGO whenever it was available. Very Fun Salsa Classes - FUN Trivia Nights - Fun Service The service from our room steward to the casino employees were exceptional. This ship seems to treat them all fair and they reciprocate that in their services to us the customers. I was glad to leave more tips above and beyond what we paid. Shore Excursions We didn't do any. We tend to like to do our own thing and basically get off the boat, find a cab and enjoy the local life. I think excursions are all well and nice, but they don't show the true nature of the location. We take a cab, and hit malls, beaches, and local food joints to enjoy the fresh sea food! Kids Clubs I couldn't get my kids out of the clubs...that answers that. I would recommend this cruise line and ship to anyone that loves a relaxed atmosphere with minimal party goers. This ship is more sophisticated in nature than a party cruise (carnival boat) and was excellent to relax on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We always cruise the first week in December for our Anniversary. We decided to sail on this cruise as we have never sailed the Mexican Riviera, The Service was excellent and the Food on board ship was Great. The shore excursion that ... Read More
We always cruise the first week in December for our Anniversary. We decided to sail on this cruise as we have never sailed the Mexican Riviera, The Service was excellent and the Food on board ship was Great. The shore excursion that we selected was Horse Back Riding on the Beach in Cabos San Lucas. It was an incredible experience and the people that ran this excursion were excellent. It was a great experience and well worth the money. The Employees at the excursion made all riders feel comfortable and welcome. They took extremely good care of us and enforced all safety regulations. It was awesome. Embarkation and disembarkation was a dream, The transfers crew from LAX were amazing! They knew exactly who we were without us saying our names. They were fabulous!! We have been on many cruises and have used transfers, but have never been greeted like this, We will definitely take this cruise again and recommend it to family and friends! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Living in the northeast look forward to the sun, sand and blue water every winter. We have tried other cruise lines but now only choose Princess for the following reasons: amount of onboard activities, service and cleanliness, amazing ... Read More
Living in the northeast look forward to the sun, sand and blue water every winter. We have tried other cruise lines but now only choose Princess for the following reasons: amount of onboard activities, service and cleanliness, amazing meals and buffet and better quality excursions. We have done this itinerary in the past and loved the fact we were able to visit different beaches this time around. Isle Pasion in Mexico was absolutely amazing, just wish we could have stayed longer. Entertainment was outstanding. Can't wait till our next cruise in April with Princess. One thing Princess doesn't do is pressure sales for pictures, spa services or other services. These services are available but there is no pressure to purchase anything once onboard unless you want to. The all inclusive drink package is fantastic, includes everything from alcohol to specialty ice teas (which were out of this world). The ship was clean and beautifully maintained. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Crown Princess needs some work. IE: Paint, repairs etc. That being said the crew (nearly everyone) we came in contact with were fabulous, friendly, helpful, informative, polite, & accommodating. Food overall was the best we have ... Read More
The Crown Princess needs some work. IE: Paint, repairs etc. That being said the crew (nearly everyone) we came in contact with were fabulous, friendly, helpful, informative, polite, & accommodating. Food overall was the best we have ever had with Princess on a longer than 7 day cruise. Local entertainment that joined us in several ports were great. Though the music was very good we need more on deck during the sea days. The exercise room should & needs to be open at 6:00 not 7:00. We were there everyday & there was always a large group waiting to get in at 7:00. We are Casino players & the staff was on the most part very friendly though we could have used more BJ tables. Only 2 were open most of the time. We seldom ate in Horizon court as we opt for a light healthy breakfast from room service. Lunch mostly was the Lido grill or Pizza; always good as per normal. We ate at Crown grill twice & it was great. Dinner was always fun (great wait staff) & mostly VERY good & if we did not like something we sent it back & opted & received another choice cheerfully. We originally signed up for the 31 day cruise but cut back to 17; though the other ports coming up next probably would have been just as exciting as ours were. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have cruised quite a bit but never with Princess. Was hard to get room service but all others like room attendant & Waiter were great. Embarkation & Disembarkation were excellent. We were picked up & dropped off at the ... Read More
We have cruised quite a bit but never with Princess. Was hard to get room service but all others like room attendant & Waiter were great. Embarkation & Disembarkation were excellent. We were picked up & dropped off at the airport promptly. I would liked to have seen more entertainment & comedian shows but overall it was a nice trip. I think Princess needs more people at the Customer service desk so people don't have to stand in line so long to get questions answered. I would like to try the British Isles tour but right now the airfare is ridiculous & the cruise rate needs to come down. There also needs to be more wait staff walking around the pool deck for drinks. I prefer Traditional dining because I like getting to know people and seeing where they have traveled & their travel experiences. I would also like to see cruise lines add a Chinese restaurant onboard...not a fan of Mandarin cooking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife and I always go on vacation for our Anniversary. We have chosen Princess 4 times on this special week and have never been disappointed. This specific trip was was a 7 day run to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel . We started ... Read More
My wife and I always go on vacation for our Anniversary. We have chosen Princess 4 times on this special week and have never been disappointed. This specific trip was was a 7 day run to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel . We started our week by checking into a Mini-Suite in the Riviera deck. A nice place to be with a larger than normal bathroom. A very nice room and a very comfortable bed. First day out was at Princess Cay. The weather was perfect. As my wife spent the day o the beach, I played volleyball with other guests and 2 very interesting Asst. Cruise Director's,Natalie and Alex. I would spend a lot more time with them as the cruise progressed. Being a trivia buff I was in most of the trivia competitions and met couples from Australia, Seattle, New Mexico, and Alberta, Canada. This is also where I ran into Alex and Natalie, quite often. Everyone enjoyed Alex's catch phrase, " Cheers if you gt it!" Natalie was just a delight at all times. There were other cruise director's that were very good too. Something we very much enjoy is the Anytime Seating. We just love meeting different people every night for dinner. Many very nice people have been met this way. I do have one bone to pick. Not once on a sea day was volleyball offered as a ship board activity. Overall we enjoyed our cruise. The ports of call were very nice. The ship and crew were excellent as was the food. We would definitely cruise Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 20th anniversary trip, and we have cruised with Princess before and always been satisfied with the overall experience. We wanted to visit family in Florida, so this port and time frame was good for us. We had never done a ... Read More
This was our 20th anniversary trip, and we have cruised with Princess before and always been satisfied with the overall experience. We wanted to visit family in Florida, so this port and time frame was good for us. We had never done a western Caribbean trip before, and with the exception of Jamaica, it was a good trip. The ship was brand new (May 2016), but was not fitted as nicely as some of the other Princess ships we have sailed on. I chose to upgrade to a deluxe balcony stateroom, but was disappointed with a room very similar to a standard balcony. Not worth the extra $ and would not recommend the upgrade. We would probably have been better off going with a mini suite. The service was exceptional as always, but we noticed that the upkeep/maintenance was not quite to the level we have noticed in the past with Princess. Overall we enjoyed our time and were very well taken care of. We will sail with Princess again in the future. One more cruise to Platinum. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We embarked on Dec 4 on the beautiful Regal Princess. Amazing ship. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Our state room was a Mini Suite and we traveled with our siblings. It was our annual family vacation and was the first time for 3 ... Read More
We embarked on Dec 4 on the beautiful Regal Princess. Amazing ship. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Our state room was a Mini Suite and we traveled with our siblings. It was our annual family vacation and was the first time for 3 out of the 5 of us to go on a cruise. They were amazed at how the ships décor was and how friendly the staff was while on the cruise. We traveled to Princess Cayes, Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. We did 3 different excursions and our favorite had to be the swimming with the Dolphins and swimming with the Sting Rays in the Cayman Islands. We couldn't believe the beautiful clear waters. The weather was perfect. My group loved the Horizon Buffet because we could eat at anytime of the day. With all the excurisions we did it made it so much easier for us. Totally recommend everyone to go to the game shows and Trivia sessions. It was so much fun with Nando, Robbie and Alex. We had so much fun and they were always there laughing and telling jokes. One of our family members was ready to decide where to go for the next cruise just on the second day. She was hooked. I am a Love Boat fan and was thrilled when I heard the ships horns blowing out the tune of the Love Boat. Was perfect for me. We have a couple more locations we would love to travel to. My husband cant wait to do your Panamal Canal Trip when it comes available and we all want to do your Southern Alaskan cruise. My husband and I have went on it before and loved the sights and cant wait to go back. If you have never been on a cruise I truly recommend you going. Princess will treat you right and if you are not sure where to go. None of the trips would be a bad trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We originally chose this cruise as a group vacation, then the rest of the group cancelled for various reasons. The only disappointment was missing that group. The cruise was great! First, we were transported to the Port by our hotel ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise as a group vacation, then the rest of the group cancelled for various reasons. The only disappointment was missing that group. The cruise was great! First, we were transported to the Port by our hotel shuttle. As soon as we got off the shuttle the Princess Crew greeted us, took our bags and showed us into the ship. We were able to proceed directly to our balcony stateroom, which was clean, comfortable, and larger than expected. Our room was on the 15th deck and had a great view from the balcony, which paid of wonderfully as we passed islands and docked or moored at our ports of call. Our room steward eagerly saw to our every need and kept our cabin clean and well stocked with towels and toiletries. The ship is large, with many dining options from formal, to smart casual, to casual in the Horizons Buffet. The food was terrific in all choices, though I must admit the buffet was not quite as good for certain foods simply due to the buffet style of service. One outstanding meal I enjoyed was the mussels in the Symphony dining room. I've had mussels in east coast towns and always like them, but those served here were notably the best I have ever experienced. Service also was near perfect in any of the sit-down restaurants. The many bars throughout the ship offered professionally mixed drinks as well as various choices of musical entertainment to meet most adult tastes. There are several swimming pools, including an adults only pool area. This ship boasts a huge television set up at the center pool area where they show movies and, on the scheduled evenings, live NFL football games. They put nice cushions on the lounge chairs with pillows. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was my 14th cruise with Princess. The last one was on the Royal, which is one of the newer ships. In contrast, the Star Princess is really beginning to show its age although the service was consistently outstanding. It is a disservice ... Read More
This was my 14th cruise with Princess. The last one was on the Royal, which is one of the newer ships. In contrast, the Star Princess is really beginning to show its age although the service was consistently outstanding. It is a disservice to the crew not to take this ship into dry dock for repairs. The Thermal Spa and spa pools, for example, are in extremely poor condition -- No way they are worth the $349/couple pass for a two week cruise. All aspects of the people side of this cruise, however were tremendous -- from embarkation to cabin stewards to dining staff to entertainers and excursion staff. The food was also very good considering the price of the cruise. We take all our meals in the dining room (we aren't buffet people) and we were very favorably impressed. The ship's captain sets a lovely tone for the crew. He takes a "daily walkabout" (his words, not mine) and is proactive in saying hello to as many passengers as possible. His speeches at both the welcome and closing evening events were positively delightful and he represented Princess brilliantly. The high point for us, however, was what should have been considered a real low point. On the 12th day of our 15 day cruise, my husband began experiencing light flashes and visual disturbances. This was the second time this had happened to him, and he was experiencing a retinal detachment. We went to the medical center first thing in the morning of the 13th day of the cruise and met with the Senior Medical Director, Dr. Ilse Van Watzdorf. She was extraordinarily competent and calm as she validated my husband's suspicions. It was agreed that we needed to get off the ship as soon as possible -- prompt surgery would be critical to my husband maintaining his sight. Dr. Van Watzdorf arranged for us to be "medically disembarked" as soon as we hit land the following morning in Ensenada. From there, a team went to work to complete paperwork, change our flights, and arrange a taxi to get us from Ensenada to the San Diego airport. The next morning, we were met by the port agent who took us through customs and got us into our cab. We arrived home in Chicago at 9 pm that night, saw the surgeon the following day and had the surgery. This morning, three days after we arrived home, Princess Family Assistance telephoned to see if we needed any additional assistance. To be clear, we paid a bit more for this service but the charges were minor for what we received. I had thought the bills would be 4-5 times what they were. Furthermore, if we had purchased travel insurance the charges would have been totally covered. We have a number of cruises planned for the next 18 months and I've just asked my travel agent to add travel insurance to all our cruises. I realize this is an unusual postscript to a traditional review, but we couldn't have asked for better or more competent treatment during our medical crisis. We would like to provide our most sincere thanks to Dr. Van Watzdorf and all who assisted us during this difficult time. We couldn't have asked for a better group of people to support us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
On our first cruise to Hawaii we missed Maui because of having to search for a missing crew member on a neighboring cruise ship. We booked the same ship and cabin this time. Everything was about the same except the food was better but ... Read More
On our first cruise to Hawaii we missed Maui because of having to search for a missing crew member on a neighboring cruise ship. We booked the same ship and cabin this time. Everything was about the same except the food was better but the entertainment on sea days was almost boring- to many trivia games. The crew were very polite and helpful The whole ship was spotless. We had rough seas each way and the balcony windows were kept clean. There still is a problem with people saving seats in the buffet and pool area. while they are in another area for quite some time. Its hard to find seating in the buffet as there are only a few two seat tables and you have solo passengers sitting at a table for four or more. Its common to see people just reading or playing cards in the buffet. At last the hard and uncomfortable beds were changed to more updated versions Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first time on the Island Princess and I think it can best be described as "cozy". While there were many things that I liked about this smaller Princess ship, its lack of space also presented some challenges. The ... Read More
This was our first time on the Island Princess and I think it can best be described as "cozy". While there were many things that I liked about this smaller Princess ship, its lack of space also presented some challenges. The decorations were lovely and the overall "vibe" was one that I really appreciated. However, there was no dedicated "disco", the workout room was almost non-existent and had no windows (which really made it less appealing), and the lack of space in the atrium kept that from being a central meeting space as it is on other ships. There are only two dining rooms; one for traditional dining and one for anytime dining. The lines for anytime dining were unbelievably long on most nights. Whether that was a result of poor planning or lack of space, I do not know. Finally, during one of her recent renovations, the back end of deck 7 was converted to cabin space so those of us who like to walk/jog off those extra souffles and champagne cocktails can no longer run the circumference of the ship. You have to run a "U" shape back and forth. All of the themed trivia's were music related, which I thought was interesting. My hubby and I won 4 bottles of champagne so we weren't complaining. LOL! We tried the Bayou Steakhouse and we would not go back. It was okay, but not worth the cover charge. The food in the main dining room was better in my opinion. Trust me, I'm from Texas and I know good steak! We are not opposed to paying a cover charge. We routinely dine at the Crown Grill on the ships where it is offered, the Bayou just wasn't very good (and the lobster was hopelessly overcooked, yuck). That said, the staff and crew were among the friendliest I've encountered. The entertainment was great, and every day at sea is a great day in my book. There wasn't anything that would put me off recommending this cruise to others. If you are going to do a transit, do the full transit. It is worth it! This is a nice little ship, just know what to watch out for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Having been on other bigger Princess boats, this one was too small and not laid out as well. Scheduling for dinner and theater shows was conflicting and problematic. People had to wait in long lines for the 5:15 any time dining, to seat ... Read More
Having been on other bigger Princess boats, this one was too small and not laid out as well. Scheduling for dinner and theater shows was conflicting and problematic. People had to wait in long lines for the 5:15 any time dining, to seat one hour in advance for the 8:15 theater show. People didn't want to wait for the 10:00 theater show which was too late for most. Both venues suffered where enough people complained and the 10:00 theater time was moved to 6:30 which helped. The Island Princess has recently been reconfigured and new cabins have been added near the back of the vessel. This forced most of the entertainment mid ship and forward. If your cabin is aft, you have a long way to walk to get to anything. Dancing and entertainment at bar lounges was limited to the Wheel House and Explorers lounge. Bigger ships have more entertainment options. I've never used Sabatini's, but every time we walked by it, there were more cooks in the kitchen than patrons. Is the food that much better than elsewhere on the ship to justify the added cost. From a business standpoint, would the space be better used in other ways? Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
First off........read many reviews before taking this cruise. Many that complained about the crew, shower, ship and food.........had to be old fuddy duddies that never smile, (had plenty of those on board), they were rude, and treated ... Read More
First off........read many reviews before taking this cruise. Many that complained about the crew, shower, ship and food.........had to be old fuddy duddies that never smile, (had plenty of those on board), they were rude, and treated the crew very badly. The crew handled them very nicely. The shower? Loose some weight folks, they were fine!!!! The Ship? Only noticed a couple of wear places and didn't affect the overall quality of the ship. Food? It was just fine. From the looks of some of the travelers plates, (full), they weren't all that unhappy with it either. OK, enough about that. The embarkation was fine, just seemed a little long. If folks would listen to instructions, it would have gone even smoother. The canal experience was fine. listened and watched all the information Princess made available to us. Pete and Sara did a wonderful job on helping us get some great deals on the jewelry we were wanting. The shows were good. Especially "Encore" and Bayou, do not miss those two. Of course, being a smaller ship with a small theatre, be there at least one hour before the show starts. Otherwise, I would highly recommend the Canal Experience on Princess........had a GREAT TIME!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Seeing the Panama Canal for the first time was awesome, going through the locks and pulled by mechanical mules. We loved Cartagena with it's old Spanish fort high on a hill, the old Spanish arcitecture. Huatulco and Puntarenas were ... Read More
Seeing the Panama Canal for the first time was awesome, going through the locks and pulled by mechanical mules. We loved Cartagena with it's old Spanish fort high on a hill, the old Spanish arcitecture. Huatulco and Puntarenas were peaceful sleepy villages with nice parks and resturants with local beers. Most surprising was that there were no mosquitos. We sailed in our first submarine in Aruba. The entertainment on the Island Princess was the best of our 13 cruises. The Island Princess is smaller than other cruise ships we have sailed on but felt very cozy. The food was excellent and the wait staff service was great. There were foods on the menu I hadn't had before so I asked our waiter what she would recommend. She always picked the best appetizer, entrees and deserts. Bar wait staff remembered my cabin number making drink orders easy. If you use the ship transfer to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, allow yourself about 6 hours from the ship to the airport or you will loose your flight. We were supposed to disembark at 8:30 AM, but were not allowed off the ship until 10:30 AM. We then waited on the bus for another hour and missed our 11:40 AM flight. Got home at 2:00 AM the next day. I suggest get off the ship ASAP in the morning, get a taxi and wait in the airport instead of the Platinum Lounge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
1st time going thru Panama Canal Excellent restaurant services, waiter and assistants work together very well, they help each other out. They have good memeory, remember our preference, always bring tea at begining of meal, bring fruits ... Read More
1st time going thru Panama Canal Excellent restaurant services, waiter and assistants work together very well, they help each other out. They have good memeory, remember our preference, always bring tea at begining of meal, bring fruits that we like. Stateroom attendent did excellent job, always has a tidy room when we come back after meal. We do not see him much, but know he'll be there when we need him. Cruise Director did an excellent job, make everyone feel like home, she is very friendly and honest. Like her jokes. She enjoy her job, deserve to be promote to director in such short time. Monica at the Lotus Spa know her client's need. Her massage was excellent, get the pressure point release pain just right. She is new to the cruise, but her service is much better than other longer employee. Would have enjoy more If Ports time is longer Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We booked this cruise because of it's itinerar, and having never sailed on the Regal. As we usually sail the smaller Princess ships out of the West Coast. Embarkation was efficient, and our 11:00 am. Priority Boarding allowed us to ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of it's itinerar, and having never sailed on the Regal. As we usually sail the smaller Princess ships out of the West Coast. Embarkation was efficient, and our 11:00 am. Priority Boarding allowed us to be on the Regal in time for lunch at Alfredo's Pizzeria. Luggage was deliver to our stateroom by 3:00 pm. Our stateroom attendant. Alex, was very efficient and made sure our special requests were met. Although the Regal carries almost 4000 passengers, it never seemed crowded, as there were many different venues and activities throughout the ship. The MDR staff were generally efficient, although one evening our MDR waiter, Piano, seemed overwhelmed, because both he and his assistant waiter, Darko, were new sailing on the Regal, and not too familiar with the layout of the dining room to pick up the food from the kitchen. We had, as requested, 5:30 pm Traditional dining, table for two, and the early searing allowed plenty of time for us to attend either early or late evening performances in the Princess Theater (at the other end of the ship). Service, variety and quality of food in MDR was generally excellent for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alfredo's Pizzaria was a good option for enjoying a pizza, salads, or light pasta dishes, throughout the day. There was a good variety of sandwiches, soups, deserts, coffees, teas, at the International Cafe offered 24 hours per day. The Horizon Court Buffet, had quite a bit of variety of American, European, and ethnic foods throughout the day. We noted that many foods offered in regular and "salt free". Certain foods could be cooked to order. The Horizon Court Bistro offered lighter fare. Many cookies and deserts offered "sugar free". Good for passengers with high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes. Many cookies and deserts offered "nut free" for those with nut allergies, and separated on opposite sides of the buffet. The HC never seemed crowded, with plenty of seating, and the service staff were friendly, continually offering juice, coffee, and tea and cleared the tables quickly. We did not try the speciality restaurants, or the Trident Grill for burgers, hot dogs, or fries. The evening entertainment in the Princess Theater was excellent, with big production "Las Vegas" style performances of Bravo, Fireo, Rock and Roll. Other evenings, a stand up comedian, and modern music singer, pianist, guitar performer. The Princess Theater fills up quickly, so allow at least 30 minutes before showtime to get good seats. Ushers were there to discourage "seat hogs", and available to find you seats. Bar service staff were available to take your drink orders. However, there are no folding tables attached to the seats, like other Princess Theaters on the mid size ships (Star, Crown, Golden,) that we've sailed on, to allow setting down your drink. This seemed to be an oversight to the modern design of Regal's Princess Theater. Enrichment programs on this cruise included talks on pirates, and on bushcraft and survival skills. I found both programs to be enjoyable and interesting. We attended only a few trivia game shows, of which there were many. Zumba was offered on sea days. Venue was outside on the Sports Deck. Fitness Center was well used by passengers, days, and evenings. Fitness trainers were helpful and knowledgeable. We did not use the spa or spa services. The public seating areas were plentiful, and we never had a problem finding a quiet place to sit and read a book, or have a conversation. As I have stated, the ship and public areas never seemed crowded. Debarkation was efficient and quick. We chose to debark as "Walk Off" passengers with our luggage. We were off the ship and through customs, in 10 minutes. In summary, we thoroughly enjoyed sailing on the Regal Princess, and we've already booked cruises sailing on her and sister ship, Royal for 2017 and 2018. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first cruise with Princess and our first cruise over 7 days in length. We found Princess to be gracious and comfortable. The embarkation at Port Everglades was quick and efficient. The days at sea were relaxing and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Princess and our first cruise over 7 days in length. We found Princess to be gracious and comfortable. The embarkation at Port Everglades was quick and efficient. The days at sea were relaxing and ports were interesting to us for the most part. We chose a partial transit of the Panama Canal because the extra days of the full transit would not fit in our schedule. A partial transit gives enough of the feel of the experience to satisfy the curiosity. The Coral is a mid-sized ship and was almost full for this cruise. There were less than ten children on board as this was early December when schools were in session. The “Anytime Dining” experience was confusing. On other lines, any time meant any time. We found one entrance to the dining room to be for “reservations”. When we call to inquire about reservations, we were either told they weren’t making reservations or the only times available were after 8pm. A few times we had to wait for a table. They use a pager system. As this was an anniversary trip for us, we preferred a table for two but only were able to have one about half the time. Tables for two were often so close together, it felt like shared table for four. It was not what we had in mind. However, on our actual anniversary, the maître d Alejandro took us upstairs to the Provence dining room so we could have a private table. We often ate breakfast and lunch in the Provence dining room. We enjoyed the service. For breakfast trays of pastries were offered. I had the chocolate croissant every morning. It was so delicious. The menu was not extensive but had all standard breakfast items. Each day there were two specials for the day, one entrée and one started of some kind. The lunch menu was like it with standard items every day and special items each day. Service was quick and efficient. The Horizon Court buffet was not huge. It had stations for breads, fruits, salad, and sandwiches at lunch. Breakfast buffet offered unusual items such as rice and other entrees that I would consider lunch or dinner fare. I guess this would appeal to cultures were eggs and bacon are not the standard breakfast. I didn’t try any of these. Breakfast and lunch seemed to be mostly the same daily, although I didn’t check it every day. I did enjoy the afternoon snack. Fresh guacamole and chips were available by 2 each afternoon. The biggest surprise to me was the International Café on deck 6. At first I thought it was only a coffee bar, but I soon learned that the food offered was complimentary. In the morning, sweet treats and breads were offered, but the rest of the day, sandwiches and salads were available. The service here varied by individual. We found that coffee to go was cheaper than coffee in a cup to dine there. The location, near our stateroom and the casino, made this a favorite spot. Although we did not dine in the evenings at the specialty restaurants, we did take advantage of the lunch offerings that were complimentary. Sabatini’s offered pizza at lunch a couple of time. It was excellent pizza, completely different than the pizza offered pool side. Only two other couples were there when we were. We also did the “pub lunch” at the Bayou Steakhouse choosing, as most did, the fish and chips. It was extremely crowded and we had to sit at the very small bar. Go early if you want a table. I think this was only offered once. The main activity we enjoyed was trivia. This was held in the Wheelhouse Bar. At first glance, this is a huge space, but since after trivia occurred just as Happy Hour was ending, there were often no seats left. We made a group of friend who liked to play too and struggled to find six chairs together. Morning sessions were not at crowded. Questions varied between the easy and truly challenging. Prizes consisted of key chains usually. The casino was very small. There were smoking and non-smoking areas. On several nights, the entire casino was non-smoking which I appreciated. I found the Princess Theater to be very congested as the only entrances were on deck 7. I’m used to theaters with multiple entrances on several decks. It seemed claustrophobic and almost hazardous. I only attended two events there and preferred the Universe. It had more comfortable seating and entrances on both decks 6 and 7. There was a variety of entertainment. We don’t care for magic so we didn’t attend those shows. We enjoyed the Bayou show and the comedian. We did not purchase a shore excursion for Aruba. We were only in port for a few hours. We walked down the main street and visited a casino. We were not impressed and headed back to the ship. In Cartagena, we took the City Highlights tour. It was oppressively hot that day and the climb to the fortress was very challenging. Vendors were very aggressive. The area was very crowded (two other ships in port that day) and I could not hear our guide very well. Las Bovedas was simply a shopping stop and should be described that way. Most goods were too expensive anyway. The walk through the old city was beautiful but again, very crowded and hot. I felt as if I spent the entire tour trying not to lose my guide in the press of people. I did not learn much, but I would love to go back and spend more time on my own. We tendered in Gatun Lake to go to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. The drive was quick and comfortable. The “snack” provided was a chicken sandwich from Subway, just meat and bread. There was another shopping stop before going to the old city. It was uncrowded and two guides split our group so it was easier to hear. However, guides need to judge their groups to take it slower when elderly members cannot walk as fast as they would like. I found this almost disrespectful. Free time was welcome and no vendors harassed us. The visitor’s center at Miraflores was a nice new facility. It was interesting to see ships passing through that part of the canal. When we arrived back at the ship, I was glad I had bought my souvenirs already instead of having to go into Colon. In Costa Rica, we took the Animal Planet recommended tour of the sloth sanctuary. It did not disappoint. The bus ride was not long and we got to see the animals right away. The tour was given in rooms where the sloths were. The guides were informative and passionate about their work. The boat ride in the canal behind the sanctuary was not explained so we just got in the small aluminum boat and paddled away. Our boatman did not speak English so we just drifted along in silence until we encountered wildlife. Fortunately I speak enough Spanish to translate for the others. He pointed out iguanas and then we arrived where the howler monkeys lived. He positioned our boat where we could watch them for a substantial time. We also saw sloths in the wild. It was a great look at the rainforest. Our regular tour guide taught us a great deal about his country and also showed us how banana plantations worked which was a bonus. I found the craft market at the dock the best opportunity for shopping on the trip with genuine crafts, nice vendors and reasonable prices. As we are going back to Grand Cayman next year, we chose not to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After 15 cruises on 7 different lines I have, unfortunately, discovered a line I will never cruise with again. It's hard to know where to begin. Embarkation went relatively smoothly and we were on board by 1PM. Went to the buffet on ... Read More
After 15 cruises on 7 different lines I have, unfortunately, discovered a line I will never cruise with again. It's hard to know where to begin. Embarkation went relatively smoothly and we were on board by 1PM. Went to the buffet on deck 16 and saw what appeared to be a wonderful piece of beef that I couldn't wait to try. I was amazed that a piece of meat that had to be at least 20 pounds had been cooked well done all the way to the bone. No medium rare and certainly no rare. On top of that it had no flavor and it was extremely dry. While I hoped this was a fluke and the food would improve, it turned out to be a preview of the next 10 days. While the "fresh fish" was delicious and moist on the first day, it was dry and smelled and tasted fishy the rest of the cruise. It seems that virtually all of the food is prepared with little seasoning and cooked until unrecognizable. The Main Dining Room was no exception. While I could get some beef dinners cooked to order most of the selections were bland, over cooked and rarely served hot enough. Desserts were uninspired and many times couldn't be cut with a fork. To add insult to injury we didn't even get the traditional steak and lobster dinner on the last night, we were offered Roast Tom Turkey or Meatloaf in the Main Dining Room. I can have those meals at home and they are definitely not what I am looking for in a fine dining experience on a cruise ship. While the ship is beautifully appointed and well maintained it has a definite lack of entertainment. I really do like string quartet music, but not necessarily twice a day for 10 days. The reggae and Caribbean music was a welcome relief to the Lawrence Welk/Ed Sullivan type of shows and music that abounded on this ship. The comedian that was on the ship the longest was using schtick and jokes from the 50's that wasn't that funny back then. There was a comedian that was hilarious but he left the ship on day 4 for the Holidays. This ship has an event billed as Mardi Gras and we were looking forward to this. Instead we received another disappointment, Who holds Mardi Gras at four in the afternoon??? The on board amenities were literally non-existent, A very plain jane 8 hole putting green that appeared to be an after thought, and a laser shooting range that was out of service the entire cruise appeared to be the only activities,other than exercise classes, that the ship had to offer. On a brighter note the staff throughout the ship was excellent. They were friendly, professional, helpful and always cheerful. The staff was the only redeeming quality this ship had going for it. If you are looking for a cruise in the future my recommendation is to look at any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Went with our neighbors because we have not been to the ports ie Aruba that the ship was going to. What we liked: The Royal Princess is a very nice ship, well appointed. The cruise director was very visible, however we never did see ... Read More
Went with our neighbors because we have not been to the ports ie Aruba that the ship was going to. What we liked: The Royal Princess is a very nice ship, well appointed. The cruise director was very visible, however we never did see the captain. Entertainment was very enjoyable and plenty of it all around the ship in several venues. The shows were great entertainment and the theater was very comfortable. The food was ok, then again it is never great on a cruise. The food in the specialty restaurant, the Crown Grill, was good and the service top notch. Make sure you stop by the International Cafe and Alfredo's. What we did not like; We are not a fan of smoking being allowed in the Casino. Even on smoke free nights the air made us uncomfortable. First time I had a cabin steward that delivered surly attitude and not good service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have always cruised on Princess Cruise Line. Embarkation was pretty painless. The ship is beautiful, we had a mini-suite and it was very comfortable. We did anytime dining which gave us flexibility and we shared table with other ... Read More
We have always cruised on Princess Cruise Line. Embarkation was pretty painless. The ship is beautiful, we had a mini-suite and it was very comfortable. We did anytime dining which gave us flexibility and we shared table with other people which allowed us to meet new people. The service was excellent especially in the Wheelhouse Bar/Salty Dog Restaurant. The bar crew under Steve Brown was wonderful. Especially William, Josephine, Mario and Diana. They knew our names after the first night. Very outgoing and fun. The entertainment in the bar Jumari was our favorite. The short excursions were OK. Puerto Vallarta was really nice. Mazatlan not so much. Cabo San Lucas was beautiful, but most of the tour was traveling to the points of interest and when we arrived we did not have a lot of time to enjoy. We would definitely go again on Princess and we would love to go to the Med. We would like to do a short cruise up the coast of California. Overall a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
i am a happicapp person who crusied with pricess crusies for the last twenty years and I alway be very pleased with princess cruise the staff is very freindlt and very helpfull the hips are always clean and well maintaned. any time I need ... Read More
i am a happicapp person who crusied with pricess crusies for the last twenty years and I alway be very pleased with princess cruise the staff is very freindlt and very helpfull the hips are always clean and well maintaned. any time I need help the staff helped me and were alway friendly. The ships are well appointed and very nicely layed out. Once I found princess crusies I did not need to look no futher they have everything I need to make the prefect vacation. The food, shopping, entertainment is awsome. I also really enjoy the fresh water swimming pools I use them daily on my cruises all the other cruise line use salt water swimming pools and for me that is a deal breaker.I have never been disapointed it has alway been great sailing with priness and I will keep sailing with princess and every time I cruise I will book another cruse with them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Loved the three days at sea. The Regal Princess is a huge ship so we always found a place to sun tan or to sit for breakfast or lunch at the buffets. We did notice that our wine tasting event did not give us their shooter glasses as they ... Read More
Loved the three days at sea. The Regal Princess is a huge ship so we always found a place to sun tan or to sit for breakfast or lunch at the buffets. We did notice that our wine tasting event did not give us their shooter glasses as they had in the past. The entertainment on board was really good. Kim, part of the entertainment group led many dance classes in the atrium and made the learning very easy. Nice choices of pools here. The quiet pool by the Sanctuary is well designed with lots of lounge chairs but get there early. We liked the shallow pool close to Swirls as the water was not cold. We were disappointed in the art auctions as they were held in the atrium rather then in one of the lounges. Plus we had requested our purchased art be placed on hold until April as not in our country until then. The art director did not place a hold and we had to contact the art gallery to have them stop the Fed Ex delivery. This is our second time with the same problem. Will not recommend purchasing art from any of the ships. Line ups for dinner was always long at both anytime seating restaurants. Very tedious. Tried different times, same story. We ate at the pizza restaurant which had a limited menu but really good food. Liked the beverage option that seemed to be more reasonable in price then previous years. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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