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Sail Date: February 2018
My wife and I wanted to see Cairns Australia and travel on the Kuranda railway. We selected this cruise for this purpose, but unfortunately the ship could not dock in Cairns because of high winds. This also applied to other ports on this ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to see Cairns Australia and travel on the Kuranda railway. We selected this cruise for this purpose, but unfortunately the ship could not dock in Cairns because of high winds. This also applied to other ports on this cruise, except for Airlie Beach. Apart from this disappointment the actual cruising was great. I must also mention that it had been my policy, not to cruise with other Australians. It is difficult to put this diplomatically, but I went against this policy for the efficiency of embarking in Brisbane, not far from our home, where we could drive to the port and park nearby. To say we were soon disappointed and embarrassed with our fellow Australians (and some New Zealanders) is an understatement. The "bogans" as we call them here were everywhere. The wandering of the ship with beer bottle in hand by poorly attired men (and some women too) was repulsive. I better leave it at that, but I could go on a lot further. Needless to say, I will re-instate my previous policy from now on. The dining room (Traviata Dining Room) staff were outstanding. It was an absolute pleasure meeting them and to be served by them. The dishes we tried each night were superb, if a little low on volume. I cannot see Americans accepting the low portion sizes. The usual problem with finding a table in the Horizon Court was in evidence on this ship also. It seems to be a universal problem. I do not like being forced to eat food at a table with people I do not know. I was expecting The Sea Princess to look a little dated after reading feedback from other people. I know it has been refreshed lately, but I found its condition to be superb. Apart from previously mentioned disappointments I enjoyed this cruise for what it was. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to get away from the cold for a bit so chose a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Princess always serves us well. The Regal Princess is a fairly new ship with very nice decor. We were very comfortable in our balcony cabin. Although ... Read More
We wanted to get away from the cold for a bit so chose a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Princess always serves us well. The Regal Princess is a fairly new ship with very nice decor. We were very comfortable in our balcony cabin. Although the balcony is small the cabin is spacious enough to hold a 2-seat sofa which makes time in the cabin more comfortable. The food was excellent as well as the entertainment. My only criticism is that the casino is mid-ship and open to the decks above. Noise and cigarette smoke and smell rise up. The day on Princess Cays is very nice. The beach is good, the b-b-q lunch is delicious. You can either relax there or do an activity. There is always plenty to do on-board if you want to be active. I recommend Princess Cruises and we have another planned for a future date. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we ... Read More
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we did this last minute to get warm, booked everything including air travel less than about 30 days before the sail. First, I had always heard that on today's modern cruise ships you don't feel the ocean. Lies, damn lies. From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk there were waves. They had to close all the pools because of the water sloshing back and forth in the pools, 2-3 foot pool waves anyone, and sometimes it would escape the pool and splash on the deck. I and my wife were generally OK however we heard from various people that their roommate was laid up with seasickness. Because of what I learned about ship movement I would get the lowest cabin mid-ship. Also, there are 3 main dining rooms, same menu in each however, one is in the stern (aft). I would try to get into one of the midsection main dining rooms, less rocking while eating. FYI, my wife was getting her hair done for the formal night and there was a swell. She told me some of the staff fell down. FYI, on this particular cruise there was a nice mix of ages from 20 somethings to 80 year olds. A few preschoolers. Very few teenagers and school age children. We liked this. Overall I liked the ship. Decent number of pools and hot tubs, nice promenade that circled the ship however there were stairs to get to the front part of the promenade this might be a problem for some (except in bad weather they closed the stairs to the front), nicely decorated dining rooms, nice interior, ship not too large, nice number of entertainment venues (i.e. bars with musical entertainment or trivia contests), theatre was OK, there was also a disco in the top aft section. However, some of the activities like learning to play a steel drum were in an interior conference room. Dinning in the main dining room was OK. The food was OK and the service was really great. I did not have any out and out misses. Some days I liked the food better than others. I thought the equivalent was Ruby Tuesdays maybe a little better, my wife thought it was a definitely a step up from that. Again, not 5 star New York restaurant but definitely reasonable, especially for what we paid (got a last minute dal for about $100 per person per day that included port fees, taxes and gratuities). Did not particularly care for the buffet. Generally we ate in a MDR for breakfast and dinner when we could and embarkation day we also made it on in time for lunch in the MDR. We scored a great table for 2 (table 132 in Botticelli MDR). The only problem is that because we booked so late we only got a 5:30 seating which was just a tiny bit early. One last thing about the Botticelli, it can get noisy from the conversations at dinner, I think there may be too many hard reflecting surfaces. We dressed up for formal night (I did a Tux, most of the men did dark suits or similar). In general the wait staff wore different outfits each day. There were fresh flowers on the table. Our wait staff remembered our drinks. The head waiter stopped by our table once or twice during the cruise. Generally nice little touches that made dining in the MDR an experience. Also ate pizza near one of the pools. Pizza was decent. I prefer ultra-thin crust NY style however the pizza on board was definitely acceptable. On the pool level they also have a place for burgers, bratwurst, BBQ, grilled chicken. The burgers were good, so was the grilled chicken, I did not think the BBQ brisket was up to snuff. There was also an international cafe on deck 5 that is supposedly open 24 hours (was never up in the wee hours to test that). They had Paninis, salads, deserts, in the morning they had donuts (here you had to pay for coffee, did not try it). I generally liked the food at the international cafe. In general the coffee on the ship was mediocre, but I drank it, I will pretty much drink anything although I would prefer Jamaican Blue or good pure Hawaii Kona. There is a coffee card you can buy, on such a short trip (5 days) it was not worth it. Might give it a try on 7 days or longer. We did not try the pay for dining rooms. We pre-bought water which I thought was a good idea. We bought the soda package, I think we broke even, probably would do that again. We're not drinkers so it was cheaper to buy drinks and wine by the piece. They also had buy one drink get one for a dollar at select times of the day. The only true miss on the whole cruise was a basic margarita in the Wheel House bar, really bad, and they overcharged me a dollar or two. The entertainment was generally good. We went to two of the shows in the theatre. Something called Encore and another about the 70s. Liked those two shows. Not sure younger people would like the 70s show because they would not get it without living through the time period. There was a disco party up on the pool deck one night. That was fun, not sure what they would do if the weather was bad. They also had live musical entertainment in many of the bars/lounges and in the piazza. Really liked the string duo (woman playing cello and one playing violin). The steel drum guy was pretty good (he also taught the steel drum lesson) as well as the band that played at the various things like the disco party and last night balloon drop. The movie under the stars was also fun. I was disappointed in the Mardi Gras event. It could have been much better and should have been held in club fusion and not the piazza. The enrichment stuff was a little lacking. However we did like the steel drum lesson (will probably buy the same steel drum for our granddaughter that they use in class) and I liked the talk on how the ship operates that was given by a third mate. The star gazing was not great because it was a full moon so the stars were washed out. Can't really blame that on Princess, luck of the draw. FYI, they use a pre-recorded tape for part of the star gazing. I did not object to that but others might mind. Stumbled on a lawn bowls contest one day. I am sure it was in the daily newspaper (a must read) however did not see it. It was run by a very nice young woman from the cruise staff. She had an English (or maybe Australian) accent. I didn't win. Overall the service was great, dinning staff was excellent. Cruise director was a lot of fun. Port excursions. There is not that much to do on Grand Turk. I did do one of the snorkeling excursions, Horseshoe Reef and Round Cay. I hadn't gone snorkeling in a while so this was fun. FYI, the water was chilly, just not cold. The group that actually ran the excursion was I believe Chukka Caribbean Adventures. Very nice, I was very happy with it. However, I think you can find better snorkeling off the Florida Keys. The diving is probably wonderful because of the "wall" but I did not try that. We also did a bus excursion, The Grand Turk Experience. I thought it was interesting, some people might not. Again it is a very small Island. I believe that most tourists to Turks and Caicos go to the bigger island in the chain. We also walked up the beach to Jack's Shack for a drink. The Dominican Republic is bigger. Puerto Plata, is main the city near where the ship docked. Puerto Plata and vicinity is probably worth two days. We did the Heritage Puerto Plata with lunch excursion. It was OK. I don't like just sitting around the cruise port so this was a reasonable choice. You get to do a rum tasting at one of the distilleries (they call it a tour of the distillery but I think of it as really just a tasting and buying opportunity in comparison to what Wild Turkey does for a tour in Kentucky), we saw the fort, a small local museum, the town plaza. You get a taste of the local environment. If I were younger and in good shape I would have done the waterfall swim excursion, sounded great but a little too strenuous for me. Some of the other activities sounded nice but not enough time. They try to get you off the ship early on disembarkation day (i.e., by 8 or 9 AM) and our flight was not until 7 PM. We had a lot of time to kill. By the time we decided to do an excursion most of the tours were filled up. The one available was a short tour of Fort Lauderdale and a boat ride on the intercostal. It was fun. We started early so we had extra time on the bus so they did an impromptu stop near the beach so we could stretch our legs, walk on the beach, or pay a small fee and walk out on the fishing pier. I have been to Fort Lauderdale, I like the city and if our travel plans had worked out I would have stayed an extra night either before or after at the beach area. I thought the sales staff in the onboard jewelry stores were a little pushy. However, that is easy to avoid, just don't go in. Locally we stayed at the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation the night before sailing. They have a free shuttle from the airport and to the port. YOU NEED TO BOOK THE SHUTTLE TO THE PORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE TIME SLOTS FILL UP FAST. Nice little hotel. Nice little outdoor pool and hot tub in the back. Walking distance to two shopping areas. The shopping areas have restaurants and one has a liquor store with a good wine selection if you want to buy wine for the cruise. We brought on two bottles. Embarkation and disembarkation went OK Overall I would go again, assuming food and service did not decline. I would just try to get a mid-section cabin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We enjoy the Princess Cruise line. This was our 13th cruise with them. We have sailed on the Crown Princess twice before, once on a repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome and another time, from Galveston, Texas to Roatan, ... Read More
We enjoy the Princess Cruise line. This was our 13th cruise with them. We have sailed on the Crown Princess twice before, once on a repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome and another time, from Galveston, Texas to Roatan, Honduras and Belize. We enjoyed the International Cafe in the atrium for a light lunch or a snack following a day in the port. Staff made the best tasting (and artistic) cappuccinos! One of my specialty coffees displayed the adorable face of a cat and another one, a beautiful flower. It is the little things in life that make a difference. We dined every evening in the Botticelli dining room on deck 6. We chose traditional dining (first seating at 5:30 pm) and sat with an older couple and their son and daughter-in-law. It was their first cruise. We were very happy to share some of our past experiences with them and answer their questions as best we could. I was surprised that lobster was not on the menu the last night of the cruise. Perhaps this was because it was only a five day cruise? I don’t know, however, I sure missed it. We liked spending time on the promenade deck 7 where one can either walk, just sit and relax, read, watch and listen to the waves and nap. We were pleasantly surprised that the movies onboard were current Academy Award nominated movies. We saw “Wonder” (Movies under the Stars) and “Three Billboards...” in the Princess theatre. We stayed close to the ship in both ports. Next time, we plan on taking in some tours. We found the locals were very friendly and seemed happy and carefree. Everyone in the DR loves our Blue Jays! The weather was perfect and a welcome relief from the frigid north. I found that a five-day cruise is not nearly long enough for us “retired” folk. However, it was a nice break and we enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my first cruise. I was not planning a cruise but my good friend invited me to go with his family. I was reticent about cruising but felt that I could survive for only 12 days. Having visited New Zealand twice before, I knew what ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I was not planning a cruise but my good friend invited me to go with his family. I was reticent about cruising but felt that I could survive for only 12 days. Having visited New Zealand twice before, I knew what to expect when we arrived in that country. I was pleasantly surprised and found the trip very relaxing and quite enjoyable as we had great company and met lots of interesting people. Being from an agricultural background, I equated the experience with that of cattle in a feedlot. There is a surfeit of highly attractive food and drink available and one is in a confined area, so the inclination is to lie or sit around most of the time, often talking, moving only to revisit the food areas or refill the glasses. The food was excellent, as were the beverages, and my expanded waistline bears testimony to this. The service provided by the staff was second to none, particularly that of the waiting staff who served us in the International Dining Room. Ronaldo and Natalia were superb in dealing with all of our needs, often producing things before we even asked for them. They are to be highly commended for the way they performed their roles. We did not undertake any shore excursions as we considered they were over-priced and would cover much of what we had seen on previous visits. However, we enjoyed our self-guided tours in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Port Chalmers. In Napier we enjoyed a great scenic drive with family members (from Gisborne) to Te Mata Peak, Silenci Vineyard etc. and sampled some good local wines. The night entertainment in the Princess Theatre was of a high standard and was very enjoyable. Fiordland was very impressive and Milford Sound was its usual brilliant best. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Love New Zealand, gorgeous North and South Islands ,we have cruised there before but this time we did a few excursions. We went to Christchurch and Rotorua and we so enjoyed the trips. The Fiordland National Park cruising was ... Read More
Love New Zealand, gorgeous North and South Islands ,we have cruised there before but this time we did a few excursions. We went to Christchurch and Rotorua and we so enjoyed the trips. The Fiordland National Park cruising was spectacular.We caught up with a girlfriend in Auckland and some friends in Wellington and they gave us sight seeing tours which was wonderful , another great thing about the cruise was that we were truly blessed weather wise . We can remember we struck some pretty ordinary weather on our previous New Zealand cruise , sometimes it's a bit hard to pick what time of the year to go. As far as the staff on the ship was concerned , they were all very helpful, certeous and an absolute delight, special mentions go to Airi and Kari customer services agents , nothing was was too much trouble to these young ladies. The entertainment on the ship was good, although we had seen some of it before , we still enjoyed it. Our Cabin Steward Joseph was a happy , friendly sole and very efficient . Our Dining experience was good , food was great but we felt our waiters weren't as friendly as we usually experience. We had a slight issue with some of our laundering , as we are elite on the ship we get our laundry done for us , some of our whites were returned to us grey in colour , what the heck, I just bleached them when I got home. All in all, a fantastic trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We were totally unhappy with this cruise and I don't have enough room here to tell you about all of the things that were wrong. We had a balcony room and the door and the balcony were filthy when we checked in. The carpet was dirty and ... Read More
We were totally unhappy with this cruise and I don't have enough room here to tell you about all of the things that were wrong. We had a balcony room and the door and the balcony were filthy when we checked in. The carpet was dirty and the whole time we were there (7 days and nights) the bathroom had a really bad smell to it. We could never get deck chairs to lay by the pool because they did not enforce their 30 minute rule for holding on to chairs there. The only time we had chairs on the deck was after dark for a televised Elton John concert. We went on one excursion for $49.95 each on one of our stops and it also was terrible--way overrated. We tipped our cabin steward on our own but were still billed $30.00 or more every day for gratuities. This cruise swore us off of ever going on another one. I must say that the first and only cruise we ever went on in January of 2011 on the Norwegian Epic was fabulous and I guess we were expecting something comparable on this one! NOT!!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We enjoy the convenience of Brisbane to Brisbane travel because we live on the Sunshine Coast, and we enjoy cruises of at least 14 days duration. Naturally we like being pampered and that certainly takes place on Princess cruises. The ... Read More
We enjoy the convenience of Brisbane to Brisbane travel because we live on the Sunshine Coast, and we enjoy cruises of at least 14 days duration. Naturally we like being pampered and that certainly takes place on Princess cruises. The dining room service and the buffet dining alternative are both excellent and offer a wonderful range of food choices. We were very comfortable in our cabin and enjoyed the fact that it was an ocean view location. Our cabin steward did an excellent job of looking after us. The Sea Princess is just the right size of vessel. Not too large and not too small. She is large enough to be comfortable in fairly rough weather but does not carry a huge number of passengers. The very large ships tend to swamp some of the small destinations with their passengers. The quality of entertainment was very good and there were plenty of alternatives to choose from. The ports were all interesting and the shore excursions well organised. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We are long time Princess Cruisers. Wanted a nice get away and the price was very nice. The ship is scheduled for dry dock in March and could use some freshening up. Definitely needs new beds. Entertainment was good. Was hoping for a new ... Read More
We are long time Princess Cruisers. Wanted a nice get away and the price was very nice. The ship is scheduled for dry dock in March and could use some freshening up. Definitely needs new beds. Entertainment was good. Was hoping for a new Stephen Schwartz show, but some of the dancers had bee injured and they could not do the show with the remaining members. But the ones who were left were among the best we have ever seen on Princess. The show Encore was fantastic and the new deck party is a lot of fun. The islands we visited have made good progress recovering from Irma. But you can see that there was major damage. Enjoyed Antigua and we were the first Princess ship to can at St Maarten. The people in St Maarten were really glad to see us back. Just embraced the return of tourists. One of the reasons we picked this cruise was to see the Dominican Republic. This was a new port for us. The port, Amber Cove is very nice-- not much of beach, but nice pool and great hammocks. Our Tour of Porta Plata was the worst tour I have ever been on. Terrible itinerary and terrible guide. Was hoping to see some of the nice beaches, but really rode around and guide mumbled and we went to a really bad gift shop and he did not want to leave. Wanted his kick back. Just a terrible shore excursion. Some people had gotten nice independent taxi tours and others not so good. Just not a pleasant port and I felt that Princess did not do enough to make sure the tour was a good experience. Also, was very disappointed that they had changed the policy in the Crown Grill to have an extra charge for more than one entree. I hated it on Celebrity and was so sad to see it on Princess. Also, for scallop lovers the wonderful scallops are not longer there. The staff was very good and we really enjoyed the cruise, just hate to see Princess following RCCL's policy of piling on extra charges. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The cruise was chosen because we live 40 minutes from Baltimore. We have cruised on the Grandeur numerous times, and the service staff has always been friendly. The food is good in both the Windjammer and the Great Gatsby Dining ... Read More
The cruise was chosen because we live 40 minutes from Baltimore. We have cruised on the Grandeur numerous times, and the service staff has always been friendly. The food is good in both the Windjammer and the Great Gatsby Dining Room, but the service is outstanding. I must say that the shows put on by the Royal Caribbean singers and Dancers are good but the shows are getting stale by now as they have not been changed in a decade. The excuse always given is that the sets are expensive, which is a poor reason for not refreshing them on a regular basis. Passengers do not choose cruises for expensive productions. Half the passengers were Diamond or above and have seen the productions dozens of times. The Centrum entertainment was good and the Celebration Band was excellent with a great range of music categories. Royal Caribbean Cruise Director's staff was excellent. Orlando was outstanding and a great goodwill ambassador. I have to point out that Romar and Yogi our servers were outstanding professionals and their work ethic and personal qualities were typical of what we have come to expect from the Grandeur of the Seas staff. Read Less
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