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We sailed on the MSC Seaside for a week and immediately took another week cruise on the Princess Regal. These ships are quite different and attract a different crowd. For this review, I will often compare the two for a more informative ... Read More
We sailed on the MSC Seaside for a week and immediately took another week cruise on the Princess Regal. These ships are quite different and attract a different crowd. For this review, I will often compare the two for a more informative review. The embarkation was as smooth as one can get thousands of people on a boat in a few hours.  Yes, we had to wait, but in each case it was no more that twenty minutes in line,  I think this is acceptable. Both ships had port facilities that was meant to handle large crowds, MSC had recently built their own. MSC closed the staterooms until 2 PM on embarkation,  we were able to access our stateroom at 1 PM on Princess. The MSC Seaside is very flashy, and yet elegant with chrome and mirrors everywhere, while the Princess Regal had fancy wood decorations concentrating around the lighting.  Unfortunately the fake wood reminded me of my 1985 Chrysler LeBaron Woody so I was less impressed with this ship.  The MSC Seaside had a open feel in all common areas, while the Princess Regal had many circular areas with seats for a more private feel. The Atrium on the Seaside was 4 levels in height and was impressive with chrome, mirrors, and a very fancy stairway, while the Princess was 3 levels with more of the wood and fancy lighting. The Princess had a medallion (computer chip) which you wear, in contrast to the key card on MSC. In addition, the Princess phone app was more advanced, with lots of features. Unfortunately, the complicated app did not work properly on either of our cell phones despite the phones being a common Samsung Galaxy 7. The computer technician apparently knew the problem and got an older program running on my phone that lacked all the features, while we finally gave up on my wife's phone. The complexity of the Princess software was frustrating. I have done some programming and the app lacks data checking and error recovery subroutines. The MSC app was more limited but work fine. Both ships had hand washing stations in the entrance to the buffet, this should be a requirement for all ships to reduce the chance of illness. The food  on Princess was excellent with fancy presentation and more variety. But, on both ships, we had food that was not up to our standards,and ordered another dish. The table service on MSC was slower than Princess,as the staffing levels are different. At the buffet, Princess had carving station which was a great presentation, however, sometimes, it was the chopped, pressed block of meat, I like meat that has not been processed extensively.  However, the burgers, fries, and pizza on MSC were more tasty as they often fresher as their cruise crowd is more of a burger consumer. Princess had two places to get a pizza, with the fancy location making it to order, which would certainly equal MSC. However the Princess crust was like a frozen pizza, while the MSC pizza crust was nice and chewy. Princess had one lobster night and our server delivered us a second while MSC had a fish platter that was had a half lobster. We loved the taste of the food on Princess formal dinners while MSC was more variable. Overall, the food on Princess was very good and the food on MSC was just good . Subsequent to our time on the Regal Princess the Center for Disease issue it's report on the ship and they failed it at a rate of 77 points. This was a surprise, we did not notice anything unclean in food preparation. The last inspection on the Regal was a perfect 100. When we boarded Princess, we at first thought kids were not allowed on the cruise. There were families on the cruise, but nowhere as many as MSC. Princess certainly attracts a older crowd. Princess was much more laid back with outdoor movies and often provided blankets and seat cushions at night while viewing. MSC had more activities. Princess had all shows in English and more variety than MSC. Two of the nights a comedian performed for the main show and he had a phrase that everyone on the ship started to repeat (it was funny). Princess had a small band that was basically underutilized as much of the music was per-recorded. Some of the members appeared in bar bands throughout the ship. At first I was thrilled to have a band on the ship but by the end, there was little purpose for the band. Princess also had a Beatles tribute band that was entertaining. Princess had older crowd with few kids, MSC had a variably of ages, with many families and baby carriages.  I never say a baby carriage on Princess.  MSC had play areas for small children and teens and probably offered discounts for families.  It as clear the MSC Seaside was designed for family enjoyment .  Both ships had upscale areas in the front of the ship that were off-limits to those who did not purchase them.  Princess had a Serenity deck while MSC when much farther with the Yacht Club.  Yacht Club member had separate quarters, dining, bars, and a butler assigned to them.  It was like a ship within the ship. MSC staff were younger and more male than the veteran Princess staff . The Princess staff was more friendly but our cabin steward clearly wanted us to conform to his schedule which was odd. Princess had staff that brought you your drink at the buffet(if you can find them), I prefer to draw my own drink which was the case on MSC. The internet WiFi on both ships was good, with Princess averaging a faster speed. Both had a WiFi package for less then a hundred dollars for the week, much cheaper than the $30 a day some lines charge for internet access. Neither ship tried the hard sell for additional cost items, this was much better than other cruise lines and a relief. The schedule at Princess ended at 11PM every night and their was little options for food ,activities, or dancing after this time. Princess had a cafe that was open until about 11:30 with some light sandwiches. MSC had longer hours with late night dancing and Pizza and a buffet food options until 12:30 PM. In contrast, we usually travel on Carnival, and they have 24 hour pizza and food options until 1 AM The debarkation was as smooth as one can get thousands of people off a boat in a few hours.  Customs was the bottleneck with even slower lines on MSC because of the foreigners. In summery, the cruises on Princess were generally older and more laid back. MSC had more activities with foreigners, families, and a younger crowd. In a nutshell, if you like to retire at 11PM and you like good food with a fancy presentation, Princess is for you, while MSC is for those that can stay up to 1 PM, like an international crowd with families, enjoy pizza, burgers and decent food. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The beds and pillows are incredibly comfortable. We enjoyed deluxe balcony on deck 14 at the front of ship. The spa was wonderful. The Enclave experience was not worth the money. It was often buy and not kept clean. We enjoyed many ... Read More
The beds and pillows are incredibly comfortable. We enjoyed deluxe balcony on deck 14 at the front of ship. The spa was wonderful. The Enclave experience was not worth the money. It was often buy and not kept clean. We enjoyed many hot stone spa massages and a deluxe mani/pedu. Shore excursions were awesome. We rode ATVs in Cabo, hiked and kayaked in Mazatlan, and also para-sailed off the beach. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We went to the Marietas Islands and snorkled/kayaked in Puerto Vallarta. The Crown Grill was delicious but dinner at Sabatini's was not worth it. Movies on the deck were enjoyable, especially with blankets and popcorn. We also liked the pizza by the pool. The entertainment stage productions were fair. The cruise director and dance activities were very fun. The ship did not have many protected outdoor spaces, especially on the last day when it was windy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary and like Princess Cruises. I was very happy with the itinerary however the ship needs a complete refurbishment. I had a Junior Suite and the bathtub caucking was all molded ad disgusting. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary and like Princess Cruises. I was very happy with the itinerary however the ship needs a complete refurbishment. I had a Junior Suite and the bathtub caucking was all molded ad disgusting. The balcony chairs were totally covered in bird poop and the metal casing on the balcony was rusted in many places. The suite itself is however well appointed and I loved the layout which I have had many times previously on Princess. The beds are the most amazing I have ever slept in. The pillows are marshmallow soft and the mattress is the most comfortable I have ever slept on even in 5 star hotels, just terrific. Passengers could not help but rave about the beds on this cruise. I was disappointed in the food however. The buffet is SOOOO SMALL for a cruise ship!!!! There are basically three sections plus a salad bar which I found very disappointing. Very repetitive food as well. They did have however amazing desserts. The dining-room food was mediocre at best. No decoration on the tables either, only salt & pepper, no flowers or anything decorative. Even on Christmas day there was nothing special on the table....very boring. Service was excellent however. I had taken the soda package which states you have a choice of fountain sodas and on the first day I asked for a diet sprite and was told that it was not part of the soda package!!! When I asked "Do you not have Sprite or 7-Up on this ship?" I was told "Yes but only in cans and cans are not on the soda package"...OMG HOW RIDICULOUS... the only soda on the soda package was diet coke. I was once addicted to diet coke and my doctor told me to avoid it at all cost but I was stuck having to drink it or pay for my sodas which I presumed were to be prepaid. I find this very unfair. The entertainment also was not up to par for Princess. They are know for putting on Broadway shows but none of that on this cruise. They had the usual lake lustre shows, really bad comedian as well. The worst part of the shows were that they only had one entertainer every night instead of several acts. If they had a comedian then that all there was, nothing else. If they had a singer then that was all they had nothing else. I remember the day when a show consisted of the cruise director opening with jokes, then a singer and then dancers ...a mix. Not here. Also I was on a 21 day cruise as were many others but Princess considered this two cruises. a 10 day and then an 11 day so whatever shows you saw on the first part were exactly the same on the second part which I feel is very unfair to those who paid the big bucks for a 21 day cruise getting basically 10 shows instead of 20. I had pre-booked shore excursions in each port.....most were nightmares!!!! They either left very late or did not provide what was described on their tour descriptions. I took a transfer in Bangkok which was advertised as having from 9am to 3pm in Bangkok. Well we were told to arrive in the departure lounge at 7am however we did not leave the ship until 9am!! Because of traffic we got to Bangkok at noon!!! We sill had to leave at 3pm so literally no time to see anything since traffic is so bad in the city you can barely move. Since they do this every week they should know traffic is bad and should make us leave much earlier. Stupid to drive 5 hours to and from Bangkok to only spend 3 hours there. Ridiculous! On another tour we were supposed to stop at a market with handicrafts and instead they took us to a smelly, dirty tiny fruit & vegetable market by the side of a road with no handicrafts at all...was horrible. We were supposed to stop at a Batik factory and when we were ready to get there we were told it had to be cancelled because we did not have enough time!!!! a major part of the tour was cancelled yet the smelly market was kept in....very badly organized. One main issue I have with all the tours is that we are in cities and towns with incredible people making world famous hand made items and yet no time is ever included to visit these wonderful markets which are a big part of the culture here. You should not have to choose between seeing a major monument or temple and shopping, both should be included. I am sure most people would prefer to leave earlier and not miss out on seeing the locals make beautiful items. The photographers were great and the photo package is a fabulous deal. You get all as many pictures as you want both in print and on a USB drive for $249....that was a great deal. Came home with over 40 photos. Considering these cost $25. each, the package is the best deal. Now on to the internet....OMG IT IS THE WORST!!!! It costs a fortune on this ship for internet and when you do pay $199 for 250 minutes when you open it, it takes about 10 minutes to log on and when you do it takes another 20 minutes to get what you need. It's a disaster. I need to be connected for checking work on a daily basis and since they don't have an unlimited plan, it cost me a fortune. Better to go on the Medallion Class ships which offer a reasonable unlimited high-speed internet. I love the itinerary so much I am doing the exact same itinerary this December BUT on the Grand Princess which is a Medallion Class ship with unlimited high-speed internet ...... plus the ship is gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This Cruise was to experience Fiji & its different areas without me actually flying there, staying for a week or two & realising I was not enjoying the destination chosen. Eg Suva I would not visit again, Dravini Island was ... Read More
This Cruise was to experience Fiji & its different areas without me actually flying there, staying for a week or two & realising I was not enjoying the destination chosen. Eg Suva I would not visit again, Dravini Island was absolutely lovely, Nadi had nice hot weather, Savusavu & Loutouka also lovely ports to enjoy with awesome weather & places to visit. Vanuatu is always a favourite. Lovely people. The Princess Cruise line was very enjoyable. The bed & pillow were total comfort. Food, food, food. If anyone complains about the food, maybe their standards & expectations are rather high, although this is only my 2nd cruise. Such a variety & abundance of food, available 24/7. Staff onboard are all lovely. Passenger/staff ratio is very good. 3000 passengers v 1000 staff. Age group of cruise....Not many children at all. Majority of ages I would guess 55-85. The older age group were able bodied, meaning very few walkers or wheelchairs. Mostly couples travelling. Would highly recommend this cruise. The month of travel was extremely appropriate too. Not stifling hot & no storms or rain (except Suva but it rains everyday anyway). Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Jumped on the Crown at the last minute when the price plummeted and when we realized we had 10 open days before the holidays begin. Our last 4 cruises had been on newer and larger ships, so we lowered our expectations on several fronts. ... Read More
Jumped on the Crown at the last minute when the price plummeted and when we realized we had 10 open days before the holidays begin. Our last 4 cruises had been on newer and larger ships, so we lowered our expectations on several fronts. The positives: Nice size balcony, friendly and excellent service, good MDR experience, anytime dining was prompt with small wait times, good promenade deck, very little selling pressure, and Princess did a nice job on moving folks on and off the ship. The less positive: There are still plenty of kinks with the medallion usage, entertainment was average and not plentiful, buffet never seemed to have enough lines open or enough seating, and buffet selection was hit and miss. The ship has some wear and tear, but given the age of the ship, it was in good shape. We docked promptly at ports and sailed out right on time. For beach enthusiasts, there were excellent reasonable beach choices at every port. Breezes at each port helped make the beach days good. Princess Cay is in excellent condition. Overall, good value, good ports and a relaxing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The ship and class of service is what I expected from Princess. The ship was nice, staff was great and the entertainment was fun. This was a 5 day cruise with one 24 hour stop that is a bit different than any other cruises I have been ... Read More
The ship and class of service is what I expected from Princess. The ship was nice, staff was great and the entertainment was fun. This was a 5 day cruise with one 24 hour stop that is a bit different than any other cruises I have been on. There is plenty to do, the "Princess Patter" was packed with activities throughout the day. Dining room and Horizon Court food was good, plenty of variety. The variety of public spaces, music and bars was good. The Disco was not in a great place and the only place that was too crowded, tiny dance floor and slow bar service, I think that needs to be looked at. The "Medallion" class, use of the medallion for your cabin and purchases is innovative but is sort of creepy as they know where you are, all the time ... weird ... Princess is my favorite line and I will return. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
From Syd up the east coast to Port Douglas. Embarkation was very smooth. Princess does cater to an older demographic, but this Princess ship is larger than Golden or Diamond and it seemed a lot easier to navigate around all those walkers. ... Read More
From Syd up the east coast to Port Douglas. Embarkation was very smooth. Princess does cater to an older demographic, but this Princess ship is larger than Golden or Diamond and it seemed a lot easier to navigate around all those walkers. Beautiful Piazza, and Bars and Dining Room. there is something to be said for a ship that is only a few years old. Had an internal on Lido deck (L215) great bed and pillows and easy access to buffet and pools and the lovely Conservatory area. There was always space available which is such a bonus. Only draw back were those folks who can't seem to close their cabin door but let it SLAM shut behind them ( oh well what can you do). Food in main Dining Room was good, Hairdresser (Raylene) at the Spa was excellent. Had to search to find the ext. number for the Spa and the Massage price list, seems they don't want people ringing but prefer you trek all the way down to L.5 to the desk. Entertainment I would rate 6/10 not up to RoyalCaribbean's high standard but a few highlights. The big mistake on this Ship which holds around 4000 is a Theatre that only holds 875 ! People were getting into their seats at 6pm for a 7pm Show. Most just gave up and didn't bother - and there is no space to stand up the back at all. Weather was sunny and windy. Tenders at Airlie, Cairns and PtDouglas took a while. But Pt Douglas was lovely. Shops on board are quite good, musicians around the Bar areas are fine. Buffet area was hit and miss and very confusing layout. I also miss a pool at the back of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It's the only cruise line that I travel one .In fact my first cruise was on the Emerald. We arrived in Rome one day prior and it was amazing. As a platinum member the check-in was very fast. The ship was refurbished but the ... Read More
It's the only cruise line that I travel one .In fact my first cruise was on the Emerald. We arrived in Rome one day prior and it was amazing. As a platinum member the check-in was very fast. The ship was refurbished but the stateroom decoration is outdated. The food was very good . The boutiques aren't interesting even boring. The musicians are very talented and the singers also. The atmosphere was very relaxing. We had the anytime dining and its a great option if you want to relax. the entertainment presentations at the Princess theater were the worst I've seen so far. Our room cleaner wasn't friendly and helpful .The worts we had so far.I'll remember him for a long time. The ports offers very affordable shuttle that make your reconsider the necessity of paying for expensive excursions.The one in Corfu and Chania were a waist of money and my time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My cousin and roommate, Joan Ruxton, wanted a cruise up the east coast of North America to see the fall colours. I said I'd like to join her, but I told her, "It has to be a Princess ship', because I had so enjoyed my 15 ... Read More
My cousin and roommate, Joan Ruxton, wanted a cruise up the east coast of North America to see the fall colours. I said I'd like to join her, but I told her, "It has to be a Princess ship', because I had so enjoyed my 15 day Princess cruise to Hawaii. Highlights of this latest cruise: 1st. Just being on the ocean would have been more than enough, however, on Princess much more was available; 2nd.: The company around the table in the formal dining room could not have been better. Warm, interesting, convivial, charming people from all over the globe broke bread with me and my cousin and made the dinner times sparkle; 3rd.: The food was a m a z i n g; 4th.: Awesome onboard entertainment - truly exceptionally talented dancers and singers worthy of Hollywood, put their hearts, souls and enthusiasm to work for our enjoyment. The comic I saw was a delight, bringing members of the audience up to the stage to 'help' him make us laugh and laugh we all did! 5th.: Princess has a library! How great is that?! Whenever I wanted to just relax by myself, books were free and easily accessible; 6th.: Our cabin stewart was wonderful. Just so meticulous, reliable and friendly; Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Embarkation- super easy out of San Pedro. Was in boarding group 9 and on the ship before 12:30. Ate in the main dining room-delicious! Kept my carry-on with me. Rooms were ready by 1:00. Stateroom L311- nice and clean. Furniture had a ... Read More
Embarkation- super easy out of San Pedro. Was in boarding group 9 and on the ship before 12:30. Ate in the main dining room-delicious! Kept my carry-on with me. Rooms were ready by 1:00. Stateroom L311- nice and clean. Furniture had a few scratches. No USB Ports. No barrel chair. Bed was heavenly. Balcony could use paint. Got Lotus Spa lotion every day. Had to remind steward for ice once. Buffet- nice selection. Mainly made salads for lunch. Coffee and Cones- pizza was good. Baristas seemed like making coffee was a bother. Salty Dog Grill- the Triple Smoke Burger is outstanding. Will cook burger to order. Fries were always fresh. Chef’s Table- WONDERFUL! International Cafe- great as always. Casino- too many of the same machines. Spa- wanted the thermal spa. Signed up and went the first night. Got lost. No one to help. Went back again at 9:10 (closes at 10). They were picking up water. Just relaxed at 9:40 and housekeeping came in. Got my money back and will never go back. Shops- wanted Matrishka Dolls. Asked if they would be available next day. They said yes. Went back next day and they were gone! Asked for them and they said no. On disembarkation they were in the window. Bummed. Disembarkation was easy but too soon! Took a Princess transfer to the airport. Had a bit of a wait so I checked bags and took Sky Train to Outlet Mall (2 stops). Customs was harried. Would have been a 5 except for spa experience and shops/dining options not keeping their hours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Wonderful ship and crew... all the amenities without the amusement park. The ships staff and services was a bit overwhelmed the second week which was Christmas but they still tried very hard to accommodate 500 more people than the normal ... Read More
Wonderful ship and crew... all the amenities without the amusement park. The ships staff and services was a bit overwhelmed the second week which was Christmas but they still tried very hard to accommodate 500 more people than the normal sailing. Entertainment was great and I highly recommend Kori Simon in the Piano bar and Barbi McCulloch and the ships entertainers in the show ENCORE! The Secret Silk show was ambitious as well. Dining was varied and always wonderful and the ships International Cafe and coffees were a great addition. If visiting Roatan I highly recommend going off the regular choices and seek out Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout. It was an amazing tour and the highlight of my trip. Check them out on TripAdvisor and reserve your spot ahead of time. Alexander, the ships cruise director was a pro and his staff kept everything running like clockwork. The casino was a bit hit and miss but that’s why they call it gambling. Overall another great Princess cruise. Can’t go wrong with the Royal or Regal Princess Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Crossing the Panama Canal was one of our "must see" destinations. While many cruise lines offer this as an option, few offer this in depth voyage from ocean to ocean. We selected this Island Princess cruise because it was nicely ... Read More
Crossing the Panama Canal was one of our "must see" destinations. While many cruise lines offer this as an option, few offer this in depth voyage from ocean to ocean. We selected this Island Princess cruise because it was nicely priced and featured several ports that we wanted to visit. By the time we disembarked in San Francisco we were satisfied with our choice. We have done various cruise lines and itineraries over the last few years and one thing is certain, no one is perfect. Some have great food. Some have great amenities. Some have great loyalty programs. This being our second cruise on Princess we were definitely driven by the itinerary but found several other things that were pleasant surprises. Overall, our experience with the crew of this ship was very good. The Cruise director and his staff were very accessible, friendly and best of all service oriented. The entertainment on the ship was also very good. The production shows and the cast were some of the best we've seen on an ocean liner. In between we had some featured guest entertainers performing music, comedy and yes magic for various age groups. Some were better than others but overall they were entertaining and that is what they are there to do. In addition there were many activities and "parties" for the guest to participate in. Enough to keep everyone engaged and busy. As with most cruise ships, the food options on this ship were plentiful and abundant. From self service buffet at the Horizon Court, to fine dining at Sabatini's Italian bistro, to typical main dining room options, to surprise Pub Lunch options, the food was what you would expect. Most everyone could find something to satisfy their cravings. We selected the "Anytime Dining" option because we wanted the flexibility to eat whenever we wanted. We have selected this option on four different cruise lines and on various ships. We have learned that some do better than others at managing this option. While the Island Princess did a respectable job at managing the guest flow, they were lacking in consistent service delivery. Inherently the "anytime dining" option negates one of the true joys of cruising, offering a dining room staff that gets to know and understand your preferences. When you eat with different servers for every meal, you never quite connect with anyone that knows what you like. The opportunity to be surprised and delighted in your dining experience is eliminated. So much so, that in this cruise we never even got over the stage where you are recognized by the host and maitre'd as that guest that prefers to dine alone and not share a table with eight other people. I found this to be the most awkward part of my dining experience when each evening I spoke to the same maitre'd and requested a table for two and no, I do not want a table to share. After making my wishes known, I was then politely seated at a table for two in the most awkward crevices of the dining room, next to servers workstations, or next to another equally unsocial guest at a table for two that was just eight inches away from ours. It would have been nice to get a table for two by the window one evening. The only time that happened was when we reserved a table at Sabatini's, the specialty Italian restaurant. Fortunately, that was the worst part. in every other aspect dining was a fun part of our experience. On sea days, we even participated in afternoon tea with yummy finger sandwiches and raisin scones. Having gone through a recent drydock in 2017 the amenities on the Island Princess have been updated and spruced up. The common areas have nice carpeting and furniture. Technology and equipment has been upgraded in the theatre and in most lounges and bars enhancing our appreciation of the entertainment that was offered in these. The fitness center featured all new easy to use equipment as well as ample workout studio. It was conveniently located on deck six (Fiesta Deck) but was not attached to the spa area. I found this to be a plus but others might disagree. On a service level, we have nothing but accolades for the crew of this ship. Most every encounter we had with a crew member was pleasant and laser focused on providing great guest service. The embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and subsequent debarkation in San Francisco, California were about as effortless as one could make them. At each port of call we were well informed and escorted to the appropriate tender boat or gangway to venture off on our excursions. On board, we enjoyed pleasant and informative presentations by the shopping expert, the future cruise consultant, and the destination expert. All of these crew members delivered unique perspectives on the cruise experience. We definitely will entertain a future cruise on the Island Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Majestic Princess is the newest Princess ship built for China, but after less than a full season business seems not as good as expected, and it moves to Taiwan for a while, then after returning to China for some charters it is rumoured ... Read More
Majestic Princess is the newest Princess ship built for China, but after less than a full season business seems not as good as expected, and it moves to Taiwan for a while, then after returning to China for some charters it is rumoured that the ship will leave Asia via an Australian season. This ship, my 8th Princess ship, is the best Princess ship I have so far cruised on. The shops are upgraded to cater for Chinese luxury spenders and well decorated and arranged, much better than streetwise shopping on sister ship Regal Princess. There is a larger choice of restaurants too decided to make you pay. But it is good that the ship retains much of an atmosphere of international cruising, despite Chinese signage, and for this trip menus are given in Chinese (with a lot of wrong translation) as the majority if not all passengers are Chinese. The majority of crew are however international, many not Chinese speaking, yet it manages well. There are more small tables to cater for couples, and small table is available in restaurants even for breakfast and lunch. Menu retains the Western standards but with Chinese items added. There are 3 restaurants offering sufficient facility but the buffet area is definitely too small, and you virtually can't find a seat at peak time. The best paid restaurant is the Princess standard Crown Grill. The Chinese food is no good, not Michelin star food but home dishes. I had a restricted balcony, the cheapest balcony grade but it doesn't bother me as I never go out to use the balcony in such hot weather. If you do, then the balcony is so narrow as to be of no use. What is good is that a water kettle is provided, with tea bags. You won't find this on other Princess ships, but I believe this service will be out if not cruising in China. Princess had hailed the new production shows as spectacular but theatre facility failed to take in all passengers, so many were turned away. But no harm, as the show was simply what other cruise lines better in entertainment had been doing for years. It still fails to compare with Dream Cruises, Star Cruises, NCL, MSC, and RCI. There are other local shows. The magician was a disaster but the Taiwan violinist Venus Tsai is very good, pleasing in looks and she played a high powered violin and hosted a good show. I later learned that she is popular in this area and appears with RCI, NCL and Holland America as well. I am happy with the ship but regret that it may have to leave my region. The blame may be due to the Princess management in Shanghai who failed to give it due promotion and good operation (for example menus are wrongly translated). It is sad if the ship has to leave this market, while RCI even with bigger ships and more capacity can manage to stay on in China/Asia. The cruise is 6 nights than the standard 7 and Princess is probably the most flexible operator capable of rescheduling the ship quickly, while Norwegian Joy continues to struggle. We called at Kagoshima, probably chosen only because of the easy location, then Hiroshima which is very interesting though the ship berths far away, then finally a small Japanese town of no touristic interest. Embarkation was good for me as a Platinum member for priority, and as I took my luggage by myself I can freely disembark almost as soon as we berthed. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as several s places I had not been to. We enjoyed KL, and Pennang, and the shopping was good. I had been to Bali 18 times so knew my way around no problem, like my second home. Phuket I did not like as stinking ... Read More
We chose this cruise as several s places I had not been to. We enjoyed KL, and Pennang, and the shopping was good. I had been to Bali 18 times so knew my way around no problem, like my second home. Phuket I did not like as stinking hot, humid and dirty. No taxis were at the port as was advised. Only private drivers wanting a day fare, when we only wanted a quick look around,ended up with a non licensed car, trip into Robinsons departments store. Air con great and so was lunch cheap and tasty. Got a taxi back to the ship easily. Thailand the most disappointing part of the trip, and never again. The ship is tired, but very clean and the service was great. The main anytime dining options, 4 different however with same menu was ok. The buffet was great, so much selection and deserts to die for. I have never used the buffet ever before for evening meals on any other cruise, however it was superb. The entertainment was lacking as we were looking forward to the broadway shows, of which 2-3 only, the rest other entertainers. Overall a great cruise, and would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
With hurricane Irma preventing some activities to happen in this particular itinerary, I got a balcony cabin for the price I usually pay for an interior. The only thing I wanted was sun and warmth, and I got them, so I am pleased with that ... Read More
With hurricane Irma preventing some activities to happen in this particular itinerary, I got a balcony cabin for the price I usually pay for an interior. The only thing I wanted was sun and warmth, and I got them, so I am pleased with that cruise. I chose Princess mainly because of my loyalty status (Platinum soon-to-be-Elite) and I appreciate the quality of food and the menu of the MDR (compared to NCL I cruised 3 times). Overall everything went smoothly, with good entertainment (but not as good as NCL or RC Oasis of the Seas I went on once), many pools with different settings (my favorite was the Retreat, but also liked the classic movies like Grease showed in am by the main pool). Fast service at bars, ordered room service once and was fast too, personel friendly but not intrusive. Great fitness room, a must with all you eat and drink on a cruise ;-) . However, it seems to me that Princess is cutting on the MDR personnel. Waiting Time is getting longer to receive food; often at a solo table, I sometimes had difficulty to grab waiters’ attention, they seem to be too busy sorting dirty plates than serving passengers, which I never felt in previous cruises. Also, although my cabin was clean overall, the steward rounded the corners; the thick layer of dust on the edge of my desk showed that it had not been dusted in many weeks. Also broken chocolate found under the bed showed a lack in vacuum cleaning. Princess officers should better supervise their stewards. Once gain, that never occured to me before, so it can be a problem of this particular steward. On Princess Cays, instead of offering frequent small tender boats, they chose to use big boats; making the trip from waiting on the island to security on the ship as long as 1 hour. Debarkation was as smooth as embarkation. Plenty of taxicabs at terminal; for a few $ more than a Princess transfer to the airport, much faster service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was my chance to revisit a number of Caribbean ports/islands and go on the Royal for the first time. The ship is beautiful. Maybe too latge for my taste. You had to wait in line for a lot of activities. Too few elevators for the # ... Read More
This was my chance to revisit a number of Caribbean ports/islands and go on the Royal for the first time. The ship is beautiful. Maybe too latge for my taste. You had to wait in line for a lot of activities. Too few elevators for the # passengers. The inside cabins are OK - did not expect any thing else. The balcony cabin is about the same with a small balcony - large enough for two people to sit. Entertainment was average - a couple of entertainers were great. Spent 25 total days on the ship so I had a good time getting to look around. Buffet on deck 16 took getting use to but food was great and a good variety. Staff was above what I expereinced on some other cruise lines and worked very hard to make your cruise enjoyable. Plentyof activates to enjoy. One area Princess Royal and other Princess ships seems to almost ignore are get togethers for the Solo and Single travelers. Royal needed to be pushed to have some events / get togethers for this group of travelers. I hope they realize this is a growing group of cruisers and are being ignored or not provided some of the same amount of events and other groups that you see in the event section almost daily. It does not take a lot of effort to have get togethers on sea days. (This comment was for the 2 - 10 day Royal Princess cruises along with the 5 day one that followed. I am a little disappointed with the Evening Dining Menu. I know that each cruise will most likely repeat the menu over each successive cruise. My main comment is there will be two-three great choices one night and a Oh Hum selection the next night. My first thought is - are they trying to reduce the number of times the more desirable selections can be requested. Just my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship is very new and facilities are excellent. Cabins spotless clean and nicely decorated. Thanks to my cabin Steward Jiwa. He gives me warm welcome everyday. I am solo traveler and thanks him to make me feel like home. Food was ... Read More
The ship is very new and facilities are excellent. Cabins spotless clean and nicely decorated. Thanks to my cabin Steward Jiwa. He gives me warm welcome everyday. I am solo traveler and thanks him to make me feel like home. Food was great and lots of choices. Fantastic service in the restaurant. I have been assigned to traditional dinning. My servers Jeerapan and Virarak are very professional and friendly. I am not surprise as their lady supervisor (i forgot her name) was so attentive and also friendly. Good team work! Entertainment was very good. I especially like the live music in each venue. The pianist Billy Pando at Crooners are super talented. The party band are fun and the shows are very entertaining. However, I was disappointed how they ignored the group of solo travelers. They have the one time unhosted solo gathering on the first sea day and that was it. No other singles and solo activities organised. Solo traveler market is actually a very big market and it is growing even bigger. Lots of other cruise company are going into it big time. Some examples are Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and even Cunard. They have new ships have solo cabins or single discounts on normal cabins. They have a cruise staff assigned to host activites e.g. dinner gatherings, daily meeting time, to solo group. Unfortunately Princess is losing lots of ground on this business here. I took over 40 cruises in different company and currently a Elite member of Princess. I travel with family usually but occasionally by myself. Hope they can keep up with the other cruise lines in this side of the business. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this to get away. My embarking in San Pedro was very easy. My habit on cruises is going to the "international café" for morning coffee. After several mornings I met some very lively people who turned out to be CC ... Read More
I chose this to get away. My embarking in San Pedro was very easy. My habit on cruises is going to the "international café" for morning coffee. After several mornings I met some very lively people who turned out to be CC members. Some were in the Pop Choir with me. They soon asked me how many cruises I have been on. I was told about CC as I hadn't heard about the group. They urged me to join which I doing. I am sailing aboard the Pacific Princess in January. I was aboard the Pacific Princess in 2016 LA to Sydney. I like the small ships as it easier to get around. The newer Regal and the Royal are far bigger than the earlier ones. The Island P. is somewhat confusing and it took me several days to make my way around the ship. The gym was very well equipped, but it was hidden away below decks with no ocean view unlike the others I've worked out in. The cabin was good with a big window. My attendant was one of best I have ever had. The food choices were more than I could enjoy and I was able have cuisine from many regions The tours that I took were very good especially to the Guatemala coffee plantation. Unfortunately other tours were canceled due to the heavy rains and flooding we ran into. I now have a certificate saying I transited the Panama Canal Ta Da! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Friends were going on this cruise and we decided to join therm for the itinerary mostly. We travelled to Copenhagen via a layover in Iceland and that was wonderful! I have sailed mostly S class Celebrity ships the last few years and find ... Read More
Friends were going on this cruise and we decided to join therm for the itinerary mostly. We travelled to Copenhagen via a layover in Iceland and that was wonderful! I have sailed mostly S class Celebrity ships the last few years and find them more to my liking , especially for the transatlantic cruises I favour now. Regal has only 1 pool and no inside pool, so that made for a very crowded ship during our many sea days. I am glad I tried a Royal class ship but intend to return to Celebrity. I'm elite on both lines and prefer the perks on Celebrity. What was good about Regal? The coffee card (love it!!!!!), the piazza, the entertainment. What was not so good? You'd think they'd have put better beds on this relatively new ship, but no, they were the same awful Princess beds. They need to rejig the timing of the theatre shows in the evening. The early 1 is overattended and I suspect the 10pm 1 under attended. Celebrity usually has 2 or 3 guest lecturers on TA's, but Regal had only 1. The cabin was comfortable and I do love the hanging storage on Regal, but the bathroom seems very cramped compared to S class baths, the best I've ever experienced. Service was fine. I did not take any Princess excursions as I prefer to arrange my own. Spent a delightful day in Cobh Ireland, but nary a word from Princess about this delightful town, because they want everyone booking expensive bus tours out of town. Horizon Court was amazing and could always find a seat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have been cruising for quite a few years so much so that I have been lucky to have been to almost all the ports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. I, not long ago came back from a cruise in South America ... Read More
I have been cruising for quite a few years so much so that I have been lucky to have been to almost all the ports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. I, not long ago came back from a cruise in South America visiting Chile , Argentina and Buenos Aires and all ports in between including Port Stanley in Falkland Islands. I wanted to see Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan and the opportunity arose and I booked this cruise on Diamond Princess. It is a amazing ship very big in size but good in all the comforts and activities. There was one disappointment that the entertainment director was not up to standard. He came on the stateroom TV from time to time and was reading from the script, coughing and hardly making sense of what he was saying. It was better to read the program sheet than to listen to him. The entertainment was mediocre and seen better performers on other cruise ships, repetitive with the same people appearing from time to time. But the Large screen showing "movies under the stars" was good to excellent. Perhaps thee should be more movies shown when at sea and at night to give the customers a better choice of entertainment. The food in the Horizon restaurant was of good quality, hot and appetizing. The waiter service in the restaurant was good to excellent and always met with a smile. Hard working staff all round. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was my second cruise in the same cabin on the Sun. It was a little cleaner than I remember and the bathroom had been rennovated a bit. The bed was ultra comfortable and as I travel solo I had heaps of room on my balcony and ... Read More
This was my second cruise in the same cabin on the Sun. It was a little cleaner than I remember and the bathroom had been rennovated a bit. The bed was ultra comfortable and as I travel solo I had heaps of room on my balcony and usually had some drying hanging over the spare chair! The laundry seemed to be a hostile place to hang out, so I avoided it. The entertainment was first class this trip and the tenders were not crowded as Princess have FINALLY realised you cannot fit 150 tubby Australians on just one life boat. Marquis was underwhelming and the service standard was not up to Dawn Princess levels, unfortunately. The food was excellent. But, like last time, I became ill on the 5th day with a chest infection. To save the huge costs I had my antibiotics and other medications with me and avoided the Medical Centre. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The Crown is an older ship and needs work! During 14 day cruise the spa pool was closed at least 4 times for 'maintenance' including our 1 sunny at sea day. Deck hands and other crew were all giving conflicting information as ... Read More
The Crown is an older ship and needs work! During 14 day cruise the spa pool was closed at least 4 times for 'maintenance' including our 1 sunny at sea day. Deck hands and other crew were all giving conflicting information as to what the issue was. This was more frustrating than the fact that the pool was closed. Get your story correct and tell us the truth! Carpets in several areas (indoors and outdoors) were ripped, frayed and in poor condition. Several railings were missing or in slow process of being replaced. Several bar stools overlooking aft pool were too lose and wobbly to sit on. Many of the staff don't seem as happy as on other ships. The service in the dining rooms was the worst I've experienced in all my cruising. They still haven't mastered anytime dining! I went on this cruise to Norway for the scenery and Midnight Sun which was all fantastic! The ports were all good. Disembarkment was a nightmare due to fact that there was only 1 gangway in use. That's probably an issue of Southampton and not Princess. Even though I was disappointed with condition of ship and service level, I still gave this cruise 4 stars because of the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This is our second time on the regal. This time we took the kids and we knew the regal would meet at least 90% of our expectations for their first experience. For anyone that wants a good cruise it won't disappoint. It's not the ... Read More
This is our second time on the regal. This time we took the kids and we knew the regal would meet at least 90% of our expectations for their first experience. For anyone that wants a good cruise it won't disappoint. It's not the most luxurious cruise money can buy but certainly way above most. In speaking with those who have many cruises under their belt they come back for the same reasons. It's not a party ship and is not geared to young families as with Disney. It's a cruise experience with something for everyone who want a relaxing cruise with above average food and most of what you expect is included. My only complaint this time was the entertainment, as it wasn't as good as the first time. Our youngest although an adult gets motion sickness and therefore for anyone who is susceptible to motion sickness, needs to be on a big ship as with the regal. I've been on a smaller ship and unless you are lucky enough to have calm seas throughout that's not where you want to be. We had two days this time with moderate seas and the regal and its size eliminates the effects of 10-15 ft swells pretty well.E Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Round Australia itinerary was a perfect close to our touring of the more visited areas on land. We often do private tours, but the ships tours were very good, but a bit more expensive which is typical of cruise ship tours. Some port ... Read More
Round Australia itinerary was a perfect close to our touring of the more visited areas on land. We often do private tours, but the ships tours were very good, but a bit more expensive which is typical of cruise ship tours. Some port visits were quite short so the ships excursions were much more relaxing. Our cabin was C633. We had wanted a balcony but there were none available. We enjoyed this cabin as it was quite roomy. All cabins on board have large flat screen TVs which is amazing. The TV choices are amazing. From live TV to very recent movie choices on demand. The best we have seen on a ship. The Pop Choir was a terrific experience particularly for us as we have never sung in a choir ever! Good fun. I was a little disappointed in the food generally but there were many choices. Room service was very efficient and the staff delivering were friendly and happy. Although we were cruising in Australia, we tipped $2 each time that Room Service delivered and they were very appreciative. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this trip because we wanted to experience the Mexican Riviera, This ship sailed for 2 and a half days before getting to first port which was beautiful Puerto Vallarta ,which we loved. Great for shopping eating and plenty of bars ... Read More
We chose this trip because we wanted to experience the Mexican Riviera, This ship sailed for 2 and a half days before getting to first port which was beautiful Puerto Vallarta ,which we loved. Great for shopping eating and plenty of bars for drinks at a very reasonable price! The next stop was Mazatlan not the best port somewhat dirty and didn't always feel safe in some areas. The ship offered many excursions but all seemed very over priced. Our last stop was Cabo San Lucas, which we all loved very much the port was gorgeous much to see and do for sure. This was one of our favorite places. The only sad part is we were only able to be here for a very short time the shortest of all the ports. I think the ship could have stopped much sooner at another port on the way down but somehow I think they want travelers to spend as much time on ship so that we would spend money buying there drinks for a lot more than at the ports. I have good things to say and negatives things to say about Princess lines, I will start off by saying the arrival onto the ship went smooth and fairly fast and when getting to the actual ports it too went smooth. The disembark was very well organized and went very fast. Transfers back to airport was great! The entire staff on ship was excellent and the cabins and ship were spotless,the food in dining rooms were prepared beautifully and tasty with a nice variety. I was not impressed with the buffets it seemed like the same thing over and over again,especially breakfast. On most other cruises they offered many or at least 3 juices during meals ,on this cruise you had to ask for other flavored juices . The only one always available was orange juice. They also did not give you free bottles of water that needed to be purchased or ordered ahead of time. Other cruise lines I had been on gave you bottled water in your room daily. Drinks were very expensive and even the drink packages were on the high side. I really felt this cruise line was really out to get your money anyway possible. They had shopping sales, but my advice is to shop at the ports ,for you can get many bargains for a lot lot less. They had many activities on board including feature films. The shows were good some better than others and some were a yawn. The cruise director and his sidekick were fun and entertaining,I think they could have put on a great show. I would do the Mexican Riviera again but I would try to find a ship that stops longer in Cabo and a lot less time in Mazatlan and also a ship that doesnt spend two and a half days getting to the first port. I really hope my other cruise lines in the past have not skimped on food varieties and beverages at the buffets Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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