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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruise because we were meeting up with family from 4 states for a Spring Break cruise. The Ship was at full capacity. Embarkation went extremely fast - couldn't believe how quickly we were able to board. The ship was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were meeting up with family from 4 states for a Spring Break cruise. The Ship was at full capacity. Embarkation went extremely fast - couldn't believe how quickly we were able to board. The ship was beautiful, clean, and welcoming. Lots of staff available and willing to direct and help us. We loved that the non-alcoholic drink package included mocktails and milkshakes. The meals in the dining room were the best we've had on a cruise (this was our 4th cruise). We loved the entertainment offered. The comedian A J Jamal was absolutely hilarious!! We wish he performed in the big theater because the explorer lounge was packed for both his performances. The productions shows, especially Magic to Do, were also great. We loved the Voice of the Ocean too! My niece was a finalist so it was extra fun. The outdoor movies were current movies and the sound and viewing were great. We loved how they provided cushions and blankets at night. Service was good. We had 4 people (2 adults two teens) in our cabin and our room steward did great keeping us well stocked and cleaned up despite our messes. We were surprised with the closet and storage space. The beds were super comfy too. In Mazatlan we took the Hop on Hop off excursion ($40 per person). It was a total waste of money. We would have been much wiser and lots of $ ahead to just take taxi's to the destinations we wanted to go to. We had to wait for the tour buses that were over crowded. The sites they drop you off (except the old town-which was very cool) were just places for the locals to prey on you to buy their wares. The cliff divers were underwhelming and then they surrounded us until we paid up the tips they wanted. In Cabo we did not book a shore excursion through the ship, Once on shore we booked a glass bottom boat to take us to El Arco - they range btw $10-20 per person. We paid $20 but only had 7 of us on the boat so it was nice and personal. So awesome - a must do! We also had a super fun and memorable experience eating at Gordo Le Le's in town. His very small hole in the wall taco shop is covered in Beatles memorabeila and he performs Beatles songs and other oldie but goodies when asked. It was a blast. We also loved all the sea life in Cabo. Our stop there was only 5 hours and we would have loved to stay longer. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been ... Read More
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been discounted drastically which did compensate for most of the problems. If this had been my first cruise on a Princess ship it would have been my last. I hope people who were on this cruise consider this when judging the line. Along with leaving dry dock, they were changing a lot of venues, menus, and how things are priced. Cruise food for the inclusive venues reflect the price of the cruise and is sort of like going to Denny's or Applebees. Many of the changes were wonderful, but when you are used to certain things being there it is an adjustment. It seems that waffles are a thing of the past along with peppermint tea being replaced by a spearmint version. I used to look forward to those items on the vacation. As Princess rolls the changes out on the rest of their older ships I hope they listen to their loyalty members regarding the changes. Many of the complaints I heard were from people who have cruised on more expensive lines and their comparisons were like comparing Morton's Steak House with Sizzler. If you want Morton's you are going to have to spend the cover and go to The Crown Grill. The staff doing the art auction we not as friendly, except the blonde, Lanna. The main auctioneer was brash. She liked to promote her non-profit in Africa, and herself. Also, other Princess ships auction staff gave free mass produced prints out for attending any events, this group didn't even give them after the last two hour auction. Many older people have problems with knees and hips and need to use an exercise bike instead of a treadmill. They only had a few bikes, they don't let the spinning bikes be used. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our 4th time cruising. We were excited to cruise with Princess mainly because we thought Princess is higher class than Carnival or Norwegian. I was wrong. In many ways, they were even worse. Perhaps my expectation was too ... Read More
This was our 4th time cruising. We were excited to cruise with Princess mainly because we thought Princess is higher class than Carnival or Norwegian. I was wrong. In many ways, they were even worse. Perhaps my expectation was too high. Their service was poor. Especially, the waiters and reception desk folks were pretty unfriendly. The food was mediocre at best and their room was pretty old and outdated. The ship was rusted and amenities were just old. This ship needs some refurb ASAP. We found their entertainment was not that great. The comedian was not funny, and magician was just not good. Singers were not great either. One thing I hate the most about Princess cruise is their strict policy on dress code. WTH? We cruise to relax and have fun, not to show off your clothes. I don' want to wear or pack formal clothes to the cruise. They do really enforce the dress code, so be aware. This applies to kids too. Crazy policy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first Princess cruise, but our 10th overall. We've mostly cruised HAL and Disney, with a couple of short Royal cruises as well. The short version is that it was a good cruise and we found a lot to like about Princess. Nothing ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise, but our 10th overall. We've mostly cruised HAL and Disney, with a couple of short Royal cruises as well. The short version is that it was a good cruise and we found a lot to like about Princess. Nothing was bad, and a few things were very good indeed. Embarkation was smooth. The rooms were basically ready when we got on, though someone (not our attendant) was just finishing up vacuuming one of our rooms, and the bed configuration wasn't what we asked for. The bed thing was fixed while we were at lunch, so no harm no foul. The food was uniformly good, with some very good items here and there. The beef tenderloin I was served at the embarkation sit-down lunch definitely exceeded expectations and set a great tone for the rest of the cruise. MDR food was generally good. Crown Grill was very good. The meat quality at Crown wasn't quite up to the fanciest steakhouses (maybe a notch below HAL's Pinnacle), but it was perfectly cooked, and all the appetizers and sides were winners. Share was probably the second-best restaurant we've ever been to on a cruise ship (first is Remy, on the Disney Fantasy). We made another reservation for later in the cruise, and we enjoyed it just as much. The pool-deck pizza was above average. The crust was great, if you enjoy a kind of thin, almost cracker-like crust (which I do). The toppings weren't ultra-gourmet, but it had good flavor and a nice balance of cheese and sauce. The burgers were pretty ordinary, but fine. The food from the International Cafe was always good and fresh, but we only had snacks there from time to time. We didn't try the Salty Dog or the crab shack dinner. Entertainment was hit or miss. Overall, it compared well with HAL. The "Magic To Do" show was really top-notch for a non-Disney cruise stage show. The other stage shows were good. The lead performers were all very good singers, but a couple were not really up to the very limited acting required. The bands and piano guys were fine. We're used to very friendly service being the norm on cruises in general, and on this cruise we had an unexpectly large number of service staff that seemed... I don't know, resigned or something. Not rude or unpleasant, just maybe a little stressed out. We also encountered some very friendly staff as well, just fewer than we've seen on other cruises. I don't know if Princess just strives for a "quiet competence" kind of service rather than an overtly friendly style, or if folks were extra stressed for some reason. It wasn't a problem for us, but it was notable. As far as activities, we felt like there was less to do that we liked on this cruise than we've experienced on HAL or Disney (but probably more than on Royal). We got a lot of reading done, which isn't a bad thing. There were, of course, the usual shopping talks, art auctions, sales presentations, bingo sessions and casino specials, all of which are completely uninteresting to us. So mostly we wen't to game-show and trivia kinds of things. There was a singing piano guy, who was competent but not really engaging. He never really got much interaction with the audience going. The band was fine. The cruise director (Matt) was fun and energetic, and we enjoyed everything he led, but he didn't lead everything. We didn't take any Princess shore excursions, as we didn't see anything that attracted us. In San Francisco we just booked our own tickets to Alcatraz, which was worth seeing, and we did some wandering and rode a cable car. We've been there many times, so it was familiar. In Santa Barbara we wandered, had a nice lunch and saw the mission, which is perfectly nice. In San Diego we went (on our own) to the Safari Park, which is great and we wished we had blocked out more time for it. In Ensenada we went to the blowhole (la bufadora), which was OK, and had some ceviche from La Guerrerense, which was awesome. Disembarkation was about par for the course for most cruise lines, which is to say a bit chaotic. We really like the way HAL now lets you wait in your cabin for your disembark group to come up. Hopefully Princess will adopt the same system at some point. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
First time on the Regal Princess and it is a beautiful ship. Having scoured the CC boards for a year prior to this cruise, I knew what to expect. I did not like that there was no promenade. I enjoy that on the other ships. Not a ... Read More
First time on the Regal Princess and it is a beautiful ship. Having scoured the CC boards for a year prior to this cruise, I knew what to expect. I did not like that there was no promenade. I enjoy that on the other ships. Not a total deal breaker, but it does make a difference. I did not like the jogging/walking track either. Overall we had an outstanding cruise. The weather was gorgeous all week. We had an outstanding room steward as well. Service in general was very good. We really enjoy princess cruises. The food was very good in all venues. I wasnt as impressed with alfredos as most have written. However it may have been an "off" night for us. I'd give it another try. embarking and disembarking went very smooth. The only gripe I have is the process for reserving chairs in the sanctuary. Very annoying to have to run up there immediately upon boarding the ship. I dont know what the answer is as to how they should do this process but it was a mess. We were maybe 20th in line and luckily got the last 4 chairs in the sun for all 3 sea days. Luigi was the best though in the sanctuary. We had a group of 6 that thought the sanctuary was their personal balcony and continued to talk loud and yell across to each other the full 3 sea days. We finally said something to Luigi and he took care of it for us. If people are not aware, the sanctuary is suppose to be quiet. hench the name sanctuary. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
I planned this spring break cruise for myself and my 13yr old granddaughter. She joined the teen group on the first day. They had a lot of activities that she enjoyed: game playing, bracelet making, button making, and decorating a small ... Read More
I planned this spring break cruise for myself and my 13yr old granddaughter. She joined the teen group on the first day. They had a lot of activities that she enjoyed: game playing, bracelet making, button making, and decorating a small backpack. They had movies, a hot tub party, and a special teen dance in Club Fusion. She. made several good friends. The Ruby Princess was well prepared for the onslaught of kids on Spring Break. In addition to the special children's activities they offered many family oriented activities. There were contests in the Piazza, such as paper airplanes, ring toss and 60 second challenges. While the children were occupied, there are many activities and entertainment for the adults. My favorite are the trivia challenges and the contests. It is a great way to meet other passengers. The comedian, AJ Jamal (?), was very funny. It takes quite a lot for me to laugh at a comedian , but he actually had me laughing out loud. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
My husband and I are active travelers and enjoy being outdoors. We have been on Princess Cruises in several countries, and our cruise experiences have all been so outstanding that we were excited about booking this Mexican Riviera cruise ... Read More
My husband and I are active travelers and enjoy being outdoors. We have been on Princess Cruises in several countries, and our cruise experiences have all been so outstanding that we were excited about booking this Mexican Riviera cruise during our Spring Break. My husband's brother joined us on this cruise (in his own cabin) as a mini family reunion. As I am a teacher, our travels usually occur during school breaks. We had not been to this part of Mexico before and were looking forward to exploring it. CATALINA ISLAND: Because the cruise departs from San Pedro, CA, we decided to visit Catalina Island before the cruise. Transportation from LAX was a breeze with the LAX Flyaway to Long Beach for a very reasonable price, excellent schedule and quick service. We then caught the Catalina Express ferry to Avalon, where we stayed for two nights at the Avalon Hotel. What a friendly, charming little inn in a central location! For three days we hiked, biked, and toured the island, most of which is a nature preserve. If you go, check out the excellent happy hour at the Lobster Trap restaurant. It was a relaxing way to start the vacation. Then we took the ferry back to San Pedro. PRE-CRUISE HOTEL: We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel for the night before the cruise. The location is perfect, as it is close enough to the ferry dock and the cruise terminal to walk. We walked from the ferry dock at night, and the route is well-lit and felt safe, with people out walking their dogs or strolling. It took 15-20 minutes with wheeled luggage. The hotel also offers a shuttle for $5.00 per person, but we love walking. There are several eateries in the area, and our favorite was Happy Diner a block away. Make sure to try their Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burritos for breakfast! CRUISE DAY: On cruise day, we walked from the hotel to the cruise terminal, stopping along the way to purchase our two allowed bottles of wine. As we entered the parking area and approach to the terminal, a free shuttle bus picked us up and saved us a few steps. Embarkation was a breeze, as there were not many people checking in at the time. Also, we were allowed to bring our own luggage on board. In the past, we had to leave the luggage and have it brought to the room, later than I would have liked. We were able to unpack and settle into our cabin before the sailaway! It was very interesting sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine and sailing through a working shipping port, one of the busiest in the world. OUR CABIN: The cabin was nice, like other Princess balcony cabins we'd had before. There's lots of room for everything you need for a week on the ship. The bed was extremely comfy! There are only two outlets at the desk, so we brought a plug in outlet cube that gave us 4 all together, enough for charging all our devices. The bathroom has large bottles of body wash and shampoo. Bring your own conditioner, or your hair will become very dry. We also had a small bar of soap and a tube of lotion. ROCK AND ROLL: One thing we noticed on this cruise that we had never dealt with before was loud creaking and popping sounds when the ship was underway at the beginning and ending days (sea days) of the cruise. The seas were not rough at all, but you could feel the movement of the ship. We checked everywhere in the room for anything that might have been loose or hitting something else, but the sounds came from the walls. The loud noises really affected the quality of our sleep, as the ship usually sails all night. We talked to our steward about it and he said that it's always like that. It was not like that on any of the other 7 Princess ships we have sailed on, and those were in rougher seas at times. DINING: We tried several of the dining options on the Ruby Princess. For breakfast, we usually went to the buffet, but on this ship we noticed that there was not much variety from day to day. It was the same basic items daily, and they were prepared adequately, but not very interesting or imaginative. The fresh fruit was nice. Dinner in the buffet was a different story, with lots of variety and choices, and of course the salad bar. It was ALWAYS hard to find a table to eat at in the buffet. Room service was consistent, with a limited variety of items. The anytime dining room dinners were excellent, especially the prime rib and the filet mignon with shrimp, but both nights we were there the service was very slow. One night it took us 90 minutes from start to finish, so we missed a show. The real stars of the ship were the Trident Grill, where we had perfectly cooked cheeseburgers, and the Pizzaria, which serves delicious fresh hot slices. The Grill also served barbequed ribs one night. ENTERTAINMENT: We enjoyed the lounge musicians, but avoided the Piazza, which was always jammed with people. The production shows were ok but not stellar, and the comedian was hilarious! It was often hard to find seating in all the venues, even the Princess Theater. The best show we saw onboard was the Folkloric Show in Puerto Vallarta. It was EXCELLENT. ACTIVITIES: As first-time Mexico cruisers, we had not anticipated the number of children who would be aboard. The pools and hot tubs were filled with people at all times. We never got a chance to play ping-pong, mini-golf, or basketball because those areas were constantly full of people. "Hiking" around the ship for exercise, a favorite pastime of ours, became frustrating because of the groups of kids running around yelling or loitering in the halls and stairways. Empty elevators often had all the buttons pressed to stop at each floor. With 3 sea days, had I known in advance, I would have avoided booking this particular itinerary. SERVICE: The service on our previous Princess Cruises has been most excellent. This cruise felt somewhat different. We did not receive our famous emblem tote bag because they were out. We had to ask for robes. We had to get up and get our own drinks and silverware in the buffet. On Princess Cruises, usually the staff is so gracious and accommodating. On this cruise, we sometimes felt as though the staff was overworked and too busy to serve us. The one shining exception was our waiter in the bar, who remembered our names and drink orders although we did not go there often. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: This itinerary started with two sea days, then we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, followed by another sea day, then arrival back at Los Angeles. Puerto Vallarta was a beautiful port. You walk directly off the ship into a large plaza area surrounded with shops and restaurants. I wish we could have had more time to explore the town, but we were on a Princess tour for almost the entire day. We went on the Vallarta Adventures tour featuring horseback riding to Quimixto Waterfall, snorkeling, and lunch and kayaking on Pizota Beach. We loved our guide, Hugo! The ride to Quimixto on the Apex inflatable boats was fast and fun! The walk through the village and horseback ride to the waterfall was exciting for a first timer, and we had time to have a snack and a swim in the pool. Then a horseback return (downhill!) to the village and back on the boats to the snorkeling spot. The snorkeling was not great at this time of year, murky water, and not many fish. The lunch at Pizota Beach was the standard delicious barbeque: chicken, fish and beef with sides and open bar. We had about 90 minutes at the beach and although kayaking was supposed to be part of the tour, there were none offered, just two standup paddle boards. After the tour, we tucked into the local market for some souvenirs as it is located right next to the dock. This tour was a 4 out of 5; we enjoyed it except for the snorkeling/no kayaks and it was a bit pricey. In Mazatlan, when you leave the ship, you have to take a free shuttle through the shipping area to the terminal, so factor that extra time in. We booked a 5 hour tour to the Verde-Camacho Turtle Sanctuary directly on the internet with Turtle Tours Mazatlan. They were very easy to deal with and communicated with us regularly before the tour. They picked us up at the dock and took us on a mini-tour through the city before taking us to their sanctuary about 20 minutes out of town. We loved being in a small group of 8 people, and Misael and Eduardo were very knowledgeable and graciously answered our many questions about the area, the sanctuary, and the lifestyle. We toured the turtle hatchery and facility, then were served fresh fruit. After that, Eduardo took our party of 3 on an ATV tour of the sanctuary to view the beach and wetlands, along with its many inhabitants! It was extremely beautiful and unspoiled. We saw birds galore, and the tracks of the resident crocodile. Unfortunately due to the low water levels related to this year's weather, we were not able to take the kayaks through the mangrove wetlands as we had hoped. Following that, we were served a delicious meal of tortillas, beans, scrambled eggs, and homemade salsa with chips. Then it was off on a guided walk through the dryland forest of the preserve, where we saw the many native plants of the area. When we returned from our trek, we were surprised by a plate of ceviche, so fresh and delicious. I had no idea on booking this tour that it would be not only a wildlife adventure, but also a foodie tasting tour as well. Normally we would have been allowed to help release the baby turtles into the ocean, but nature did not allow it on this trip. Hopefully we will be able to visit again in the future. We gave this tour a 6 out of 5 stars, it was an outstanding experience. We recommend it highly, especially since the reasonable cost of the tour directly benefits the sanctuary's work preserving sea turtles and educating children about ecology. After the turtle tour, we had 3.5 hours before the ship departed, so we decided to climb to the El Faro lighthouse at the top of Cerro del Creston (Creston Hill). It's super close to the dock, and the turtle tour guys were nice enough to drop us off at the base of the hill. (Thanks Misael and Eduardo!) In fact, they offered to come back for us to give us a ride to the ship. So awesome. Anyway, the walk to the lighthouse starts near a wastewater treatment plant, but the smell is not too bad. The trail is rough and rocky at first, but with an easy slope. Further up the hill there are paved stairs. It's easy but bring water, as it gets hot in the sun. The views along the way are beautiful! At the top you are rewarded with a 360 degree view! There is a little shop where you can buy a cold drink. Listen for the barking of the seals from a little island offshore. It took us only about 25 minutes each way, with lots of stopping for pictures. The walk back to the ship took about 20 minutes, but we could have easily hailed a pulmonia cab for just a few bucks. If you love hiking, El Faro lighthouse is a must do. If you missed opportunities for shopping as we did, the cruise terminal has souvenirs and clothing and there is a nearby arts and crafts center with many vendors. In Cabo San Lucas, the ship docked from 7am to 1:15pm, not much time to explore. The ship is anchored in the middle of the bay and tenders transport passengers to shore. We booked the Sea of Cortez Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Tour through the ship, which was a 3.5 hour tour. We cruised on small inflatable boats past Lovers Beach, stopped at El Arco for photos, saw the sea lion colony, and we even saw a whale! We then sped (fun!) to the first stop, Santa Maria Bay. We jumped in and were surprised that the water felt so cold. They fed the fish there, so we were surrounded by hundreds of colorful fish! The guide snorkeled with us, and showed us cool things like a shark and a puffer fish. Then we climbed the ladder back into the boat and motored on to Chileno Bay. Not everyone went back in because they were a bit cold, but I'm glad we did because it was different. On the way back, we zoomed along and surfed the turquoise waves at Medano Beach. One of the funniest things we've seen is the smart sea lions who swim up and perch on the transoms of the fishing boats as they enter the harbor for a fish snack. We gave this tour a 4 out of 5 because the water was uncomfortably cold, but at another time of the year it might be warmer. The tour guides were very friendly, one even took my camera down to take a picture of the shark for me! After the tour, we only had a little time to walk along the waterfront, which is vast and lined with restaurants and shops. The handicraft market near the tender port has a lot of local items. There was a man giving visitors chunks of fish to feed a huge sea lion at the boat ramp. Bring money for the public bathroom, you have to pay a dollar to use it! All in all, a Princess Cruise is one of our favorite ways to travel. We love the convenience of unpacking just once and having your hotel, restaurants, and transportation all in one, so that we can focus our attention on the places we are visiting. We love getting off the ship at every port and exploring just as much as we can without worrying about all the details of travel that can take so much attention. We're not big fans of sea days, and we usually try to choose cruises that have as few as possible. This cruise had three sea days, and it seemed as though there were SO many people (especially unsupervised children) in the public areas almost all the time, to the point that we could not enjoy the amenities of the ship. We will definitely travel with Princess again, but we'll avoid the Mexican Riviera during school holidays. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We are loyal Princess Platinum members. We haven't been to Mexico since 2009 so decided to go from our Southern Oregon home to find the sun during spring break. Embarkation: Good but not great. Took us about an hour even with priority ... Read More
We are loyal Princess Platinum members. We haven't been to Mexico since 2009 so decided to go from our Southern Oregon home to find the sun during spring break. Embarkation: Good but not great. Took us about an hour even with priority boarding. We watched one elderly gentleman who had been anxiously pacing around the waiting area finally go to the wheelchair area and sit down in a chair only to be wheeled on board right away before any of the rest of us. We saw him later on the cruise several times walking around! Lol! Sea Days South: We had an obstructed view window cabin on Emerald deck and lucked out as we had no obstruction to speak of. I've never seen the weather so nice as it was these two days on our way to Puerta Vallarta. We discovered Los Brilliantes band. They played throughout the cruise and took requests. They were awesome, even doing some Carlos Santana! We ate in Horizon court, choosing to put on a vinyl glove for the serving line as we were both victims of Norovirus on our last cruise and have seen what people do in the serving area! Puerta Vallarta: We took the Las Callentas Beach Tour off the boat. It was great. Nice beach with normal assortment of activities. Nice clean beach with clear water and golden pebbled sand. We had one of the best lunches ever with fresh vegetables, salad, fruit, and jerked chicken. You get to Las Callentas by catamaran and there is an open bar and music and entertainment by the zany crew. They also entertained on the way back to the port! I won't give away their show, but suffice it to say you won't be bored. Mazatlán: If you like cities you may like this port better than we did. Bad traffic, smog, and pushy vendors abound here! We paid $1 to pee and that was kind of a mini-characterization of our day here. There was road construction and so our Hop-on-Hop off bus tour was more Hop off and wait for an hour, then Hop-on and get back to the boat as fast as we could! Cabo: Nice day walking around shopping here. If I was the captain we would skip Mazatlán and spend two days here! We had a really good lunch involving Cervesas, chips, Fresh Salsa and Guacamole. The chips were fresh made and so good! Sea Days back to LA: Nice relaxing cruise the rest of the Cabo day, but the next day the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Lots of passengers were sea sick as the boat lurched around on big rollers. We survived sticking close to the lower center of the ship listening to the bands and munching from the International Café. Other: The food on the boat was good, but not great overall. The shrimp and lobster were very good and I enjoyed some decent cuts of beef. We really enjoyed the salad bar and the fruit from Horizon court. Some desserts were good, but not as wonderful as other boats we have been on. There were no Cherries Jubilee, and no Chocolate Melting Cake. My wife enjoyed the Crème Brule' but there was also no Key Lime pie that I saw. It apparently worked to use the glove in the Horizon court and we made a special point to thoroughly wash with soap and water whenever using a public restroom. We had good service in the dining room but skipped it on three nights after checking out the menu and not finding something that peaked our interest enough to get dressed up again. We used the fitness center several times in the morning. My wife often had to wait for a elliptical machine ( her favorite) but since having bi-lateral knee replacement I preferred the elliptical bikes. They were never all busy. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose this cruise because we sailed the Regal Princess two years ago and had amassed a large onboard credit that was due to expire. This sailing also fit our dates and we had the opportunity to book a forward facing corner balcony cabin ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we sailed the Regal Princess two years ago and had amassed a large onboard credit that was due to expire. This sailing also fit our dates and we had the opportunity to book a forward facing corner balcony cabin on the Lido Deck - L108. Embarkation was smooth. Our room was a club class mini suite so we had priority boarding. Service in our stateroom was exceptional. Club class dining was really nice - we never had to wait and we had the same table and wait staff nearly every night. However, I do have some minor complaints. The variety in the ship stores was sadly lacking in my opinion; they were much more well stocked two years ago. The internet was slow and spotty at times. We had the all inclusive photo package (bought at the prepaid rate) and the way the system is set up is awful. It requires you to go every night and find your photos among all the other photos, which is extremely time consuming. Several times our prints were not out which meant a staff person (the staff was very helpful) had to find the digital file on the computer and we had to return to find a print. They really need a better system. We booked L108 which had a huge balcony. However, on this sailing, it was unusable most of the time due to wind. Ship seemed to be traveling very fast. The next to last night on the ship was the awful - the worst motion I have ever felt on a cruise ship. I realize this can't be helped if it's weather related, but I will never book a corner forward facing balcony again. We will most likely not be sailing Princess again. Our experience this time was lacking compared to our first sailing on Regal. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We've been on Princess cruises for years. My only complaint is that they continue to reduce the size of the dining room staff. The staff works very hard but there are simply too few hands so every meal takes an hour and a half. The ship ... Read More
We've been on Princess cruises for years. My only complaint is that they continue to reduce the size of the dining room staff. The staff works very hard but there are simply too few hands so every meal takes an hour and a half. The ship itself is in good shape. And we found is clean. Entertainment was comparable to other ships. It was our first time in a suite and we found the mattress upgrade alone worth the price of admission. FLL is a huge port. Usually 6 or 7 ships at a time so it has become too congested. The embarkation lines are both long and undefined so there is an unfortunate amount of cutting going on. Our experience at Crown Grill was superb and worth the price at least once each cruise. The new club class dining was particularly enjoyable as it is a segregated area away from the mass dining areas with their best servers carrying the load. The shore excursions to the beaches leaves much to be desired. At St Thomas they do not even bring you back to the boat. They demand that you be dropped off downtown and then hike to a ferry. The ferry makes multiple stops getting back to the ship so getting home took an hour and half. Read Less
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