7 Princess Regal Princess Bahamas Cruise Reviews

I've read many good and bad reviews...here is my review! Me: Single guy, 49, 16th cruise I think....sailed and taught ballroom on individual cruises on HAL, NCL, RCL and recently just been sailing solo adding Carnival and Princess ... Read More
I've read many good and bad reviews...here is my review! Me: Single guy, 49, 16th cruise I think....sailed and taught ballroom on individual cruises on HAL, NCL, RCL and recently just been sailing solo adding Carnival and Princess to the mix. Cruise Check In: I arrived at the Port Everglades Pier #2 quickly from the airport at 12:15 pm using GoShuttle. Yes: the busiest time! I got through the security scanning line quickly then into the check in line, but the line came immediately to a complete stop: they stopped boarding the ship. No one knows why. After 15 minutes they resume boarding and the line starts up and I quickly get to the desk...very friendly...very quick. Then to a holding room...they stop boarding again...we sit. Look! They’re boarding again! Sections are called to board, then up an escalator to another line...picture time...to another line! Hmmm... Finally on board 1:20. But still one hour and 5 minutes is not a terrible thing…it’s just gone more smoothly at other ports. I think the terminal just isn’t big enough to handle a ship with so many guests. Once on board rooms were ready and we were actually guided to the proper elevator and guided into said elevator in an orderly fashion. Room was ready...but the bathroom had a sour smell. I called House Keeping and they were at my door immediately. [Seriously! I hung up the phone and they knocked on the door! It was kinda weird] The shower curtain was changed within 10 minutes and all smelled good! The steward said he had meant to do it earlier, but they were overly busy that morning. Points awarded! The room was a wee smaller than expected, but the obstructed balcony in E629 is only about 1/4 blocked by machinery. Will this be a problem? Hmmm...we'll see! [It was! If you sleep in on a tendering day. The machinery outside the window is the tender winch!] My door is also surrounded by blue quilted cloth as I am opposite a service door/elevator [not shown on deck plans] and this door/elevator is used for room service breakfasts. Will this be a problem? Hmmm...we'll see! [It was! Though only on the first morning after I was woken up by the winch and then heard the room service carts. Oh well. The following mornings I slept thru it] The free Princess app is very cool! My ship board account and activities all listed. [But weirdly not on the TV?] Muster was well presented and very detailed. Though I was a little disturbed when they demonstrated how to hold your nose and brace oneself when jumping off the ship into the water if required! Moving on… I met my steward...but aside from changing the shower curtain he has not taken the luggage mat off the bed or brought the requested ice. No biggie...yet. Again, he did say that they were behind as many passengers stayed on the ship later than usual. [Time passes…] Now it's just pre-dinner time and the room has been turned down...chocolates on the pillow and ice in the bucket! All Good! The blue quilted material is down....I surmise luggage delivery is done. The rest of the sailing the room was impeccable! Great job Martin! The line for anytime dinning at 7:15 pm is as expected for Prime Time: Very Long! We opt for Alfredos tonight where we are seated immediately and well taken care of. Food arrives deliciously hot out of the oven and surprisingly quickly. [We chose our anytime dining times better the rest of the cruise and had only short waits for the MDR] The Captain made an announcement tonight describing the anchoring process since we tender at Princess Cays and apologized for the loud sound it will make at 8 am. He humorously added there's no way to avoid the noise: "It's a very big piece of metal!” Tendering at Princess Cays: Heeding the cruise director's advice I waited until about 10:30 am to get a tender ticket and avoid the crowds. I got a ticket and within 5 minutes the numbers were called and we were on our way. I was impressed that the crew was very specific about where to go and where to sit when they loaded 180 people onto a tender; not the "free for all" to find seats like on any other cruise line I've tendered on. There was no signing out for towels or haranguing to buy water. Points awarded! Back on the ship…it’s Tea Time in the Concerto dining room. Excellent! No huge tables of 12. Individual for two [or one in my case] or joining others at a 6 top. Service was white glove and perfect and the large selection of tea sandwiches and pastries and warm scones with cream and jam was totally different than that served in the buffet. Quite special. I went again on the second sea day and it was just as good! Points awarded! Entertainment: The comedians were humorous…though restrained. None were hysterically funny…but enjoyable. The Magician, Michael Barron, was great! He was smooth [and very handsome] and took sleight of hand magic [that usually belongs in a smaller theatre] to the main stage and made it work! [I was sitting only a few rows from the BACK and you could see very well] We saw two production shows. Fiera was wonderfully produced with more scenery, costumes, lighting and effects than many a Broadway show. [I’m from New York…I work in the theatre] Performances were fantastic, shinning more in the dancing than the singing. HOWEVER…who writes these things? The selection of material seems so random when trying to piece together a story through song. Makes you wonder! The second show was all song and dance and again, visually and vocally very good. The sound for both shows however, as people have previously reviewed…was too loud! Requiring them to “over mike” the singers to be heard over the music. Why do they do that? Oh well. Food: Other people have remarked that the food in the buffet wasn’t too good. Some offerings were GREAT….some "eh"…some bad. But with all the choices I always filled my plate with a selection of very tasty stuff. You need to be creative! People want examples so: I got the soy glazed chicken, but put the peanut sauce from the beef satay on it. YUM! I got the peach cobbler in the pastry shop, but instead of the vanilla sauce that was offered, I went to Swirls and got soft serve vanilla ice cream that they happily put on top! Cabin: E629 was in a perfect location near the aft stairs. It was one flight down to the top floor of the three main decks of activity. After so many bad reviews about the elevators…I had no trouble. Though I can see if you were in the center of the ship it might be more annoying. Yes it’s a big ship. If you don’t like big ships then go on a small one…don’t write a bad review. You choose the ship! You choose your cabin! Our sailing was FULL! Sold out a couple weeks before sailing. Some reviews said the ship felt crowded. I never found that so. I always found a place to sit in the buffet, occasionally had to search out a deck chair, but always found one. I just realized! On only one night did we have to dodge backdrops and photographers and that was formal night. And even then it was nothing like on other lines where there is one after the other, after the other, blocking hallways, stairs and the atrium…every night! More points awarded! Disembarkation eluded me: I chose Express Walk Off and I quote page two of the pamphlet: "For Passengers capable of handling their own luggage across the gangway and into the terminal, you have chosen for a "walk off" disembarkation. Those participating should NOT leave out any luggage for collection. Kindly note that passengers choosing "walk off" disembarkation are responsible for carrying all of their own luggage". That's all it says! Then on page four of said pamphlet Express walk off is listed with groups A - E and times of 6:10 am to 6:30 am. WHAT????? I had no intention of disembarking at 6:30 am...nor did it say how you would know what group you would be in! A - E? The luggage tags that I did not use were Gold. I was ready to disembark at 9:15ish…but was told I had to wait until 10:20 am[Gold Time} even though I had put out no luggage. What did I miss? Oh well. They lost a few points for that one. It was a really nice cruise. I'd do it again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise in a while. I have previously sailed RCCL and Celebrity. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Our boarding time was at noon and embarkment was smooth. Our rooms ... Read More
This was my first cruise in a while. I have previously sailed RCCL and Celebrity. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Our boarding time was at noon and embarkment was smooth. Our rooms were not ready so we went to the lido deck to wait. There was video of a concert playing but nothing very festive going on. It was all very low key. No welcome aboard excitement happening. At 4:00 we proceeded to the room to get ready for the muster drill at 4:15. I was travelling with three friends and two of our bags were outside of the cabin. A staff member was delivering another bag which one of my friend's identified as belonging to her> The staff member then just turn and walked away leaving the bag sitting in the middle of the hallway not even close to our cabin for my friend to come and retrieve on her own. I found this just a little strange. Our muster station was a good distance from our room and after being directed to the wrong one we finally ended our at the right station. We had to bring our life jackets from the cabin and were instructed to put them on although staff never checked to see if we had them on correctly. After the drill it took forever to get an elevator back up to our floor or find the correct stairs to take. There was no staff member in sight to direct us to our room it seemed like after the drill staff magically disappeared. After aimlessly wandering for about 20 minutes we finally made our way back to the cabin to drop off the life jackets. (Disappointment number 2) When we finally made it back to the lido deck the ship had already begun to sail and all the good viewing areas around the deck were already taken as the ship was sold out. However, it was really festive on deck at this time as a band was playing. We had dinner each night in the MDR. The food was good and the servers were friendly. I have food allergies and felt very well taken care of. I purchased the soda package, however, it only included fountain drinks and hot chocolate. It did not include specialty coffees. I will not purchase this package again. Our only port was Princess Cays. We rented a floating chair and I did enjoy just lounging in the ocean all day. There are a lot of rocks in the water on Princess Cays so please be aware of that. The lunch was really nothing special but the fresh fruit was really good and cooling on a hot day. Entertainment on board was good. We played several trivia games that were fun. The show was spectacular (amazing singers) and the comedian was very funny. The ship is beautiful. It was sold out, however, it never seemed overly crowded. The bathrooms were always immaculate. We were in a stateroom with a partially blocked balcony (E402). However, although lifeboat storage prevented us from looking straight down into the ocean we had a wonderful views left, right and straight ahead. The balcony was tiny however, we enjoyed standing out on it from time to time and we always slept with the door open. Hand sanitizer was readily available and you had to wash your hands prior to entering the buffet line. Food in the buffet was good. We enjoyed movies under the stars. However, again staff was missing in action. No pop corn was ever offered. Although the promotional video for the ship shows staff walking around with popcorn. On the last night we discovered there was even movie candy available. They must have been saving it for a later cruise because we never offered any the first or second night of our cruise. We really enjoyed the adults only pool area. Although there were towels on a lot of deck chairs you could always find one available. I really wanted to have an amazing experience because this was my first cruise after a long illness. However to me something was missing. It was just the little things that add up to special: towels folded into little animals, cruise staff remembering your name, an atmosphere of excitement when you first board. I feel like Princess missed the opportunity to make this something special. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have sailed on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian, and wanted to try out Princess with this 3-day cruise. My review will mostly compare this ship to others we have been on. Embarkation was not pleasant. I'm not sure ... Read More
We have sailed on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian, and wanted to try out Princess with this 3-day cruise. My review will mostly compare this ship to others we have been on. Embarkation was not pleasant. I'm not sure whether this relates more to the port or the cruise line. We took a taxi directly from the airport to the port. It was a little early; we arrived around 10am. Did not board the ship until around noon. Once they opened the doors, there were several bottleneck areas that were poorly managed by port workers shouting out what to do next. Lots of "hurry up and wait." I like that you can bring a bottle of wine onboard without a corkage fee. This is a unique benefit that we've only encountered before on Celebrity. Once on board, we explored. The ship is clearly new and well maintained. Common areas seemed plainly decorated compared with other cruise lines. Our balcony room felt spacious, and I liked the clear separation between bathroom and sleeping area. The balcony was smaller than other ships, but I'm not sure why you would need more space unless you had loungers. Large flat-screen TV in the room had a nice selection of free movies from which to choose. We enjoyed the layout and feel of the adult Retreat pool area. However, this area was very crowded on the at-sea day and it was not as quiet when there was a band playing at the main pool. It is hard to find loungers in the shade at either the main pool or adult pool. The food was good, but not great. The buffet area is very spread out, and the choices are not as varied as I have seen on other ships, especially at dinner. Breakfast had some unique selections like Nutella-stuffed French toast. (Still haven't come across Greek yogurt on any ship I've sailed.) We ate at the buffet one night (which you will have pretty much to yourself at dinnertime). We ate in the main dining room one night and at the pizza restaurant another night. Both were very good, especially the seafood in the main dining room. But not as good as Celebrity and Norwegian. The entertainment was also mixed. The headliner comedian and illusionist were fantastic! However, we went to a couple smaller game shows at the Live theater, and they were sparsely attended and lacking in excitement. We avoided the casino, which was smoky, typical of most ship casinos. Overall, we felt the ship had less energy than some other ships we've been on. We're early birds, so this wasn't a terrible let-down for us. The tendering process to Princess Cays also seemed poorly managed. More "hurry up and wait," even for those who said they had priority tendering tickets. We enjoyed a relaxing day at Princess Cays, which is pretty and well maintained though rocky as others have mentioned. Easy to find shaded loungers if you exited to the right. Of note, the outlying bar that we were near closed down early. Overall, we didn't love the layout of this ship compared with others. It seemed there were hidden areas on the 5th-7th floors that we missed until the last night. (We should have consulted our map.) Also found it strange that there was not a sports bar on board with TVs. Since sailaway was on Masters Sunday, I had to watch the tournament from our stateroom (and the broadcast only started after we were out of port). The gym was clean, but small for the size of the ship. I did not have to wait to use the equipment on our at-sea day, however. The spa was one of the nicest I've seen on a ship, although we did not use it during our short cruise. The room steward kept our room clean, but this is the least interaction I've had with a steward on any ship. Disembarkation was a breeze. We chose express walk-off, which we feared would be more "hurry up and wait." But we were able to walk off immediately. Compared with the other ships we've sailed, we would probably choose Celebrity or Norwegian for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I was looking for a quick getaway for my family and was thrilled when I saw that the new Regal Princess had a 3 night sailing between the Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries. I traveled with my husband and two kids ages 7 & 9. We ... Read More
I was looking for a quick getaway for my family and was thrilled when I saw that the new Regal Princess had a 3 night sailing between the Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries. I traveled with my husband and two kids ages 7 & 9. We have all cruised before many times. This was our 2nd time on Princess, but 1st time out of FLL. Embarkation went fairly quick. Food on the Lido deck was amazing. The different options available were amazing and continued throughout our cruise. When dining at the Horizon you definitely have to walk down all the rows to see what is available first before making a selection. The huge bakery always smelled yummy, but considering the size I didn't find a big enough variety of pastries there. We stayed in cabin A107. I found the cabin a bit small, but then again my last cruise was on the RCCL Oasis. I liked the flat screen on the wall as it didn't take up unnecessary space elsewhere. The balcony wasn't obstructed, but the bridge did block the view to the front. Lots of hanging closet space, but it was open exposing it's contents throughout the ship. Our cabin attendant Henry was wonderful...always knew when we were out to make our room... no fun towel animals for the girls, but always a new chocolate. This particular sailing had a lot of celebrities since it was the first Caribbean voyage out of FLL for Regal Princess and it had just been christened the day before (11/5). The Love Boat cast, Charo, Jeraldine Saunders, Micky Arison and I'm sure more. They were all VERY pleasant when approached throughout the ship and on the island. We were a bit disappointed with not being able to see the Charo show live. The theatre filled up and there wasn't a 2nd performance. We were told to go up to Lido deck to watch on the big screen, but for the first 10 minutes of the show no one bothered to zoom in on Charo so we could barely see her...big screen and all. At some point there was some zooming, but considering how many people were out there to see it, not enough. Many people left the deck frustrated. Better use of all that fabulous technology would have been great. The wedding performed in the Piazza (atrium) was very nice. Love Boat Captain read a blessing. Captain Perrin married them. Hundreds of balloons fell to the ground from above once they were pronounced husband and wife and after the Opera singer. Congratulations to the happy couple! The tender process at Princess Cays wasn't too painful. Our kids stayed in the kids club area most of the time we were there. They enjoyed themselves in the sand, playground and were allowed to enter the small pool if one of the parents was present...there was a lifeguard on duty as well. I would caution parents to take some bug spray for the little ones. All four kids came home with bite marks and we are pretty sure they came from their stay there. We had a 5:30pm dining time which isn't our usual as that is way too early. The first night kitchen service was REALLY slow...most likely because the ship was delayed to leave for some unknown reason. The food and service was wonderful. The 2nd night kitchen service was better, but we also ate at a later time 7:30pm open seating (with the same wait staff)....and the 3rd night we opted for eating on the Lido deck so we wouldn't miss the shows we wanted to see. While we did not make use of the gym, many others did. They seem to offer plenty of machines and a decent sized room for group classes. The ship also had workout stations throughout the walk/running track on deck 18. We didn't get a chance to enjoy the Sanctuary because it was too crowded the few times we went there but the space looked nice. They also had a special area of the Sanctuary that required reservations and an extra charge of $50 per person for half day and $80 per person for the full day. This exclusive section was very nice. It included some open cabanas with flat screen tv's, robes and even sandals to wear. No pool or hot tub from what I recall in this private area...just a shower. There were some closed off sections - not sure if those were massage rooms or saunas/steam rooms as they were not labeled on the outside but we did hear people talking in them. Our kids think cruising = kids club. As much as they like hanging out with parents, kids club is better, and things were no different on this cruise. Pelicans are for ages 3-7, Shockwaves for ages 8-12 and 13-17 in the Remix Lounge. Between the two families traveling together we had 2 in Pelicans and 2 in Shockwaves. Staff is very nice and interacts with children. They do ask that they wash their hands upon entering. Pelicans offer a pager should anything come up. They close for lunch 12-1 and dinner 5-6. They operate until 10pm free of charge with new activities almost every hour. From 10-1am they offer care for just $5 per child per hour. During this time they just hang on the couches and floor and watch movies. They do combine the Pelicans and Shockwaves. On this particular cruise there were only about 100 children...not sure how their numbers will be during the summer on longer cruises and if it will be feasible to combine after 10pm. Both rooms have a lot of books on animals and science which many of the kids enjoy reading. They do ask that you bring a photo id to check out kids, but I was never asked for one. I think they do this should their system not be available at pickup time to swipe the card... Kids camp activities were only provided on the island while at Princess Cays. I read about a kids pool, but never did find it to report about it. The fountains on Lido deck were great, but I guess not meant for kids to play in while on since I only saw them on at night with the lights on and the entrances blocked. Disembarkation was just as smooth. Luggage tags were provided along with the time. Luggage had to be placed outside by 10pm... I have to say, I've never seen luggage disappear from hallways as quickly as I did on this ship. We found out that our luggage was out and ready one hour before expected so we just walked off the ship and started our journey home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Just returned from the 3 day sampler cruise on the Regal Princess, the newest ship on Princess Cruise Lines. It was their first voyage from a U.S. port. Boarding process was quick, easy and flawless. We had a mini-suit. Baggage was ... Read More
Just returned from the 3 day sampler cruise on the Regal Princess, the newest ship on Princess Cruise Lines. It was their first voyage from a U.S. port. Boarding process was quick, easy and flawless. We had a mini-suit. Baggage was delivered to our door swiftly and the room was available immediately. The ship was in immaculate condition. The staff was helpful and courteous at all times. The ship sailed a few hours late. The only stop was Princess Cay (a small section on the island of Eluthera). The sailing was smooth as most big ships are. The Ship has lots of places to eat, drink or just sit and people watch. There was music everywhere and they crammed a significant number of events, attractions and shows into such a short cruise. No one could possibly say they were bored. There was an interesting mixture of the upscale with the cool. A piano player singing standards at the Wheelhouse bar, a jazz violinist in the Piazza, a steel drum/calypso band on the lido deck near the pool were all nicely spread around to give you just enough of everything. The shows, Fiera and Spectacular were just that: Spectacular! Kudos to the troupe and their directors. The Princess Theater, where these shows took place is the largest at-sea indoor theater I have ever seen. It is a beautiful facility. They also use it for late night movies. Speaking of movies they ran concerts and movies on the giant movie screen on the Lido deck but the real treat was the night they ran a first run movie. The deck chairs were covered with a "Movies Under the Stars" cover. They served popcorn and hot chocolate and they had warm blankets for those who felt the chill of the night air. Nice, very nice. The food was excellent with a huge variety in the Horizon Court and nice specialities in several of the other free eateries. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants because it was such a short cruise. Our regular dining was in the Concerto dining room and the food there was very good, with a nice selection that changed each night. On the menu they kept several items the same each night so that a fickle eater could fall back on whatever he or she had the night before. Now for some disappointments - The elevators are puzzling. In some of the banks there are elevators whose up and down call buttons are not linked to the others in the bank so, at times you would be facing one way and an elevator behind you would suddenly be there. The Vista lounge, where the nightly comedian entertained is a smallish room with non-functional seating. Barrel shaped chairs took up too much space and were more a nuisance than an asset. Because it is first come first seated late comers crammed in, standing in the aisles and doorway and blocking the view of those seated already. I would suggest they have staff on the doors and close the room off once capacity is reached. One last negative. There were several rooms closed for private parties during this cruise. I hope they don't make it a habit of cordoning off areas that are for public use. We were having drinks in a lounge and were told that at six a private party had reserved the area. Not nice. Back to the positives. The stars of the "Love Boat" TV show are the godparents of the ship and they were on hand for the cruise. This was a nice touch for the older crowd who remember the show and its stars. The Piazza is a phenomenal space, allowing for performers to do their thing in a central location while people on three decks can look down and see the show. The same space was used for dancing to Beatles tunes played by a four piece Beatles look alike band, a hot rhythm and soul show by a little combo called Evolutions and on one evening, a violin quartet playing classical music and an opera singer one afternoon. A great use of space. Disembarkation was organized and uneventful. All in all we had a great time and would recommend this ship on an expanded itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I was very excited to cruise on the Regal, especially after hearing that I would be sharing my cruise with the original cast of the love boat. First impression the Regal was beautiful, getting on the boat was painless, muster drill easy ... Read More
I was very excited to cruise on the Regal, especially after hearing that I would be sharing my cruise with the original cast of the love boat. First impression the Regal was beautiful, getting on the boat was painless, muster drill easy and comfortable. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th floor mid ship. It was small but laid out well. There was plenty of room for our luggage. Room attendant was pleasant and kept our room tidy. That was the good part.... Here comes the bad. I disliked the layout of the ship. There are no steps by the middle elevators and it takes forever to get an elevator. Didn't care for the food on the ship. It was just OK. There were plenty of choices, most were just blah. The scallops for dinner were the highlight of dinner one night, after that no one really raved. I loved their creme brûlée and gluten free chocolate cake. The food in the buffet were fair. We didn't get to eat in the specialty restaurants as they were booked for special events. The wait staff and bartenders were the slowest I have ever encountered. Finally on our last day, we did find an attentive waiter, but still the bar moved slowly. I would guess it took 30 minutes to get a drink. We played bingo.. That was fun especially since my friend won the jackpot. The outdoor movies at night were great but hated the use of the big screen during the day. I'm sure that once they get the ship running schedule, they may get better in certain areas..... But I have to say... I was disappointed.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The best thing to say about the ship other than it brand new, is that the public rooms, EXCEPT for the casino, are very nice. It goes down hill from there. First, the staterooms, I had a balcony are a very small 222 feet. The furniture is ... Read More
The best thing to say about the ship other than it brand new, is that the public rooms, EXCEPT for the casino, are very nice. It goes down hill from there. First, the staterooms, I had a balcony are a very small 222 feet. The furniture is oversized for the room. Very poor layout. Second, the Men's restrooms on the Lido deck, by the buffet, are incredibly small. As long as we are on the subject, the layout of the buffet is very bad. There is only ONE station to get your Lemonade or Ice Tea, and they insist on bringing it to you, which takes forever. Unlike most other ships, the waiter/bus staff do not help people with disabilities in carrying their trays to the table. For a ship of 3000+ passengers they have a small, and very crowded casino. There is no room to walk around in. Even the Emerald Princess has a better lay out. It seems that they tried to add 100 extra cabins in a space not suited for it. Also it is not a friendly ship for people with mobility issues, as many decks do not go all the way through. While I know the ship was on one of its Maiden voyages and you expect some problems, the majority of the serve staff was NOT what you would call friendly nor service oriented, which has nothing to do with the newness. I would NOT recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Regal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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