12 Princess Regal Princess Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We wanted to go back to Europe and taking this cruise was the easiest way to visit 10 ports in five countries. It stopped at several places on our bucket list, and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the excursions, food, and entertainment. It ... Read More
We wanted to go back to Europe and taking this cruise was the easiest way to visit 10 ports in five countries. It stopped at several places on our bucket list, and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the excursions, food, and entertainment. It was a wonderful cruise that we would recommend to everyone. The Princess is our favorite line because of the value for the money and comfort of the cabins. We have four more booked with Princess and are looking forward to all of them. We particularly enjoyed visiting Delos and Ephesus. Seeing all of the ruins in each country was the most fascinating part of this trip. The daily lectures and port information on the ship helps determine the best places to visit during each stop. The presenters are always well informed and offer suggestions about local transportation for those who don't go on the Princess excursions. It was a very rewarding experience and well worth the price. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The Regal is a large Ship but does not feel crowded. The Service, Food and Shows performed by the Cruise Dancers and Singers were all exceptional. A Top tip is to get your own Visa for St Petersburg and stay the night in a Hotel as it ... Read More
The Regal is a large Ship but does not feel crowded. The Service, Food and Shows performed by the Cruise Dancers and Singers were all exceptional. A Top tip is to get your own Visa for St Petersburg and stay the night in a Hotel as it works out about the same as a Tour but you have the freedom of the City for 2 whole days. For those planning to download films prior to going an excellent service is the free movies. The one and only thing that lets this cruise down is a steady stream of sales pitches. I do appreciate that they are in it to make money and the staff pitching may get extra Commisions but if things were offered at a more reasonable rate without the push they may get more takers. That to one side this was our 10th Wedding Anniversary and I can only say that from Embarkation to flying home it was a breeze and that was down to outstanding staff throughout the Ship. A special mention has to go to the standard of food in every area o=f the Ship the Leadership in the kitchen must be immense. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Our cruise experience was significantly affected by the loss of luggage for our adult daughter who was traveling with us. The ship itself was large but never felt like you had to walk miles to get anywhere. There were usually enough ... Read More
Our cruise experience was significantly affected by the loss of luggage for our adult daughter who was traveling with us. The ship itself was large but never felt like you had to walk miles to get anywhere. There were usually enough elevators to move passengers from floor to floor easily. The stabilizers on the ship had to be the best in the world because we NEVER felt the ship rock or move and were convinced that you could stay in a cabin anywhere on this ship and never experience motion sickness. The food in the Horizon Court was very good and there was almost never a wait to find a table. The staff were helpful and friendly. We could not eat in the dining room due to the lost luggage and lack of appropriate clothing. Similarly, we could not attend most of the evening activities. The man who did the port education presentations was a gem. He was informative and funny. The way he presented the lectures made you remember specific points that were helpful when you were in port and prevented several mistakes or chances to get lost. Laundry facilities for us saved the day. The laundry rooms are large with 4 full sized washers and 4 full sized dryers. There are 3 ironing boards and irons built in for your use. You do not need coins but rather use your room key card to swipe for tokens to do a wash or to dry your clothes. One wash or dry cycle each costs $2. The ship is pretty and comfortable; the locations of the bars and cafes is convenient and plentiful. The only real con was the reception staff who were rude and appeared annoyed if you had more than one simple question. They did not know their own policies and procedures and when one staff person explained the protocol to try to locate our missing luggage, another staff person would tell you another version of the protocol and insist that you must have heard wrong. Each day we had to repeat our problem over because they never seemed to be aware of the issue, let alone have any information for us, despite giving them our airline lost baggage reference number, copies of our passports and a signed statement (on their form) giving them authority to act on our behalf at each port. Much time was wasted each day trying to have the cruise ship staff and our airline communicate and we never did get the luggage until we got home. This ship seemed to have smaller shops and less clothing and the selection, shockingly, had way more very large and extra large sizes making it very difficult for my size 8 daughter to buy clothes. The girl in charge of the shop was very very helpful, sending a coworker to look for smaller sizes for her, letting us take 2 sizes of pants to try on in the cabin when we were not sure which would fit, and helping her find anything that might fit. Her advice was invaluable and her efforts were what ultimately saved this cruise for us. We would have bought more than the 2 shirts, one pair of pants, one 3 pack of underwear, and one zip hoodie if they would have had more smaller sizes. Overall, this was a nice ship with good staff with the exception of the reception desk crew who need to learn their own ship's protocols and have more customer service education. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We have cruised on the Princess ships several times and have always enjoyed the ships. The Regal was not designed well. It has no stairs in the middle and the ones on the end don't go all the way up or down. We would come to dead ends ... Read More
We have cruised on the Princess ships several times and have always enjoyed the ships. The Regal was not designed well. It has no stairs in the middle and the ones on the end don't go all the way up or down. We would come to dead ends often and found many others that did the same, With no stairs everyone had to take the elevators. That made them way over crowded. You would have to wait for a long time to go up or down one floor. Being in the middle of the ship we would have to walk to the front or back to use the stairs then walk back to the middle. Very poor planning. Also, the entertainment on the ship was not up to the same caliber that the other ships we have been on have been. The food in the dining rooms was just Okay. There was a very long wait between courses and the meal would last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When you come off a busy day of sight seeing you just didn't want to set that long, so we used the Horizon court instead. The food there was good, but nothing to get excited about. The service we received from the crew was probably some of the best we have encountered since they changed the tipping system. Our room steward was very good. The ports the Regal stopped at could have been better. We only had the evening of the first night in Venice, then went on to Ravenna. This was on a Sunday so nothing was open in Ravenna. It would have been a lot nicer to stay in Venice for another day. The stop in Toulon was not even in Toulon, but a few miles away. The cost to go into Toulon was $25 each. We felt that was way to much to just walk around for a while. Very disappointed in this port. The embarkation was good, but a little slow. The disembarkation went very smoothly. Overall we did enjoy seeing the sites that we saw, but were a little disappointed in the ship.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Breaking this into easily digestable sections: The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried ... Read More
Breaking this into easily digestable sections: The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried to improve on the design flaws of the Royal with minimal success. There are NO midship stair ways resulting in overburdened central lifts that (I'm not joking) can take anywhere from 7 minutes to arrive and will stop (guarenteed) at EVERY deck, as people call them then give up waiting. Because of their excess use, the lifts were even inoperarable at times! They are apparently suitable for 18, yes 18 persons! Not a chance, even with discomfort you could probably sqeeze in 12 and that's a push. It often gets so squashing in there it gets hot, and very hot very quickly which become increasingly infurtiating as you stop at every desk and no one gets in. More cabins added in increasing footflow and less accessways to compensate. Ridculous! I assure you after a few days this becomes very tedious! -----------3/10 Entertainment: I did not attend the main show but my family memebers told me it was actualy quite impressive, however in between the main show most nights it was a sub standard comedian or a person playing multiple insturments. Cheap low cost, low cost personnel entertainment. On most nights (even as earlier as 9pm) there is abolsutely NOTHING going on, it's almost hilarious. You have a singer in the atrium on the piano for maybe an hour or two, a movie at the movie under the starts and the show that's only an hour long, that's it, there is absolutely nothing going on which justified the low 'roaming population' after dinner service. I even remember hearing an old gentleman saying one night "Where the bleep is all the entertainment, there is no enterainment on this ship!" to my amused delight!! I was bored to tears on evenings and just sat at a bar sipping my drink. Atleast 80% of the time I went back to my cabin to read it was that comical. Earlier hours saw use of the bingo in Princess live which is very, very cheesy and caters to the 60+ age group which rules me out. I saw no one around my age group (20-30) and was socially isolated. If I wanted to go bingo I had to pay a heavy fee, the virtual rifle range was open for about one hour a day, 3 at the most. The sports deck didn't have enough balls and the putting green is something I could have contrcuted in a weeked in my garden. I actually walked around this ship thinking....oh dear, I'm a total utter moron for booking this $2,500 'holiday' The only thing that scores this a 2 is the movies they put on in princess theatre!-------- 2/10 Food - Horizon 'infestation' court. My god where to start. This is the most congested frustrating part of the ship, it's packed, people walk into wall, objects, people, stand idle in main entrace ways completely zoned out. You can potentially get stuck behind a slow walker for 5 minutes which is how long it can take to get to one end the the other. You will have people nudging you out the walk, reaching over you rudely, reserving tables, and my favourite, people handling food like bread rolls and fruit, not liking the consistency of it and putting it back! Yes they actually touched food and put it back for you to consume later without knowing, oh yummy! Bacteria sandwich anyone? It's no wonder on this floating virus I got ill, everywhere I go someone foul person sneezed on me, sneezed and touched the handrails, coughed on my face, blew their nose only to touch the salad forks and put it back for some other poor soul to touch. It's just abolsutely disgusting!!! The cakes are like instant packet cakes, they are 'display purproses only cakes' they look good and taste like pure death. I was actually unsure if I had sponge in my mouth or pieces of beach towel. The Horizon court offered school dinner style sloppy job sludge and the dishes even had spelling erros on their labels for god sake. Have you ever heard of 'Todd in the Hole'? Poor old Todd's Princess career didn't go to well ending up served in a steel over dish. On the good side the Crown Grill was half decent, the atrium cafe offered decent sandwhices (but seemed to consistently serve hamd and cheese ones without any ham and cheese in them) which they never recitfied....rocket science and that. 4/10 Kids clubs! PARENT BE WARNED!!! This is what killed the holiday, our youngest one (6) was not able to go into Princess Pelicans (the clubs for the yonugest age group) because they decided to shut it for all hours except 6 - 10pm on evenings, which means if your young one falls in this category YOU will be caring for them unless ship is in port. This is AGAINST the .pdf file uploaded on princess.com stating clearly the full morning, afternoon and evening opening times, not subject to closure. The head office agreed that it should be open (I complained onboard) and the boss of the kids club manager couldn't even use her pathetic non existent false powers to open the club despite telling me she agreed with me. My full complaint email to her was then INGORED and the sanctuary we paid for (for the whole cruise) largely went to waste as our 6 year old could not go in their, and they would not refund the money. The deputy cruise director called me to say he was quote "going to figure something out to make the cruise and enjoyable one" and " would touch base with me about this the next day" he didn't and had no intention of doing so. The club remained closed despite princess confirming they staffed the ship in the club to the max to cater for the summer holiday excess of kids. An absoluteyl vile and pathetic customer service ship for a miserable pathetic cruise line. Rest assured they WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY and you will have no idea if the clubs will be open or not for your child, if they aren't your 6 year old will be put in the 12 year old club and play games that aren't safe/suitable and activities that are beyond their own leaning abilities. In my opinion the club manager should have been fired, she ignored her boss, insulted the customers, suggested I LIED and was constantly rude everytime she walked by us for the rest of the cruise. But this line is too weak, too pathetic and too stupid to do anything about it. DO NOT GO ON HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! Go to florida as this cruise cost that much anyway. I beg you, go to Disney! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
First the good news- the ship is elegantly appointed...badly designed in many ways (but you've read all of that in other reviews). It is as clean and well maintained as many operating rooms I've seen !. The staff is hard working ... Read More
First the good news- the ship is elegantly appointed...badly designed in many ways (but you've read all of that in other reviews). It is as clean and well maintained as many operating rooms I've seen !. The staff is hard working and well trained. Princess' embarkation and debarkation logistics are FABULOUS....well organized and uncomplicated for a huge ship. Port intensive with a fairly good selection for both newbies and seasoned travelers, Now the bad news: Be prepared to spend half again your ticket price on "options". You get nickled and dimed at every turn. Bar cocktails are in the $10 range...wine is overpriced. Princess' tours are outragiously priced and can be easily duplicated with hundreds of independent operators in every port. The web is great for finding them. Princess does it's best to discourage you from using anyone other than their "preferred" provider with fear instilled that you run the risk of missing the ship's departure if you don't use their tours. Baloney! These operators know that they are doing and charge a third to half of what Princess charges...smaller groups, nice vehicles. When considering a Med cruise, don't be scared off by higher prices from more upscale lines like Oceania...the price may seem higher, but the inclusions often make it less expensive overall. We take the hop-on, hop off bus in many ports and find them to be excellent values and fun experiences. One thing that has cost Princess my business is that they park the ship inconveniently (I'm not talking about Rome (Civetivechia) and Florence(Livorno) where everyone knows that transportation to the city is far and involved. I'm talking about Toulon...where the ship gets birthed 6 miles from Toulon and Princess charges $25 a person (no I am not kidding)to get you into town. We found the public water taxi 500 yards from the ship for 2 Euros a person...1/5 of what Princess charged. Princess did not mention that that service was an available option. Ditto in Ravenna...$16 a person to get you into town. Ditto in Mykonos...Princess' bus was $10 a person...literally a 25 yard walk from the gangway was the public water taxi for 2 Euros a person which took you to a much better location in town. Continuing in the "how much can we rip" department...they offer a private train into Rome from Civettichia for $100. Walk to the station(or cab it it you're lazy) and you'll find a train that takes exactly as long with similar equipment at multiple convenient schedule times for about 9 Euros. What really frosted my cookies was that when we complained, it was akin to talking to a chair. We were told that nobody aboard had the authority to waive any charges. They listened to our politely offer complaints and showed an extremely apparent disinterest. I'm talking about the front desk...even their Captain's Circle representative.We're not new at this....we've sailed dozens of times- 16 with Princess....the Elite pin should count for something other than just a referral to "Customer Relations" when we get home. Automatic tips are another RIP...seemingly they do not all go to the service personnel. You CAN and should request that they be removed (which Princess will do reluctanly) and tip as you see fit for explemplary service(cabin stewards,waiters, etc) which you will find and they will really appreciate it. There is not so much as a bottle of water at the gangways...even for purchase. The entertainment is trite and contrived. More pyrotechnics and loud recorded/lip synced music than talent. The ancilliary talent, comedians especially should seek other work.I must however mention a better choice of the Movies under the stars which offer a huge "jumbotron" screen on the pool deck with popcorn(free, can you believe it?) and even cookies and milk mid show. Food is elegantly presented in the dining rooms (the result of inexpensive labor) - but the quality just is not there.If you come from a town where they don't have a restaurant other than a diner...you might think it very good. If you are bigger city folks, you've had better. New cruisers love the entire ambiance of Princess...more seasoned passengers have noted declines. Princess USED to be a a fine quality line in the mid-price category. Since it's purchase by Carnival, we've noticed a subtle decline in everything but the "glitz" factor. While I respect that they are in business to make money, their fares warrant inclusion of certain mandatory services which have fallen precipitously. And...complaints and commentary from customers need to be addressed, with some authority, on board. Middle management on board needs the authority to offer adjustments to quell a legitimate complaint...not just saying...yes..."we hear that a lot" "I'll pass it along to our head office". Had I run my business that way, I would not have been able to comfortably retire and afford to travel. One last thought....Princess offers 2 formal nights on a 12 day cruise. Hey guys...get with the program. This is passe. With the costs and complications of larger luggage to accomodate formal wear when flying these days...who needs a formal night. On the two formal nights aboard, I roughly counted less than 10% of the men were wearing tuxedos, another 20% wearing suits, another 20% with jackets (no tie)...and the rest dressed casually like every other night. Laides can get away with a pair of nice black slacks and a blouse and not feel out of place. Then...there's always the buffet which will serve you in any attire on those nights. Of course, you have to deal with the cafeteria format and the college-dorm food. So we'll take a break from Princess for a while. I won't say forever....that is counterproductive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Regal Princess Review – Barcelona to Venice - July 25th to August 6th The embarkation process was simple once we all got to the port (our taxi driver made us go in two trips). Our first stop was horizon court and horizon bistro. It took ... Read More
Regal Princess Review – Barcelona to Venice - July 25th to August 6th The embarkation process was simple once we all got to the port (our taxi driver made us go in two trips). Our first stop was horizon court and horizon bistro. It took me the better part of the trip to figure out that even though the horizon court and horizon bistro are connected they offer different foods and need to both be explored. This adds a bit of confusion to the dining process but helps spread people out so it feels less crowded. Even on mornings when the whole ship was leaving at the same time Horizon didn’t feel overwhelmed. After we had some lunch we made dinner reservations at Sabatinis and the Crown Grill for later in our trip. Both restaurants made fabulous meals. I liked having the music from the Wheelhouse bar playing while we had dinner at Crown Grill. We had an interior cabin which suited our needs perfectly. My kids had the bunk beds and I had the single twin. Thanks to other cruise critics members I took along two hanging shoe organizers. I hung the large one in the closet, which gave us a place for our shoes. The smaller one hung on the bathroom door. That let the three of us organize our bathroom stuff instead of cluttering up the three shelves or leaving things in the tiny shower. We had plenty of space to store our clothes and other items since we hung up as many of our clothes as possible. We stored our large suitcases under the beds so we kept as much floor space open as possible. The showers let you choose a temperature by number so once you figure out your number it is easy to get the temperature just right the next day, even if your kids disagree about the perfect temperature. The ledge in the shower is great for shaving but it does make it difficult to get the shower curtain to close and not hang out of the shower. Of course if the shower curtain is partially open or hanging out of the shower the floor gets very wet. That seemed to be a daily challenge for all three of us. The biggest bathroom challenge was flushing the toilet. I often had to push multiple times. By the end of the trip I was punching the button. The toilets in the public restrooms were much easier to flush. The public toilets can be difficult to find until you get use to the signs (which often made me think there was a handicap restroom only behind the door but in reality behind the door was a set of additional doors leading the regular and handicap restrooms). We enjoyed anytime dining in the Symphony dining room most nights. The food was generally quite good. We had one ho hum night but that was the exception. Breakfasts in horizon were very good. Horizon Bistro is more continental while Horizon Court includes omelets and waffles. Your drinks are brought to the table. We had a dining room breakfast the last day and it was also delicious. We also did room service breakfast a couple times, which was a relaxing way to start our at sea mornings. Our on ship lunches included Horizon, Tridents grill, and Prego pizza. They were all great choices. I like having salad with lunch but the salad bars are separated so it was difficult to find my toppings and put together a salad. We went to Alfredos for lunch one day. The veal ravioli was amazing. The kids enjoyed their pizza and calzone but my daughter ordered a plain cheese calzone because she wasn’t interested in the combinations they offered. We stopped at the International café for snacks a couple of times. The best treats were the virgin mixed drinks the kids and I got addicted to thanks to the unlimited drinks package (be sure to visit Rosalindo outside Princess Live). Others have mentioned the lack of stairs to all floors at midship was a mistake and I agree. I also disliked how the elevators were called. Pushing one up button doesn’t activate all the buttons for that elevator bank. That means people click the buttons for every elevator. They get on the first one that arrives but three more elevators are going to stop there after they are gone. After a few days people grow weary of stopping on floors where nobody is waiting so they start closing the elevators doors as soon as they open without waiting to see if somebody really was waiting. This could all be fixed if pushing one up button triggered them all and as soon as one elevator arrived all the buttons turned off. We went to all four production shows and I loved them all. The singers and dancers are very talented. The pyrotechnics were a surprise. Occasionally the lights from on stage shine into the eyes of the audience though. The sets and costumes were wonderful, especially the roller coaster. The comedian kept bragging about not having a routine but he could have used one. He had his funny moments but he had potential he didn’t explore. The illusionist/mentalist did a nice job with the mentalist show but his illusions were tired. The game shows and trivia hosted by the cruise director’s staff were a highlight of the entertainment. Simon, Tatum, Stephanie, and Armando were helpful as well as funny. The water light show was kinda neat but again the lights shine in your eyes and that can be bothersome. Luckily the light show is short so you can squeeze one in between other activities. We never really watched a movie under the stars, there was too much else to do. We did watch some of those movies in our room later though. This cruise itinerary was perfect for us. We spent three days in London, two in Paris, and one day in Barcelona before getting on the Regal. Our first stop was Toulon. There really wasn’t much to do so my parents stayed on board to rest up for the stops coming up. The kids and I rode the cable car up to a large cat zoo. We used Rome in Limo for our stops in Pisa/Florence, Rome, and Pompeii. After those three busy days in a row a sea day was the perfect respite. The kids and I got off in Mykonos and used a Princess tour to visit Delos. Delos was wonderful but I was displeased that the tour brought us straight back to the ship so I had to pay for a Princess transfer to get into town to visit Mykonos. We again had private tours for Istanbul, Ephesus, and Athens. Our last sea day was just before Venice, our last stop. I was glad we got to do a bit of exploring in Venice and return to the ship for dinner. We disembarked the next morning. It was a smooth process and quick, even though I didn’t want to leave. The people mover isn’t too far from the ship in Venice if you want to explore on your own, which is what we did. I don’t recommend this as a method to disembark if you have much luggage though. You can arrange for a taxi just outside the ship. That was how we got to our hotel and it worked out well. If you get private tours be sure to account for traffic and get back to the ship a bit early. We were always back early, which gave us time to clean up for dinner and avoided the stress of racing back to the ship. I never felt crowded while on board except when I was looking for a chair around the pool on the first sea day. I spent a good deal of time sitting on the chairs on the outside decks on deck seven. I got a bit of sun without the crowds. It was the perfect place to watch the ocean go by and read a bit. I even watched the lines being released once. The outrigger bar at the back of Horizon was also a nice place to sit and watch the ship leave port but it could get very windy. I highly recommend the Regal Princess as well as this Mediterranean route.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I will start with review of Regal, then the trip itself. This was our second cruise, last year we did Island Princess to Alaska. We have traveled to Europe, Israel and throughout the USA so we do have some experience traveling in general. ... Read More
I will start with review of Regal, then the trip itself. This was our second cruise, last year we did Island Princess to Alaska. We have traveled to Europe, Israel and throughout the USA so we do have some experience traveling in general. I loved the idea of waking up everyday in a new port and not having the hassle of packing up and continually moving. I also am not a foody, so I don't care about eating great dinners in foreign countries. Sampling lunches was good enough for me. Keep all this in mind as you decide if this is the trip for you. Comments on Regal. We were had midship balcony on 9th floor. Yes, the balconies are very narrow compared to Alaska cruise, but we didn't care. Loved the room. Plenty of storage in desk and closet, luggage fits under bed, great hairdryer that was tethered to desk,but lighting and mirror were great. We had plenty of outlets for charging. I thought bathroom was great for ship. Well designed and huge sink that you could use to wash out clothes if necessary. Each floor had laundry, but you really had to plan when to use them so I did a lot of handwash because it was so hot each day on our excursions. Agreed with others about stairs and elevators. At least they added the walking track, though you had to go 7 times around to =a mile. I didn't use the gym, it looked crowded at certain times, as expected. They offered Zumba 2x most days and I loved that. Terrific teachers. I loved the adults only Tranquility pool section and would have paid for Sanctuary, but not necessary. Sanctuary reservations filled up immediately, if you are interested in booking. I loved Horizon Court. So many choices and you could walk past the bakery and all the desserts if you really wanted to not be tempted. Plenty of healthy salads and fresh fruits. We thought a big improvement over Alaska ship. Just can't figure out why they don't offer food that represents where you are traveling to like Greek food when we were in Greece. Didn't think Sabatinos was anything special. I heard others loved the Crown grill. Foodys complained about the bland food in general. I thought it was fine. We did anytime dining which was fine. By the 3rd night, there were no crowds. I heard people say this was not the ship for teenagers ( no kidding). I also thought the nightly entertainment offerings were not interesting. Except for Beatles cover band, which was fun, the comedian, or whatever he was, was bland. But, we are early risers and were there for the ports, not the ship, so entertainment was low on our list, but even I would have liked better options. Cruise: July is VERY hot, be prepared,If you are not in good physical shape or are in any way mobility challenged, I would not recommend this trip for you. In all the ports, there are many stairs, uneven surfaces, physical challenges. I don’t know how anyone with a cane got around, let alone a walker. I called this trip Splash & Dash. You aren't going to do in depth touring. Rome and Florence are over an hour from the port and were the most disappointing to me since I had been there before and you just can't do them in a day. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days early, loved it. We stayed extra day in Venice, which I highly recommend. Lots of complaints about disembarkation, confusing for lots of people. We just paid thru Princess to have our luggage dropped off at our hotel while we were shuttled to St. Mark's Square. I was thrilled to see our luggage by 2pm as promised, but there were complaints from other travelers about getting to airport, etc. Also, you do not need Visa for Turkey if you are an American. Lots of misinformation and several people got them, but no one ever asked for them. We did not get them. My husband and I loved this trip as we got a chance to visit so many different countries that we may never get back to again. We booked Princess excursions for each port except Mykonos and Ephesus. In Mykonos we took Princess shuttle to town and walked around. Loved it , needed more time there. Ephesus we booked private excursion for 4. Excellent since it was so hot, it was nice to not be with a big crowd. I thought all the Princess Excursions were excellent. The guides were outstanding. I didn't mind being with 40 others and met some nice people. I might consider more private tours in the future only because they are often cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My husband and I took this cruise from Barecelona departing July 1st (Balcony - D440, which is mid-ship). We tacked on an extra 2 days in Barcelona and an extra day at the end in Venice. Traveled with another couple/close friends. This was ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise from Barecelona departing July 1st (Balcony - D440, which is mid-ship). We tacked on an extra 2 days in Barcelona and an extra day at the end in Venice. Traveled with another couple/close friends. This was our second Princess cruise (had done Alaska last Summer) and I have done 4 other cruises (Caribbean) on other cruise lines. Barcelona was fabulous. Had never been there before so we enjoyed exploring all of the areas. Ate at a great tapas restaurant one night (Ciudad Condal). Took a private tour of the Sagrada Familia (Viator - Skip the line Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour, which was $54 pp and well worth it to get all of the information). Departure day - taxi strike, which as you can tell from some other reviews, was a big problem for many gtting to the ship. Luckily, we ended up having a private bus that took us from our hotel (Renaissance Barcelona - see my separate review on that fiasco on TripAdvisor) for quite a bit of money, but what are you going to do - drag large amouonts of luggage for miles?. Boarding the ship Vas very easy. Great departure port and very organized Princess boasrding if you had all of your paperwork and travel documents in order. We were on board by around 2 pm so plenty of time to explore. Husband bought a soda card (with taxes/service charge it was around $62 I think, but he drinks a ton of Diet Coke so work it). Our cabin was very nice layout and of course everything "new Only complaint - the balcony was tiny. Barely could get a chair out there and then not stretch your legs. Took the panel out between our cabin and our friends' next door, so that helped. Ship - I largely agree with others that the ship is very beautiful. However, there are major issues midship in terms of being able to get up/down the center of the ship. There are "stairs to nowhere" everywhere, and you have to do a lot of walking to front or back of ship to get between the middle levels. Very aggravating. No one seemed to have an answer why. Food - better than Princess Alaska last Summer, but still very "bland" and some weird recipes/tastes for some basic (American) dishes. Decent quality, but needs taste improvement. We did anytime dining and really did not have an issue except for one night in terms of having to wait for a table. We "caught" another couple who had just arrived being seated before us and my husband said something to the head waiter. To their credit, they really went out of the way to make up for that - gave us a bottle of wine another night, sent chocolate covered strawberries to our room one day, and called us to see if we wanted to "pick" a table to be seated at the rest of the cruise. Pools - there did not seem to be an issue getting chairs, as there is many times for Carribean cruises. Also, the adult only pool area is very nice. Fitness room/classes - Zumba maniac, so enjoyed having Zumba classes almost every day, and on "at seas" days, twice a day. Fitness room was much bigger and better equipped than we had on our Princess Alaska cruise. Not a spa person so did not try that. All in all, a great ship. The only negative - Hate being nickeled and dimed on some things. Specifically - having to pay for transporation to get from the ship into your port town. We paid thousands of dollars for this cruise that lists 9 ports they are taking you to - don't tell me you are only getting me offshore, and then I have to pay $10, 15, 20, 25 to actually get into town. Just obnoxious. As for entertainment - overall pretty terrible. Needs a lot of work. And I take offense at others who have done reviews and seem to think "older" people in their 50's (or older) don't need or want "good" or "fun" entertainment. Really? Not true. Toulon - as people have said - nothing there really. We did a Princess tour (Aix: The Heart of Prevence) where we had a very good tour guide, so enjoyed it. Florence and Rome - don't even think for one second that you will have time to really see these cities. We had been there before (2-3 times) so did not really mind that fact. We did "Florence & Time on your own" and "Rome on your own by private train" - both Princess tours. They were okay - but the general comment is do your homework and take private tours, not Princess tours, if at all possible - generally cheaper, and so much more flexible/better, Really did not like having to spend an hour and a half travel time each way to get to/from these cities, but that is the reality of it, especially in summer when these cities are packed, and it is HOT. And as someone else pointed out, there was a major train issue for the Rome trip that had us stuck in a train station for a long time. Naples/Pompeii - though Pompeii was amazing, and Sorrento was very quant. Our guide Georgio was great. (Took the Pompeii & Time on your own in Sorrento trip). Mykonos - to die for, in my book. Everything so impossibly white and blue. Did not do any tour - just took the transportation into/back from town. Very disappointing we were only docked from 7 am until 2 pm. Would have loved to have stayed later/longer. Want to go back and take a Greek Islands cruise or tour. Istanbul - very impressive. Way better than I expected. A very cosmopolitan city. Kusadasi/Ephesus - had a great tour guide from Ephesus Shuttle (rund by Curio Travel Turkey & Greece). Must do the Terrace houses if you go. Athens - very disappointing. If not for the Acropolis, not worth going there. Venice - spectacular city, but very difficult (and expensive) to get around. Stayed an extra night at Hotel del Opera - just great. We did the Allesandro tours (Rick Steves) of pub crawl and out of the way Venice. Booked a Viator skip to the front of the line tour for Doges & St. Marks and they cancelled on us just a few hours before!! By email no less!! Luckily, we were able to get tickets and get in on our own. Was pouring the morning we left, so an interesting water taxi ride to the Airport. Others have commented re: mobility issues - I agree. This is simply not a cruise or itinerary for anyone with any type of "mobility" issues. Other take away - don't do this in the summer - way to crowded and hot in these ports. Then again, not sure this ship does this itinerary any other time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
As a family we like to try new ships particularly large ships. We have sailed about 10 cruises in the last 8 years including large ships such as NCL Breakaway and Epic, Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Silhouette, Liberty of the Seas. We booked ... Read More
As a family we like to try new ships particularly large ships. We have sailed about 10 cruises in the last 8 years including large ships such as NCL Breakaway and Epic, Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Silhouette, Liberty of the Seas. We booked last minute and got a very good deal . I had sailed once before many years ago on Princess in the Caribbean and enjoyed it but on a much smaller ship. For us the destinations were not that important as we had visited all the locations before. It was the ship we wanted to experience and visually it is beautiful. We had two cabins one of which was a balcony for three and one an inside cabin for two. The inside cabin was very suitable for two while the balcony cabin was very tight for three. As we don't spend much time in the cabin that was not important to us. Bathroom was tight but acceptable.Air con was just about acceptable. We only could find one plug in the cabin so charging phones ipods etc was always a battle. Our cabin steward was excellent. I thought the overall layout of the ship was very poor and does not just work well. Toilets were very hard to find and not signposted and lifts were always busy. However for me the biggest disappointment was the centre atrium area that takes in decks 5, 6 and 7.This is the hub of the ship with numerous bars on the various floors. My biggest issue was that if music was played on deck 5 for example that you didn't like you could not avoid it on any of the other decks above. For example I don't particularly like classical music if performed by a small quartet of musicians. It feels too much like a hotel lobby piped music and this was regularly the entertainment that was supplied in this area. Later on a piano guy performs in Crooners but after one or two nights you were hoping someone else would take his place to give a different night but it never happens. They have a second piano guy in another pub area near the grill restaurant but he is a replicate of the first with the same boring melodies.Overall entertainment is very poor on this ship except for a few shows in the theatre that were actually quite good. I spoke to staff about this and they all said we generally have an older crowd in their 60s. While there were a lot of 60+ on board there were also a lot of people under 50 and 40 and younger. Anyway people in their 60s grew up with Elvis, Beatles and the Stones so I don't think this argument on music holds up. Also we are in the middle of the summer season with many teens kids etc on holidays. The entertainment programme should change to accommodate this. Food was good but not exceptional . I was not impressed by the look of the main dining area compared to every other ship I was on. No glamour at all.We booked any time dining but generally had to wait for 15 /30 minutes to get a table. If booking now I would book a fixed time dining and if that didn't work on a particular day all you need to do is join the any-time diners queue. The two paid restaurants were good and I thought the Italian was slightly better. Pool area was nice but they often used movies during the day to entertain you on the big screen. While this is okay late at night for the non drinkers I think it is inappropriate during the afternoon. They also showed some live concert movies including Pavarotti during a sea day. Needless to say that took the fun out of the area very quickly. However they also showed a few other livelier concerts but nothing beats live upbeat music on that pool area. While live music did happen a few times it might only last an hour before the next movie would be on.The front of the ship had a nice pool area for adults only if you wanted to get away from the movie. Casino was okay with one or two high rollers in operation. Churchills (smoking area) seemed to be full must days. Nightclub was empty most evenings. All staff were excellent but every cruise ship I was ever on appear to have good well trained staff. So overall we were not impressed with the Regal Princess. It was boring for people like us that like to have a bit of party time on a vacation. We were regularly wandering around looking for some fun but to no avail. On the other hand if you want to get off the ship early at every location and want to get to bed by 11 this is probably a good choice. I assure you wont be kept awake by any noise on board.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We just returned back from Europe after sailing a 7 night western Mediterranean cruise. This was only our 4th cruise so we can only compare the Regal against the Royal Caribbean Oasis/Liberty and Carnival Legend. A little about ourselves - ... Read More
We just returned back from Europe after sailing a 7 night western Mediterranean cruise. This was only our 4th cruise so we can only compare the Regal against the Royal Caribbean Oasis/Liberty and Carnival Legend. A little about ourselves - we are a couple in our mid 30's with a toddler. We enjoy new experiences and like to try different cruise lines. This was also the first time we cruised with Princess so we were not sure what to expect. The main reason we chose this cruise was the itinerary and the fact that the ship is brand new. The Good 1. Food was a lot better on Regal than any other previous ship we have been on. We enjoyed it a lot. 2. Liked how they did not nickel and dime us as much as they do on the other cruise lines. For example, bought a soda at dinner and since it was a fountain drink, they gave me free refills. The employees also go the extra mile in hopes of more gratuities like giving an extra plate of lobster. 3. Embarkation and Disembarking were super easy. We never had to wait long and even port tenders took only 5 minutes. 4. Our cruise had 3,000+ passengers but never felt crowded. This was my biggest complaint on Royal & Carnival. We never really had to wait for anything while on the ship. 5. Princess has a dedicated person onboard that provides information about each port. His lectures are also available on Video on Demand in your room. Good for people that want to save some money and do excursions by themselves. 6. Best Video on Demand system I have experienced on a cruise ship. Lots of movies. My son was thoroughly entertained but I had to watch Lego the Movie multiple times and sing "Everything is AWESOME". However, it was only good when it worked. 7. Elevators are much faster than other ships. 8. The ship is beautiful and the artwork/photography is much nicer than some other ships. Not so good 1. This is an age 50+ cruise with most activities and entertainment aimed towards them. 2. I would not recommend staying at the front of the ship as almost all food options are either in the aft or middle of ship. Needless to say we walked back and forth a lot. 3. Went to both specialty dining restaurants and they were both good but not spectacular 4. Did not like how the buffet was designed. Everything has it’s own section but since there are multiple stations of the same things, many times you had to pass the same food twice to find new food. 5. Shows were not very good at all. During the first show, they singled out all the 50+ years of marriage people and sang songs for them. 6. Spa was ok but did not like the heavy upsell of products. Instead of trying to sell you one bottle of lotion, they try to sell you a 2 month supply! Come on. I'm just there to relax. Also, my wife felt taken advantage of as she had a spa treatment on 2nd day of cruise for $199 for 75mins. On the 6th and 7th day of cruise, I had 60min treatment for $99. 7. My standard balcony cabins was smaller than the equivalent of other cruises. As a result, it did not have a sofa. 8. The biggest issue is the design of the flow of the ship. The passenger flow was just not smooth. For instance, our dining hall was on level 6 aft. However, you cannot reach it if you are on level 6 coming from the front. You have to go up to level 7 then go back down to level 6. 9. Video on Demand would always freak out at night. Never got an explanation but I believe it just could not handle too many people watching at the same time. This also meant that we could not watch regular tv either. At the end, my wife and I enjoyed the cruise very much. But being in our 30’s with a child, there are probably better options for us. We won't give up on Princess just yet but will have to try other cruise lines before returning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
After pouring through countless itineraries and ship comparisons, our extended family (8 members) decided to plan our summer trip onboard the brand new Regal Princess. Having sailed on Princess before, I knew they would be able to ... Read More
After pouring through countless itineraries and ship comparisons, our extended family (8 members) decided to plan our summer trip onboard the brand new Regal Princess. Having sailed on Princess before, I knew they would be able to accommodate our mix of first time cruisers and seasoned travelers. I also knew that being it was only the second sailing for this ship, there would be a few hiccups. Both of these aspects were correct. Overall, the ship is lovely. Classic Princess style. Spacious, airy and even at almost full capacity, never feeling crowded. There was always a deck chair available during the day (even at sea) and at night during the Movies under the Stars. The public spaces were decorated tastefully and also always offered plenty of seating. The staterooms were definitely photographed with a wide-angle lens on the website, but are still roomy enough for two adults to maneuver without tripping over each other. The stateroom balconies are a little more narrow however. Great for sitting upright or standing. The dining options were perfect for the length of our cruise. While we mostly ate in the Concerto dining room (anytime dining) we also tried Alfredo's as well as Sabatini's ($25 cover charge). All venues offered a nice range of dishes that accommodated our parties' various requirements (vegetarian, non-dairy, etc) and the food was good. The Horizon Court/Bistro (buffet) was pretty large and offered a lot of food, however we all found it to be typical of a cruise line buffet... food often warmed-over and heat-lamp dried out. This was also the one area that always seemed manic and ill-designed. You're bound to have someone step on you or push you out of the way for that shrimp cocktail. The service was good, but not great and this is where a new ship will always suffer. The right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing and it caused a few headaches. For instance, some of the dining room staff was not fully educated on the Ultimate drink package (which allows unlimited alcohol and drinks) and overpromised what was included and what wasn't... specialty coffee and gelato. We found out the hard way after being charged for both when we had purchased the package. Next, when we had booked our cruise, we received a special deal through Princess which included a complimentary bottle of wine, 8x10 photograph, complimentary shore excursion and a $200 per stateroom onboard credit. However, this was completely disorganized. There was never a voucher in our rooms or any notation describing how to receive the wine. After a few trips to the Guest Services desk, we learned the voucher for the photo was to be handed to our dining room server for the wine. Makes sense, right? The biggest problem came during our call to Dubrovnik. At the last minute the ship's time at port was moved back a few hours and due to cruise ship congestion (though we didn't see any other ships) we had to tender ashore. Because it was noon and everyone was out and about and eager to disembark, it literally took hours to get off of the ship. We had to use the ship's lifeboats as tenders which resulted in overcrowding and frustration for some of the passengers. However, as Dubrovnik is such a wonderful port, I'm sure most of the passengers saw it as a small price for admission. As these were not huge problems which certainly didn't damper the trip, I would recommend Princess and especially this ship. I'm sure in a few weeks once all of the kinks are worked out it will be an exceptional addition to the fleet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
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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