Sail Date: February 2018
Princess does it right, very enjoyable cruise didn't feel out of place and actually meet other people that were in a similar situation of losing a spouse. I was apprehensive at first but I didn't feel out of place at all. Ship ... Read More
Princess does it right, very enjoyable cruise didn't feel out of place and actually meet other people that were in a similar situation of losing a spouse. I was apprehensive at first but I didn't feel out of place at all. Ship crew was the most polite and friendly I have ever experienced in 32 cruises, embarkation was smooth disembarkation was very smooth, I had an interior sideways cabin only negative was that it was small for a bigger guy, negative comment and though the horizon food court was confusing at best organizationally, channel select for news channels poor no ABC or CBS but the in room movies were very good and very current,entertainment was excellent, activities were great the sail away party was awesome and the horn on the ship actually was the love boat song which is what got me started on cruising in the fist place. Solo cruiser's go Relax, Recharge and come back new. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
With hurricane Irma preventing some activities to happen in this particular itinerary, I got a balcony cabin for the price I usually pay for an interior. The only thing I wanted was sun and warmth, and I got them, so I am pleased with that ... Read More
With hurricane Irma preventing some activities to happen in this particular itinerary, I got a balcony cabin for the price I usually pay for an interior. The only thing I wanted was sun and warmth, and I got them, so I am pleased with that cruise. I chose Princess mainly because of my loyalty status (Platinum soon-to-be-Elite) and I appreciate the quality of food and the menu of the MDR (compared to NCL I cruised 3 times). Overall everything went smoothly, with good entertainment (but not as good as NCL or RC Oasis of the Seas I went on once), many pools with different settings (my favorite was the Retreat, but also liked the classic movies like Grease showed in am by the main pool). Fast service at bars, ordered room service once and was fast too, personel friendly but not intrusive. Great fitness room, a must with all you eat and drink on a cruise ;-) . However, it seems to me that Princess is cutting on the MDR personnel. Waiting Time is getting longer to receive food; often at a solo table, I sometimes had difficulty to grab waiters’ attention, they seem to be too busy sorting dirty plates than serving passengers, which I never felt in previous cruises. Also, although my cabin was clean overall, the steward rounded the corners; the thick layer of dust on the edge of my desk showed that it had not been dusted in many weeks. Also broken chocolate found under the bed showed a lack in vacuum cleaning. Princess officers should better supervise their stewards. Once gain, that never occured to me before, so it can be a problem of this particular steward. On Princess Cays, instead of offering frequent small tender boats, they chose to use big boats; making the trip from waiting on the island to security on the ship as long as 1 hour. Debarkation was as smooth as embarkation. Plenty of taxicabs at terminal; for a few $ more than a Princess transfer to the airport, much faster service. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I have done over 60 cruises -on most cruise lines. This one really impressed me. Design of ship is genius. No line-ups anywhere - except Crooners' Bar at happy hour. Just hope they do NOT do Princess Cays during winter months. Weather ... Read More
I have done over 60 cruises -on most cruise lines. This one really impressed me. Design of ship is genius. No line-ups anywhere - except Crooners' Bar at happy hour. Just hope they do NOT do Princess Cays during winter months. Weather & water temps. quite cool. Price very reasonable. Movies & concerts on big outdoor screen excellent.Lots to do - on & off the ship." Your Time Dining" could use some improvement at reception. Embarkation & debarkation went very quickly. Lots of Customs people to speed things along. There were well over 200 hundred people doing the back to back (2 week cruise). That says something. Just wish they had a Mimosa or glass of champagne for us when we got back on board. The bartenders need retraining however - or just staffed better. If I have to pay automatic 15% gratuity on all drinks, I should not be greeted by surly, abrupt bartenders that make you feel like a house fly that just flew in & landed on "THEIR" counter. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Friends were going on this cruise and we decided to join therm for the itinerary mostly. We travelled to Copenhagen via a layover in Iceland and that was wonderful! I have sailed mostly S class Celebrity ships the last few years and find ... Read More
Friends were going on this cruise and we decided to join therm for the itinerary mostly. We travelled to Copenhagen via a layover in Iceland and that was wonderful! I have sailed mostly S class Celebrity ships the last few years and find them more to my liking , especially for the transatlantic cruises I favour now. Regal has only 1 pool and no inside pool, so that made for a very crowded ship during our many sea days. I am glad I tried a Royal class ship but intend to return to Celebrity. I'm elite on both lines and prefer the perks on Celebrity. What was good about Regal? The coffee card (love it!!!!!), the piazza, the entertainment. What was not so good? You'd think they'd have put better beds on this relatively new ship, but no, they were the same awful Princess beds. They need to rejig the timing of the theatre shows in the evening. The early 1 is overattended and I suspect the 10pm 1 under attended. Celebrity usually has 2 or 3 guest lecturers on TA's, but Regal had only 1. The cabin was comfortable and I do love the hanging storage on Regal, but the bathroom seems very cramped compared to S class baths, the best I've ever experienced. Service was fine. I did not take any Princess excursions as I prefer to arrange my own. Spent a delightful day in Cobh Ireland, but nary a word from Princess about this delightful town, because they want everyone booking expensive bus tours out of town. Horizon Court was amazing and could always find a seat. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Embarkation day was both great and bad. I arrived at high time at pier but took no time to get my key, thus almost immediately to the ship. I did enjoy my Platinum membership for express boarding. But then the departure was delayed for 2 ... Read More
Embarkation day was both great and bad. I arrived at high time at pier but took no time to get my key, thus almost immediately to the ship. I did enjoy my Platinum membership for express boarding. But then the departure was delayed for 2 hours due to failure of the telephone system (a very strange reason). I note that ship’s public clocks were not at one, indicating the ship was not that well managed. The weather was still chilly and windy, yet the ride was smooth all the way to Oslo. We arrived on May Day and everything was closed but we benefitted actually from witnessing a large demonstration which looks more like a carnival, with music bands joining the parade. Next port was Warnemunde, for Rostock and Berlin. A frequent commuter train brings you to Rostock costing 2.10 Euro one way, while joining the ships transfer with a guided walk is something like USD99. It was stupid to go to Berlin which is too far, and the ship charges far too much. The port of Warnemunde is interesting, with a good riverside stroll, as if it was German Riviera. The ship’s food was adequate, I had no illusion about Princess food. Service attitude of staff generally improved much from my past experiences with Princess and dinner is served in the traditional manner though in an ‘express way’ (reheated food anyway and service flow was hurried and really fast). I can often finish a 4-course meal with tea in 35 minutes, certainly no fine dining and no ‘slow food’, rather it is eat and run. Horizon Court buffet was adequate but Princess retains its undesirable practice of not providing a tray so that one struggles with a plate and a soup bowl in both hands, and has to return for bread and salad. The good thing is that the dinner buffet lasts till 11pm so that you can return for something if you are not well-fed at the proper restaurant, and this is often the case as restaurant portions are sometimes small. The only alternative 24-hr eatery is the International Café, which serves desserts and snacks but you have to pay for tea and coffee. The tea is however all funny fusion sort, which to me is no tea. I would much prefer that they change to Horizon Bistro for 24 hours. Regal Princess is the new generation flag ship of the cruise line and it is well furnished. It is just like another Princess ship, with an older generation passenger mix. The main theatre has good sightline but the production shows are among the worst of the trade. It was like old fashioned 1960s MGM musical without the stars. Little light effects and no acrobatic stuns like on other cruise lines. After one viewing I decided that the shows would be totally forgettable. If you do only with singing and dancing, you have got to have at least good singers and dancers. Show production cost was obviously low compared with that of competitors. Tallinn is an ideal port for cruise ships because you can cover most of it in 3 hours and the town is walk-able from the cruise terminal. For St Petersburg, if you have a visa or hold a visa-waver passport, you can be on your own ashore. Bus 158 departs half-hourly from the terminal building to a metro station, where Nevsky Prospekt is two stops away. The bus fare is 40 ruple or roughly US$0.70 and I saw people simply pay the conductor $1. Otherwise there is no taxi or other transportation. If you have no visa, you have to join an excursion which is always over-charging. Here you have to go through formal immigration clearance even on an excursion. We have less time for Helsinki but it was sufficient, as sights are concentrated. A shuttle bus runs to town at EUR10 return but actually there is a city tram stop near the pier. The ship does not give public transportation details, except those related to them. Now with some 60-days to my Princess experience, I do see improvement in service. Restaurant staffers are polite and efficient, and my room steward has always been able to turn down during my dinner. Once on Costa Diadema I never had one turndown for the whole 7 nights as the steward’s preferred schedule for my room did not match mine. One observation is that there are still not enough small tables for Anytime Dining, but they do try to accommodate you in another restaurant if full. I always arrive early, and thus I enjoy a same table throughout the trip. Restaurant and room staff complement is mainly male. The food is adequate and restaurant service is in the traditional ‘correct manner’, food well presented if not always well-cooked. But overall dining service is, or has to be, quick, thus losing in any sense of fine dining, and in this Holland America is much better. Also Princess used to serve lobster in one formal dinner but now it is lobster and prawn: not adding prawn but serves less lobster, an example of cost cutting in food. A good point is that the buffet dinner opens till 11pm, so if you are still hungry you can return for a snack. Food choice is not bad in the buffet. But old timer of Princess will recall that the buffet used to be almost 24 hours. The only 24 hour eatery now is the International Café at lobby piazza and it serves good snacks free but charges for any drink. Overall on F&B, HAL offers better slow service and NCL better choices (though food is cooked less well). Princess does have member benefit for some free internet, and it offers recognition to members only in embarkation priority but no more. As I cruise practically once every month I always paid onboard deposits for future cruises, as I did on my recent cruises with HAL and NCL. I pondered upon whether to do the same with Princess, here the deposit is only USD100 and is fully refundable within 2 years. I did it finally but less readily than with HAL and NCL (theirs are non-refundable). Princess is not bad but in this highly competitive trade several cruise lines suit me better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This is our second time on the regal. This time we took the kids and we knew the regal would meet at least 90% of our expectations for their first experience. For anyone that wants a good cruise it won't disappoint. It's not the ... Read More
This is our second time on the regal. This time we took the kids and we knew the regal would meet at least 90% of our expectations for their first experience. For anyone that wants a good cruise it won't disappoint. It's not the most luxurious cruise money can buy but certainly way above most. In speaking with those who have many cruises under their belt they come back for the same reasons. It's not a party ship and is not geared to young families as with Disney. It's a cruise experience with something for everyone who want a relaxing cruise with above average food and most of what you expect is included. My only complaint this time was the entertainment, as it wasn't as good as the first time. Our youngest although an adult gets motion sickness and therefore for anyone who is susceptible to motion sickness, needs to be on a big ship as with the regal. I've been on a smaller ship and unless you are lucky enough to have calm seas throughout that's not where you want to be. We had two days this time with moderate seas and the regal and its size eliminates the effects of 10-15 ft swells pretty well.E Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
We received a good promotional price for the cruise about 6 months prior. To we took advantage of it since I wanted to go cruising on the biggest ship on the Princess Cruise line. Ship was ok and laid out well. Yet I still like the smaller ... Read More
We received a good promotional price for the cruise about 6 months prior. To we took advantage of it since I wanted to go cruising on the biggest ship on the Princess Cruise line. Ship was ok and laid out well. Yet I still like the smaller ships like the Emerald and the Caribbean Princess. The ship just seem so big especially when your used to being on smaller ships. Enjoyed a special wine tasting dinner at Sabitini's Restaurant which we met some new friends that where from our state. Many shore excursions available to go to and do but many days we just stayed and enjoyed the various activities on board. This ship is better accommodating with lounge chairs to sunbathe or watch the big movie screen on the 16th deck. Food was good and plentiful as either your choice of buffet or anytime dinning for dinner meal. Was a good cruise yet I liked the smaller ships better. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We have travelled on many cruises over the past three decades, once favouring Princess but more recently the smaller, upscale lines Azamara Club and Crystal. We decided to try the big ship experience for a change, thus the Regal, and ... Read More
We have travelled on many cruises over the past three decades, once favouring Princess but more recently the smaller, upscale lines Azamara Club and Crystal. We decided to try the big ship experience for a change, thus the Regal, and Princess once more, with the idea of a future world cruise on a Princess ship. Well, I doubt we’ll do either the Regal again or the Princess world. The itinerary wasn’t of primary importance. We’d done the Caribbean a lot in the 1990s. Hadn’t been to the Dominican Republic, tho' – unfortunately bad weather, heavy winds, cancelled that particular port. The other port of interest was Cozumel in Mexico, and that proved a pleasant visit, though much changed from 20 years ago. The one problem with nearly all ports in the Caribbean is the clutter of big cruise ships: so, with three or more cruises in one port, what you see the most is other passengers. The Regal Princess has definite virtues. The stateroom, in our case a balcony cabin designed for someone with mobility difficulties, was fine: spacious, airy, pleasing, an excellent bathroom and shower. It was indeed a place of refuge, peaceful, away from the hurly-burly and the noise that filled too many common spaces. The public areas were well-appointed and handsome. The fitness centre was full of exercise machines to serve a lot of users. The movie under the stars, the giant screen, worked well, and the ship offered a diversity of movies, from Jason Bourne to Pavarotti to Circe de Soleil. I was particularly taken with the Horizon Court and Bistro (the buffet): attractive, well-organized, the eating area spacious and clean. Likewise the entertainment areas, lounges and theatre, were fine venues for shows or parties. The two dining rooms we visited, the Allegro and the Concerto, were both pretty, almost elegant, the Concerto more pleasant because the colour scheme quieter – and seemingly more airy than the Allegro. The Piazza, that signature space of Princess, was impressive though we found it too noisy whenever there was a scheduled event. The staff were usually friendly and efficient, tho' not as friendly as on Azamara or as efficient as on Crystal. Indeed the staff were always prepared to help out people with a question – and, note, with a mobility problem. We are foodies. That's one of the main reasons we like to cruise. The dining on the Regal Princess was good, sometimes very good. The Horizon Court served an abundance of delicious items, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the highlights: meat roasts, Mongolian barbeque, Thai beef salad, bouillabaisse, grilled shrimp, paella. Not that everything was appealing. Fish dishes looked tired, veal was tasteless, so too surprisingly suckling pig, the cheese abundant at supper but always a bit too ordinary. The desserts and sweets, at The Pastry Shop, part of the Horizon Court complex, were okay, very good cookies and some good cakes, but never startling. The Trident Grill was a disappointment (the equivalent much better on Holland America's Zaandam, a much smaller vessel). If the wieners were tasty, the french fries were not, and the hamburgers were small, the meat eaten up by the bun. The menu in the dining room was shorter than I recall from previous trips. The regular offering of steak has disappeared, perhaps to enhance the appeal of the extra-fee Crown Grill. (We didn’t eat in any of the specialty restaurants or partake of any of the supposed luxury meals, all of which are priced ridiculously high.) But you can find a tasty but tiny caesar salad; good seafood and meat dishes; regional dishes; and decent lunch and breakfast offerings. Highlights here: smoked fish for breakfast one day, pheasant for supper another, prime rib, the crème brulee. On the other hand the sole was bland and the tomato soup had more acid than taste. The standout restaurant was Alfredo's Pizzeria: excellent pizzas, some fine pasta, nice salad, very good service and elegant surroundings – and you only pay extra for the wine, and a delicious red-wine Sangria. By the way an extensive wine list full of California and Italy on board but lacking many South American or German treats, which happen to be our favourites. Still wine prices are reasonable for a cruise ship. But a big ship has problems. The distances between the stateroom and other places can be great. Just getting around was time-consuming. Particularly difficult for the mobility challenged. No wonder a noticeable number of passengers had electric vehicles. Often the elevators were insufficient, too slow, too crowded, and thus too stuffy. That was especially true when an event, starting or ending, produced a rush of people to the elevators. At times lengthy lineups to get, say, a hot dog. Places like the internet café or passenger services sometimes very crowded. Insufficient drink stations, indeed only one major station, on the 16th floor, serving tea, coffee, and water. Beyond this, the major problem with Regal Princess seems rooted in what seems to be poor management. The embarkation procedure at Fort Lauderdale was chaotic, and not only for special needs passengers. The lineup of regular passengers was extraordinary. (But this was right after the airport shooting.) The staff was pleasant enough – just overwhelmed. To be fair the disembark was smooth and swift, handled effectively by courteous staff, at least for people with mobility problems. Trying to change an inappropriate table in the dining room that first night was impossible because so many people were equally distressed. The dining room management seemed unprepared for what was inevitable. Eventually we tried on a later day and that worked, more or less. Then there's the pathetic room service. I’ve not experienced so limited a breakfast menu before in room service, virtually no protein and little sweet or bread. Not that this mattered since too often some items never came, or arrived before or after the requested time, and on one occasion the whole order was forgotten! Phoning didn’t help because you were likely to be put on hold. Finally entertainment – it used to be that Princess had the finest shows of any major cruise line. Not now it seems, or not here. (A previous Princess we took two years before, albeit a different ship, had superb production shows.) Too many limited performers. A signature production show Fiera that was abysmal, the only star the special effects. Loud entertainment, full of hype but usually banal. We were frightened away from Bravo (?) by the brassy voice of a female singer. The third production Spectacular had some good dancing but again crummy if over loud singing. The exceptions: the Polonia String Quartet, the Orphia Quartet, and a Mexican folkloric performance.) In short somebody isn’t administering the Regal Princess effectively, so to ensure the comfort and pleasure of its customers. The great concern of Princess seems to be selling. Constantly passengers are subject to spiels to shop, go to the specialty restaurants, buy drinks, visit the art auction, acquire some new jewelry, get a photo or a video, and on and on. I did have the feeling veteran Princess goers were inured to this commercial imperative. But for anyone not prepared, or attuned to the less insistent ways of the more gracious cruise lines…well this selling is a real pain. Perhaps this attitude, presumably mandated by headquarters, has exacerbated the problems of the ship management. Maybe the managers aren’t allowed sufficient funds to hire enough staff to handle and supervise the volume of work involved in such a big ship. Would we go again on Princess? Possibly on a smaller ship, where the itinerary suited. But the days when Princess was gracious and so very good, they've long gone. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We booked this cruise because of it's itinerar, and having never sailed on the Regal. As we usually sail the smaller Princess ships out of the West Coast. Embarkation was efficient, and our 11:00 am. Priority Boarding allowed us to ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of it's itinerar, and having never sailed on the Regal. As we usually sail the smaller Princess ships out of the West Coast. Embarkation was efficient, and our 11:00 am. Priority Boarding allowed us to be on the Regal in time for lunch at Alfredo's Pizzeria. Luggage was deliver to our stateroom by 3:00 pm. Our stateroom attendant. Alex, was very efficient and made sure our special requests were met. Although the Regal carries almost 4000 passengers, it never seemed crowded, as there were many different venues and activities throughout the ship. The MDR staff were generally efficient, although one evening our MDR waiter, Piano, seemed overwhelmed, because both he and his assistant waiter, Darko, were new sailing on the Regal, and not too familiar with the layout of the dining room to pick up the food from the kitchen. We had, as requested, 5:30 pm Traditional dining, table for two, and the early searing allowed plenty of time for us to attend either early or late evening performances in the Princess Theater (at the other end of the ship). Service, variety and quality of food in MDR was generally excellent for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alfredo's Pizzaria was a good option for enjoying a pizza, salads, or light pasta dishes, throughout the day. There was a good variety of sandwiches, soups, deserts, coffees, teas, at the International Cafe offered 24 hours per day. The Horizon Court Buffet, had quite a bit of variety of American, European, and ethnic foods throughout the day. We noted that many foods offered in regular and "salt free". Certain foods could be cooked to order. The Horizon Court Bistro offered lighter fare. Many cookies and deserts offered "sugar free". Good for passengers with high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes. Many cookies and deserts offered "nut free" for those with nut allergies, and separated on opposite sides of the buffet. The HC never seemed crowded, with plenty of seating, and the service staff were friendly, continually offering juice, coffee, and tea and cleared the tables quickly. We did not try the speciality restaurants, or the Trident Grill for burgers, hot dogs, or fries. The evening entertainment in the Princess Theater was excellent, with big production "Las Vegas" style performances of Bravo, Fireo, Rock and Roll. Other evenings, a stand up comedian, and modern music singer, pianist, guitar performer. The Princess Theater fills up quickly, so allow at least 30 minutes before showtime to get good seats. Ushers were there to discourage "seat hogs", and available to find you seats. Bar service staff were available to take your drink orders. However, there are no folding tables attached to the seats, like other Princess Theaters on the mid size ships (Star, Crown, Golden,) that we've sailed on, to allow setting down your drink. This seemed to be an oversight to the modern design of Regal's Princess Theater. Enrichment programs on this cruise included talks on pirates, and on bushcraft and survival skills. I found both programs to be enjoyable and interesting. We attended only a few trivia game shows, of which there were many. Zumba was offered on sea days. Venue was outside on the Sports Deck. Fitness Center was well used by passengers, days, and evenings. Fitness trainers were helpful and knowledgeable. We did not use the spa or spa services. The public seating areas were plentiful, and we never had a problem finding a quiet place to sit and read a book, or have a conversation. As I have stated, the ship and public areas never seemed crowded. Debarkation was efficient and quick. We chose to debark as "Walk Off" passengers with our luggage. We were off the ship and through customs, in 10 minutes. In summary, we thoroughly enjoyed sailing on the Regal Princess, and we've already booked cruises sailing on her and sister ship, Royal for 2017 and 2018. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a ... Read More
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a fantastic server! She was so attentive, nice and efficient! The ship is very nice. It has a nice adult pool are and another nice pool for kids. Not too much to do for older teens who are not 18. I would have liked to see more live music later at night. It usually stopped around 11-ish The shows were very good. Even though the ship is very big, the layout is great and it was easy to get around . Nice walking deck. Nice gym too, Just the right number of sea days. The only thing I would change is more time in Stockholm, Sweden. We had perfect weather. Each post was fantastic. 1. Copenhagen- went a day early and it was great. Don't miss Tivoli Gardens. Go to the main marina and take a great canal tour. 2. Oslo, Norway - Amazing Vigeland sculpture park. You can do the hop on hop off bus. Great Cafes and beautiful walking areas 3. Berlin- We hired a Brewer's Berlin Tours. Jonathan was a fantastic tour guide. The bus was extremely comfortable and spacious. Went to incredible places and Jonathan was very knowledgeable! 4.Estonia- we took a taxi to the old city. Walked around and had lunch. 5. St Petersberg Russia- We hired Peter's Walk. They arranged the visas. They picked us up in a nice bus and had great 2 day tour. You can customize the tour based on your preference. Do not miss going to Ginza Restaurant in St Petersberg. Amazing food and view. Loved the canal rides. 6. Helsinki Finland- Wend to the outdoor market by taxi and then took a boat ride to a beautiful island 7. Stockholm Sweden- AMAZING bike ride with Stephan at Sweden Bikes. If you like bike riding do not miss it. Great way to see the city and country in a short time. Great bikes, very responsible, informative and so nice! We were also able to see the famous and beautiful Stockholm Synagogue. This day was the highlight of our trip. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Chose this cruise line because of the ports (7 in all) we would visit. Not disappointed. Best cruise I have taken thus far. Whatever good you have heard about Princess is true. Best dining ever including the main dining rooms, good ... Read More
Chose this cruise line because of the ports (7 in all) we would visit. Not disappointed. Best cruise I have taken thus far. Whatever good you have heard about Princess is true. Best dining ever including the main dining rooms, good size cabin, excellent staff and especially the cruise director and her team. Even the Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro (buffets) were excellent. Enough seating, wait staff brings you your juice, water, and coffee to the table, tons and I means tons of activities and entertainment to chose from. There were all ages on this ship ranging from families with young children, teenagers, young adults, couples of all ages, and seniors. Lots of wonderful families from Australia. Cannot say enough good things about this vacation. The Sanctuary, which is extra - $20. for a half day) was well worth it on one of our sea days. They deliver free food to your lounge chair as well as come around with scones,etc during the regularly scheduled tea time (3:30 pm). Very quiet area for reading, relaxation, and just looking out at the sea. There are also other areas on the ship on decks 16-17 that offer quiet areas for lounging weather permitting. Gave this ship and itinerary 10/10. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I have been on several cruises with several cruise lines in my lifetime and have Elite status with Princess. However, this was my first cruise on the Regal Princess and only second cruise sailing solo. I consider myself a knowledgeable ... Read More
I have been on several cruises with several cruise lines in my lifetime and have Elite status with Princess. However, this was my first cruise on the Regal Princess and only second cruise sailing solo. I consider myself a knowledgeable cruiser but I still read reviews and did a lot of research to see what people considered the strengths and weaknesses of the Regal. I had certain concerns and trepidations but knew I would still have a good time. I live in Orlando, FL and drove down to Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at a Hampton Inn. The itinerary was the 7-Day Eastern Caribbean cruise going to Ft. Lauderdale RT, Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. There were over 4000 people onboard including 500 children due to Spring Break. With this the kids seemed well behaved and I did not have any problem encounters. First concern dispelled. I arrived at the port at 10:30 am and of course it was a zoo with long lines already waiting to board. There were staff advising that the doors would open at 11 am. Of course, I think many of the people wanting to board were not following the staggered boarding procedures, me included. However, once the doors opened there were two staff members directing the Elite/ etc to the priority line and I was checked in under ten minutes time. Upon boarding, my initial reaction was WOW. The Regal is truly a beautiful ship. For lunch instead of the buffet or dining room I decided to eat at Alfredo's. I ordered an antipasto followed by veal/beef stuffed pockets with a cream sage sauce. WONDERFUL and a great way to start a cruise in a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Throughout the cruise the good to excellent food continued with fantastic variety and tastes. The service was top notch also. I could not ask for better. Getting use to the layout took some time as there are many different features and layouts compared to other Princess ships. The Piazza is a big success over the smaller piazzas on other princess ships. (Second concerned solved). Most of the time I was able to find a seat and enjoy the entertainment. I am renaming the Regal to the Ship of Music. What a wonderful variety of music and venues throughout the ship. From the steel drums, to the DJ playing a variety of music, to the vocalist, the Princess Band and the Polonia Strings and others. (As a lack of music is a concern of mine this proved to be unfounded). There were three production shows along with other show venues. I usually don't see all of the shows but I did this time. These were the best production shows that I have ever seen on a Princess ship. Fiera (sp) was absolutely excellent. The lead magician onboard was top notch and I saw him do illusions never seen before. The negative is that the main showroom can only hold 950+ people and the first show was always standing room only unless you got there about 30 minutes prior. The late show of 10 to 10:15 pm seemed to have seating available closer to showtime. After some researching of the ship I located wonderful seating areas in outside areas of the ship. You have to look for them as there is no walk around promenade deck. I have been to the ports before and decided to go on my own with one exception. Princess had a St. John on Your Own excursion that provided boat transportation right from the dock in St. Thomas that was a 45 minute narrated boat ride over with approximately 3 hours in St. John and then 45 minute return. It was so easy and no hassle instead of going on your own to Red Hook and taking the independent ferry. I just walked around Cruz Bay taking in the sights, went in the shops and had a light lunch in Mongoose Junction only 5 minute walk from dock. Nice way to something a little different from St. Thomas. In Princess Cays I just went ashore for a couple hours and instead of the BBQ took advantage of the "Food Trucks". This was something new for me since last being to Princess Cays. In St. Maarten I purchased the $7 all day water taxi pass and ended up buying a watch. I have been wanting a ring with chocolate diamonds for a few years now and Kay's Jewelers on Front Street had a nice variety of men's rings. I ended up buying one! Debarkation proved painless as I was called to exit within five minutes of my time of the sheet to leave. I had off-site parking and the van service to/from the port was excellent. In conclusion, The Regal is now my favorite Princess ship and I would not hesitate to go on her again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
I preface this review with the fact that I cruise exclusively on Princess. I embark on my 10th cruise in September and have three more booked in the coming year on various ships. I have sailed on every class of ship in the Princess ... Read More
I preface this review with the fact that I cruise exclusively on Princess. I embark on my 10th cruise in September and have three more booked in the coming year on various ships. I have sailed on every class of ship in the Princess fleet. All have different advantages and comforts. Everything that has worked so well on other ships has been rolled into the Regal Princess. I'm a ship person anyway. The amenities on this ship are second to none. Anyone cruising today know there is a varied clientele aboard. It seems Princess took the time to accommodate everyone. Let me start with the furniture in dining and public areas. Seating is very comfortable. No narrow armrests, plush upholstery, and even upholstered seating everywhere around the pool areas. Even with my being on a sold out cruise I never felt crowded any time. The showers in cabins are such an upgrade to all other Princess class ships. Shows were by far the best I have seen on any cruise. Horizon Court buffet has set aside an entire serving area for desserts. There are nicely appointed hand washing stations at all entrances and of course hand sanitizer at the entrance of each serving line. The seating is fantastic with both traditional and counter height tables. Areas set aside for outside dining are not just tables lined up along the sides but grouped seating areas giving the effect of dining in an outdoor café. There was so many things to see and try that the seven days on this trip flew by, maybe that's why ill be on a 21 day cruise next year. Some will say my frame of reference is limited as I only cruise Princess but the is by far the flagship of Princess cruises. I am looking forward to the third "R Class" ship in 2017. I've heard it will serve China\Asia itineraries, I've already bought my piggy bank. Read Less
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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