123 Princess Regal Princess Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We had been dedicated to the Princess Cruise line after a great experience with them. This 10-day, 3-port cruise was expected to be more of that same great experience. However, it was NOT! The food was horrible, the crew was in a bad ... Read More
We had been dedicated to the Princess Cruise line after a great experience with them. This 10-day, 3-port cruise was expected to be more of that same great experience. However, it was NOT! The food was horrible, the crew was in a bad mood/attitude and it showed. It was bad enough that we are probably going to cancel the cruise that we already had booked for 2020. Princess is no longer worthy of any attention. The low quality food extended to the formal dining room for dinner. They were unable to properly prepare any of the types of fish that they served (from one night to another). Terribly overcooked. Some nights we chose to skip it, due to the menu choices. Can you imagine Spaghetti being the featured special? Yes, that was their idea of fine dining. Princess cruise line has, in our view, dropped from Excellent, to Poor quality. They are no longer a good vacation option. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose the cruise due to hearing such great things about princess. There was absolutely nothing to do onboard besides shop... As two 30yr olds on our honeymoon it was completely boring on the days at sea. We found ourselves in our ... Read More
We chose the cruise due to hearing such great things about princess. There was absolutely nothing to do onboard besides shop... As two 30yr olds on our honeymoon it was completely boring on the days at sea. We found ourselves in our extremely warm cabin since the a/c didn’t seem to work. Even after complaining it still wasn’t fixed. Staff for the most part was great but doesn’t make up for the lack of things to do onboard. Food was excellent both in the dining room and in the buffet and restaurants. Entertainment was basically nonexistent unless you wanted to watch the same people play music all day or pay to play bingo. The ports were amazing. All of them were extremely beautiful. Although princess failed to offer many excursions that weren’t overpriced tours. Honestly very disappointed with princess and would definitely think twice before going on another princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise for the length and where it left from. Overall, it was disappointing. My wife is used to being wow'd by the bartenders and they were very matter of fact and unwilling to try to make any drink that was not on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the length and where it left from. Overall, it was disappointing. My wife is used to being wow'd by the bartenders and they were very matter of fact and unwilling to try to make any drink that was not on the menu. The dining room menu was also subpar with Tilapia and spaghetti and meatballs in the main dining room. Best part of the trip was the entertainment. The cabin steward was very stealthy as we can't even tell you their name. Getting on and off the ship was the best ever experienced. Despite a lot of effort to fight rust, there was a lot of rust on this ship. We would not consider another Princess cruise. It was definitely below expectations in many areas. My wife ordered hot tea in our room and the status made it to "being prepared". She never received the tea and when we attempted to contact room service, no one could tell us anything. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Repositioning cruise from NYC to Port Everglades. We're from the Tampa area. We bought our TPA-LGA flight from Princess EZ Air. Excellent price, and excellent flight, transfer and embarkation experiences. The Brooklyn port was ... Read More
Repositioning cruise from NYC to Port Everglades. We're from the Tampa area. We bought our TPA-LGA flight from Princess EZ Air. Excellent price, and excellent flight, transfer and embarkation experiences. The Brooklyn port was one of the most efficient that we've ever experienced. The ship was great as always....our third time on Regal. The first three days were at sea. First day was a bit choppy, but really fun to watch the seas. The remainder of the cruise was dead calm! Notably good points: Ample sunbeds despite it being perfect weather and a full cruise. The Retreat area is always great. Buffet was very good. We're early risers, and wish they'd open prior to 5am. Crooners was wonderful. Eunice and Benny took great care of us. The international café was always a delight in the early mornings. Notably no so good points: MDR....Slow, disorganized service. We ordered wine by the bottle. One night, they served us someone else's wine, another night they lost our bottle. Wrong entree's served one night. We just lost trust in them. MUTS daytime entertainment. Old, rehashed stuff. Crazy Rich Asians (they played this back in January!) Sheryl Crow concert from 2002 (also played back in January), Cirque du Soleil played at least three times. There was a guy playing steel drums occasionally. He was all right. Disembarkation was the easiest ever. We had transfers to FLL airport. Our disembarking group was called, and we just walked right off. No lines, no nonsense. The 10 minute bus ride was great, too. In all, a really nice experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise with friends of ours. We enjoyed our friends and the cruise very much. Our eating was scheduled for 5:30 pm at the Allegro dining room in the evening and Janice Sandoval was our waitress and Jeffrey Maderazo was our ... Read More
We chose this cruise with friends of ours. We enjoyed our friends and the cruise very much. Our eating was scheduled for 5:30 pm at the Allegro dining room in the evening and Janice Sandoval was our waitress and Jeffrey Maderazo was our assistant waiter and they were the BEST!!!!! We never had to wait for anything and they were very easy to talk with and also very knowlegable about the food and answered any questions that we had. The only time we felt any movement of the ship was on our first night and second day, but with patches ready to use we were fine. It seemed that the elevators were always busy when we wanted to use them but I guess getting that amount of people around on the ship would be a problem for anyone. The debarkation went fine for us although we didn't use the medallion as much as we could have. The internet was slow and I guess we are impatient as we didn't use it hardly at all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Wanted to try leaving from New York. We left from Brooklyn and it was virtually effortless. We left on Halloween so lots of creative costumes on board. Did not want a lot of stops. There were 3 exceptional ones.This cruise served both ... Read More
Wanted to try leaving from New York. We left from Brooklyn and it was virtually effortless. We left on Halloween so lots of creative costumes on board. Did not want a lot of stops. There were 3 exceptional ones.This cruise served both purposes and was priced right. We usually prefer ships with fewer passengers but the on-board entertainment and venues more than made up for the size. Incredible shows. Comedians who were hysterical, the ventriloquist was amazing, musicians who could really play, and star gazing opportunities made for fun evenings. Movies on demand were great for late late nights. Days at sea filled with plenty of activities: trivia, Princess Pop Choir, Karaoke, sports challenges, book club,game shows, shopping or just lounging at the pool. Alfredos Pizzaria was the hidden gem with unique and fresh pizza toppings,antipasto plates, soups and desserts. As with any Princess cruise we have been on the service was impeccable. Excursions were all well received. Zip lining on St. Maarten, swimming with the stingrays in Antigua (staff here really loved the animals and enjoyed sharing them with us), and the submarine experience in Aruba were all top shelf. The ship docked in Ft. Lauderdale which is also an efficient terminal. The only thing wrong with it is the airport which is undergoing renovations which we hope will make it more passenger friendly. If you are looking for a relaxing cruise put this one on your list. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my 68 cruise with Princess and my third time on the Regal. Here are my top Pros: 1. Arny Galoyo in Crooners. He is the best Crooner entertainer by far!! and a reason alone to cruise with Princess. We have cruised many ... Read More
This was my 68 cruise with Princess and my third time on the Regal. Here are my top Pros: 1. Arny Galoyo in Crooners. He is the best Crooner entertainer by far!! and a reason alone to cruise with Princess. We have cruised many times with Arny and are still amazed at his versatility (sings in 9 languages!), his ability to take requests from passengers (knows thousands of songs, across multiple genres), his talent and wonderful personality (greets all passengers, speaks to them during breaks to find out what kind of music they like, always smiles and welcomes passengers to Crooners, makes us feel like family), and his ability to draw a big crowd (Crooners was always standing room only and when he was in the Piazza there were crowds on all three levels watching, and a full dance floor of passengers dancing.) 2. The production shows. We were fortunate to be on a "handover" cruise, meaning that two production teams were on at the same time, and we saw two shows performed by each of the teams. All of the singers and dancers were amazing! So talented and hard-working. A special shout-out to the dancers on the departing team who performed my favorite show "Born to Dance". Their energy and enthusiasm, after being on the ship for six months already, was outstanding. Made me break into a big smile. 3. Medallion. I had set up our medallions ahead of time at home, and we breezed through embarkation. I loved the fact that the medallion opened our cabin door. So much easier when my husband was carrying two coffees and danishes in the morning and could get the door opened quickly using his elbow! 4. Horizon Court. The variety was truly amazing. Mongolian buffet, Asian buffet, Italian buffet, Indian buffet, along with voluminous salad fixings, 3 carving stations per night, lots of breads, pastries, fruits, etc. It was so easy to eat most of our meals there since we never got bored and always found plenty to please us. 5. Cruise director Dan Falconer and staff. There was a great variety of game shows and different trivias on this cruise. Something that is not true on all Princess ships. Sometimes it is just "trivia" for example. Here we had music trivia, movie trivia, general trivia, geography trivia, etc. Never boring. As well as all of our favorite games shows. 6. Alternate dining venues. Alfredos (great pizza except the Margherita needs more basil), International Cafe (delicious hazelnut stollen at breakfast), Crown Grill (fabulous service and delicious sea bass and black and blue onion soup), the outdoor grill (love the cheeseburgers and fries) and Vines (great wine selection and delicious tapas). 7. Crew. In particular, our room steward and the bar wait staff in Crooners. Always smiling. Always helpful. Always greeted us by names. The crew on this cruise in all my interactions were friendly, courteous, smiling.....great representatives of Princess. 8. Entertainment. We were fortunate to have 3 prior Entertainer of the Year performers on board. So, the entertainment in the Princess Theater, between the production shows and these guest entertainers, was outstanding. Special shout-outs to comedian Carlos Oscar, and ventriloquist/singer Michael Minor. Great shows. We went on this cruise to relax after a few months of exceptionally stressful issues at home and work. The cruise did the trick. We LOVED our time on board, just relaxed and walked around in the ports (have been to all of these ports many times and have done many of the excursions. We just wanted to enjoy the sun, shopping, drinks and sights.) Thank you Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this particular cruise because of free gratuities, new ship (to us), new ports (4), and considerable cabin credit we received. This was a "back-to-back" cruise that first transited north to Canadian ports and then ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of free gratuities, new ship (to us), new ports (4), and considerable cabin credit we received. This was a "back-to-back" cruise that first transited north to Canadian ports and then southbound to several southern Caribbean ports for a total of 15 nights aboard. Ship was repositioning for the winter from NYC to Fort Lauderdale. We flew into New York the night prior to embarkation, staying at the Hampton Inn at LGA. UBered to the Brooklyn cruise port. The embarkation system there seemed to be in need of better direction. We had set up our "medallion" disc prior to leaving home, so we popped right up on their system on the first effort. Being Elite passengers, we were able to by-pass the standard line, but here is where it becomes confusing. We had wine we were bringing on board to declare, but there was no table/staff to declare it to.....at least not very visible with hundreds of people milling around. There was a table we found by chance that had a form required by Canadian authorities we needed to fill out, with no signage about it. We were directed by one staff member to proceed in one direction, only to be told by staff at that direction to turn around and retrace our steps. Eventually we found the right staff person whom could process our account and sent us onto the ship....whew!! The ship itself is nicely laid out. The Piazza seems wider than that space on other Princess ships. All the inside activities occur on the 5-6-7 decks, as is standard on Princess. Regal is a big girl, almost 1100' long, and has a capacity of about 3,600 passengers, but we sailed with about 3,000, as we were told. Our Balcony cabin felt spacious, and the bathroom space is improved. Sound blockage is quite good between adjoining staterooms....never heard our neighbors through the walls. The medallion "stateroom door unlock" was convenient when you approached with items in your hands. We choose late "traditional" dining so that we can develop a relationship with our wait staff over the course of the cruise. We chose a table for two, surrounded by like tables of two around us. Our waitstaff, Victor and Jay, were professional, with excellent English skills. The MDR (Allegro) is nicely laid out at the stern of deck 6, and it never seemed overly loud in there. Food and beverage orders were quickly dispatched to our table and presented well. The majority of foods presented were delicious, with a few "unknowns" we experimented with, we scratched off the "must-try" list. The ship itself is in good shape. Despite round-the-clock maintenance, there will always be a scrape of rust here and there.....just the nature of ships in a marine atmosphere, they work hard at keeping it up. The dedicated walking/running track located aft on deck 17 is a better fit for the active set avoiding the "strollers" on the old promenade walkways. The water feature is entertaining. Food is available everywhere on the ship...burgers, hotdogs, pizza, cocktails, ice cream on the pool deck. Alfredo's pizza was good for a generous pizza and beer during the day. Pub lunches in the Wheelhouse bar were well attended. The Princess theatre located forward is well laid out, with plenty of exits, allowing rapid entry/exit into there. Perfect sightlines throughout. Casino is quite large if that's your thing. The internet speed on this ship was the fastest we have experienced on Princess ships....hope it spreads to the rest of the fleet! We had a lecturer on board (Franz Schneider) who knew all things about ships and seas and provided excellent information on these topics during his lectures. Activities throughout the ship were constant from sunup til night owl hours, offering something for everyone. We had two different ship Captains during this voyage (Captains Stringer and Maresca) whom kept us highly informed about the ship itself. The new medallion system in place on this ship does expedite the purchase of goods and beverages on board (more about medallion later in this review). The cruise director Dan, and asst CD Kyle were funny, energetic, quick-witted, and fun to be around. Entertainment on board was top shelf....funny comedians, song/dance performances, Opera, etc. Princess offered a "rock-n-roll night" one evening in the Piazza base, composed of performers mingled together from all the bands/singers on board, and we feel it was the BEST live musical performance we have ever encountered on a Princess ship!.....we hope it goes fleetwide. Easy on-off access in all ports we visited. Used Princess excursions for Antigua and "Bernard's Tours" on St Maarten, (highly recommend Bernard's….have used them before with great results). All crew members were pleasant to us, always a smile. One bar waiter offered us a way to purchase ship wine by the bottle, which lowered our per-glass expense. Disembarkation in Ft Lauderdale was super-smooth.... the time it took to exit the ship was dictated by how fast you chose to walk. 90% of our cruise experience was positive. Now, we'll mention a few of the "speedbumps" we encountered.... 1. Sauna and steamroom …. these offerings have been "standard complementary" on the grand class and other class Princess ships, and located adjacent to the fitness center. On this ship, they have been moved to the opposite end of the ship and placed in the "Lotus Spa", requiring you to purchase a spa package to utilize these functions which are free on other ships. Left a bad taste in our mouth with the new "nickel and diming" policy. 2. The "medallion system" …. the jury is still out on this one. It opens your stateroom door for you upon your approach, which is good. We could never get the app to do a food order through our stateroom smart TV. It would routinely boot us off after a few hours, requiring input of your personal info multiple times over the day. It knows where you are at all times, which can be a little too-much big brother. It does expedite the purchase of beverages, goods, and services on board, because the staff member you are interacting with already knows your name, your face, and room number as they interact with you. No signing for anything anymore aboard this ship. We think the system needs a lot more tweaking to make it user-friendly/foolproof, especially for the senior crowd. 3. Noticed in several of the men's restrooms in the public area's that the floor layout/design prevents rapid use of these facilities...… paper towel dispensers located directly in front of a swing-in door, one sink for 3-4 simultaneous guests, just poor design flaws. Other than these few "speedbumps", the Regal is a classy, elegant, ship that we wouldn't hesitate to call a temporary home, sometime again in the future. Sorry to disappoint the "Debbie-downers" we encountered on this ship, but you will have fun on a cruise ship if YOU choose to do so. Hope this review helps! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our trans Atlantic cruise was great when we visited our destinations but cold & rainy during the 5 days we crossed the Atlantic. This meant we were confined to the inside of the ship for the 5 day crossing. There were plenty of ... Read More
Our trans Atlantic cruise was great when we visited our destinations but cold & rainy during the 5 days we crossed the Atlantic. This meant we were confined to the inside of the ship for the 5 day crossing. There were plenty of diversions & activities inside the ship which made the crossing fun although it would have been nice to be able to use the pool & hot-tubs. The food was no better or worse than any of the other cruises we have taken on other cruise lines. The crew was exceptional including the captain who always kept us informed about our route and weather conditions. Our cruise was forced to take a more northern route across the Atlantic because of storms which severely lowered the speed of our internet service. We were dismayed that Princess allowed one passenger to bring their dog on the cruise. There was no indication that this was any type of service dog! I am a dog owner & would never consider taking our dog on a cruise. I wonder about the public health issues when a dog is brought into the dining rooms! Overall we had a good time but would think twice about ever taking another Trans Atlantic cruise, particularly one that takes a northern route like ours did. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Itinerary was awesome other then that, food was ok, shows were mediocre and staff were a little rude. Main dining waiter was rushed no interaction just took order, drop food and took off. Francesco head waiter was great. Always gave me ... Read More
Itinerary was awesome other then that, food was ok, shows were mediocre and staff were a little rude. Main dining waiter was rushed no interaction just took order, drop food and took off. Francesco head waiter was great. Always gave me menu for next night to make me comfortable with my food allergy. Room was clean, however, steward was not friendly. First thing out of his mouth was the hours he worked. No sure if he liked his job.. Received letter in cabin about respiratory illness on board. Was in cabin sick for 2 days, only left for steward to clean rooms. Captains messages at noontime you could hardly heard unless you opened the cabin door. Cruise staff did alittle too late Few times equipment for shows in theater didnt work. One major production show was cancelled after 15 minutes because of equipment failure. 3 computers went down. Not sure if I would cruise princess line again. We shall see. No pun intended. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We boarded in St. Petersburg after a 4 day stay in town. Wonderful visit and nice, safe place, with friendly people. Lots to see and do, and cabs are cheap. The terminal experience was very unusual however. We expected the regular ... Read More
We boarded in St. Petersburg after a 4 day stay in town. Wonderful visit and nice, safe place, with friendly people. Lots to see and do, and cabs are cheap. The terminal experience was very unusual however. We expected the regular crush of hundreds of other passengers, but there were fewer than a dozen that we saw during our processing. The Medallion system isn't really much of a benefit under these type situations. The ship is in good condition, I didn't see any wear and tear anywhere, and the crew keeps it quite clean. The décor is a little boring except in a few spots like the central atrium. That said, the layout is peculiar in that there are parts of the ship that are difficult to reach, and not in the typical locations. For instance, the rear set of elevators ends at deck 6, but you need to go up a level to actually get anywhere except cabins on that deck. The buffet has somewhat narrow passages on each side and this causes a lot of bumping and confusion, particularly at peak meal times. Smoke from the open ceiling casino vents into the shops above and became an issue for passengers. My biggest disappointment with the entire cruise is the food in the buffet. The selection and availability is good, HOWEVER it is never hot! I mean it's barely warm. All the toasted items like bagels English muffins, French toast, etc. will not even begin to melt butter. Eggs are fried in batches and put out 20 or so at a time and also lukewarm. By the time you get to your table with your meal, everything is usually at room temp. The scrambled eggs taste like they began as powdered, and the omelets seem to be made from the same mix. The pastry selection is usually good for every meal in the buffet I must say. The highly touted "Highest Speed WiFi At Sea" was practically unusable for a full 5 days while crossing the Atlantic. Speeds typically were between 50-150kbps, similar to dialup or DSL speeds over 10 years ago. The Captain apologized, announcing it was the lack of satellite coverage, but it should have been no secret that over 25% of our 19 day cruise would encounter such poor service. The gym is sparsely equipped with basic machines like curls for instance. It's also small, and at the rear of the ship, unlike most I've seen. The main theatre does not have enough seating for anywhere near 1/2 the passengers, so you'll need to arrive 30-45 minutes before a show to get a few decent seats. Entertainment was average with the usual mix of entertainment. The dining room anytime dining is good, and we ate there about half the time. Alfredo's pizza on deck 6 is great and I highly recommend it for a quick, good individual pizza. The Calzones also looked good, but I didn't try one. I doubt I'd book this cruise again mostly because of the buffet food temps and the poor WiFi at sea, but overall, it wasn't a bad experience, just not great either. The standard balcony cabins are small compared to Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, with no couch and tiny bathrooms. The balcony was only about 4 feet deep it seemed, barely enough room to have a chair face out to sea. The Medallion feature turned into a major yawn for us. It only was used to unlock our door and check in and out in port. NO ONE used the public panels to navigate the ship or anything else that I noticed. There are at least 5 different Princess apps to download if you want to bother, but they are confusing and do very little easily. I've been on over 50 cruises, and I walked away slightly disappointed in this one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Princess Cruises with the Regal was outstanding. We are elite so we have a few cruises with Princess but this time the entire staff: dinning room waiter (Herbert), assistance waiter (Veljko), dinning room manager (Norbert), dinning room ... Read More
Princess Cruises with the Regal was outstanding. We are elite so we have a few cruises with Princess but this time the entire staff: dinning room waiter (Herbert), assistance waiter (Veljko), dinning room manager (Norbert), dinning room hostess(Yaniris), and room steward (Carlos) were exceptional with friendly attitude, willingness to provide service, interest in our activities on ship and in ports with recommendations of what to try. Captain Stringer was amazing with his detailed explanation of our course across the Atlantic Ocean and changes due to the weather patterns. His daily updates could be quite humorous. I loved the description of a massive ship like the Regal sneaking out of port late at night. It reminded me of an elephant in a china shop trying to be delicate. The itinerary was great the best ports were Copenhagen. I could have stayed longer. St. Petersburg was fantastic with the two day small group tour and our guide was the best with so much knowledge about the people and history. Again I could have stayed longer. What a fantastic voyage. Thank you Princess Cruises and the Regal Princess Staff. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this transatlantic for its course towards copenhagen. this was our tenth or so ta and our second princess cruise. we read the reviews and expected a "deluxe ship". we were driving from my home in palm beach ... Read More
We chose this transatlantic for its course towards copenhagen. this was our tenth or so ta and our second princess cruise. we read the reviews and expected a "deluxe ship". we were driving from my home in palm beach county to port evergladesin a one way rental car. about 18 hours before embarkation we were notffied by princess email that embarkation would be drastically delayed due to a noro virus infestation onboard the previous carribbean cruise. A cdc observed cleanup was required before we would board. the guests were told to not epoect to enter the registration lobby until 3pm or later. the departure was soft as boarding was delayed as also mandatory safety drill. we were inconvenineced as our rental car agency closed early on sundal and would not be offering a shuttle to the ship at 3pm! we had to accept waiting at the port to get into the lobby. many were more inconvenineced flying in overnight to arrive in the morning into fll. We arrived at the port to find that princess was allowing guests to come into the shed lobby and present their credentials. then we were to sit and wait for the notice to board. "hostesses" handed us numbers after registration which i noticed she favored some with low numbers and some with higher numbers. we got a 10 while other arriving after us got 3, 4 numbers which would be the order of entry onto the ship . one couple arriving 15 minutes after us sat next to us . They had an inside cabin on their first princess cruise and were given the early boarding number 3. i was annoyed as a returning cutomer to be given a 10! further i have a mobility problem and walk with a cane. at no time did princess or their agencies offer me any assistance with a wheelchair. I was aware that only those with motorized "amigos" got any assistance. we waited 90 minutes in the warm shed to be allowed to board. in over 25 cruises this was the second worse embarkation. (Our worse was we had been made to stand in the sun in Rio for 2 hours as our plane arrived too early for the cruise ine to board us.) Princess burst with repeated pride about ttheir new medallion system that served as key card for bills, opening our cabin, buying drinks etc. we had our pictures taken by the security person as we first entered the ship, hot and bothered after walking from the hot waiting shed. the cabins wer not ready yet for us so we went off looking for lunch while leaving our carryon luggage outside our cabin door. We explored the ship as this was only our second princess ship. we had spent 21 days on the royal princess. there were many similarities of the two ships although stated as "unlike'. the main thetre was forward and spanned twop decks with access directly to seats with no "bad" seats and no columns as in many such theatres. Dining had several options. we had chosen the "anytime" dining option which relegated us to the symphony" dining room for 5pm to 7:30pm dining as located slightly aft of the mid ship elevators, quite convenient . We could use the allegro dining on deck 6 after 7:30 pm . We never sought late dinng. concerto also on deck 6 was reserved for traditional dining all evening. we were sent there when diners did not take their tables by 6pm and as a result ate in all three dining rooms. Yes the menu was the same in all three but the service in the traditional dining rooms had more experieinced staff apprently. The ship had the capacity for over 3600 passengers but had only just over 3400 passengers. we found that we could usually find a private nook to read or have private time. we had no such space in our cabin so it was important to dfind a place to sit to read on a ta. the frist days we sat in the pool area in shade for happy quiet time. then the weather drove everyone indoors as we went through rain and a near hurricane winds. our last 10 days did not support outdoors time. movies under the stars were a bust. The staff provied blankets but umbrellas did not work to watch an overhead movie. Casual dining was available in many venues the largest was the horizon court which had several "bays" serving buffet style food on steam tables. We had our breakfast all days in the horizon court as it offered variety and we could eat leisurely in waves of interest to get up and find what we wanted we did not want a served breakfast with its limited menu and fixed servings. horizon court at lunch and dinner boasted of internaitonal cuisine with a heavy asian influence and weak european influence. the menus at the horizon court did not mirror fully the formal dining rooms. only in the horizon did we get lamb chops ( small cutlets) and seafood stews/soups. We were diappointed in the ships response to good friday. the chefs of the horizon court had had a gigantic fish and seafood day on maundy thursday and had few non meat options in the horizon court on good friday. the day had to be vegan for lack of chef efforts for fish on good friday, an internaitonal day. One of our favorite dining experieinces was the internaitonal cafe located on deck 5 down the hall from our symphony dinng room this 24/7 cafe also houses the coffee bar. nearby tables in the piazza made it possible to get a coffee and pastry and watch a game show, zumba class or dance class during the day . Or get a seafood pie and tea as light supper and listen to dance music and special events in the piazza. we found the food and apstries in the internaitonal cafe to be of greater quality and consistency than any other venue. the chefs were gracious and warmed our choices. the salads glistened as fresh greek, waldorf or shimp and lentil salads. the food was appetizing and served with cheerfulness. The coffee bar had a special pass for $31 plus gratuity ( $37) which gave unlimited regular and decaf coffee and 15 specialty coffees our choice for specialty drinks wre the specialty iced coffees and iced tea infusions. each of these were ususally $3-5 each. elite and higher princess medalion guests have a complimentary coffee pass so the lines do develope. We paid for access. We enjoyed the fresh large coffeee day and night and used our specials for leisurely stay in the piazza for shows. for us 15 specials over 15 days meant one a day.for many this was not possible as they insisted on night and day lates, cappuchinos and hot chocolates which were specials also. as i have developed lactose intolerancein the past year, i was steering clear from all miilk and cream on this cruise. imagine my dismay when i had reactions from the specialty respberry caramel iced coffee and the black forrest cherry i coffee freeze. The ignorant staff did not state on the menu that these special coffees were made with milk or cream!! No where was it stated that some specialty coffees and teas had milk. i limited myslef to teas with no milk then! The ship went through high seas of the near hurricane ( 5 meter waves) force 14. and had minimal .shift or list. only outdoor activities were curtailed .no shows were changed. the sea sickness bags appeared for about 5 days but really were unnecessary on this stable large ship. Our cabin was a category a balcony ( allegedly better than b,c,d,e,f,h,) . Not deluxe as it was small with only one desk chair and no place to sit together or share a meal except to sit on the bed to watch the tv. dekuxe cabins have a small sofa for seating. staff admitted they had removed a chair from the balcony cabins like ours as people fell over it as it crowded the cabin. description: small cabin with a refrigerator under the counter in the corner by the sliding glass door, desk-dressing table with desk chair. twin beds, one night talbe supporting the end of the desk the other between. Open closet with bar and hangers for about 20 garments and one tall drawer stack with a lockable safe. the small bath had sink with small shleves that dumped things on the floor, toilet and shower with curtain and slight lip to keepo water off the floor . "a" cabins are midship and low, best for transatlantic. most o deluxe balcony cabins were fore or aft not desireable for a ta if we got weather rocking. this was the smallest cabin we had experienced in 25 years. adequet but not luxury. the bathroom shampoo and bath scrub were in communal squirt bottles anchoredin the shower. the soap at the sink was replaced after a week of use by two people. towels were 2 per person and were thin and not luxury,they were less plush than the $3 towel at kohl's. only 2 bath towels was annoying. two lumpy pillows per bed was also alloted. beds were well used with troughs down the middle and gave uncomfortable sleep. The new trend to have a "duvet covered comforter as top sheep and comforter let us have a white sheeted bed as our style . not luxury. the steward did not provide a cover for the sheets for us to unpack our luggage as most "deluxe" cruises. no cover was in the room. The guest bath robes which ar reserved online before sailing were frayed and well used and were so small neither of the adults could use them as they did not span our backs or middles. We used these sad robes as a throw for warmth when the cabin got cold. we would never wear such a ragged thing to the pool! there was no blanket in the room the life preservers were in place on the shelf in the closet and no extra supplies of pillow or blankets. We use extension cords with surge protector in the two us 110 volt receptables on the desk top so we could charge our cell phones, lap top, cameras, etc. we did not use any high amp appliances. the hair drywer in the drawer is wired into the ship 220 volt system so is not moveable. This was the saddest cabin in comparison to hal, celbrity, msc and norwegian. Our cabin steward grace serviced the room twice a day. She was sometimes quite responsive to request such as please return our ice bucket and sometimes forgetful such as "wine glasses please". our room was kept fairly neat as we stow most everything except electronics. Dining: to review we went to the horizon court on deck 16 for breakfast and lunch. we dressed smart casual 12 nights and 3 nights formal to dine in the dining rooms on decks 5 and 6 .we did not pay extra for any of the specialty restaurants such as crown grill, crab shack( 3 nights this cruise), sabatini's or specialty meals. the dining room offered options for extra from the crown grill we did not pay $10-20 to have steaks and things from the other venues. We did not have pizza or ice cream due to my lactose adversion. we also opted out of the hamburger grill near t the poola s the weather was horrid out there and generally there was better food in the horizon court. I appreciated the following for breakfast in the horizon grill: smoked salmon, croissants, made to order, egg white omelets, fresh cut fruits( pineapple) , whole fruits( navel oragnes) grilled ham slices, sausage, crispy american bacon, and corned beff hash rarely were the pastries in the pastry shoppe attrative princess had no cinnamon buns/rolls or sticky buns. these are my culture essentials. Princess provided many cultures their favorites from miso soup , oatmeal, english bacon, etc. i did not try many unfamiliar things at breakfast choosing to drink coffee and orange juice with fmailiar foods. At lunch i enjoyed the great variety of national foods displayed in the four different serving buffets in the horizon court in additin to the pastry shoope bay in the horizon bistro. i do not eat jalapeno and chipotle peppers as i wheeze and get sick. i do not like spicey to the point of numbness. my favorite finds at lunch were many in the horizon court. some were not as hot as expected off a steam table but the ingredients were right. this venue excelled at seafood .i never chose a soup as most were with cream or ingredeints i do not like ( peas, cauliflower, beans) my favorites at the horizon court were: bouilabaise, cioppino, paella, mussels, grilled and fried shrimp, carved lamb, carved round of beef, spare ribs, beef schwarma, grilled lamb chops, grilled fish , carved brisket, carved, pork tenderloin, sauteed spinach, baked potato, singapore noodles, lo mein, hong kong noodles, fresh fruit, caesar salad, etc. our favorite deserts were pavlova and meringue in any form, lemon meringue pie, sweet fruit crumble with warm sauce, fresh strawberries. Service by staff in the horizon court was generally gracious . They cleaned up tables so the large horde of guests could find a table. since there were not so many views on a ta many guests accepted not having windows and the large number of guests got spaced out in the horizon dining rooms without pushing. staff brought drinks when rquested fewer guests requested sodas and beers at lunch than any ship i have been on. most wanted the complimentary ice tea and lemonade. Dinner in the dining rooms as an anytime guest worked well when we went before 6pm. we preferred a table for 2 , but occasionally accepted sharing to facilitate dining to get to a show. we ate in all three dining rooms over the 15 nights. the concerto dining room had some distinctive spaces andchina. the talbes were further apart for privacy while dining. This is a perk for those dining on a fixed schedule at 5:15 or 5:30 pm (or 7:30) . Our servers generally were well trained and efficient they worked with a rigid kitchen policy of no substitutions and no double orders( unlike other ships). to accomodate diners the waiters did swift ordering to get doubles of lobster tails or filets. Every night there were "princess favorties " which included shrimp cocktail, caesar salad, loaded potato cream soup, grilled salmon, roasted chicken and a hamburger. on other cruiselines that hamburger would be a ny strip steak! some evenings we stared at our menu gaping as nothing appeared special or worthiy of a "deluxe cruise". i do not get excited about meatloft, grilled chicken breast, macaroni and cheese,chicken and leek pot pie etc. the starters included usually three appetizers and two soups,( one cold one hot )and one salad. often we had the caesar salad and shrimp cocktail as the menu options were poor. The crab cakes on this ship were light on crab and full of bland filling . The crab cakes got labeled as new orleans and maryland and all tasted the same sorry filling. the entree choices were fairly predictable: one pasta, one vegan, one fish, one meat and one fowl. Occasionally seafood slipped in like luscious large sea scallops. one night was chose sadly the "tenderloin tip pot pie". This sad dish had little meat in with mostly mushrooms and gravy and tiny bits of meat. tenderloin i doubt the beef and guiness pie in the internaitonal cafe was far larger and more robustly full of meat and flavor. on forma nights there was apssing effort to serve a special entree such as beef wellington, lobster tail( single) or rock fish not one evening had crab legs/crab of any nature no filet mignon. tenderloin was sparingly sliced as entree. only with coaxing did the waiters bring s double slice of the beef wellington off the loaf made in the kitchen. . not a small complete wellington as deluxe rstaurants serve. rarely did we feel we were in a deluxe restaurant by the food . the service was far better than the food. often we skipped deserts as they boasted of "love's chocolate bombs and deserts. Overlaoded chocolate deserts. later in the cruise the choices for desert fell to two to three choices or ice cream . yes they had the cheese or fresh fruit option all ships offer. the best deserts were the souffles which were served about four times in fifteen nights. i wondered how many creme brulees and ice cream any one should eat? we did not. the lemon tart was delicious as also the petit fours and small pastries with various names over the 15 nights. larger deserts were overwhelming. We had efficient dinner service so we could attend most major shows after dinner. this was a difficult part of this ship. if the show proposed semed good seats were filling 45 minutes before showtime and there were not seats at 7:35 pm many nights. what a miserable situation. most of the evening entertainment funds were loaded on the showtimes and there was no viable options. so it was spend 40 minutes sitting waiting for showtime or skip it. we made the learned instinct to skip the comediaians and see the productions shows. we got to see all but one productin show. that night,dinner did not finish on time to get there by 7:30pm and it was filled. the production shows highlighted the dancers who were superb the singers were cruiseship quality a bit shrill and not always in tune. we recognized one of the productions from our princess cruise in september 2018. the instrumentalist were familiar as we had seen them on other cruiselines. both the around the world pianist born in turkey and the violinisht with the flashy wardropbe and special sequined shoes who loves to talk about his british mom. both are good professionals who have not changed their show in years. Most of the other entertainment were not worth finding. only the topaz instrumental group with a luscious blues singer filled our evening. they could morph to different styles and got the couples dancing . The various bar pianists, classic duo with their electronic backup and folksy singer with the guitar were not memorable or high quality. most bars would lay them off as people did not sit down and have a drink to hear them the entertainment was of low quality on a trans atlantic cruise where customers had no other options in port. Activities were quite limited for this ta as the weather outside took away much poolside and on the upper sports deacks. the "enrichment" speakers were not enrichment but well versed topics like the titanic and the origins of atlantis .really? i could do it with one hour pre on google. The library was a farce. Most of the books were discards from former passengers. Some were belonging to princess with their paper on front. but these were of stephen king and other well read variety no new fiction-non fiction. One princess grouping was eight copies for a book club onboard. we left our used books to add to the alleged 2000 books there. Not really. there are about 300 books some in foreign languages in the library and board games to borrow. there were jig saw puzzles on the main tables of the library fo rthose interested. On a table were games like suduko . But this was not a library for readers. The service of the staff reflected the casualness of the leadership. the captain proved a "chatty cathy" talking both in person and on the noon talk more than most wanted to hear. we never got a great weather forecast. After getting caught in rain the captain failed to nore we went out each day with rain gear and heavy clothing as he had not idea of the next days weather! Cruise crtic had a meet and greet on first day at sea april 15 with well over 100 present. Many officers showed up with the captain leading the charge and displacing the cruise director and hotel director from the welcome. the captain insulted the catholics aboard in his ad lib response to a catholic priest asking for opportunity to say catholic mass on easter. the captain said there was a interdenominaitonal service arranged already and that should satisfy the catholics. the cruise critic aduience disagreed. the message to this captain was he needed to listen. eventually the entertainment director found a room at 6:30am for the catholic mass . Later a 4:15 pm service was added for the overflow and those out on excursions in the morning. the crew got an easter mass from this volunteer priest and this was ovrflowing a large lounge the captain has much to learn about christian holy days. this ship provied three days of rooms and service to the jewish community on board for passover. This included a catered seder and shabat meals. since hal has daily catholic mass on all its cruises a strong message got delivered by this captain to the roman catholics onboard. go elsewhere. The cruise director was exceptional and high energy corey was seen from early morning to late night he led zumba classes and ball room dancing classes. he breezed into many activities and hosted the show time performances. most passengers felt his presence and felt he served them personally as he was seen everywhere. seeing him sweat it out leading a zumba clas gave the message he gives his all to princess as cruise director. As a tranatlantic our ports were few: ponta delgado, zeebruge, rotterdam , aarhusdenmark and copenhagen. the destination agent was poorly educated about the ports and gave misinformtaiton. repeatedly the staff stated ponta delgado was closed on easter sunday. wrong. this quiet azore community welcomed with shops open and churches open for visits. we walked in the mosty rainy day to see much on a walking tour of our own. We took princess shore excursions to use up our obc earned from several sources. the princess excursion to brussels from zeebruges ( $179.99) was our only possibility to getto brussels this cruise. no private or cc tours. the bus was about 40 and there were 3 princess buses going the venfor for princess misguided us at several levels. they led four buses to the same rest stop which was clsoed off to limited access for toilets, delaying the princess bus and a hal bus also going to brussels with the same company. They rerouted us through brussels to miss several sits including the royal palace as the rains came they dropped us off infront of the brussels cathedral but denied us opportunity to visi as we were "late". we then walked 20 minutes to a restaurant where a catered meal allegedly of felmist origin would be served. this restaurant served a catered meal that any kitchen in america would serve. chicken with white gravy as main course with croquts desrt chocolat pudding. th appetiser was the only european with a lettuce bedded slice of smoke salmon arriving under plastic wrap as prepared days in advance. Then we walked again for 15 minuted to the grand square and the "guide' dismissed for time on our own unless we wanted to follow him to another promised site, the small fountain on a corner of a building with the small boy pissing into the pool below. that was our brussels guided tour we had about 90 minutes on our won. we sought free wifi, shopped and tried to stay dry in the pouring rain. we did shop for belgian meringues and chocolates . all the guests on our bus returned before time and we drove back to the port. dismal tour, overpriced. the official tour guide had told off color and anti-semitic stories along the way on the bus. he used his use of german and english to make disparaging remarks . His last greeting to the english speaking group as we disembarked the bus was "have a good fart". The german word for journey is "fahrt" . He knew this was a foul, cruse way to greet us and hid behind his flemish identity. I reported more details to princess and they assured me they would contact the vendor. princess refunded 25& of my shore excursion fees. A limited apology. The shore excursion tin rotterdam we took to amsterdam. this included an hour boat cruise for just the 30 on our bus, about 1.5 hours in the van gogh museum and and about 2 hours on our oen in amsterdam from the flower market. we walked many miles to give the bus no problem navigating streets and traffic. It cost us time and energy in walking more than expected. we had a interesting day and we found lunch on our own rather than a tour company chosen meal. the price was $149.99 which seems steep but there wer not so many options. Arrhus was wonderful and not familiar to those on the princess staff. They stated it was closed on sunday not at all. the town provided a free continuous shuttle service to center city where volunteers greeted us with maps and homemade bread and butter. a band arrived later in the morning at the centr city wlrcome tents free wifi was available all over town. Volunteers in bright red vests were spotted trough out this city to help us get wher we wanted to go we walked miles to see this delightful city we did not see it all but would welcome a return. a girls band came and serenaded us our last hour in port. what a wonderful response from this second largest city in denmark. Our disembarkation was made diffciult by princess'es rush to get everone off the ship early and by 8:30am the information from the princess destination specialist was incorrect and we needed to change our diembarkation plans at last minute. We had to use a princess run shuttle to the airport at $39 per person including taking our luggage at midnight from the cabin and putting it out at the airport terminal the next morning. we had a flight at 1:40pm amd were not in a hurry and wanted to have a nice breakfast before bolting to the airport. the air lines would not let us check in for our flights until 2 hours before departure. that meant 11:45 . Princess insisted we should be on a 7:05 am shuttle to the city! i went and pushed hard to get an 8:35am shuttle. but there was no seating at the airport. we had our luggage piled up and no where to go. no check in until 11:40am. over 3 hours of wandering pushing a cart . if princess insits on us leaving so early they could put some chairs and tables in the luggage tent for their customers to sit out their wait for checkin. create "princess lounge" for their customrs in the airport. princess is payin to rent that space why not use it for their customers stranded at the airport waiting for their check in times! I did like that princess did pick up the luggage outside our cabin and deposited at the airport lugage tent 100 yards rom the terminal. There were complimentary carts ther to get the luggage out of the tent and across the street to the airport terminal Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Overall a good cruise. When I do it again it will end in Fort Lauderdale instead of starting there. The entertainment was fantastic. Food and service were excellent. Port selection was okay. The shore excursions were bad. We were rushed ... Read More
Overall a good cruise. When I do it again it will end in Fort Lauderdale instead of starting there. The entertainment was fantastic. Food and service were excellent. Port selection was okay. The shore excursions were bad. We were rushed through most excursions with no time to see or enjoy anything. You would stand outside of buildings that would have been fun to explore only to stand outside and get a few minutes of explanation of how great it was inside and how you really needed to come back and see it. And to top it off you would get back to the ship with 3-4 hours left before departure, plenty of time to have been able to enjoy time at the locations visited. For the price paid I expected a much better experience. The last problem was disembarking in Copenhagen. We were told there would be a 2 hour wait to get a bus to town, so we needed to pay 30 dollars apiece to take their bus. Well there was a line of cabs 3 blocks long to take you to town. After getting dropped off by the bus we were at a location with no taxis available. If you were Lucy enough to hail a cab you were told your hotel was to close to get a ride. Not to mention your hotel could be 2+ miles away all the time us older cruisers were pulling our many pieces of luggage over cobble stone streets. A nightmare only to be made worse by getting to the hotel and meeting people who took cabs directly to the hotel, had been there for hours and all for the same price of the bus. It seems as though Princess had to take their last chance to add an additional 30$ profit per passenger to their bottom line at the expense of their guests. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The ship is large but easy to get around. We had a mini suite on deck 10. Good location. The Stewart gave us excellent service. The stabilizer on the ship worked very good through one day of high seas. The port Ponta Delgada was a misty ... Read More
The ship is large but easy to get around. We had a mini suite on deck 10. Good location. The Stewart gave us excellent service. The stabilizer on the ship worked very good through one day of high seas. The port Ponta Delgada was a misty day. We had taken that tour (Adventure Azores) 4 years ago and of course it was better because we had the sun. In Belgium we did Ghent Canal Cruise. It was ok. The best tour was the walking tour of Gouda. Enjoyed tasting the cheese and wine. Also had time on our own. The tour we did not like was in Aarhus. It was a popular tour. 9 buses went on Ebeltoft & scenic drive. Shops were closed because of being Sunday. Also it was a cloudy day. Getting of the ship was a breeze. The buses were ready to go to Copenhagen airport. Took 35 minutes. Our luggage was waiting for us and was easy to find. Checking in at the airport is another story. Just plan on doing a lot of walking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The new medallion class added to this ship is super. You can find where other people in your group are on ship without having to call. You could also look at activities happening on the ship that day. You could use your cell without using ... Read More
The new medallion class added to this ship is super. You can find where other people in your group are on ship without having to call. You could also look at activities happening on the ship that day. You could use your cell without using cell minutes but also had boards on each floor and crew that could help too. It was awesome! The transatlantic was our first time but we really enjoyed it. We will probably do that again. The days at sea were wonderful and the staff was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Rotterdam, Netherlands was a wonderful port and a great surprise for us . The Baltic is one of our favorite places to go cruising. The Russian local show brought on board was fabulous. The other ships night entertainment was excellent and great variety. The ship is beautiful and food was wonderful but medallion class is a game changer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise because we'd always wanted to see the Baltic. This also allowed us to experience a trans-Atlantic cruise which we loved. It was our first experience with Ocean Medallion and it worked well. The Medallions were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we'd always wanted to see the Baltic. This also allowed us to experience a trans-Atlantic cruise which we loved. It was our first experience with Ocean Medallion and it worked well. The Medallions were delivered before the cruise and the embarkation went quicker than ever. The Medallions worked well on the ship for the most part as charges, getting on and off the ship, and door unlocking were great. They do not always enable you to order drinks from anywhere. You need to be in certain spots. Internet was excellent; best ever internet access we've ever had on board a ship. Loved the trans-Atlantic part of the cruise. We encountered 36 hours where we were in sustained winds of Force 11 with gusts to 12. While many people did not feel well the ship handled very well in rough seas. Loved all the sea days on this part of the cruise. The Baltic portion of the cruise was good as well although port intensive so you can get a bit burned out by having excursions several days in a row. Well worth it though. We thought Tallinn, Estonia was a hidden gem and highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We did a trans Atlantic crossing before starting the Baltic cruise. It was very restful and a great way to just unwind before the sightseeing and shore excursions started. We went this time of the year to view the gardens of the area in ... Read More
We did a trans Atlantic crossing before starting the Baltic cruise. It was very restful and a great way to just unwind before the sightseeing and shore excursions started. We went this time of the year to view the gardens of the area in spring. It was wonderful. Chilly, some rain and even a bad snow storm in St. Petersburg, but over all well worth the time and money. The tulip festival in Amsterdam, and the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen were fabulous. On board the Regal Princess, the captain and crew were great and our sea days were filled with entertainment and lots of food. Alfredos Pizza was out of this world good and save room for dessert. All wonderful. The entertainment was great all over the ship and exceptional in the Princess Theater every night. We always enjoy the shows and Princess always has great entertainers. The Beatle Maniacs were great as were the folk dancers in Russia. Shows that are not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
April 14 – 29, 2019 in mid-ship balcony cabin D421. We have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America. This was our fourth Princess Cruise and first transatlantic cruise. Advantages: great ... Read More
April 14 – 29, 2019 in mid-ship balcony cabin D421. We have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America. This was our fourth Princess Cruise and first transatlantic cruise. Advantages: great value, hot shower, very comfy beds, refrigerator, quiet room, excellent selection of movies on the TV and outside for movies under the stars. The thermostat was easy to work. The balcony was pleasant. With the new Medallion class upgrade, the TV has on demand movies and we were able to buy unlimited wi-fi for $130 before departure, a 50% discount. Unlike the Crown Princess which we took in December 2018, the wifi was fast in the cabin. We ate most meals in the buffet. Buffet and dining room were both good; on certain nights the buffet featured foods from Germany, England, Asia, Italy, etc. We ate many breakfasts in the dining room. The food was tasty and the service was prompt. The almond croissants in the coffee shop were great. All the musicians were excellent. Our package included a free dinner at a specialty restaurant which was good, but if we had to pay we would not have gone to a specialty restaurant. Unlike the Crown Princess, the gym was open at 6 am and was not built over any cabins, so all treadmills could be used. On Easter, they had giants decorated eggs in the atrium and in the buffet. The lectures about the ports of call and the Titanic were informative. We took a Princess excursion in the Azores which was worthwhile. Disadvantages: not enough gluten free items in buffet. The show with the pianist playing songs from different countries was lame. We did not attend any other shows. As the weather got colder, it was silly of them to show movies outside. The balcony door was not airtight when closed so cold air did leak into the cabin. Ship did not stop in Le Havre so that we could visit Normandy. We will travel with Princess again and will travel on repositioning cruises again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We had never done a crossing and looked forward to seeing a part of the world we had never been to. Being early in the season, the weather wasn’t the best but we planned for this. When we hit a storm that caused very high waves the ... Read More
We had never done a crossing and looked forward to seeing a part of the world we had never been to. Being early in the season, the weather wasn’t the best but we planned for this. When we hit a storm that caused very high waves the captain was very reassuring and we knew we were in good hands. Our only disappointment on the Regal is that it didn’t have the indoor pool area like other Princes ships we had been on. Don’t know why they don’t change ships. Our cabin was a balcony with obstruction However the obstruction was just a little runabout so no problem. We loved going back to our cabin and watching a movie from their great selection. The room was maintained by a great steward. We were on the ship for 27 days so the laundry on every floor was greatly appreciated. Everyone asked how we could stand that many sea days and we told them how much fun we had with all the activities planned every day. My husband played pickleball and was in the putting tournament while I walked on the track and went to the gym, then change and go to dance lessons with our cruise director. Then watched other games such as man vs women. Change again and go to dinner in the anytime dining room. The buffet has too many wonderful choices o by going to the dining room we outdoor have salad and main dish. The service where ever we ate was great. We enjoyed talking to the servers And finding out about their countries. We don’t drink but had the soda package so we could get a pop where ever. The shows were wonderful. So much better than on other ships. The music around the ship was great. There was only one we didn’t care for. We haven’t danced this much in a long time. We took a shore excursion at every stop except Tallin. Usually we took the our around town. Next time we may use hop on hop off more as the excursion add up. The embarkation was so easy as we walked straight on with our new medallion. To leave the ship we took the princess shuttle so we walked off . We had a wonderful trip and as I read some of these other reviews I wonder if they were on the same cruise. Maybe they should have stayed home if they are so hard to please. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first time on this class of ship. We had a balcony and the weather was great for its use. The balcony is a little small but we enjoyed the 2 chairs and table. The service was great as was the condition of the ship. We loaded ... Read More
This was our first time on this class of ship. We had a balcony and the weather was great for its use. The balcony is a little small but we enjoyed the 2 chairs and table. The service was great as was the condition of the ship. We loaded the medallion at home and it was ready for us when we went to port. Boarding was slightly delayed but once started went very smoothly. We had early dining and enjoyed the food and service. The food was served hot and service was prompt. We enjoy dining and leaving for our next activity and this was done as we like it. The crossing was a transatlantic and the sea days had trivia and movies. I enjoy that we can now watch the port briefing in the room that have been recorded as well as movies that are current releases. The cabin was clean and the room steward was great. I thought it was one of the best cruises that I have done with Princess and will do more as I enjoy the line. We had fixed early dining and had a table for 2 per our request. I found using the medallion to be helpful and easy and am glad it is being used by Princess. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I chose this cruise for the specific period of time I had available and the port it departed from. It started off great. The embarkment went very smoothly. When I got to my cabin it was clean and ready for my husband and me. Our ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the specific period of time I had available and the port it departed from. It started off great. The embarkment went very smoothly. When I got to my cabin it was clean and ready for my husband and me. Our cabin porter, Tom, was wonderful. Any requests we had he took care of in a timely manner. There was plenty of closet space for clothes,shoes and so on. There also were lots of drawers and a very nice writing area. The bathroom was well designed with good lighting and shelves. However, there was no shampoo or conditioner,and a very small soap that was not replaced until it was a tiny blob. TheThe entertainment was the very best I have experienced! The productions were out of this world, as good as the Vegas shows I have seen. We did not go on any excurisons but there was plenty to do on the ship, or just relax as we did. The ship was very nice, but was hard to find a nice quiet place to read. My major complaint were the meals for dinner. I cook at home and I was looking forward to great food and good service. The dinners started with a menu the looked like it was printed on the cheapest paper available. Although they offered a meat, fish,vegertarian and so on, there was usually only one choice of each, and not necessarly what one might want or like. I really wish that they would teach the servers not to reach across someone to serve another seated guest. If a nice dinner and service is important to someone as it was to me I would not necessarly recommend this cruise to a friend. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Overall ok and like most cruises still very relaxing, but very disappointed with Princess over other lines like Celebrity. Small, very small staterooms with low ceilings and very, very poor food choices and quality. Went to steakhouse, ... Read More
Overall ok and like most cruises still very relaxing, but very disappointed with Princess over other lines like Celebrity. Small, very small staterooms with low ceilings and very, very poor food choices and quality. Went to steakhouse, and the steak could not be eaten as it was so tough and fatty. Main dining room also was mostly poor, with the hamburger probably the best option for lunch at least. Some nights you could not eat what they served. Maybe because they were using up all the old food on the transitional cruise. However did have nice music in the lounges, which we enjoyed most evenings. The boat is newer and adequate overall and had nice swimming pools. Movies under the Stars was ok, but most of the movies were very old and not what you wanted to see. I would not given a choice go on Princess again, except if it was a much better value than other lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was my 1st cruise in over 30 years, and the 1st with my husband. We decided on this cruise because of the length (10 days) the location (Brooklyn) and the ports (Aruba, St. Maarten, and Antigua) We live in NJ and used ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise in over 30 years, and the 1st with my husband. We decided on this cruise because of the length (10 days) the location (Brooklyn) and the ports (Aruba, St. Maarten, and Antigua) We live in NJ and used Princes's shuttle service from EWR airport. We were told to meet in a certain palce at a certain time. We arrived a little early and sat and waited. Someone arrived on time to gather us and bring us to another location. It was at that location where we found out we culd have gotten on an earlier shuttle if we had been told the correct meeting place. She told us she has told Princess a number of times, but they continue to tell people the wrong location . The shuttle from EWR to Brooklyn was great, we arrived abut 1 and there were no lines. We were on board by 1:30. We were they only ship so I'm sure that helped. At 3 pm we went to our cabin A503. It was clean, cool, and very nice. We unpacked, they provided many hangers, a safe, and plenty of drawer space. I had ordered a Bon Voyage package and expected it to be in our room at least by 5:00 when we sailed. It never showed up and had to go to front desk to ask about it. After a few phone calls the front desk told us that they didnt deliver it because they had run out of strawberries. That was a vey interesting excuse especially since the package did not include strawberries. They finally arrived about an hour after we sailed. I think this kind of defeated the purpose but ok. We chose 8:15 dinner time prior to sailing. We were assigned to the Allegro dining room and a table of 6. Two people walked over and said they hadrequested a table for 2 and never returned, the other couple was a lovely older couple who became like family to us over the 10 days. This is why we like sharing a table. Dinner had a pretty good selection of choices each night and the food ranged from just ok to great, for the most part falling in the good range. The mushroom tart was one of our favorites. We had dinner in both specialty dining rooms Sabatini's and the Grill. We had great meals at both and the service especially in the Grill was wonderful. The beet risotto was the best thing I ate all week. The lamb at the grill was the 2nd best hing had. My one issue with all the meals were the potatoes. They were always cold, and a lot of time way undercooked. We brought 6 bottles of wine with us. We paid the $15 corkage fee on 4 of the bottles. It was worth it to have good wine without paying a fortune. We did buy the juice and soda package, which I really didn't use too often, and probably wouldnt do it again. On the 2nd day I ordered room decorations and champagne for our Anniversary. It was another Princess package I pre paid for. Guess what? No show again, another trip back to the front desk. I wasn't so happy this time. Do you want to take a guess on why they didn't deliver it? Those damn strawberries again. This time I asked to speak to a supervisor. She was very nice and listen to my complaints. She sent us a bottle of wine to make up for it. I will never again purchase a Princess package. The entertainment was pretty good, the shows every night were decent. We really enjoyed the movies under the stars. The blankets, popcorn and special chair cushions were great. As usual there were plenty of chair hogs, you know the people who put towels down and leave for 4 hours! This is a big pet peeve. They grab the best spots at 7 am and dont come to the pool until 3. This is so rude and I wish there was a solution. The Regal is a beautiful ship, the elegant design, ease of getting around and beauty make it a gem. Every single person who works on ship is helpful, polite, and always welcome you with a smile. Princess definitely is a leader in this area. We did an excursion in each port. In Aruba we did the butterfly farm, rock formation and aloe factory. I could have spent much more time at the farm and rocks and totally skipped the aloe factory. They need to drop that part of the tour. It is just a sales stop. The bus driver was great and gave us a lot of information. This wasmy favorite of all our toursand would definitely suggest it. When the tour was over we were dropped off at the ship and decided to grab a cab to a beach. We decided on reflextions beach. The cab driver tried to insist that we go to Eagle beach trying to tell us that Reflextions had no chairs, the water was shallow and the beach not that nice. After I told him he was wrong that I had been there before he took us where we requested but was not happy about. He was only 1 of the very few rude people we encountered in 10 days. Swimming with the stingrays in St. Marteen was a great excurtion and oh what fun. We have done this before on another island and just loved it, we highly recommend it. Catamaran snorkling in Antigua was nice. Our favorite evening activity was in the Princess Live, the games, and trivia were so much fun. My only wish was if they would do a game for early seating and then again for late. With out late seating we missed a lot of the fun. Everyone work very hard and Princess seems to treat their employess well which for us is important. Disembarkation was easy and stress free. The organization and smoothness of it all amazes me. We had no issues and were on the bus within half hour. We had an amazing experinece and look forward to our next cruise which will be to Alaska. My husband is hooked! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
BACKGROUND: DW and I booked the 10 day Regal repo from NYC to FLL to grab a bit more warmth and sun before a New York State lake effect winter. We flew into LGA and took the Princess shuttle to the pier. Here are some of the ... Read More
BACKGROUND: DW and I booked the 10 day Regal repo from NYC to FLL to grab a bit more warmth and sun before a New York State lake effect winter. We flew into LGA and took the Princess shuttle to the pier. Here are some of the positives and negatives from the cruise. POSITIVES: Cabin: R729 (DD category) – actual room area is a bit roomier than regular balcony cabin and not far from elevators and stairs. Fairly smooth sailing except for the first 1 ½ sea days. Like the sailing, the weather also improved on day 3. Cabin steward: Michael who was quick and unobtrusive like a Ninja. Fairly easy to navigate the ship. A lot of movies and shows on in-cabin TV. Internet speed was good and we had unlimited access. Entertainment: So much to do that we often pooped out early and didn’t get to do any of the late-night activities. Food: Ate practically all meals at the buffet with occasional snacks (pizza, burgers, etc.). We did the Crab Shack and were overwhelmed by the amount and quality of food. We found the overall food quality to be quite good and were able to sample some food we normally would never order. Shore excursions: St Maarten, Antigua + Aruba (more info under shore exc. reviews) PA announcements: Few announcements except for the captain’s noon status report. Value: Had several price reductions before the cruise allowing us to “spend” more on our shipboard account without killing our budget. Debarkation: We went to the Platinum waiting area and were off the ship close to the scheduled time AND had no customs forms to fill out. We had booked with All Stars to take us to the airport. NEGATIVES: Embarkation: Our flight landed at LGA at 7:30 AM and had to wait for 3+ hours for the bus to the pier. There were no places to sit except on the floor and/or a luggage cart. Cabin balcony: The balcony itself is definitely smaller than those on most other Princess ships. You can’t comfortably sit and face the water. But at least you can sit there and relax/read/watch the waves. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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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