3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We are a retired couple, who wanted to try cruising for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. We are not interested in too much formality and didn’t want to be overly organised. We found that we could pick and choose what suited ... Read More
We are a retired couple, who wanted to try cruising for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. We are not interested in too much formality and didn’t want to be overly organised. We found that we could pick and choose what suited us. That said we found everything was very well organised. The crew were welcoming and friendly but not intrusive. We had a mini-suite M423, which was well equipped with a large sofa, comfortable bed and pillows, two TV’s, fridge, bath/shower with good hot water and a balcony. The cost of the 11 night cruise was a little over $6000AU for two - excellent value for money. The Medallion facility was great and made it very easy to pay for extras and log in and out. We also thought that extras, like drinks and beverages, were reasonably priced. The port visits were just right for us and gave us a good taste of the major Baltic cities. Overall, we highly recommended this cruise and this ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I am Elite with Princess. My husband and I wanted to experience a Baltic Cruise, with Saint-Petersburg being a specific place of interest. We loved this cruise. The ports were varied and we visited Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, ... Read More
I am Elite with Princess. My husband and I wanted to experience a Baltic Cruise, with Saint-Petersburg being a specific place of interest. We loved this cruise. The ports were varied and we visited Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Germany and Norway. We also got to see a little bit of Denmark because of our pre- and post-cruise Princess transfers. Cabin: Our cabin (Emerald 417) was considered to be an obstructed balcony. It wasn’t really a problem because the obstruction was just that the Promenade Deck below was visible. You could see the ports and sea without a problem. Activities: The activities during the day were plentiful and interesting. There were scavenger hunts, an escape room challenge, crafts, dance classes, trivia, singing competitions, etc. I brought 2 books, but didn’t read either of them because there was a lot to do. A good thing. Entertainment: The production show “Fiera” was spectacular. The comedian, Doug Funk, was not funny. The passengers who participated in his show were more talented than him. My husband saw the ventriloquist for a few minutes and then walked out. He said that he was awful. The musicians on the ship were good. The game shows at night were a lot of fun. Dining: The food was average. I am not a fan of the food on Princess, but continue to sail with them because everything else is superior. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Well-done for both. Quick and efficient. Shore Excursions: We did the hop-on/hop-off bus in Stockholm, Sweden. I do not recommend this. The only good thing about it was that it was an efficient way to get into Stockholm from the pier (about an hour’s drive). Once in Stockholm, it became chaotic. There were not enough buses to accommodate all the guests and we didn’t see all the sights we hoped to see because it was so disorganized. We did 3 Princess excursions in Saint-Petersburg and they were all excellent, albeit quite pricey. The ballet (Swan Lake) was wonderful, as was the visit to the Hermitage Museum and the canal cruise on the Neva River. In Berlin, we did the Princess Excursion that allowed us to see the highlights and then gave us time on our own. The trip from the port of Warnemünde to Berlin was about 3 hours each way, but well worth it. You are also given coffee and a delicious cookie on the outbound train ride and a sandwich and some snacks on the ride back to Warnemünde. In Estonia, Finland and Norway, we walked around and visited some tourist sights on our own. I highly recommend using the tram in Norway. It isn’t expensive and it’s very good. We did the “Ultimate Ship Tour” on Regal Princess and loved it. We visited the engine control room, the laundry area, the bridge, the galley, the theatre, the medical center, etc. We spoke to various heads of department and got tons of information. The tour was $150 USD per person, but well worth it. We got pictures, a Princess bathrobe, a chef’s apron and personalized stationery. Make sure that you sign up just after you board the ship. Crew: All crew on Princess were wonderful. They hire the nicest people. We especially liked Captain Tim Stringer and Oskar, Oz and Jayson of the entertainment department. Ship: Regal Princess is stunning, both inside and out. It looks brand new. Also, it rarely feels crowded despite the fact that there are tons of people onboard. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
The chance to see cities such as St Petersburg, Berlin and Oslo was a draw card. We had several days in Copenhagen before departure and this is worth it. Very smooth process for embarking the ship- good service and quick luggage delivery. ... Read More
The chance to see cities such as St Petersburg, Berlin and Oslo was a draw card. We had several days in Copenhagen before departure and this is worth it. Very smooth process for embarking the ship- good service and quick luggage delivery. The food was available very quickly and without a ripple the ship departs port. Interior room is spacious and the bedding is lux. Amazing pillows. Service on the ship is excellent- friendly and genuine. Food is always good- variety and options. Cabins, halls and all areas were spotlessly clean and polished. Lovely travel photos along the hallways. Take your swimmers for a hot spa on deck after a day of tours. Some of the best shore excursions- Hermitage and Palaces, train to Berlin, Tallin by hop on bus. Good service when cancelling one day trip. Honest service when returning my lost item. Smoothest sea the whole trip-not a ripple. Can not recommend the ship and the cruise destination enough. We had the Lido deck 16 which was so handy to all areas. Love Princess Cruises Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the three and some small gripes.1 The laundromat machines for tokens were not working half the time we were on here and 2 the drink machine in the Fitness Center was out of order and when I asked the guy who worked there he did not seem concerned about it.Those machines should be functioning for the guests.The carpet in some areas of the ship is showing some wear and needs to be replaced.Embarkation was terrible long lines and we had the Medallions for our neck .We were very tired from a long flight and having to go through Customs at the Airport and standing in line forever plus waiting for our luggage to be unloaded we went through customs again when we went to the port and security just crazy it slowed down everything .We barely got on the ship when it was time for the lifeboat drill never had that happen in any cruise of the 24 I have taken.Also unfortunately the luggage took a while to be brought to our cabin.We had an incident after a day at sea as passengers who were on a float plane tour in Ketchikan were killed when two planes struck each other total 6 deceased very sad incident.Captain announced over loudspeaker what he knew and then sent out letters to the individual cabins.That was not Princess fault but there were 2 other float plane accidents in the two weeks we were there they are just dangerous not regulated.Other than that our tours were good and the cruise was good .Food was very good and service good.Land part of tour was interesting and fun train ride to Denali took 8 hours from Fairbanks all day trip because train speed is 30 mph.I would say to take a land extension to see more of the state otherwise time in cruise ports is not that long.This is a good cruise it was lots of fun but they could use more entertainment on the ship despite what we saw did enjoy going on a galley tour and the comedian who performed lots of movies to watch on the entertainment system in the cabin.the last excursion we took in Fairbansk the gold dredge and riverboat cruise was the best.The white horse pass train trip in Skagway was very good and the trip into the park in Denali was great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as well as the cruise line. As always, we were not disappointed. The ports were excellent with various excursions. There were many more things to do if we only had more time in port. We had ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as well as the cruise line. As always, we were not disappointed. The ports were excellent with various excursions. There were many more things to do if we only had more time in port. We had never been to Europe before, so this was all very exciting and new for us. The ship, Regal Princess, was absolutely stunning as it always is. We have cruised on this ship twice before so we knew what to expect when booking this ship. Personnel were very nice and helpful. You only had to ask and things were done for you. Our cabin, which was a mini-suite on Aloha deck 12, was very nice and comfortable and our cabin steward, Fernando, kept it looking very nice all the time. We had Anytime Dining in the Symphony Dining Room most evenings and the food was delicious. One evening we went to the Crown Grill and that was very delicious as well. Service in both restaurants were top notch even though they were very busy. We began and ended our cruise in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to explore this city, however, the next time we are there we definitely will!! We want to go back on this cruise and explore the ports more. It was a fabulous cruise and, as always, Princess Cruises are the best!! They are definitely our favorite cruise line and we will be back!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Very large ship, very beautiful, lots of people. Many changes, including Medallion requirements. Change is good, I hope. After several days, was able to maneuver around the ship without getting lost. Art auction was very ... Read More
Very large ship, very beautiful, lots of people. Many changes, including Medallion requirements. Change is good, I hope. After several days, was able to maneuver around the ship without getting lost. Art auction was very disappointing and we felt like we were being pressured to hold up our numbers. Left before it was done along with many others, and never went back. Bingo rules have changed and the money prizes are much lower which makes me rethink whether I will play Bingo on my next cruise at $59/game for a tablet and I only win $118. Made reservations at Sabatini's and told only could go at 5:30 or 8:00 so chose 8:00 because it was my birthday. Got to the restaurant and it was empty so don't know why they told us it was sold out. Food was delicious and service was good. Still don't understand the empty restaurant and why we could not have gone earlier. Left a pashmina by mistake at Bingo and the Casino guy told me he saw it and told the operations manager to send it to Lost and Found. Never got there so guess someone else is enjoying the pashmina, but not me. Went to Lost and Found 2 to 3 times a day until the end of the cruise. Think the Pursers desk was tired of seeing me. Overall, really like the cruise ports and will probably enjoy the Royal Princess much better the next time I cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this Baltic cruise because of the itinerary. St Petersburg was on both our bucket lists, and the price was a bargain. Only regret was we didn't know we could have gotten on in Florida! We bought Rubles, Danish Krone, ... Read More
We chose this Baltic cruise because of the itinerary. St Petersburg was on both our bucket lists, and the price was a bargain. Only regret was we didn't know we could have gotten on in Florida! We bought Rubles, Danish Krone, Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krone (not interchangable) and Euros for a modest cost. Returning them took a huge hit! and even the smallest of street vendors accepted dollars or Euros as well as credit cards. Be sure your credit card does not charge a fee! Capital One does not. Take dollars for tips and Euros for expected purchases, or just all dollars. Remember you have a driver and sometimes two tour guides at each stop so you need a lot of small bills. The cruise was exceptional. We started with three days in Copenhagen (thru Princess) at a hotel walking distance to Tivoli Gardens and a block from Hop-on hop-off bus. Princess gave us 'white glove' treatment all the way. Some got caught in the SAS strike and Princess helped them all get to the ship as soon as they could. The itinerary was a little hectic - five port days in a row and we took excursions in three of the five. We did see a lot, but it did tend to run together - which palace was that? I DO recommend the two day Russia tour, you see it all without the hassle. We took shorex in all but two ports - highly recommend unless you have been there or are sure you will be back. The food was 'above average typical cruise fare'. I still gained five pounds I have to deal with. The ship was clean and the staff great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in ... Read More
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in St-Petersburg! Temperature, we can not predict nor change, so that is why we had our hats, gloves, good shoes, rain coats and many layers. Good for us! The Regal is a beautiful ship, food was wonderful and personnel were very nice, smilling and helpful. Our cabin (mid balcony on Riviera deck ) was perfect and well located. The itinerary and length of cruise were great. The Medaillon was not as expected... but one day... it will! Here are a few of the problems we encountered: it could not open our cabin door nor retreive me (with Compass app) if in my pocket! Our tablet (Samsung Tab S2) could not run some of the apps (we were told we needed a smart phone!). Internet was slow! very slow, not the "fastest internet at sea". It was fast only after 11PM! And, since the TV works with the internet system, when it is down, the TV doesn't work either. At least twice during the cruise, we were told by the waiters that we need to sign the invoice because the system was not working. My husband could not login into his account, because the system doesn't recognize the accent in his name! We were lucky mine worked, to check our onboard account and excursions. But we did find a few good things: we both had the beverage package and we could order 2 drinks with one medaillon, without showing both. On every floor, there are big screens with Medaillon apps, so we can find our way or what is going on or find our friend (of the medaillon is not in a pocket)... And the worst problem : if you loose your medaillon and someone finds it, he can walk to a screen with Compass app, log in with the medaillon, find your cabin and go to your cabin... the medaillon will unlock the door and he is in! WOW! ... So beside the temperature and the medaillon, we had a great cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Crusing the Baltic area. Visiting Russia, Estonia ... Have never been to these locations before. Cabin is fine. Balcony with no obstructed view. Staff were courteous, nice and friendly. Cafeteria food was fine, various menu ... Read More
Crusing the Baltic area. Visiting Russia, Estonia ... Have never been to these locations before. Cabin is fine. Balcony with no obstructed view. Staff were courteous, nice and friendly. Cafeteria food was fine, various menu items and relaxing atmosphere, staff serving drinks as needed. Dining was average, nothing to crow about. Entertainment could be better, limited choice, and not much variety. Princess wants extra money for sauna usage, where it should be included, for a long cruise. Port-calls were nice, enough with the variety of places and cultures; and different peoples. Highlight was the Princess excursion, 2 days in St Petersburg. Nice and enjoyed it very much. If nothing else, this excursion is a must; especially the visits to Catherine's Palace and Hemitage Museum. We would do Princess cruise again, but more selective with sauna availability at no extra cost, better entertainment, better shows, and better variety of bands music. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise itinerary is very good. Got an opportunity to visit many countries. One set back is this cruise does not provide no charge sauna and steam room :( Staff is very friendly except the one from English Pub (not so good experience ... Read More
The cruise itinerary is very good. Got an opportunity to visit many countries. One set back is this cruise does not provide no charge sauna and steam room :( Staff is very friendly except the one from English Pub (not so good experience with the staff there). The excursion in St Petersburg,, Russia is excellent; very nice tour guides. Wish we could have another sea day to relax after Oslo instead of a sea day earlier. About the entertainment, the shows is so so compared to other cruise. The stand up comedian is so lame... not much to laugh off and enjoyment. Embarkation and Disembarkation are very easy, fast and nice service staff. Wish I can access steam room at no charge as the same as many other cruises that I have taken just like the last one on Ruby Princess. Overall, the cruise is just as good as I expected it to be. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
If I were to try to find anything on our recent cruise with the Regal Princess Medallion Class repositioner to Copenhagen, I would fail. This was our eighteenth cruise; the first with Princess but certainly not the last. There were so ... Read More
If I were to try to find anything on our recent cruise with the Regal Princess Medallion Class repositioner to Copenhagen, I would fail. This was our eighteenth cruise; the first with Princess but certainly not the last. There were so many things we loved on this Princess cruise (in comparison to our former cruises) that I felt compelled to list many of them: The smoking areas were so remote we rarely encountered smokers. The professional photographers were low-key & we never felt hustled. The elevators were very conviiently located & always available. The walking track was far removed from the public so there was no conflict. The exercise room was compact with excellent equipment always available. The exercise apparatus on the walking/jogging track was a great idea. There were many secluded areas in which one could escape from the crowds. Considering space limitations, our inside cabin was very efficiently designed. The cabins (at least ours) had many mirrors & a great shower & very soundproof. The rigid bathroom door is a great idea so that it doesn’t move when the ship rolls. The International Cafe seved excellent coffe 24 hours a day. The portions at dinner were perfect – not too much, not too little. No sommelier with that silly corkscrew on his neck to hustle wine every evening. Of course we expected the food & food servers to be excellent & they were. The laundromat on every floor was a fantastic idea. There were too many employees to mention them separately who made us feel special, (though I listed some of their names on the online survey). We have never experienced such an easy & efficient disembarkation. We carried our own luggage & were just told to leave the ship at our convenience. The sound system at the shows was just right. In our past cruises, we always needed ear plugs because of the excessive volume. We were always able to choose the music we enjoyed because of the various musicians. As for the shows, some of our cruises had great entertainers, some not so great. On this one, the ensemble singers & dancers were superb, the stand-up comics (whom we generally don’t find humorous) were hilarious, not I, but my wife & everyone else liked the violinist & pianist (I’m a tough critic), but both of us didn’t care for the two singers (though they appeared to be well received by the audience). And lastly, a special comment must be made about the Medallion. We never anticipated how convenient it would be, always unlocking the cabin door as we approached, the ease of making purchases, and especially our ability to find each other on that huge ship. In closing I will say that though we’ve been mostly Celebrity in the past, henceforth we will only be sailing on Princess Medallion Class. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have cruised many, many times since the 1980’s but never did a transatlantic cruise. Princess had a great “Welcome Back” promotion of which we took advantage since it included one of my favorite cities, Brugge, as well as the ... Read More
We have cruised many, many times since the 1980’s but never did a transatlantic cruise. Princess had a great “Welcome Back” promotion of which we took advantage since it included one of my favorite cities, Brugge, as well as the tulip festival in Holland. It was such a good deal that our friends decided to go with us . Everything about this cruise was perfect! We had absolutely no complaints about anything not even the smallest thing! This ship must have excellent stabilizers as I am prone to seasickness and one day we had hurricane force winds and really huge waves but I never got sick. While I always wear wrist bands, I did not need any medication. Other then that one day, the weather was great. (We got by with sweatshirts or sweaters and a light jackets. Layering is the way to go.) The Captain was excellent! He not only avoided rough seas but because of a medical emergency, he carefully maneuvered the ship while a helicopter airlifted a passenger In the middle of the ocean. While our balcony room was a little smaller than what we expected, we were very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space and loads of hangers- yea! I think it may be a a little too tight for three adult passengers but ok for a child and two adults, Our cabin included a love seat that could open into a bed. Our friends’ cabin which I think was one category below ours but still a balcony only had a chair not a love seat . Our cabin was a little larger as well. We chose anytime dining and liked our table and excellent waitstaff so much that we requested the same table every evening. We used the ship excursions and were glad we did especially in Holland as we were there on the day before King’s Day, a holiday celebrating the King’s Birthday. Well coming back to the ship that Friday afternoon, the traffic was so bad that we were over an hour and a half late (Just like Americans, the Dutch seem to leave work early on the Friday before a holiday ) If we hadn’t been on a ship tour , I would have been extremely nervous! The entertainment was excellent! Even our sports minded husbands were greatly impressed by the solo violinist and pianist and gladly attended extra performances by these artists. We all agreed that all the entertainment was wonderful. So much talent! I truly never expected such outstanding entertainment, We loved the new medallions. So easy to see where our husbands were playing cards and for them to find us shopping. No more ship cards for me ! My friend and I also got the beverage package that included soda and virgin cocktails (mocktails). We had so much fun trying new drinks without having the negative effect of alcohol. The bartenders were all great. This brings me to another point. We were all appreciative that while ready availability if needed, cocktail and photography staff were very discreet. They were never pushy nor constantly bothering you like we usually experience on most cruise shipsI This truly added to making our cruise so special and relaxing. In fact all the personnel on this cruise were polite,helpful, and well trained. This certainly included our cabin steward who had our room cleaned and ready between the time we left and returned from breakfast every day! Our requests were promptly attended to. What a major difference from our last cruise on another cruise line ! Indeed this was one of the best cruises ever and the four of us thank you Princess. We certainly felt welcomed back! PS The entire trip was so relaxing and so enjoyable that I will certainly do it again. However, the next time , I may fly to my destination first and then spend lazy days at sea since it took me about a week to truly recover from the whirlwind of tours and the 9 and a half hour flight home. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this curise as we had not been to this part of the world and we were able to get a balcony for a reasonable price .the ports were very interesting and we looked forward to seeing them all .we embarked in ft.lauderdale about 4 ... Read More
We chose this curise as we had not been to this part of the world and we were able to get a balcony for a reasonable price .the ports were very interesting and we looked forward to seeing them all .we embarked in ft.lauderdale about 4 hours drive from home and flew home from copenhagen for a 26 day cruise .the ship was very nice as it was the first time on that size for us ,we usually do a smaller vessel .the cabin was my big dissapointment due to the obstruction and the often privacy issue .however the cabin stewart was great .dining was average except for formal nights .they did not wow me .the entertainment was fabulous and we enjoyed that very much .we loved karokee and also th ocean voice ,marriage game ,yes and no ,the activites were good except there was no art activities except in the atrium 2 times with watercolor .the craft were mostly sewing ,not card or jewlery making ,napkin folding etc. .the service was wonderful ,our waiter flora .assistant nina ,head waiter michael . The ports were good and we enjoyed them .i would go againw ith better time of year for weather and definately a better cabin ,no obstuction . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 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
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
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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 cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work ... Read More
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work very well it rarely let me into my room ,the apps were not working for me ,I had the medallion changed and reset but never really worked . However to be fair I never used the apps very much ,its just not convenient for me . The weather was great . The ports were very good but we never seemed to stay very long at them . We were in Mexico for about 10 hours . The use of tenders to get ashore although necessary was a pain . I did enjoy the comedian and the cover band . We did take two excursions one in Jamaica which was a tour of Islands wildlife. And one in Cozumel which was the sunset cruise .. All in all ok Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
Needed to get away and booked this about 2 months prior to sailing. Food was typical major cruise line: not great, not horrible. My only real complaint was with the scheduling of activities. We had late dining and there were too many ... Read More
Needed to get away and booked this about 2 months prior to sailing. Food was typical major cruise line: not great, not horrible. My only real complaint was with the scheduling of activities. We had late dining and there were too many times where we couldn't see the production shows, go to trivia, or the game shows because of conflicts with dining. We didn't get off the ship in Cabo. We took a tour with Flavor Teller in Mazatlan, had what the locals refer to has second breakfast. Excellent tour and food. Highly recommended. We took a cooking class in Puerto Vallarta with Cooking Vallarta. We went to the market with the Chef and then went to his home for the cooking lessons and lunch. Very informative and good food. Also, highly recommended. Embarkation was mainly smooth. Although the Ocean Ready signage needs to be better. We were Ocean Ready, didn't see any signs, and ended up at a regular check in desk. It took a little longer than it should have because they weren't really sure how to handle us. It was probably the easiest debarkation we've ever had. Had breakfast, and pretty much walked off the ship, got our bags, went through CBP and got to the car in 10 - 15 minutes. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
We have not cruised on Princess for over ten years and that was on the Emerald Princess when we were totally new to cruising. Since then we have cruised over 25 times on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Carnival. ... Read More
We have not cruised on Princess for over ten years and that was on the Emerald Princess when we were totally new to cruising. Since then we have cruised over 25 times on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Carnival. The itinerary went from Fort Lauderdale to Princess Cay, then on to Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and finally Cozumel, Mexico. We did not plan any excursions in Jamaica or Grand Cayman so we stayed on the ship during those stops. In Cozumel we only went ashore to visit the shops as we have been there dozens of times previously. We flew down to Fort Lauderdale a day early just in case of any flight delays. We had a direct flight with Air Transat which was four hours. I had booked us into The Link Hotel on Sunrise which seemed to be a nice hotel when I looked at it on the internet. It had breakfast included and an airport shuttle plus it was fairly close to the port. My mistake in not checking the reviews on “trip advisor” before I booked. The place was a dump. It was basically an old three storey motel where they cleaned up the main reception area so it looked nice. The elevator had pieces of the wall smashed out; the walkway (cement) to our room on the second floor was dirty with old spills that had never been cleaned up. The room had dark laminate flooring so you couldn’t see the dirt. I had on clean white socks and after an hour of walking around unpacking they were black on the bottom. The TV set had thin black lines all through the screen and there was a rip in the ceiling where you could see the insulation. The bathtub had a bunch of cracks in it and there was no plug or metal grab bars. The breakfast was continental and with only one staff looking after the whole area it was also dirty. Someone spilt dry cereal on the floor and it was never cleaned up. We won’t be going to that hotel ever again. We took a shuttle to the ship but we were the last people off so after leaving at 10:30 we did not get to our ship until 11:30. Luckily we were able to go directly aboard after our check-in. I was very surprised to find empty tables in the buffet on the Lido deck at that time of day. I am convinced that the ship was not fully booked. Anyway, the food on the ship was excellent and the service was beyond anything I think I have experienced except on MSC when we were in the Yacht Club. We had a mini-suite on deck 15 (Marina) and it was very convenient to everything. The cabin had lots and lots of storage space with large drawers, a closet with shelves and another larger open closet with dozens of hangers. The balcony was pretty small but there were two high-backed, tilting chairs and a large table so it worked fine for the two of us. We had a bathtub in this room and the only problem we had was with the water pressure. It took 8 minutes to fill the tub and the shower was fairly useless because you had to stand so close to the taps since the pressure did not make the water go farther than about 2 feet out. The ship itself was beautiful. Very classy with lots of gold, brass and marble. Very clean everywhere. I was not very impressed with the elevators since the interior was lovely etched glass mirrors, marble floors and THEN an ugly advertisement pasted on the interior of the elevator door for their “medallion” scheme. VERY tacky. The adult pool in the retreat area was very nice but it was not salt water and the shallow end was 5’2” so you mostly had no choice but to swim constantly unless you just clung to the sides. The water temperature was comfortable. You would have to get there early to get a lounger in the shade but we are early risers so it worked for us. We booked a cabana for the second day of the cruise and the sixth day and then booked a spot in the Sanctuary for the other three days (mornings only). These have padded loungers and are in the retreat pool area (adults only). This did not work well. The first (sea) day it was so windy that you could not use the cabana so we ended up cancelling it and they switched us to the Sanctuary. This is a lovely area with very comfortable padded loungers and constant attendants bringing you ice water, etc. However there is no area with complete shade. The tent-like roof is made out of a type of mesh material and the areas between the metal beams are open to the sun. These gaps are about 2 feet wide so you may find out that you were getting direct sun on some parts of your body and not be aware. The cabanas are $50.00 for a half day and the Sanctuary is $40.00 for a half day. We only planned to use them for the mornings. After the second day we cancelled the rest of our bookings since it was very hot and I ended up with sunburn on part of my arms. The entertainment was very good. We went to two musical/dance shows and two comediennes. The comedienne was hilarious. One of the shows was Beatle maniacs and they were good but I have seen better Beatle imitation groups. Most of the music all over the ship was either live classical (lovely) or 50’s – 60’s so we really enjoyed that. I should mention that most of the music was played at a level where you could actually still carry on a conversation!! We only ate in the main dining room once and the service was great but I was not really impressed with the food. It was better in the buffet and you had a much better selection. They had an outbreak of noro-virus around the fifth day of the cruise and we were totally impressed with their job of sanitizing the ship and looking after the passengers. This is the first cruise I have taken where they announced the outbreak and told us what procedures were being implemented to deal with it. We HAD to wash our hands (with soap/water) before entering the buffet. Servers handed us our dishes and cutlery. Condiments were removed from all the tables and the serving utensils on the buffet were changed about every hour. Staff were wiping down tables, chairs, handrails, etc. constantly. We did not book any excursions but booked a clamshell when we went to Princess Cays. Lovely area and lots of fish when snorkelling. The buffet lunch was great with burgers, hot dogs, bbq ribs, fruit, etc. There were several beaches for swimming and a few shops selling souvenirs. We did not tender into Falmouth or Grand Cayman. There was a sports deck on the ship but it was on deck 19 and in the full sun. There was an area to play lawn bowls, golf putting, shuffle board and a basketball court where they also had pickle-ball at set times. For us it was just too hot to stay up there for any extended period. INTERNET - I had to mention this because my husband cannot stop talking about it. The speed was nearly as fast as our high-speed connection at home. He was very impressed. It is much cheaper to book this package on-line before you go. The casino was good with a non-smoking section. Disembarkation went very smoothly and was not crowded at all. We were off the ship and waiting for a taxi within 30 minutes. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and we will be planning to take more with Princess. We booked this cruise because of the excellent price for a mini-suite and the fact that other cruise lines are putting their prices up into areas that make it too expensive for us to book. The whole "free" airfare, drinks, etc is such a scam and we use none of those perks but still have to pay the price for everyone else. 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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