2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2012
The best thing to say about the ship other than it brand new, is that the public rooms, EXCEPT for the casino, are very nice. It goes down hill from there. First, the staterooms, I had a balcony are a very small 222 feet. The furniture is ... Read More
The best thing to say about the ship other than it brand new, is that the public rooms, EXCEPT for the casino, are very nice. It goes down hill from there. First, the staterooms, I had a balcony are a very small 222 feet. The furniture is oversized for the room. Very poor layout. Second, the Men's restrooms on the Lido deck, by the buffet, are incredibly small. As long as we are on the subject, the layout of the buffet is very bad. There is only ONE station to get your Lemonade or Ice Tea, and they insist on bringing it to you, which takes forever. Unlike most other ships, the waiter/bus staff do not help people with disabilities in carrying their trays to the table. For a ship of 3000+ passengers they have a small, and very crowded casino. There is no room to walk around in. Even the Emerald Princess has a better lay out. It seems that they tried to add 100 extra cabins in a space not suited for it. Also it is not a friendly ship for people with mobility issues, as many decks do not go all the way through. While I know the ship was on one of its Maiden voyages and you expect some problems, the majority of the serve staff was NOT what you would call friendly nor service oriented, which has nothing to do with the newness. I would NOT recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
THE GOOD: We had a terrific time! The ship was brand new, so it was a little like taking a new car out to drive for the first time! The ship's crew always treated us with the utmost care and professionalism. The ship itself was ... Read More
THE GOOD: We had a terrific time! The ship was brand new, so it was a little like taking a new car out to drive for the first time! The ship's crew always treated us with the utmost care and professionalism. The ship itself was designed for a good time, with a gorgeous promenade, superb pool and hot tub options, and really fun things to do like the observation walk over the water, movies under the stars, batting cages, basketball courts, and many other great things to do. Onboard entertainment exceeded my expectations, and of course the food was the best I've ever had. I was pleasantly surprised how many very healthy eating options were available! My companion is gluten-free, and Princess did a wonderful job ensuring she had excellent dining options. I was also very pleasantly surprised that Princess did all they could to make the port visits fun BOTH for those taking advantage of their paid excursions AND for those of us who prefer to visit the ports on our own. Princess offered pre-docking "briefings" explaining how to enjoy the port visits on our own, including transportation options, and made these briefings available on TV in the state rooms. The state room we booked had a nice big balcony, and was well appointed inside. There were virtually no lines for anything on the ship - plenty of fitness machines, deck chairs, seating at restaurants and buffet - you name it. Just walk up and do it! No waiting! THE BAD: We were disappointed with the quality and value of the on-board Internet connection. The connection was astonishingly slow - we only averaged about one Mbyte per MINUTE! And that matters, because you buy on-board Internet service by the minute, not by the bandwidth. It's maddening to pay top dollar for access based on time, and spend most of that time waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen on the screen. Anyone under about the age of 60 cares about being connected these days, and the cruise industry had better get that message. Also, I strongly recommend avoiding the Spa services. They are extremely pushy, and use high-pressure tactics (bordering on bullying) to sell overpriced services and products. The table was so hot for my companion that visible burn marks were left on her belly for days. Also, I was just kind of lost in their spa - I and other men were utterly confused by the lockers - we just didn't know how to use them until a fellow passenger showed us how, and I found myself wandering around in the public area in my gown because the staff didn't show me where to go. Still - the cruise was an overall VERY positive experience, and I hope to book another Princess cruise someday! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2014
It was great to be on the shake down cruise - thank you for the opportunity. Not many negatives but a few: 1. I was very sorry to read that you are considering a charge for room service and Alfredo's, i feel that that is a bit ... Read More
It was great to be on the shake down cruise - thank you for the opportunity. Not many negatives but a few: 1. I was very sorry to read that you are considering a charge for room service and Alfredo's, i feel that that is a bit sneaky. I would rather pay the right amount for a cruise than have little sneaky things added in. 2. We are VERY concerned about the new life jackets. They felt as if they were strangling us. Has anyone a bit on the larger size actually tried these in water. Did they get strangled.? We felt strangled and had too much pressure on our wind pipes just at the Muster . Very worrying indeed, many others said the same things. 3. Personally, morally I actively dislike the stairs outside the main "we sell everything including children’s toys that lead down to the very obvious and very enticing to a child, or adolescent slot machine and casino area. I find this of concern as the Regal is meant to be a family ship. 4. It seems to me that there are less staff with more people to look after therefore they will be working longer hours with less time off. One of the joys, for us of cruising with you is talking to the staff, learning about them, for us it enriches the experience, but I don’t like seeing them looking tired, 3 days in to the start of the season. Tip to Princess. On all our information it said we were docking in Venice at 6 am, so we booked 10 am flight - reasoning that getting off the ship at 7 am would not be a problem. But it was. PLEASE could you put a time on your itineraries that is the earliest independent passengers can disembark. Also - the new Horizon is amaxing - but its so big that you wander around checking you havent missed anything and then cant find the beginning again.! Movies under the Stars was TOO LOUD!!!! The Theatre performance was VERY MUCH TOO LOUD ...but technically brilliant and very entertaining.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
We received an eMail brochure on the Maiden Voyage of Regal Princess and the camera shot of the Piazza prompted us to want to see just what made it Regal. Unfortunately, the Piazza was the beginning and the end of the Regal part. From then ... Read More
We received an eMail brochure on the Maiden Voyage of Regal Princess and the camera shot of the Piazza prompted us to want to see just what made it Regal. Unfortunately, the Piazza was the beginning and the end of the Regal part. From then on the ship looked no different from other ships. However, some of the changes were definitely not to the standard we have come to expect from Princess. While stunning, the Piazza made a lousy dance venue. Unfortunately, there was no other suitable venue except for the Vista Lounge which was used too frequently for other activities like bingo. The loss of the Wheelhouse bar and its traditional setting turned out to be virtually useless for anything other than a bar to support the Crown Grill. The proximity to the grill made a secluded dinner anything but special when a jazz quartet and a piano player were in residence. The theater stage was so small that presentations looked crowded and awkward. Seating was decent but without drink services and cup holders, clapping was a challenge. Too few aisles made for difficult maneuvering throughout the two levels. The entertainment was less than normal with only one major production on the first seven day portion and the same show was repeated on the second portion of the trip. The “BRAVO” presentation was outstanding and the “Unexpected Boys” mirrored the “Jersey Boys” act. Other guest entertainment was good but not for our liking. Some nights had no entertainment at all. The addition of some venues like Bellini’s was special and we enjoyed that part but Alfredo’s Pizza was just so – so. The pizza bar up by the pool was just as good. The gelato shop did not really have gelato, just ice cream. Swirls was sufficient for us. The International Café was very good and made a nice alternative to the buffet for a quick breakfast and a decent cup of coffee and pastries/sandwiches/salads, etc. Food at the buffet was adequate although they kept moving items around so you spent a lot of time wandering around looking for things. The food was barely warm and in some cases dead cold. Seating was more than adequate and we never had a problem finding a place to sit. Formal dining was a nightmare. We had requested a table for 8 and were seated at a table for 6 with only one other couple - Brazilians who spoke minimal English. It was as though the Maitre’ D used a dartboard to select seating arrangements. Food was okay but too often we resorted to the “always available” portion of the menu. POSITIVES: Embarkation; Debarkation; Itinerary NEGATIVES: Safety drill at 9:45PM – right in the middle of second seating dinner. No one informed us that the first night was anytime dining because of the drill. Lack of tenders at Katakolon – It took over two hours to disembark for the tenders after arriving at 12:30pm with a departure of 8pm. No after dinner activities (Except Shows) for 2d seating. Almost all activities took place at 9 to 9:15Pm Lack of information on Captain’s Circle activities. We did not receive notification of Capt Circle events until the third day of the initial cruise and then periodic announcements throughout the trip. Previous Princess Cruises had an outline of all Capt Circle events up front so you could schedule your time.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
After pouring through countless itineraries and ship comparisons, our extended family (8 members) decided to plan our summer trip onboard the brand new Regal Princess. Having sailed on Princess before, I knew they would be able to ... Read More
After pouring through countless itineraries and ship comparisons, our extended family (8 members) decided to plan our summer trip onboard the brand new Regal Princess. Having sailed on Princess before, I knew they would be able to accommodate our mix of first time cruisers and seasoned travelers. I also knew that being it was only the second sailing for this ship, there would be a few hiccups. Both of these aspects were correct. Overall, the ship is lovely. Classic Princess style. Spacious, airy and even at almost full capacity, never feeling crowded. There was always a deck chair available during the day (even at sea) and at night during the Movies under the Stars. The public spaces were decorated tastefully and also always offered plenty of seating. The staterooms were definitely photographed with a wide-angle lens on the website, but are still roomy enough for two adults to maneuver without tripping over each other. The stateroom balconies are a little more narrow however. Great for sitting upright or standing. The dining options were perfect for the length of our cruise. While we mostly ate in the Concerto dining room (anytime dining) we also tried Alfredo's as well as Sabatini's ($25 cover charge). All venues offered a nice range of dishes that accommodated our parties' various requirements (vegetarian, non-dairy, etc) and the food was good. The Horizon Court/Bistro (buffet) was pretty large and offered a lot of food, however we all found it to be typical of a cruise line buffet... food often warmed-over and heat-lamp dried out. This was also the one area that always seemed manic and ill-designed. You're bound to have someone step on you or push you out of the way for that shrimp cocktail. The service was good, but not great and this is where a new ship will always suffer. The right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing and it caused a few headaches. For instance, some of the dining room staff was not fully educated on the Ultimate drink package (which allows unlimited alcohol and drinks) and overpromised what was included and what wasn't... specialty coffee and gelato. We found out the hard way after being charged for both when we had purchased the package. Next, when we had booked our cruise, we received a special deal through Princess which included a complimentary bottle of wine, 8x10 photograph, complimentary shore excursion and a $200 per stateroom onboard credit. However, this was completely disorganized. There was never a voucher in our rooms or any notation describing how to receive the wine. After a few trips to the Guest Services desk, we learned the voucher for the photo was to be handed to our dining room server for the wine. Makes sense, right? The biggest problem came during our call to Dubrovnik. At the last minute the ship's time at port was moved back a few hours and due to cruise ship congestion (though we didn't see any other ships) we had to tender ashore. Because it was noon and everyone was out and about and eager to disembark, it literally took hours to get off of the ship. We had to use the ship's lifeboats as tenders which resulted in overcrowding and frustration for some of the passengers. However, as Dubrovnik is such a wonderful port, I'm sure most of the passengers saw it as a small price for admission. As these were not huge problems which certainly didn't damper the trip, I would recommend Princess and especially this ship. I'm sure in a few weeks once all of the kinks are worked out it will be an exceptional addition to the fleet. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My itinerary started in Athens (Piraeus) on 27 MAY and ended in Venice on JUNE,2 . It is always very exciting to cruise on a brand new ship and I couldn’t wait to get on board. Unfortunately I had some troubles with embarkation procedure ... Read More
My itinerary started in Athens (Piraeus) on 27 MAY and ended in Venice on JUNE,2 . It is always very exciting to cruise on a brand new ship and I couldn’t wait to get on board. Unfortunately I had some troubles with embarkation procedure but I’ll skip the details. It was quite unpleasant 3-hour waiting at Piraeus cruise terminal because of someone’s fault but ship’s staff together with my colleagues of travel agency made their utmost to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Special thanks to Gianluca of Regal Princess – he was very kind with me and took my troubles pretty seriously. Otherwise embarkation was well organized and everybody (but me) was in good mood. Basically, I knew what to expect on board but new is always bringing surprises and I very much hoped they would be pleasant. Indeed, what I saw largely brought me pleasant feelings. Starting with my balcony cabin, it was roomy enough, full of light and very nicely designed so that guests could feel comfortable and safe while on board. That’s valid in full for all public areas as well. The restaurants, bars, atrium, theatre, SPA-center, even corridors – all these areas were in beige-brown hue, wearing style, comfort and relaxation. No bright and challenging designs were noticed. I am 56 and that kind of interior suits me best. I was also quite excited by the on-board day & night entertainments. The Canadian comedian who performed a 45-minute show full of improvisation and great humor was definitely the best!. A few words of specialty restaurants. The Italian Sabatini’s is the worse one in the Princess fleet I guess. I traveled on Ocean and Rubi and their restaurants of this brand were much better than on Regal Princess. The Crown Grill however surpassed my expectations in a positive way. A combination of rich variety of delicious food and good service made me happy very much. The food is of good quality in standard dining rooms too. Chairs and tables are comfortable and are located at a sufficient distance from one another, so guests are not disturbed by their neighbors. BUT services here need to be improved radically. The waiters move slowly and erratically, often serve dishes ordered by someone else, talk too much with the guests and that sometimes becomes annoying. The worst, however, happened to me last night of the cruise and left a very mixed impression of the entire cruise. I will describe the case in detail, because I consider this as an obvious break in services. I and my younger colleague I was traveling with, sat at the restaurant table at 8 pm sharp. As soon as our waiter appeared I handed him a wine ticket - I had a half of bottle of wine left over from the previous night (we dined in the same restaurant). My colleague ordered a beer from the bar. More than 20 minutes passed but no one brought us the ordered drinks. I asked the waiter what was happening and the answer was: your wine is coming, sir. After ten more minutes the waiter’s assistant approached our table and asked if my colleague is of age 21. We said yes and in ten more minutes my wine and a bottle of beer were finally delivered to our table. But don’t think this was the end of the story. Not at all. Assistant waiter refused to open the beer saying he thought my colleague was too young to be allowed to drink. I asked the waiter to check how old my colleague was in computer system and put a stop on this ridiculous story. Time: 8:45pm. In the meantime a lady in white uniform approached the battlefield – supervisor was asked to solve this problem. She made an excuse for late delivery of wine and beer (45 minutes !!!) and asked my colleague to show her his ID in order to prove his age. I said on board the cruise ship the only document passengers must have with them is key-card and nothing else. After a short discussion the lady in white agreed to check in system. It took her exactly 2 /two/ minutes! Finally the age was proved, the beer opened and poured into the glass. Time: 8:50 pm !!! I’m not going to quote names of these people who spoiled my last evening on board Regal Princess because I believe it was not their fault. This is a matter of training, knowledge and discipline that the cruise company should ensure. Especially when cruise product is claimed to be PREMIUM.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Unedited from iPhone notes:  Mediterranean cruise 2014 6/19 arrived by train from Firenze at 1235. No instructions on getting to the ship unless you are with a group. Went to the left out of the train station over the bridge. Not that ... Read More
Unedited from iPhone notes:  Mediterranean cruise 2014 6/19 arrived by train from Firenze at 1235. No instructions on getting to the ship unless you are with a group. Went to the left out of the train station over the bridge. Not that way. Back over the bridge. Find another bridge to the west of the train station cross it and there is this tiny sign for People mover pointing right but people mover is straight ahead thru construction zone. Ticket = 1,30 euro. Could not get Visa to work. Took 30 min just to get this far. People mover trip can't be more than 500 yds long. Very short. After exiting it is still another 15 minute walk to the terminal if you have luggage. If not 12 minutes. Useless people mover. Then the usual chaos at registration. Your $25 shuttle into Venice is automatic. No one asked if we are going into town. Once we got the room keys no instruction on what to do next. Found security scan. Then another walk down to dock level where you are shuffled into front or rear of ship depending on room assignment. Found room and patter. Nice. Went to the Horizon for a quick bite. Very open and improved layout. Food very good. Servers trying to sell you various packages. I bought 12 day all inclusive drink package for $626 and 2 coffee cards for around $25 each. Offering a wine tasting package too at Sabatinis for $40. Saw all the nice shops and stops in our initial inspection of the ship. Luggage made it. Steven is our cabin Steward. Waiting to shuttle into St Marcos Square. Le soleal ship??? Went into Venice via shuttle, 20 minute ride. So many people. Very loud on the outside perimeter with the motor boats so we tucked away into some of the side streets where it was a lot quieter. Had a seafood pasta dinner and. A bottle Cab. Returned to the ship by 8. Watched half of World Cup game and drank. Not interesting but people were. Quite mix of nationalities on the ship. Walked around most of the second half and talked to bartenders. Never saw the final score. 6/20 up early this morning for a Cappuccino and will head out for a walk shortly. Took the people Mover into town simple and walked around the different cities without any crowds! About 9 the crowds start moving in and I head away from the "coastal" streets to avoid people. By 9:30 am it's time head back on the Princess shuttle from San Marcos area. Get back for a 10:30 breakfast. Setting sail at 1300. So sun time in the afternoon. Lounges were a little tough to get but crew was setting up more. Movie under the stars was Pavorotti, not right for the setting. That even nice dinner and the welcome show in the main theater. Comedian Carlos Oscar doing the show. Some Indonesian band in the piazza had crowd dancing and enjoying themselves. 6/21 Tied up in Dubrovnik Croatia around 9 AM. Buses are available to shuttle people into town, $15/ per. 30 minute ride into town and it is packed! Three cruise ships in town. Clean city but just too many people. Did manage to get inside the walled city on the second attempt. Lot of eateries and shops inside. Rode the gondola to the top overlooking the city, $18 ea. beautiful view of the walled city 6/22/ 6th floor restroom out of order by concerto dining room, second night. Did not expect that today. Just very relaxing day at sea as we head to Athens. Slot tournament. Formal night and pictures tonight. Dinner service was very slow tonight. I believe we spent well over 2.5 hours that night in the Concerto dining room. This caused us to have to wait until 2300 to hear comedian Carlos Oscar in the Vista Lounge. Good show. 6/23 Piraeus/Athens, up early to eat and get off the ship. We booked a independent tour thru Share A Shore Excursions. We were grouped with another family of six. Tour called best of Athens. Our host had a nice air conditioned mini bus. We got to the acropolis earlier than most so limited crowds. As we left hoards of people arrived! And that was true the rest if the day. Traffic is horribly jammed after 1100. We did five stops and learn a lot about the people as well as the history of Greece. One stop allowed enough time for a nice lunch. Temps close to 90-95 degrees. Set sail at 1830. A very busy harbor. Tried the Ocean Seafood sushi and was very good. No one has been using this venue. It cost a small fee but not bad, and plenty. There were some pricey items on the menu. Had a sundae later at the gelato bar. There were some male acrobats performing in the piazza. Hot Latin night going on in the pool deck. Lots of people and crew enjoying music and dancing. Not into macarina and the slide/line dancing. Too funny. 6/24 arrived in Kusadasi. Will catch a cab for a side trip to Ephesus. Gas is 4.45/ liter. Cost 70 to take a cab to Ephesus. The driver drops you off at one end and you walk down to ruins to meet him in 1:15 minutes or so. The place is amazing but there is so much work to be done. Austria govt is funding it. Truly a site to behold. Buds loads of people keep arriving and it gets warmer. We left by 1130 and back in Kusadasi by noon. The taxi driver stops on the way back at a leather outlet store where Janet buys a $450 jacket. Very nice Baggio Rolini. Back in town by noon and the street vendor are aggressive trying to get you into their shops. Very impressed with all the fruit trees in the vicinity. Had a nice lunch and wi-fi connection. Back to the ship and hit the bar and adults only pool. Lots of reading too. Scheduled to pull out of port at 4:30. Beautiful sunset. Did Horizon Court for dinner just to be simple. DO NOT ever serve tri tip roast that has been slow cooked. Ever! Just wrong. Garlic soup nothing more than a gravy. Other than that, some good seafood and desserts. Headed to Mykonos Island, Greece. $10 shuttle ticket to get to Mykonos in the morning. 6/25 docked in Mykonas. Rode the shuttle into town about a 5 minute ride. Very narrow rode so suggested you catch the bus. Bus terminal is the trans hub for the island, so with a second ship in port NCL, crowded. Narrow streets is an understatement. You share the road with little cars and pickups and many times this force you to take refuge in one of the many tourist shops. Every house and business is white. Cobblestone roads, gentle inclined and stray cats everywhere. Not a lot to see. We did not go to the beach. Two things. Plan on no potty stops and consider yourself lucky to find a WC. Secondly if you have any difficulty walking, this entire trip IS NOT for you. Large folks, those with canes, walkers or other mobility devices should skip any Med trip. ADA does not figure in Europe. Very hard to get around. Back on the ship and some sun time. Dinner tonight was prime rib and I must admit I have never seen it sliced that thin, maybe 1/4" thick. Flavor was missing but the gravy tried to add something. Yes it was gravy not au jus. The filet my wife had looked good. That evening saw the show, Beatles Maniacs. Very good and they get the crowd into it. 6/26 sea day. Room service this morning and then went down for morning walk. Cloudy day today with a breeze. Pub lunch today was chicken curry. Good but the British beer was horrible. Stopped by the slot tournament to drop a quick $20. No luck. Slot tournaments do not seem as exciting as other cruises where you had lines waiting to use the slots, people cheering etc. just to automated and uneventful and no skill at all. Nice formal dinner with lobster plus an extra tail. Went to the Marriage Match a takeoff of the Newlywed Game in the TV studio on boat, very funny. Took in the song and dance show in the Princess theater and very enjoyable. Some new techno effects and well-polished routines. Wife 2nd bout with diarrhea. 6/27 Wife still sick and I have touch of sore throat. We were late getting into the dock. Traffic jam as we are the 5th aqcruise ship this morning. Expected to be hot today 31C. We are on a tour with Princess group. Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri. We are doing the tour in reverse, starting with a boat trip to Capri, 50 minutes. About 350-400 people the boat. Island is a destination for those with money for shopping, designer brands etc. Didn’t see many cruisers with bags of clothing, perfume or jewelry. Population swells by 5000 people each day, April thru October. Then off to Sorrento and lunch was provided. Went to Pompeii and simply a fantastic spot. Got back after a 10 hour tour. Beat and just enough time to get back on the ship. whew. Missed to chance to eat a Napoli pizza. Ships pizza will have to do. 6/28 up to catch a private tour (8 people) to Rome. 70km drive to Rome. We had booked a private tour through shore excursion dot com. Eight of us. A little pricey but a good reputation and worthy. Marcos John the beekeeper was our tour guide. First stop the Coliseum of Rome. Amazing and you can take as much time as us needed. There was a little confusion on when and where to meet our guide but in the end it worked out. Then off to see other ruins and a quick lunch. After lunch it was the Vatican Museum tour. We had front of the line privileges if that meant anything, and we joined the hoards of people!!!!! Never have I unliked a tour more than this one. Was not a tour, it was a cattle drive. Once in a line you were herded in a continuous line from the museum to the Sistine Chapel to the Bacilica chapel. Absolutely no time to enjoy the once in a lifetime trip. Lots of pictures to remember but that is about it. 15,000 people too many for me. I am glad I did it but I would never go back or recommend the 130 euros I spent. The tour guide had a little difficulty translating English questions but was informative otherwise. It was a 9 hour trip with 2 hours plus during to and from. There has got to be a better time of the year to visit Rome. Wife got a head cold that morning so I hope she enjoyed the trip. Got back and tried free Alfredo restaurant and was very good. They will not let you take leftovers to the room, no boxes to go. Had a cigar at Churchills. Tuscany in the morning. 6/29 Livorno. Caught the shuttle to the train station and then the train to Pisa. Hopefully this won't be an all day excursion. A great day in Pisa. Train then a bus within a block of the tower. Got to climb tower for 18€. Cathedral was holding mass. Lots of shops in the area and we had lunch and wifi. We managed to get back to the train station again using public bus. So fun. In Livorno getting back to the ship is a challenge. We jumped on bus # 1 and then you have to chance to a ship's shuttle. Opps, 8 of us got on a Celebrity shuttle. And they won't let you walk around the port for safety and security reasons. A taxi driver voluntarily took us to the ship for free but we all tipped him very well. Did dinner solo in the Horizon. Very good jumbo prawn. Biggest I have ever seen! And the prime rib was tasty but still cut thin. Only down fall was the gravy for the mashed potatoes was very sweet. Opps sugar and not salt??? Rained and lightening as we pulled out of port. Did some wine drinking and some good selections. Why the irregular glass? Red wine needs to be served in a glass of a round bottom. I saw three different styles of stem ware in which red wine was served. The Latin band was good. Show in the Princess Theater was Bravo and OK if you like that type of show and singing. Stage productions have come a long way for Princess. The piano guy Tom Franek, in Crooners is really getting old! Four nights of the same stuff. Fun once. We are headed to Toulon, France for a Monday morning docking. Bartender was telling me he thought the teenage kids were smoking on the top as he was up there a found lite cigarette on the wooden hand rail. When we reach Barcelona in Tuesday we have been warned if an impending taxi strike that personally I don't think will affect us. 6/30 Toulon, France. Very rough ride last night as high winds and swells made for a restless night. The door leaked wind all night so the whistle of the wind was bothersome. I even felt a breeze coming out of the bathroom door jam! Princess goy us again. If you want to leave the dock you must shuttle and you must pay $20 each. Where the ship is docked, not Toulon, there is nothing there. So went into town on the shuttle boat. Town was just waking up, the gondola sky train was not working today as it's too windy. Walked a little. Junky neighborhoods u3-4 blocks around the port. Nice areas beyond. Found a pharmacy to get the wife some decongestant pills. Really not much shopping or sites. Had lunch and an unreliable wifi connection. I have come to the conclusion that the days or a good free internet connection at each port are gone. It's a good marketing idea to get you into a little cafe, but so hit or miss. The terminals have had sporadic wi-fi service too. And don't ever buy a slow internet package on the ship. Waiting for technology to catch up. Caught the shuttle back at 1300. Packing this afternoon. Sail away at 1700 was very windy to get out of the harbor. Up on deck 17 it was batten down the hatches. Jack, Banny and Joanna great hosts at the Retreat. Anthony in the coffee bar in Horizon was always there in the Horizon Dessert area. And thanks Jojo at Crooners. Dinner in the Horizon was good and good use of the leftovers. But for crying out loud, the gravy for the mashed potatoes is NOT suppose to be sweet. Two night in a row. The variety show wasn't very good. The ventriloquist acts all seem the same. Had fun at Majority Rules game with Deputy Dan. He's a crack up and very good for Princess. Smooth sailing three hours out of Toulon. 7/1 Arrived around 6:30 into the port of Barcelona. Bags were put out last night so this will be easy. Scheduled to disembark at 8:30. Went to the Princess theater and before we could get to the door, we were release to the gangway. Luggage retrieval was easy. Only problem, everyone loitering in outside in front of the doors making for a real cluster out front for people doing post tour trips and trying to get to the airport. We opted for two days in Barcelona with an excellent tour arranged through Barcelona Day Tours.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We just returned back from Europe after sailing a 7 night western Mediterranean cruise. This was only our 4th cruise so we can only compare the Regal against the Royal Caribbean Oasis/Liberty and Carnival Legend. A little about ourselves - ... Read More
We just returned back from Europe after sailing a 7 night western Mediterranean cruise. This was only our 4th cruise so we can only compare the Regal against the Royal Caribbean Oasis/Liberty and Carnival Legend. A little about ourselves - we are a couple in our mid 30's with a toddler. We enjoy new experiences and like to try different cruise lines. This was also the first time we cruised with Princess so we were not sure what to expect. The main reason we chose this cruise was the itinerary and the fact that the ship is brand new. The Good 1. Food was a lot better on Regal than any other previous ship we have been on. We enjoyed it a lot. 2. Liked how they did not nickel and dime us as much as they do on the other cruise lines. For example, bought a soda at dinner and since it was a fountain drink, they gave me free refills. The employees also go the extra mile in hopes of more gratuities like giving an extra plate of lobster. 3. Embarkation and Disembarking were super easy. We never had to wait long and even port tenders took only 5 minutes. 4. Our cruise had 3,000+ passengers but never felt crowded. This was my biggest complaint on Royal & Carnival. We never really had to wait for anything while on the ship. 5. Princess has a dedicated person onboard that provides information about each port. His lectures are also available on Video on Demand in your room. Good for people that want to save some money and do excursions by themselves. 6. Best Video on Demand system I have experienced on a cruise ship. Lots of movies. My son was thoroughly entertained but I had to watch Lego the Movie multiple times and sing "Everything is AWESOME". However, it was only good when it worked. 7. Elevators are much faster than other ships. 8. The ship is beautiful and the artwork/photography is much nicer than some other ships. Not so good 1. This is an age 50+ cruise with most activities and entertainment aimed towards them. 2. I would not recommend staying at the front of the ship as almost all food options are either in the aft or middle of ship. Needless to say we walked back and forth a lot. 3. Went to both specialty dining restaurants and they were both good but not spectacular 4. Did not like how the buffet was designed. Everything has it’s own section but since there are multiple stations of the same things, many times you had to pass the same food twice to find new food. 5. Shows were not very good at all. During the first show, they singled out all the 50+ years of marriage people and sang songs for them. 6. Spa was ok but did not like the heavy upsell of products. Instead of trying to sell you one bottle of lotion, they try to sell you a 2 month supply! Come on. I'm just there to relax. Also, my wife felt taken advantage of as she had a spa treatment on 2nd day of cruise for $199 for 75mins. On the 6th and 7th day of cruise, I had 60min treatment for $99. 7. My standard balcony cabins was smaller than the equivalent of other cruises. As a result, it did not have a sofa. 8. The biggest issue is the design of the flow of the ship. The passenger flow was just not smooth. For instance, our dining hall was on level 6 aft. However, you cannot reach it if you are on level 6 coming from the front. You have to go up to level 7 then go back down to level 6. 9. Video on Demand would always freak out at night. Never got an explanation but I believe it just could not handle too many people watching at the same time. This also meant that we could not watch regular tv either. At the end, my wife and I enjoyed the cruise very much. But being in our 30’s with a child, there are probably better options for us. We won't give up on Princess just yet but will have to try other cruise lines before returning. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Review of the Regal Princess, Cabins M411 and M415,Venice to Barcelona June 2014 To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, my wife and I (53 and 57) took our 3 sons (24, 25 and 28) on this cruise. We are well traveled and have cruised ... Read More
Review of the Regal Princess, Cabins M411 and M415,Venice to Barcelona June 2014 To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, my wife and I (53 and 57) took our 3 sons (24, 25 and 28) on this cruise. We are well traveled and have cruised previously on Regents, Celebrity, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and now Princess. We don’t cruise any more on Carnival or Norwegian, and this will probably be our last cruise on Princess. To me, Princess is more like Carnival than Celebrity. It is just my opinion. We had a great time on this cruise, but to me Princess just did not meet up to the standards set by Celebrity and Holland America. Please forgive typos since I am typing this on my phone on the plane home. THE GOOD FOOD – The quality and the selection was great everywhere. I really enjoyed the salad bar area for lunch. DINING ROOM WAIT STAFF – George and his group were outstanding (however, the wait staff in the buffet area was hit or miss. Many times it was difficult to get waited on) EMBARKATION DEBARKATION – seamless THE GYM – pretty high quality machines and more than I expected PLENTY OF POOL RECLINERS – there was always one available. It is nice not having to get to the pool early to get a chair. BIG SCREEN ON POOL DECK – This thing was amazing. Great hi-def quality and surround sound. They showed movies and music videos throughout the day. I didn’t personally go there to watch a movie, but it was pretty nice. THE BAD TV – The televisions in the room did not work most of the time. This was very annoying. WIFI – We bought a WIFI package – a total waste of money. Most of the time it didn’t work. We just used free WIFI in port. PRINCESS – I always felt nickel and dimed. As most of you know, there was the room service charge fiasco (that Princess did reverse). Other examples: When we got on board in Venice, there were ‘vouchers’ for water taxi rides to Venice. We didn’t use them so we threw them away. We found out later that if they were not turned in, they were assumed used and charged to your room! We told them we didn’t use them, and Princess reversed the charges, but what if we hadn’t caught that? One afternoon I ordered an orange juice for lunch, and to my surprise a $2.00 charge for it. Juice is only free in the morning. Charging $20 pp to take you to Toulon – Toulon is the port of call … get me there. GUEST SERVICES – any time we called guest services, we were put on hold. It was like they NEVER had enough people working. A/C – We kept our curtain closed to keep out the sun, and kept the AC on full blast. It never got cool. It wasn’t hot, but is wasn’t cool either. TIPPING POLICY – I know this is the same now on most ships, but I do not like pre-paid gratuities. I like to distribute my tips to those that I feel are deserving. We did the prepaid tips, and then gave extra to those that we thought deserved it. Let’s face it – these AREN’T tips. We are just prepaying salaries of the staff. I am all for workers being paid a fair wage, but don’t call these tips. Just increase the price of the cruise to cover these salaries, and let the guests truly tip for exceptional service. COFFEE – The coffee on board is not good. I tried the coffee shop, but it was the same coffee. I know that everyone has different taste, but this is my take on it. Pre-cruise in Venice Getting from airport to Venice We arrived in Venice on Sunday morning, June 1. We all wanted to take the cruise along the Grand Canal and listen to Rick Steves’ downloaded tour on our phone. We decided that since we had limited time in Venice, we could take the bus from the airport to Venice (6 E per person), and take the vaporetta (public boat transportation) down the Grand Canal to our hotel near St. Mark’s Square, and listen to the Grand Canal tour on the way. BIG MISTAKE! The vaporetta was packed, and people were very rude and pushy (no respect for places in line). There was to no way to see anything with people crowding around you. It was a big waste. Take my advice and just take a private water taxi from the airport to your hotel. If you are going straight to the ship from the airport, take the bus and it will drop you off right by the ‘people mover’ that will then take you to the ship. We got off of the vaporetta at St. Mark’s Square and proceeded with our luggage to find our hotel. We stayed at the Best Western Doge’s Palace. It was a nice hotel with a great location (1 block north of St. Mark’s Square). We paid $275 for a double room and it included a full hot breakfast served buffet style and free WIFI. We got checked in by 11:00 and proceeded to St. Mark’s Square. We had a pre-purchased tickets (buy them on-line for 2 E each to get a reserved spot and avoid all lines). We toured St. Mark’s Basilica listening to Rick Steves’ downloaded tour. It worked great. We were there for about 1 hour. After the Basilica we all walked around the Rialto bridge area to see the sights of Venice. Mainly touristy shops, but also back alleys and side streets. We had a Bar Tour scheduled with Alessandro (a local Venetian) for 6:00 at Rialto Bridge (alessandro@schezzini.it). The cost was 30 E per person. This was an awesome tour. DO THIS IF YOU ENJOY WINE AND TAPAS! We met Alessandro at the bridge and joined up with two other couples (a total of 9 people plus Allesandro on the tour). We went to 3 different bars off the beaten path, had plenty of great local wine and plenty to eat (no need for supper). We got along great with the other couples, and although the tour ended at 8:00, we all stayed at the last bar until 11:30 and drank another 5 bottles of wine. We then went back to the room and went to bed to rest up for the next day. We got up the next morning at about 8:00, got showered, packed and had breakfast. The hotel kept our bags for us until we came back to go to the ship. I pre-purchased tickets for the Secret Doge’s Palace tour for 10:45 am. Again, do this to avoid the lines. The secrets tour was nice, and the Doges Palace was amazing. After the Doges Palace tour we again explored Venice and bought some souvenirs. We ate lunch at a local café, and went back to the hotel to get our luggage. We then took the Alliguana boat directly to the pier. This worked out GREAT. We bought our tickets right outside past the Doges Place after our tour to avoid the ticket line with all of our luggage. The boat leaves about every 25 minutes, so just show up when it works in your schedule. Embarkation and Wine We got to the ship at about 4:00, and there was no line. We got straight on the ship and to our rooms. We brought 9 bottles of good Napa cabernet from home, and bought a Barolo, two Chianti Classico Riservas and 3 bottles of Champaign in Venice for a total of 15 bottles to be brought on board. There were five of us, so we expected to pay the $15 per bottle corkage on 10 bottles. We didn’t hide anything, and weren’t charged a dime. We ended up paying corkage on the 9 bottles we took to dinner, so we really only saved $15, but that was our choice. Rooms We had rooms M411 and M415. We originally had rooms M409 and M411 (both with bigger balconies), but the Princess rep told us we should change to M411 and M415 because the M409 and M411 balconies did not connect. THEY WERE WRONG. Both rooms connected the same way, through a door that opens up between the balconies. Just mis-information by Princess. The rooms were mini-suites, and were set up nicely. Our room had a queen bed (2 singles hooked together), a nice sized bathroom with a shower/tub combo, and one sink. There was also a couch, a desk and two 40” flat screen TV’s (one in front of the bed and one in front of the couch). Room M415 was set up the same way, but the couch was made into a single bed. Balconies The balconies were some of the smallest we have ever had, especially in a mini-suite. There was only enough room for 2 chairs and a small table, and we had the BIGGER balconies! These are the dreaded peek a boo rooms (called that because people walking on the sea-walk can see on to your balcony. At first I thought this was an issue, but it really wasn’t. Not too many people gawked at us on our balcony. We have pre-dinner drinks out on the balcony every night. The one ‘problem’ with the balconies is that the Large screen TV on Deck 16 poolside is loud. We bring along a Bluetooth speaker so we can listen to music on our balcony (we don’t turn it up too loud) but couldn’t use it much when the TV at the pool was on. Day 1: Venice After we all got settled in the room, I went to the gym to work out. The gym was very nice, with about 10 ellipticals, 10 treadmills, and a good selection of machines, dumb bells and a smith machine. After my workout, we had some wine and cocktails on the balconies. My wife went up to the buffet to get some cheese and fruit and brought them to the balcony to enjoy with the wine. My wife pre-ordered some bourbon, gin and vodka for the rooms. The price was about double retail, but much cheaper than buying drinks at the bars on board, and more convenient than having to go up to the bar every time you wanted a cocktail. We then went to dinner at the buffet. I was very impressed with the quality and selection of food at the buffet. After dinner, my wife and I explored the ship and the ‘boys’ went to the casino. We were in bed by 12:00. Day 2: sea day We signed up for the 8:15 dinner setting, so we all got ready for dinner by 7 to have pre-dinner cocktails on the balcony. It was formal night, and my wife wanted several family pictures. We rented tuxes on the boat for the boys, and when they tried them on we had some fitting issues. We called, and they immediately sent up several other sizes for the boys to try on. I was very pleased with the tux rental service. The cost was $100 each, but I feel it was worth it to get some nice family pics for mom. This was our first dinner at the dining room. We met our wait staff and they were all great, especially our headwaiter, George. We brought a nice bottle of Cabernet and Champagne for dinner, and had a great meal. The food was decent, and the service was great. After dinner, I called it a night and went to bed early to rest up for our first port day. Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro I thought that this stop would be a ‘throw away day’. Boy was I wrong. This place was absolutely beautiful! We tendered to shore at about 10 am, and explored the medieval town. It was clean, now too crowded and fun to explore. I had booked a private sailing boat tour with Yuri from 1-5. Yuri is a retired Russian submariner that is enjoying retirement in Kotor and takes people out on tours of Kotor Bay in his 50’ sailboat. We had a beautiful tour of the bay, and visited the church out in the middle of the bay, Our Lady of the Rocks. My older son and I also swam for a while in the Adriatic (yes, it was cold, but I might not ever make it back). Yuri served wine and snacks on board. We shared the trip with another family of 4, and the cost was 50 E per person. It was well worth the money and I would highly recommend this tour. (phone is 00382 67500132 / 00382 67675934) After we tendered back to the boat, it was time to get ready for pre-dinner balcony cocktails and dinner. Day 4: sea day Typical sea day. Work out, eat lunch, and hang by the pool. We also did a Super Tuscan wine tasting held at the Sabatini’s restaurant. It was set up great with gourmet food pairings, one sparkling and 5 reds. It was $40 per person (a little pricey, but I think it was worth the cost). This was more than a wine tasting … it was an event. That night was the second formal night. A lot of pictures were taken! Day 5: Rome We got up early and were off the ship at 8:00 for our private Rome tour with Miles & Miles (City Tour and Vatican in a Day Tour; website is www.milesandmiles.net). Our tour guide, Roberto, picked us up right off the ship (he was there early) and we left in our Mercedes van for Rome. The total cost for the tour was 615 E plus the cost of tickets to the Vatican and the Coliseum. Miles and Miles bought the ‘skip the line’ tickets for us in advance and I simply reimbursed them. It took a little over an hour to get to Rome. We told Roberto that we wanted to stop at a local coffee shop for a cappuccino. He took us to a place close to the Vatican. It was perfect. We sat outside and enjoyed the BEST cappuccino I have ever had. I asked for the bill and was told Roberto had taken care of it. I told Roberto that I would reimburse him and he refused. From there we saw the saw a few of the major sights in Rome. We had a personal Vatican tour scheduled from 10 – 12. The line was 3 hours long to get into the Vatican. Since we had the ‘skip the line’ tickets, we went right in. We had a knowledgeable tour director that took us through the Vatican grounds and explained everything, The Pope announced that St. Peter’s Basilica would be closed that day, so we couldn’t see the inside of the Basilica. We could see everything else ,but were a little disappointed. The Vatican was PACKED. Roberto picked us up after our Vatican tour and said that he found out that the Pope would be making a surprise appearance in St. Peter’s Square a little after noon. He took us there, and we got to see the Pope live from about 25 feet away! After the Vatican tour, it was time for lunch, I did some research on Trip Advisor and told Roberto where I wanted to go. He said he knew someplace better. I assumed he was just taking us somewhere so he could get a referral fee, but I succumbed. Boy am I glad I did. We were seated in a great outside table, were served antipasto, 2 home made pastas, salad, bruschetta, bread, tiramisu, wine and lemon cello. Total cost for 5 persons = 115 E. The best meal of the trip. And, we got in and out quickly. Another great job by Roberto. After lunch back on the road to see the sights. At the end of the day we visited the Coliseum. Roberto dropped us off and told us where to go to skip the line at the Coliseum. Again, this worked perfectly and we went right in. We looked around the Coliseum for about hour, and then Roberto picked us him and we headed back to the ship. We got back at about 5:30. There is no way we could have seen half of what we saw in Rome without Miles & Miles and especially Roberto. I HIGHLY recommend them. Day 6: Livorno (Florence) We booked a private tour of Florence and the Chianti wine region with Miles & Miles at this port also. This time our tour guide was not early, and in fact was a few minutes late. He provide the service he promised, but was not nearly as organized as Roberto and not nearly as passionate. We saw the sights in Florence, and had skip the line tickets for the statue of David. We visited a church where Michelangelo was buried, and saw the other ‘must see’ sights in Florence. At about noon we headed for wine country. Our first stop was Emma Vineyards. There we did a lunch and wine tasting visit, and the wine and food were great. The total bill was 175 E for the 5 of us. We ended up buying a case of wine and balsamic (amazing stuff) and had it shipped home. We stopped at another winery and just did wine tasting and olive oil tasting (10 E each). We bought two bottles of the olive oil, but no wine. We then headed back to port and arrived at 5:30. That night we had dinner at the Crown Grill. The meal was fantastic and well worth the $25 per person upcharge. Day 7: Toulon The disappointment of the trip. We paid Princess 20 per person to take a boat ride from the pier to Toulon. The biggest waste of money on the trip. Toulon was dirty, and not really much to see. Our itinerary said ‘Toulon”, but for some reason we had to pay Princess $20 per person to get to Toulon. Tacky. I did talk to someone on the flight home, and they said they went about an hour away to see the highest cliffs in Europe and enjoyed that. An excursion away may be a good thing, but there is nothing to see or do in Toulon. Day 8: Barcelona We got off the ship with no issues. We also had a private tour in Barcelona booked through Spanish Trails. Our tour guide was Andrew and he was fantastic. He picked us up at the port, and took us to our hotel (Hotel America) to check in and drop off our luggage. The hotel was clean and friendly with a good location for around $200 per room, no breakfast included but free WIFI. We then went to see the sights of Barcelona. Included were Parc Guell, the Olympic stadium, the Barcelona Football stadium, , Roman district and ended up at La Familia Sagrada with skip the line tickets and a trip to the top of the towers. Barcelona is now my favorite city, and I can’t wait to go back. Andrew took us to a stand up Tapas bar for lunch that was great. He recommended Catalana Cerveseria for dinner and it was fantastic. If you go to Barcelona, go to Catalana Cerveseria. It is worth the one hour wait. Day 9: Barcelona to airport Our hotel arranged a mini-van taxi to take us to the airport that next morning. He arrived early and the total cost was 60 E including tip and a lot of luggage (they charge per bag).   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We joined Regal Princess on its June 2nd cruise out of Venice. Embarkation was fine and we were on the ship at 1pm. The first things that strikes you as you board is the ships sea-walk protruding out of deck 16 which is quite novel. Once ... Read More
We joined Regal Princess on its June 2nd cruise out of Venice. Embarkation was fine and we were on the ship at 1pm. The first things that strikes you as you board is the ships sea-walk protruding out of deck 16 which is quite novel. Once you board you can't but be struck by the most beautiful atrium at sea; the scale of the Piazza along with the combination of all the cream and brown marble is something to behold. We got a great deal (€696pp) on an inside cabin on the week in question, room 412 Aloha deck 12. The colour scheme of the room is again creams and browns and is very tasteful. The layout is also very good, the bathroom is down a short corridor and into the left which gives a nice sense of separation and privacy in a small space. This was the fist time I ever went for an inside cabin but I have to say it was really nice and if you wanted a sense of where you were, you could turn on the webcam TV channel, something you only really think about first thing in the morning when you wake up. The rooms are very well insulated also which is a marked difference to the older RCL ships. Across the corridor from our room was a junior suite which I also managed to get a look at and which was as you would expect, really attractive and spacious. As for the staff I couldn't fault them, they were ultra friendly and this was really noticeable around the pool deck area. I opted for a soft drinks package for the week which was $49 so suffice to say I always had them on call during the day. The Burger and Pizza's at the pool deck were very tasty as was their free Swirls ice-cream; it was much better than what was available on RCL last year. If I was to give Princess one recommendation though, it would be to increase the variety of pizza's at the pool deck, I think there was only 3 types of Pizza so not as good as a previous Celebrity cruise I had been on. The layout of top deck is great, you can access the running track, the Gym, the Basketball court and all the pools really easily and without needing a degree in Orienteering. The Retreat Pool is lovely and quiet while the main pool has a huge screen for movies/concerts etc. which was really enjoyable. This is one area where I think Celebrity does not compete with Royal or Regal Princess, having no large outdoor screens which I now expect as the norm, 'Wake up Celebrity!'. Some older people argue that they don't like the noise of the big screens but if that is the case they could go to the Retreat Pool on Princess; you simply don't have that option with celebrity so I am wondering now will I be disappointed if I go on a Solstice ship again in the future and I am saying this as I would have viewed the Celebrity's Solstice ships are the main competitor/comparator to Royal & Regal Princess. So to wrap up here, there is no ship at sea as visually impressive as Regal Princess, 'End of! & no debate on this point'. Overall their food and entertainment was very good. Celebrity may still have the edge and probably does in terms of the quality of their Restaurant food and I am thinking here that on occasion the food in the main Restaurant on Regal wasn't as hot as I would have liked it so maybe Celebrity still has the edge here but definitely not in terms of the overall ship. Regal's water fountain show is impressive if short, there movies under the stars is excellent, you get blankets, popcorn, milk and cookies, sweets, pizza and they put special padded covers on the deck chairs for you. So should you cruise on Regal Princess? Absolutely! The only problem you will have will be that all other ships after that will appear visually inferior and I am thinking here of the Piazza, the Pool deck and the sea-walk which were great. If I were to redesign the ship though I would like to see a two tiered dinning room as oppose to splitting up Symphony and Concerto. Also Allegro is hard to get to so that's one thing to consider Princess going forward. I would have liked if one of the Speciality Restaurants was up where the Sanctuary was so you could look out at the world as you dinned; like the Crows nest on the RCL ships. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
The Regal Princess exceeded all of my expectations in every aspect. It truly caters to everyone!!!!!! The week was an amazing experience and, even though it had a few flaws, never contained a dull moment onboard. Since this is one of the ... Read More
The Regal Princess exceeded all of my expectations in every aspect. It truly caters to everyone!!!!!! The week was an amazing experience and, even though it had a few flaws, never contained a dull moment onboard. Since this is one of the first reviews, I would like to detail the Pros and Cons about this new ship. Pros: 1. Horizon Court was the best buffet I have ever had at sea. The choices were endless and changed from day to day. 2. The service was impeccable. 3. The facilities were top-notch. 4. Crown Grill (extra charge) offered some of the best steaks I have ever had. 5. The pools were NEVER overcrowded. 6. The entertainment (violinists, pianists, etc.) in the atrium was superb. 7. The children's facilities are INCREDIBLE. Teens get their own sun deck with a jacuzzi! Cons: 1. The shore excursions were disappointing in 2 out of the 4 ports of call. I highly recommend leaving the ship independently as many of the excursions wasted valuable time stopping at shops that Princess was obviously getting a kick-back from. 2. The elevators were hard to come by and were often very crowded during the evening. The steps in parts of the ship stopped on deck 7, requiring you to take the elevator or walk to the mid ship. 3. The entertainment in the theater was mediocre. 4. The promotions were very "in your face." Bothersome especially on the first day. I highly recommend Princess over others like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Great for all ages. Wonderful ship and wonderful crew.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise onboard the brand new Princess Regal. The ship is amazing, and we really liked the high-tech features, design, and attention to detail. Pros: 1. The big shows in the theater were AMAZING! I've never ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise onboard the brand new Princess Regal. The ship is amazing, and we really liked the high-tech features, design, and attention to detail. Pros: 1. The big shows in the theater were AMAZING! I've never seen anything with this level of quality before on a ship. The two productions at the end of the voyage set the bar for entertainment. There were high tech effects, multiple set changes, full 15 piece-orchestra, and fabulous singing. 2. Beautiful new ship - everything was shiny and new. Some people have complained about the design, but we had the opposite experience. The design made this "at capacity" trip seem like there were few onboard. We never encountered a wait at any of the public places. 3. We had the cheapest interior (no view) room, and the layout made it seem bigger than onboard other ships. 4. The service was amazing (as usual) in almost every part of the ship (note the one big area of weakness in the "cons" section. 5. High quality food served in the dining rooms. We only went to the buffet a few times as we thoroughly enjoyed the dining areas. Cons: 1. Service in Alfredo's Pizzeria - The food was good, but the waiters here were EXTREMELY RUDE. We were really taken back by how poor the service was considering it was perfect everywhere else on the ship. They made us stand and wait several minutes for a table on both of our trips to the restaurant, despite it being almost empty. They seemed indifferent to their customers, and it didn't fit with the rest of the ship's overly-polite and ready to serve mentality. 2. Mid-ship elevators - The one design flaw that we experienced was trying to get between levels at mid-ship. These elevators seemed to stop on every floor and were incredibly slow to use. There weren't enough stairs in this area either. It was only a minor inconvenience, and you learn quickly where to go to get around. 3. Entertainment ended a day early - I'm not sure if this is common cruise practice, as this is the first time I've been on one that disembarks at a different port than where we began. However, on the last night of the cruise, there were no shows and the entertainment options were very sparse. I figured since I paid for the day, they shouldn't just assume that we didn't want to be entertained on the final night. 4. Enrichment activities - This cruise seemed to have fewer choices for entertainment. I really enjoyed attending game shows on prior cruises, and there weren't very many offered on this one. And, some of the games that they did offer were complete duds (murder mystery, smarter than cruise staff). The folks running the entertainment were great people, but they weren't comedians or actors. Watching them tell knock-knock jokes and pretending to be children in a game show was painful... OVERALL: We had an excellent experience and the cons are all minor compared to the amazing pros of this ship. You won't be sorry if you book your next vacation onboard the Regal Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Boarded the ship in Venice - this was a smooth process with not a real queue in sight. In fact this was a consistent theme throughout the cruise, and it came as a really pleasant surprise that 3600 passengers could move about the decks, ... Read More
Boarded the ship in Venice - this was a smooth process with not a real queue in sight. In fact this was a consistent theme throughout the cruise, and it came as a really pleasant surprise that 3600 passengers could move about the decks, restaurants and facilities with such ease. This also applied to embarkation and disembarkation, and to the organisation around visiting 8 ports of call; which again was excellent. The Regal Princess was virtually brand new when we sailed in mid-July, so it would have been extremely surprising if the condition of the ship was anything other than first class – fortunately, we were not disappointed. Also, the crew appeared to be well organised and service was always attentive and efficient. The dining arrangements were good, and the food was generally of a high standard. We had ‘Anytime Dining’ and ate mostly in the Horizon Court during the day, and in the Concerto and Symphony restaurants in the evening. Horizon Court operates a buffet format, but the range and quality of food available is very impressive indeed. The main restaurants have an atmosphere similar to that of a 5 star hotel. Aside from the excitement of a new ship, the main attraction was the itinerary. Starting in Venice, then visiting 8 classic Mediterranean destinations, and ending in Barcelona. The timescales, on a 12 day cruise, obviously meant that it was only possible to get a flavour of each location, and we used a mixture of the Princess excursions and doing our own thing. The Princess excursions we used were actually very good, if a little rushed at times. Special mention must go to the on-board destination expert, Julio Delgado. His talks on each of the destinations were very informative; and having these talks available each day on the in-house TV was really useful. Only a couple of minor negative points. The deck entertainment was mostly fine as an accompaniment to sunbathing etc. , but then suddenly the sound volumes were increased to fairly high levels, with different activities. This was made worse due to an excessive bass distortion problem with the main deck speaker system, particularly evident in the deck areas behind the main speakers. So, where to move to relax on these occasions ? … perhaps the Adults Only Retreat ? The Adults Only Retreat is a very good idea in theory which doesn’t quite work in practice. It’s a smallish area, totally cluttered with furniture, plants and shade paraphernalia. To make matters worse, the small number of sunbeds in the sun were often ‘reserved’ with towels, but with no sight of the towel owners. ( In the interests of fairness, I should also report that in the main deck areas, sunbeds were always readily available somewhere, and appeared to be regularly monitored by the deck attendants ). Some of the above is probably more of a management issue, but senior management were ‘low profile’ to say the least. The Adults Only Retreat just needs to be redesigned, de-cluttered and properly managed to ensure that it is reasonably available to all adults. The issue of lift availability and location of stairs is well documented, but was never a real problem. But to summarise, it was a fantastic cruise and a great experience !   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
First my apology for my English. On 25 July we are embarked in Barcelona on the Regal Princess. It concerned a 13 day trip in the Mediterranean with the mooring places: ... Read More
First my apology for my English. On 25 July we are embarked in Barcelona on the Regal Princess. It concerned a 13 day trip in the Mediterranean with the mooring places: Barcelona-Toulon-Livorno-Rome-Naples-Mykonos-Kusadasi-Istanbul-Athens-Venice. A beautiful new ship with plenty of room for the approx. 4000 passengers travelling on this ship wich sail with it. We have regularly amazed at the fact that there was enough space everywhere on the various locations such as deck, swimming pool, dining room, buffet restaurant, theatre. Staff is everywhere present and sufficient enough helpful. We have made 2 previous cruises with Holland America and compared. Food in the buffet restaurant is on the Regal Princess better and more extensive. Holland America line is eating at the restaurant in the control equivalent to Princess Cruises. Entertainment is on the Regal Princess particularly well. Something for everyone. Beautiful shows in the theatre and great entertainment on deck (Movies under the Stars) and in the Atrium. Of all the negative points that can be put forward in the various reviews I agree with one point and that is the lack of a stairwell in the middle part of the ship   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Regal Princess Review – Barcelona to Venice - July 25th to August 6th The embarkation process was simple once we all got to the port (our taxi driver made us go in two trips). Our first stop was horizon court and horizon bistro. It took ... Read More
Regal Princess Review – Barcelona to Venice - July 25th to August 6th The embarkation process was simple once we all got to the port (our taxi driver made us go in two trips). Our first stop was horizon court and horizon bistro. It took me the better part of the trip to figure out that even though the horizon court and horizon bistro are connected they offer different foods and need to both be explored. This adds a bit of confusion to the dining process but helps spread people out so it feels less crowded. Even on mornings when the whole ship was leaving at the same time Horizon didn’t feel overwhelmed. After we had some lunch we made dinner reservations at Sabatinis and the Crown Grill for later in our trip. Both restaurants made fabulous meals. I liked having the music from the Wheelhouse bar playing while we had dinner at Crown Grill. We had an interior cabin which suited our needs perfectly. My kids had the bunk beds and I had the single twin. Thanks to other cruise critics members I took along two hanging shoe organizers. I hung the large one in the closet, which gave us a place for our shoes. The smaller one hung on the bathroom door. That let the three of us organize our bathroom stuff instead of cluttering up the three shelves or leaving things in the tiny shower. We had plenty of space to store our clothes and other items since we hung up as many of our clothes as possible. We stored our large suitcases under the beds so we kept as much floor space open as possible. The showers let you choose a temperature by number so once you figure out your number it is easy to get the temperature just right the next day, even if your kids disagree about the perfect temperature. The ledge in the shower is great for shaving but it does make it difficult to get the shower curtain to close and not hang out of the shower. Of course if the shower curtain is partially open or hanging out of the shower the floor gets very wet. That seemed to be a daily challenge for all three of us. The biggest bathroom challenge was flushing the toilet. I often had to push multiple times. By the end of the trip I was punching the button. The toilets in the public restrooms were much easier to flush. The public toilets can be difficult to find until you get use to the signs (which often made me think there was a handicap restroom only behind the door but in reality behind the door was a set of additional doors leading the regular and handicap restrooms). We enjoyed anytime dining in the Symphony dining room most nights. The food was generally quite good. We had one ho hum night but that was the exception. Breakfasts in horizon were very good. Horizon Bistro is more continental while Horizon Court includes omelets and waffles. Your drinks are brought to the table. We had a dining room breakfast the last day and it was also delicious. We also did room service breakfast a couple times, which was a relaxing way to start our at sea mornings. Our on ship lunches included Horizon, Tridents grill, and Prego pizza. They were all great choices. I like having salad with lunch but the salad bars are separated so it was difficult to find my toppings and put together a salad. We went to Alfredos for lunch one day. The veal ravioli was amazing. The kids enjoyed their pizza and calzone but my daughter ordered a plain cheese calzone because she wasn’t interested in the combinations they offered. We stopped at the International café for snacks a couple of times. The best treats were the virgin mixed drinks the kids and I got addicted to thanks to the unlimited drinks package (be sure to visit Rosalindo outside Princess Live). Others have mentioned the lack of stairs to all floors at midship was a mistake and I agree. I also disliked how the elevators were called. Pushing one up button doesn’t activate all the buttons for that elevator bank. That means people click the buttons for every elevator. They get on the first one that arrives but three more elevators are going to stop there after they are gone. After a few days people grow weary of stopping on floors where nobody is waiting so they start closing the elevators doors as soon as they open without waiting to see if somebody really was waiting. This could all be fixed if pushing one up button triggered them all and as soon as one elevator arrived all the buttons turned off. We went to all four production shows and I loved them all. The singers and dancers are very talented. The pyrotechnics were a surprise. Occasionally the lights from on stage shine into the eyes of the audience though. The sets and costumes were wonderful, especially the roller coaster. The comedian kept bragging about not having a routine but he could have used one. He had his funny moments but he had potential he didn’t explore. The illusionist/mentalist did a nice job with the mentalist show but his illusions were tired. The game shows and trivia hosted by the cruise director’s staff were a highlight of the entertainment. Simon, Tatum, Stephanie, and Armando were helpful as well as funny. The water light show was kinda neat but again the lights shine in your eyes and that can be bothersome. Luckily the light show is short so you can squeeze one in between other activities. We never really watched a movie under the stars, there was too much else to do. We did watch some of those movies in our room later though. This cruise itinerary was perfect for us. We spent three days in London, two in Paris, and one day in Barcelona before getting on the Regal. Our first stop was Toulon. There really wasn’t much to do so my parents stayed on board to rest up for the stops coming up. The kids and I rode the cable car up to a large cat zoo. We used Rome in Limo for our stops in Pisa/Florence, Rome, and Pompeii. After those three busy days in a row a sea day was the perfect respite. The kids and I got off in Mykonos and used a Princess tour to visit Delos. Delos was wonderful but I was displeased that the tour brought us straight back to the ship so I had to pay for a Princess transfer to get into town to visit Mykonos. We again had private tours for Istanbul, Ephesus, and Athens. Our last sea day was just before Venice, our last stop. I was glad we got to do a bit of exploring in Venice and return to the ship for dinner. We disembarked the next morning. It was a smooth process and quick, even though I didn’t want to leave. The people mover isn’t too far from the ship in Venice if you want to explore on your own, which is what we did. I don’t recommend this as a method to disembark if you have much luggage though. You can arrange for a taxi just outside the ship. That was how we got to our hotel and it worked out well. If you get private tours be sure to account for traffic and get back to the ship a bit early. We were always back early, which gave us time to clean up for dinner and avoided the stress of racing back to the ship. I never felt crowded while on board except when I was looking for a chair around the pool on the first sea day. I spent a good deal of time sitting on the chairs on the outside decks on deck seven. I got a bit of sun without the crowds. It was the perfect place to watch the ocean go by and read a bit. I even watched the lines being released once. The outrigger bar at the back of Horizon was also a nice place to sit and watch the ship leave port but it could get very windy. I highly recommend the Regal Princess as well as this Mediterranean route.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Not withstanding the issues described below, we had a very good cruise on the Regal Princess leaving Barcelona on 1 July in the midst of the taxi strike and arriving in Venice on 12 July. This is our sixth cruise and third with Princess. ... Read More
Not withstanding the issues described below, we had a very good cruise on the Regal Princess leaving Barcelona on 1 July in the midst of the taxi strike and arriving in Venice on 12 July. This is our sixth cruise and third with Princess. Overall, we would say that everything about the trip was excellent except for the Princess Rome excursion and the docking in Venice. Food quality needs some improvement, but was generally better than our previous cruise experiences. Weather: The weather in the Med is brutally hot in July. Even the fit 20 & 30 year olds were panting in Rome, Istanbul, Kusadasi, and Athens. I wish we had scheduled this trip for September or October. Mobility Challenged: I do not recommend this trip for the mobility challenged. Excursions in a wheelchair are out of the question. Lots and lots of walking with much of it on cobblestones or slick marble streets. Itinerary: We did a similar cruise on RCI in 2011 and had no issues with that itinerary, but the Regal’s itinerary is stretched too tight with the ship frequently arriving late into port or not being ready for disembarkation until well after “advertised” times. This repeatedly reduced time ashore and put us behind mobs from other cruise ships in port, e.g., Rome, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Athens, and Venice. Embarkation in Barcelona: The port facility in Barcelona is absolutely the best we have encountered. It is well laid out, efficiently operated, and boarding was customer friendly. However, Princess did little to facilitate passengers getting to the ship when taxi drivers went on strike in Barcelona. In fact, it was a dismal sight seeing sweating families, many of them seniors and children, dragging their suitcases in the heat, well over a mile from the end of the Barcelona metro. Disembarkation in Venice: Definitely the Pits – Worst we have experienced. We docked in mid-afternoon in Venice at one of the furthest berths in the port, already filled with six cruise ships. The ONLY transfer information provided by Princess was that passengers who signed up for the Princess water taxi ride ($20pp) would be met outside the terminal and that the tram (people mover) that connects to other public transportation. What they did not say is that the tram is “outside” the port terminal and is ¾ mile from the ship. No shuttle bus was provided. The Ship: We really liked the ship. There was plenty of space for the 3,500 passengers and we never felt crowded. The appointments are well executed with a luxurious feel. The atrium does cause some quirkiness in stairways and access to the mid-ship facilities as has been noted in other reviews. We only experienced elevator delays when everyone was trying to board or exit the ship at the same time. We also really like that there are laundromats on each deck and used it twice. Hint: don’t wait until the sea days to do laundry. Wait Staff: Although the newness of the wait staff showed a few times, they were always friendly and attentive. Only on the last night in Venice did we notice a drop off in wait staff performance, possibly because many were on “shore leave” or performing baggage duties. Food Quality: Generally we found the food to be good and nicely presented. However, the Regal Princess badly needs a professional “saucier” to sample their soups and sauces and to recommend changes. EVERYTHING was bland. The exception to this observation was an outstanding meal in the Crown Grill. Chef’s Table: We have done the Chef’s Table on a previous Princess cruise and the first thing we did upon boarding in Barcelona was to book a Chef’s Table sitting. The Regal’s Chef’s Table is in a beautiful alcove in the Allegro dining room. After a brief tour of the galley; meeting the Chef, the Maitre de, and key kitchen staff, we sampled canapes and were then guided into the dining area. Hospitality and food presentation were truly outstanding, but we were let down with the blandness of the cuisine. At $115 per person, the dining experience was a big let down and the food was not as good as the Crown Grill at a quarter of the price. Excursions: We do not like ship excursions as they are expensive and we feel like cattle being herded around and Princess did nothing to improve our assessment. Because we had an incentive excursion credit, we booked the Princess train from Civitavecchia to Rome. Big mistake. The AC in the two Princess rail cars was broken, so we were taken by bus to the port terminal building and literally dumped off, waiting for repair of the AC. The two Princess excursion guides disappeared. So now you have 90 passengers stranded in the terminal building for almost a hour with no information and with most having tour guides waiting for them in Rome. In all, we lost 1½ hours of OUR time in Rome without a word of apology from Princess. Recommendations: (1) If you want to do a sampling of the Mediterranean, do this itinerary in the spring or fall, not in the summer. (2) Do not book ship excursions. Go to Cruise Critic and find folks to share a private tour. (3) Don’t do the Chef’s Table unless you read that the food has improved. (4) There is a baggage service in terminal gate end of Building 103 that will take your baggage to your Venice hotel for a small fee.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
I will start with review of Regal, then the trip itself. This was our second cruise, last year we did Island Princess to Alaska. We have traveled to Europe, Israel and throughout the USA so we do have some experience traveling in general. ... Read More
I will start with review of Regal, then the trip itself. This was our second cruise, last year we did Island Princess to Alaska. We have traveled to Europe, Israel and throughout the USA so we do have some experience traveling in general. I loved the idea of waking up everyday in a new port and not having the hassle of packing up and continually moving. I also am not a foody, so I don't care about eating great dinners in foreign countries. Sampling lunches was good enough for me. Keep all this in mind as you decide if this is the trip for you. Comments on Regal. We were had midship balcony on 9th floor. Yes, the balconies are very narrow compared to Alaska cruise, but we didn't care. Loved the room. Plenty of storage in desk and closet, luggage fits under bed, great hairdryer that was tethered to desk,but lighting and mirror were great. We had plenty of outlets for charging. I thought bathroom was great for ship. Well designed and huge sink that you could use to wash out clothes if necessary. Each floor had laundry, but you really had to plan when to use them so I did a lot of handwash because it was so hot each day on our excursions. Agreed with others about stairs and elevators. At least they added the walking track, though you had to go 7 times around to =a mile. I didn't use the gym, it looked crowded at certain times, as expected. They offered Zumba 2x most days and I loved that. Terrific teachers. I loved the adults only Tranquility pool section and would have paid for Sanctuary, but not necessary. Sanctuary reservations filled up immediately, if you are interested in booking. I loved Horizon Court. So many choices and you could walk past the bakery and all the desserts if you really wanted to not be tempted. Plenty of healthy salads and fresh fruits. We thought a big improvement over Alaska ship. Just can't figure out why they don't offer food that represents where you are traveling to like Greek food when we were in Greece. Didn't think Sabatinos was anything special. I heard others loved the Crown grill. Foodys complained about the bland food in general. I thought it was fine. We did anytime dining which was fine. By the 3rd night, there were no crowds. I heard people say this was not the ship for teenagers ( no kidding). I also thought the nightly entertainment offerings were not interesting. Except for Beatles cover band, which was fun, the comedian, or whatever he was, was bland. But, we are early risers and were there for the ports, not the ship, so entertainment was low on our list, but even I would have liked better options. Cruise: July is VERY hot, be prepared,If you are not in good physical shape or are in any way mobility challenged, I would not recommend this trip for you. In all the ports, there are many stairs, uneven surfaces, physical challenges. I don’t know how anyone with a cane got around, let alone a walker. I called this trip Splash & Dash. You aren't going to do in depth touring. Rome and Florence are over an hour from the port and were the most disappointing to me since I had been there before and you just can't do them in a day. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days early, loved it. We stayed extra day in Venice, which I highly recommend. Lots of complaints about disembarkation, confusing for lots of people. We just paid thru Princess to have our luggage dropped off at our hotel while we were shuttled to St. Mark's Square. I was thrilled to see our luggage by 2pm as promised, but there were complaints from other travelers about getting to airport, etc. Also, you do not need Visa for Turkey if you are an American. Lots of misinformation and several people got them, but no one ever asked for them. We did not get them. My husband and I loved this trip as we got a chance to visit so many different countries that we may never get back to again. We booked Princess excursions for each port except Mykonos and Ephesus. In Mykonos we took Princess shuttle to town and walked around. Loved it , needed more time there. Ephesus we booked private excursion for 4. Excellent since it was so hot, it was nice to not be with a big crowd. I thought all the Princess Excursions were excellent. The guides were outstanding. I didn't mind being with 40 others and met some nice people. I might consider more private tours in the future only because they are often cheaper. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
This is the largest ship we have been on and are used to 2500 pax size. WHile it didn't seem crowded it seemed to have lost all its personality and I felt when dining like I was in a shopping mall food court sometimes. The staff are ... Read More
This is the largest ship we have been on and are used to 2500 pax size. WHile it didn't seem crowded it seemed to have lost all its personality and I felt when dining like I was in a shopping mall food court sometimes. The staff are well trained and very friendly and obviously work very hard but we didn't feel engaged with anyone. Never saw a Maitre d' or any other senior staff in the restaurant and if there were any officers on the ship they weren't ever out in public. No big deal but it is so big its lost that ship feeling to it - seems just like a big Vegas hotel. Biggest gripe is the VIBRATION in the cabins. Stay away from the rear cabins. It was impossible to be in your cabin coming into port (9 days out if 12) as the vibration and shuddering was unbearable. You couldn't lean against a wall or leave anything breakable on a shelf. Even in port the vibration made things leap around - being in the cabin became unpleasant. Such a shame. Crew all knew about it but ship was full and they couldn't or wouldn't move us. Come back new? Come back tired and disappointed. Pay more for the mid ship cabins or wait until they've sorted this out!!! Its horrible. We have been on 20 or so cruises so we know its not a normal thing - especially on a new ship!!   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2014
My husband and I took this cruise from Barecelona departing July 1st (Balcony - D440, which is mid-ship). We tacked on an extra 2 days in Barcelona and an extra day at the end in Venice. Traveled with another couple/close friends. This was ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise from Barecelona departing July 1st (Balcony - D440, which is mid-ship). We tacked on an extra 2 days in Barcelona and an extra day at the end in Venice. Traveled with another couple/close friends. This was our second Princess cruise (had done Alaska last Summer) and I have done 4 other cruises (Caribbean) on other cruise lines. Barcelona was fabulous. Had never been there before so we enjoyed exploring all of the areas. Ate at a great tapas restaurant one night (Ciudad Condal). Took a private tour of the Sagrada Familia (Viator - Skip the line Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour, which was $54 pp and well worth it to get all of the information). Departure day - taxi strike, which as you can tell from some other reviews, was a big problem for many gtting to the ship. Luckily, we ended up having a private bus that took us from our hotel (Renaissance Barcelona - see my separate review on that fiasco on TripAdvisor) for quite a bit of money, but what are you going to do - drag large amouonts of luggage for miles?. Boarding the ship Vas very easy. Great departure port and very organized Princess boasrding if you had all of your paperwork and travel documents in order. We were on board by around 2 pm so plenty of time to explore. Husband bought a soda card (with taxes/service charge it was around $62 I think, but he drinks a ton of Diet Coke so work it). Our cabin was very nice layout and of course everything "new Only complaint - the balcony was tiny. Barely could get a chair out there and then not stretch your legs. Took the panel out between our cabin and our friends' next door, so that helped. Ship - I largely agree with others that the ship is very beautiful. However, there are major issues midship in terms of being able to get up/down the center of the ship. There are "stairs to nowhere" everywhere, and you have to do a lot of walking to front or back of ship to get between the middle levels. Very aggravating. No one seemed to have an answer why. Food - better than Princess Alaska last Summer, but still very "bland" and some weird recipes/tastes for some basic (American) dishes. Decent quality, but needs taste improvement. We did anytime dining and really did not have an issue except for one night in terms of having to wait for a table. We "caught" another couple who had just arrived being seated before us and my husband said something to the head waiter. To their credit, they really went out of the way to make up for that - gave us a bottle of wine another night, sent chocolate covered strawberries to our room one day, and called us to see if we wanted to "pick" a table to be seated at the rest of the cruise. Pools - there did not seem to be an issue getting chairs, as there is many times for Carribean cruises. Also, the adult only pool area is very nice. Fitness room/classes - Zumba maniac, so enjoyed having Zumba classes almost every day, and on "at seas" days, twice a day. Fitness room was much bigger and better equipped than we had on our Princess Alaska cruise. Not a spa person so did not try that. All in all, a great ship. The only negative - Hate being nickeled and dimed on some things. Specifically - having to pay for transporation to get from the ship into your port town. We paid thousands of dollars for this cruise that lists 9 ports they are taking you to - don't tell me you are only getting me offshore, and then I have to pay $10, 15, 20, 25 to actually get into town. Just obnoxious. As for entertainment - overall pretty terrible. Needs a lot of work. And I take offense at others who have done reviews and seem to think "older" people in their 50's (or older) don't need or want "good" or "fun" entertainment. Really? Not true. Toulon - as people have said - nothing there really. We did a Princess tour (Aix: The Heart of Prevence) where we had a very good tour guide, so enjoyed it. Florence and Rome - don't even think for one second that you will have time to really see these cities. We had been there before (2-3 times) so did not really mind that fact. We did "Florence & Time on your own" and "Rome on your own by private train" - both Princess tours. They were okay - but the general comment is do your homework and take private tours, not Princess tours, if at all possible - generally cheaper, and so much more flexible/better, Really did not like having to spend an hour and a half travel time each way to get to/from these cities, but that is the reality of it, especially in summer when these cities are packed, and it is HOT. And as someone else pointed out, there was a major train issue for the Rome trip that had us stuck in a train station for a long time. Naples/Pompeii - though Pompeii was amazing, and Sorrento was very quant. Our guide Georgio was great. (Took the Pompeii & Time on your own in Sorrento trip). Mykonos - to die for, in my book. Everything so impossibly white and blue. Did not do any tour - just took the transportation into/back from town. Very disappointing we were only docked from 7 am until 2 pm. Would have loved to have stayed later/longer. Want to go back and take a Greek Islands cruise or tour. Istanbul - very impressive. Way better than I expected. A very cosmopolitan city. Kusadasi/Ephesus - had a great tour guide from Ephesus Shuttle (rund by Curio Travel Turkey & Greece). Must do the Terrace houses if you go. Athens - very disappointing. If not for the Acropolis, not worth going there. Venice - spectacular city, but very difficult (and expensive) to get around. Stayed an extra night at Hotel del Opera - just great. We did the Allesandro tours (Rick Steves) of pub crawl and out of the way Venice. Booked a Viator skip to the front of the line tour for Doges & St. Marks and they cancelled on us just a few hours before!! By email no less!! Luckily, we were able to get tickets and get in on our own. Was pouring the morning we left, so an interesting water taxi ride to the Airport. Others have commented re: mobility issues - I agree. This is simply not a cruise or itinerary for anyone with any type of "mobility" issues. Other take away - don't do this in the summer - way to crowded and hot in these ports. Then again, not sure this ship does this itinerary any other time. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
As a family we like to try new ships particularly large ships. We have sailed about 10 cruises in the last 8 years including large ships such as NCL Breakaway and Epic, Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Silhouette, Liberty of the Seas. We booked ... Read More
As a family we like to try new ships particularly large ships. We have sailed about 10 cruises in the last 8 years including large ships such as NCL Breakaway and Epic, Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Silhouette, Liberty of the Seas. We booked last minute and got a very good deal . I had sailed once before many years ago on Princess in the Caribbean and enjoyed it but on a much smaller ship. For us the destinations were not that important as we had visited all the locations before. It was the ship we wanted to experience and visually it is beautiful. We had two cabins one of which was a balcony for three and one an inside cabin for two. The inside cabin was very suitable for two while the balcony cabin was very tight for three. As we don't spend much time in the cabin that was not important to us. Bathroom was tight but acceptable.Air con was just about acceptable. We only could find one plug in the cabin so charging phones ipods etc was always a battle. Our cabin steward was excellent. I thought the overall layout of the ship was very poor and does not just work well. Toilets were very hard to find and not signposted and lifts were always busy. However for me the biggest disappointment was the centre atrium area that takes in decks 5, 6 and 7.This is the hub of the ship with numerous bars on the various floors. My biggest issue was that if music was played on deck 5 for example that you didn't like you could not avoid it on any of the other decks above. For example I don't particularly like classical music if performed by a small quartet of musicians. It feels too much like a hotel lobby piped music and this was regularly the entertainment that was supplied in this area. Later on a piano guy performs in Crooners but after one or two nights you were hoping someone else would take his place to give a different night but it never happens. They have a second piano guy in another pub area near the grill restaurant but he is a replicate of the first with the same boring melodies.Overall entertainment is very poor on this ship except for a few shows in the theatre that were actually quite good. I spoke to staff about this and they all said we generally have an older crowd in their 60s. While there were a lot of 60+ on board there were also a lot of people under 50 and 40 and younger. Anyway people in their 60s grew up with Elvis, Beatles and the Stones so I don't think this argument on music holds up. Also we are in the middle of the summer season with many teens kids etc on holidays. The entertainment programme should change to accommodate this. Food was good but not exceptional . I was not impressed by the look of the main dining area compared to every other ship I was on. No glamour at all.We booked any time dining but generally had to wait for 15 /30 minutes to get a table. If booking now I would book a fixed time dining and if that didn't work on a particular day all you need to do is join the any-time diners queue. The two paid restaurants were good and I thought the Italian was slightly better. Pool area was nice but they often used movies during the day to entertain you on the big screen. While this is okay late at night for the non drinkers I think it is inappropriate during the afternoon. They also showed some live concert movies including Pavarotti during a sea day. Needless to say that took the fun out of the area very quickly. However they also showed a few other livelier concerts but nothing beats live upbeat music on that pool area. While live music did happen a few times it might only last an hour before the next movie would be on.The front of the ship had a nice pool area for adults only if you wanted to get away from the movie. Casino was okay with one or two high rollers in operation. Churchills (smoking area) seemed to be full must days. Nightclub was empty most evenings. All staff were excellent but every cruise ship I was ever on appear to have good well trained staff. So overall we were not impressed with the Regal Princess. It was boring for people like us that like to have a bit of party time on a vacation. We were regularly wandering around looking for some fun but to no avail. On the other hand if you want to get off the ship early at every location and want to get to bed by 11 this is probably a good choice. I assure you wont be kept awake by any noise on board.   Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
We were on the sister ship, Royal Princess, built exactly the same, for cruise to Scandinavian capitals and the Baltic area. Excursions were wonderful as was everything we saw at the ports of call, but for the ship-- a big disappointment, ... Read More
We were on the sister ship, Royal Princess, built exactly the same, for cruise to Scandinavian capitals and the Baltic area. Excursions were wonderful as was everything we saw at the ports of call, but for the ship-- a big disappointment, not a value for the money AT ALL! ...and a huge disappointment. NEVER AGAIN WOULD I CRUISE WITH THE PRINCESS brand. We thought we would be getting something wonderful and thought we had paid enough to get that. Too many other cruise lines are out there willing to do a better job! Read on... If having only one electrical outlet by the bed is not a problem for you, then this is the ship for you. Husband is a C-pap user and we had to trade usual sides where we sleep to accommodate for it due to lack of outlets. If you like waiting for elevators on a ship that installed far too few of them, then this is the ship for you. It was like a cattle car getting on and off the ship and to our dining area. Cabins are average-size unless you go to a suite. We had far larger cabins with much more storage space when we went to Mexico, Alaska and Greek Islands cruises all on other cruise lines. If you love being nickel-dimed for every item, then this is the ship for you. We overspent for veranda cabins (we were a party of 4) on the Lido deck and we treated little better than trash. The deck directly above had the solarium which we knew was a premium offering at extra charge, but decided to peek in. The staff at the entrance invited us to "go on, take a look" and once it, about 60 seconds later, were rudely told that we had to pay. We stormed out never to bother again. If you don't need to have your luggage delivered promptly to you, then this might be the cruise line for you. We checked in as one of first to arrive (noon) and had the main luggage piece finally delivered to us in the evening. I would have liked to have been settled well before then! If you don't mind a total snub from the staff who created a mix-up with delivery of champagne, a gift from our travel agent, then this might be the ship for you! (And we were to learn that one must go to some desk to get it instead of having it delivered to the room-- hey, whatever!). Even the travel agent was appalled upon If you like prime rib that tastes like roast beef, then this might be the cruise for you! Honestly, I could go on and on, but you get the picture. A friend of mine just book this same identical itinerary on a different cruise line and reading what is included, she is getting more for her tourist dollars. Hopefully, she'll have a better time the 4 of us did, and I must say that I am very happy she didn't give Princess any consideration. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We chose this cruise as it ended in Venice - City of Romance. (date from above is not right couldn't pick cruise back as far as June 2014) It didn't disappoint. Everything to do with the cruise was amazing. I had sailed ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it ended in Venice - City of Romance. (date from above is not right couldn't pick cruise back as far as June 2014) It didn't disappoint. Everything to do with the cruise was amazing. I had sailed on the sun and the Sea in the past which I had loved. But the Regal from Barcelona through France, Italy, Greece and Turkey was AMAZING. Love my husband but also love Princess. We spoilt ourselves with a Mini-suite and had a larger forward facing balcony. Perfect. Staff on board all of our cruises have been wonderful, and the staff on the Regal we just that. All of our excursions were long as your would expect in Europe but we wouldn't have changed anything. Unfortunately we didn't get our first optioned excursion as it was too popular to, the Amalfi Coast but our 2nd choice was just as perfect. Love Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Our cruise experience was significantly affected by the loss of luggage for our adult daughter who was traveling with us. The ship itself was large but never felt like you had to walk miles to get anywhere. There were usually enough ... Read More
Our cruise experience was significantly affected by the loss of luggage for our adult daughter who was traveling with us. The ship itself was large but never felt like you had to walk miles to get anywhere. There were usually enough elevators to move passengers from floor to floor easily. The stabilizers on the ship had to be the best in the world because we NEVER felt the ship rock or move and were convinced that you could stay in a cabin anywhere on this ship and never experience motion sickness. The food in the Horizon Court was very good and there was almost never a wait to find a table. The staff were helpful and friendly. We could not eat in the dining room due to the lost luggage and lack of appropriate clothing. Similarly, we could not attend most of the evening activities. The man who did the port education presentations was a gem. He was informative and funny. The way he presented the lectures made you remember specific points that were helpful when you were in port and prevented several mistakes or chances to get lost. Laundry facilities for us saved the day. The laundry rooms are large with 4 full sized washers and 4 full sized dryers. There are 3 ironing boards and irons built in for your use. You do not need coins but rather use your room key card to swipe for tokens to do a wash or to dry your clothes. One wash or dry cycle each costs $2. The ship is pretty and comfortable; the locations of the bars and cafes is convenient and plentiful. The only real con was the reception staff who were rude and appeared annoyed if you had more than one simple question. They did not know their own policies and procedures and when one staff person explained the protocol to try to locate our missing luggage, another staff person would tell you another version of the protocol and insist that you must have heard wrong. Each day we had to repeat our problem over because they never seemed to be aware of the issue, let alone have any information for us, despite giving them our airline lost baggage reference number, copies of our passports and a signed statement (on their form) giving them authority to act on our behalf at each port. Much time was wasted each day trying to have the cruise ship staff and our airline communicate and we never did get the luggage until we got home. This ship seemed to have smaller shops and less clothing and the selection, shockingly, had way more very large and extra large sizes making it very difficult for my size 8 daughter to buy clothes. The girl in charge of the shop was very very helpful, sending a coworker to look for smaller sizes for her, letting us take 2 sizes of pants to try on in the cabin when we were not sure which would fit, and helping her find anything that might fit. Her advice was invaluable and her efforts were what ultimately saved this cruise for us. We would have bought more than the 2 shirts, one pair of pants, one 3 pack of underwear, and one zip hoodie if they would have had more smaller sizes. Overall, this was a nice ship with good staff with the exception of the reception desk crew who need to learn their own ship's protocols and have more customer service education. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We have cruised on the Princess ships several times and have always enjoyed the ships. The Regal was not designed well. It has no stairs in the middle and the ones on the end don't go all the way up or down. We would come to dead ends ... Read More
We have cruised on the Princess ships several times and have always enjoyed the ships. The Regal was not designed well. It has no stairs in the middle and the ones on the end don't go all the way up or down. We would come to dead ends often and found many others that did the same, With no stairs everyone had to take the elevators. That made them way over crowded. You would have to wait for a long time to go up or down one floor. Being in the middle of the ship we would have to walk to the front or back to use the stairs then walk back to the middle. Very poor planning. Also, the entertainment on the ship was not up to the same caliber that the other ships we have been on have been. The food in the dining rooms was just Okay. There was a very long wait between courses and the meal would last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When you come off a busy day of sight seeing you just didn't want to set that long, so we used the Horizon court instead. The food there was good, but nothing to get excited about. The service we received from the crew was probably some of the best we have encountered since they changed the tipping system. Our room steward was very good. The ports the Regal stopped at could have been better. We only had the evening of the first night in Venice, then went on to Ravenna. This was on a Sunday so nothing was open in Ravenna. It would have been a lot nicer to stay in Venice for another day. The stop in Toulon was not even in Toulon, but a few miles away. The cost to go into Toulon was $25 each. We felt that was way to much to just walk around for a while. Very disappointed in this port. The embarkation was good, but a little slow. The disembarkation went very smoothly. Overall we did enjoy seeing the sites that we saw, but were a little disappointed in the ship.   Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
Breaking this into easily digestable sections: The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried ... Read More
Breaking this into easily digestable sections: The ship: Regals obviously looks pleasing to the eye but don't let it fool you, despite the fancy new atrium and attractive fittings is a flawed ship (see scores for Royal). It has tried to improve on the design flaws of the Royal with minimal success. There are NO midship stair ways resulting in overburdened central lifts that (I'm not joking) can take anywhere from 7 minutes to arrive and will stop (guarenteed) at EVERY deck, as people call them then give up waiting. Because of their excess use, the lifts were even inoperarable at times! They are apparently suitable for 18, yes 18 persons! Not a chance, even with discomfort you could probably sqeeze in 12 and that's a push. It often gets so squashing in there it gets hot, and very hot very quickly which become increasingly infurtiating as you stop at every desk and no one gets in. More cabins added in increasing footflow and less accessways to compensate. Ridculous! I assure you after a few days this becomes very tedious! -----------3/10 Entertainment: I did not attend the main show but my family memebers told me it was actualy quite impressive, however in between the main show most nights it was a sub standard comedian or a person playing multiple insturments. Cheap low cost, low cost personnel entertainment. On most nights (even as earlier as 9pm) there is abolsutely NOTHING going on, it's almost hilarious. You have a singer in the atrium on the piano for maybe an hour or two, a movie at the movie under the starts and the show that's only an hour long, that's it, there is absolutely nothing going on which justified the low 'roaming population' after dinner service. I even remember hearing an old gentleman saying one night "Where the bleep is all the entertainment, there is no enterainment on this ship!" to my amused delight!! I was bored to tears on evenings and just sat at a bar sipping my drink. Atleast 80% of the time I went back to my cabin to read it was that comical. Earlier hours saw use of the bingo in Princess live which is very, very cheesy and caters to the 60+ age group which rules me out. I saw no one around my age group (20-30) and was socially isolated. If I wanted to go bingo I had to pay a heavy fee, the virtual rifle range was open for about one hour a day, 3 at the most. The sports deck didn't have enough balls and the putting green is something I could have contrcuted in a weeked in my garden. I actually walked around this ship thinking....oh dear, I'm a total utter moron for booking this $2,500 'holiday' The only thing that scores this a 2 is the movies they put on in princess theatre!-------- 2/10 Food - Horizon 'infestation' court. My god where to start. This is the most congested frustrating part of the ship, it's packed, people walk into wall, objects, people, stand idle in main entrace ways completely zoned out. You can potentially get stuck behind a slow walker for 5 minutes which is how long it can take to get to one end the the other. You will have people nudging you out the walk, reaching over you rudely, reserving tables, and my favourite, people handling food like bread rolls and fruit, not liking the consistency of it and putting it back! Yes they actually touched food and put it back for you to consume later without knowing, oh yummy! Bacteria sandwich anyone? It's no wonder on this floating virus I got ill, everywhere I go someone foul person sneezed on me, sneezed and touched the handrails, coughed on my face, blew their nose only to touch the salad forks and put it back for some other poor soul to touch. It's just abolsutely disgusting!!! The cakes are like instant packet cakes, they are 'display purproses only cakes' they look good and taste like pure death. I was actually unsure if I had sponge in my mouth or pieces of beach towel. The Horizon court offered school dinner style sloppy job sludge and the dishes even had spelling erros on their labels for god sake. Have you ever heard of 'Todd in the Hole'? Poor old Todd's Princess career didn't go to well ending up served in a steel over dish. On the good side the Crown Grill was half decent, the atrium cafe offered decent sandwhices (but seemed to consistently serve hamd and cheese ones without any ham and cheese in them) which they never recitfied....rocket science and that. 4/10 Kids clubs! PARENT BE WARNED!!! This is what killed the holiday, our youngest one (6) was not able to go into Princess Pelicans (the clubs for the yonugest age group) because they decided to shut it for all hours except 6 - 10pm on evenings, which means if your young one falls in this category YOU will be caring for them unless ship is in port. This is AGAINST the .pdf file uploaded on princess.com stating clearly the full morning, afternoon and evening opening times, not subject to closure. The head office agreed that it should be open (I complained onboard) and the boss of the kids club manager couldn't even use her pathetic non existent false powers to open the club despite telling me she agreed with me. My full complaint email to her was then INGORED and the sanctuary we paid for (for the whole cruise) largely went to waste as our 6 year old could not go in their, and they would not refund the money. The deputy cruise director called me to say he was quote "going to figure something out to make the cruise and enjoyable one" and " would touch base with me about this the next day" he didn't and had no intention of doing so. The club remained closed despite princess confirming they staffed the ship in the club to the max to cater for the summer holiday excess of kids. An absoluteyl vile and pathetic customer service ship for a miserable pathetic cruise line. Rest assured they WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY and you will have no idea if the clubs will be open or not for your child, if they aren't your 6 year old will be put in the 12 year old club and play games that aren't safe/suitable and activities that are beyond their own leaning abilities. In my opinion the club manager should have been fired, she ignored her boss, insulted the customers, suggested I LIED and was constantly rude everytime she walked by us for the rest of the cruise. But this line is too weak, too pathetic and too stupid to do anything about it. DO NOT GO ON HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! Go to florida as this cruise cost that much anyway. I beg you, go to Disney! Read Less
Regal Princess Ratings
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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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