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This was an elopement/Thanksgiving/birthday cruise for my new hubby and myself. We had a wonderful time. What a great time to cruise on the "Love Boat!" :) Embarkation was a breeze. We were in our cabin by 1:00 and by the time we got back from a short self-guided tour and lunch in the Horizon Court, our bags had already been delivered. The Horizon food was your typical buffet . . . lots and lots of choices (too many, in fact) which were very spread out. The Bistro portion of the Horizon serves healthier options, which we enjoyed. We laughed when we asked an attendant what the difference was and received this reply: "The Bistro food isn't as greasy." LOL. Our first night in the MDR (Allegro) was a bit of a disaster and worried us. It seemed like they were TOTALLY unprepared for the late seating. Service crawled. The soup was so incredibly hot you couldn't eat it whereas my main meal was lukewarm at best. Thankfully, this was the only night we had a bad experience. From then out (perhaps because we expressed our concerns to the head waiter immediately), I'd have to say everything was fantastic. We did eat at the Crown Grill on two nights (once for our wedding meal and once for hubby's birthday). Steaks were on the rare side, which I don't mind, but DH sent his back . . . and it didn't improve much. Lamb chops were excellent. Formal nights in the MDR were also good; however, I didn't appreciate passengers coming in in shorts/flip-flops. Again, straight to the head waiter I went. Not sure anything was done. But, come on people, there are plenty of other options for casual dining. The dress code is clearly outlined in the daily Princess Patter. Unfortunate. The ship itself was beautiful. We didn't mind the lack of central stairs, although waiting for an elevator was a bit of a hassle. Seems as though you were on a "local" every trip. We never felt crowded at all. Plenty of chairs near the pool and all sun decks. I'll make another gripe here though in saying that what seemed to be the quietest area (for reading, sunning, etc.) was allocated as the only smoking area. YUCK! Total turnoff. Pools were small but adequate. We had a "sideways" interior cabin which was awsome! So much room. Very well laid out and quiet. Monday was the Princess Cays stop. Very choppy water tendering to the shore. No one could believe the snorkeling excursion actually left the beach. It was overcast and rough . . . not the best trip. But by the time we got back, the afternoon was nice on the beach. Lunch provided; standard picnic food, but tasty. Take note: if you have a soft-drink card, it is not accepted on the beach as there are no "fountain" drinks, only canned. Tuesday sea day very nice, albeit windy. We were forced to head aft to get out of the wind, but alas needed our gas masks. Wednesday we disembarked in St. Thomas and tied the knot. Back on board by 1:30 and had nice afternoon relaxing by the pool. I headed to the spa for a Port-Day-Special. So-so massage but nice just the same. Thursday in St. Maarten we took the Orient Beach excursion. Would not recommend it. I felt like I was part of a cattle herd. And the "hawkers" on the beach were awful. We should have either stayed on the ship or took another excursion. Last two sea days were about the same as the first. Plenty of open space on deck. Typical sea-day activities ---- Bingo, etc. Entertainment crew was very good. Cruise director . . . meh. Not much pizzazz. Shows very good. Comedian that was picked up on St. Thomas funny, but I believe he was on our Celebrity cruise last Thanksgiving. Casino allowed smoking. Another big YUCK. Disembarkation back in Fort Lauderdale a breeze.

Overall Very Nice . . . few complaints

Regal Princess Cruise Review by bozisgal

Trip Details
This was an elopement/Thanksgiving/birthday cruise for my new hubby and myself. We had a wonderful time. What a great time to cruise on the "Love Boat!" :)
Embarkation was a breeze. We were in our cabin by 1:00 and by the time we got back from a short self-guided tour and lunch in the Horizon Court, our bags had already been delivered. The Horizon food was your typical buffet . . . lots and lots of choices (too many, in fact) which were very spread out. The Bistro portion of the Horizon serves healthier options, which we enjoyed. We laughed when we asked an attendant what the difference was and received this reply: "The Bistro food isn't as greasy." LOL.
Our first night in the MDR (Allegro) was a bit of a disaster and worried us. It seemed like they were TOTALLY unprepared for the late seating. Service crawled. The soup was so incredibly hot you couldn't eat it whereas my main meal was lukewarm at best. Thankfully, this was the only night we had a bad experience. From then out (perhaps because we expressed our concerns to the head waiter immediately), I'd have to say everything was fantastic. We did eat at the Crown Grill on two nights (once for our wedding meal and once for hubby's birthday). Steaks were on the rare side, which I don't mind, but DH sent his back . . . and it didn't improve much. Lamb chops were excellent. Formal nights in the MDR were also good; however, I didn't appreciate passengers coming in in shorts/flip-flops. Again, straight to the head waiter I went. Not sure anything was done. But, come on people, there are plenty of other options for casual dining. The dress code is clearly outlined in the daily Princess Patter. Unfortunate.
The ship itself was beautiful. We didn't mind the lack of central stairs, although waiting for an elevator was a bit of a hassle. Seems as though you were on a "local" every trip. We never felt crowded at all. Plenty of chairs near the pool and all sun decks. I'll make another gripe here though in saying that what seemed to be the quietest area (for reading, sunning, etc.) was allocated as the only smoking area. YUCK! Total turnoff. Pools were small but adequate. We had a "sideways" interior cabin which was awsome! So much room. Very well laid out and quiet.
Monday was the Princess Cays stop. Very choppy water tendering to the shore. No one could believe the snorkeling excursion actually left the beach. It was overcast and rough . . . not the best trip. But by the time we got back, the afternoon was nice on the beach. Lunch provided; standard picnic food, but tasty. Take note: if you have a soft-drink card, it is not accepted on the beach as there are no "fountain" drinks, only canned.
Tuesday sea day very nice, albeit windy. We were forced to head aft to get out of the wind, but alas needed our gas masks.
Wednesday we disembarked in St. Thomas and tied the knot. Back on board by 1:30 and had nice afternoon relaxing by the pool. I headed to the spa for a Port-Day-Special. So-so massage but nice just the same.
Thursday in St. Maarten we took the Orient Beach excursion. Would not recommend it. I felt like I was part of a cattle herd. And the "hawkers" on the beach were awful. We should have either stayed on the ship or took another excursion.
Last two sea days were about the same as the first. Plenty of open space on deck. Typical sea-day activities ---- Bingo, etc. Entertainment crew was very good. Cruise director . . . meh. Not much pizzazz. Shows very good. Comedian that was picked up on St. Thomas funny, but I believe he was on our Celebrity cruise last Thanksgiving. Casino allowed smoking. Another big YUCK.
Disembarkation back in Fort Lauderdale a breeze.
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Cabin IA B425
Very well laid out and nicely appointed. Excellent cabin service. On the first day we asked that our ice bucket be kept full and never had to ask again.
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