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Well where do I begin. Ill begin with Boarding which was fantastic! Not a problem at all. The staff although were ansty to get out of work and vocalized it at the pier. I didn't allow that to dampen my spirits. Upon entry we were welcomed by the photographers and declined bc we have done this so many times and it isn't for us. We were immediately welcomed upon boarding the actual ship. Left to locate our own room as it was 1/2 till the end of boarding. We entered the room which was rather spacious. There were 2 doubles, a desk, chair, and a good balcony to fit (2) people. I checked out the bathroom and it was actually roomier then I expected. Then we headed to the " buffet" where there were selections to delight every palate. The place was clean and aside from smelling like a cafeteria was a good experience. We then headed to the activities/port desk to obtain info on the future dates of adventures. We did receive a welcome bag with Princess logo on it, and activities for the next day. We reviewed the activities and then took a tour of the ship. We went from the top floor where they had a golfing area, then down to the basketball court with popular music playing, driving range and table tennis as well as foosball ( not sure if that's how to spell it) and this area was very busy with an under 21 crowd. Departed and headed toward the mid ship where there were pools, hot tubs, movies under the stars and when a movie wasn't playing there were trivia questions, national geographic info and other interesting delights. We then attempted to visit the sanctuary for adults only and were turned away " we are fully booked for the entire cruise" so I am unable to report the type of facilities available. We then traveled to the fitness center which was well equipped with latest and greatest in exercise machinery. There is also a spa with massage offerings, facials etc. This cruise they had a gentleman that offered acupuncture. We didn't partake as it seemed questionable. We then went to the bakery and looked around. They offered "gluten free" selections for those on a particular dietary regimen. We walked through the shops ( make up, skin care, shirts, all sorts of dresses, anything you forgot you can purchase here, alcohol, chocolate, and of course jewelry at duty free prices. Then onto the theatre which was sizeable to most ships we have been on. During the cruise we were not awakened with the daily messages of activities. It was wonderful. We did attempt to see a comedian during the week and they placed us in a small area which was not at all accommodating of the crowd - maybe last cruise the comedian didn't attract many but this cruise there was not a seat in the house. We wanted to see him so badly we returned after 10 pm.... Worth the wait. We enjoyed the evening theatrical shows ( pianist, comedian, dancers) with a smile as we departed. The casino was bustling and full most nights. There is a happy hour at the wheelhouse bar each night at 330 ish where you buy one drink and get the same one (2nd) for $1.00. The place was jammed each day. The entertainment was good. The hospitality was good. To the not so great : At dinner with anytime dining- we have a specific dietary need and were accommodated well. Until we went to a different area for anytime dining and they weren't able to find our order form the night before ( they make you pre order to ensure you can have your specific dietary needs met). Then the hostess says "cruising has changed and the customers don't even wear their rolex watches anymore.... I am not sure why this was a concern but the mention concerned me. Since gratuities are automatically included for each passenger no one really concerns themselves with the highest standard in the industry. They will appease and get you by with your needs .. aside from our cabin steward most did what they had to do and didn't go overboard. I will travel again as this was my 29th.... and I enjoy the settings. Each port was good Ft Lauderdale - Airboat rides to see wildlife, mall visit Grand Cayman offers a swim with the stingrays( it was sold out on board immediately) so we went with a local tour guide from the port ( BE CAREFUL- we barely made it back to the ship in time!) It is a national geographic must see on your lifetime bucket list and was well worth it. Then we ventured to Roatan which was a typical pop up with all of the shops ( Diamonds international, Emeralds international, Cariloha-bamboo sheets/clothes), trinket shops, bars, restaurants and get off and get a beach chair asap bc they fill up so fast and people save so many that we were left to lay on the towels which was ok. You can rent a water device to peddle, or canoe/kayak at reasonable prices. Snorkeling off the beach wasn't fruitful as the fish don't come where there are hoards of people. There is a sky tram which I recommend as well as the Zip line tour. Overall we had a good experience aboard the Regal Princess.

Sailing the 7 Seas

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Sailingthe7Sea

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
Well where do I begin. Ill begin with Boarding which was fantastic! Not a problem at all. The staff although were ansty to get out of work and vocalized it at the pier. I didn't allow that to dampen my spirits. Upon entry we were welcomed by the photographers and declined bc we have done this so many times and it isn't for us. We were immediately welcomed upon boarding the actual ship. Left to locate our own room as it was 1/2 till the end of boarding. We entered the room which was rather spacious. There were 2 doubles, a desk, chair, and a good balcony to fit (2) people. I checked out the bathroom and it was actually roomier then I expected. Then we headed to the " buffet" where there were selections to delight every palate. The place was clean and aside from smelling like a cafeteria was a good experience. We then headed to the activities/port desk to obtain info on the future dates of adventures. We did receive a welcome bag with Princess logo on it, and activities for the next day.

We reviewed the activities and then took a tour of the ship. We went from the top floor where they had a golfing area, then down to the basketball court with popular music playing, driving range and table tennis as well as foosball ( not sure if that's how to spell it) and this area was very busy with an under 21 crowd. Departed and headed toward the mid ship where there were pools, hot tubs, movies under the stars and when a movie wasn't playing there were trivia questions, national geographic info and other interesting delights. We then attempted to visit the sanctuary for adults only and were turned away " we are fully booked for the entire cruise" so I am unable to report the type of facilities available. We then traveled to the fitness center which was well equipped with latest and greatest in exercise machinery. There is also a spa with massage offerings, facials etc. This cruise they had a gentleman that offered acupuncture. We didn't partake as it seemed questionable. We then went to the bakery and looked around. They offered "gluten free" selections for those on a particular dietary regimen. We walked through the shops ( make up, skin care, shirts, all sorts of dresses, anything you forgot you can purchase here, alcohol, chocolate, and of course jewelry at duty free prices. Then onto the theatre which was sizeable to most ships we have been on.

During the cruise we were not awakened with the daily messages of activities. It was wonderful. We did attempt to see a comedian during the week and they placed us in a small area which was not at all accommodating of the crowd - maybe last cruise the comedian didn't attract many but this cruise there was not a seat in the house. We wanted to see him so badly we returned after 10 pm.... Worth the wait. We enjoyed the evening theatrical shows ( pianist, comedian, dancers) with a smile as we departed.

The casino was bustling and full most nights. There is a happy hour at the wheelhouse bar each night at 330 ish where you buy one drink and get the same one (2nd) for $1.00. The place was jammed each day. The entertainment was good. The hospitality was good.

To the not so great : At dinner with anytime dining- we have a specific dietary need and were accommodated well. Until we went to a different area for anytime dining and they weren't able to find our order form the night before ( they make you pre order to ensure you can have your specific dietary needs met). Then the hostess says "cruising has changed and the customers don't even wear their rolex watches anymore.... I am not sure why this was a concern but the mention concerned me. Since gratuities are automatically included for each passenger no one really concerns themselves with the highest standard in the industry. They will appease and get you by with your needs .. aside from our cabin steward most did what they had to do and didn't go overboard. I will travel again as this was my 29th.... and I enjoy the settings.

Each port was good Ft Lauderdale - Airboat rides to see wildlife, mall visit Grand Cayman offers a swim with the stingrays( it was sold out on board immediately) so we went with a local tour guide from the port ( BE CAREFUL- we barely made it back to the ship in time!) It is a national geographic must see on your lifetime bucket list and was well worth it. Then we ventured to Roatan which was a typical pop up with all of the shops ( Diamonds international, Emeralds international, Cariloha-bamboo sheets/clothes), trinket shops, bars, restaurants and get off and get a beach chair asap bc they fill up so fast and people save so many that we were left to lay on the towels which was ok. You can rent a water device to peddle, or canoe/kayak at reasonable prices. Snorkeling off the beach wasn't fruitful as the fish don't come where there are hoards of people. There is a sky tram which I recommend as well as the Zip line tour. Overall we had a good experience aboard the Regal Princess.
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