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We sailed on the Regal Princess for their Spring Break cruise from March 20 - 27, 2016 to the Western Caribbean. We arrived around 10 am and were in the top 50 - 75 passengers waiting to get on the ship. They opened the doors at 11 am and took the Princess Platinum guest first, then the regular line. We had a little hiccup when we got to the counter and were delayed about 45 minutes because I brought the wrong passport for my wife. My heart stopped beating for a few minutes, while my 11 year old started crying. I felt about as low as you could at this time. However, the Princess rep at the counter told us not to panic and very calmly walked us over to an office at the end of the counter. I called a family friend and he was able to retrieve her birth certificate at our house and faxed it to the Princess rep at the office. After they received her birth certificate we were on the ship within 10 minutes. This ship is beautiful with ample space for everyone. We took the advice of other Cruise Critic members and bought a case of water from the local Costco, tape a luggage tag to the water and checked in on with our luggage. After boarding, we were still a little stressed out from our near miss experience and went straight to Alfredo's Pizzeria. My son has food allergies to all diary and nut ingredients and the head waiter went out of his way to make sure his food did not get cross-contaminated. The pizza and other food are great at this place. After eating, we were able to go access the our room after 1 pm. We stayed in a mini-suite on the Riviera deck, R518. The room was very spacious and provided plenty of room for the four of us. The balcony was very small, as noted by other previous cruisers. I liked the set up for the Pullman bed out of the ceiling for my son. I liked having a bigger bathroom with plenty of counter space. The bathtub/shower was very nice with plenty of room to move around. Our room steward was always around and very friendly. We noticed they did not make towel animals for the kids. We asked our room steward and she stated she did not know how to make them. She found someone to show her and made an animal for our kids on the 3rd night of the cruise. After figuring out the layout of the ship, the lack of a center stairwell did not affect us. The biggest challenge was learning if you use the rear stairs or elevators, deck 7 is the main floor and going back and forth on the ship. The ship stats state the capacity of the ship is 3560 passengers, but our Cruise Director Martin advised everyone that the ship was sailing with over 4000 guest. I have sailed on other ships and this ship felt the least crowded out of all the ships we have been on. We never waited in line for food, drinks, or entertainment. In previous cruises, we had to be in the show room 30 minutes before any shows and on the Regal, it never filled up until 10 minutes before the show started. The shows were average compared to other cruises we have been on. I am over 50 and the only negative thing I have to say about the main shows is that they were geared towards very old music themes from the 50's and 60's and not current themed music over the past 30 years. I would have enjoyed more up-to-date Las Vegas type shows. We reserved traditional dining ate 5:45 for our dining time. We choose traditional dining because of my son's food allergies. Our head waiter was awesome and made sure our son with food allergies was taken care of every day. He would bring the menu for the next night to our table for my son every night. He made arrangements to have the chef make my son a special surprise dessert that was diary and nut free every night. Unfortunately, I think my kids missed out on a better experience because our waiter was very quiet and did not have any personality and the assistant waiter was terrible. Because the assistant waiter was so bad, the waiter had to do double the work and was always running behind. We ate one night in anytime dining after a late shore excursion and had a complete different experience with the waiter and assistant waiter. In anytime, we received top of the line service and entertainment from our waiter, assistant waiter, and head waiter. The food great on our ship. As noted by other reviewers, the kids Love Boat sundae is definitely one of the better desserts available. I purchased the all-inclusive drink package and my wife and kids purchased the soda package. Yes, you can buy just the soda package for approximately $4.50 a day. We took our 9 and 11 year old sons and they had a great time with other kids they met on the ship. They had a good time in Shockwaves for kids. The only negative thing they stated was the lack of time they were allowed to play with all the games they have in the kids area. The staff did have activities planned almost the entire time they were open, so there was very little time for free play. Most of the time, my kids played on the sports time, playing basketball, four-square, and ping-pong with kids their age from all over the country. The fitness center is very nice with plenty of treadmills. I ran one time on the treadmill and one time on the track. The pool area was nice and laid out just like every other ship. We never had a problem finding a lounge chair to lay on. We did see deck personnel picking up towels left by lounge hogs to free up chairs throughout the day. On the last night, we relaxed and watch a movie on the pool deck. The movie under the stars was great and I wish we would have done this a couple of more times throughout our cruise. Overall, we had a great experience on the ship. I wish our regular waiter would have provided a better experience for my family, but we still had a great time. This ship is beautiful.

Spring Break on the Regal Princess

Regal Princess Cruise Review by firefightermediclasvegas

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We sailed on the Regal Princess for their Spring Break cruise from March 20 - 27, 2016 to the Western Caribbean.

We arrived around 10 am and were in the top 50 - 75 passengers waiting to get on the ship. They opened the doors at 11 am and took the Princess Platinum guest first, then the regular line. We had a little hiccup when we got to the counter and were delayed about 45 minutes because I brought the wrong passport for my wife. My heart stopped beating for a few minutes, while my 11 year old started crying. I felt about as low as you could at this time. However, the Princess rep at the counter told us not to panic and very calmly walked us over to an office at the end of the counter. I called a family friend and he was able to retrieve her birth certificate at our house and faxed it to the Princess rep at the office. After they received her birth certificate we were on the ship within 10 minutes.

This ship is beautiful with ample space for everyone. We took the advice of other Cruise Critic members and bought a case of water from the local Costco, tape a luggage tag to the water and checked in on with our luggage. After boarding, we were still a little stressed out from our near miss experience and went straight to Alfredo's Pizzeria. My son has food allergies to all diary and nut ingredients and the head waiter went out of his way to make sure his food did not get cross-contaminated. The pizza and other food are great at this place. After eating, we were able to go access the our room after 1 pm.

We stayed in a mini-suite on the Riviera deck, R518. The room was very spacious and provided plenty of room for the four of us. The balcony was very small, as noted by other previous cruisers. I liked the set up for the Pullman bed out of the ceiling for my son. I liked having a bigger bathroom with plenty of counter space. The bathtub/shower was very nice with plenty of room to move around. Our room steward was always around and very friendly. We noticed they did not make towel animals for the kids. We asked our room steward and she stated she did not know how to make them. She found someone to show her and made an animal for our kids on the 3rd night of the cruise.

After figuring out the layout of the ship, the lack of a center stairwell did not affect us. The biggest challenge was learning if you use the rear stairs or elevators, deck 7 is the main floor and going back and forth on the ship.

The ship stats state the capacity of the ship is 3560 passengers, but our Cruise Director Martin advised everyone that the ship was sailing with over 4000 guest. I have sailed on other ships and this ship felt the least crowded out of all the ships we have been on. We never waited in line for food, drinks, or entertainment. In previous cruises, we had to be in the show room 30 minutes before any shows and on the Regal, it never filled up until 10 minutes before the show started. The shows were average compared to other cruises we have been on. I am over 50 and the only negative thing I have to say about the main shows is that they were geared towards very old music themes from the 50's and 60's and not current themed music over the past 30 years. I would have enjoyed more up-to-date Las Vegas type shows.

We reserved traditional dining ate 5:45 for our dining time. We choose traditional dining because of my son's food allergies. Our head waiter was awesome and made sure our son with food allergies was taken care of every day. He would bring the menu for the next night to our table for my son every night. He made arrangements to have the chef make my son a special surprise dessert that was diary and nut free every night. Unfortunately, I think my kids missed out on a better experience because our waiter was very quiet and did not have any personality and the assistant waiter was terrible. Because the assistant waiter was so bad, the waiter had to do double the work and was always running behind. We ate one night in anytime dining after a late shore excursion and had a complete different experience with the waiter and assistant waiter. In anytime, we received top of the line service and entertainment from our waiter, assistant waiter, and head waiter. The food great on our ship. As noted by other reviewers, the kids Love Boat sundae is definitely one of the better desserts available. I purchased the all-inclusive drink package and my wife and kids purchased the soda package. Yes, you can buy just the soda package for approximately $4.50 a day.

We took our 9 and 11 year old sons and they had a great time with other kids they met on the ship. They had a good time in Shockwaves for kids. The only negative thing they stated was the lack of time they were allowed to play with all the games they have in the kids area. The staff did have activities planned almost the entire time they were open, so there was very little time for free play. Most of the time, my kids played on the sports time, playing basketball, four-square, and ping-pong with kids their age from all over the country.

The fitness center is very nice with plenty of treadmills. I ran one time on the treadmill and one time on the track.

The pool area was nice and laid out just like every other ship. We never had a problem finding a lounge chair to lay on. We did see deck personnel picking up towels left by lounge hogs to free up chairs throughout the day. On the last night, we relaxed and watch a movie on the pool deck. The movie under the stars was great and I wish we would have done this a couple of more times throughout our cruise.

Overall, we had a great experience on the ship. I wish our regular waiter would have provided a better experience for my family, but we still had a great time. This ship is beautiful.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB R518
Our mini-suite was excellent. I believe you can never go wrong getting a mini-suite on a Princess ship. The cabin had plenty of room for four of us, two adults and two kids. Having two TV's was great. The beds were very comfortable. The balcony was very small and should be address in future ship designs by Princess. We had room to sit out on the balcony, but it was very crowded with the table and chairs.
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