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BRICKS, BOUQUETS and LAUGHS Regal NYC to FLL October 2017 I suppose every cruise has its highs and lows. This one had a lot of highs! Of course Regal IS a beautiful ship with the best staff in the fleet, What could go wrong? BOUQUETS: The crowd in the ELITE lounge for embarkation was enormous, however Port Staff were great and there was a most orderly embarkation! Clearly Black is the new Ruby! Food was exceptionally tasty. There is always a night or two when I can’t see anything on the menu that I love. Then I remember if I was home I’d be having peanut butter toast!! SERVICE in Symphony Anytime Dining Room was impeccable, and food came out SO quick. Waiter Ziverod and his partner Dragana are feathers in the Princess cap. Any lineup for this dining room, moved QUICKLY. We indulged in Sabatini's twice this cruise and enjoyed impeccable service from Jalenna (Yalaaayna!). If rack of veal is your taste, you’ll never find better. Alfredo’s, which is expertly managed by the incredible Alexandru, and his helpers Inna and Bagus, was our go-to spot for lunch. And a huge bouquet to Aleksandra who helped us with dining arrangements. In the past I’ve felt awkward about using the soda card. Seemed no one was thrilled to run for a “free” soda. RCL has this figured out with their passenger soda machines. This cruise however was ENTIRELY different. I think the IC staff would have walked on broken glass to get me a soda water. I fear naming them lest I miss one, but Joanna, Nelly, Rebecca, and Dewan come to immediate mind. Lucy in Wheelhouse - service with a huge smile always. Feng Shu in Horizon would walk a mile to get your soda! Thank you ladies and gentlemen , I’m STILL well hydrated 2 weeks later. Our ship had the misfortune of TV being off for several days. It wasn’t a big deal at all to us so we REALLY appreciate the $100 per person room credit. Thank you Princess. Born to Dance is a fantastic production show! Best I’ve ever seen. BRICKS: admittedly, these are all FIRST WORLD problems! Entertainment is VERY old n tired on this ship. I had high hopes with a new cruise director there might be some fresh entertainment..... not so. First time cruisers might enjoy the old jokes, the old “how are you? louder I can’t hear you” .... the amazing egg drop and super thrilling guess the weight of....and the ring toss woohoo. Vocalist Mary Simon is a nice addition though. Old favourite Trevor Cole Steel Drum Player and shows Bravo and Fiera are still playing. The five star production Born To Dance is one I could see again for sure. The Elite benefit of FREE laundry is not a benefit if you don’t get your stuff back for four days! In fact with THREE full days to go they would no longer accept laundry. I certainly don’t mind doing a load or two in the laundry room, but they were always in use. If Princess wants to brag about having Broadway Style shows, they need to have Broadway Style Ushers. People wandering in loooong after the show has started is crazy. Letting people walk up n down the stairs of the theatre in the dark looking for seats THAT AREN'T TO BE FOUND, is both stupid and dangerous. It’s also very distracting when an enormous old man in khaki shorts stands obliviously in front of you. What’s wrong with ushers saying I’m sorry the show is FULL. Or I’m sorry the show has BEGUN? I remember when the gorgeous Piazza was a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon and enjoy a trio or quartet in the evening. The house music was always pleasant too. Now it’s used for dance classes or Zumba and trivia over a microphone. Could they not use the highly underused and lovely Vista Lounge for such invasive events? It has a dance floor that is as large as the piazza. Disembarkation is painful enough, without making it worse with disorganization. Group A and Group B meet in the Dining room. No one directs which group to go where. Result : chaos. B’s get off before A’s. A’s are mad. Could be so simple. REALLY? You’re kidding me.... Big laugh from the patter! No electric kettles or rice-cookers in staterooms. Hello? WHO brought rice AND a rice cooker on board? There is tea all over the ship people, you don’t need a kettle either! “Don’t flush paper towel” notices in washrooms. Tell me who is doing this? Do they flush paper towels at home? You know you’re on a cruise ship when you overhear a couple ARGUING over what day it is! 50 years of marriage out the window because it’s Wednesday! I’ll post my Port reviews separately. In conclusion, the highs outweigh the lows and health permitting, I’ll likely be back. Thank you for the upgrade from balcony to delux balcony Princess. Cheers.

Bouquets, Bricks and Laughs

Regal Princess Cruise Review by jaynak

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
BRICKS, BOUQUETS and LAUGHS Regal NYC to FLL October 2017

I suppose every cruise has its highs and lows. This one had a lot of highs! Of course Regal IS a beautiful ship with the best staff in the fleet, What could go wrong?

BOUQUETS:

The crowd in the ELITE lounge for embarkation was enormous, however Port Staff were great and there was a most orderly embarkation! Clearly Black is the new Ruby!

Food was exceptionally tasty. There is always a night or two when I can’t see anything on the menu that I love. Then I remember if I was home I’d be having peanut butter toast!! SERVICE in Symphony Anytime Dining Room was impeccable, and food came out SO quick. Waiter Ziverod and his partner Dragana are feathers in the Princess cap. Any lineup for this dining room, moved QUICKLY. We indulged in Sabatini's twice this cruise and enjoyed impeccable service from Jalenna (Yalaaayna!). If rack of veal is your taste, you’ll never find better. Alfredo’s, which is expertly managed by the incredible Alexandru, and his helpers Inna and Bagus, was our go-to spot for lunch.

And a huge bouquet to Aleksandra who helped us with dining arrangements.

In the past I’ve felt awkward about using the soda card. Seemed no one was thrilled to run for a “free” soda. RCL has this figured out with their passenger soda machines. This cruise however was ENTIRELY different. I think the IC staff would have walked on broken glass to get me a soda water. I fear naming them lest I miss one, but Joanna, Nelly, Rebecca, and Dewan come to immediate mind. Lucy in Wheelhouse - service with a huge smile always. Feng Shu in Horizon would walk a mile to get your soda! Thank you ladies and gentlemen , I’m STILL well hydrated 2 weeks later.

Our ship had the misfortune of TV being off for several days. It wasn’t a big deal at all to us so we REALLY appreciate the $100 per person room credit. Thank you Princess.

Born to Dance is a fantastic production show! Best I’ve ever seen.

BRICKS: admittedly, these are all FIRST WORLD problems!

Entertainment is VERY old n tired on this ship. I had high hopes with a new cruise director there might be some fresh entertainment..... not so. First time cruisers might enjoy the old jokes, the old “how are you? louder I can’t hear you” ....

the amazing egg drop and super thrilling guess the weight of....and the ring toss woohoo. Vocalist Mary Simon is a nice addition though. Old favourite Trevor Cole Steel Drum Player and shows Bravo and Fiera are still playing. The five star production Born To Dance is one I could see again for sure.

The Elite benefit of FREE laundry is not a benefit if you don’t get your stuff back for four days! In fact with THREE full days to go they would no longer accept laundry. I certainly don’t mind doing a load or two in the laundry room, but they were always in use.

If Princess wants to brag about having Broadway Style shows, they need to have Broadway Style Ushers. People wandering in loooong after the show has started is crazy. Letting people walk up n down the stairs of the theatre in the dark looking for seats THAT AREN'T TO BE FOUND, is both stupid and dangerous. It’s also very distracting when an enormous old man in khaki shorts stands obliviously in front of you. What’s wrong with ushers saying I’m sorry the show is FULL. Or I’m sorry the show has BEGUN?

I remember when the gorgeous Piazza was a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon and enjoy a trio or quartet in the evening. The house music was always pleasant too. Now it’s used for dance classes or Zumba and trivia over a microphone. Could they not use the highly underused and lovely Vista Lounge for such invasive events? It has a dance floor that is as large as the piazza.

Disembarkation is painful enough, without making it worse with disorganization. Group A and Group B meet in the Dining room. No one directs which group to go where. Result : chaos. B’s get off before A’s. A’s are mad. Could be so simple.

REALLY? You’re kidding me....

Big laugh from the patter! No electric kettles or rice-cookers in staterooms. Hello? WHO brought rice AND a rice cooker on board? There is tea all over the ship people, you don’t need a kettle either!

“Don’t flush paper towel” notices in washrooms. Tell me who is doing this? Do they flush paper towels at home?

You know you’re on a cruise ship when you overhear a couple ARGUING over what day it is! 50 years of marriage out the window because it’s Wednesday!

I’ll post my Port reviews separately.

In conclusion, the highs outweigh the lows and health permitting, I’ll likely be back. Thank you for the upgrade from balcony to delux balcony Princess. Cheers.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Antigua
    Antigua Review Oct 2017
    Our day on Antigua was gorgeously hot and humid .. very, very on both accounts! We expected to see at least some destruction from recent hurricanes but to these industrious folks credit, the tourist walkway was well-repaired, perhaps better than ever. Foliage appeared lush as it’s ever been.
    Having been to Antigua before and having been to several beaches and snorkelling sites, we chose to wander the many shops close to the pier, contribute a little coin to their economy and have a cup of delicious fresh coffee.
    We’ve been travelling a while this trip, and some of our tiny travel size toiletries were running low. Considering it costs a king’s ransom to buy mouthwash on the ship, we kept an eye out for a little pharmacy maybe. Found a spotless, well organized shop called Quay Necessities. Perfect! Only $3.00 each for everything from mouthwash, and baby wipes to deodorant. Feeling quite pleased with our buys, we headed up a flight of stairs to the coffee shop that offers one hour fast and free internet with purchase. After catching up with our families and business back home we bought a few Antiguan treasures for our grand baby. Although it wasn’t a barn burner itinerary, the day was just what we were up for.
    Heads up for first timers, Antigua infrastructure isn’t the best by any means but I did see a couple scooters navigating fairly well. If I were dottery with bad sight and osteoporosis, I’d be nervous.
    Cheers and enjoy Antigua.
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  • Bonaire
    Bonaire Cruisers Golf Cart Rentals Nov 2017
    Communication with Debbie (owner) was immediate and pleasant. Her tent at the pier was exactly where she said. Directions were then given to walk to the location where the golf carts actually are kept. As I am somewhat limited in mobility, this would have been good to know ahead of time. Undeterred, we managed the short walk. There is no further signage which was also a little disconcerting, however we soon saw two smiling faces behind an unmarked desk and MANY golf carts. Apparently we were at the right place! $90 fee for the golf cart was now collected as was the $100 fully refundable deposit. We were given a rather poor, but typical tourist map and off we went. You really don’t need a map, there is essentially One Way! You can’t go too wrong. The golf cart itself was spectacular, well cared for and much, much speedier than your typical golf cart - I know, I drive them daily!
    The ocean vistas are truly spectacular. Pull off to take photos though because you’re sharing the road with regular traffic! I’m definitely not used to sharing the way with a D8 Cat!! There was very little traffic and there is a rear view mirror in the cart. The salt flats, and slave huts are interesting to see as well. I wish I’d have done a lot more research on the islands history ahead of time. The road mostly all winds along the ocean and there are many pull offs for snorkeling. Eventually we came to Lac Bay and the Sorbon Beach Club. This is a very lovely and welcoming resort. Mariska at the front desk invited us to walk thru the resort gardens to the beach where they offer for you to stay for the day for a nominal $5 fee, or $10 with a lounger! Good deal so another time, I would cab straight to the resort. Lac Bay itself is gorgeous. A little ways further down the road is a hot spot for windsurfing with a little shop and restaurant.
    We passed about 15 flamingoes and 8 donkeys on our route. We could have stopped at a donkey sanctuary along the way had we been interested. As every time we’ve been in Bonaire, it was scorching HOT! After three hours we were ready to return the jaunty cart. Debbie and Tamara were surprised to see us back and offered to let us use the cart further after we’d had a refreshment. We asked if there’d be a nice little restaurant nearby or if we should just get back on the ship. Tamara, ever so kindly and helpfully took us in a cart to Karel’s Beach Bar. Karels is the place right on the water that you can plainly see from the ship. Parched as can be, we welcomed the breeze, the spectacular view and the shade! Thank you and good suggestion Tamara. I gobbled up THE most delicious frozen mocha. Seriously, they called it World Famous, and for sure I’ll not forget it!! We also shared a dish of nachos which is probably not their most stellar dish. Nachos smothered in fake cheese product and A LOT of beef. The restaurant does have slow wifi depending on where you sit! There is about a one block walk back to the ship, thru the shops and market stalls. Careful on the sidewalks though.
    All in all, it was a great day. I’m going home to learn about the salt mounds and the slave huts!
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    As always, an amazing city - feels safe and relatively clean. UBER is amazingly efficient and inexpensive.
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  • St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    SHIPWRECK BAR AND GRILL REVIEW OCT 2017
    Thanks to previous reviews, we gave this a try! Got off the ship 9:00’ish, intending to get a cab. There is a taxi stand right there - you can’t miss it. It is $16 per cab minimum but naturally they would much rather cram as many cruisers as possible in a minivan and charge you $4.00 each. No problem mon. So loaded to the hilt, off we went. It was a pleasant 10-15 min drive on very good St Kitt’s roadways. Our first stop, Carambola Beach Club looked like a beautiful resort. A lovely lady in the van with us said they charge you per lounger and per umbrella and the food is very very pricey. So we stuck with our original plan and she stayed with us!
    Heads up, SHIPWRECK beach is actually Friars Bay Beach and it is totally underwhelming at first glance. The bar and grill has been reconstructed after the recent hurricanes with various pieces of lumber. There are several rows of well used loungers, the sand is black sand and there is a little but steep drop into the ocean. I fear I’m making it sound unappealing, however we had a FABULOUS DAY! The unobstructed endless ocean view makes up for lack of man made aesthetics. A pleasant breeze gently blew all the while. Drinks were cold, delicious and fairly priced. We didn’t eat, but a cheeseburger and fries were $8.00 and a hot dog $3.00. There is a fairly extensive printed menu which includes fresh fish daily. The friend we met in the van was glad she came with us!
    The million dollar question - how were the washrooms? There is one shanty and it looked pretty sketchy from the outside, but I’ve been in FAR worse. Of course when you gotta go, you gotta go!
    This beach is well-known for its drunk monkeys...legend says they used to steal patrons drinks. Signs say not to feed the monkeys. All we saw were lots of mongooses (mongeese ?) which are entertaining too. The grill folk put out platters of what they call “leftovers” for them as well as sugar cane. Perhaps if we’d have stayed longer the monkeys may have appeared but after 1/2 a day I was needing my creature comforts of the ship which took presidence over monkey sightings!
    Wonderful employees Simone and Janesia called us a cab which arrived in less than five minutes. We were happy to pay and tip totalling $20 and be dropped of at the shops right at the pier. Wonderful, budget friendly day, highly recommended as long as you don’t demand fancy. There were all ages with us, no reports of anemones and many went swimming.
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