Regal Princess Cruise Review by Smariet
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed our cruise very much. The entertainment was outstanding. There are 2 show times for the entertainment in the Princess Theatre. The first showing fills up quite early. I recommend going 1hr before show time. The second show, you should go 30 mins in advance if you are particular about your seats, 15 mins is sufficient to get seats. We enjoyed watching the movies under the stars.
The buffet was amazing, and better than I anticipated. We chose to forgo the formal nights, so this was one of our options. I wasn’t expecting table service for our beverages, so I was pleasantly surprised. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner had great food and service.
We were quite happy with our experience in the Symphony dining room. The first time we chose to sit with other couples. This was a lot of fun, but very time consuming. We were the first seated at a table for 8, and had to wait for the table to fill up. All of us at the table wanted to go to the 8:00 pm show, but we couldn’t get seats. The company was great, and so was the food. It was a wonderful experience. The other time we sat by ourselves and the food and service was excellent.
We ate at Alfredo’s Pizzeria 2 Times. This was our other choice on the “formal” night. The pizza is amazing.
We also dined at the Crown Grill. This was for our celebration night. The food was very good and our waitress was outstanding.
Excursions: We rented a clam shell on Princess Keys. This was necessary for me because I get sunstroke. It can get quite stuffy inside, but better than direct sun. It was relaxing to just sit and read. Some people regretting getting one because there is shaded seating available, but we were satisfied.
Jamaica: Zipling and Dunn River falls. Luckily we did the zip lining first. This was lots of fun and overall a great experience. You get 5 mins of instruction. Pay careful attention to the breaking technique, because they don’t repeat it and you will get injured. It is a little more challenging for short people (5’ and under) because the equipment doesn’t reach the line, so you may have to jump up for them to attach you to the line (most of the guys are strong enough to pull the line down to you, but the female instructor cannot). You go straight from one activity to the next so even though you may have a locker, they do not want you to go to it in between. So if you do the river first, you are going to be wet for the ziplining. I chose not to participate in climbing the falls due to a knee injury, but my husband did it and had a great time. Then we went to lunch and everyone was wet. So although they tell you to bring a change of clothes, they do not give you an opportunity to change. Water shoes are a must. This is stated on the website and on the excursion ticket, and yet some people still did not have them and had to purchase them.
Grand Cayman: Land and Sea (Turtle farm, rum cake, Hell, Nautilus semi submarine). First of all, our guide, Robert, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the island. The turtle farm was very interesting and you get to hold a turtle. The rum cake portion was supposed to be a tour of the Tortuga rum cake factory. What we actually got was a roadside stop at a little shack that was selling the cakes. The cake was delicious but you can buy them on the ship. If you want to send postcards from Hell, better be organized. They do not stop for long. We barely had time to get the post cards, address them and get the stamps. You should divide and concur if you can. I stood in line to get the stamps while my husband wrote out the cards. We would not have had enough time if we didn’t do that. Ideally,get one person to buy the cards while the other buys the stamps. Bring 2 pens so both can write out the card (we sent 8 postcards). The nautilus semi sub was interesting.
Cozumel: our excursion to the Mayan ruins was cancelled because some of the ferries had explosives go off injuring tourist. Obviously safety was the most important issue, but it was disappointing as this is the excursion we were most looking forward to. We did go ashore but stayed at the Port. We ate at a restaurant and got sick. We were back on the ship within a couple of hours.
Disembarkation was very smooth. It is very well organized.
Overall we were very satisfied with the cruise. Getting to the ship was a very frustrating experience but once we sailed it was great.
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