Regal Princess Cruise Review by joyrun
- Sail Date: October 2018
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Balcony
That being said, the ship is lovely, the service was professional, warm, and caring. We had dinner a few nights in the Anytime dining room, and sat at a table with other passengers and had interesting conversations. The other evenings we opted for the Horizon buffet--always made sure to go after 7:30 to avoid rush hour--and enjoyed the range of food there. Always a delicious, fresh mix of ethnic, regional, and traditional food and I could dine as caloric or as healthy as I chose to with each meal. The food was better than the cruise I took with another cruiseline a few years earlier.
A lot of days were quite cold, it even snowed in Halifax, so that meant we needed to be flexible with port plans, and it was too cold most times to stay outside for very long on the fitness decks. But we tried...even watched a movie bundled under 4 blankets...the weather is always going to win out. Missing Bar Harbor was a major disappointment for us, but I understand that it is not something Princess can control.
Our cabin was just fine, especially impressed with all the storage facilities and how easy it was to settle in, stow stuff away, and be comfortable. Slept very well, even during some rough seas. We've stayed in smaller hotel rooms with larger bathrooms and didn't feel as comfortable. It was generally too cold to use the balcony, except for a few moments to take photographs and watch port activities.
We attend a lot of music, theater, live performance events at home, so the ship's entertainment was nice to have as a diversion, but it was not a draw for us. Same for the specialty restaurants. We knew that going in. We did find that the various trivia events turned out to be fun, and a nice chance to talk to fellow passengers. The entertainment staff were quite amusing and made us laugh a lot.
Would we go again? Maybe. A week earlier, we would have been affected by a hurricane. A week later, it would be even colder and windier. So maybe we need to consider a different itinerary if we're going to sail out of Brooklyn again.
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