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I picked this cruise because it fit into a narrow window I had for travel. In some ways it worked out as it was inexpensive. I travel solo, and when I booked the price for a balcony was only a few hundred more than an inside. I took it. The ports were nothing new for me. Outside of the Mexican Riveria, I've done Western Caribbean more than any other destination. Princess Cays was unavailable due to weather. I didn't get off the ship in Falmouth, Jamaica. In Grand Cayman I went to Stingray City (probably the only major thing I hadn't seen there), and just walked a bit in Cozumel. The ship was Medallion, but not implemented in any way that was better than a ship card. Well, except for embarking. That was fast and easy. Indeed, both embarking and disembarking were faster than any other ship I've been on. Features like ordering drinks from your smartphone were not available. My balcony was obstructed E631. As obstructions go, it was pretty minor. There were tenders forward, and a storage locker on the boat deck below, but otherwise good views. The room was nice. The stateroom TV had on-demand movies and TV, which could be paused and resumed. However, you could not order excursions or view your account balance from it. The production shows were great. Born to Dance and Fiera (the carnival themed one) were better than Bravo (which was still good). The comedian and Beatle Maniacs were also fantastic. I did not see the Mexican folk dancers. Theater capacity seemed low. I always got a seat by arriving early, but many people were standing in the aisles. This was for the late performance. I imagine it was worse for the early one. I had specified in my cruise personalizer I wanted beds in two single configuration, a robe, and late traditional dining. None of these were provided. I changed the Anytime I was assigned to on the ship to late. It was a mistake, as they moved late dining to 7:45. This meant events in Princess Live! that started at 9:00 (and there were many I wished to attend) were in conflict with dinner. The cruise director (Lexi) put in minimal appearances compared to most I've encountered. The social hosts were good, hosting trivia and party games. Food was the typical fare I've had on Princess ships before. I went to Alfredos for the embarkation lunch. It was uncrowded and the food was good. That's a tip folks; most of the time you fight hordes at the lido buffet and scramble for a table. Alfredos had no additional charge and was very relaxed. The lunch buffet served a good variety of food. I have no real issues with the ship, crew, or destinations. It just felt a bit flat because it broke no new ground for me. I've been alternating between these getaway cruises and new destination cruises (generally one of each every year). I'm preferring the new destinations. After I get the hockey schedule for next year I'll look for another week free of home games and maybe I'll find a new destination cruise that fits.

Western Caribbean

Regal Princess Cruise Review by jclinard

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony (obstructed view)
I picked this cruise because it fit into a narrow window I had for travel. In some ways it worked out as it was inexpensive. I travel solo, and when I booked the price for a balcony was only a few hundred more than an inside. I took it.

The ports were nothing new for me. Outside of the Mexican Riveria, I've done Western Caribbean more than any other destination. Princess Cays was unavailable due to weather. I didn't get off the ship in Falmouth, Jamaica. In Grand Cayman I went to Stingray City (probably the only major thing I hadn't seen there), and just walked a bit in Cozumel.

The ship was Medallion, but not implemented in any way that was better than a ship card. Well, except for embarking. That was fast and easy. Indeed, both embarking and disembarking were faster than any other ship I've been on. Features like ordering drinks from your smartphone were not available.

My balcony was obstructed E631. As obstructions go, it was pretty minor. There were tenders forward, and a storage locker on the boat deck below, but otherwise good views. The room was nice. The stateroom TV had on-demand movies and TV, which could be paused and resumed. However, you could not order excursions or view your account balance from it.

The production shows were great. Born to Dance and Fiera (the carnival themed one) were better than Bravo (which was still good). The comedian and Beatle Maniacs were also fantastic. I did not see the Mexican folk dancers. Theater capacity seemed low. I always got a seat by arriving early, but many people were standing in the aisles. This was for the late performance. I imagine it was worse for the early one.

I had specified in my cruise personalizer I wanted beds in two single configuration, a robe, and late traditional dining. None of these were provided. I changed the Anytime I was assigned to on the ship to late. It was a mistake, as they moved late dining to 7:45. This meant events in Princess Live! that started at 9:00 (and there were many I wished to attend) were in conflict with dinner.

The cruise director (Lexi) put in minimal appearances compared to most I've encountered. The social hosts were good, hosting trivia and party games.

Food was the typical fare I've had on Princess ships before. I went to Alfredos for the embarkation lunch. It was uncrowded and the food was good. That's a tip folks; most of the time you fight hordes at the lido buffet and scramble for a table. Alfredos had no additional charge and was very relaxed. The lunch buffet served a good variety of food.

I have no real issues with the ship, crew, or destinations. It just felt a bit flat because it broke no new ground for me. I've been alternating between these getaway cruises and new destination cruises (generally one of each every year). I'm preferring the new destinations. After I get the hockey schedule for next year I'll look for another week free of home games and maybe I'll find a new destination cruise that fits.
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Balcony (obstructed view)
Cabin BW e631
I really liked this room. The obstruction on the balcony was minor. Tenders were forward of the room, and lookout out there was only a small amount of view blocked by a locker. On the down side, there was no sofa, just two chairs. Power was next to the bed, so I was able to plug my CPAP in directly instead of using batteries or an extension cord. For some reason, Princess has not wired USB power outlets.
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