Regal Princess Cruise Review by Dan M.
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
It was almost like old home week (actually TWO weeks) since both the head waiter in the Allegro Dining Room (Roberto) and our cabin steward from last year (Jo-jo) recognized us right away. Talk about a memory!
This was our second time on the Regal Princess and it was kind of nice since we didn't spend so much time familiarizing ourselves with the overall layout of the ship. The Sea Walk, the atrium and all of the public areas of the ship are very ornate and offer a subtle, quiet relaxing environment. Things are always happening up on the Lido Deck whether it's crazy, wacky pool games, some pizza or a burger or the fun-to-watch water fountain show each night.
The only real downer was our cabin selection. We decided to try a balcony cabin after choosing a mini-suite on our previous cruises. NEVER AGAIN! Once you are used to the extra space, it felt particularly cramped with the much smaller accommodations. But that's no fault of the ship; it falls squarely on our shoulders.
As has been our experience in the past, dining was excellent on the Regal. We enjoyed most evening meals in the Allegro Dining Room with a table right next to a window looking out over the vast ocean. We did enjoy one meal at the Crown Grill and ate one late night in the Horizon Court. My steak at the Crown Grill was very tender, juicy and done "just right." Our other daytime meals were either at the HC or we enjoyed some goodies on the Lido Deck from the Trident Grill or the Pizza counter. We didn't visit Alfredo's on this trip.
Our Entertainment was almost exactly the same as our last trip but it was very good to see the different shows again. We particularly enjoyed Born to Dance and Bravo. La Fiero had an interesting story line but it was sometimes hard to follow. The Beatlemaniacs had it all together; they had everything down pat from the looks, the accents and especially the music. For a crowd our age, that was a perfect choice. Topaz was the onboard band and they played all over the ship on different evenings. Lexi Comley was once again the cruise director and she was a doll; I especially enjoyed her Aussie accent. :)
The service from ALL staff on our cruise was top-notch. Whether it was the wait staff or the cabin stewards, the passenger services reps or the shop attendants, all were most friendly, courteous, efficient and a real asset to the Princess brand. I was particularly impressed with one bartender, Arlyn, who first met me on my birthday during the first week of the cruise at one of the Pub Lunches. A week later, she saw me again during the second Pub Lunch and asked how my birthday celebration went. She had to have met hundreds if not thousands of people during the two-week trip and to remember my name AND my birthday... wow!
The cruise itinerary took us to Princess Cay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel. There were no signs of the recent fire at Princess Cay and the visit there was a great way to enjoy the surf, sun and sand. The buffet luncheon provided by the Princess staff was also more than adequate and very tasty. St. Thomas is my favorite port of call with all of the smaller boats in the bay. The daytime view is only surpassed by the nighttime view when most of those smaller boats are lit up. The lights from both the boats and the shore make for some really beautiful scenery.
St. Maarten offers some very nice shopping experiences right at the end of the pier. We didn't take any excursions there as it was a shorter day and we felt like we wanted/needed a bit of a break. Jamaica was a lot of fun but the downtown markets were a real zoo. Everyone there made everything themselves (sic) and the pestering/bartering got old in a hurry. By contrast, the shops along the pier were well kept and staffed with most friendly and helpful people. Quite a marked difference.
The surf was too rough for us to tender in to the Cayman Islands so that turned into another sea day for most of us. A few did make it in early but had to wait for things to calm down before they could return to the ship. Our visit to Cozumel took us to the Mayan Chocolate factory and to the San Gervasio Mayan ruins. Both were most interesting. An added bonus was a brief trip to the eastern side of the island where we got to watch the waves crash against the rocks along the beach there. Fascinating.
All in all, we had a great trip. I would highly recommend this particular "back-to-back" cruise as a great way to get away from the snow & cold of the northern US and spend some very relaxing, laid back time in the sun of the Caribbean. If you want to go, go,go all of the time, this trip probably isn't for you. But if you want to just kick back and wind down, this cruise would make an excellent choice.
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If you don't mind being slightly confined and if money is an issue, the balcony cabin may well be satisfactory for you. But if you are a bigger/taller person who likes to spread your wings a little, consider the mini-suite option for your cruise.
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