Regal Princess Cruise Review by silverkoi
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Ship - the Regal may not be the largest ship out there but it is a big ship. Our one other previous cruise was on the Celebrity Infinity but this seemed so much bigger and much more to do. Not brand new anymore but still seemed pretty shiny to me. This was billed as the last test cruise before going full time with the medallion system. Many of the bar staff preferred to process the ID card but we they were supposed to use the medallions.
Dining - I was hesitant to sign up for early dining in the but it ended up working well for us and even with our late cruise signup we were able to get a table for two. Meals were generally quite good and our waiters were excellent. The buffet always seemed really crowded but no problem getting a seat and often ate out on the Lido anyway. The crew did an excellent job of keeping drinks filled, cleaning up tables and keeping the silverware stocked. Heck of a time finding a salt shaker though.
Bars - One thing I really liked about the Princess drink packages is that adults in the same cabin can have different packages. I drink. Due to medications, my wife cannot but really enjoyed the soft drink / mocktails package. The bars tended be be slow serving and I think the drink package choices a little limited. Would probably skip the alcohol package next time unless they were running a good special. Finally - Shout out for the service at Princess Live and Seaview bars!
Activities - In 7 days we barely sampled the available activities. The only shows were made it to were both comedian nights. Each show was quite different so it wasn't really a repeat. The theater needs to be a little larger. What else did we enjoy doing most? Bingo, karaoke, couples message, movies and just lazing on the Lido.
Ports - didn't really bother with the ports and had signed up too late for the basic tours. The usual shops in Falmouth and Cozumel. Didn't tender over in Grand Cayman, had a nice day on the ship instead. Weather was too rough to tender at Princess Cay and ended up with essentially an extra sea day instead. Weather was rainy for first half of cruise and near perfect for the second half.
Ft. Lauderdale suggestion - Like art but not a stuffy art museum? Check out the Bonnett House while exploring the beach area.
Overall - would we sail on the Regal again - Yes. Would be do western Caribbean again - Yes.
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