Regal Princess Cruise Review by CPRouse
- Sail Date: August 2019
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Our balcony cabin was very nice and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of closet space since we'd brought 2 large suitcases. Plenty of room which was good because the Princess has a dress code in the evenings, which wasn't strictly enforced, for what they called "smart casual" for all of the dining rooms. Two "formal" nights compounded the packing problem but a sport jacket for me and a dress for my wife sufficed for formal night. The bed was great! Slept like a log.
The staff on board the ship were excellent, very friendly and accommodating. I can't say enough about how great they were. We missed one port due to severe weather but that certainly isn't on the Regal Princess.
The food on board was good but there wasn't anything that really lit it up for us. The food was somewhat bland and there were no desserts that I would call rich. A Hershey bar is richer than most of the chocolate desserts they had. We spent one evening at the premium restaurant, the Crown Grille, and the rib eye was excellent with and came with impeccable service. The service in the restaurants was very good although it seemed to take a long time to get coffee at the end of the meal, we couldn't figure that one out. Water, coffee, tea, and lemonade are included but soda was extra. I don't drink and we didn't sign up for one of the beverage packages they offer and we came out way ahead.
The casino was a major fail. I know we're going to lose when we go to a casino but on the ship I may as well have thrown my money into the ocean and saved some time. Black Jack pays 6:5 for a black jack instead of 3:2; a "Fun Black Jack" game paid 21's and 20's even if you tied the dealer but all of the Kings were removed from the deck. The slots paid a minor win about every 10 spins. It wasn't fun and we stopped going early on.
Shipboard activities were numerous and generally very good. Good local entertainment from Ireland and Scotland, some Broadway-like productions including one that blended magic, music and choreography that was unusual, karaoke, current movies, bingo, and music all over the ship. Some of the venues were small and finding a seat was difficult. There was always something going on.
We went on several Princess sponsored excursions and they were all good with excellent guides. I have no idea what other lines charge but it cost $80 each for a 1/2 day excursion to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, $170 each for a scenic tour of the Scottish highlands that included lunch, and $140 each for the Edinburgh Castle. While I'm touching on costs, Princess also charges a $14.50 per person per day gratuity which added $348 and included the embarkation/disembarkation days. We consider ourselves to be pretty frugal and we managed to spend a total of $1,635 (including excursions) while onboard. For all of the technology onboard you couldn't get your statement on anything other than paper.
Overall we had a great time and I would recommend them to friends with the caveat that the cruise is going to cost you.
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