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Sail Date: January 2018
Blessed to have been on this cruise! Stayed at the Ocean Sky Resort Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale before embarking. Next time (hopefully) I will stay closer to the cruise terminal or at one of the hotels recommended by Princess that offers ... Read More
Blessed to have been on this cruise! Stayed at the Ocean Sky Resort Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale before embarking. Next time (hopefully) I will stay closer to the cruise terminal or at one of the hotels recommended by Princess that offers travel to the terminal/ship. We rented a car, which was an easy process and enjoyed driving along the beach. We picked up the car up at the airport and dropped it off at the location closer to the cruise terminal. The rental agency offers a shuttle service. We had a delicious breakfast at NY Deli (on Ocean Blvd). Best pancakes ever! It was nice to walk along the beach at sunset and sunrise. Princess makes it very easy to embark and disembark. We used the porters - our luggage enjoyed hanging out with all of the other bags, were handed professionally and they did just fine on their own. We provided a generous tip - the porters were working hard and did so with a smile! Princess knows how to move people. Our embarkation picture was the only photo I purchased. Royal Princess is beautiful. We stayed in a mid-ship balcony room. The balcony was the same size as the balcony on a mini-suite and the room was large enough for us and our things. We ordered room service and it was difficult to maneuver the trays, but there was an extra chair and small table. If you are not a "roomer", then a balcony room may be just fine. It was enough for us (two people) - enough drawer space in the room and shelving in the bath for all our needs. There was a hair dryer in the room and small (very small) refrigerator. The TV was nice to have, but disappointed with only one "Love Boat" episode. LOL! They have a very nice selection of movies - this was a nice feature and the Movies Under the Stars were available after their first MUTS showing if we missed one. We love MUTS - popcorn, ocean breeze, giant screen - a great experience. We brought a couple of clip magnets to hang our daily patter and other papers collected. Lots of hangars, so we had no worries there. Our room steward was efficient, happy and helpful with any requests we made. Dining was a unique experience at all venues. I was surprised to see in the buffet food served in older containers placed on hot pads and it was just standard food in the buffet, but it was plentiful, varied and kept clean. We found the service in the buffet a bit lacking, but we made the best of it and just obtained our drinks ourselves. We were always able to find a table next to the window. The dining room experience was better but is was sort of same old same old after a few days, so I decided to shake it up a bit; different times, different waiters. I wasn't afraid to ask for more as i desired. I ordered two lobster tails and it was worth it. Also, one night I ordered from the menu, but chose all of the side dishes from each of the different entrees as my main meal - it was delicious! Ordered two desserts one night just so I could try them. Any concerns, our waiters were always helpful and met our every need - grateful for their service. I have read and heard lots of complaints about the size of the theater and ability to get a seat. So, yes it is true that we had to get to the theater about 45 minutes in advance to get a seat we wanted, but that was our choice and we made the best of it; brought drinks (no drink holders in the Royal Theater) and brought our tablets. One night I arrived about 15 minutes before and was unable to find a seat, so I decided to do something else. The shows on Princess are fantastic. During one show we were treated to the voice of a wonderful Soprano (sorry unable to remember her name), but what delightful moments in song. The singers, dancers, costumes - delightful entertainment. We also enjoyed the games - champagne ring toss was lots of fun and the bean bag toss was competitive. I won a coffee card after completing the scavenger hunt. We enjoyed the scavenger hunt because we learned the different locations around the ship. I had the opportunity to learn to play the steel drum - that was lots of fun and I am thinking of buying one and a book to keep learning this wonderful instrument. Thank you Princess for providing this unique experience while on the ship. I would suggest to Princess that they eliminate the Princess Live theater. The Lotus Spa was a nice experience. I spent too much money on services and would suggest that if you book on board, make sure you ask how much the service will be upfront or you may be surprised at how much it is - I have now learned this, but the hard way - just saying a mani-pedi was over $200! I did spend the extra money to utilize the Thermal Suite during the trip. It was $199. I enjoyed the thermal spa and the steam room, but the sauna never worked and the didn't use the "hot stone beds." I don't think I will spend the money on this again. The fitness facility was small, but provided the necessary equipment to get it done. The mile walk around the ship (seven times) was a nice touch. We were fortunate to have so many ports on this cruise and we took advantage of several excursions. The Trolley/Beach trip in St. Lucia though was not worth it. The beach they took us to was across from the airport, and not a clean Caribbean beach experience. The church was worth seeing and the beautiful old tree / main square was amazing. We enjoyed the craft market, but we were a bit disappointed that it was all the same stuff from stall to stall - not a true craft market, but rather a mass trinkets market. The best experience, and I still think about it, was St. Thomas and the Banana Daiquiri at Top of the Mountain. I may have to fly to St. Thomas just to have another one. It was too bad that the they are still experiencing the devastation from the hurricanes. Compassion is needed. We did not use a ship excursion in St. Thomas, but rather hired a taxi service just as we disembarked - nice experience, good value for the cost and wonderful driver. Would I go again - absolutely. I unplugged for 10 days, was pampered, fed, greeted with kindness, soaked up some sun and fun, saw places I had never experienced before, unplugged (did I say that already - I left my phones at home!!), and truly enjoyed the Princess experience. Thank you Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Another amazing cruise on board the Royal Princess! Our second time on her and she is still so beautiful and accommodating. We (my husband and I) both had birthdays during our cruise. EMBARKATION: We stay pre-cruise at the Quality Inn ... Read More
Another amazing cruise on board the Royal Princess! Our second time on her and she is still so beautiful and accommodating. We (my husband and I) both had birthdays during our cruise. EMBARKATION: We stay pre-cruise at the Quality Inn & Suites on Stirling Road in Hollywood, FL. This is where we stay the night before every cruise. We took a free shuttle to the cruiseport which left at 10:00 am. Everything about that morning was easy and fast! We were in our cabin by 11:15AM. Our bags arrived before the muster drill! Cabin: A318 - We got to experience our first mini-suite on the Aloha deck and it was awesome. (We took advantage of a $129.00 per person upsell) We loved all the extra room and the bath tub. My only dislike about our cabin was the tiny tiny balcony. There has hardly enough room for the two chairs, foot stools and tables, much less myself and my husband! That is my ONE AND ONLY complaint about this whole cruise! ENTERTAINMENT: We are trivia players and played 2-3 times a day. We saw several good shows, including a comedian and a hypnotist. PORTS: Antigua: We did a Princess excursion to Stingray City! That was our second time there and it was awesome! I would do this tour again. St. Lucia: We booked a non-Princess excursion with Cosol Tours. It was $75.00/person and well worth every cent! We were gone for 6 or 7 hours and got to experience all of St. Lucia! I recommend Cosol Tours HIGHLY! Barbados: We took a Princess excursion to a beach. I think it was called a Beach Break. We had a nice time. St. Kitts: We took a non-Princess tour here. I found a Groupon for a Dolphin Encounter. I had never touched or encountered dolphins. This lasted 45 minutes and was $69/person. This was a great tour with the exception of being pressured to buy pictures when it ended. I think the whole package was $170.00! Pictures were good, but not worth that much. I ended up buying two for $40. St. Thomas: Our favorite island! We were engaged on Emerald Bay Beach 3 years ago. (Magen's Bay was closed due to flooding) We took an open air bus to Magen's Bay Beach (hurricane devastation still prevaliant) Swam in the water for a couple of hours then on to The Mountain Top for some shopping and a banana daiquiri. If you have never been to the Mountain Top, you must go. Just the ride up there is exciting! Turks & Caicos: Our stop here was cancelled due to a storm brewing in that area. We enjoyed an extra sea day. DINING: We ate each evening in the Allegro Dining Room at 5:30. Food was very good with small portions than I remember. Head waiter, Valdim was so sweet and did a smash up job! We had a small 4 seat table we shared with our cruise companions, Connie & Butch from Phoenix, AZ! CRUISE DIRECTOR: The Cruise Director on the Royal is non other than Matt O'Brien. He is the best, nicest and most enthusiastic cruise director I have ever had the pleasure of meeting on any of my 8 cruises! One several of my past cruises, I haven't ever seen or met our cruise director. He is awesome and I can't wait to go on the Royal again or whichever ship that he is aboard! DISEMBARKATION: We left our cabin around 7:30am and went to the Horizon Court for breakfast. We went down and found our luggage and stood in line about 15-20 minutes before getting up to the Customs agent. Short and sweet! In closing -- my 8th cruise on Princess. LOYAL to them and will never sail aboard another cruise line! We already have another booked for November, 2018 on the Crown! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise. It only took us 43 yrs to decide to go on one. We had a great time. The weather was not the best with heavy sea most of the time. We found the Royal to be a great cruise ship. Our friends that we traveled had ... Read More
This was our first cruise. It only took us 43 yrs to decide to go on one. We had a great time. The weather was not the best with heavy sea most of the time. We found the Royal to be a great cruise ship. Our friends that we traveled had been on the Royal before. Unfortunately for me I had injured my knee only to find out I need it to be replaced. Our inside cabin was very nice, plus our steward was an amazing person. Dendi made feel at home. The cabin was kept in perfect shape. Dining was excellent. The Horizon buffet court food was for the most part outstanding. But a few times in the morning breakfast the some of the breakfast foods where a little on the cool side as the warmer seemed not to be up to temperature. The wait staff was excellent and fun to chat with. The theater was impossible to find a seat for any event. I found the passengers to be very rude during the performances. The Princess needed staff in the theater to remove people standing in the fire exits. We will travel the Royal Princess again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I have always been a Princess cruiser and have had a good experience but the Regal Princess was very disappointing in many areas. To start the food was below standards, We had signed up for any time dining, on three occasions we ... Read More
I have always been a Princess cruiser and have had a good experience but the Regal Princess was very disappointing in many areas. To start the food was below standards, We had signed up for any time dining, on three occasions we where handed a beeper and had to wait from 30-45 minutes to get a table. You had to pay for specialty foods, such as cappuccino, gelato, sushi. The restaurants that you had to pay to use, where below standards. We left because of bad service and bad food. When we complained to the head waiter all he could do was say he was sorry. We had waited two hours for our main course to be served, then left because our desert and waiter was no where to be found and we had to pay for this! When getting a massage at the spa, I was told that you had to pay extra for a robe and steam. Everything was extra on the trip. The excursion we took in Jamaica was delayed and we had to wait for our bus in the hot sun for 45 minutes before we could leave. It was very disorganized. The chair in some of the lounges where stained in need of replacement. For the elite and suite holders you had different lines for service, they have a different class experience. I feel you can pay for a better room but you shouldn't get better service. I wouldn't recommend regal princess to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I've been on princess many times. Last year there was a difference in the types of food and food tempeture. This year was the worst. The food in the buuffet was always cold. Even when fresh food was put out it wasn't hot. The ... Read More
I've been on princess many times. Last year there was a difference in the types of food and food tempeture. This year was the worst. The food in the buuffet was always cold. Even when fresh food was put out it wasn't hot. The meat was barely cooked. I personally don't like cutting into meat to find its dark red with blood coming out. It turns my stomach. I did eat in ther Italian restaurant and found it to be wonderful. The name was Alfredo's. Great food and service. In the buffet the workers were great but the food was cold. When you like to visit the casino on a ship it should be just like a land based casino. I go to casinos at least 4 times a week. I don't expect to win every time. When on the regal I spent thousands as did my wife. There was no chance to win. Machines are set on no pay mode. Not fun. I probably visited the casino 20 plus times. Never met a winning machine once nor did my wife. They have a point system that apply some points for the amt played on machine and different amts for table games. I had thousands of points my brother had 4,000 points and our wives had points. Not even a free drink. Why have points. If you go on a princess cruise hold on your wallet Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I did not want another super size mega ship with all the razz left dazzle. I wanted service and taste but without giving up fun. I was nervous. Used to Royal Caribbean do enjoy activities when my children were teenagers. Wanted more ... Read More
I did not want another super size mega ship with all the razz left dazzle. I wanted service and taste but without giving up fun. I was nervous. Used to Royal Caribbean do enjoy activities when my children were teenagers. Wanted more romantic cruise but at same time wanted fun cruise without obnoxious people. My biggest problem was to much to choose from for entertainment. Good problem to have. The crew especially entertainment were amazing. Just fun. Made you feel at ease and got us involved. Really felt like friends. Seriously who brags about a buffet. I’m not just talking lunch, I never in all my cruises did buffet for dinner but we did a couple of nights because not just the variety but the great quality. Ship is beautiful to see inside and out you feel proud pulling into port next to other ships. You can tell quality not size is on display. It’s wonderful to be surprised in a good way but that is really what wines up our first but not last sailing on Princess. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise for nothing but relaxation, and the crew aboard the Regal Princess made it exactly that!! Our cabin was very nice with a big improvement in the shower as it was much larger!! Princess was trying a comedy club concept ... Read More
We chose this cruise for nothing but relaxation, and the crew aboard the Regal Princess made it exactly that!! Our cabin was very nice with a big improvement in the shower as it was much larger!! Princess was trying a comedy club concept on our cruise and it was phenomenal. There was a new comedian every night in Princess live studio with 3 shows and every one was packed. The quality of acts was great, each one funnier than the last. I hope they include this in their new ship with a bigger venue so the line to get in. As always the ship was in great shape and the piazza entertainment was very nice. Our favorite bar has to be Vines Bar, the staff there are always friendly and helpful. We made it every night before or after dinner for a relaxing glass of wine. We also enjoy using the work out facility in the afternoon, the equipment is well maintained and high quality. The pool deck is always a great place to sped the afternoon and the movies under the stars is a nice way to spend an evening as well as sporting events. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My sister and I chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Mayan Ruins. We weren't disappointed in any way on this cruise. This was her first cruise ever, and it was my second week long cruise. I've been on another cruise ... Read More
My sister and I chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Mayan Ruins. We weren't disappointed in any way on this cruise. This was her first cruise ever, and it was my second week long cruise. I've been on another cruise line, but I think that Princess is awesome. The staff are so well trained, and yet each person's personality comes through. They are eager to make your cruise special. The destinations on this cruise were nice. We went snorkeling in Princess Cays, river inner tubing in Jamaica ("yeah-mon"), and sightseeing in Coba to see the ruins. All of the excursions were through Princess. We had fun, and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone we encountered both on and off the ship, if they had anything to do with Princess, were fabulous. Haven taken the behind the scenes "ultimate ship tour" on another Princess cruise, I know the premium they put on the food, and it's not missed on our end. Out of 1400 crew, about 200 are chefs! They make everything fresh each day, and it tastes that way. We had great food and tried just about every possible place to eat it: buffet, formal dining room, anytime dining room, Trident grill, Alfredo's pizzeria, the gelato place (yum), and even room service. Everything was excellent. Our room was spacious enough. I highly recommend a mini-suite upgrade to get those extra few feet and a balcony. I love the sound of the ocean, and it's great to sit outside. The service on Princess is phenomenal, and that starts from the moment you get there. The embarkation process is flawless, and I still can't believe they can embark 3500 people a few hours after the last 3500 passengers left. I would go back again tomorrow if I could. I look forward to my next cruise on Princess! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because it was on the Regal, the newest Princess ship in the Caribbean lineup, and because of the itinerary. We were on the 15th floor in a Mini Suite, as there four in our family. Embarkation in Ft Lauderdale went ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was on the Regal, the newest Princess ship in the Caribbean lineup, and because of the itinerary. We were on the 15th floor in a Mini Suite, as there four in our family. Embarkation in Ft Lauderdale went fairly fast, but I kind of felt we were rushed aboard. Disembarkation was also painless. We had a late flight, so we stayed aboard until about 8:45, and our luggage was easy to find, and no lines for customs at this time. The terminal had lines of taxis readily available to take us to the airport. Pros: fairly new ship, no elevator or plumbing issues, leaks from the pools, etc. We were under the Lido deck near the glass walkway, and only occasionally heard someone scraping chairs across the floor above us. The food and service in the Main Dining Room (anytime dining) was excellent, and we had no major complaints. We ate at both Sabatinis and Crown Grill, and had superb service in both. If I was going to complain about either, it would be the wait times between courses was pushing the "too long" side. The basic layout of the ship was pretty similar to the Grand Princess, so it was pretty easy for my wife and I to find our way around. The mini-suite was actually quite roomy for 4 of us, with plenty of closet and drawer space scattered through the room. We never felt crowded in this room. We found the Princess Theater to be ample large enough for the showings, but had to be there at least 30 minutes early if we chose to see the early showings. Cons: the design of the Regal class seems to block off being able to access the front of the ship, something we enjoyed on the Grand Princess. Nothing like the feeling of seeing the ocean ahead without having to look around the edge of the ship. We were not impressed with the Horizon Bistro/Court design and layout, and sometimes found it confusing. The main walkways were too narrow for the "throngs" during feeding times. We were pretty disappointed in the variety and quality of the foods on the buffet at all meals, though we only ate 1 supper and 1 lunch in this area. There was no promotion for a Pub lunch that we saw or heard during this cruise, which surprised us. We found Alfredo's pizzas to be very mild, nearly flavorless, and the wait staff in Alfredo's were apparently having a bad day. The mini-suite cabin balcony is no larger than any other balcony room balcony, meaning while the suite was ample big enough for 4 of us, you can't sit 4 around a table in the balcony. The audio in the theater was always way too loud. They have divided the wheelhouse bar and placed Crown grill on the back side of the bar. The only way to the Crown Grill was to walk past the bar. Also, the bar had a loud (yes all of their amplified sounds were way too loud) stage and there were no walls separating the 2 spaces, just pony walls with short pieces of glass on them, so the music from the stage in the bar would blast into the Crown Grill, were we were supposed to be able to relax. Nothing like trying to enjoy a relaxing meal when you can't hear the rest of the party talking. Watch out for the Miss Texas sales shows. They run long and stagger their "giveaways" to keep you there the whole hour and 45 minutes. Somewhat cons: The Regal has a "Live" studio, and has taken to running programs out of there and recording them and you can pick them up in your cabin on the TV after they are recorded. This is a plus. The negative is that this has pretty much phased out the Vista lounge, or relegated it to primarily bingo and movies. We only found ourselves in Vista 1 time, and that was to catch a replay of a MUTS movie that we wanted to see, and had missed. Another side effect of phasing out Vista for entertainment was they were using center Plaza level for entertainment, which is nice, but they were putting some bigger shows on there, and there is not enough seating for the crowds. Biggest Con... don't get your hopes up over the Medallion system. I think Carnival Corp way overplayed their hand in this, and while a couple hundred passengers had their medallions and were in medallion class rooms, they were quite willing to share that there was an IT guy nearby as they could never get into their rooms. The rest of it was just hype. There are touch screens (right? in an Anti-Norovirus world, who wants to use touch-screens?) everywhere near the elevators with CGI effects of fake underseas. If you were in to kiddie-style social media stuff, you can go online and create an animated character, but if you walked by a touch screen, you had to log into your profile to see it, and if you did, all it did was swim around in bottom of the deep blue sea, and you have no option to log your profile back out. I am sure there is some future benefit to this, but it is nonsense at this time in the short life of the Medallion class Regal Princess. Near the end of the cruise, I felt like Princess was "converting" their meaning of Medallion class to mean type or quality of service. We felt that the service we received from the staff on board the Regal was the same as we received on the Grand - superb, so we were still lost on the whole Medallion thing. We did not use wifi, as we really wanted this to be a "get away" vacation, so no comment on the "Best Internet Experience ever offered on a cruise ship". Shore excursions: We enjoyed Princess Cays, but found the BBQ lunch somewhat disappointing and messy. They used smaller paper plates and plastic ware, and we saw a lot of folks lose their food as the paper plates were fairly flimsy. My opinion: the site is owned by Princess, and is equipped with a dish washing area, so outfit it with the same plates and silverware used in Horizon Court, and it can be used for all of the cruises that stop there. I found the glass-bottom boat excursion disappointing. I found the boat to be a bit run-down, and while they had a full boat, they didn't make folks fill up from the rear, and we were the last 4 on the boat, and had to walk across everyone's knees and toes to get to the back of the boat. The glass was dirty from the top side with trash on the glass as well. The sun had gone behind clouds when we started our tour, and we only got 15 minutes in when the rain started, and they turned around and went back. Fortunately Princess refunded the whole tour since it was rained out. On to Ocho Rios... we enjoyed our excursion to Dunns River Falls, but were disappointed in the tour operator when it came to the Dolphin and shark show. It was supposed to be a 4-hour excursion on a short day in Jamaica, but they took 5.5 hours of our port time, returning us to the ship with only 40 minutes left before all-aboard. My advice: get a taxi to take you to Dunns River falls and then to the Dolphin show and then to the shopping district, if you choose. Everything is close to each other, but walking will take too much of your time on a short day. On to Grand Caymen. We had really been looking forward to this one, but the seas were too high and winds were too strong to run the tenders, so it was cancelled. However, the trip's redeeming port was Cozumel. We really enjoyed this day, as it was a 12-hour port day, and there was no stress involved in it. 6-7 hour days in ports seems too short to really get a feel for the other stops, but this one had the right balance. The Atlantis Sub was great, well worth the money. Overall, we all enjoyed our cruise. We were able to spend some time in the pool, and crowd our way into a hot tub a couple of times. We were not into lounging on deck chairs in our bathing suits, but there appeared to be plenty of space for that, although crowded on Lido deck. We weren't impressed with the sail-away party, but hey, that probably just isn't our thing, so won't let that be a negative against Princess or the Cruise Director. Speaking of which, we felt he was great, and enjoyed his jokes and sense of humor. If you are a frequent cruiser with Princess, you might find the menu boring after a couple of cruises, as we saw a lot of similarities to the menu on our Alaska cruise on the Grand Princess a few years ago. There are some regional cuisine changes, so take advantage of those. However, if you are new to cruising, when you are looking over the menu, take advantage of your time, choose more than one appetizer if you see something that sounds new. A lot of the day-to-day appetizers changed every day, so you may not get a second opportunity to try them. Same with the desserts. FYI - the desserts offered in the dining rooms most often does not match what you might get in the International Cafe or in Horizon buffet. The wait staff tend to enjoy their work, especially if you are friendly to them, and will occasionally offer extra off-menu appetizers or desserts to you. We did not find any issues with Regal Princess being stingy with butter as others on this site have complained about. There were always at least enough butter for 5 dinner rolls on a table for 4, and if we needed more, were quite prompt in serving it up. Noro... there was a scare where (reportedly) about 20 folks came down with a gastro thing a day after our Jamaica stop, but we never heard if it continued to spread and were not affected by it. However, at this stage, everything changed in the dining experience. In Horizon, everyone was told to wash their hands when entering the court, and we were handed plates and silverware/napkins instead of picking up our own plates. All food was served by staff from behind the counters so we never had to touch food handling utensils or food. I felt this was a good thing, and perhaps this should be the way they service food in the buffet area all the time, just to avoid the risk of spreading Noro. In the main dining room, we no longer found butter or rolls on the table, but were offered them by the wait staff, served via tongs to our plates - so we could not handle the containers, I would suppose. I am sure they would never serve left-over rolls or open butter from one sitting to another... 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Sail Date: January 2018
We have sailed 3 times to Alaska with Princess and really were impressed with the service, professionalism ,the attention to details and the all around atmosphere generated on Princess. This is the first time we sailed out of Port ... Read More
We have sailed 3 times to Alaska with Princess and really were impressed with the service, professionalism ,the attention to details and the all around atmosphere generated on Princess. This is the first time we sailed out of Port Everglades , Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. We experienced the easiest check in and before we knew it we were on the ship. Greeters were on hand to answer any questions. The Regal Princess is the most beautiful, well appointed ship we have ever been on [have been on 9 cruises]. Absolutely magnificent.. The room was small but very comfortable [interior state room]. Very clean and well maintained.Cabin steward was very professional and always pleasant. We loved the large flat screen T.V. and the movie channels for when we need to relax. We choose to eat only in the Horizon buffet because we could eat what we wanted when we wanted [prime rib,steaks, fish ,chicken etc and lots of fruit and vegetables]. My husband loves eggs for breakfast and he had sunny side up, omelettes scrambled along with variety of potatoes and fresh pastries and breads. Excellent service and we sat by the windows most times and never had to stand in line or wait. We did not participate in the shore excursions, why leave a 5 star hotel. . We are already planning next years cruise on the Regal Princess. This is truly a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We always cruise with Princess, I wouldn't consider any other line. Because of the outstanding guest relations, impeccable cleanliness of the ENTIRE ship, the onboard experience, the shows, the excursions....and everything else from ... Read More
We always cruise with Princess, I wouldn't consider any other line. Because of the outstanding guest relations, impeccable cleanliness of the ENTIRE ship, the onboard experience, the shows, the excursions....and everything else from boarding to disembarking Here's my review for our Western Caribbean cruise January 14-January 21 2018. We will always travel to Ft Lauderdale the day before we board, to begin to unwind and ease into cruise mode. We have always stayed at the B ocean resort on Ft Lauderdale beach, and since the last time we stayed there, they have renovated the hotel. Not sure if I like the renovations where they eliminated the old world charm that it once had, and now has a very corporate feel to it. It is still a great hotel to stay at, where it is right on the Beach and only 2 miles to the cruise port, Port Everglades. If you don't rent a car, grab an Uber, or Taxi and head toward Las Olas Bouleveard. Lots of great Restaurants and shopping there, to satisfy any taste. Cruise day- I'm up at 4:30 am, grab a cup of coffee and head outside to the beach. From the Beach you can see every cruise ship, coming or going, from port Everglades. I'll sit on the wall and watch my ship come in....lol. That is a ritual with me on every cruise, however, it is not so with the wife so I do get some quality "me" time for a few hours. This was the first trip where we used Uber. I was amazed at how inexpensive and incredibly prompt they are, it really is a fantastic service. They picked us up at 11:00am, and we arrived at the ship at approximately 11:15. When we got to the ship, we checked our luggage with the porters that are at the pier and headed into the terminal. To my amazement, there was no line inside the terminal! We checked in, got our embarkation photo taken, and headed up the gangway. We were on the ship within 15 minutes of arriving at the cruise port. Our first stop is always The International Cafe on Plaza deck 5. We purchase our coffee card and always begin our cruise with a cappuccino. If you're a coffee drinker, I highly recommend purchasing the coffee card. You get unlimited regular Coffee and 15 specialty drinks such as Cappucinos, Lattes, and Specialty teas. They also offer a selection of tasty tidbits such as fine pastries, compound salads, paninis and desserts. All of the food at the Cafe is complimentary. The Regal has a great selection of Restaurants to choose from. There are 2 Specialty restaurants on the ship, Sabatinis Italian restaurant and the Crown Grill steakhouse are the only eateries that charge a nominal fee to dine there. I would recommend both Restaurants. Sabatinis has a great Burrata and Crown Grill's Black and Bleu onion soup is a must try. There are 3 main dining rooms, which post their menus daily. They offer "always available" menu items, as well as that evenings offerings. The Horizon Court is the Buffet on Lido, deck 16, and has a great selection of menu items. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is a double sided buffet, so it can be a bit confusing to navigate through at first. Princess has the best Pizza at sea, hands down, so don't pass on Alfredos Pizzeria located on Fiesta deck 6, or Prego Pizza on Lido deck 16. There is also the Trident Grill on Lido that offers burgers and hot dogs. There is always something happening in the Piazza, which is the hub of the Ship on decks 5,6,&7. Whether it's a string ensemble, a lounge band, a steel drum expert, or various interactive games, group dancing, or culinary demonstrations, it will be happening there, throughout the day. The Piazza is also home to the Art Gallery, a souvenir and clothing shop, a jewelry shop, the casino, a chocolatier, a seafood bar, a gelato shop, and a few lounges that offer alcoholic beverages. "Princess Live" is an actual television studio within the ship. It hosts different comedy acts, trivia competitions, audience participation games, and other "Live" events throughout the cruise.The Princess Theater on decks 6&7, features broadway style productions, musicals, featured entertainers and Movies. On Lido, at the pool area, is one of my personal favorite venues on the ship,"Movies under the Stars". It is as it says, an open air theater on the top of the ship. They feature a different movie every night, and throughout the day will show concerts, tv shows(love boat...lol), trivia challenges. Our entire experience, from embarkation to disembarkation, was a memorable one. We choose Princess for a reason, and that is that they are the best at what they do. Their professionalism and dedication to their craft sets them far above the rest. They are the benchmark for the industry. Whether you're considering Princess, or have already booked, you will not be disappointed. Bon Voyage Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Princess has so many wonderful ports this was our 15th cruise with Princess. This was the first time for us to book a Handicapped room it exceeded our expectations. My husband has Parkinsons and we were able to enjoy a cruise even with his ... Read More
Princess has so many wonderful ports this was our 15th cruise with Princess. This was the first time for us to book a Handicapped room it exceeded our expectations. My husband has Parkinsons and we were able to enjoy a cruise even with his challenges. We chose The Regal because we had not traveled on the Royal or Regal Class to date. We decided we would be able to enjoy the ship even if we may not be able to go on many excursions has we have in the past. It was a wonderful experience and everyone was so helpful. There was a slight break out of the Norrel Virus with 20 people who all went on the same excursion.The captain informed the passengers immediately and the crew kept the contenment to only those few people. They cleaned and follow preventive messures to keep all other passengers safe. The ship is beautiful and very comfortable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because of ports of call to curacao and then they canceled that port because the port was overbooked according to princess. We have been on 8 princess cruises and loved everyone except this one. I never have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of ports of call to curacao and then they canceled that port because the port was overbooked according to princess. We have been on 8 princess cruises and loved everyone except this one. I never have complained about them before and have never heard so many other people complaining. We have only two complaints or concerns but they are major. Normally the food is fabulous but this time the quality was not present. The selection in the dining room normally has a different type of steak each night and a shrimp type dish but the main staple was pork on this ship. We love dressing up and going to dinner but this time out of 14 days we ate 4 times in the dining room because of the menu. Also this was the first occurrence of seeing people allowed to wear shorts in the dining room as it looked like other cruise lines standards. Normally the buffet has theme nights but the food was almost the same every day and night. The only main carving meat was pork and hash browns were the ones out of a box and greasy. Normally if we want something that is not on menu one night we can get it if requested but not this cruise. Secondly, entertainment was okay, however something was wrong with scheduling because we had to get a seat in the theater at least an hour ahead or risk having no seats. I always have told people that haven't gone on a cruise with a concern of too many people onboard that I never know there's 3500 people because everyone is doing something different! But this ship somehow had all people headed in the same direction and we had to scramble for seating everywhere we went! Tommy the piano player in crooners was so good but to get a seat was almost impossible. So maybe it was a disorganized schedule of events, but I couldn't figure why it was happening. I love Princess Cruises and hope my next experience will be back to excellent because we love cruising and hope princess will improve on these concerns. By the way we still had fun but was just disappointed and would hate to see Princess lose their loyal cruisers!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The ship was as expected the balcony cabin was much the same as before except felt the shower was smaller since refit. We used the buffet dining option and the specialty restaurants the buffet was good my husband is a fussy eater and I ... Read More
The ship was as expected the balcony cabin was much the same as before except felt the shower was smaller since refit. We used the buffet dining option and the specialty restaurants the buffet was good my husband is a fussy eater and I would say at least half of the mealtimes he did not make a good meal I felt the entertainment was ok we had 5 out of 14 nights with good theatre shows the entertainment manager had no personality and was rather boring which transpired into any activity he was involved in ie quiz’s and games Overall the service was very very good cabin staff bar stewards were excellent even though we only drank soft drinks we were treated the same really good Ports were ok I don’t understand why the ships still stop at Trinadad when we are always warned about the crime rate in the port area and to travel in groups for safety why do they not go to Tobago We were a couple in our fifty’s Also I know this is a touchy subject but we are smokers and I do agree we should be segregated for everyone’s comfort so why when there is an adult pool at the back don’t the cruise lines make that the smoking area like it used to be top deck above the pool and bar instead of putting us next to the bar where the non smokers are affected and also the children that sunbathe next to their parents who are chatting at the bar We will travel to Caribbean with Princess cruises again but probably not on this ship I didn’t like the nightclub being across the back of the ship it did cast a large shadow across the sunbathing area Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise for its intinerary. The ability to get to Bonaire, Trinidad, and Barbados appealed to our group. Plus the extended cruise was a plus. Our only caveat was the lack of extended entertainment over the course of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its intinerary. The ability to get to Bonaire, Trinidad, and Barbados appealed to our group. Plus the extended cruise was a plus. Our only caveat was the lack of extended entertainment over the course of the cruise, as well as the lackluster food in the main dining room. Our stateroom was kept in impeccable shape thanks to our room steward who did a excellent job. The ship was kept clean and polished, and the entire staff is to be commended for above and beyond service, that is the hallmark of Princess and what we have become accustomed to. The entertainment was spotty at best. One or two good shows over a course of 14 days leaves a lot to be desired. Add to this, in the main dining room, the food felt rushed and over cooked, especially fish. At times, it seemed warmed up instead of hot as on other Princess ships we have traveled on. Thank god for specialty restaurants! The Crown Grill never fails to impress! The other venues Planks and Steamers were good, but not memorable. The pizza was not up to standards set by the Regal Princess, and I wished the Salty Dog had maintained the menu it was based on. Having said this, all in all quite a restful cruise. One I would love to repeat if these oversights can be corrected. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise for the 14 day itinerary without having to return to Ft Lauderdale as in a B2B. We are Elite cruisers in our 60s. It also had two new ports that we had not visited: Martinique and Trinidad. Was somewhat hesitant due ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the 14 day itinerary without having to return to Ft Lauderdale as in a B2B. We are Elite cruisers in our 60s. It also had two new ports that we had not visited: Martinique and Trinidad. Was somewhat hesitant due to the age of the ship but really miss the true promenade that is not on the bigger ships. Embarkation was simple and quick. The ship was in good shape despite her age. Clean and slightly smaller than what we have become accustomed. MDR service was slow. Our waiter had 20 people to serve. All wine drinkers with multiple bottles for each table It took all his time to keep their glasses full. Food was hot and tasty. Typical predictable Princess fare. The buffet was busy at breakfast but never had a problem finding a place to sit. Did not try Planks except for lunch one day. Found a grilled cheese sandwich! My DH said the burgers on deck were not as good and smaller than on past cruises. But they had more selection such as tacos. He was able to purchase a soda only package for around $4.50 pd. He is not interested in the "more" in the $8 package. One thing we noticed after a day or two, you have to ask for straws. We had an inside cabin A620. It has a huge intermittent vibration issue that shook the walls. It must have been a motor in the HVac system, We called three times, they came to listen and finally moved us to a new cabin on day 3. The front desk supervisor gave us a complimentary dinner in the Crown grill for our troubles. Entertainment staff was good. Bravo is a great show not to be missed. Cruise director staff worked hard in keeping us entertained in the daytime. Theater is small and fills up quickly an hour before showtime. We got new TVs during our cruise; 43 inch LG HD with on demand movies and shows. Internet was spotty and slow during peak use times but adequate other times. We used the EZ check for disembarkation. Our bags were waiting at our final airport. We did download the app for custom and border protection and saved a wait in the long line at the port. I suggest you put the app on your phone prior to leaving home. Then you can enter the info they request that morning as you wait to get off ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We wanted to get away from Northern winter and visit islands we haven't been to. Overall, the cruise was wonderful. One very negative was eating in the Sabatini Dining room. We were give this to celebrate our anniversary. The ... Read More
We wanted to get away from Northern winter and visit islands we haven't been to. Overall, the cruise was wonderful. One very negative was eating in the Sabatini Dining room. We were give this to celebrate our anniversary. The dining captain was very rude, acting like he was doing us a favor. Even though we had made a reservation, he said he was doing us a favor to "fit" us in. Throughout our time, though, we could see at least 4 or 5 tables remained empty. The food was plentiful although just so-so for taste. On another subject, the Captain's reception for platinum and elite guests eliminated the hors duerves although they maintained the drinks. The captain didn't show up, nor did many of the top staff. The food in the main dining room was excellent as was the service. The entertainment, on the whole, was great. Unfortunately, one had to be in the theater 45 minutes to an hour in advance in order to gets a seat, even a poor one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Wanted a longer cruise and one with some new ports for us. Only our second princess cruise. We had a great time on Ruby awhile back, but even with a egg shell the beds were rock hard and I didn’t sleep well and had sore back and neck, so ... Read More
Wanted a longer cruise and one with some new ports for us. Only our second princess cruise. We had a great time on Ruby awhile back, but even with a egg shell the beds were rock hard and I didn’t sleep well and had sore back and neck, so we avoided princess until new bedding was in place. It was great, comfortable and long. Princess compares favorably with the other lines we travel and has interesting itineraries, We have close to 30 cruises, but chose based on itinerary and time. Ruby is an older ship and compares favorably with the NCL Star, which we sailed on a 19 night New Zealand to Singapore trip last year. I do think the Princess has a lot of motion when hitting even moderate seas. Cabin was fine, Ate mostly buffet and took meals outside in the aft section. Great spot and we had super weather. The three comedians were fabulous, rest of shows nothing special, but we did enjoy house band Pinacle. As everyone has stated theater is way too small. Saw most shows in explorers lounge which had a live feed.treated great by everyone, especially Jonathan the bartender at the outrigger bar and Hirren the bar server in explorer lounge, Ray and Ryan were great waiters/servers in the rear of the ship. Crown Grille was a great meal. Two other meals in main dining room were okay. Buffet gets a bad rap, if you are not picky there is a lot to choose from. Some days we ate vegan and were happy with all the options.....our one complaint was the shore excursion staff. We took a beach break in Trinidad that should have been canceled due to rain. More importantly, it was the first time ever we were fearful of our safety. There was a rock slide on one side of road and we nearly had a head on collision avoiding it. Another section on road was blocked on one side with a jersey barrier due to water rushing down the hill causing another near miss. Anyone over six feet had to sit sideways in the van and therefore could not use the seat belt. One bus broke down, our driver was constantly on cell phone on winding treacherous turns. The shore evpxcursion did not vet this compNy and the roads and fought back when people wanted refunds...bad call and bad look...other than this nightmare no complaints Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Love the Caribbean and wanted to return. The staff on this ship seemed very happy and were always at your side to offer assistance. They seem content. Compliments to the Captain. Food was excellent on this ship. Very varied menus. ... Read More
Love the Caribbean and wanted to return. The staff on this ship seemed very happy and were always at your side to offer assistance. They seem content. Compliments to the Captain. Food was excellent on this ship. Very varied menus. Port of Trinidad was awful. It was a Sunday and nothing was open. Beaches were far. It is not set up for tourists. Lots of homeless laying around in doorways. Rain made it worse. Choose another port. Ship was played out nicely. Shows were fair. The entertainment at Crooners attracted all the attention. Also Pinnacle group were wonderful, really enjoyed their music. The outdoor movie screen is on the small size. Never got to sit by pool and watch a movie. All in all the ship was comfortable and loved the staff. That is about all I have to say about this ship. The rest of the ports were great. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary that took us to Trinidad without sailing to Ft. Lauderdale like so many do to extend time. We always book Prem Balcony and love the space and roof over part if there are showers. The Salty ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary that took us to Trinidad without sailing to Ft. Lauderdale like so many do to extend time. We always book Prem Balcony and love the space and roof over part if there are showers. The Salty Dog Grill has stepped up their grilled chicken sandwich with a much better bread on Deck 15. My husband and I did not use the BBQ and Planks Restuarant at night because we found a fabulous waiter in the Island Dining room. We ate at 7pm but were anytime dining and we were pleased we weren't trying to make it to early dining and early show. This ship had over 900 cabins of Elite cruisers so the passengers were not newbies for the most part. This was our 12th cruise and we did have two needs to call maintenance and both times were met with speed. Once was the safe needed to be reset and the other was the toilet would not operate. Our room steward was nice. The stewards had extra work to tend to because the entire ship had new tv's installed and it meant extra cleaning in rooms and halls. Then one day of rough seas, meant inside rooms had quite a few sick passengers. We like the new healthier menu in the Fresh Market restaurant. We used Sabatini's once and it was wonderful. The only thing that was not as good as previous was the laundry room on Caribe Deck didn't dry super good so we hung up our slightly damp clothes in room and put away the next morning. The new beds are fabulous! Draperies were in great condition and Princess always delivers great service. We meet several staff we appreciate during each cruise. My husband ordered pheasant one night, and just didn't see the lobster on the menu, well our waiter over heard him and brought us a tail to share on top of our meals. I don't kn ow how people say the food is lacking, because it was wonderful and too much as always. We did not take any excursions. We love walking around each port and did so. Disembarking is so fast now without using the paper customs form that we use to need and no longer need. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My "unlimited alcohol package" was a scam. My card mysteriously didn't work the last day and after 4 visits to guest services they could not fix the issue so I just gave up. I asked Princess for a partial refund and they ... Read More
My "unlimited alcohol package" was a scam. My card mysteriously didn't work the last day and after 4 visits to guest services they could not fix the issue so I just gave up. I asked Princess for a partial refund and they never got back to me. Guess they don't care if I ever sail with them again. This was my first cruise and never have been treated so rudely by bartenders and customer service before. Never would I recommend Princess cruise line to anyone. They charge you by the day for Wifi while other cruise lines offer it for free. Felt like i was nickel and dimed the whole time. At breakfast time it is nearly impossible to find a table to sit at. You have to walk around for like 20 minutes and wait for someone to leave. There are also not enough pool chairs. have to walk around for like hours to find a few together. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I’ve been on four other princess cruises and this was the third cruise aboard the Regal. Love the Regal, it’s a beautiful ship. Great entertainment, however, same production shows that we had in July-August of 2016. Also, found that ... Read More
I’ve been on four other princess cruises and this was the third cruise aboard the Regal. Love the Regal, it’s a beautiful ship. Great entertainment, however, same production shows that we had in July-August of 2016. Also, found that the quality of food has depreciated. Not nearly what it was, which was disappointing. However, if I compared it to the Diamond Princess, then I’d have to say the food was good, because it was awful on the Diamond. We had a great waitr in the Concerto dining room, Mark, was terrific. We asked for him every night, once we saw he was working the ship, as we had him a year and a half previously, and really were impressed with him. The beef selections were not that great, meat was not tender but chewy and taste wasn’t there. The steak in the Crown steakhouse was much better.theyneed to get their quality of beef back to where it was.im all s out the food Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
My friend was looking to book one more Princess Cruise so she could advance her Captain’s Circle level to Elite. When she found this cruise was offering a Player’s Club rate of $149 for a balcony for a week, it was a no brained. We ... Read More
My friend was looking to book one more Princess Cruise so she could advance her Captain’s Circle level to Elite. When she found this cruise was offering a Player’s Club rate of $149 for a balcony for a week, it was a no brained. We booked. As always, the service was wonderful. I was terribly disappointed in the food at the Horizon Court buffet. The dining room food was satisfactory The lobster dinner on the last formal night was fabulous. Our cabin and balcony was smaller than the ones on the Celebrity solstice class ships. The bathroom is particularly small. The bed was hard and the one size fits all robe didn’t go around my hips. However when I brought these issues to customer relations they added a topper to the mattress that made the bed much more comfortable. They also brought to the room robes from their spa that were really nice with plenty of room to spare. Where this cruise excelled and went above and beyond my expectations, was the evening shows in the Princess Theater. They were all first rate productions with top notch talent. I had never seen such well done staging with props, lighting, orchestra, pyrotechnics, and talent on any other cruise line. The productions were Broadway worthy and earned standing ovations from the audiences each evening. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Eastern/western Caribbean Absolutely beautiful ship. The Decour is very European and comfortable. The entertainment productions are very professional and well done. That’s the sound and lighting or first class. There is lots of ... Read More
Eastern/western Caribbean Absolutely beautiful ship. The Decour is very European and comfortable. The entertainment productions are very professional and well done. That’s the sound and lighting or first class. There is lots of different genres of music To choose from in the various lounges. I like the fact that there is not hard sell for shopping artworks and spaAnd photos.. It is available but he did up for the passenger to find what he’s looking for.The staff are accommodating and friendly. Cabins are kind of small. The food is much improved with lots of seafood and fresh fruit and vegetables. This ship accommodates over 3000 But there are almost no lineups at that no time do we feel crowded. Embarcation was a breeze. The choice of excursions appeals to any age group and fitness level. There are lots of disabled passengers with room to accommodate them. I would like to see more enrichment classes. Read Less
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