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Sail Date: December 2015
Regal Princess is a truly beautiful ship and even a year into service still has the new feel about it. Is it perfect? Of course not. Are there flaws and problems? Yes and to be honest, some problems were very surprising having sailed ... Read More
Regal Princess is a truly beautiful ship and even a year into service still has the new feel about it. Is it perfect? Of course not. Are there flaws and problems? Yes and to be honest, some problems were very surprising having sailed with Princess many times before, ok so we're Elite members. EMBARKATION/CHECK IN We live in Fort Lauderdale about 15 mins from the port so becoming "cruise-a-holics" is quite easy, we were doing the B2B Christmas and New Years cruise again. No fault to Princess but getting to the port was crazy Sunday Dec 20th. Eight ships in port, including Allure, caused back-ups on all roads leading to the port. We spent 30 mins getting over the 17th Street Bridge (A1A) as traffic turning into Eisenhower Blvd both directions off A1A was completely backed up from the security check point. Fort Lauderdale PD could have sent a car out to ease the traffic congestion, but hey it was the holidays. Embarkation was smooth if a bit chaotic, we were informed the ship was sailing at maximum capacity over 4000 passengers. Princess' advertised sailing capacity (double occupancy) for Regal is 3,560 so we expected it to be a bit crowded with lots of kids on board, we were not disappointed. Everything on board is organized and run smoothly, even if the ships layout can be a bit confusing for the first few days..... midships elevators don't go to every floor, to get to one of the MDR you have to go up/down stairs if you're on the wrong side of the ship. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES/EXERCISE: We went to most shows, all were excellent. The singers and dancers on Regal are top class. The activities on board are you usual ship's entertainment, Trivia, Karaoke, Battle of the Sexes etc...... Chase (Aussie) is a character........ "oooostrich and oooooooouuutopus". The Irish comedian on our Christmas sailing was just hilarious. Ok we did go to the "late night" show which was a bit more adult themed than the earlier one and he even continued his show 20 minutes later because he was enjoying the crowd so much. Nice to see an entertainer who enjoyed doing his show so much he didn't want it to end. The gym is very well layed out with plenty of cardio equipment and separate weights area. Even when the gym had is usual "rush hour" I never had to wait to use the equipment. Everything is still nice and new and works. One feature I absolutely LOVE about this ship and unlike so many other cruise ships, is the walking/jogging track is NOT located on the sun deck. Most modern ships walking/jogging track is above the pool deck and strewn with sun loungers, sunbathers, plates, empty glasses all day, making a bit of exercise impossible until the sun is gone. Regal Princess has a separate walking/jogging track on deck 18 (Sports Deck), with main access only by stairs. there is an aft elevator but it's kind of disguised. The only other ships I've sailed on that had separate walking/jogging tracks are RCL's Allure and Oasis of the Seas. FOOD & BEVERAGE: The food on Regal Princess is excellent as is the wait staff service. For those who turn their noses up at eating dinner at the buffet, the selection and quality of food was the best for any cruise line we've sailed on in the past few years. And something we both loved, as late night diners, the buffet stays open later than any other ship we've been on. Even when they do close there is not that mad rush to close down. Breakfast finishes at 11.30am, most mornings they were still serving breakfast up until noon at the aft section. The International Cafe in the Atrium is open 24hrs. A blessing when you get the munchies after a late show and a few beers. The toasted Cubano sandwich is a must. Bar service in some of the bars was a little bit slow and you sometimes had to jump up and down and wave at the bar tenders to get their attention. I guess "only" being 6' 2" isn't tall enough to be seen. CABIN: The balcony cabins are SMALL as are the balconies. Your chair will fit facing the ocean but just try sitting on it, ouch my knees. We sailed on the maiden voyage of Norwegian Breakaway a few years ago and the balconies are on a par with Regal. Two chairs and a table and the balcony is practically full. I never thought we'd encounter balconies as small as again, but we did on Regal. We had some minor problems that we reported on embarkation day that took a full week to be resolved. The reading lights over the bed did not work and took a full week to be fixed. Also for the first week we had no cold water in the bathroom, except in the toilet I guess? Taking a shower with scalding hot water is one way to fully wake yourself up in the morning without caffeine.. Overall the cabins are nice, new and clean. Michael our cabin steward was excellent. I swear he must sleep in the corridor somewhere as every time we left or returned to the cabin, there he was, folding towels etc..... DISEMBARKATION: Sorry to end the review on a sour note, but disembarkation was a bit of a disaster. We both have Global Entry cards and we know RCL have an expedited line at their terminal building. I emailed and called Princess a few weeks before our cruise asking if they also had a Global Entry line or expedited line for passengers holding Global Entry cards. Their reply; NO. I don't know why, but we brought our Global Entry cards with us in our passports anyway. When we disembarked the ship and collected our luggage I saw a HUGE sign above the immigration/customs area "Global Entry". I asked one Princess employee could we use our Global Entry cards as the lines were very long. I am a Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) and my spouse a US Citizen, because of such both of us were told to go into the "Non US Passport" line because we complete a single customs form. I asked her did she understand what Global Entry was, she replied yes but because you visited Rotan, Honduras there was extra security and I had to be finger printed. I always get finger printed when using Global Entry at airports, so explained that was stand procedure for both US and not US passport holders. Another Princess employee came over and sternly told me to "get back in line and stop making a fuss". I didn't know I was "making a fuss" just by asking if I could use the Global Entry line. Overall I spoke with five Princess employees in the terminal building who all told me I could NOT use the Global Entry line, one gentleman physically stopped me even going up to ask the immigration official could I use the expedited line. It took a lot to refrain me from just physically removing his arm from across my chest and not physically moving him out of my way. I bit my tongue, calmed down and with my tail between my legs, returned to the long immigration line. 1 hour 15 minutes later waiting in the Non US Passport line we finally reached an immigration officer. I handed him my passport with the Global Entry card and asked why I couldn't have used the expedited Global Entry line. He looked at me with a puzzled look on his face and asked; "who told you that? Of course you could have used the Global Entry line". I think at this stage steam started coming out from my ears, but I just had to grin and bear it. It's a shame the cruise had to end with such incompetence by the Princess employees in the terminal as overall everyone working on the ship was so friendly and competent in their job. Would I sail on Regal Princess again? Yes sure, it's a great ship but I'd book one of the "mini suites" that are the size of a standard balcony on most other ships. And don't forget your Global Entry card if you have one. Just don't take any heed of the Princess representatives in the terminal. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
My wife and I like to try to take a cruise before the holidays in December. It's nice to get away from the cold and just relax. It's generally very easy to accomplish this with a Caribbean cruise. We prefer the itinerary of the ... Read More
My wife and I like to try to take a cruise before the holidays in December. It's nice to get away from the cold and just relax. It's generally very easy to accomplish this with a Caribbean cruise. We prefer the itinerary of the 10 day eastern Caribbean cruise over the 7 day if we can get away from work a few extra days. We really enjoy the islands this cruise goes to. This was our 15th Cruise with Princess and we've seen quite a number of changes over the years, some we have liked and some, not so much. We chose a balcony cabin over a mini suite preferring to spend the extra money on good wine and nice excursions. Our cabin was fine, certainly not lavish but livable. But like we tell ourselves we don't spend a lot of time in the cabin. We were a bit disappointed with the size of the balcony. They are smaller than on the Emerald and Ruby but I do realize that Princess chose this to be able to make more balcony cabins available on the Royal and Regal ships. Embarkation went very smoothly and quickly I'm pleased to report. I really do enjoy and appreciate the expedited boarding process given to platinum and elite members. We embarked between 11am and noon and to our surprise our cabin was ready. After dropping off our carry on bags we headed to the spa so my wife could sign up for the enclave. It's a bit pricey but she really enjoys using it. That's another reason not to upgrade to a mini suite. From here we proceeded to Alfredo's for lunch. We use to go to the horizon court buffet for lunch but that generally gets rather hectic during embarkation. Alfredo's pizzeria is so much nicer we feel. They make a really nice red sangria which goes very well with our pizza. There's no surcharge at Alfredo's which is really great. The piazza is large and very comfortable. There's a lot going on all around it on the 3 levels it occupies. They have various musical groups and performers throughout the cruise. There's even several different novelty acts for some comic relief. We generally choose any time dining and prefer to avoid the speciality dining options. If you like a good steak you can usually get it in the dining room. We did use to go to their Italian restaurant, "Sabatini's" but a few years ago they changed its format. We heard that many people dining there didn't like it because it was not like an Italian restaurant back home. I thought they were trying give us a dining experience like you were in Italy. I really wish Princess would change Sabatini's back to that. We did find some changes in the menu options in the regular dining rooms. Their menu always offered on one side popular items you can order every night. The other side changed nightly depending on the daily theme. I found the change kind of nice. There were more types of Caribbean cuisine each night which I enjoyed. I've always been very pleased with the food in the dining room and this cruise was no exception. We usually go to the buffet for breakfast. It's always busy but the variety is huge. If your in a hurry I like the international cafe on deck 5 of the piazza. We also enjoy vines, their wine bar. We went to several of their Stamtisch tasting events. I prefer these to the more traditional wine tastings offered usually in a dining room. To me the Stamtisch events are more intimate. The entertainment on this cruise was quite good. From the production shows to the comedians and special music performers I very much enjoyed the entertainment on this cruise. We chose excursions that either took us to beaches by boat or across the land, or were nice tours by boat of the island. Some beaches were nicer than others but overall they were all very relaxing which to us was just what the Dr. ordered. All good things must come to an end and all too soon so did this cruise. Nobody looks forward to packing up to go home or the hectic pace of disembarkation. For once it actually went pretty smoothly for us. As Lisa our cruise director put it the whole process was easy pezy. Overall this cruise was very relaxing and we had a great time. The biggest problem was once we got back home there was no one to make us a nice omelet in the morning. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
An outstanding ship, the decoration elegantly spectacular while still keeping a sense of comfort. The food in both the dining room and buffet area were very good and overall service outstanding. Highly recommend, the 24 hour cafe/bakery ... Read More
An outstanding ship, the decoration elegantly spectacular while still keeping a sense of comfort. The food in both the dining room and buffet area were very good and overall service outstanding. Highly recommend, the 24 hour cafe/bakery in the Atrium were they serve delicious pastries, sandwichs, and lattes. If you like having a great latte/cappuccino every day Purchasing a coffe ticket will be a great value/saving. The entertainment was quite diverse, although the comedians were the best of all the venues. Both embarkation and disembarkation were very expedient and efficient. In summary, of the seventeen cruises we have been on this ranks in the top three. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
My review of the Regal Princess - two weeks back to back Nov 2015 BOARDING line ups were huge although we arrived a little later than we usually do. Usual being at 11:00. The FLL Boat Show was on and apparently this was causing delays ... Read More
My review of the Regal Princess - two weeks back to back Nov 2015 BOARDING line ups were huge although we arrived a little later than we usually do. Usual being at 11:00. The FLL Boat Show was on and apparently this was causing delays all about the area. The Preferred boarding line was longer than I've ever seen! Even at Christmas time! Not to fuss though, it moved quickly and by noon we were a board. Staterooms however were not ready til 1. Hallways to staterooms were "guarded" and alarmed! Never seen that on Princess before. I went thru the door anyway with the alarm going off. Not to brag, but they didn't throw me jail or kick me off the boat ....although Husband was sure I was in big trouble ;-) Our room - B 223. Regular balcony stateroom. Lovely with some pleasant upgrades above Emerald, Ruby, Coral, Golden and Caribbean. Nice padded, washable headboard, excellent shower and much bigger sink for doing hand washables, on wall big screen tv with VASTLY UPGRADED system. We had booked a guarantee room and were very pleased with what we were given. Thank you Princess. Balcony not party sized but certainly adequate. We had pre booked our soda package - sticker was on our ship card so we could have our first soda while waiting for our room. Our pre booked coffee cards were in our room - at least a coupon was, which we had to exchange for the real card at the IC. SURELY they can come out with a coffee sticker as well?? I realize the coffee card only includes 15 specialty coffees but even if you offer people unlimited specialty coffees by way of sticker, who will drink more than that anyway? DINING ROOM food is hot n tasty in Anytime Symphony. We always arrive at 5-5:30 and have been IMMEDIATELY seated at a table for two. We've been making a huge effort to eat less! This is our third and forth cruise this year and our girth is showing. Boohoo!! Boring I know. First step we've asked them not to leave us bread! I can eat bread anytime at home, soufflés however, I'm not making at home!!! GOTTA SAY I felt like I was on Carnival with the way many dressed. Men in Shorts and tank tops in the dining room? Really? If that's how you must dress at least go to the buffet. I blame Princess for allowing them in the dining room at all. Trust me, a lot of those bodies shouldn't be allowed out of their stateroom dressed like that and probably shouldn't see the light of day! For our second leg of the cruise, we had a fantastic waitress on the first night. Therefore we asked for a permanent reservation with her. No problem! Thank you Rebeca! INTERNATIONAL CAFE, our favourite place has all we want for breakfast. The yogurt parfait and also the muesli is wonderful! Not a complaint, but service was noticeably less. We eventually got a couple staff taking really really good care of us. Shout out to Yvana,Jovan and Stince! Other than these three excellent Princess employees, it seems they want you to queue up for coffee and go to the piazza bar for soda. I miss Emerald where you can barely sit down and they're happy to take your order. To their credit, we did notice more staff in the later evenings. SABATINIS- we immediately made reservations in person after boarding. Reservation for 5:30 first formal night. Next day we got a call, our reservation was cancelled due to a private function. Huh?? Next day a card in our mailbox saying we had a reservation for that night at 8. I DONT THINK SO. VERY PRESUMPTUOUS! Very disappointing as we we're celebrating an enormous health success AND we had booked immediately upon stepping aboard. A basic Were very sorry would have gone a long way. SABATINIS, we will never darken your door again! We noticed every single time we went past SABATINIS that it was virtually empty. No wonder. CROWN GRILL - I'm never really sure it's worth the up charge but Husband dear loves it - so that makes it worth it! The desserts are the BEST, and the veggies always perfectly done. My favourite onion soup in the WORLD comes from here :-). It's meant to be a slow upscale evening so don't go if in a rush. ALFREDOS PIZZARIA is amazing. Their pizza is the best EVER! David is a fabulous waiter too! Finish off with a delicious apple tart. HORIZON COURT - no comment. We only went ONCE. PRINCESS CAYS was to be our first port of call - however Hurricane Kate had other plans for us. Not to worry, the captain warned us the night before that it was possible we'd miss the port, and we ended up with a lovely day at sea. Our captain "out sailed" the majority of the storm and we were 100% safe! Kudos to our marvellous captain who incidentally always had a pleasant noon update and kept up well aprized of the situation on the day we had to turn around and check out a raft in potential distress. ST THOMAS began as a drizzly grey day and became a pouring rain day! Our plans to go to Emerald Beach were thwarted but who really cares when you're on such a gorgeous ship? We did get off for a hour or so to shop but seeing no bargains we reboarded quickly. This time we ported at Havensight which has lots n lots of shops close by. ST MARTEN Our Princess tour was planned for 1:00. We dutifully arrived 15 min early which was about 14 min tooooo early. My bad. Standing in the scorching sun waiting to depart with the other sheep is not a good way to begin the day. There are heaps of taxis to take you to the beach - any beach - for $20 per couple. But then you have to negotiate for a chair and umbrella - then feel obligated to buy food and drinks at whatever vendor's cafe you're plopped in front of. Then you can worry all day about catching a taxi back to the ship. For $29 each, the Princess bus takes you to Orient Beach - plus a chair, umbrella and unlimited punch is included and the bus is there to take you back to the ship. In the end I'd say that I'd probably do it again. 2nd CRUISE PRINCESS CAYS - this dawned another grey dull day with rain threatening. Considering we've been to PC many times, we opted to have a ship day. I think a LOT of people felt the same as announcements came over and over that there was no line up for tendering. GRAND TURK. Just a lovely beach day if that's what you like! There are thousands of loungers on a beautiful stretch of beach RIGHT at the pier. Also lots of shops right close too. I thought they were very very expensive however. A beautiful hot sunny day. GRAND CAYMAN we took a Princess tour here ....nice little tour bus with good air conditioning took about 40 of us to a dolphin show (good clean facility) then a trip to "Hell" (pretty gimmicky but amazing rock formations) and finally a stop at the Tortuaga rum factory. This is basically a stop at a liquor store - very disappointing. COZUMEL. Hot hot hot! And 7 big ships including Allure OTS in port so busy too. No problem getting a cab "downtown for $8 total for four of us - and no problem getting back to port where there are lots of little shops. Really no need to go "downtown". Enjoyed this clean n tidy Mexican port. PASSENGER DYNAMICS. Though this is a 14 day cruise for us, most are here for seven days. As we have on our last Princess cruises, I still feel like I'm on Holland America. Average age must be 80 and scooters rule! I'm not a spring chicken either but I certainly feel like one on this ship. There is the usual contingent of foul mouthed old men, the people who barge on the elevator before its unloaded and the LOUD talkers. It's all part of cruising. Must remember how fortunate I am to be here. There are maybe five kids on the whole ship! THE SHIP ITSELF...is lovely. The piazza being 50% larger is just as stunning as on Emerald and Ruby. The ship has the same welcome feel as other Princess ships. We immediately felt at home and like we know our way around! There were NO problems with chair hogs ENTERTAINMENT- I really really wish cruise directors would STOP treating their passengers like a kindergarten class. Yelling "did you have a good day?" And then yelling " oh come on, you can do better than that" seems to be the main qualification for a CD. ENOUGH!!! On a happy note, the string quartet Allegria and the band Rhapsody were excellent and we see LOTS of them in the Piazza. Pianist Jowita is lovely. We aren't ones to sit in bars or lounges however we did listen to a pianist in Crooners a few times. I do think they could offer something a little better than " ring toss on a champagne bottle". Seriously?? Back to kindergarten. And four different kinds of trivia a day?? Pretty poor in this department. I'm really not looking for the CD to entertain me but I feel like this guy was just trying to fill up the patter. For a brand new ship I thought they'd have some fun new ideas. Not so! PRODUCTION SHOW "BRAVO" is amazing. One of the best I've ever seen. The singer's rendition of You Raise Me Up was spine tingling! PRODUCTION SHOW "FIERA" was amazing for costumes and choreography BUT I just didn't like it! And finally on a very negative note, PRODUCTION SHOW "SPECTACULAR" is a shame to the good Princess name. After the show the CD came out and said "folks wasn't that sexy?" HA - the word he should have said was smutty. Sexy it is not. You can dress it up with costumes and spectacular choreography- but it was still trash. Princess, with garbage like this, you can take my elite card and shred it. COMEDIAN MUSICIAN JOHN BESSLER is a washed up loser. Anyone who jumps on piano keys, bangs keys with his feet and then demands applause will never impress me. His grand stories of "I used to have a tour bus blah blah blah" sure didn't impress me. I will qualify my mean comments by saying APPARENTLY he is up for entertainer of the year award?? Huh? Am I the only one who despised this "act". He certainly can play the piano. Too bad he ruins it with his own stupidity. If this is what CD MARTIN thinks is great entertainment, I will purposefully avoid "his" ships. I absolutely love the walking and running track on deck 18. It is PERFECT!!! I am recovering from illness and it is level, wide, has shade and water ....well it's perfect. TURN OVER DAY - have always been curious about what happens when you do a "back to back" cruise. Now I know! It's not a perfect system but pretty good. First of all, there were 650 of us staying on the ship for the next cruise!!! Apparently we aren't so special after all thinking that we were so grand taking two cruises in a row! The trick is getting those 650 to the Princess Theatre. ONLY once all are there - "locked in" so to speak- does U S customs come on board and process you. Inevitably there is some moron who sleeps in or simply doesn't read their papers from Princess and ties up the 649 who DO SHOW UP ON TIME. IN OUR CASE there were 8 missing. I think there should be a big fine for being late or the threat of not being allowed for your next sailing if you're late. The ENTIRE boarding process can not go ahead until these idiots are vetted out. It was no small thing. Anyway.... US customs was awesome quick once they could start and Princess did a great job of controlling the crowd ie those who arrived first got to go first. Another big deal when we're talking about 650 passengers! Thank you Princess. A few flaws in the system 1. They should give the customs cards out with your in- transit package the night before. Ever seen 650 people looking for a pen?! 2. We bought the soda package on line ahead of time for BOTH cruises. The new weeks sticker should have also been in our package. Pretty embarrassing to be told "that's last week's sticker, " and be sent to passenger services for a new sticker!! So much for planning ahead. The make up point for me was not having to go to a second muster drill. Now that was cool, to just get to hang out on our balcony! NICE TOUCH - the picture show on MUTTS , when a movie wasn't on, was often the 1000 photo winners from Princess' photo contest last year. Really great photos from around the world. We loved trying to guess all the places and recognizing places we've been. Thank you Princess. Plus our friend Wayne had a photo of his featured. Yay Wayne! The photos should be numbered and a "name that place" game run for the duration of the cruise! A LOT more interesting than "ring toss on the bottle of cheap crappy champagne"!!! :-) DISEMBARKATION - probably the best we've ever experienced! We were assigned to be leaving the casino holding area at 9:10. At 9:17 we were off the ship, had our luggage, we're through customs AND were in a cab on the way to the airport! FANTASTIC ! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our 13th cruise, all on Princess. We flew in from Vega$ the night before & stayed at the Quality Inn in Hollywood. We were pleased overall with the Hotel, & they do take you into the cruise port which was nice. It was sold ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise, all on Princess. We flew in from Vega$ the night before & stayed at the Quality Inn in Hollywood. We were pleased overall with the Hotel, & they do take you into the cruise port which was nice. It was sold out and we had at least 100 people staying there prior to their cruise. The morning of departure it was very crowded & we were somewhat late getting into the port. The entry road was backed up for over a half an hour. Once in, the Terminal staff moved us swiftly on to the ship. Princess finally got organized at Term. 2 . The Regal is a beautiful ship,1 1/2 years old, but not without several design flaws & wasted space, just like the Royal her sister ship. We knew what we were getting into, unlike most of the passengers.The main problem here is very slow, & very few elevators all packed to the gills, especially at night. Often times when you did get an elevator you it was too full to use. The stairs at mid-ship only allow you to go up to deck 7, totally stupidity. We have been on her sister ship the Royal back in 2013, so I guess you could say we were somewhat prepared. Our room although small was neat & fairly clean accept for some dust mites behind the entry door. The overall size of the balcony is considerably narrower than all Princess Grand Class Ships, our favorite ! Food was good mostly, hit & miss on some nights, but not as good as previous years, budget cuts. We were not satisfied, or happy with the Crown Grill's food. Both our steaks were not cooked to order, and the maitr'd Marrianne was rude, especially after botching our reservation date, & time change twice. The Crown Grill is part of the Wheelhouse Bar & it was so loud & noisy two in our party had to leave without eating, very disappointing. This, another design flaw by Princess.These guys (maitre'd's) are very stuffy, and anything but "flexible" to your needs, or wants. The entertainment was fair to good, especially Colin Salter in the Crooners Lounge who we have seen before, the comedy of Phil Tagg,John Bressler singer/pianist, & the production show of "Fiero". The Princess singers & dancers were top notch as well in the other two prod. shows.The "Voice" of the Ocean, Princess new show was quite good, & as I was able to participate, & make it to the finals. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Our 26th cruise but the very first on Princess. We love REPOs on newer ships that originate/terminate in our home port so this one fit the bill! The REGAL has a quirky design with some significant negatives. We love Aft balconies but ... Read More
Our 26th cruise but the very first on Princess. We love REPOs on newer ships that originate/terminate in our home port so this one fit the bill! The REGAL has a quirky design with some significant negatives. We love Aft balconies but avoided them in this ship due to complete exposure to decks overhead. Similarly, midship balconies were completely exposed to the lido deck skywalk (with seemingly voyeuristic views well past the slideing door). That means cabins need to be carefully selected for those who desire privacy. On the other hand balconies are extremely narrow and uncomfortable for lounging or dining (though I did manage to string up my hammock). On a the plus side, the Regal's Piazza is the most functional atrium we have ever enjoyed for drinks and terrific entertainment (some impromptu, or seemingly so)! The adjacent bars and dining venues are an added plus. We much prefered those to the dining rooms which we found to be traditionally stuffy, with harried service and while the food wasn't bad there was a distinct lack of creativity. Consider the Cruise Line's 50th Anniversary gala menu which consisted of a choice of entrée of either fillet minion or fillet of fish .. Really! Also every fish filet offered throughout the cruise (whether salmon,cod, torbot etc) was served with a boiled potato and baby bock Choy .. What's up with that? The crown grill's food was excellent but the harried and confused service ruined the specialty experience. Service at Sabatini's was impeccable but it was nearly empty. The Regal's other major pro, especially given the lack of comfort on stateroom balcony, is the Retreat Pool and cabanas. We scored cabana #6 for the length of the cruise ($80 per day) and never left the place even while in ports! Great area for relaxing, soaking in sun, hot or cold water and imbibing! (Plus its just a few steps up stairs from the Burger & Piza bars)! This cruise was a success based on terrific day times spent at the Retreat Pools and terrific evenings spent at the Piazza and its surrounding venues.. Namely Crooners Oiano Martini Bar and Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. One last point, as an occasional cigar smoker on a generally non smoking ship, Churchill's cigar venue is a smoke filled room in the worst sense of those words. However, the Aft Terrace Pool area which permits cigarette smoking appeared to be tollarent of cigar smokers, as well and was a lovely spot for a smoke and a drink! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
There were many wonderful things I can say about my cruise on the Regal Princess. She's a beautiful ship with gorgeous appointments. The staff was top notch, friendly and accommodating. The food was very good with many old favorites ... Read More
There were many wonderful things I can say about my cruise on the Regal Princess. She's a beautiful ship with gorgeous appointments. The staff was top notch, friendly and accommodating. The food was very good with many old favorites and some new dishes. I enjoyed my hours spent with the very large Cruise Critic roll call. It was a very enjoyable cruise! Now the minuses. With so many sea days, ship sponsored activities are very important. I found this Regal cruise lacking in this area. Let me be specific: a bridge instructor with morning lessons and afternoon organized games, would have made the sea days so much more attractive. I know there are no more Princess sponsored bridge lessons fleet wide, but on repositioning cruises, there should be. Additional lectures are also needed and not just the same ones every day. Princess attracts a well educated, well read cruiser, and would appreciate more informational activities. Speaking of well read, another minus comes to mind. The book discussion group was a travesty. The first meeting was poorly listed as a book club discussion of The Girl on the Train, as it was merely a book distribution. Later in the cruise, the real discussion was held. The leader gave out a list of questions about the book, told us she hadn't read it, and left because "she had someplace else to go." I don't want to dwell on weaknesses because, in truth, there were so many strengths. The lack of seating in the piazza area on so many ships, was remedied on the Regal. And even by the pools if you couldn't get a lounge, there were plenty of couches and tables and chairs. The TV setup was wonderful, especially the movies. Embarkation went smoothly but why weren't the cabins ready as they always were? Passenger Services were always ready to solve any problems. Entertainment ranged from good to excellent and were often offered three times in an evening. And since I always keep my promises, I will not say that the center stairway for the staff should be opened to the cruisers. I promised not to talk about it, so I won't say the lack of that staircase was problematic. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We had a wonderful cruise on a beautiful ship! Even its a big ship it felt never crowded. You can find a nice quite spot everywhere. Loved the elegant style in gold and brown/beige colours. Loved the piazza, makes it a great center with ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise on a beautiful ship! Even its a big ship it felt never crowded. You can find a nice quite spot everywhere. Loved the elegant style in gold and brown/beige colours. Loved the piazza, makes it a great center with the balconies around on 3 floors. We got lost even after 10 days, because the architecture is a little complicate. You do not get everywhere with all elevators etc. What we really missed is a "walk around the ship" (Holland Americas Westerdam has a beautiful one with deck chairs everywhere). The ship is very good accessible with a wheelchair. There is at least one automatic door opener to get outside everywhere (sometimes you have to find out the best way where to go first...). Everywhere there are accessible toilets too. The carpet around the ship is hard to wheel on it, but it has a lot of marble floor where it is easy to roll on. The Buffet (we only went there for breakfast) was huge! But not so good organized. You could walk around for hours to look for something or to "collect" your food for an egg benedict f.e. Why couldn't they put all the bread/butter/jam-stuff together and the müesli-things together and the hot food together??? The food in the dining room was very good, but the choice sometimes a little small. But they try to fulfil your whishes if you want something thats not on the menucard. We had traditional dining on a table of 6 people and had a lot of fun together. Waiters were very friendly, but it took them 5 days until they got it that they have to take away the chair at my place (because of the wheelchair) and they did not get it until the last day that we wanted our water without ice... and they lost our wine-bottle... What you really have to try is the pizza at alfredos! They are really as excellent as everybody says :-) "Normal" Coffee was drinkable, but we highly suggest to buy a coffee-card! The cappuccino was excellent, sometimes with cute "drawings" on it, what makes you start in the day with a big smile at the breakfast table :-) You can use the coffee-card for crepes at "gelatos" also such as for icecream and hot chocolate! We had a soda drinking package and a unlimited soda package. For us it was not really worth it, because the water was good to drink and we are not so very much in "sweet drinks". We were looking forward to playing some poker turnaments. But they only had cash games. If you only want to play for fun with f. e. 100 dollars then you are lost on a table where people can play with up to 3000 dollar! We were very disappointed :-( The stuff was not willing to organize turnaments although we talked with a lot of people who would have appreciated to play turnaments! We did not take part in all the gambling shows etc. But we visited a lecture for "navigation with stars and sextant", which was very interesting, hold by an pensioneered enthousiastic geographic teacher, which was very fun :-) We have not seen the evening shows, the ones we wanted to see were full. You have to be there really early! For us 10.15 pm was to early because we had interesting and funny table mates and sat long for dinner :-) There were very good bands and concerts during all the day on several spots, which were very nice and had a good quality. Over all, we loved the ship and we will definitly cruise with princess again! How used to say the cruise director in his speakings? "Enjoy the day on the magnificent regal princess!" :-) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Enjoyed most aspects of trip. Size of ship is physically demanding. My husband took part in the chorus and was very impressed with the professionalism of the choral director. I had special dietary needs and these were also handled ... Read More
Enjoyed most aspects of trip. Size of ship is physically demanding. My husband took part in the chorus and was very impressed with the professionalism of the choral director. I had special dietary needs and these were also handled professionally by the Maître D Alice. All staff members were accommodating and polite. Major problem was with the internet usage. System was down as often as it was up. At one point, we were in another persons account and our account showed more minutes when we logged out than when we logged in. Since this is an Elite benefit(?), we were less than happy. Cabin and balcony size seems to have become smaller in these newer ships. Also miss the laundry specials - a bag for a fixed amount - that were offered on past Princess voyages. Relocation of all coin (token) operated laundries to the rear of the ship made usage more difficult. On other ships, laundries alternated between fore and aft making locations more convenient. Will avoid a ship this size in the future due to the excessive amount of walking required. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
First time on Princess cruise but our 11th overall. We love Princess. Best food on any cruise we have been on. Sailed Royal, Carnival and NCL and blows them all way food wise. Best buffet at sea. MDR was great. Steakhouse was good but ... Read More
First time on Princess cruise but our 11th overall. We love Princess. Best food on any cruise we have been on. Sailed Royal, Carnival and NCL and blows them all way food wise. Best buffet at sea. MDR was great. Steakhouse was good but Carnival steakhouse is a tad better. NCL worst food overall. The Regal is a classy beautiful ship. Love the different pool areas and all the Pub and dining venues. The one thing that was missing was a sports pub. Entertainment was average. The showroom shows were adequate but this is one area where Princess and Carnival are way behind Royal and NCL. The entertainment in the plaza area was very good. Constantly changing and the house band was great. Activities were good. A wide variety of offerings. I would get rid of Princess Live Studio. Nothing really interesting happening at Princess live. Would rip that out and put in a sports bar. Love the Crooners happy hour. We had a balcony cabin and we enjoyed it. Love that it has sliding door. Carnival has regular door and takes up space. We were worried this would be an old fogie cruise. While the demographic was older the passengers were a lot of fun and stayed up late and partied a bit. Was worried because heard of a strict dress code in dining room. But saw plenty of guys wearing jeans on non formal nites. No shorts tho. People looked great on formal nite. So wasn''t as stuffy as we thought it may be. They had a great costume deck party for Halloween. Showed football and movies on the big screen. Also enjoyed the casino. Service was fabulous all over the ship. Dining room service was great. Bartenders were too. Enjoyed the seaview bar and all the other great bars. Loved this ship. Disembarking was the easiest we have ever experienced also. Improvements I would add would be Sports Pub. Sushi bar. Totally gut all the showroom shows and start from scratch. If you happen to miss any one of the shows no big loss. They were ok but nothing to write home about. Overall a great cruise and a great ship with fabulous food. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
First, let me say that my husband and I have mainly cruised Carnival, with one cruise on Norwegian. The Royal Princess is definitely a step up from both the Carnival and Norwegian ships we have sailed on in the past. The Royal is beautiful ... Read More
First, let me say that my husband and I have mainly cruised Carnival, with one cruise on Norwegian. The Royal Princess is definitely a step up from both the Carnival and Norwegian ships we have sailed on in the past. The Royal is beautiful and elegant (i.e., no brash colors or out of this world decor). The service we received on the ship was, for the most part, excellent. Additionally, we enjoyed the Movie Under the Stars and the other activities on the ship. However, there are a few drawbacks: (1) The elevators were constantly packed (as in, fitting 10-15 people in every elevator). The lack of mid-ship stairs really exacerbated the issue. My husband and I would have loved to walk the stairs to use up some of those calories we consumed. But, that wasn't an option in most areas of the ship. The Captain said that the ship is going in for a refit in Oct of next year. So, maybe they will take care of that issue. (2) The cabin bathroom was small. I am not a large person and I felt it was cramped. (3) The balcony was smaller than on the ships we have cruised on previously. It would have been nice to be able to spread out a little more and relax. (4) The pillows were entirely too soft. My neck was sore after the first, sleepless night. I asked the room steward if they had different pillows. I don't know if they do or not. But, he ended up shoving two pillows into one pillowcase to make it a little more firm. None of these things ruined our cruise. And, we will probably cruise Princess again, just on another ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and I are long time customers of Princess Cruises and this cruise was our first as Elite members of the Captain's Circle. This was our first cruise on the Royal Princess and we found that the facilities on board were ... Read More
My wife and I are long time customers of Princess Cruises and this cruise was our first as Elite members of the Captain's Circle. This was our first cruise on the Royal Princess and we found that the facilities on board were excellent. We had a balcony cabin on Riviera Deck. The cabin was in the centre of the ship and the lifts were close to our room. Although we had to walk to the stairs this did not provide us with a problem. There are two downsides to the design of this ship. Firstly, there are no stairs in the centre of the ship which means that you had to walk to either end of the ship to go up the stairs. In addition. the Promenade deck is a joke. If you wanted to walk the deck then you had to go to the very top deck where the walking area was exposed to the sun and during the day it was very hot and uncomfortable. Our embarkation went very smoothly and we were through security and checked in a very short period of time. Our cabin steward provided us with excellent service throughout the duration of the cruise. We never use the Horizon Court so I cannot comment on the service provided. We predominantly take our breakfast and dinner in the main dining rooms where we have Anytime dining. Our lunch is usually taken in the International Café. On this occasion we took two of our dinners in the new Italian / Pizza Restaurant and we found it to be excellent. The service in all three restaurants was excellent and of the highest order. The big downside in respect of dining facilities was the fact that there were no berries (ie strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) or mango available at breakfast for all the cruise. In addition, I prefer fruit as a dessert and there were no berries available at dinner. If you enjoyed melon, pineapple, orange segments or papaya then customers were well served but unfortunately many people have other choices they prefer. We were advised that it was now Princess Policy not to offer berries on board the ship except for garnish purposes. I raised this problem with the waiter and the head waiter and I was asked to provide my cabin number so that the chef could contact me regarding the problem. Although this problem was raised with staff on the first morning NO ONE CONTACTED ME DURING THE CRUISE. As a result my wife completed a complaint form and left it with reception but again there was no response from senior management to the issues we had raised. We found this rather disappointing as on a previous occasion when we experienced a problem it was addressed quickly. Apart from the problem with the fruit the meals were excellent. We only undertook one tour and that was in Greneda. We thought it was an excellent tour and provided value for money. At the remainder of the stops we had undertaken our own research and took our own self guided walking tours of the islands and towns visited. Our disembarkation went very smoothly and we were off the ship and through immigration by 8.15am. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was a very good cruise from Ft Lauderdale and the Royal Princess is a very beautiful ship. Overall, it was a very good cruise with the only drawback being the smallest balcony I have ever seen on a ship. Very disappointing because ... Read More
This was a very good cruise from Ft Lauderdale and the Royal Princess is a very beautiful ship. Overall, it was a very good cruise with the only drawback being the smallest balcony I have ever seen on a ship. Very disappointing because we were in a Penthouse Suite. The food in the Horizon Court was outstanding. Dining room food was good but the evening menus lacked imagination and variety. In traditional seating, the service was good until anytime diners came in and then the waiters were trying to serve too many people at different stages of the meal and service became very slow. Sabatini's was outstanding for breakfast and the food and service was exceptional. The Crown Grill was also exceptional. Entertainment was very good with a mix of production shows and guest entertainers, comedians and magicians. Enjoyed the big TV screens in the suite which made it very nice to sit back and watch a movie. Also lacking was lectures during the cruise about caribbean history which would have been nice. Because of rough seas we were unable to go into Princess Cayes on both legs of the cruise which was also a disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
If only the entertainment had been better, had that been the case the rating would clearly be a 5, but because this was lacking I had to score a 4, maybe a 4 1/2. We were a party of 9, ranging in age from 49 to 70. Three of us were ... Read More
If only the entertainment had been better, had that been the case the rating would clearly be a 5, but because this was lacking I had to score a 4, maybe a 4 1/2. We were a party of 9, ranging in age from 49 to 70. Three of us were platinum, 4 gold and 2 first time cruisers to Princess. We all had a good time, but would've preferred a more varied type of entertainment. The Piazza is very nice, but for 10 nights the entertainment catered to a very small percentage of passengers, who enjoyed ballroom dancing. This was very nice for them and I think they should play to that crowd, but it would've been nice to have a more varied type of entertainment...jazz, modern jazz, blues, motown, rock, anything would've been better than what they played EVERY SINGLE night. There was really nothing to do if you ate dinner at 7 because after you ate the MUTS movie had already started, you could wait till the 10 pm show but you had to get there early. It would've been nice to sit in the Piazza with a drink and enjoy music, but that was impossible on this ship. We have sailed RC and NCL and there was always something to do, see, listen to. It would've been nice to have something a couple of nights during the cruise. The ship was beautiful, very clean and the staff everywhere...fantastic. No complaints there. I think the staff on this ship is the best we have experienced. Sitting by the pool was also very nice, never felt crowded or bothered. On the other cruise lines you are constantly being asked do you want a drink?, I didn't find this to be the case at all. Cabin was clean. We found the buffet to be very good. We ate there most nights for dinner and the food was very good along with a great assortment of foods. Some in our party dined in the dining room every night others preferred the buffet, all were happy with the food, though some going to the dining room felt there should've been a better assortment of offerings. I went to buffet most nights and was very happy with that. We did go to Crown Grill which was ok, not fantastic. Alfredo's and Sabatini's were a bit of a disappointment, perhaps because we live in an area that has lots of great Italian food, so in comparison they were only ok. Breakfast and lunch was always good with a lot of choices. If you couldn't find anything you liked then I don't know what would please you. Two disappointments included the lack of stairs mid ship. Having to wait for the elevators was a bit of a pain. Thankfully, we were front, so didn't have a problem with that much. The other disappointment was the lack of deck 7 going all the way around the ship. Taking an evening walk or sitting on deck 7 with a good book was something I have enjoyed in the past. Neither of these things would play much into my decision to travel Princess again, they are simply observations. Disembarkation was a breeze. Took us 35 minutes to walk off the ship, clear customs, get a cab, arrive at FLL airport, check in and clear security...couldn't have been more pleased with this process. We all enjoyed ourselves and found the trip to be very relaxing. However, speaking for myself, I would travel Princess again and I would travel the Royal again, but not next year. We do cruise every year and look forward to it. This was my 14th cruise and 6th with Princess. I am looking at the RCL Anthem of the Seas or NCL Escape as a little evening entertainment would be enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We really enjoyed that Princess incorporated Caribbean style food into their menus for this trip. We had read something about this and it was true. Each meal had something true to the island style of eating. We went on water oriented ... Read More
We really enjoyed that Princess incorporated Caribbean style food into their menus for this trip. We had read something about this and it was true. Each meal had something true to the island style of eating. We went on water oriented excursions each day and after 3 full days of sun and fun we were very happy for our sea days... The food demonstration was hilarious, who knew chefs could be so much fun. Our only complaint was the music in the show room was too loud for our ears. "note to self" Bring ear plugs... Due to fog embarkation did not go as smoothly as usual. We were late getting into port and had to miss our trip to the Johnson Space Center. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
This was our 4th Cruise with Princess so we knew what to expect from Port Everglades and Princess Cruise Lines. We were very surprised to find out that everyone on the ship showed up at the same time instead of showing up at the time ... Read More
This was our 4th Cruise with Princess so we knew what to expect from Port Everglades and Princess Cruise Lines. We were very surprised to find out that everyone on the ship showed up at the same time instead of showing up at the time assigned on their tickets. This made for a long line that ran out and around the outside of the cruise center, the children were impatient and fussy and every was frustrated by the over-crowded conditions. Once aboard everything seemed to go much smoother. We found out much to our surprise there were 800 children onboard due to spring break. We thought this would be fine until we ran into problems with the kids running amok everywhere. They were in the bars and clubs, jumping in the hot tubs, and pools, and we were not able to secure a reservation at the Serenity Deck. We were actually in the Hot tub and one family left 4 of the kids they had with them in the hot tub with us without asking! 2 of these kids were under 5 and the other 2 were 6-8 years old. Come folks I did not go on this cruise to have your children jumping in a hot tub they should not be in to begin with, and to have you dump the little darlings on me to babysit without asking me. Also folks please do not let your kids hit all the buttons in the elevators when they get on. A couple of the Aft Elevators had a few broken buttons after the first day due to the kids and the Staff never did repair them. Princess Staff did not to prevent any of this from occurring but did have security come nab an adult for smoking at a bar when no one knew they were smoking! In the buffet there was one child screaming she had to go poopy over and over again and her parents ignored her. Hey parents I have a news flash for you, no one but you should have to hear this from your child, remove them from the eating area and deal with it. If they can not behave in public, then get your food and eat in your room. Needless to say we ended up no being able to use any of the pools or hot tubs after that first day because they were over-run with kids. It is a shame. The ship is nice but is quite a bit different from the Crown and the Emerald. The Piazza seems to be quite a bit smaller. Also this ship still has Sky walkers attached, which really keeps the back decks of the ship shaded. The food was as good as expected. If you get the chance to reserve the Crab Shack I highly recommend it. You get more food than you can eat You get an appetizer of popcorn shrimp, (these are extra large shrimp not popcorn at all) the choice of 4 meals and then dessert. We had the King Crab and Shrimp boil. Entertainment on the ship was poor, the only Entertainment we enjoyed was Bert Stratton and he was not even listed as being on the cruise. We were extremely glad he was, as we ended up watching all but 1 of his shows. He should have been the headlining show, Princess really missed the mark on this one. They kept him in Crooners and there were never enough seats for his shows, they did allow him his final show of the cruise in the Explorers Lounge and he packed the house. He is awesome. The band they had while they could play, they could not sing very well. In all fairness we did not get the opportunity to see the comedian. Our room was very nice. We had room C743. Our room steward was Romy while he was very nice he did not touch our room unless we put the "Please Freshen Room" tag in our lock. We never had to do this on any other cruise and found out the hard way when our room was not cleaned and the bed not made. The Shampoo/conditioner they put in the showers left my hair feeling like straw, luckily we took our own along just in case, as well as our own bar of soap. Grand Cayman was nice, there were 4 other ships in Port, we opted to do the Trolley Roger tour since we had been to GC before. It was a nice little hour tour and our guide was knowledgeable. We did see there is now an Ice Bar in CG that we may check out if we ever go back again. Jamaica was interesting. To start with they announced we could not get off the ship because of rioting. I guess they realized their mistake when everyone was trying to get their tours refunded. About 20 minutes after I spoke to the Excursions desks and was told they were not refunding tours, the Captain announced it was not a riot it was a labor dispute between the tour bus drivers and Port Authority, and they were rapidly working to resolve it. There is a big difference between a riot and a labor dispute. This should have been correctly communicated to everyone to begin with, the passengers would have felt safer. We went on the Mystic Mountain Chair Lift tour and once at the top it poured down raining. They have a nice little restaurant up there so we sat there and ate lunch and waited for the rain to break. It is a 20 minute chair lift ride and the view is beautiful. All in all the 5 day cruise was too short, we normally do 7-10 day Cruises so this was something new to try and we will opt for the longer cruises going forward. If we lived closer to the Port the 5 days would be a good option. Going forward I will never, never, never go when it is Spring Break again. We thought we missed it by one week but boy were we wrong. Drink Package - All Inclusive Bar package is $49 on board $56 if pre-ordered. You can order as many drinks in one day as you like as long as they are under $10. They do pour light on the mixed drinks since they implemented this package. I would not expect to get intoxicated on mix drinks. This package does include water, specialty coffee, wine, beer and mixed drinks. Disembarking was fairly easy, luggage was scattered but between us and the porter we found ours. Just a quick note, Princess had folks carrying their carryon luggage down the steps to disembark off the ship, the elevators were reserved for folks leaving their rooms. 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Sail Date: March 2015
Past cruises total 12, most on Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival and Princess. Travelled with my wife and 8 year old. Itinerary was Grand Turk, then Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. Ship was great! I think the ship is in outstanding ... Read More
Past cruises total 12, most on Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival and Princess. Travelled with my wife and 8 year old. Itinerary was Grand Turk, then Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. Ship was great! I think the ship is in outstanding condition for it's age. Nicely layed out and very clean.The staff was above average in service, including the dining room, Lido Buffet and our stewardess Gemma. Food was above average in all venues but a couple critiques. Menu was repetitious as we were actually on two back-to-back cruises. Also, no lobster? We were told lobster is now only served on cruises longer than 7 days in duration. As this was a 4 night cruise combined with a 5 night cruise, no lobster. Disappointing as we love Caribbean lobsters. We were in a mini suite and loved it. Enjoyed the balcony and the larger bathroom. Good value for the price we paid. Entertainment was so-so. Not much variety. Kids Club was also a bit average comparer4d to those on other cruise lines with Carnival being an obvious best in this area. Enjoyed Grand Turk. First time there and very different from most Caribbean islands and interesting history. Grand Cayman was nice as well, doing Stingray City, Turtle Farm and a short visit to Hell !! That brings me to Ocho Rios. Was there 8 years ago and loved it. Friendly people and a cool place to see. My how things have changed. We couldn't leave the ship until late morning as there was a "work stoppage" beginning right after we docked. The transport company running the busses and mini vans were upset about a labor agreement that was supposedly settled the day before. Wouldn't open the gates from the dock to the reception area where tours originate. After a couple hours of "negotiations" , the gates opened and the havoc ensued. We found the staff of the tour organizers to be very rude and even antagonistic towards some of the passengers. No control over the process of getting the right people on the right busses and mini vans. Felt like we were just expected to put up with their attitudes and repulsed by hands out for tips for every little thing. Same with the staff at Mystic Mountain and Dunn's River Falls. Even the attendants who run the chair lift had their hands out. VERY different from 8 years ago. It looked like Ocho Rios itself has taken significant steps backwards after touring around town a bit. Will never go back to Ocho Rios again. All. in all, I would rate the cruise an 8 out of 10. Above average marks for the ship and staff. Entertainment, kids activities and repetitious menu pulling the score down. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
Our 18th cruise (RCI, NCL, Carnival, Costa), first on Princess. This was a 5 night Caribbean Princess cruise from FLL to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Purpose of trip was for DH and I to simply relax. We've been to the ports a few times ... Read More
Our 18th cruise (RCI, NCL, Carnival, Costa), first on Princess. This was a 5 night Caribbean Princess cruise from FLL to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Purpose of trip was for DH and I to simply relax. We've been to the ports a few times so we decided to stay on board and explore and experience a new ship. We really enjoyed the more quiet, laid back feeling on this ship. Being in our late 50's we felt this cruising style now suits us well :) The age group was our age and older I thought. We will definitely be cruising with Princess again and we are so happy we tried it. Simply listed are the pros and cons in our opinion in comparison to other lines we've been on. Cabin review is below. The pros far and away outweighed the cons. THE GOOD/GREAT: Being able to access our cabin immediately at boarding at noon! (usually waited till 1 or 2pm for access). Minimal announcements/sales pitches over the loud speaker! How refreshing/peaceful! Absolutely the best food overall than any ship we've been on! Absolutely the best pool deck/areas (so many pools! all with some shade!) we've experienced! The Sanctuary--what an amazing place (didn't use it though). So many dining choices! Crab Shack--Different for us, Wow we really enjoyed it. Crown Grill excellent--our favorite meal. LOVE that the dining room is open EVERY morning for breakfast--what a lovely way to start the day! Loved the fish and chips at the English Pub on sea days. Hubby enjoyed the cigar bar. MUTS--Princess just does it better than the other lines! Beach towels are already stocked in your cabin--how nice not to have to sign towels in and out! Nice sized casino, brighter than most. Everyone was very friendly and we met many nice people on board. CONS: Not being able to reserve specialty restaurants online ahead of time. Having to call the dining line to get specialty restaurant reservations. Why is the dining line always busy and why were we told the Crown Grill was booked for the length of the cruise when it was half empty each night? Lack of staff we assume? We ended up showing up and schmoozing our way in. Best food/service ever though. Not enough bartenders at bars. Not once were we asked, anywhere on board, if we wanted a drink. Very odd. Not that we mind going to the bar but I would think they could up their revenue easily. Worst buffet set up we've ever seen. The buffet itself is sort of enclosed with 3 gated entrances on each side, no room to backtrack, bad traffic pattern, very hot and steamy in there, felt like a prison cafeteria. Seating area was nice though. Service was lacking on this ship. Lack of staff seems to sum up most of our cons. This seems to be the trend on cruise lines these days. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Our first b2b ever february 7 to 27. Flew to Fort Lauderdale two days early as you never know what Wisconsin weather will be. Took a taxi from airport to Embassy Suites. $14 plus tip. Would not stay at Embassy Suites again not worth ... Read More
Our first b2b ever february 7 to 27. Flew to Fort Lauderdale two days early as you never know what Wisconsin weather will be. Took a taxi from airport to Embassy Suites. $14 plus tip. Would not stay at Embassy Suites again not worth the over $300 per night. Took the shuttle from the hotel to the port $15 pp no more "free rides". Forget everything you have been told about embarkation. We were in the lobby at 10 a.m. and a shuttle was leaving every half hour. We were the last 2 to get on the 10 shuttle. No lines at the port and we were in the "wait" area before 11:00 on the ship by 11:45 and in our cabin A 618. Yes the room and balcony were smaller than normal but liveable. The Atrium/Piazza was beautiful and something always going on. The entertainment through out the ship was very good. As stated by other reviews the Princess Theater has no side aisles and no tables or cup holders. After the first night we saw almost no one ordering drinks in the theater. The Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro were sometimes confusing but after a day or two it was easy to figure out. Each area had some of the same foods and different foods in the other area. The wife and myself would walk through both look over the food, then get our plates to get what we wanted. The warm food was warm and the cold food was cold. We choose anytime dining and and ate in the MDR 15 of the 20 nights. The other 5 nights we just ate in the buffet. Never had to wait more that a couple of minutes to be seated. We always asked to share a table and that might have something to do with being seated quickly. I bought the "Drink card" For me it was worth the $50 a day, it included espresso and cappuccino at $4 each, all soda, Ice cream sundays in Gelato, any mixed drink under $10 most glasses of wine and 40% off a bottle of wine under $100. When asked I was told there were only 3 liquors over the $10. So I could drink "Gray Goose" martinis for no charge. The bartenders at Crooners bar were the best. We did not get off the ship at any ports as we had been to all before. The purpose of this trip was to get out of Wisconsin in February. We used EZ off to Disembark. If your airline uses this service it will be the best money you will ever spend. We put our luggage out the night before and never saw or had to move it till Milwaukee. FYI I would guess the average age on board was around 70. but it was a young 70. The fitness center and the walking-running track was always busy. Yes there were some canes, walkers, 3 wheel carts etc. but not many. The feeling was good for them and many times we and many others got off the elevator so they could get on. Some day I may need that common courtesy also. The not so great: Pool way to small for that size ship The Fountain was a waste of space. When it was running the few kids who were running across it looked like they were using it as a biday. the Library was small and almost a joke. Bring your own book or "e-reader" Did not enforce handwashing at the buffet till the second 10 day when a couple of hundred people got sick. the ship then went into clean mode and took salt and pepper shakers off the table and handed out plates and silverware instead of self serve. The other not so greats such as elevators, small balconies etc has been discussed by many so I will not repeat. Bottom line I will cruise Princess again but not the Royal or her sister ship the Regal. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our 3rd cruise in the past 2 years with Princess and major factor in our decision for this trip, was the ship itself. We wanted to see the Royal and, for the most part, it did not dissapoint. This was the first time that I had ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise in the past 2 years with Princess and major factor in our decision for this trip, was the ship itself. We wanted to see the Royal and, for the most part, it did not dissapoint. This was the first time that I had booked the entire package (flight, hotel and cruise) through Princess. After researching flights and hotels through other travel websites, I found it to be a "win-win" situation booking everything through the cruise line itself. Not only was the booking process very easy to navigate through, but the price was very compatible to what it would have been if we booked everything separate and It also guaranteed us next port protection. Where we do live in the Northeast US, the weather usually impacts many flights, making it difficult to leave town on time, especially during a harsh winter such as we've had the past couple of years. Upon arrival at Ft Lauderdale Airport, we proceeded to the Princess Kiosk at Baggage claim. From the time that we checked in at the Kiosk, to the time that we checked into our Hotel room, was less than 30 minutes-A very smooth and timely check in. The Hotel (B Ocean Resort) was conveniently situated about 2 miles from Port Everglades. It was a comfortable hotel, clean room, a few steps from the Beach, and more than adequate for a 1 night stay. The following day our shuttle to the Cruise Port left the Hotel at Noon. I was pleasantly surprised that once we got to the Ship, Embarkation was a breeze. After about a 15 minute check in process, and another 5 minutes in line to take our Embarkation photographs, we were walking up the gangway on to the Ship. The Piazza is quite impressive,considerably larger than the other ships in their fleet, and very tastefully designed. Our first stop was at the International Cafe for our traditional Cappuccino. We were impressed by the selections of pastries, quiche, panini, and salads that they offered (all at no extra charge). We then headed up to our stateroom on Riviera deck 14. The mini suite on the Royal is better than any other princess vessel that we have been on. A set of Drapes separated the bedroom area from the living room area with 2 flat panel televisions mounted on the walls. The only dissapointment with the suite was the Balcony. They are considerably smaller than the other ships. I have read this on many reviews prior to our trip, but was still surprised at how cramped it really is. Where we stayed on deck 14 ,and spend 90% of our time on Lido (deck 16), the elevators were not an issue for us. We walked up the forward stairways most of the time. However, I can see where this issue would present a problem for passengers on the mid decks. As for the Dining experience, there are plenty of eateries on the ship with a wide array of flavors to choose from. The International Cafe is available 24 hours a day, offering regular and specialty coffees, tea, pastries, etc.... They even offer an afternoon High Tea for an extra charge. The Horizon Court buffet on Lido is twice the size of their other ships. There are many different items to select from, but it is a bit confusing to navigate through, as they have different buffets set up on each side of the court, separated by a pastry shop set up in the center. The Crown Grill and Sabatini's,(their specialty Restaurants) are well worth the $25 fee per person, and the Royal also offers a specialty Sushi Bar at a nominal fee. Alfredos is a small Italian outlet on the Piazza, that offers small bites, salads,and great pizza-definitely worth a try (no extra fee). Prego Pizzeria,by the pool on Lido,is a MUST TRY!!!!! Great Pizza. Also on Lido is the Trident Grill. They offer Burgers, Veggie Burgers, and Hot Dogs. There's something for everyone, any time, day or night. While in Port, we generally enjoy exploring on our own. We did, however, go on an excursion to the rain forest and waterfalls in Domenica. It was definately worth the price. They offer great itineraries and also give you ample time to cancel out of any that you may have already booked. The onboard entertainment was good, "Princess Live" is a great addition. There's always something going on in the Piazza and some good shows in the Princess Theater. Movies under the Stars was disappointing this time out, and if you do find a movie that you want to see, get there early. The good seats go quick! All in all, a fun time. We enjoy cruising and Princess is our preferred line. Read Less
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