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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Back home now after a fabulous cruise and a far better experience than our Alaskan Star Princess experience last June, where we were disappointed with the overall service and very much so by the food. Here, I have to say the food from ... Read More
Back home now after a fabulous cruise and a far better experience than our Alaskan Star Princess experience last June, where we were disappointed with the overall service and very much so by the food. Here, I have to say the food from start to finish was excellent, far better than expectations and of good quality and presentation. Service was excellent too and despite staff in the majority swapping over after week 1 in Club Class (CC) dining, we got to know both sets well, great rapport, interaction and humour from all which really made the experience special. CC dining, however controversial, was, imho, a huge success and we would do it again like a shot. Relaxed, civilised, attentive, top service, a few specials we liked, no wait, we could more or less pick out table..... what's not to like? We had a great head waiter who let us in on some interesting corporate titbits, and it looks like CC is here to stay. It caused some upset with other guest in line, next to the CC entrance, and why were we being whisked to the front, but it was explained to them. CC is advertised and can be had for a premium, but as we were staying in a full suite (Roma Suite, R604), we were automatically classed as CC guests, getting all their perks as well (not the wine set up, as we get a free mini bar instead). The suite concierge room was a nice little haven for a quick snack rather than going down 11 floors to the IC, and Michael there was superb. He couldn't do enough for us, nothing too much trouble and all our requests attended to, including swapping our disembarkation colour tickets over without a quibble! Every ship should have a Michael! Other eateries were good to and the expanded Alfredos was a welcome retreat for lunch. Tasty good quality food in a decent location. Pub lunch was ok, we only went once. HCB and bistro which we normally avoid, was surprisingly good for the odd lunch or late post tour on board lunch. Better layout than on other ships, seemingly more choice and better quality. We are hard to please, but we're impressed by what we saw and tasted. Tasty treats and snacks, sweet and savoury were in abundance! We were lucky on our second week to do the Chefs table Lumiere, and this was very special. It is very popular and sold out usually upon boarding, but we got in on dead on midday on our 2nd week (back to back cruises) and were put on the waiting list straight away (by Michael again!), and this was confirmed the next day. A tour of the galley, Q&A wit the executive chef, free flowing proper champagne, 5 big portioned hors d'oeuvres, then a 5 course deluxe dinner on a crystal curtained round table just for the 10 of us, waited on very attentively, again with free flowing wine. Superb night. Entertainment was ok. We've had better and indeed had worse! The production shows were repeated twice on our 2 week cruise and were of decent quality. Fiera was good though some lead singer voices let the side down. Comedian act suited the American audience but we found it just ok. The comedy magician was fine too, as I said it was all 'ok' though no stand outs as we previously have had, such as the Elton John impressionist or the amazing electric violinist player lady playing the modern rock/pop tunes, or the guest vocalists who usually stun. Speaking of stunning, the ship was. We loved the new bars and the bellinis were great! The larger Crooners was popular and vibrant (though prices went up mid cruise, luckily we were on a package it didn't effect us, prices now vary up to $10). The piazza was lovely and the new tea section teased our uk pallets. Club 6 and the new studio and vista lounge were all welcome additions to give more options for entertainment and space. No Explorers lounge and a far smaller Wheelhouse bar just outside CG restaurant, but plenty of other stuff to try. Crown Grill seemed more popular than usual this cruise, and whilst the steaks are a bit dry for my liking, the menu did not overall disappoint, and the black and blue cheese and onion soup remains my favourite! The prawns in a bourbon chilli sticky rice are a delight too! Our Roma suite, was nice though with a 3 foot less depth balcony and no recliner chairs (and slightly smaller in square feet than other suites on similar ships), we certainly noticed that, and that was a small disappointment. Other than that and with a slightly different layout to other suites we have had, it was a nice room. Two door entry bathroom, large double shower and bath (this time no Jacuzzi as on other suites on other ships), but no big deal. Fresh orchids and fruit baskets were replaced regularly, with 2 mini bar set ups and seemingly bottles of water every day, we were wanting for nothing. Being suite guests we got the corsages to wear on the first formal night (fewer people seem to wear the full DJ each cruise, and for the first time I just wore a business suit rather than the full works and I was glad I did, as I always felt the odd one out and people looked at me. It was nice to see others wear it and look good, but the numbers are falling for sure, especially by the fourth formal night!). A suite is a lovely luxury, with a double length balcony (albeit half depth for the Regal), sofa, 2 TV's, table and chairs, extra wardrobe space, free laundry, CC perks, priority tenders and did/embarkation etc. We were lucky indeed. All in all, we had a superb time, initially punctuated by the tragic FLL incident which was referred to on occasion on board, but it didn't dent anyone's experience. Good ports, improving weather, (we missed Dominican Republic due to bad weather and high winds, and for the first week it was a bit choppy, cloudy and windy with the odd shower; the second week was lovely) top ship, great service and very good food all made for one of our top 3 cruises (to include our full Panama Canal trip and our very first Med cruise on the Ruby!). Would do it all again!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
Every year, during the month of January, we choose a different cruise to relax and unwind after 11 months of working in the hospitality sector. We have been on MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises and Princess cruises before. ... Read More
Every year, during the month of January, we choose a different cruise to relax and unwind after 11 months of working in the hospitality sector. We have been on MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises and Princess cruises before. This was our second trip with Princess Cruises (14 days) and we have enjoyed it thoroughly. Having visited the Carribean before we knew what to expect. Ports of Call were Amber Cove (Dominican Republic), St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), St. Kitts, Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Island of Cozumel. We were pleasantly surprised by the spacious interior cabin with large bed, dressing room and bathroom with all the necessary amenities. The food in the main dining rooms was splendid, as usual. We also enjoyed the international cafe and the Alfredo's Pizzeria where food was exceptional and free of charge. Although The Regal Princess is quite a large ship, we never had any trouble finding a deck chair to relax and read a book, or enjoy the movies they show on the big screen. Shows in the evening were splendid. Regretfully we needed to show up at the theatre 30 minutes before showtime otherwise all the seats would be taken and you needed to take the following show. Only negative point is that if you take a back-to-back cruise as we have, the shows repeat themselves the second week. We have enjoyed movies under the stars and different entertainment the second week but it would have been nice to see more exquisive shows. We look forward to our next cruise to the ABC islands, with Princess cruises of course. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We cruise for the holidays each year. This is our second trip on the Caribbean Princess. The last time they were sending her in for a refurbishing after the holiday cruise. They were leaving staff off at ports along the way, and closed and ... Read More
We cruise for the holidays each year. This is our second trip on the Caribbean Princess. The last time they were sending her in for a refurbishing after the holiday cruise. They were leaving staff off at ports along the way, and closed and starting tearing the casino apart on our final full day at sea. They hung plastic sheeting and went to it. So this time when I booked the ship I made sure that they were not following up the holiday cruise with a dry docking. They need to refurbish the cabins. We were booked in a balcony cabin. The carpets need replaced. The air conditioner needs recharged. The beds are horrible! Even after having the cabin steward, (who was wonderful),add a "pillow top" to it! It has to have been the worst mattress we have ever had on a ship. What a shame. The common rooms were comfortable, and everything was clean. I say good work in those areas. Entertainment could have been better. Once you've seen the singer/dancers it was repetitious. The activities have gotten less frequent and are rushed when they happen. I remember when the on board activities were continuous and for all ages. The tours we took on shore were OK. I will give 5 stars to the Terra cross in the Dominican Republic. Great job! There are so many activities that we have enjoyed on other cruises to the same ports that were not offered. Not everyone wants to sit on the beach. Lets stir it up a little! I still have not received a survey from the cruise line. We have been home for over 3 weeks. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
If you want relaxation, then this is the ticket. This was my first small ship experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. On Pacific Princess ... no fighting for lounge chairs, no waiting in lines, and no annoying music in every ... Read More
If you want relaxation, then this is the ticket. This was my first small ship experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. On Pacific Princess ... no fighting for lounge chairs, no waiting in lines, and no annoying music in every nook and cranny. My favorite thing besides the service and the itinerary was enjoying the outdoor deck of the Panorama Buffet. No music. Just the sound of wind and waves while sipping my morning coffee. Because of the size, getting around the ship was a breeze. The service staff was attentive and accommodating and seemed genuinely interested in making you happy. They were at the ready to assist guests with disabilities or those who just needed a helping hand. I also must say that the guests on this cruise were friendly, considerate, polite and patient. If you prefer a circus atmosphere with crowds, constant action, pushing, shoving and rudeness, then try the mega ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We have been on the 2016 Pacific Princess World Cruise and this experience, the friends we made, and the ship's "family" atmosphere made us come back for this Christmas / New Years cruise. Our expectations were truly met: We ... Read More
We have been on the 2016 Pacific Princess World Cruise and this experience, the friends we made, and the ship's "family" atmosphere made us come back for this Christmas / New Years cruise. Our expectations were truly met: We came to a place we new well and which did not require an exercise outfit to walk from the front to the back, we sat on a table with nine other world cruisers and we enjoyed the ship's excellent staff who we still knew well and who also knew us well from the cruise before. We also enjoyed the smaller ports this vessel can go to especially like St. John's, Bequia and Virgin Gorda. As we were the only boat at these islands we felt less like tourists and more like explorers ! Ready to cruise again on this little gem and thanks to everybody who made this such a great experience! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This is our 7th cruise with Princess, and the Royal was definitely the largest ship we have sailed on. It is beautiful ... the atrium is gorgeous .... as well as the decor throughout. The ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays. ... Read More
This is our 7th cruise with Princess, and the Royal was definitely the largest ship we have sailed on. It is beautiful ... the atrium is gorgeous .... as well as the decor throughout. The ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays. The ship's layout is slightly different from the others in the fleet ... Crown Grill has moved, and Explorers lounge is now next to it .... it's now between mid and aft. The shops are still located in the atrium area, but are more spread out, and offer a larger selection of items, including Norman Love candies. The casino is now off the main atrium area, almost at the base of the staircase, which has it's pros and cons. Our room was on Dophin (9) midship. The room seemed slightly smaller, perhaps because of the installation of the larger TV at the foot of the bed. The bathrooms are laid out differently, to add a little more space to shower area. Our balcony area seemed slightly smaller than previous ships. Although our room was clean, the carpet needed to be scrubbed as there were many spots on it. Our stewardess was excellent. There are hundreds of activities to do, almost too many to cover in one day. We were disappointed in the Christmas Eve activities. We expected the Christmas singalong as on previous ships and the snowfall, but the singalong wasn't done until the night before we were to leave the ship. No Catholic midnight mass was offered. Instead we were told (at the last minute) arrangements had been made on St. Lucia (Christmas Day) to attend a service there. Only problem, we were scheduled for an excursion. Despite the large number of people on board, we never experienced a wait for food except at breakfast grill for special orders. We were slightly disappointed in the limited menu in restaurants; and food on the buffet was okay (excerpt the watery soups served each day)--nothing exciting but especially liked the huge prawns served one evening. We found service to be a little less than satisfactory in the buffet area. Many times we had to stop a server to ask for drinks or get it ourselves. In fact, we thought many were in training. Other areas, bars, eateries, etc, were fine. Loved the "adults only" pool area. Future cruises definitely needs additional staff--wait to discuss/make deposits was always long. The special photo deal of $49 for all photos was especially nice, as we have spent hundreds on previous cruises--hope it continues. Despite the many criticisms, which we hope will be used for improvements, we would recommend the Royal and the Princess fleet. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
Holiday cruise on the Royal princess..perfect in many ways. Service, food, staff attitude, spa and a spacious ship where even with 4000 on board, it feels like the whole ship is yours to enjoy. Enclave in the spa was well worth $200/pp for ... Read More
Holiday cruise on the Royal princess..perfect in many ways. Service, food, staff attitude, spa and a spacious ship where even with 4000 on board, it feels like the whole ship is yours to enjoy. Enclave in the spa was well worth $200/pp for 10 days. Entertainment was truly first class singing, magic, comedy and dancing. Princess Live venue was perfect for entertaining game shows and trivia. Casino was sized right and adequate for gaming. Teenagers made good friends and had a blast together. In-room movies and TV perfect for taking a break from the action. Food was perfectly prepared and consistently good. Buffet had good assortment of foods. International cafe is something once you get used to, you will miss as soon as you go off the ship. Could not believe the bargain in the photo shop - all your photos on a USB stick for $49! Of the last theee years of holiday cruises, this was the best. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We enjoyed spending the Christmas holiday aboard the Regal Princess. In the past we have cruised during the winter, fall, spring and summer but we had never taken a holiday cruise before. There were two from which to choose. The ... Read More
We enjoyed spending the Christmas holiday aboard the Regal Princess. In the past we have cruised during the winter, fall, spring and summer but we had never taken a holiday cruise before. There were two from which to choose. The Christmas and the New Year. I am sorry that we did not do both! There were some on board ship who did. The ship was outfitted for the season and holiday music and themes were everywhere. Both Christmas and Hannaka were observed on board the ship. There were more families with children and youth than usual on a winter cruise. The family atmosphere had both its advantages and disadvantages, but for us we enjoyed the age diversity and the enthusiasm of little children experiencing the holidays. Because of the holiday the length and the port calls were out of the ordinary. We were glad there was a laundry room on our deck although on the "at sea" day all washers and dryers were used continuously We will do the holiday cruise again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our 5th cruise with Princess and we have also sailed on Holland, Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. Normally, Princess is our favorite cruise line because the food is always good and has decent entertainment. The staff were ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Princess and we have also sailed on Holland, Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. Normally, Princess is our favorite cruise line because the food is always good and has decent entertainment. The staff were all outstanding, but what was disappointing to us was the food in the dining room and buffet. The dining room menu was limited and they did not have beef medalions on this cruise. There were lots of pasta and shrimp items most nights. We decided we would forego the dining room and eat only in the buffet. The first few nights the food on the buffet was excellent. It was fresh with good variety. Around the third night it began to go downhill. It was the same food recycled. Lots of curries and soups. By the end of this 11 day cruise the food did not look or taste appetizing. My husband loves breakfast and likes baked beans with his eggs and bacon, and he said the baked beans were even watered down and flavorless. We also noticed a server at the hotdog and hamburger stall putting raw chicken on the grill and using the same gloved hand to then put the hotdog or hamburger together for the passengers. We found out later on the cruise many people were ill with cold and flu yet they were not enforcing hand washing and we noticed many people never washed hands or used hand sanitizer. Alfredos Piazzaria: Excellent. We went here instead of the buffet and dining room for lunch and dinner. The food was fresh and the servers excellent. International Cafe: Excellent. Great for quick lunch or snack. We did not try any of the speciality restaurants so cannot comment on them. Entertainment: We are never blown away with entertainment on Princess and we found it to be the same on this cruise. Other cruise lines have far better entertainment. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7 aft. Our room steward was great and we were pleased with our cabin. We have always been so pleased with Princess and this is the first time we have experienced sub par food and cleanliness with food handling. This was an 11 day Christmas cruise. The ship was sold out and it seemed they were just not prepared to feed that amount of people. It reminded us of the food we would receive at a cuban resort. Sometimes the fruit would run out within one hour. Would we cruise with Princess again? Not at the moment. Currently we will try other cruiselines. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
I have sailing many times with Princess and always had a good time. I was very disappointed with the Regal for many reason. Her cabins are much smaller than other ships and the balconies were very small, there is no outside promenade deck, ... Read More
I have sailing many times with Princess and always had a good time. I was very disappointed with the Regal for many reason. Her cabins are much smaller than other ships and the balconies were very small, there is no outside promenade deck, there is no lounge where you could just sit and look out. The Wifi was very slow. I enjoy watching football however the games were only shown on the outside big screen. Not too bad during the day but to sit outside on a cold deck to watch a night game was not pleasant. The ship is very pretty but too big for me. The food was good but not a good variety. The entertainment was just ok. The production shows could have been better. The outside entertainers that preformed were excellent. The excursion in St Lucia was too long and the winding roads made it a very uncomfortable tour. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The itinerary was the main draw for this cruise, but it also gave us a chance to try Princess Cruise lines again. We had a mini-suite on the Caribe Deck and our room steward was fabulous. There were 3 of us in the cabin and DS (age ... Read More
The itinerary was the main draw for this cruise, but it also gave us a chance to try Princess Cruise lines again. We had a mini-suite on the Caribe Deck and our room steward was fabulous. There were 3 of us in the cabin and DS (age 10) slept on the converted couch. The closet and drawers provided enough space for the 3 of us. The Regal Princess was in immaculate shape. Other than the bizarre lack of middle stairs, the ship was easy enough to navigate. It was well decorated for the holidays, with trees, garland, and wreathes were everywhere. The Sports Deck was the favorite place for DS. New equipment (volleyball balls, golf balls, ping pong supplies) were refreshed daily. I also appreciated all the new board games and card games available in the library. The food was very good (including set dining in Allegro, the buffet, and Alfredo's). The Prime Rib I had in Allegro ranks among the top steaks I've ever had on a cruise, excluding specialty restaurants. As for entertainment, we enjoyed the acrobat performers and the quartet in the piazza, but we skipped all the shows in the Princess Theatre. We participated in several trivia sessions, the arts and crafts, the sports pickup games, and a few game shows. We also tried the Stargazing at Sea event, but the clouds limited our views. I thought the cruise director and staff were very good. One even remembered our names, which I thought was amazing on such a large cruise ship. We are veterans of several Caribbean cruises, but Antigua, Dominica, and Grenada were new ports for us. We did Princess shore excursions on each and they were well run. There is plenty more to see on each island and I look forward to returning someday. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and will return to Princess when we find the right itineraries. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We sailed on the Regal Princess Christmas cruise and it was the best cruise I have ever been on. I have also been on the Royal Princess and enjoyed that but this was longer and the ports were far superior. I think I will only sail ... Read More
We sailed on the Regal Princess Christmas cruise and it was the best cruise I have ever been on. I have also been on the Royal Princess and enjoyed that but this was longer and the ports were far superior. I think I will only sail Princess going forward. After sailing on RC, Celebrity, and Carnival, the service is just so much better on Princess. This ship was gorgeous and extremely clean. You never felt over crowded and the service was 5 star. I sailed on Allure of the Seas a few months ago and loved the cruise however I was at the front desk daily with problems on board. On this cruise every single question you asked the staff was answered with a yes. There was no nickel and diming there was no hassle there was only perfect service. Getting on the ship was easy as can be and took about 15 minutes. The food was good to excellent. Shockingly I thought the food in the buffet was incredible. I have never experienced great buffet food but the staff went all out. It was a holiday cruise and the decor was beautiful and the food choice was elaborate. The quality of most of the dishes was amazing. The dining room was less inspiring. The portion size was tiny and although you can order multiple entrees I would rather just get one that is not an appetizer portion. Also, the food quality was not great and the menu choice was really disappointing. We went to both Sabatinis and Crowne Grill. The service and food at Sabatinis was five star. It was well worth the extra charge and the host and waiter were the best on the ship. They brought us about 15 dishes and treated us like royalty. The food quality was just excellent and we loved every part of this place. Crowne Grill was not good at all. We were surprised because I always heard it was. We had a lobster cake and the lobster cake that was terrible and tasted very fishy. The steak was not good at all and the host and service were just mediocre. We expected a lot more after the service we received at Sabatinis. We went to Alfredos which was free and excellent. The pizza was great. However, the pizza by the pool was absolutely amazing. You won't believe how good the pizza is there. All in all I believe this ship had the best food I have ever had on a cruise without a fee. I have had some better meals on Allure but they came at a high price. The rooms and dining staff should be praised on Regal. Our room was a balcony stateroom and although small it was perfect for us and we loved it. This was a Christmas cruise and the staff went all out. The decorations and events on the ship were the best I've seen ever on a cruise. The Cruise Director and Staff could not have done a better job. You felt like you were in the middle of a great Christmas movie and felt special during the holiday.....and I am Jewish! They also had Chanukah events that were great too. The entertainment went from great to very poor. The cruise performers and singers were not talented. There is no quality control here. They could hardly carry a tune. But the shows and production were great. For example we saw Fiere which was incredible except for the fact that the singers could not stay in tune. With better talent this show would have been amazing. They brought a impersonator singer on board to and after a few notes we left. The best show we saw was the Voice at Sea where passengers competed. The stage and setup was the exact same as on television and the talent was much better than the professionals on the cruise. We did like the two comedians we saw and absolutely love movies under the stars. We did just come off Allure a few months earlier where the cruise talent was excellent. However, with Princess live and all the other venues we constantly felt entertained. My kids got massages in the spa and they could not have been nicer. The gym was beautiful and overlooked the ocean. it was a pleasure to work out in that setting and the staff was some of the nicest on the ship. The pool area was never too crowded and the largest screen at sea is one of the best features on the cruise. Every day they had a different concert, sporting event, or music program. It was so relaxing to sit under the sun and view that screen. We went to Nassau, St Thomas, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, and Aruba. Each port was more beautiful than the next. We loved every second of every port. We did only excursions through outside companies which I highly recommend as like with all the other cruise lines Princess rips passengers off when booking through them. It must be a huge revenue stream because the tours are usually double in cost to what you can get on your own. I also found the offering totally inadequate compared to what RC has to offer. However, we had private tours in each port and if anyone wants advice on this feel free to email because they were all perfect. So this was a 10 star cruise. It could not have been better besides some of the entertainment. We are picky travelers and travel a lot and I cannot imagine anyone not loving this ship. After going on Royal a few years ago and now Regal I am done trying other cruise lines. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The wife and I found a great deal on the December 17th sailing of the Caribbean Princess for 13 days. It was a combination Western/Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Getting there one day early from the west coast, we were exhausted. The only ... Read More
The wife and I found a great deal on the December 17th sailing of the Caribbean Princess for 13 days. It was a combination Western/Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Getting there one day early from the west coast, we were exhausted. The only flight we could get was the red-eye. Arriving early in the morning on the 16th, we headed for our hotel in Fort Lauderdale, which was the Marriott Residence Inn Dania Beach. As luck would have it, they had a room ready when we got there. (We totally took a chance by not booking the night before, and this time it worked out.) I’d recommend the hotel. It was clean, nice rooms, and it had an exercise center. The included hot breakfast was also most welcome. We considered taking an Uber to the port, but instead signed up for the Cruise Shuttle Bus for $8 a person. Embarkation at the port was easy and straight-forward. We have Platinum status so we enjoyed the quicker check-in line. We arrived around 10:15 AM and we were on-board by 11:30 AM. Our cabin was ready and all was in order! We were very familiar with the typical Princess Cruise ship, since we’ve sailed so many times before on Princess. Overall, the Caribbean Princess was fantastic. The cabin and all the public areas were as expected and we had no complaints. Our first stop was Roatan and we bought the Maya Key Private Island tour through Princess. It’s a great place, lots of beachy-type activities. Plus there is an animal tour that our boy enjoyed. The only downside to this excursion was that we got caught in some massive tropical downpours of rain, so we weren’t able to enjoy the beach too much. The next day we were in Belize. And as they say there, it was un-Belize-able. We did a private cave-tubing excursion. (Through www.cavetubing.bz) This was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip. Our guide, Eddie, was not only very informative, but he really did a lot of work in guiding the tubes down the river. Plus, with this particular vendor, they have the tubes staged at the river. I understand that the ones from the cruise ship don’t have them staged and you have to carry your own tube through the 30 minutes jungle hike to the river. Plus, it’s a longer cave-tube ride at a lower cost. After the ride, we went back for lunch as part of the tour. It was a traditional Belize meal with rice and beans and some nice pork. Overall, a complete blast. I’d highly recommend it. For the next day we did a private tour at Mahahual. We chose the Chacchoben Ruins tour through Native Choice. (https://www.thenativechoice.com) The folks at Native Choice were great in communicating and gave us great directions. The only caution here is that you have to take a walk to get their office from the piers. And it looks like you are walking off into nowhere, but if you follow their directions, you’ll get there. It’s about a 25 minute walk. The tour was very enjoyable but the included lunch was a real treat. I’d give Native Choice a high recommendation! The turn-around day in Fort Lauderdale was all about doing laundry and provisions. You can walk to a Publix grocery store and some shopping right from the pier. (15 minutes) In St. Thomas we did a private tour. We did the tour up to Mountain Top and Magen’s Bay. I did enjoy the “World Famous” Banana Daiquiri at the shop on Mountain Top. In San Juan, PR, I booked the Bacardi Distillery tour with Old San Juan through Princess. Due to the vagaries of scheduling, there were six cruise ships in San Juan that day, so that means that there was an extensive back-up at the distillery for the tour. But not to worry, you can spend the time at the Bacardi pavilion and enjoy rum drinks until it’s time to board your tour trolley. When we got to Amber Cove, we went diving. The wife and I are both SCUBA certified and we wanted to dive at least once on the trip. As is the case in many ports, only port-affiliated vendors can pick up at the pier. We did a one-tank dive with Aqua Adventures up in Sosua, and they aren’t affiliated. So you have to take a 20 minute walk to get off the port property to meet any outside tours. The ride to Sosua was about 30-40 minutes. The dive was great and our Dive Master, Ben, was very patient and helpful. So that’s the tours. As for the ship, it was just spectacular. I’ve got some Patters posted, so if you have an interest in the goings-on, you can read them. We ate in the MDR most nights, and the food was quite good, although we noticed some repetition due to the length of the cruise. The high point of dining on-board was a night at the Crown Grill. We feasted there on some great chops and steaks, although the French Onion soup was thin and tasteless. So give that a pass, but everything else was amazing. My New York Strip was just perfect. The only serious critique I have of the ship itself was the that it did not have enough Wi-Fi access points. There were large sections of the ship where I could not get online to check the daily Princess Patter. For the un-initiated, the cruise schedule and daily events are in the Patter, which you can check for free with a mobile device. This doesn’t require “Internet” access, just local access on the ship. So it has nothing to do with satellites or weather. It’s just that the Caribbean Princess did not install enough access points to get access everywhere. We never had such poor coverage on other sailings. I have a much-less serious critique as well. On every Princess cruise we have been on, one channel is devoted to wall-to-wall, back-to-back reruns of “The Love Boat.” It’s a bit of a tradition for the wife and I to watch them when taking a rest. On this entire 13-day cruise, they replayed the same 5 episodes. That was unusual. Most of the time they seem to play different ones. But this time it was the same few episodes repeated. Please change the programming daily! Nothing is ever perfect, and there is always room for improvement. But we enjoyed our Princess cruise and we will be cruising them again soon! It’s always a great time. I saved some of the Princess Patters and you can see them here: http://s1126.photobucket.com/user/Parev_00/library/Princess%20Patters Here are some food/wine menus and photos: http://s1126.photobucket.com/user/Parev_00/library/Princess%20Food%20and%20Wine And here are some general photos from the cruise, including us sailing nearby with a Carnival Ship: http://s1126.photobucket.com/user/Parev_00/library/Princess%20Cruise%20Pics Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
After 15 cruises on 7 different lines I have, unfortunately, discovered a line I will never cruise with again. It's hard to know where to begin. Embarkation went relatively smoothly and we were on board by 1PM. Went to the buffet on ... Read More
After 15 cruises on 7 different lines I have, unfortunately, discovered a line I will never cruise with again. It's hard to know where to begin. Embarkation went relatively smoothly and we were on board by 1PM. Went to the buffet on deck 16 and saw what appeared to be a wonderful piece of beef that I couldn't wait to try. I was amazed that a piece of meat that had to be at least 20 pounds had been cooked well done all the way to the bone. No medium rare and certainly no rare. On top of that it had no flavor and it was extremely dry. While I hoped this was a fluke and the food would improve, it turned out to be a preview of the next 10 days. While the "fresh fish" was delicious and moist on the first day, it was dry and smelled and tasted fishy the rest of the cruise. It seems that virtually all of the food is prepared with little seasoning and cooked until unrecognizable. The Main Dining Room was no exception. While I could get some beef dinners cooked to order most of the selections were bland, over cooked and rarely served hot enough. Desserts were uninspired and many times couldn't be cut with a fork. To add insult to injury we didn't even get the traditional steak and lobster dinner on the last night, we were offered Roast Tom Turkey or Meatloaf in the Main Dining Room. I can have those meals at home and they are definitely not what I am looking for in a fine dining experience on a cruise ship. While the ship is beautifully appointed and well maintained it has a definite lack of entertainment. I really do like string quartet music, but not necessarily twice a day for 10 days. The reggae and Caribbean music was a welcome relief to the Lawrence Welk/Ed Sullivan type of shows and music that abounded on this ship. The comedian that was on the ship the longest was using schtick and jokes from the 50's that wasn't that funny back then. There was a comedian that was hilarious but he left the ship on day 4 for the Holidays. This ship has an event billed as Mardi Gras and we were looking forward to this. Instead we received another disappointment, Who holds Mardi Gras at four in the afternoon??? The on board amenities were literally non-existent, A very plain jane 8 hole putting green that appeared to be an after thought, and a laser shooting range that was out of service the entire cruise appeared to be the only activities,other than exercise classes, that the ship had to offer. On a brighter note the staff throughout the ship was excellent. They were friendly, professional, helpful and always cheerful. The staff was the only redeeming quality this ship had going for it. If you are looking for a cruise in the future my recommendation is to look at any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Loved the people onboard, staff and passengers. Lots of fun, pleasant itinerary, but ship lacks a promenade either inside or out. Pity. I'll stick to the Crown and her sister ships in the future, so I can spend more time outside. ... Read More
Loved the people onboard, staff and passengers. Lots of fun, pleasant itinerary, but ship lacks a promenade either inside or out. Pity. I'll stick to the Crown and her sister ships in the future, so I can spend more time outside. Had a great time in the spa. Enjoyed four services. On a longer trip, I would use it even more. Had and spoiled a manicure (mosquito repellant melts fingernail polish, good to know). Great haircut and massage too. Best was my facial. Actually made a visual difference. The Piazza is huge and open to several decks. This was wonderful when the Liberty Strings Quartet played, but a little noisy at other times. I wish microphones were not used in so many locations on the ship. It was difficult to find a quiet spot to relax or read. Overall, I'm glad I went. I will continue to cruise, but be pickier choosing a ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Love the Royal & Regal Princess two of the best ships on Princess Cruise line. Did not like 2 of the ports, we kept busy on the ship which always a lot of things to do, We just booked 2 more cruises a 7 day on the Regal and again ... Read More
Love the Royal & Regal Princess two of the best ships on Princess Cruise line. Did not like 2 of the ports, we kept busy on the ship which always a lot of things to do, We just booked 2 more cruises a 7 day on the Regal and again another 10 day on the Royal. The Royal has the best Cruise on the seas Ron. All the staff on the Royal are so helpful & always friendly. We always eat at second dining seems to be less people and you can take your time, not rushed to get out as we always felt that way when you eat in the 1st sitting. We were with friends so most nights we were almost the last table to leave. All the restaurants are great food always great waiter & asst. waiter knew exactly what your likes and dislikes are after the 1st dinner which always is so good for us as passengers. Getting aboard and leaving is so easy for everyone, they have the system down pat. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise because it was back to back eastern and western Caribbean. The Regal Princess is a beautiful ship and the entertainment was outstanding. This is not the usual compliment for Princess. They are not known for their ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was back to back eastern and western Caribbean. The Regal Princess is a beautiful ship and the entertainment was outstanding. This is not the usual compliment for Princess. They are not known for their shows. But throughout the ship whether in the Princess Theater or in the piazza the entertainment was incredible. We have been to these ports many times, explored on our own and on shore excursions. Therefore, we no longer disembark at the ports, but choose to stay on board. But this time we booked, through Princess, a hillside cabana at Amber Cove, a new stop, in the Dominican Republic. On a positive note, Amber Cove is beautiful, with lovely shops at the end of the pier. Both the Hillside and Ocean cabanas close out early. My word of advice for booking either of them - DON'T. Why? Despite the hype that the shore excursions give this - butler service, free Wifi, a.c., jacuzzi, lounge chairs, drinks and snacks, it is not desirable and very misleading.The Hillside cabanas stairs are 15 minutes from the pier and then the walk begins up about 80 steps. The icon that Princess uses to rate the activity level is "easy walk." No, it isn't. The cabanas is said to be for up to eight people. Yet there are only 2 lounge chairs on the deck with a jacuzzi for 2 very small people. The deck cannot comfortably hold more than 3 lounges. Yes, there are bottles of water, soda and fruit juice. The snacks, chips and crackers/cookies were terrible. Now to use the pool you have to navigate the 80 steps down and then back up. By the way when I complained to the tour desk when I got back to the ship, they told me there was a ramp, yet the escort who took us to the cabana did not inform us that there was an alternate route to the top of the mountain. The pool is lovely and surrounded by lounges. You can rent umbrellas. Save your money ($270 for hillside cabanas) and stay at the pool. The beach is not visible and is a supposed 10 minute walk from the pool area. The Ocean cabana has a great ocean view but you can only swim at the pool. Any trouble walking you need to use a wheelchair or scooter to get around Amber Cove. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Having already taken an Eastern and Western Caribbean, a Transitional Panama and a Full Panama, we thought that we had seen almost all of the Caribbean. Suddenly we discovered this "new" cruise to six new ports. I personally have ... Read More
Having already taken an Eastern and Western Caribbean, a Transitional Panama and a Full Panama, we thought that we had seen almost all of the Caribbean. Suddenly we discovered this "new" cruise to six new ports. I personally have some knee surgery mobility issues, and was overwhelmed by the service that I received that exceeded my expectations. We are eligible for Priority Boarding and Disembarkation as high tiered passengers, but still the service was SUPERB. Food, entertainment, and activities were all very good. One of our favorites on the Royal Princess is the Movie Channels feature which allow you to view in room, as many as 100+ current movies. This is a great feature for us every night at bedtime, early morning pre-Breakfast, and for a relaxing in room afternoon break. The excursions we took were all well priced and enjoyed, except for one...the Atlantis Hotel in Nassau. We stood in line at three locations for a total of 43 minutes before boarding our Shuttle buses. We also had to walk the entire pier of approx. 1000m before boarding buses. At Atlantis we walked a lengthy distance from the bus departure to the Hotel and through all the shops and Casino before seeing the Aquarium, the highlight of the visit. I was in great physical distress by then and sat for an hour as my wife took the tour. We then made the lengthy return to the ship. My excursion consisted of paying the most expensive price of four trips to stand in line, made to walk way too far, physically punished and then return without seeing anything other than a Casino walk through. The Excursion Desk was very nonchalant about my concerns as I felt that we had been scammed, and basically responded that I should have known it would be a long walk ?? This incident marred what would have been an Outstanding trip in a superior Mini-Suite room. The food was always varied, plentiful, and of fine quality; there are so many dining opportunities. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The Balcony Stateroom was dirty and smelled of urine. The communications between staff is limited both verbal and written English. The meals in the Horizon restaurant was fit for the seas where you had no way of coming off and get a ... Read More
The Balcony Stateroom was dirty and smelled of urine. The communications between staff is limited both verbal and written English. The meals in the Horizon restaurant was fit for the seas where you had no way of coming off and get a decent meal. I was completely disappointed with my birthday arrangements. Before embarkation I filled out the paperwork about the dates and names of the people who would be having birthday's and yet it was wrong. The paperwork I filled out to disembarked in Fort Lauderdale was incorrect, my initial request was 9:20 AM with luggage and I was given 6:20 AM without luggage. We were unable to make any reservation for dinner seating because the individual who took the reservations on December 8th said they do not have any reserved seating until 8:00 PM and my request for 7:45 PM was denied. The instructions for colleting your baggage was not clear so folks were leaving without their luggage. The management needs to be diverse in their employment. Our entire cruise was a disaster and a bad experience with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
The Royal Pricess is an over-the-top dazzling ship - beautiful and spotless. Unfortunately, the overall level of service is only fair, especially in the main dining rooms. We tried both Concerto and Symphony dining (menus are the same) ... Read More
The Royal Pricess is an over-the-top dazzling ship - beautiful and spotless. Unfortunately, the overall level of service is only fair, especially in the main dining rooms. We tried both Concerto and Symphony dining (menus are the same) with the same result. On a formal night we were told to stand in a staging area for dirty dishes - dressed in a tuxedo and gown - while the server looked for a table. Wet tile floor, plates of half eaten food, odors, etc. Server came back and pointed to a table about 20 yards away and told us it was ours and then walked away. The dining room was less than half full. Another night we ordered botlle of wine with a Princess Amenity (gift) card. Three different servers came and looked at the card before telling us they didn't stock that wine. The card was from Princess! We told them any white wine would be fine but it arrived half way through the meal. Another meal we ordered wine that didn't arrive until dessert. The food was also far below expectations. One night we were seated with 4 other people - three of them sent their food back because it was cold and unappetizing. The signature seafood stew is so full of shell fragments, many the shape and sharpness of needles, that it was not edible. It's hard to understand the dining room problems since the other dining venues were good to excellent. The dining room managers need a boot. We especially liked Alfredos Pizzeria - excellent food and service. The Horizon Buffet is also quite good. Entertainment was OK - Perry the piano player was very good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Price was very good. ( Please see comments on casino in cabin review area.) The ship is very large 4222 passengers and approx 1300 crew, but did not feel crowded at all. Entertainment was varied and was very good. Food was ... Read More
Price was very good. ( Please see comments on casino in cabin review area.) The ship is very large 4222 passengers and approx 1300 crew, but did not feel crowded at all. Entertainment was varied and was very good. Food was excellent ...are in Horizon Court/Bistro during the day and in Concerto Dining room for dinners. The food in Concerto was fabulous...in quality and variety. Wait staff were wonderful. Had some fantastic pizza in Allegros. Lots of places to sit and take in the outside view. We have sailed mostly Norwegian in the past, plus 2 on Holland Ametica. The food on this cruise was better than Norwegian, and comparable to HAL. Noticed very few kids...the passengers were primarily upwards of 40/45 years old I would guess. Boutiques were okay...the usual jewellery stores and a large one selling purses, souvenirs, health aids, clothing, candy, designer sunglasses, etc Prices are okay...since we are from Canada, had to remember the prices in US dollars were still not necessarily a good buy for us. They had the usual pop up sales such as rings, t-shirts etc. Staff throughout the ship were professional and friendly. Liked the fact that there were no pushy sales of raffle tickets, such as we have experienced on Norwegian. We are booked for the same cruise on Jan 29th, this time bringing my Mom and Aunt (who have sailed with us several times). We also decided to do the future cruise purchase... $200 deposit and will get $150 EACH on board credit (based on balcony) on whatever cruise we book. All in all we loved the cruise, the ship, and Princess. Read Less
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