Sail Date: April 2019
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work ... Read More
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work very well it rarely let me into my room ,the apps were not working for me ,I had the medallion changed and reset but never really worked . However to be fair I never used the apps very much ,its just not convenient for me . The weather was great . The ports were very good but we never seemed to stay very long at them . We were in Mexico for about 10 hours . The use of tenders to get ashore although necessary was a pain . I did enjoy the comedian and the cover band . We did take two excursions one in Jamaica which was a tour of Islands wildlife. And one in Cozumel which was the sunset cruise .. All in all ok Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My friends won this Princess cruise at Foxwoods. There were some great aspects & some not so great aspects. The casino did not give free drinks to casino related cruisers which is the norm on Norwegian casino related cruises. The ... Read More
My friends won this Princess cruise at Foxwoods. There were some great aspects & some not so great aspects. The casino did not give free drinks to casino related cruisers which is the norm on Norwegian casino related cruises. The points earned at the casino (by playing) were worthless- no perks or gifts given. The layout of the casino was cramped. The main dining room, buffet, & cafe were great. Wonderful wait staff. The NY strip steak (last night/main dining room) was terrible- very tough. The nighttime movies by the pool with comfy lounge chair cushions & soft blankets (& popcorn) were a great idea. Our room steward was very attentive. Production shows not great; comedian was hilarious. Singer AJ Clark was very good. Pizza by the pool was significantly better than at Alfredo’s (the pizza restaurant). Would like more cooking demos; there was only one with no audience participation. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Princess was my 1st choice to take all 14 of my family on a "once in a lifetime" dream vacation. Things weren't as expected. I talked specifically with Princess cruises and was told about "unlimited soda pkg" ... Read More
Princess was my 1st choice to take all 14 of my family on a "once in a lifetime" dream vacation. Things weren't as expected. I talked specifically with Princess cruises and was told about "unlimited soda pkg" included a "cute tumbler". After paying for 5 pkgs and waiting 3 days of my 7 day cruise was informed there are NO tumblers. They have been discontinued but nogt before they took my money. We were to con't to go to the bar a get small bar-size drinks. Also, 1st night in my mini-suite A/C needed repair, 2nd night the bathtub faucet needed repair. There were no towel animals in any of our 3 mini-suites because "towel machine" was broke. Room steward told me he couldn't fulfill my request for towel animals for g'kids room because he had 41 people to take care of. He eventually "found" some towels but my room suddenly had NO towels at all - no shower for me that night. "Anytime" dining still required us to make reservations. After initial issues we did receive excellent attention from waiters. We were told a Scottish kilt was not appropriate attire for formal night but eventually the maître d' realized her error. Seems so many little things had to be addressed before things ended up working out. New system for Disembarkation is wonderful...PCL will do check-in for airline and when you put your luggage outside your door last night on ship you won't see it again until you reach your final destination. Shore excursions were all wonderful and as advertised. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I was on this trip with a casino group. I am disabled and during embarkation there was no one to assist with the carryon bags or to help find the stateroom. Throughout the cruise, ship employees only interacted with the you for the purpose ... Read More
I was on this trip with a casino group. I am disabled and during embarkation there was no one to assist with the carryon bags or to help find the stateroom. Throughout the cruise, ship employees only interacted with the you for the purpose of selling something to you. They have someone convince you that shoe inserts will help with you back and hip problems. They sell you a $200 pair of inserts and make an appointment for 72 hours later to make sure they are working. When you go back and tell them that because of your neuropathy they are just too painful to use, you are told you need to wear them more so your feet get used to them. Then you say you have been wearing them at all times except sleeping you are told to wear less. They then say that the box the inserts are in tell you you cannot return them so you end up stuck with junk that cost you $200! There are just a bunch of cons on this ship trying to sell you junk at crazy prices. A picture taken of you at dinner the first night they want to sell for $25! The one from your cell phone is better. They also will not take care to protect you from illness or make right when you find plastic in your soup or eggshells in your eggs. My roommate had Norovirus and I asked that they tell her she should stay in her room so as not to infect anyone else on the ship. She was allowed to continue going to the buffet, dining room, casino and any part of ship she desired. I feel they did not quarantined was because she was spending much in the casino so was allowed to continue throughout the ship until the day before disembarkation. Many could have gone home and became sick due to this. Princess is not interested in or concerned for anything except the dollars they can get from the passengers. Beware of what you eat and touch. I will say that when you are selecting dining, ask where Bennie Soriano and Jeffrey Mazadarano will be the waiters. Those guys are professional, knowledgeable, helpful, intelligent and very entertaining. They are superb waiters that are the best part of the cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
To call something great, it really has to stand about among other similar experiences, and while this cruise was not bad, there were many missed opportunities to make it much better, starting with the completely lousy greeting that we had ... Read More
To call something great, it really has to stand about among other similar experiences, and while this cruise was not bad, there were many missed opportunities to make it much better, starting with the completely lousy greeting that we had upon embarkation. (one could more accurately say, the greeting that we didn't have). Arrival clarification: Security fine, directional crew member very, very friendly.....then we met the guy on the elevator. We'll call him 'M" (we know that name but do not wish to embarrass). "M" was wearing the requisite "welcome" sash across his chest, but his demeanor was an immediate and complete downer. M had no smile, no greeting....no words other than "what floor"? Not even please. We only got the question after we greeted him. ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE for that sort of guest treatment in a hospitality job. Several other crew members were the same and it definitely detracted from the many others who were noteworthy. Food was not great, despite some earlier reviews and our own expectations. The food was average. They DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COOK A STEAK. Paid extra to eat in steak restaurant, and a waste of money and time. Had a steak on our designated restaurant, same story. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Amazing immaculate ship, mind-blowing destinations and attentive staff make this cruise a winner. I recommend this cruise. Each port is an amazing experience! The food options ar top rate! It is easy to see why this cruise line is tops in ... Read More
Amazing immaculate ship, mind-blowing destinations and attentive staff make this cruise a winner. I recommend this cruise. Each port is an amazing experience! The food options ar top rate! It is easy to see why this cruise line is tops in its category. We found a waiter that was particularly attentive and it made all the difference in the world with our dininng habits. The is also a laundry room if needed. However, they make no qualms about letting you know that they are out to get your money. Watch out for the expensive internet fees, hard beds, and wait times if you purchase outside excursions. Ther were some intersting moments with the staff—— a wait manager who threw a tantrum at a hostess in front of us and a bartender who told me to get my own water. These incidents were negligible, everyone has a bad day, but I rally resented being forced to disembark later than those who had bought Princess offshore excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We ... Read More
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We went on a shore excursion and when we discovered it was unsatisfactory (nothing like the published info on the Princess website); It was not worth any where near what we paid for it, When we mentioned the negative experience to the shore excursions desk on the ship, we were told in no uncertain terms that "there are no Guarantees in life and to basically tell someone who cares". So I would be very careful when reading what is published on the Princess website regarding their shore excursions. The food was barely etable. Selection and quality of the food did not have the same standard as other Cruise lines that I have been on many times. Would not recomend Princess and feel that our $$ were wasted. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Our group is known as the Retreaters, the group has sailed over Halloween for the past 8 years. The Regal is a Beautiful Ship, the staff is very caring and go out of their way to give you the best cruise possible. Haven't had that in ... Read More
Our group is known as the Retreaters, the group has sailed over Halloween for the past 8 years. The Regal is a Beautiful Ship, the staff is very caring and go out of their way to give you the best cruise possible. Haven't had that in quite awhile. The staff go out of their way to accommodate our group and in return our activities help other guests enjoy Halloween and the cruise more. Imagine 180 from our group dressing up for Halloween, parading into the dining room together and sitting as a group. The reposition cruise gives you plenty of sea days to relax and just enjoy the ship and all it has to offer. The laundry team is excellent, very efficient and clothes come back really clean and pressed nicely, in a reasonable amount of time. The Buffet is one of the best on the Princess line, food is always fresh looking and the staff is really caring. The Cruise Director staff is a lot of fun and go out of their way to get you to join in without making you feel uncomfortable. This whole experience is what cruising is all about and one you will remember for a long time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, the repositioning aspect, fit well into dates we could travel, and we already loved the ship. It was our first time in a mini-suite and I think we are spoiled now. We will go back to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, the repositioning aspect, fit well into dates we could travel, and we already loved the ship. It was our first time in a mini-suite and I think we are spoiled now. We will go back to other cabins, but I will try to find deals on mini-suites with more fervor than before. The food was great. Alfredo's is probably my favorite dining spot on the ship. Mongolian BBQ in the buffet one night was one of my favorite meals of the cruise. I'm grateful for the salmon being on the menu all the time because I tend to go for it a few times every cruise. It's really well done. The people are the best. Our room steward too fantastic care of us and seemed to be always around. The room steward from Last December was around and she told us if we needed anything at all to feel free to ask her, too. The Maitre D' on the starboard side of Symphony was great. He always made everyone feel so welcome. He knows exactly how to make everyone feel special without being too much. The ship itself is fantastic! The only thing I would change about it is maybe even more hot tubs. There is plenty to see and do every single day. When we cruised last December the whole ship was decorated for Christmas. This was a Halloween cruise and I was pleased to see it wasn't full of Halloween decor. There was major Halloween fun on Halloween itself, but it did not overshadow the cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Overall nice cruise, but the ship had some problems. Two out of seven days with no TV. We missed having Ship locator on screen telling us where we were and miles travelled. Activities were few and far between that interested us.Some ... Read More
Overall nice cruise, but the ship had some problems. Two out of seven days with no TV. We missed having Ship locator on screen telling us where we were and miles travelled. Activities were few and far between that interested us.Some activities like wine tasting dinner and Lumiere Chef's Dinner overlapped. We could not hear announcements in our cabin. The Horizon area was well laid out so one didn't feel like it was a long cafeteria line. Nice touch. Lines getting off ship on tender days were well handled, however lines in port returning were excessively long with only 4 tenders running. Long waits even two hours before departure were hot and poorly maintained by Princess crews. No towels or water until actual check in point. Food in anytime dining rooms bland and often overcooked. Specialty restaurants a better choice. However adding Alfred's just made three places to get a pizza, how about a different ethnic cuisine option? Cabin has no electric outlets by the beds. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was the second time we had been on the Regal Princess - the first was in September 2015 (Copenhagen to New York) and this last voyage was around the Baltics. We liked the ship - hence, our choice to travel on her again in preference ... Read More
This was the second time we had been on the Regal Princess - the first was in September 2015 (Copenhagen to New York) and this last voyage was around the Baltics. We liked the ship - hence, our choice to travel on her again in preference to other cruise lines to our Baltic destinations. The ship is great, well laid out and easy to navigate. What was missing on this cruise was a "wow" factor - Yes, St Petersburg was clearly a highlight in terms of destination but it was more about the lack of energy on the ship to engaged with passengers. Compared to the previous cruise which had Martin Moss as the Cruise Director (who was fantastic), the current Cruise Director, Billy Hygate appeared to lack any overt enthusiasm and was rarely seen or heard around the ship. Apparently he had been with Princess for 45 years and it showed. His assistant also appeared over awed by him during the Wake Show. The Production shows were first rate and guest performers were entertaining. I must admit that it is disappointing that some passengers (and nationalities) lack a standard of manners that detracts from the overall on-board cruise experience - I refer here to courtesy around entering and existing lifts and behaviours around the Horizon Court and Buffet. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We were fortunate enough to be chosen by the Princess Fine Arts group to go on this cruise. We stayed at the Harbor Beach Hotel the night before departure. Very impressive and would highly recommend it for your time in Fort Lauderdale. ... Read More
We were fortunate enough to be chosen by the Princess Fine Arts group to go on this cruise. We stayed at the Harbor Beach Hotel the night before departure. Very impressive and would highly recommend it for your time in Fort Lauderdale. The next morning we were taken to the ship by bus and were in our stateroom within the hour!! The balcony cabin is well appointed with a surprising amount of storage and hanging space. This is our second trip on the Regal, so we got to see a few familiar faces. The ship is magnificent!!! If you cannot find something to do, eat, drink.....check your pulse, you may be dead!! Everything onboard is geared for your comfort and pleasure. The crew is amazing, friendly and warm. I really can't say enough about how great they are and how well you are treated. The food is wonderful!! We love Sabitini's and the Crown Grill. They also have an impressive wine selection. The are so nice to work around my wife's gluten allergy with dishes off the menu. For quick and easy you can't beat the Horizon Court buffet. Lots of choices of great food for everyone in the family. The entertainment on board is always off the chart. They bring in top notch, super talented professionals that never disappoint. Nothing better than dinner and a show!! All of the shore excursions booked through Princess are first fate. They do lots of research to find the best local people to take care of their guest. Go for the sunset sail, helmet dive, and be sure to snorkel!! Great time, lovely people!! Love to do it again!! Thank you Princess!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our 3rd Princess cruise. Food way above average on the Princess Real instead of end ships like Royal caribbean, and Symphony. One gets what they pay for, as we always do from Carnival-Princess. The rooms were imaculate at all ... Read More
This was our 3rd Princess cruise. Food way above average on the Princess Real instead of end ships like Royal caribbean, and Symphony. One gets what they pay for, as we always do from Carnival-Princess. The rooms were imaculate at all times. Fernando. or room steward always had on his face. We especially enjoyed the :chocolate breakfast and the champagne glass set-up ws very nerve tracking, Bottom line the: ship was clean, bathrooms were too; ; ice bucket stocked daily and a fruit basket if you desired; staff friendly;Food ws delicios and Plentiful daily.Wish Princess would learn to do the towel animals. Wemiss those. Never new when yiu came in, where they would be at. MUTScould have shown a few more acton runs.But all-in-all, it was a beautiful way to spend dear friendsDi & Rick a w9onderfu vacation they will not soon forget. Feel free to call them up. Our next cruise will be in Alaska which we hear is a :Little pieve of Heaven: Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
For seven days and nights we sailed the beautiful Regal Princess. I traveled with more than 380 of my closest friends and we had a blast. The ship is very nicely appointed, the mini-suite cabin was very comfortable, the dining in the ... Read More
For seven days and nights we sailed the beautiful Regal Princess. I traveled with more than 380 of my closest friends and we had a blast. The ship is very nicely appointed, the mini-suite cabin was very comfortable, the dining in the Allegro dining room was top notch each evening and the entertainment was outstanding. One of the key highlights was taking the behind the scenes tour of the ship which is listed as an excursion for $150. It was over 3 hours and covered everything behind the scenes on the ship ending up on the bridge where we met with the captain and enjoyed cold beverages. The laundry room, the kitchen, the butcher shop, the bakery, the medical center and the engine room were all very fascinating. I would highly recommend this excursion. I would like to point out that the bully they have in charge of the elite lounge before boarding in Ft Lauderdale is awful. He is very rude and nasty each time I sail with princess out of Ft. Lauderdale. He screams and yells at passengers like we are animals. The pool bar had a nasty bartender as well however I simply dealt with that by going to another bar. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
If you love Princess cruise line, then you must try the Regal or Royal Princess. We had the pleasure to experience both and this time it was the Regal Princess. The ship was beautiful and amenities plentiful....staff, entertainment and ... Read More
If you love Princess cruise line, then you must try the Regal or Royal Princess. We had the pleasure to experience both and this time it was the Regal Princess. The ship was beautiful and amenities plentiful....staff, entertainment and food was best of the best. Pleasant surprise that even the speed of internet was considerably faster than older Princess ships....we know because we've had some frustrations before but not this time on Regal...it's simply fast. For seafood lovers I recommend joining the Crab Shack night, the portion was BIG and delicious...besides the traditional Alaskan king crab legs, you can also choose lobster tails, prawns, crawfish, mussels etc. Value for the money is unbeatable. For on shore excusions, Princess worked with these bus tour companies that give you knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. At Halifax our bus tour guide was a retired school teacher and the lady bus driver was a former flight attendant...not only were they knowledgeable and took pride of explaining to your the landmarks, but they actually told you heart wrenching stories about how the City of Halifax buried many bodies from the Titanic disaster and how they personally knew some families that took in stranded flights into Halifax because of the 9/11 attacks....one amazing story a young couple planning to get married in New York was stranded in Halifax and a local family took them in for housing accommodation. They decided to get married at Halifax and the local family because their witnesses for the wedding. Even today they keep contact with this family and the kids from both families became friends. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a ... Read More
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a fantastic server! She was so attentive, nice and efficient! The ship is very nice. It has a nice adult pool are and another nice pool for kids. Not too much to do for older teens who are not 18. I would have liked to see more live music later at night. It usually stopped around 11-ish The shows were very good. Even though the ship is very big, the layout is great and it was easy to get around . Nice walking deck. Nice gym too, Just the right number of sea days. The only thing I would change is more time in Stockholm, Sweden. We had perfect weather. Each post was fantastic. 1. Copenhagen- went a day early and it was great. Don't miss Tivoli Gardens. Go to the main marina and take a great canal tour. 2. Oslo, Norway - Amazing Vigeland sculpture park. You can do the hop on hop off bus. Great Cafes and beautiful walking areas 3. Berlin- We hired a Brewer's Berlin Tours. Jonathan was a fantastic tour guide. The bus was extremely comfortable and spacious. Went to incredible places and Jonathan was very knowledgeable! 4.Estonia- we took a taxi to the old city. Walked around and had lunch. 5. St Petersberg Russia- We hired Peter's Walk. They arranged the visas. They picked us up in a nice bus and had great 2 day tour. You can customize the tour based on your preference. Do not miss going to Ginza Restaurant in St Petersberg. Amazing food and view. Loved the canal rides. 6. Helsinki Finland- Wend to the outdoor market by taxi and then took a boat ride to a beautiful island 7. Stockholm Sweden- AMAZING bike ride with Stephan at Sweden Bikes. If you like bike riding do not miss it. Great way to see the city and country in a short time. Great bikes, very responsible, informative and so nice! We were also able to see the famous and beautiful Stockholm Synagogue. This day was the highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Wedding review on the Regal I have been meaning to write this review for 6 months now. Darn it Krista, get on top of things. I’m going to provide two reviews, First for the wedding a second for the cruise. Scroll down if you just want ... Read More
Wedding review on the Regal I have been meaning to write this review for 6 months now. Darn it Krista, get on top of things. I’m going to provide two reviews, First for the wedding a second for the cruise. Scroll down if you just want to know about the cruise. Background information We decided in June/14 to get married aboard a princess cruise ship which we did on January 11, 2015. We would then have any/all bridal party members who wished to join us come on the cruise with us. We ended up with a party of 12 and 8 sailing, including us. The majority (6) of us were under 27 and the remaining two were in their late 50s. None of us had ever been on a cruise before. I had stalked these boards like crazy prior to our leave and found the information incredibly helpful so I wanted to write a review of my own. The wedding: If you are planning a wedding with the cruise, I would change mine from a docked-wedding to either an ashore wedding or an at-sea wedding. Ours was held in Port Everglades because of the 4 people not joining us. The upside- Once the wedding was over there were no more worries, we were able to enjoy our entire cruise with no hesitation and those who did not wish to cruise were able to come. Also, after 3-6 days of cruise food there would have been no promises of me fitting into my dress. Oh dear. Down side- you have to deal with Royal Ocean Events and the Princess Crew do not have much time to correct ROE’s mistakes (and there were so many) though they will try very hard given their extremely limited time to do so. I will detail each piece separately below. Wedding: I want to start off by saying that, because of the Regal Cruise Team, my wedding was perfect. I came away with amazing photos I was more than happy to hand over my money for, a wonderful video and would not change a single thing the Princess did. They are amazing and I am now a permanent and loyal princess customer because of my experience with them on my wedding day. I want to follow that by telling you the actual wedding planning company did everything they could to make my wedding day a disaster. I had the misfortune of dealing with Michelle Pyke of Royal Ocean Events prior to our cruise. She messed up every single thing she could. I was almost not legally married because of her paperwork error and I have found out from the Princess crew that she has done this to other brides as well, who did not catch the error and had to leave the ship not legally married (which is the whole point of a wedding!). I’m still mad. 6 months later and I’m still upset that these people are allowed to put their name next to Princess’ and call themselves an official business. What’s worse is that princess doesn’t seem to want to do anything about it. Letting them know, being told that others have complained, speaking to the help line afterwards, they denied having ever had a complaint against ROE when every single Regal Princess employee I spoke to said they had received numerous complaints and they weren’t surprised, they always have to scramble to fix the mistakes of ROE. That’s a real shame. To give you an idea of what I experienced I’ll list off a handful of the items I dealt with: -Michelle wouldn’t get back to me on things, I would send 4 emails and 2 phonecalls to get a response on ANYTHING I needed and it was a nightmare to get her to confirm anything in writing. -I am from Canada and explained that I did not know the marriage laws and want to ensure this is a legal wedding. On the DAY BEFORE I LEAVE FOR FLORIDA Michelle FINALLY sends me the final paperwork which has in the far right corner of the second (of six) pages “symbolic wedding” checked off with no explanation. I had to call the office 10 times that day to get a response. The receptionist just kept telling me michelle is busy and didn’t care that I had no way of fixing things if it wasn’t dealt with that day. I was leaving my country in 8 hours when I finally got a response from michelle. I HAPPENED to be lucky enough to have decided to go to florida 3 days early so she flippantly emails me “just go down to the courthouse, you’re there early, pick up the license. *gives address*” that’s it. No, I’m sorry, no wow I’m glad you caught that I’ll never make that mistake again. I almost wasn’t legally married, the whole point of this darn cruise, and she did not care in the least. Gosh I’m still mad. -I wasted an entire day going to the least appealing courthouse I’ve ever seen (who puts the wedding registry next to the mental facilities? Seriously.) and signed all the paperwork, was legally married earlier than expected, because I couldn’t trust these people to actually do what I needed them to. -The cruiseship wedding planner, Bobbi (still a ROE employee, but not the same one I had to deal with this entire time) was supposed to call me the evening before the wedding. Of course she didn’t. Of course not. I’m a first time cruiser AND this is my wedding, I have no idea what’s going on and, if it had been a big wedding and I hadn’t had my maid of honour to talk me off a ledge I would have lost it. So I look up the information Michelle gave me and call this planner at 11PM. Well. No surprises, Michelle gave me the wrong contact information and I called the Officiant. Let me tell you that Arlene saved me from losing all my hair from the stress. Our officiant and the Princess employees saved my wedding from ROE. Arlene could have said “wrong number, sorry.” And hung up (if she’d been employed by ROE I’m sure she would have) but she spent an hour listening to me freak out and explained everything to me. SHE met me and the whole wedding party the next day at the ship and she did everything for our “Coordinator” Bobbie -Bobbi, the ROE Coordinator on the ship (who is about my size and I’m a plus size girl), decided that it is appropriate to attend a wedding with skin tight leggings and a tshirt. Seeing her in our photos upsets me all over again. So, clearly, there were issues. Every single one of them with ROE. What a nightmare company they are. Hearing all that, believe me when I tell you princess pulled off a miracle. The Public Relations Officer was wonderful. My hubby mistakenly put all the champagne in one bag rather than separating it one per attendee, but she found it and had it all ready for us at the reception, no problem at all. And she made sure we were ushered onto the ship without a hitch, found our rooms and everything. The walk to the wedding location (we chose Club 6) was interesting. Everyone but Bobbi the “coordinator” left us and Bobbi got us lost on the ship. My maid of honour had to find us a map to get us where we needed to go. The flowers were stunning. I really didn’t expect much given what I paid for, but they were beautiful. My bouquet and maid of honour bouquet were beyond spectacular. Get the upgrade for the extra flowers, it’s so worth it. Arlene officiated amazingly, she let me read my vows first (I never would have made it through if Hubby had gone first) and (because ROE never provided her with the ceremony words I wanted said) she had to wing the whole ceremony and she did excellently. You would never have guessed we didn’t get to practice. Overall I would happily get married aboard a Princess ship again (though I never plan to get married again, but you know, vow renewal maybe), but I would always double check the paperwork, definitely minimize ROE contact and certainly book it later in the cruise so I had the opportunity to work with the on-board staff. Our photos were amazing, the cake was beautiful and stellar, we got the adorable bride and groom strawberries that everyone loved, the flowers were beyond anything I expected, The staffer with DJ equipment did a great job with songs and I have amazing memories. I just truly hope princess fires ROE because holymole, that’s an embarrassment for the princess name. Overview for the cruise: overall not a single one of us had any complaints. I feel like there are 2 types of people on cruises, those who want to have fun and those who want to nit-pick. After 7 days of living in what one can only describe as utter paradise, I can see how the nitpicking starts because you’re so used to perfection that waiting 2 minutes for a drink starts to feel like foreeeever. Nevertheless, it is, in fact, perfection. The ship is clean. And I don’t mean hotel clean, I mean surgical clean. I am a clean freak, I have at least 3 types of hand sanitizer on me at all times, so when I tell you it sparkles, I know what I’m talking about. I’ve never received exceptional service, ate delicious food, enjoyed entertainment that consistently and spectacularly before. The actual cruise and the Princess staff are amazing (Except maybe the front desk staff, but there’s that nitpicking I was referring to and there are many ways around dealing with them, especially if you have an on-board wedding!). Ship information Holymole that’s a big ship. I can’t believe they make them bigger. I have nothing to compare it to so take this with a grain of salt if you’re one of the complainers I mentioned in the overview. I read a lot of complaints about the ship design. It was challenging for the first 24-38 hours but then we figured it out and would whip around the ship no problem. Because of the (absolutely stunning) Piazza, I believe, the central ship elevators only go to certain levels. You have to go to the back/front of the ship to reach all levels. This didn’t matter to us too much. But I don’t have a walker, so maybe this becomes more of a struggle. Our rooms were in between the 2 elevators as well so we had access to both and had very few issues. Again, the ship sparkles with new-ness and cleanliness. I feel like after this I would be disappointed with the older ships based solely on how much I loved the cleanliness of the ship. Nevertheless it was a spectacular experience. I know the whole safety drill at the beginning was mandatory, but I wish they just had a mandatory video you could watch in your cabin, I imagine it gets very tedious to attend those after a certain point. Especially dragging the floaties around and all the halls being clogged with people. I don’t know. I wasn’t a fan. I imagine that isn’t in their control though and it’s important for those of us who are first time cruisers, but if you think I remembered anything other than “Life vest good, drowning bad, no elevators” after it was over, you’re kidding yourself. Activities Holy. Hooooly. This topic excites me all over again. Can I just tell you the fact that they host gameshows you get to be a part of made my life? My maid of honour, best man and myself won the Disney trivia session against someone who works for Disney and it’s one of the top 5 highlights of my cruise that I insist on telling everyone. I’m SO disappointed that the newlyweds gameshow coincided with our lobster night dinner (we picked the late shift) and I had to miss it. SO SAD. We will go back on an anniversary just so I can do that. They had everything. Everything. The groomsmen did steel drum lessons, my maid of honour and I did Zumba, we all enjoyed Movies under the stars where they BRING YOU COOKIES, MILK AND POPCORN WHAT? We missed all the big shows they on the second last day to opt for packing assuming the last day would be a big hurrah. We chose wrong. That’s my biggest regret, wasting the second last day on packing. I think the one strange thing I found is how everything absolutely shuts down at 10:30-11pm. The ship is dead. I’m a night owl so this wasn’t my favourite. There is only the little deli thing open for food (I don’t like sandwiches but of course these were magical delicious sandwiches so I can’t complain too much) and there were maybe 5 non-staffers awake aside from us. We learned to go to bed early. Honestly, if you’re a morning person it’s really not bad at all. I learned to be a morning person and I didn’t even mind. Next time I would bring a boardgame with us, though, for a late night activity. Service I really don’t have much to say on this other than it was what I imagine heaven is like. I could explain in details how amazing it was, but it would be superfluous. Just assume every service imaginable was perfect and you will be correct. But when they threaten all the employees by taking away their days off if they get any complaints at all against them, you can imagine that’s effective in ensuring exemplary service. Human rights issue? Possible, but I’ll figure that out when I’m not on vacation. But please consider what you are doing before you complain. Give the service employees a chance to correct anything you don’t like, it’s only fair. I watched a lady reduce the kitchen staff to tears because she had to build her own eggs benedict. I wish the service staff could rate the customers back and if you get enough dings, you aren’t able to go on that cruise line anymore. Cest la vie. Port & shore excursions First stop was princess Cays. I know a lot of people complain. This island is prettymuch consumerism made into a beach. But I truly don’t mind and absolutely loved it. The beach is stunning, the beach toys are very nifty and the people are super helpful and friendly. I got most of my souvenirs here, put them on my room card, and enjoyed the beach. They have big black butterflies on the island in January. They look like bats when they’re flying at you. If you scream and hide under a table for fear of rabies, people will laugh at you for the rest of the cruise. Everyone on the cruise knew me as either “The bride we saw on the first day” or “That girl who is terrified of butterflies” that’s all I’m going to say about that! Haha. Next stop St. Thomas. Uhm. Well. I don’t know. I wish I had stayed on the boat or just gone to the beach. I will probably stay on the boat because it’s so spectacular next time. The shopping areas are all grocery stores, the alcohol is the same price it is in Canada and the people are extremely rude. I had a lady tell me to get out of her store because I was too fat. (I mean, I’m not small but I’m not like 300lbs or something. Not that that is an excuse to throw someone out of your store). I went back to the boat after that pretty dejected and rather upset. Should have stuck to the beach. Oh well. Half of our cruisemates went to Black Beards Castle. I guess it’s not very castle, but not bad. They enjoyed it. It says you must be able to do 100 steps but they aren’t 100 steps at once, just over a period of a few hours. This would be an island I would suggest booking an excursion beforehand. They all filled up fast. The zipline wasn’t even available the first day aboard the ship. We saved the best for last with St. Martin. I don’t have words. It’s what I imagine heaven being. I still remember waking up in the morning, pulling open the blinds and seeing billions of these white butterflies flying over the crystal blue water. I’m not a romantic kind of person but staring at it actually made me tear up from the beauty of it. I would so very happily come here again. We took a cab tour of the island down to the airplane beach. We had a funny cab driver who gave us interesting details about the island and just enjoyed the ride. All of the people we met were much friendlier than St. Thomas and much less pushy. The island was beautiful. We ate jerk chicken for lunch. It was all and all a wonderful day. I wanted to mention Fort Lauderdale as well. There is a little known bar called the Pirate Republic. You can either take a water taxi or a regular taxi to it. It has the most amazing food and service you will find. I can’t say enough about this place. Mojitos for everyone!! Travel to embarkation Port I’m not sure what this is? We stayed at the Hyatt 66 and had the concierge book us a shuttle for the entire wedding party. The men were at the Pelican and they did the same. Cabin Posted below. Dining I think this is a dangerous category because I could go on for years about how amazing the food was. I’ve been to high end restaurants that weren’t as tasty. Their ability to put out perfect dishes both timely and consistently across the board is amazing. The most spectacular things we had were: The prawns on the first day. It was in a wine butter sauce and cooked til it was still translucent in the center. I imagine it was butter poached. It was, bar none, the best thing I ate. The escargot comes in at a close second. That was almost all we ate that night. This is followed closely by the nightly crème brulee. Our waiter would just bring me two and send 2 to me room because he knew. It was going to happen. I loved him too, haha. The fourth item was the breakfast bacon. Every single piece was crispy perfection. I can’t. I won’t. I am unable to use words to describe the perfection. And my final favourite is a tie between the lunch taco bar which I had every day and the tomato, mozzarella, basil bun panini they had available at the piazza. The only disappointment I had was the lobster. Shockingly, since this is my favourite food. It was overcooked, they only gave you the tail, you had to order red meat with it and it was maine lobster rather than the warm water spiney tail lobster I was looking forward to trying for the first time? I found that very, very strange. Overall, though, it was beyond superb. We never went to one of the cover charge restaurants because we didn’t need to. I would pick day 4 next time to try it out. That was the most lacklustre meal for me, it was a late shore day, but my parents refused to come and we wanted to have dinner with them so dining hall it is! I also tried to get us seats for the chef’s table but I never got a call back and have no idea what happened there. I still don’t know how to make that happen. Disembarkation Well. All the glory of the wedding embarkation was taken from us in disembarkation and we had to stand in line with the peons. I learned an extremely valuable lesson. Don’t bring dufflebags. Bring roller luggage. What a nightmare dragging the giant duffle bag and the big garment back containing my wedding dress everywhere. I went out and purchased spinner cases the next day. I don’t know, what can you expect? They have to get everyone off the ship. It was nice to have a chance to say goodbye to all the staff we met and enjoyed taking one last rip around the ship before leaving. Can’t complain, can’t congratulate. It was just a regular disembarkation. Read Less
Regal Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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