Sail Date: August 2019
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made ... Read More
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made you feel comfortable and were always polite and made sure all your needs were met. We only went to a few shows on the ship and found them OK but not of high caliber. We found that the cities always had something for us to see and explore. We did not really use the cruise ship excursion as they were very expensive and using Rick Steves guide for the ports allowed us to go into town and see most of the sites as most ports were walkable, We did use the cruise excursion to get to town for Sweden as the ship docks about an hour away for Stockholm and the hop on/ hop off bus did not seem very convenient and we had on board credits to use. Princess also tries to scare you into using them for St. Petersburg as you need to be on an escorted excursion or you will need to have a visa for there. There are numerous other local companies that can arrange the same thing. After some research on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor we decided used TJ Travel for a 2 day excursion at half the price and I would rate them 10 our to 10. They also will give you a discount if you mention you are a Cruise Critic member ( which they honored no questions asked). Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. ... Read More
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. Petersburg’s palaces and churches and the Peterhof Palace and gardens were wonderfully beautiful on a grand scale. In the evening we enjoyed a variety of traditional Russian folk dance and song complete with an intermission that included pastries and champagne in a beautiful private palace. In Finland we toured the city and drove into the countryside to visit a classic old village and then off to a vineyard at an old farm for a wonderful luncheon and in Estonia we toured a lovely mid-evil town from the 1600’s that survived WW2. In Germany we visited Rostock which was heavily bombed during the war because of the submarine and aircraft manufacturing that existed. Today it’s the home of large shipyards which build cruise ships among other vessels. After touring the cathedral which houses a calendar clock made in the 1420’s and still operating with its original works we drove to the Schwerin Castle. In Stockholm the Vasa Museum and a walk through the old city were spectacular. The Vasa was a 17th century wooden sailing ship with two gun decks that was unstable and had sunk during its maiden voyage in front of the royal palace in 1628. Because the water in the Baltic has such a low salinity level the ship remained nearly completely intact. The visit to Oslo was too short but the sail away through the fjord was beautiful. We had previously visited Oslo so this time we only took a boat cruise around the area. The city itself is beautiful in there are sculptures everywhere the most impressive being in the Vigeland Sculpture Park where hundreds of lifelike granite sculptures depict every stage of human emotion. At the conclusion of the cruise everything during the disembarkation went extremely smoothly and efficiently. Our bags were delivered directly to the airport where we retrieved them for our flight home. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Exceeded our expectations from embarkation to debarkation. Crews are very friendly and helpful. You don’t get hungry as lots of yummy foods on board and lots of sporting activities you can do on board to ensure you don’t get extra kg ... Read More
Exceeded our expectations from embarkation to debarkation. Crews are very friendly and helpful. You don’t get hungry as lots of yummy foods on board and lots of sporting activities you can do on board to ensure you don’t get extra kg while indulging with lots of good variety of foods. Medallion class made everything on board really easy. They have a very systematic system where everything really works very well. We have enjoyed all the activities on board, in particular, the shows daily. Our crew steward always ensure that our room is being looked after daily. Live TV updates is also very helpful for everyone as you will be informed on what’s happening on the ship, ports and shore excursions very important informations and tips. We will definitely cruise with Princess again and will recommend them to our friends and families. Keep up the good work and hope to see you again soon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured ... Read More
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured it'd be dumb to fly over, cruise, fly right back. So, we self-planned a few days in London after our direct flight from Tampa; a "buffer"/safety night in Copenhagen before embarkation. At the other end, we did another half-day in Copenhagen before flying to Amsterdam, then training across the north coast (Ghent, Belgium was a magical, surprise revelation) to Paris for a few days before Chunneling back to London for our return flight. For the cruise, that meant that we were expecting travel stress (hotel-changing, train/air schedule worries, BA pilots' strike worries) with the 11-day cruise in the middle of it all to be our respite from stress. It pretty much did exactly that. Like all cruises, it was nice not to have to pack up every few days and move on. Regal Princess provided our comfortable moving hotel through the Baltic. The ship was very clean, very comfortable, possibly the most luxurious-feeling ship I've ever been on. We like included alternative venues for meals on a ship and Regal had a few. However, our best meal was the comp (with our booking) upscale steakhouse dinner. Of course, being a comp meal meant that the downside of it was that it was the very first meal we had on the ship - we had no choice - they were getting their commitment to us out of the way so they could make room for upsell diners who wouldn't reserve the first night. For whatever reason, our embarkation at Copenhagen was the fastest on record for either one of us. We did already have medallions for this cruise, which may have helped. (For the unfamiliar, Princess Medallion cruises provide a round RF medallion instead of a key card. Cabin doors, maitre-d's, and clerks can literally see you coming and who you are. Half the passengers wore them on the free neck-ribbons; we bought wrist bands. Apparently, those sci-fi movies with people swiping their wrists before entering someplace is now, and it's aboard Princess Medallion cruises. Aside from the sci-fi aspects, it was probably more convenient than a card. One aspect of the Medallion business is that Princess highly encouraged its use for many things: locating your cabin-mates, chatting, internet/intranet, games, casino, restaurant booking and so forth. But all these actions seemed to require downloading yet another app onto your phone to use and then trying to figure out how to make the app work like all the glitzy encouraging promotions make it look like. I had pre-purchased internet for the whole cruise, but "The Best Internet at Sea" only seemed to work ½ to ¾ of the time. If I'd get an internet cafe person's help, they'd race through what, to them, is a boring re-hash of simple steps, only to have my lack of a photographic memory apparently be my undoing. ("Turn this on, but that off, sign on, sign off, but it that's off, sign this off, see, simple?" I was able to locate my distant wife's position one time and never again. Neither of us were every able to get the chat thing to work. (Should mention that our last HAL cruise also had chat then would never work.) All that aside, the cruise was a fine one on a nice ship and provided the stress-free respite we needed in the middle of this European larger trip. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Choose this cruise as it was leaving on date that afforded some of best opportunity for good weather and ability to see marine wildlife and glacier activity. I am more of a casual traveler, not swimsuits but not formal. This was geared ... Read More
Choose this cruise as it was leaving on date that afforded some of best opportunity for good weather and ability to see marine wildlife and glacier activity. I am more of a casual traveler, not swimsuits but not formal. This was geared to the formal experience of dress and meals, relegated to the Buffett most nights. The entertainment at night was less than average when compared to other cruises. Not the large productions that I was used to. The hot tubs and pools were overrun by children who stayed in all day. They now try to hard sell items at dining and other venues which I had not encountered before. It was like a telemarketer. I am sensitive to smoking products so the smile from the open casino often made that part of the ship off limits. The outside smoking was on the back in a prime location which is an area I usually go to. Ironically it was located outside the workout room. The downside of traveling at this time was the 4-5 other cruise ships in the same ports. Completely overwhelms the services in small towns. It was like grand central station at rush hour. There medallion system did not work well and the apps that we attempted to download were problematic or did not work. Those that purchased the WiFi were very disappointed in its performance. I could not believe in this day and age they made u pay for it, and after hearing others, am glad we did not. Days at sea the on board food service is simply not equipped to handle the almost 4000 guests. Personally, we would skip the inside passage cruise and just fly to Alaska next time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
My husbands dream vacation has always been to go to Alaska. We finally saved enough money to go. He is handicapped. We took a land & sea tour, May 14 – 26. It all started with the molded wheel being totally broken off ... Read More
My husbands dream vacation has always been to go to Alaska. We finally saved enough money to go. He is handicapped. We took a land & sea tour, May 14 – 26. It all started with the molded wheel being totally broken off when we arrived at our room at the Denali Lodge. It’s very hard to break them off. I did go to the front desk & the baggage department to report it & advise them their staff should be more careful when throwing luggage around. I also had to go to the front desk 4 times to get a new room card, as our door wouldn’t open. It was very hard for me to go back & forth with my back. They finally sent someone to fix the door. It took over 2 hours to get it resolved. We stayed at the Denali Lodge for 2 nights. We put out our tagged suitcases & wheelchair to be transported to our next hotel, the McKinley. Our luggage arrived but not our wheelchair. The manager was gracious enough to call the Denali. They told him our wheelchair was there and they would send it directly to the Cruise ship Royal Princess. The unacceptable nightmare began there. We had no problem boarding the ship. We never received our luggage until 11am the next day, no wheelchair! We find out that we were assigned to 3 rooms. Our luggage was found in one of the other 2 rooms. We checked with guest services every day. They did give us one of their wheelchairs, but I couldn’t push or maneuver it as I have had 2 back surgeries. My husband has a lightweight transport chair, which I can maneuver. I tried using it for the 1st excursion at Skagway. I couldn’t maneuver it, he even tried pushing me. We weren’t able to go ashore at Juneau because there was no shuttle. We did do a shore excursion at Ketchikan because a bus picked us up right at the ship. We were confined to only part of the ship due to our lack of a wheelchair that I could maneuver. We were at least fortunate enough to be close to the elevators. Luckily we had transport services at the airport for both of us. 11:30pm on the evening we returned home I received a phone call from the Golden Princess asking me where we were. He had our wheelchair. He said they didn’t return to port until June 1st. I emailed lost properties when were returned. Received a return that they have 2 weeks to respond. We had another trip booked for June 5 - 9. We had to borrow a scooter from a friend. Unfortunately it broke down on our 2nd day. Now we have the added expense of fixing their scooter. We were fortunate enough that we had brought 2 of our grandchildren along. They were able to push both of us in wheel chairs. I received a call while on our trip on June 8th, advising me that our wheelchair was being shipped via FedEx. We received it yesterday; June 12th. My husband has had 5 ventral hernia & 2 back surgeries. He has neuropathy in both his feet & lower legs. He also walks around the house with 2 canes. As I stated earlier I have had 2 back surgeries and am in need of another. I feel Princess Vacations could have been more sympathetic as they ruined our Alaska dream vacation. This Alaska vacation was a total disappointment & waste of our money. I feel everything that happened was totally unacceptable & avoidable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the three and some small gripes.1 The laundromat machines for tokens were not working half the time we were on here and 2 the drink machine in the Fitness Center was out of order and when I asked the guy who worked there he did not seem concerned about it.Those machines should be functioning for the guests.The carpet in some areas of the ship is showing some wear and needs to be replaced.Embarkation was terrible long lines and we had the Medallions for our neck .We were very tired from a long flight and having to go through Customs at the Airport and standing in line forever plus waiting for our luggage to be unloaded we went through customs again when we went to the port and security just crazy it slowed down everything .We barely got on the ship when it was time for the lifeboat drill never had that happen in any cruise of the 24 I have taken.Also unfortunately the luggage took a while to be brought to our cabin.We had an incident after a day at sea as passengers who were on a float plane tour in Ketchikan were killed when two planes struck each other total 6 deceased very sad incident.Captain announced over loudspeaker what he knew and then sent out letters to the individual cabins.That was not Princess fault but there were 2 other float plane accidents in the two weeks we were there they are just dangerous not regulated.Other than that our tours were good and the cruise was good .Food was very good and service good.Land part of tour was interesting and fun train ride to Denali took 8 hours from Fairbanks all day trip because train speed is 30 mph.I would say to take a land extension to see more of the state otherwise time in cruise ports is not that long.This is a good cruise it was lots of fun but they could use more entertainment on the ship despite what we saw did enjoy going on a galley tour and the comedian who performed lots of movies to watch on the entertainment system in the cabin.the last excursion we took in Fairbansk the gold dredge and riverboat cruise was the best.The white horse pass train trip in Skagway was very good and the trip into the park in Denali was great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We are a retired couple, who wanted to try cruising for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. We are not interested in too much formality and didn’t want to be overly organised. We found that we could pick and choose what suited ... Read More
We are a retired couple, who wanted to try cruising for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. We are not interested in too much formality and didn’t want to be overly organised. We found that we could pick and choose what suited us. That said we found everything was very well organised. The crew were welcoming and friendly but not intrusive. We had a mini-suite M423, which was well equipped with a large sofa, comfortable bed and pillows, two TV’s, fridge, bath/shower with good hot water and a balcony. The cost of the 11 night cruise was a little over $6000AU for two - excellent value for money. The Medallion facility was great and made it very easy to pay for extras and log in and out. We also thought that extras, like drinks and beverages, were reasonably priced. The port visits were just right for us and gave us a good taste of the major Baltic cities. Overall, we highly recommended this cruise and this ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in ... Read More
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in St-Petersburg! Temperature, we can not predict nor change, so that is why we had our hats, gloves, good shoes, rain coats and many layers. Good for us! The Regal is a beautiful ship, food was wonderful and personnel were very nice, smilling and helpful. Our cabin (mid balcony on Riviera deck ) was perfect and well located. The itinerary and length of cruise were great. The Medaillon was not as expected... but one day... it will! Here are a few of the problems we encountered: it could not open our cabin door nor retreive me (with Compass app) if in my pocket! Our tablet (Samsung Tab S2) could not run some of the apps (we were told we needed a smart phone!). Internet was slow! very slow, not the "fastest internet at sea". It was fast only after 11PM! And, since the TV works with the internet system, when it is down, the TV doesn't work either. At least twice during the cruise, we were told by the waiters that we need to sign the invoice because the system was not working. My husband could not login into his account, because the system doesn't recognize the accent in his name! We were lucky mine worked, to check our onboard account and excursions. But we did find a few good things: we both had the beverage package and we could order 2 drinks with one medaillon, without showing both. On every floor, there are big screens with Medaillon apps, so we can find our way or what is going on or find our friend (of the medaillon is not in a pocket)... And the worst problem : if you loose your medaillon and someone finds it, he can walk to a screen with Compass app, log in with the medaillon, find your cabin and go to your cabin... the medaillon will unlock the door and he is in! WOW! ... So beside the temperature and the medaillon, we had a great cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have cruised many, many times since the 1980’s but never did a transatlantic cruise. Princess had a great “Welcome Back” promotion of which we took advantage since it included one of my favorite cities, Brugge, as well as the ... Read More
We have cruised many, many times since the 1980’s but never did a transatlantic cruise. Princess had a great “Welcome Back” promotion of which we took advantage since it included one of my favorite cities, Brugge, as well as the tulip festival in Holland. It was such a good deal that our friends decided to go with us . Everything about this cruise was perfect! We had absolutely no complaints about anything not even the smallest thing! This ship must have excellent stabilizers as I am prone to seasickness and one day we had hurricane force winds and really huge waves but I never got sick. While I always wear wrist bands, I did not need any medication. Other then that one day, the weather was great. (We got by with sweatshirts or sweaters and a light jackets. Layering is the way to go.) The Captain was excellent! He not only avoided rough seas but because of a medical emergency, he carefully maneuvered the ship while a helicopter airlifted a passenger In the middle of the ocean. While our balcony room was a little smaller than what we expected, we were very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space and loads of hangers- yea! I think it may be a a little too tight for three adult passengers but ok for a child and two adults, Our cabin included a love seat that could open into a bed. Our friends’ cabin which I think was one category below ours but still a balcony only had a chair not a love seat . Our cabin was a little larger as well. We chose anytime dining and liked our table and excellent waitstaff so much that we requested the same table every evening. We used the ship excursions and were glad we did especially in Holland as we were there on the day before King’s Day, a holiday celebrating the King’s Birthday. Well coming back to the ship that Friday afternoon, the traffic was so bad that we were over an hour and a half late (Just like Americans, the Dutch seem to leave work early on the Friday before a holiday ) If we hadn’t been on a ship tour , I would have been extremely nervous! The entertainment was excellent! Even our sports minded husbands were greatly impressed by the solo violinist and pianist and gladly attended extra performances by these artists. We all agreed that all the entertainment was wonderful. So much talent! I truly never expected such outstanding entertainment, We loved the new medallions. So easy to see where our husbands were playing cards and for them to find us shopping. No more ship cards for me ! My friend and I also got the beverage package that included soda and virgin cocktails (mocktails). We had so much fun trying new drinks without having the negative effect of alcohol. The bartenders were all great. This brings me to another point. We were all appreciative that while ready availability if needed, cocktail and photography staff were very discreet. They were never pushy nor constantly bothering you like we usually experience on most cruise shipsI This truly added to making our cruise so special and relaxing. In fact all the personnel on this cruise were polite,helpful, and well trained. This certainly included our cabin steward who had our room cleaned and ready between the time we left and returned from breakfast every day! Our requests were promptly attended to. What a major difference from our last cruise on another cruise line ! Indeed this was one of the best cruises ever and the four of us thank you Princess. We certainly felt welcomed back! PS The entire trip was so relaxing and so enjoyable that I will certainly do it again. However, the next time , I may fly to my destination first and then spend lazy days at sea since it took me about a week to truly recover from the whirlwind of tours and the 9 and a half hour flight home. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have not cruised on Princess for over ten years and that was on the Emerald Princess when we were totally new to cruising. Since then we have cruised over 25 times on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Carnival. ... Read More
We have not cruised on Princess for over ten years and that was on the Emerald Princess when we were totally new to cruising. Since then we have cruised over 25 times on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Carnival. The itinerary went from Fort Lauderdale to Princess Cay, then on to Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and finally Cozumel, Mexico. We did not plan any excursions in Jamaica or Grand Cayman so we stayed on the ship during those stops. In Cozumel we only went ashore to visit the shops as we have been there dozens of times previously. We flew down to Fort Lauderdale a day early just in case of any flight delays. We had a direct flight with Air Transat which was four hours. I had booked us into The Link Hotel on Sunrise which seemed to be a nice hotel when I looked at it on the internet. It had breakfast included and an airport shuttle plus it was fairly close to the port. My mistake in not checking the reviews on “trip advisor” before I booked. The place was a dump. It was basically an old three storey motel where they cleaned up the main reception area so it looked nice. The elevator had pieces of the wall smashed out; the walkway (cement) to our room on the second floor was dirty with old spills that had never been cleaned up. The room had dark laminate flooring so you couldn’t see the dirt. I had on clean white socks and after an hour of walking around unpacking they were black on the bottom. The TV set had thin black lines all through the screen and there was a rip in the ceiling where you could see the insulation. The bathtub had a bunch of cracks in it and there was no plug or metal grab bars. The breakfast was continental and with only one staff looking after the whole area it was also dirty. Someone spilt dry cereal on the floor and it was never cleaned up. We won’t be going to that hotel ever again. We took a shuttle to the ship but we were the last people off so after leaving at 10:30 we did not get to our ship until 11:30. Luckily we were able to go directly aboard after our check-in. I was very surprised to find empty tables in the buffet on the Lido deck at that time of day. I am convinced that the ship was not fully booked. Anyway, the food on the ship was excellent and the service was beyond anything I think I have experienced except on MSC when we were in the Yacht Club. We had a mini-suite on deck 15 (Marina) and it was very convenient to everything. The cabin had lots and lots of storage space with large drawers, a closet with shelves and another larger open closet with dozens of hangers. The balcony was pretty small but there were two high-backed, tilting chairs and a large table so it worked fine for the two of us. We had a bathtub in this room and the only problem we had was with the water pressure. It took 8 minutes to fill the tub and the shower was fairly useless because you had to stand so close to the taps since the pressure did not make the water go farther than about 2 feet out. The ship itself was beautiful. Very classy with lots of gold, brass and marble. Very clean everywhere. I was not very impressed with the elevators since the interior was lovely etched glass mirrors, marble floors and THEN an ugly advertisement pasted on the interior of the elevator door for their “medallion” scheme. VERY tacky. The adult pool in the retreat area was very nice but it was not salt water and the shallow end was 5’2” so you mostly had no choice but to swim constantly unless you just clung to the sides. The water temperature was comfortable. You would have to get there early to get a lounger in the shade but we are early risers so it worked for us. We booked a cabana for the second day of the cruise and the sixth day and then booked a spot in the Sanctuary for the other three days (mornings only). These have padded loungers and are in the retreat pool area (adults only). This did not work well. The first (sea) day it was so windy that you could not use the cabana so we ended up cancelling it and they switched us to the Sanctuary. This is a lovely area with very comfortable padded loungers and constant attendants bringing you ice water, etc. However there is no area with complete shade. The tent-like roof is made out of a type of mesh material and the areas between the metal beams are open to the sun. These gaps are about 2 feet wide so you may find out that you were getting direct sun on some parts of your body and not be aware. The cabanas are $50.00 for a half day and the Sanctuary is $40.00 for a half day. We only planned to use them for the mornings. After the second day we cancelled the rest of our bookings since it was very hot and I ended up with sunburn on part of my arms. The entertainment was very good. We went to two musical/dance shows and two comediennes. The comedienne was hilarious. One of the shows was Beatle maniacs and they were good but I have seen better Beatle imitation groups. Most of the music all over the ship was either live classical (lovely) or 50’s – 60’s so we really enjoyed that. I should mention that most of the music was played at a level where you could actually still carry on a conversation!! We only ate in the main dining room once and the service was great but I was not really impressed with the food. It was better in the buffet and you had a much better selection. They had an outbreak of noro-virus around the fifth day of the cruise and we were totally impressed with their job of sanitizing the ship and looking after the passengers. This is the first cruise I have taken where they announced the outbreak and told us what procedures were being implemented to deal with it. We HAD to wash our hands (with soap/water) before entering the buffet. Servers handed us our dishes and cutlery. Condiments were removed from all the tables and the serving utensils on the buffet were changed about every hour. Staff were wiping down tables, chairs, handrails, etc. constantly. We did not book any excursions but booked a clamshell when we went to Princess Cays. Lovely area and lots of fish when snorkelling. The buffet lunch was great with burgers, hot dogs, bbq ribs, fruit, etc. There were several beaches for swimming and a few shops selling souvenirs. We did not tender into Falmouth or Grand Cayman. There was a sports deck on the ship but it was on deck 19 and in the full sun. There was an area to play lawn bowls, golf putting, shuffle board and a basketball court where they also had pickle-ball at set times. For us it was just too hot to stay up there for any extended period. INTERNET - I had to mention this because my husband cannot stop talking about it. The speed was nearly as fast as our high-speed connection at home. He was very impressed. It is much cheaper to book this package on-line before you go. The casino was good with a non-smoking section. Disembarkation went very smoothly and was not crowded at all. We were off the ship and waiting for a taxi within 30 minutes. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and we will be planning to take more with Princess. We booked this cruise because of the excellent price for a mini-suite and the fact that other cruise lines are putting their prices up into areas that make it too expensive for us to book. The whole "free" airfare, drinks, etc is such a scam and we use none of those perks but still have to pay the price for everyone else. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to snorkel and we wanted to try Princess cruises. The ship was lovely, clean, well maintained, well appointed. We enjoyed the water show and the outdoor movies at night. We LOVED the singers and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to snorkel and we wanted to try Princess cruises. The ship was lovely, clean, well maintained, well appointed. We enjoyed the water show and the outdoor movies at night. We LOVED the singers and dancers/production shows, and the Beatlemaniacs as well. The comedian was great. The food was beautifully presented and well flavored. Our waiters were very good - elegant, knowledgeable, attentive, kind. Our cabin was very well cared for. The weather was excellent, and we loved Princess Cay and St. Thomas. St. Maarten's traffic was bad, probably due to repairs being made from the hurricanes last year, so getting around took a long time. I would recommend going one place (a nice beach) and staying there, rather than trying to see much around the island. Maho beach was fun because the airplanes fly directly over the beach, and the water was great there. Orient Beach looked fun, but we didn't swim there. We will definitely cruise on Princess again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Regal Princess because she was a new ship and because of the fairly good reviews she was receiving. So pleased that Princess has changed the "chopped up" feeling we experienced on the Royal Princess as well as some ... Read More
We chose the Regal Princess because she was a new ship and because of the fairly good reviews she was receiving. So pleased that Princess has changed the "chopped up" feeling we experienced on the Royal Princess as well as some of their older ships. It was a pleasure to be able to walk from one end of the ship to the other without coming to a dead end and having to go down or up the stairs to reach the dining room. The Piazza was as beautiful as ever and the entertainment was really good. The Beatle tribute band the last night in the Piazza had everyone up and dancing and singing along with them. The Crooner's Lounge had a fabulous singer and piano player each night. So pleased with the affordable Mocktail beverage package. Also the internet package of $10 per day was great value, even though I did not use it. The shops had good variety and very good prices and I was able to purchase a really neat cruise theme top. Every crew member and staff and officers that we encountered were so friendly and courteous as well as helpful. The ship was so clean as well and the new Medallion experience was great. Hope other cruise lines switch to similar programs in the future. Food was very good as well as a decent variety being offered. We are really looking forward to booking another cruise on the Regal Princess in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked a mini suite on this beautiful ship. The room was very nice, roomy, clean, a full bathroom with bath and shower. We were impressed. What was less impressive was that there were 3 bottles of water in the room, too 500ml and 1 of ... Read More
We booked a mini suite on this beautiful ship. The room was very nice, roomy, clean, a full bathroom with bath and shower. We were impressed. What was less impressive was that there were 3 bottles of water in the room, too 500ml and 1 of 1.5 ltrs. The caveat was you HAD TO PAY FOR THEM!, the small ones were $2.50 and the large one 3.98 + 18% tax, ridiculous for the amount we paid for the mini suite. Now as far as food is concerned no complaints as long as we wanted to eat in the buffet, the main dining room had a dress code, I mean w're on vacation and a dress code was not what I expected, dress pants and a dress shirt in the Caribbeans, ridiculous. the was te food is outrageous, people take more than they can eat and it's all thrown in the garbage, as one of the waiters commented this is just one ship, there hundreds doing te same thing. Our room stewart Nicola was wonderful he took great care of us and our room was always spotless. To get back to rules they have a drink package, it's $60.00 per day per person plus taxes 18%, but if your wife or partner does not drink it does not work it's 2 or nothing. I was really disapointed with the overall mission of Princess make as much money as you can. The shows were very nice and we enjoyed them. I will never cruise with Princess again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my 26th cruise on Princess. They are the most consistent, affordable cruise line. The cabins are good sized. Plenty of storage. We were in a mini suite. Two TV's, a small balcony, toward the front of the ship. Bathroom ... Read More
This was my 26th cruise on Princess. They are the most consistent, affordable cruise line. The cabins are good sized. Plenty of storage. We were in a mini suite. Two TV's, a small balcony, toward the front of the ship. Bathroom had a bathtub which I don't care about but it was certainly roomy. The food is always consistent. I love eating at the buffet. Theme nights almost every night. Mongolian night and the Asian "bowl" nights are my favorites. Everything is made to order and outstanding. The rest of the nights are Italian, Mexican, American and Gala night. Each one is very good with many, many choices. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward was so efficient. Our cabin was cleaned and restocked minutes after we would leave the room. I think Princess has the best pizza on deck of any cruise line. Hamburgers are good also. The entertainment is good but not great. The crowning jewel is Movies Under The Stars. Absolutely love them. And current movies too. I love the free movies on the TV. All in all, we never have to worry if the cruise is going to be good, as they have all been good. That is more than I can say with other cruise lines that we have frequented. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because it fit within our schedule and we needed to get away for some rest and relaxation. We had been on the Regal Princess before and had enjoyed this ship immensely. This time we were pleasantly surprised with the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit within our schedule and we needed to get away for some rest and relaxation. We had been on the Regal Princess before and had enjoyed this ship immensely. This time we were pleasantly surprised with the improvement in the selection and preparation of the food. The American bacon was greatly welcomed but make sure it is crispy. Service was excellent and always with a smile. Entertainment was also stepped up from our previous cruise. Embarkation had one hiccup in that the shuttle took some time to get to us at the airport. Otherwise, getting on and off the ship was about as good as it gets. Getting to the theater from dinner seems to be a rush to get a good seat but this is true no matter what the cruise ship. More signage is needed to advertise the fact that life-jackets aren't needed at the life-boat drill—a card in the cabin would do it if prominently displayed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First time on Regal. Mini-suite was very nice. Extra room was appreciated as well as the bathtub. Cabin steward was perfect. He kept the cabin in top order. Medallion worked as they advertise. Helpful to find my better half anywhere ... Read More
First time on Regal. Mini-suite was very nice. Extra room was appreciated as well as the bathtub. Cabin steward was perfect. He kept the cabin in top order. Medallion worked as they advertise. Helpful to find my better half anywhere in the ship. Food was great as well as service staff. Thought about. Specialty restaurant but main dining food was just fine. Good portions and still hot. Deserts were very nice and were wonderful. Sitting areas offer a wide choice from outside to quiet, music or entertainment were your choice. One of the nicest ships I have sailed on. Wife enjoyed the spa but too much hard sell for products. Photographers did not block walk ways. Cruise had perfect weather for outside activities While on this cruise the ship was requested to do a rescue of plane crash victims. We were tright there and saw the professional actions and responses of departments. Goggle Regal Princess Rescue Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised the Regal prior and choose the ship and itinerary to exit the cold weather in Ohio and enjoy the Fun and Sun of the Caribbean. The Entertainment and Staff are very enjoyable. We switched several years ago from Holland ... Read More
We have cruised the Regal prior and choose the ship and itinerary to exit the cold weather in Ohio and enjoy the Fun and Sun of the Caribbean. The Entertainment and Staff are very enjoyable. We switched several years ago from Holland America because we were not happy with the changes made plus the Entertainment and choices are much better on Princess. This was our first opportunity to experience the Medallion Cruising. We found it very enjoyable even in it's early stages of use. The onboard Medallion Staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions we had. I did have to replace my Medallion most likely due to a low battery. Even though I loaded the APP Ocean Ready on my iPhone prior to the cruise and entered all the required information for both my wife and I we still had an issue with my wife's Medallion upon Embarkation. Plus the "locate" function for her as my Shipmate did not work. I am certain that the bugs will be worked out prioir to our next Princess Cruise on the Sky in December 2019. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the ... Read More
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the food, activities, and entertainment was catered to that crowd. Food was bland and not well seasoned. Very repetitive as far as the Buffett selections on a day to day basis. During the day at the pool, there was no music, they would play movies or videos of concerts of people like Elton john or Bryan Adams. They screen was in the air so you had to stare into the sun if you decided to watch during the day. No pool activities or games. Servers around the pool were few and far between. At night it was all broadway type entertainment catered to the older crowd. Drink menus were also the same throughout the ship with only about 10 total mixed drinks on it. Again this isn’t so much a bad review as it is a warning to anyone looking to have fun while on board the ship. Also two of the ports did not have docks for the large cruise ship, spending hours on small rescue boats in rough waters and waiting in lines to travel back and forth. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Always wanted to do S. America. We left from Ft. Lauderdale and 49 days later arrived in Los Angeles. Google this and you will see all the ports those cruises go to. Regal Princess is a good ship, big waves seem have no effect on ... Read More
Always wanted to do S. America. We left from Ft. Lauderdale and 49 days later arrived in Los Angeles. Google this and you will see all the ports those cruises go to. Regal Princess is a good ship, big waves seem have no effect on the ship. Food was perfect, the Piazza was to noisy for our taste. There is the ice cream parlor, wine bar, International coffee with snacks for during day and night. Internet was good and affordable. The buffets are great, no long lines and you can sit outside too. On the 13st floor is a Jogging trail which we used everyday to walk 4 miles. Pools where heated and not crowded. The SPA's had about 100 degree. Movies under the stars is a highlight for the evening. We have more than 250 days of cruise experience - so we know about illness. So much noise is made about the NOROvirus - which one can avoid through hygiene. Not much news about getting upper and lower respiratory illness. We did not go to: restaurants, theater, other gathering of people, had a balcony and used the buffet sitting outside eating. In Spite of that both of us - and 1000+ guest fell ill. So if you plan on going on a long cruise - get ready to get ill. This is true for all current cruise ships, maybe new once have better air management. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
badgered by relatives and friends to go.....would not have done it otherwise...no regrets. This was my first Ocean Cruise.....have done two other river cruises. By far a much bigger ship with much more available. Getting on and off ... Read More
badgered by relatives and friends to go.....would not have done it otherwise...no regrets. This was my first Ocean Cruise.....have done two other river cruises. By far a much bigger ship with much more available. Getting on and off the ship was a hassle but not unexpected for the number of people. The people on the ship were all polite and helpful. Our facilities were all clean however I did wash my Hands 2372 times....smile....We did appreciate the care of our cabin by the young lady. Very helpful person as well. The food was good, a great variety with healthy choices (only gained three pounds) and the waiters were helpful, polite and knowledgable about the menu. Liked the balcony, used it quite a bit. Having the info available on the TV about the position of the ship enroute , the weather and the bridge cam was interesting for me. I did note that the two main news channels available were only the extreme left and right politically. CNBC was good to have. BBC was good for world news. I would certainly give your cruise line a positive review and tell others it was a good experience. May go again , age and health permitting. Thank you for the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for my husbands 70th Birthday. We have sailed on this ship twice before as well as her sister ship, The Royal three times and love the larger Piazza and entertainment options onboard. The shows are superb in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my husbands 70th Birthday. We have sailed on this ship twice before as well as her sister ship, The Royal three times and love the larger Piazza and entertainment options onboard. The shows are superb in the Princess theater and we enjoy all the game shows in the Princess Live theater as well. So much fun. The Piazza is just spectacular with plenty of room to dance or just relax at a table in the surrounding area to watch all the many festivities going on day or night. Dining options are great too. We enjoy the option of anytime dining. We also enjoyed the option of making a reservation each night. Once we realized our waiter on our first night was absolutely amazing, we utilized the reservations to be able to get his table most evenings during this voyage. We also saw improvements to the menu from a previous cruise on another Princess ship. This was one of our best experiences out of the 27 cruises we’ve done in the last twenty years. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was the easiest, most enjoyable of any cruise I have taken. The Medallion program added many benefits like ease of finding travel companions, Finding way around ship and hands free access to cabin. The cabin was small but ... Read More
Embarkation was the easiest, most enjoyable of any cruise I have taken. The Medallion program added many benefits like ease of finding travel companions, Finding way around ship and hands free access to cabin. The cabin was small but well organized. The traditional dining was great. I did try the " pay extra" dining, but wouldn't again simply because including dining was at least as good, usually better. The number 1 highlight was the stage shows in the princess theater. They are the best at sea. Very professional, don't miss Bravo, but all shows were unforgettable. The singers and dancers could rival Broadway! The cruise director worked hard providing a wide range of activities even when a port had to be cancelled due to weather. I even saw her leading a Line Dancing lesson. As to be expected with a high ranking cruise line service was all one could ask for. One nice small feature for all of us who don't want to overpay for shipboard drinks, Princess allows you to buy 375 ML bottles of libations in advance. I had two bottles of Whiskey for a little more than a liter at home. I would and will do this again. A great worry free vacation on a classy ship. Wayne Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I are first time travelers on a cruise and really enjoyed the Regal Princess, western Caribbean cruise. We had the mini-suite which was very spacious. The whole ship lived up to our expectations and would not hesitate to ... Read More
My husband and I are first time travelers on a cruise and really enjoyed the Regal Princess, western Caribbean cruise. We had the mini-suite which was very spacious. The whole ship lived up to our expectations and would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to family and friends. We enjoyed the food, entertainment, the bars, piazza, the friendly staff and responses to any concerns. We did not eat at the specialty restaurants as we were enjoying the main dining room. After the first night, we only used the buffet for breakfast. We especially enjoyed any time dining. Although we are in our 60’s, there was a wide age range which we enjoyed. Although we are able –bodied, we preferred the ports where you could just walk off. No problem at Princess Cays on the tender, but in Grand Cayman, it was very choppy and I did not enjoy the ride to shore. I would have preferred to miss that. Unless you are a very heavy drinker, I don’t feel the drinks package is worth it. We just had a few drinks every day, even the occasional bottle of wine at dinner. Our bill was very reasonable at the end of the cruise, and a lot less had we paid for the drinks package. Our only negative was the guy taking our luggage from us as to board the ship. He expected a tip which we were not expecting and could not give him anything. Our luggage came very late and felt it was a consequence of that as he was grumbling. He was the only negative person we encountered during the whole experience. We would not hesitate to cruise with Princess again. Looking forward to Sky Princess! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We had friends on board that we wanted to join. We love going to the Beergarden on Front Street in St Thomas for bushwhackers, etc. Only one show a night. Food is better on Royal. Staff is nicer on Regal. No Logos trivia. Long stay on ST ... Read More
We had friends on board that we wanted to join. We love going to the Beergarden on Front Street in St Thomas for bushwhackers, etc. Only one show a night. Food is better on Royal. Staff is nicer on Regal. No Logos trivia. Long stay on ST Thomas- people were skeptical about being out after dark. Iffy is over promoted. Jewelry stores flourish after the hurricanes. Still selling stuff way to high. Lots of junk. Lots of people trying to get you in the stores. Annoying. Drinks are way to high on ship so every packs into bars. Ship is still kept very clean. No supervision of chair hogs at the pool side. The buffet is pretty congested on Sea days. The dining room food was better than the buffet. The menus are posted so you can see them in the afternoon. They do give you the next night menu in dining room on the night before if you have specific dietary needs ( Vegan). Getting off was long this time. we sat in dining room waiting to be called. Later than was scheduled. Staff is very helpful. 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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