Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I have cruised 7 other times on either Carnival or NCL and enjoyed them all. However, after a week on this ship we agreed this was our favorite. Embarkation was smooth and fast around 12:30pm, we just Ubered from the FLL ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised 7 other times on either Carnival or NCL and enjoyed them all. However, after a week on this ship we agreed this was our favorite. Embarkation was smooth and fast around 12:30pm, we just Ubered from the FLL airport to the cruise port, no problem, $18. One of the best tips I read on this site was to head to Alfredo's for lunch and avoid the crowds at the buffet. Salad, pizza, drinks were great in a nice quiet environment. I am GF and the pizza was great even for me! We ate again here later in the week. Staying on the topic of food, we found the buffet to be the BEST we have seen on a cruise! Normally we only eat at the buffet once for dinner at most, bet this buffet had so much variety and quality we ate there 3 times. Fantastic options for every palate that were fresh and different each night. The MDR was just ok. Service and quality was similar to what we had experienced on other cruises. (good) I found the menu to be worse however. Limited steak, I am used to having the option to order a steak any night. It wasn't on the menu most nights. My wife and I had anytime dining and that seemed to be a bit of a problem the first night. One DR (Symphony)if you wanted eat before 7pm, after that you had to go to another DR (Concerto). If you weren't there before 6:30pm or before you would get seated at Symphony. If you weren't at Concerto by 7:30pm you had to wait an hour or so to eat. I would seriously consider traditional dining if I were to cruise on the Regal again. Less hassle! My GF diet was treated well as on other cruises, as long as i ordered the night before I was not refused anything. I did miss having a choice of desserts, on the Regal Princess the chef just had one GF dessert each night, chef's choice. We ate at the Crown Grill Steakhouse one night and it was fantastic, well worth the upgrade! Breakfast was always at the buffet for us, enjoyed our Omlettes and all the other options. Also we have to give a shoutout to Gelato, a wonderful ice cream place that served decadent sundaes, etc. for a reasonable price. We shared one for $3 and it was awesome. Our inside stateroom was assigned just days prior to the cruise. We were in Riviera deck R724, the last room at the back of the ship on our entire deck! Our concerns about motion or noise were quickly eliminated, no problem there. The Riviera deck is deck #14 too! Room was fine, loved the large tv and the menu of movies, tv series or live tv. Definately the best tv of any cruise. Oh, and don't forget episodes of the original Love Boat series! We watched one each night before bed! The safety video was great too, starring the original cast of the Love Boat demostrating everything! Too much fun. Our room was very handy to the buffet especially, just up two flights of stairs and in! Loved the room and location was suprisingly good. The entertainment was good. Not as busy nor as many options as on Carnival or NCL, but the shows were quality, especially the tribute to dance and the tribute to musical theatre. Awesome. Casino was a bit quieter and not as exciting as other cruises, so went sparingly. They did have the usual Bj and slot tournaments for $20 which were fun, I used both our coupons from the free book they give you which gave me an extra opportunity for both tournaments to qualify for free! The bar scene is great on the ship. I can't recall so many bars with very different personalities! If you want to do something fun, have a drink at each one throughout the week, very cool. We liked the Wheelhouse best. Movie nights outside on the big screen have been offered by our other cruise lines but we never felt comfortable enought to watch an entire move. Princess did this right and we actually stayed out and watched two movies during the week! The plush red padding they added to the chairs and attached pillow were fantastic. you could even grab blankets which my wife loved! Popcorn was tasty as well. The water works show or fountain show between the pools was like a mini Bellagio fountain show set to music. Very cool! The champaign tower built in the Piazza atrium was fantastic. Ballroom dancing was fun to watch from above with the live band playing. The public spaces on this ship or fantastic, the Piazza is a great example. So well thought out. We spent all our time in the sun at the adult only retreat at the front of the boat. If you wandered out there by 9am you could still snag a couple chairs. The cabanas were neat, but we didn't rent one. By the time we enquired they were sold out for the sea days. We did make a reservation at the Sanctuary. We really enjoyed our half day in the morning. You are treated like royalty and served flavoured waters, menu for snacks, etc. For $20 each I wish there were more days available. Make your reservations as soon as you get on the ship!!! We went at about 3:30pm after having lunch and going to our room and got one of the last spots in the Sanctuary for the entire week! Super quiet and elegant. Really felt like a VIP. The ports were good, private island (Princess Cays) weather wasn't great but we got an hour of solid sunshine. We rented a clamshell and would do that again. $40 and first come first served as far a location. Great to have a home base. Buffet was good, a bit of a wait though. Nice spot. St Thomas never disappoints for the view from the cruise ship as you come into port. Beautiful! As this was our 2nd time there, we made our own excursion to Trunk Bay in St. Johns! Well worth the trip. Maybe the most beautiful beach we have ever been to. Crowd was medium, we rented chairs to sit on which I would recommend. We didn't realize there was no food there so I would take some snacks with you. There is a bar there. Wonderful clear water, could have stayed all day. So we took a cab to the ferry at Red Hook, ferried over and took a shuttle to the beach which we picked up outside the ferry terminal. None of this was pre-reserved. Fairly smooth, just watch your timing to the ferry as it leaves on the hour, you don't want to sit and wait for 45 min for another one. St Martaan we booked the excursion through the ship. Party boat to Maho bay where we anchored down and watched the planes come in while snorkeling. Very fun and informative. Closest boat to the runway by far. Princess does the little things well. I highly recommend them and this boat. It never felt too crowded even though it was sold out entirely. For similar or slighty more $ Princess is worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Embarkation was the easiest I have ever experienced! We were onboard in a flash, dropped our things in our cabin, that was almost ready, and were off to explore long before lunch. Expecting an obstructed view balcony, I was a bit ... Read More
Embarkation was the easiest I have ever experienced! We were onboard in a flash, dropped our things in our cabin, that was almost ready, and were off to explore long before lunch. Expecting an obstructed view balcony, I was a bit nervous, but no need. There was no obstruction whatsoever. The view was lovely. A few hiccups with the pre-ordered balcony breakfast, and bathrobes. No more than just a slight "hiccup" though. A teeny bit disappointed with the dinner & desserts menu, on a couple of days, for limited choices. But, that being said, the expansive choices at the Bistro was phenominal! Crown Grill was amazing! Pool definitely wasn't big enough to accomodate so many people, especially with 3 sea days, but not much can be done about that. We very much enjoyed our first Princess cruise! We will probably sail with them again. So far, they rank 2nd for my daughter & I. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I selected Princess Regal because most reviews were good and the price of our balcony stateroom was fair for a Christmas cruise. This was my fourth cruise and my daughters first. I have cruised with Disney and Royal Caribbean prior and ... Read More
I selected Princess Regal because most reviews were good and the price of our balcony stateroom was fair for a Christmas cruise. This was my fourth cruise and my daughters first. I have cruised with Disney and Royal Caribbean prior and fully trusted this was going to be equivalent to them, NOT true! Embarking was just ok, felt like a “number” and felt rushed by the staff. Staff appeared unhappy and all had fake smiles, nothing seemed genuine and we certainly did feel welcomed. (Compared to Disney and R/C where we always felt appreciated and literally felt like royalty). Food was equivalent to school cafeteria, it all “looked” tasty however we had to take two plates to taste-test - it was pretty bad. Service was even worse, staff not friendly and we almost felt invisible on this cruise UNLESS they wanted to solicited you for an event. Was told prior to cruising that all cabins were equipped with Roku and Prime TV. (Told by Princess Cruise Lines 800 #) NOT true! Our tv did not work for any of the News programs. If you try to call Guest Services they never answer! Room service was good (must be a different kitchen) however menu is somewhat limited. Staterooms very small, as well as balcony. Nothing fancy and furnishings are worn and broken. Refrigerator was barely cool. Balcony table broken and beat. Anytime Dining was a joke! Long lines! We only experienced the Dining room one evening, food was less than stellar, tasted like Scwanns and pre cooked! Horrible! And I just could not get past how unhappy the staff was. I am sure this comes from the top, Princess must not treat their staff well! Disembarking went quickly however, again, the staff was NOT friendly! Old gentleman monitoring the escalator literally YELLED at my daughter! My daughter never wants to sail again. I will stick with R/C and Disney, I never thought I would be miserable on a newer and expensive cruise until now! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We just got off the regal today after spending Christmas week onboard this beautiful ship. After this week Princess will be our go to cruise line . Although the ship was at capacity, it never felt crowded, even seats at the shows were ... Read More
We just got off the regal today after spending Christmas week onboard this beautiful ship. After this week Princess will be our go to cruise line . Although the ship was at capacity, it never felt crowded, even seats at the shows were readily available. We booked mid June, and interior guaranteed cabin category ID (aft). Price difference between interior and balcony will pay for our next cruise this spring. We got our cabin assignment on the Monday prior to sailing. We were upgraded to a balcony, mid aft, Across from the laundry facility. I was a bit concerned about noise, however, there were no issues whatsoever. The ship was decked out for the holidays, and was truly beautiful. Although turkey was offered as well as ham, there was no real holiday traditional foods offered. The menusThroughout the week were wonderful. I cannot say there was one bad meal. My one disappointment, is that there was so many good things on the daily menu, I did not have the chance to taste the fettuccine Alfredo. I did however have the goat cheese soufflé, and it is all that it is cracked up to be. I’ve read so many comments about the small size of the lobster, yes it is on the small side, feel free to order two or three. Deserts were yummy, especially the chocolate ones. The enclave thermal pool, Is so relaxing and eased many an aching muscle, well worth the cost. It was $149 for the week, no discount for couples. The medallion is up and running, although not fully at this time. It will unlock your cabinet door, And is used for purchases, and getting on and off the ship. You can use the locator but only on the boards that are near the elevators. You cannot use it within the app on a telephone, nor can you order drinks with it to be delivered to your location on deck. At this time you need the card for the dining room. The medallion Internet, it’s super fast, and easy to use. Pre-paying is a bit cheaper than waiting to sign up once on the ship, $59.99 vs $69.99 for 7 days. With those of you who are platinum an elite, they do offer an upgrade to the unlimited which was $52 for the week. They also have a multiple devices plan that-can be usedFor up to four devices, it ran $139.99. We were able to stream shows from Amazon onto our devices, as well as make video calls using duo. Being Christmas week there were many children on board, somewhere in the range of 650. Any child that we ran into was truly enjoying the kids programming. We had no issues with any of the kids on board, mostly very well behaved. Regarding smoking on the ship, the main area is on deck 17 all the way aft, a cigar lounge on deck six, called Churchill’s ,A small area on deck seven all the way aft, And along the back wall in the casino slot machine area. Churchill’s Does get very smoky, even for someone who is a smoker. Casino did not get very Smoky, and was only briefly noticeable one evening. I think someone lit up prior to going into the casino. The area that smoking is allowed in the casino is a bit larger than described online. Covering the entire back wall. There is no smoking in the casino on formal nights. Overall really no issues with smell, anywhere, unless you were by Churchhill’s when the door was being opened. If you are looking to purchase cigarettes duty free, wait to you get to St. Martens (in town not the port area) or Cozumel. We truly loved our week on the regal, and look forward to going again with princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Having sailed with many cruise lines, and about 6 with various Princess ships (which have all had terrible entertainment) We thought the Regal being a newer ship would have pulled out all the stops for the Christmas cruise to the ... Read More
Having sailed with many cruise lines, and about 6 with various Princess ships (which have all had terrible entertainment) We thought the Regal being a newer ship would have pulled out all the stops for the Christmas cruise to the Caribbean, but unfortunately not! The evening shows were so bad, the 'theatre' was not only half empty every night, but lots of people were walking out. The 'theatre' was more like a working mens club. No lovely backdrops or big stage/seats/curtains etc like they do on the RCCL, nowhere to put drinks, you have to hold them. It all looked so cheap. There was no poolside entertainment, the cruise director was a joke, nowhere to be seen throughout the whole cruise, whereas yet again, on the RCCL there are lots of competitions and games all day poolside and the cruise directors really get passengers to have a good time. This is sadly lacking on Princess cruises. The food in the Horizon buffet was excellent, far better than the restaurant which was very unusual, so we ate in there mostly. The staff were all lovely and very friendly. Drinks are good on the Princess, the cocktails are superior to most ships, but that is about all. There are normally a few bars on each end of the main poolside area, but the Regal has left them out, and now ordering drinks takes forever, by the time the waiter brings them, the beer is warm. The cabins are good and have lots of room, but the safe is right on top of the bathroom, so you have to squeeze past each other if one is using the other. Another bad design. All in all, a very average cruise, disappointing for Christmas, and first time cruisers we spoke to all said the same, so its not that we are just used to better. I think we are done with Princess now, and will go back to RCCL, for the shows and entertainment mostly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We picked this cruise for value,quility, and time frame. We also liked the ports and the days at sea. I truly believe that Princess cruise line does a exceptional job in all areas of there services for cruisers who are looking for a well ... Read More
We picked this cruise for value,quility, and time frame. We also liked the ports and the days at sea. I truly believe that Princess cruise line does a exceptional job in all areas of there services for cruisers who are looking for a well efficiently run cruise line. We really enjoyed all the different options for eating. Alfredos had a delicious pizza with very friendly service. Ate at the specialty steak restaurant Crown Grill, pleasant service, good appetizers, and delicious top of the line steaks.Traditional dining and my time dining was well timed and service was always pleasant and menu and deserts were of good quality. Buffet food was delicious with so many options. INTERNATIONAL Cafe had great coffee options and very good deserts, pastries, many options of sandwiches and salads. Try there yogurt parfait, absolutely delicious.Many options around ship and pool area for snacks and drinks. They have a nice gym .Offer many choices of entertainment for children and Adults. Pool ares were busy at times and quiet at times. Movie under the stars was really nice ,they even showed movies during the day at times . We were very happy and felt in the Christmas Spirit. They played christmas music,decorated , and celebrated many activities for children and adults. Loved the Singers and the musical bands. So much to love on the love boat. All i can say is try it you will love it.We loved sailing on the Regal Princess and plan on sailing again in the near future. Sincerely David &Gina Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked this cruise the year before to celebrate my birthday. The ship placed balloons and a card outside the cabin. I was sang happy birthday at afternoon tea and at dinner which was very kind. I also received a cake at dinner. We ... Read More
We booked this cruise the year before to celebrate my birthday. The ship placed balloons and a card outside the cabin. I was sang happy birthday at afternoon tea and at dinner which was very kind. I also received a cake at dinner. We were on the ship for Christmas day and had asked the waiters what the arrangements were for Christmas lunch but were greeted with a vague answer, so i thought there would be a gala dinner in the evening. There was not. There was a turkey option on the menu otherwise it was much the same as every other dinner. No Christmas, crackers, bad jokes or silly hats! We had previously been on PO Ventura for Xmas where Christmas dinner had all the trimmings. We also asked what happened to Baked Alaska night but were told this only happens at first sitting. The ship did provide carol singing and a visit for the children from Father Christmas along with some Christmas shows. The Medallion system was very useful in keeping track of the teenage daughter. You could simply go to the screen near the lift, place your medallion on it and it allows you to find the others your cabin, much to the annoyance of my daughter!! My daughter went to the teen club the second week and made several friends. Although they joined in some activities they preferred to do their own thing around the ship. Some fellow cruisers seem to have difficulty in understanding the formal dress code. The tender to Grand Cayman was a nightmare. It took ages to get off the ship. On the return we were waiting in a long queue in the open in high temperatures. When we finally got on a tender a storm blew through. The tender had difficulty coming along side to get the passengers off. My husband got off but they stopped me and my daughter disembarking as it was too dangerous. The tender pulled away before trying again. It was scary. We were well looked after by the cabin steward and the waiters in the restaurant. The production shows were very good some of which were repeated during the second week but we enjoyed Bravo so much we saw it again, We took one shore excursion. In the past if the excursion went over lunch time lunch was provided. It was not on this excursion. We had a lovely tour guide in Jamaica Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have cruised as a family on 5+ cruises now and this is one of the worst we have been on. Norwegian and Celebrity are MUCH better than Princess for about the same cost. The food, entertainment, ports--everything was better with them. ... Read More
We have cruised as a family on 5+ cruises now and this is one of the worst we have been on. Norwegian and Celebrity are MUCH better than Princess for about the same cost. The food, entertainment, ports--everything was better with them. Princess needs to stop cutting corners and amp up their customer service. Cruise staples of soft serve ice cream and pizza were bad. If you like breakfast food, bring your own because they have no idea what good breakfast food is (and as we all know, it's hard to mess up breakfast).The ports were okay, but the tender service in the Grand Caymans was a NIGHTMARE. The tender I was on I waited 15 minutes for, but we were sitting out in rocky waves for an hour while everyone was throwing up. It was a disaster. On the way back the tender line was wrapped around itself with people waiting. All of the other cruise lines in port had minuscule lines compared to ours. While we were waiting, we had the "pleasure" of an extremist evangelical preacher screaming at us all in line. Ironically, he got on our tender as he was a passenger on our ship, yet Princess staff did not diffuse the situation. This was our first and last cruise on Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Princess is a great cruise company. I love them! The food is delicious, great variety, and wonderful wait staff. They are very knowledgeable. The entertainment is superb. Enjoyed their shows. Recently saw the Production Show: Born to ... Read More
Princess is a great cruise company. I love them! The food is delicious, great variety, and wonderful wait staff. They are very knowledgeable. The entertainment is superb. Enjoyed their shows. Recently saw the Production Show: Born to Dance which was excellent as was the Beatlemaniacs. One would think you are actually seeing the Beatles. Saw them twice and danced to their music! A.J. Clarke is a great entertainer with his singing and playing the piano.as are the DJ Jokers Wild group. I am an Elite passenger and have sailed with Princess numerous times and will continue to do so. They have great perks to keep you returning! This particular ship had the new Ocean Medallions. One didn't need their cruise card to get in their cabin as once you approached your cabin door (carrying the Medallion or cruise card) it would unlock. All you had to do was open the door. There were plenty of activities to keep you busy. The ports of call were very nice. Above it indicated the cruise was 14 nights, but I had no way to change this as it was a 7 night cruise that I had taken.. If someone wanted a longer cruise they could have taken the 14 nights, but I didn't have the time available to do so now. They have a "Sea Walk" which is a glass walkway that hangs over the sea. It is a great view of the ocean below. The Regal Princess has a huge Piazza which gives you plenty of space to engage in many activities (dancing, entertainment, etc) The ship is beautiful and being the holiday well decorated! I would definitely recommend them to anyone who likes to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
My family and I have been on approx 30 cruises. We have status with RCL (Preferred), Norwegian and Carnival. We had only heard positive things about Princess so decided to on a 7 day Princess Cruise leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. The ... Read More
My family and I have been on approx 30 cruises. We have status with RCL (Preferred), Norwegian and Carnival. We had only heard positive things about Princess so decided to on a 7 day Princess Cruise leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. The cruise was paid for in early November 2018 for 3 Balcony Cabins. One day before traveling to FLL for the cruise, Princess (working with partner cancelled one of our paid for cabins. This action taken after one of our cruisers was unable to join the rest of the family. In no way was there any communication to Princess that the other sailors wanted to cancel any of the 3 paid for reservations. After some haggling with Princess via Planner, they provided us with an Inside Cabin...all the way on the other side of the ship...and charged us the same price as what we had paid for the Balcony? Not only that, but as a Military Veteran of 11 years, I was informed in writing by Planner that each of the 3 cabins would be provided with $100 spending. Upon check in,, none of the 3 cabins was provided with anything. After working with Princess Customer Service Manager on the Regal, they finally decided to provide my cabin only with the $100 credit. Note that I provided a copy of my DD214 to her and to Partner and to Princess...all to no avail. There are plenty other horror stories to share about our adventure on the Regal, but that would be for another topic...also note that Carnival owns Princess, Holland and other cruise lines. So if planning a Christmas Cruise and stopping at the Caymans as example, where a Tender Boat is required, plan on waiting 3+ hours to get off the ship, and worse, each of the cruise lines only had 1-2 Tenders running at a time meaning your return back to the ship meant spending at least another 2+ hours in line...it was so bad that our ship was sailing and we still had over 1000 people waiting to be tendered back to our ship. The anger from the passengers was incredible...the ship offered everyone a glass of wine as a means of saying sorry for the inconvenience. By far the worst cruise line of the 4 i've been on. I would never recommend Princess to anyone...I will limit my cruising to Royal Caribbean and Norwegian going forward. Lesson learned! Read Less
Regal Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
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 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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