The Ship - The Regal Princess is a gorgeous ship. The use of wood and earth tones throughout gives it an elegant yet warm and welcoming feel. Areas of the ship were easy to locate. Our cabin was located in the back of the ship so it was easy to get to the Horizon Court and the Promenade. But it does have a few quirks. The elevators on most decks do not have an indicator light above the doorways to signal when an elevator has arrived. We found ourselves scrambling to get to the elevator before the doors closed. The seating in the Vista Lounge is not easily accessible and very cumbersome for both passengers and wait staff. They have barrel shaped chairs that are impossible to get into and located in front of the sofas and cocktail tables. The seating in the Princess Theater no longer has the little tables that pop out from the arms of the chairs for drinks. So, if you want a drink, its up to you to figure out what you're going to do with the glass.
The Entertainment - The Princess singers and dancers were outstanding. Their level of performance in Fiera and Bravo was incredible. The choreography in both productions was superb. Most of the guest entertainers were ok. I thought they had too many of the same kind of performer. The string quartet was very good and they performed regularly in the Piazza with a featured performance in the Vista Lounge. If you like to dance or even just to listen to good music, they had a very nice quartet band that played most nights in the Piazza.
The Activities - During the Mediterranean leg of the 29 day voyage, I wasn't expecting a lot for activities for obvious reasons. Passengers would be going on excursions or exploring ports of call. However, once we got to the maiden crossing of the Atlantic, I was expecting to be fully engaged in activities. After all, we going to be out at sea for 7 straight days. Unfortunately, most of the activities or enrichment type programs were uninspiring. Most of the culinary demonstrations they had I either have seen before or I have cooked the dish at home. The lecture on TV's funniest moments was entertaining, but I have seen similar lectures done by the same guy. The lectures on ocean liners, the Titanic and the Princes of Wales, were somewhat interesting but a bit on the dry side. I was expecting that once we were out at sea for 7 days, they would offer something for Creativity at Sea, but nothing ever showed up in the Patter.