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Regal Princess Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Entertainment
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Regal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
1594 reviews

Pros
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Bottom Line
Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining

About

Passengers
3,560

Crew
1,346

Passenger to Crew
2.64:1

Launched
2014

Shore Excursions
603
Sails To
Australia & New Zealand, South Pacific, British Isles & Western Europe, Europe, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, Canada & New England
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Regal Princess Overview

Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasionally struggle with: finding a balance between fun and refinement. The decor is comfortable, with warm tones and plenty of wood and marble. The Piazza, a hallmark of the line, is truly grand; it's large, encompasses three decks and has three bold spiral staircases. At night, it's where you'll want to spend your time watching people, listening to music or sipping cocktails.

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Regal Princess is a near twin of fleetmate Royal Princess, so it has mostly the same features. These include the SeaWalk, a cantilevered glass walkway that juts out from the Lido Deck, allowing passengers to take in unobstructed views of the sea below. It's a fun touch, though it loses its appeal after you've taken the walk once. Editor's Tip: For a fun photo, station one person on the promenade on Deck 7, directly below the SeaWalk. Have the model look up to the SeaWalk and wave. Snap a pic looking down through the SeaWalk.

When Royal Princess debuted, passengers complained that two staples on the lines' other ships were lacking: the aft pool and the promenade deck. In response, Princess made changes to get versions of those on Regal Princess, with some success. The aft pool is a solid, though small, addition to Regal Princess, but the promenade still misses the mark. It doesn't wrap the ship like a true promenade; instead, it comprises two outdoor decks -- one portside, the other starboard side -- that are only accessible by cutting through the ship.

A highlight onboard is the food, which we enjoyed in most venues. The buffet offers tremendous variety, with many options for international palates, and the for-fee restaurants -- specifically Sabatini's and Crown Grill -- are reasonably priced. Still, those who don't want to pay have enough options that they won't feel slighted. Conversely, those who want to splurge on the Chef's Table and the Winemaker's dinner will likely feel as if it was money well spent.

Regal Princess is part of Princess' Medallion Class of ships, which makes use of the innovative OceanMedallion. The system includes a wearable OceanMedallion, which is used to make purchases and automatically unlock your cabin door when you approach it. It also involves a robust smartphone app that lets passengers send messages and locate each other on the ship, as well as navigate their way to onboard venues. You can also use it to order food, drinks and other retail items to other location, such as your poolside deck chair.

While this new technology represents a major evolution for the line, Princess fans will still find the things they love about the line onboard this ship. The overall vibe is relaxing and fun -- exactly what you want a vacation to be.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the three main dining rooms and Horizon Court buffet, plus meals and snacks at Alfredo’s Pizzeria, the International Cafe and Trident Grill; also 24-hour room service (excluding select menu items)
  • Broadway-style production shows in the Princess Theatre
  • Most activities and events listed in the Princess Patter daily program
  • Movies Under the Stars events, with popcorn
  • Use of the fitness center (except classes)
  • Water, coffee, tea, and select juices from the Horizon Court buffet
  • Camp Discovery Youth Center programs through 10 p.m.
  • Organized activities for cruisers aged 18 to 20 in Club 1820
  • Use of the onboard sports court, table tennis and lawn court
  • Daily tips, only on cruises in Australia

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities of $14.50 per person, per day for interior, oceanview and balcony rooms; $15.50 for mini-suite and Club Class suites; and $16.50 for full suites
  • Automatic gratuities of 18 percent added to all Lotus Spa services and beverage purchases
  • Most alternative dining venues
  • Treatments and products in the Lotus Spa
  • Access to The Enclave thermal suite in the Lotus Spa
  • Organized fitness classes in the gym
  • Access to the adults-only Sanctuary on Deck 17
  • All beverages, except water, tea, coffee and juices from the buffet
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi internet packages
  • Optional OceanMedallion accessories
  • Fee-based activities such as bingo, casino gaming and shopping programs
  • Babysitting in Camp Discovery after 10:00 p.m. ($5 per child, per hour)
  • Photos and artwork

Top Regal Princess Itineraries

Regal Princess
24 night canada / new england cruise

Southampton, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Quebec City, Quebec City, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), St. John's (Newfoundland), Southampton

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Fellow Passengers

Passengers tend to be a solid mix of older and younger couples, as well as families, which are more prevalent during the summer and holiday seasons and while Regal Princess sails the Caribbean. While many passengers are North Americans, Europeans and Asians do sail the line, especially during Regal Princess' European sailings. When the ship is Down Under, the passenger base skews heavily in favor of Australians and New Zealanders with Japanese, Chinese and Korean cruisers heavily represented.


Regal Princess Dress Code

Daytime: During the day, casual is the name of the game, with shorts, swimsuits and flip-flops the norm.

Evening: In the evening, passengers wear resort-casual attire. For men, that generally means khakis or slacks and button-down or collared shirts. Women wear dresses or skirts, capris or slacks and blouses. On formal nights, evening attire is the standard. For men, that includes suits (jackets optional) and slacks or the occasional tuxedo. Women wear cocktail or evening gowns or formal pantsuits. Cruises of four days or fewer won't have formal nights, but those with five or six days will feature one formal night; seven- to 13-day sailings will have two formal nights; and voyages of 14 to 20 days will feature three formal nights.

Not permitted: In the dining rooms, items such as shorts, pool wear, distressed jeans and baseball caps are not permitted; shoes must be worn at all times.

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Regal Princess Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms4.04.4
Fitness Recreation4.04
Family4.03.6
Enrichment3.03.6
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.9

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Regal Princess won 18 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Embarkation and Best for Entertainment in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Value
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Princess Cruises Fleet

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3.5 / 5.0
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1613 reviews

Family-friendly ship carrying 2,600 passengers; offers six included dining options, sports court, freshwater swimming pools and hot tubs and a Princess Cruises' exclusive Discovery at Sea programmes.

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Sun Princess
3.5 / 5.0
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Launched in 1995 as the world's biggest-ever cruise ship weighing in at 77,000 tons, Sun Princess paved the way for contemporary cruise travel.

Golden Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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The 2,600-passenger Golden Princess, splits its time between Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia and is the largest-ever Melbourne-based cruise ship.

Star Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship, perfect for older couples or groups of friends who enjoy enrichment and lingering over drinks and long dinners.

Coral Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Family-friendly cruise ship custom-built to navigate the Panama Canal, Coral Princess carries 2,000 passengers and features five included dining options, more than 700 balcony staterooms and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Island Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Island Princess is a 2,214-passenger Coral-class ship built small enough to fit through tiny locks prior to the Panama Canal's widening project.

Diamond Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Diamond Princess is beautiful, all gleaming brass and glass, with a relaxed atmosphere that moves at a slower pace.

Sapphire Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships in Princess' Grand Class. It carries 2,670 passengers and features an adults-only sun deck and a poolside movie screen.

Caribbean Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess boasts charm, elegance and a comfortable vibe. No matter your vacation interests, you'll find something aboard to suit you.

Sea Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Sea Princess, launched in 1998, is mid-sized, offers traditional features and makes cruisers feel like they're onboard an oceangoing vessel, not a theme park at sea.

Crown Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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One of Princess' largest ships, this 3,080-passenger vessel pioneered some of the line's best features, including an adults-only sun deck and three-story piazza.

Emerald Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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As far as modern mega-ships go, 3,000-passenger Emerald Princess maintains the high level of service it was celebrated for when it first launched.

Royal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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No gimmicks here, just traditional Princess fun including Movies Under The Stars, the always-buzzing Piazza, Broadway-style stage shows and 14 bars; holds about 4,000.

Ruby Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Dignified yet fun with Princess signatures including Movies Under The Stars, fine dining, the ever-busy Piazza and Broadway-style production shows; holds fewer than 4,000.

Regal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Unique mix of elegance and fun; attractions include the glass-floored SeaWalk, dramatic Piazza, elaborate production shows and Movies Under The Stars; 4,000 passengers.

Majestic Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Princess Cruises' newest and largest ship offers cruises out of Sydney and Shanghai. It has a dancing fountain of lights and music and a pool club.

Sky Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Slated for delivery in 2019, Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship will be modeled after its fleetmates Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess.

Enchanted Princess

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