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  1. In the spirit of fun , fantasy and adventure we will embark on a virtual cruise . This day has finally arrived for our first Transatlantic cruise on Princess . We did have a TA booked on the Caribbean Princess back in September of 2015 but my wife broke her kneecap a couple of weeks before ending that cruise . We are excited about today's itinerary and being back on Princess after a couple of years with HAL only . We were also excited to be in our first full suite on a Royal class ship . We live about an hour and a half from the port and our daughter's friend brought us down and we requested a photo stop of the Regal aft . We are in an aft corner on the Port side . Check in was quick and we were escorted to our suite .
  2. Hi all, I have been looking online just about everywhere to see if I could understand what the balcony looks like in this room. From the images I am finding, it looks to be bowed in slightly. Has anyone stayed in this room on either the Royal or the Regal? We are booked in another room at the moment, but looking at the illustrations I have found online, it looks like an interesting balcony. I know I have seen online (somewhere!) a place where you can click on the picture of each side and it will show you which room you are clicking on, If someone can direct me there, I may be able to find the room, focus in on it and have a good look. It's more mid ship than we normally pick and has been mentioned that the balcony does offer a different view, so... I'm finally here :) Hoping someone could assist and either let me know if they have been in that room or if someone knows where I can see a pic of the balcony in particular :) thanks for any direction,
  3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain Twenty years ago, a pair of young (20 and 22) newlyweds took their very first cruise, less than 48 hours after saying “I do.” These new college graduates certainly didn’t have much money for a honeymoon, and Port Canaveral was in driving distance. So off on a cruise to the Bahamas they went, giddy with excitement to be taking their first trip alone together. Seasickness and sunburn didn’t deter their excitement, and they came back home stung by the “cruise bug” (and a jellyfish!) They made a commitment…no matter what, they would take a great trip every 5th anniversary of their marriage. Fast forward twenty years…these parents of two teenagers have changed quite a bit. Between them, they have 3 more college degrees, have purchased and renovated (Chip and Joanna style) two homes, built a life on the farm, seen careers skyrocket, and are grateful for the health, happiness, and home they have been blessed with. Traveling has also been a part of the past twenty years. They have traveled across the continental United States and Canada, to Hawaii, taken multiple cruises (RCCL, Carnival, Disney, and Princess), and been to Disney more times than DH cares to admit! The 5-year trip plan has worked out too! They have been on a Princess cruise to Alaska (and returned with child # 2 on the way!), an adult-only Disney vacation, Hawaii for 2 weeks on their 15th anniversary, and now had to decide where to visit for their 20th. Having cruised the Regal to Canada/New England in 2018 for DH’s 40th birthday, they knew they loved the ship. So when they saw that the Regal sailed the British Isles in 2020, the plan began! Join us as we prepare to have a Regal Experience in June 2020!
  4. On the Regal Princess, I am thinking of booking staterooms A101 or A102, or B101 or B012, or D121 or D122. Is there really any difference in these cabins and/or balconies? Is the real only difference whether you are on Deck 12, 11, or 9? Pooh
  5. How absolutely awful..... may she rest in peace. http://crew-center.com/crew-member-goes-overboard-regal-princess
  6. My wife and I have been chatting with a friend currently on the Regal as they head home to Europe. They have had nothing but good things to say about the experience, "The company has been treating us very well, I am very grateful and proud that I am a part of this big Princess family." Yesterday the weather was bad, and the seas rough, but everyone is safe and well taken care of.
  7. We will be (hopefully!) taking a cruise on the Regal in April 2021, Sydney to Los Angeles. We originally selected a balcony cabin on the Baja deck, but have been "upgraded" to a balcony cabin on the Lido deck (L230), which is mid-forward. I'm wondering how much movement we might feel on the higher deck. While I've never been seasick on the few cruises we've been on, I do occasionally get a little queasy on smaller boats or curvy car rides. Just wondering if we should request that they move us back to Baja deck. Thanks in advance for your advice!
  8. I know this review it late, but I questioned writing it up with the current situation. Now that most of us our hunkered down across the world, I thought it would be great to get something on this board not focused on the negative and get back to cruising. This is the good and the bad of our March 1st on the Regal. Answer any questions anyone has, although we know there are no cruising going on, and help spark some good conversation. The Ship: This was our 3rd trip on the Regal and it continues to shine. We absolutely love the Regal, and for getting some years on it, the ship is still clean and well maintained. No more than the standard wear and tear you would expect at sea. Not sure what else there is to be said, as I know many others on this board are huge fans of the Regal. Although this was one of the final weeks before covid-19 shut down the industry, the ship still felt very full yet comfortable. Chair hogs were still in full effect, but this appears to to be one of the most laid back and friendly group of shipmates we have ever had. Entertainment: For reference, we are in our early and mid 30s, and have always enjoyed Princess. The entertainment we attended was the comedian on both evenings, the cooking demonstration (this is always a must for the laughs), Yes/No game, corn hole, putting challenges, TV show trivia and win a cruise bingo. We spend most of our time at sea relaxing somewhere, on our balcony or at Crooner's. Gary the CD always had something going on and you could seem to find something at all times. We attempted MUTS one night, but could not find a seat as most evenings were windy, so we choose to watch the couple of movies we wanted on the stateroom TV the next evenings before going to bed. Food: We ate in the MDR 5/7 evenings, and the menus were all the standard that we all have had on any Caribbean trip. The food was average to above average on most meals, but they were always open to getting you something different. We always do the entree for each and one to share. We did the buffet for lunch most days, along with Alfredo's, burgers or pizza. The only major downfall, was there was no official pub lunch. It was just a section of the buffet on one of the final sea days. Total disappointment and I hope this is not a trend. We also did not have the barvavian night on the buffet also, which was a miss. Bar Service: Slow. Slow. Slow. Don't know what else to say? This is the second time on the Regal with bar service so slow you might as well try to get a second one when your first arrives. As the week went on, it got better with select bartenders, but overall very slow. We are always huge fans of Crooner's, and it was disappointing to leave the week not feeling like friends with the bartenders. Not the service we typically expect at Crooner's. Room Stewart/Room: What room steward? This was the first cruise we have ever been on that they did not take the time to actually introduce themsevles and ask what we may like for the week. The room had the standard clean/turndown service, that is it. Also, no one on the ship could tell us, but multiple decks did not have any washcloths after day 2? Some other decks said they had them for other PAX we spoke too? We just had to use a hand towel... Crazy. We were in C506, which IMO is one of the best locations for the balcony room. Ports: Standard eastern carib., so Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Marteen. This was a weird weather trip for us as we typically travel in March. It was windy many days and chilly, to the point we wish we packed some additional long sleeve shirts. I know it's 50/50 on these boards, but we really enjoy the beach day at Princess Cays. The weather was great, and very relaxing on that first day. Once we were all on board, there was a medical emergency which delayed us until 10:30pm that evening as they waited to get the PAX off and back to the US. I hope they were okay. This delayed us into St. Thomas until 1pm. Some on the ship were disappointed, but since we have been many times, we were happy to make it just another day on the ship. We cancelled our excursion and just got off and walked around for a bit and grabbed a few drinks off the ship. For St. Marteen, we really understand their need for cash flow due to their economy and the recent hurricanes, but the pressure selling is just annoying. We got off, spend a few bucks to help them out, and got back on the ship. Overall, we take this trip to relax and enjoy the ride, not directly for the ports of call. Embarkation: Overall, a breeze with medallions in hand. We got there around 12:30 and was on the ship by 1:00, it was actually busy to get through security. Medallions: I love the technology, but they still have some work to do. The internet was very fast up until the final day, but the usage of the medallion was still down at times during the trip. For example, we had the PBP, but there was a time the medallion system was down so they just took cabin numbers. Of course, I was charged and had to go to the front desk to get it removed. Much better than the cruise cards though IMO. Final Day: I can't write this review without speaking to the 5:30 in cabin announcement by Captain Tim. Now, prior to March 1st, my wife and I knew there was some risk of covid-19, but based on the current risk/trends in the US and outside of Asia we decided to move forward with the trip like many others. We had CFAR insurance and even with a 4 year old at home, we felt we would have no issues. As the week went on, we felt a little more nervous about it as you saw how it was starting to spread across the world in addition to what was happening on the Grand Princess. Not enough to affect the trip, but it was always in the back of your mind. All of the PAX we spoke to was well aware, and most were doing the extra precautions to say safe. Not everyone, still saw people skip washing their hands before the buffet or just leaving the bathroom. Crazy huh? Now when the announcement began, we knew what it was about as you never get a 5:30am in cabin announcement. At that point, we were 50/50 away from being the next national news story as the CDC required to test 2 crew members who were previously on the Grand Princess. Captain Tim was amazing and was very clear he expected this to just be administrative since the crew had no symptoms and it was past the 14 days. At that point, everyone just tired to enjoy the day they best they could, knowing there was always that chance you may be spending many days on the ship extra. It was a chilly and windy day, so most stuck to inside, and the public areas were busy. They opened all of the bars for free in addition to added a lot of entertainment. Captain Tim and and the crew were amazing throughout this 13 hour delay. Disembarkation was a mess. Lucky we were one of the first groups anyways, so we got off well before I heard the stories of those stuck in major lines. We quickly got off, got our bags and walked through customs. No questions, flash your passport, and keep walking. Our first Uber picked us up and took us to our hotel. Princess paid for our 2 flight changes, hotel and gave 25% of our paid fair on a future cruise for this experience. In the end, this was a great trip and what we always expect from Princess. Even with the current environment, we plan to cruise again and will choose Princess. The best was the ship, the food, the other PAX and as always a relaxing trip at sea. The dislikes for us on this trip was no pub lunch, the poor bar service and no wash cloths. Hope reading this review gets everyone excited to cruise again during these crazy times. Be safe.
  9. We have been on Regal Princess before but later this year, we are considering cruising on Emerald Princess. We wonder if anyone who has cruised on both Emerald Princess vs Regal Princess, can relate to us his/her opinions when comparing these two Princess ships? CABIN - REGAL VS. EMERALD? Can you tell us what the balcony cabins are like (if you have been in them) between these two ships? We were reasonably satisfied with the Regal Princess as far as the cabin was concerned. We know unlike most other cruise lines, in the Regal cabin layout created a separate "walk-in cupboard" for suitcases and clothes storage, which meant that took some space from the sleeping area. Is that the same with the Emerald Princess DINING AND MEALS STANDARD - REGAL VS EMERALD? What are the meals like, both in the main dining rooms and the buffet restaurants? We found on the Regal Princess, the pastry for their dishes (both savoury and sweet) tasted pretty awful - it reminded us of "cardboard". It was as if the chefs added too much water and not enough butter or shortening to make them. The desserts in the buffet were also somewhat average and nothing to write home about - the kitchen seemed to be rather "economical" on providing and cooking with real cream. Although we found the meals on the Regal Princess to be pretty "average" to begin with, but after 4-5 evenings, they got better and better later in the cruise (apart from the pastry, that was awful throughout the cruise and it did not improve!). We remembered in the buffet restaurant on the Regal towards the end of the cuirse, they almost "pushed the boat out" with special meals that included quality ingredients like gigantic prawns and mountain-loads of good quality salmon etc. Is that the same with the Emerald Princess, we wondered? We think we may have recalled somewhere on Cruisecritic's board that some cruisers indicated that the pastry and desserts were not all the same on all Princess ships. Someone mentioned that on the Royal Princess, their desserts and pastries were much superior than their sister ship the Regal Princess, as the former had an excellent Executive lady chef. So, we are hoping perhaps the Emerald Princess might have a different team of chefs who would be better in making pastries and desserts than the Regal Princess. Are we raising our hopes too much, or should we just not have too high an expectation so that we will not be too disappointed if the cooking is not so good on the Emerald Princess? Will we taste the same "card-board" pastry in dishes on the Emerald Princess like we did on the Regal Princess? ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT? LAYOUT Can some of you folks also give us your view on how the entertainment and activities like on the Emerald as opposed to the Regal Princess? Also, does the Emerald Princess have a layout that feels less crowded? We found that on the Regal Princess, it was hard to get away from the crowds. There was difficulty in finding places to sit in the public areas and public lounges. Is this the same with the Emerald Princess as well? How did you experience the boarding/disembarkation procedures on the Emerald Princess - were there almost always long queues? Also, are staff on the Emerald P. as nice and friendly as on the Regal Princess? Hope you guys (and gals) can shed some light for us and help us. Thanks.
  10. Quick background. We like to cruise most major cruise lines, especially if it goes from NYC or NJ and we don’t have to fly to a port. Occasionally we will fly to FL, especially in the winter. We had not been on Princess in quite a few years, and wanted to try the Royal class ships, and Regal was beautiful. Did our online check-in and got Medallions early February. We flew into FLL Saturday and stayed overnight at Hilton beach resort. Stopped at Publix to get one bottle of wine each to bring onboard. We left the hotel around 11:30 Sunday morning and arrived to very heavy traffic into the port on 17th Street by the bridge. Fortunately we were the first ship (out of 7 that day) on the way in. Arrived to a short security line and Preferred check-in went quickly after filling out a health form with two questions on it. Onboard! Stopped at our aft corner suite to drop carry-ons off. Very nice cabin although different in layout than the mid-ship port or starboard suites appeared to be, or aft one we had on Caribbean Princess. Bedroom is separated by a curtain and the closets and second bathroom entrance are in kind of a hallway-type space, so it’s more like a right angle shaped cabin with the bathroom inside the right angle. The cabin space seemed a little smaller, less deep than other suites, although the large wrap balcony was wonderful. There was a slider to balcony access in the living room area and also the bedroom--so one on the stern aft-facing, and one on the side. We did not really have a soot problem due to the direction of the winds. Stocked mini bar, slippers and robes, some canapes the first night (not my thing so we did not reorder any for the week), bowl of fruit that was very hard. One night we got a chocolate tray and that went very quickly. Chocolates on pillows every night. Bar soap was in the bathroom (though we needed to ask room steward for more at one point) and bottles of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Salt by the bathtub. I thought the shower lacked power, and the tub water never got hot enough for me to bother wanting to take a bath. Layout flaw is the only place for bath towels is by the tub. So don’t forget to grab one before getting into the shower as it is NOT next to the tub. Toilet and sink in a separate section of the bathroom. Plenty of bathroom storage space. Closets in cabin had plenty of space for our stuff. No USB ports anywhere. One thing we found out about this suite was that the bedroom had weird noises around it at night--not people noises--creaks, cracks, bumps, tapping noises. A friend who cruised with us had a balcony cabin on the Aloha deck and it was nice too. I understand people’s complaint about sitting areas in the balcony cabins. We mustered in the Vista Lounge and they had songs about muster to the Love Boat tune. It was cute. And not too long, which is always good. Went to our balcony for sailaway. Our ship was second to depart. Made it onto the PTZTV Port Everglades webcam for a wave. 😎 Dining venues: Horizon Court buffet had very good food, yet I prefer the layout of ships where it is one large room with labeled stations. On Regal the buffet is broken up too much. When I'd get to our table, sometimes my plate was met with “Where did you find that?” by travel mates. So you miss a lot by not going to each area to check out what's there. Again, the food was very good there. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, it had its crowded times, especially port day mornings. And it has a wonderful outdoor space all the way at the stern. If you cruise some NCL Jewel class ships, think the Great Outdoors. Anthem of the Seas also has this feature (although a much better buffet space layout IMO). Service outdoors and at the buffet itself was hit or miss. Sometimes we were approached and asked what we wanted to drink, sometimes we were totally ignored as employees walked around (doing what appeared to be nothing). We watched one gentleman at the outside area give up and go get his own coffee after two people were supposed to be bringing it. The Celebration of Chocolate did run out of items around 1:40pm so don’t wait to get your chocolate fix the last sea day. It was amusing to me that lemonade had to be requested from a server; it was not available to get yourself. Various tea options. I love that they had veggies even at breakfast, and beef tenderloin at dinnertime two nights! One particular chocolate dessert early in the cruise was outstanding. Love the double chocolate cookies every day. We had dinner in the buffet a couple times and we like the themed dinners. If you check the back of the Patter daily, the theme will be listed there. Only gripe is where was the sauerbraten for the Bavarian night! Goulash does not count! 😉 We had 3 dinners in the Concerto dining room. We were seated quickly and the food was quite good. We were there usually between 6 and 6:30. By 7pm there is a line for anytime dining seating, but not much of one for Club Class seating. Princess pizza is still the best at sea. Soft ice cream machine at the aft area. We ate at Crown Grill once and it was fantastic. The servers were very good, and Zaza (I think hostess?) was great too. I did buy the $3 souvenir shot glass with the homemade lemoncello in it and it was delicious. IMO Crown Grill is much better than Cagney’s on Norwegian. Entertainment: We only made it to the theater for the broadway show (Bravo?) which was excellent. The second show was full already upon our arrival, and the third one, I think we watched a MUTS (Movies Under the Stars) movie instead. Comedian was entertaining and there was an illusionist in the Vista lounge too. Theater not large enough for a ship this size. 9 rows are flat on one level, then they start to become more stadium seating upwards. Various entertainers around the ship were good but we didn’t watch any of them for long. We did enjoy watching the dance classes in the atrium. Speaking of the atrium, Princess does a beautiful job in their ship atrium areas. Very attractive and appealing space. We did a $25 wine tasting in a dining room which was the first sea day, and it was enjoyable. I think it was 5 different wines along with some snacks. There was another one scheduled for later in the cruise too. Remember to use your medallion app to order one free drink onboard! People aren’t using this feature as we learned in the platinum/elites Captain’s Circle event. Only 4 of us in the whole room had redeemed our free drink and this was on day 5 or 6 already. Your cabin door also will unlock as you approach it and your photo will appear. Note that erroneous charges may appear on your bill so check it regularly. One in our party had a gift shop charge on her card and she did not buy anything there. Though it was removed when challenged, the cashier said “but I asked if you were [her name] and you said yes.” Um, shouldn’t you be asking the purchaser to verify their name and not assuming that people will be honest and say, "no, that’s not me.” So way to go, Princess cruiser, who agreed to charge to someone else’s portfolio. Tsk tsk. 😠 We LOVE the MUTS feature on Princess (and other) ships. I don’t know what it is about a movie outside under the night sky in warm weather, but we love it. We watched Judy and also Ford vs. Ferrari. We played the trivia game of 70s songs which was fun. I hope they change things up next time I play so the songs aren’t the same so it can be a challenge. Some hosts want you to switch papers to “grade,” some don’t. They did an 80s rock tune trivia later in the cruise but we arrived late to that one. Why are these scheduled at 7pm?! dinner time! Ryan was funny as host of some games, but he made cracks about not needing to switch papers to grade because we weren’t on Carnival (yet Princess is owned by Carnival Corporation). And he obviously has not read various threads on CC Princess board about people cheating at trivia, yes, on Princess. I’m in favor of trading papers—regardless of cruise line. And some of us take our trivia seriously! I do have this gripe as we arrived late to watch the answers to the “where in the world” trivia game. One of the last pictures was the Pyramids (known as Pyramids of Giza). They are in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, therefore Giza should be accepted as correct. Google it. Ryan said the couple who put Giza were wrong and the pyramids are in Cairo. I did later challenge him and tell him they are indeed actually in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, but he did not agree. So arm yourself if you’re going on Regal and join me in telling Ryan that Giza should be accepted as a correct answer—because it is! What was with all the news channels on the tv? Don’t plan to watch TNT or other channels because you won’t have the option. Some reruns like Cheers and a few The Love Boat episodes were available. Bow cam clarity was not good. We like the bow cams because we are facing aft and can then see what we’re approaching on the cam. Because we were in a S3 suite, we had access to the concierge lounge on this Royal class ship and Magdalena the concierge was wonderful. And I hope she reads this! 😄 A new suite perk for 2020 is open bar from 5-7 in the lounge! Did not know this before arriving on the ship. There are snacks all the time, and a wonderful machine to make cappuccino. We enjoyed this perk a lot. There were some yummy (and not sweet) yogurt parfaits in the concierge lounge in the morning along with muffins and donuts and other stuff that I don't recall right now. We ate suite breakfast in Sabatini’s once and it was good but if I’m going to have breakfast, I prefer to go to the buffet and pick a little of this and that. Room steward was ok. We saw that a perk for suites was shoe shine service. So my man put his shoes in the “shoe shine” bag and left it out. The shoes were returned (don’t think they ever left) with a shoe shine sponge in them to do it yourself. So if that’s their shoe shine service, should it really be on the perks list? I think not. Formal nights were Tuesday and Thursday. Dining room attire. Varied. Not sloppy when I looked in our immediate area, and many men did have suits on, maybe 2 tuxes. We were not in formals and we did not see anyone turned away. So just look nice and you won’t have an issue. Cruising attire has become more relaxed—just go with it. 🙂 I like that there are launderettes to do your own laundry. I prefer to do my own vs. ship washing everything in hot. $3 per load for washer, $3 for dryer, $1.50 for detergent. You use your cruise card to choose # of loads, then a coin is dispensed to put in the washer/dryer/detergent machine. Lotus Spa. Didn’t use massage or other services. The stunning Enclave shower pool never showered after the first afternoon…and there wasn’t a way to trip the bubbles to come on…at $149 for the week, the Enclave is not a good value. They have one dry sauna that is not very warm and 2 very similar hot steam saunas which are nice. Won’t buy it again on this ship. Why pay for gelato? Seems like wasted space off the atrium. I did occasionally smell cigarette smoke on the balcony. Especially late at night. While I mentioned it to the cabin steward, I doubt he did anything about it. Why are they still printing photos? Modern ships let you scan your card and then your photos come up on a screen and you buy digital or prints from there. Unfortunately one nice casual shot of us was not clear enough to warrant purchase. It would be smart business if you could still buy photos after your cruise; I would think some people would like this feature. We were told we could buy a memory stick sort of thing for $15 and all future digital photos would be free—not sure exactly how this works. We didn’t do it. Ports: Princess Cays. Please clear the beaches of some of the rocks. Wasn’t a favorite private island when I was first there 10 years ago, and still isn’t on my list of “must go back to.” Forgot my water shoes on the ship. Food was good. Plenty of loungers and shade. Tendering isn’t a favorite event of mine even though we had priority tendering. We stayed (with the remaining maybe 5% of people) on the island until 3:30 or so, then headed to the tender, and they waited to get as many on it as possible so we headed back to the ship at probably 4:10, which I’m assuming was the last tender before the rest of the employees left on the other tender. Jamaica. We bought (ahead of time) a day pass at Royalton White Sands. Was a beautiful time there. Getting a taxi wasn’t too simple as they wanted to group us with others and we ended up waiting a bit. But the return taxi was there on time as requested and we were back at the port in 10 minutes or so. Grand Cayman. We have done the Stingray City tour, and also went sailing here once. So this time we were going to 7 mile beach. After tendering (joy of joys) we took a taxi to the public beach for $6 each. Was $20 for 2 chairs and an umbrella. Lovely beach. Was really perfect. Taxi’d back. We were grouped with others who wanted a 2pm return to the ship. Got good ship pix here, and also on the tender back we got great photos. We were with one of my other favorite ships, Celebrity Equinox. Also Carnival Glory which we’ve cruised on when it was home ported in NYC, and a Regent ship. Cozumel. We pre-booked Nachi Cocum. Wow, there were a lot of ships in port. We were the 6th to arrive, and Carnival Glory came in behind us. So good photo opportunities if you like ships. Like us. Your bags will be randomly searched as you enter Cozumel. Nachi Cocum was not too crowded and we enjoyed our time there. $18 taxi ride each way for 3 of us. Dropped our stuff off on the ship and came back out to check shopping at the port. Got a nice, blue leather bag at Rogers leather goods. They have very nice shoes, boots, bags, and belts. Meant to buy some rum cake but forgot. We left port at 10pm. Next up was a glorious day at sea to enjoy our loungers on our balcony. And we did for sure. The pool areas were crowded on sea days, as on most ships. Debarkation is simple. We had flights from FLL so we walked off with our one suitcase around 7:30am. Didn't even need to use mobile passport--just showed them our passport. Very easy. Got Uber quickly. We enjoyed our cruise on Regal. It was relaxing and fun. Happy to answer any questions.
  11. I mostly just lurk on these boards, but I returned from the Regal Princess earlier this week and wanted to report what a lovely cruise we had and how well Princess handled a very challenging situation. This was our first cruise with Princess. We regularly sail in an upper suite on Celebrity but hate the new Edge-class ships and wanted to expand our options. An aft suite on the Regal seemed like the rough equivalent of a Celebrity royal suite. My husband and I have a critical eye but went in with an open mind. Princess surpassed Celebrity in some areas (the Enclave, better coffee, that bed!), fell short in others (food not quite as good, less all-inclusive/more a la carte), but overall gave us a great experience. The crew everywhere were friendly, helpful and efficient, the ship is beautiful and well-maintained, and we had an excellent cruise. The suite concierge, Magdalena, deserves a special shout out for being not only wonderful company but for going above and beyond to help and accommodate us in all things. There is no need to rehash what happened on disembarkation day, but from that first early morning announcement, the entire crew made a concerted effort to keep us happy, comfortable and well-informed. We usually dread disembarkation day but Princess made it a pleasure, and under the worst possible circumstances. (Disembarkation itself was a bit chaotic, which we expected, but they could do a better job of having a true separate priority embarkation/disembarkation.) This was our first Princess cruise but they have earned our loyalty and gratitude, both for a solid cruise experience and grace under fire. We are very sad about how the coronavirus situation is impacting the cruise industry and the world more generally. I hope the panic subsides and things take a turn for the better soon so we can get back to doing what we love most--cruising!
  12. Anyone on the Regal Princess right now (3-7-20) ...I would welcome your opinions on how things are going or went during your trip in regards to all the "issues" going on.
  13. Please let this not be another virus related incident. It seems rather odd.
  14. Who else is booked on this cruise and how many of you have canceled or will cancel? I am still planning on going. See you on Sunday!
  15. Hi just came back from sailing on Regal Princess Feb 16- Feb 23, 2020. wanted to get the name of the main comedian that was performing on this ship. He was amazing. Nancy
  16. I believe we can bring 1 bottle per person when we board, but I am unsure as to the rules when/where we can drink it. I thought I read that you can open one bottle anywhere onboard without paying corkage???
  17. Can anyone tell me if they have stayed in (or close) to this cabin. Starting to panic that being right next to the panoramic lifts may be really noisy!!
  18. YIKES!! Just as I am about to board the Regal, they scored the lowest, and failed, the recent health inspection on 2/5/20. They scored a mere 77!!
  19. Having never been on this class of ship, there are several areas on the deck plans I'm curious about. Can anyone tell me about the Laser Range, Driving Range and the Game Lounge, all located on the Sports Deck? I'm also wondering if the Retreat Pool is part of the Sanctuary or something separate. Is it a free-access area? Do the Retreat Pool cabanas have to be rented or reserved in any way? Since we're sailing on an early-May British Isles itinerary, maybe I should ask if the pools will be open at all? Thanks in advance for any information.
  20. Looking at some of the Club Class Mini Suites on the Regal...There are some that have the larger angled balconies on Deck 11, 12, or 14...for example Riviera 420, 422, 426, 428 all say they have the extended balcony...Not interested in those at the front of the ship...any thoughts of which of those decks or cabin numbers might be best to pick? Thanks!
  21. Live From Regal Princess 1/19 DW and I are excited to be back with Princess after a short hiatus. Once we hit Platinum on Princess we decided we would try all the other mass market lines out there to see if we were missing anything or liked another brand better. With Carnival, Celebrity, NCL, Disney, and Royal under our belts we got an email that our Future Cruise Deposit (or credit, whatever they call it these days) was about to expire! Well we couldn’t have any of that! So we looked around and found a great January cruise for a good price, and a Medallion cruise none the less. I have wanted to try the medallion technology since it was announced so I was excited we were going to be able to give it a try. Winter has been kind of mild this year so this isn’t as much of a winter getaway as I thought it would be, but warmer weather here we come! We are Platinum so we get 150 minutes each of free internet, but i wanted to run the “improved” internet through its paces. So I got the unlimited package for a cool $50 bucks (which compared to every other line is an absolute steal) and got ready for our trip. Getting “Ocean Ready” was a breeze. Download the app, login and fill in the blanks. 10 minutes and both DW were ready to go (despite her gripes that when I took her picture she wasn’t ready and told me if they displayed that photo anywhere on the ship I would be single by the end of the cruise). We filled everything out in mid December. We got our Medallions via FedEx just after New Years. No email from Princess, they just showed up one day. So we were ready to go for our trip. This itinerary is taking us to Princess Cays, St Thomas and St Maarten. The one interesting thing is that we are in St Thomas from 10am - 10pm, I have never been in St Thomas that late before so it should be interesting to be there at night. We are getting things finalized, bags are packed and ready to go as we leave tomorrow. We always travel down early just in case. With this large weather system hitting the eastern US tomorrow hopefully flights don’t get cancelled and we make it down ok. We don’t leave until late in the day, so I am not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!
  22. Posting this in the Princess area, but want some opinions...going to do an inside passage cruise June 2021 (Regal Princess or NCL Bliss)...right now both Princess and NCL have their freebies at sea with the drink packages, wifi, etc etc..so both great there...NCL also includes the 3 night specialty dining package...Princess includes the gratuities....we like having the access for the Thermal spa rooms so with Princess if we do a suite it's included and if we do the Spa Mini suite it's included with NCL....basically they are the same price to do the spa mini-suite on NCL or the Princess S5 suite....toiling over which would be the better itinerary if NCL includes Icy Strait Point and Princess includes Skagway..which of those two would be the better port to visit, for a first timer to Alaska? They both visit Ketchikan, Juneau, and Endicott Arm....We want to stick to just a 7 day b/c my DH can't be off for more than a week...We have never been on a Princess but have done a few NCL cruises and we always go for a mini-suite and have done the Haven once too, which we loved! They are both very good deals I feel with the kind of cabins we can do (suite on Princess of course would prob be the better value!) and with all the great perks included...just trying to decide between the two slightly different itineraries and the 2 ships! We are both 60, and seems NCL may have more kids...so that leans us a bit more to Princess but we also love the entertainment on NCL with their Broadway shows and other great entertainment options on board....Sorry this is so long! Opinions?
  23. We have sailed on other cruise lines but never with Princess. We are doing the British Isles cruise in June 2020. Can you tell me how the IC works? If I order a Latte and a cake the latte has a cost and the cake no charge? Is that correct?
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