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Regal Sept TA Review

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We were not sure what to expect as we've sailed only on Grand Class ships since our 1st Princess cruise in 2005 on the Grand (Galveston to Rome). We have earned Diamond on RCL, Elite on X and we're nearing Elite on PCL. We've also recently started cruising HAL. I offer this only to let you know we've been around the harbor a few times. Of all the ships we've sailed all lines the Princess Grand Class are our favorites. Not only because of the Promenade Deck and the aft terrace but also because we prefer aft cabins and the Grand Class almost perpendicular sterns are the best for aft cabins.

 

We spent two days in Berlin pre cruise. It was our first time time there and we had a lovely two days. The day of the cruise we took the train from Berlin to Hamburg  where we changed for the train to Copenhagen. That train leaves Germany by driving onto a ferry for a 50 minute ride to Denmark. Pretty cool.

 

A taxi to the ship and we were quickly on the Regal for the first time. Our previous preference already stated we were pleasantly surprised by how we liked Regal. The Horizon Court layout was a very good design. Very easy to check out what was on offer without bothering others. The selection and the food were very good. We gave up dining room dinners a number of years ago so it's buffet eating morning noon and night for most meals. We also like that you can get espresso drinks not only at the IC but also in Horizon Court and outside Princes Live (which by the way is a very poor substitute for Explorers Lounge). The Medallion internet was very fast, the on demand movies were plentiful and the flat screen in from of the bed was nice. The Pub Lunch and the $10.00 p/p High Tea we great. We did not do any specialty dining as our last meal at the Crown Grill was a big disappointment and the Sabatini new menu was not appealing to us. 

 

Time now for the "but"...But the too small balconies were a major disappointment. We knew about the size of course but were not prepared for how much we did not like it. So much so that as we look for future cruise we'll check Princess Grand Class cruises and then X and HAL before considering a Royal Class ship. This is because we spend a lot of time on our balcony, eating, reading & relaxing. It is our favorite spot on any ship and Royal Class comes up short. Another very big negative for us (and this PCL in general) is the truncated Enrichment Lectures and Port Talks. 25-30 minutes. The Port Talk guy was the worst. He raced through a script, no questions, little information and he was out of there. One enrichment lecturer (if memory serves) and that too was pared down. Princess used to have the best Port Lectures at sea! But of course they don't produce revenue so...

 

To get a seat that wasn't at the margins in the theater you had to be seated 45 minutes ahead of time. Because we ate in Horizon Court this was not a problem for us but many people were foraging for the rare available seat 15 minutes before showtime. The shows and guest entertainers were the usual mix of good to okay.

 

We did all our excursions on our own with most booked through Viator. One had to be canceled because we were late leaving Kristiansand, Norway and Viator refunded our money before the tour company notified us of the cancellation. In Aarhus we rented a car and drove to the lovely town of Ebeltoft. We got there early enough to pretty much have the town to our selves before the tour busses arrived. Not much to do in Kristiansand so we walked to a nearby park and then around town. A nice but not a knockout day. The canceled tour was in Glasgow so we took a train from Greenock to Glasgow and had lunch and a walk-a-round. In Dublin we did a tour of the city and Glendalough which was very nice. Because we were on Cobh until 10pm we were first off the ship and on a train to Cork for a 10 hour tour of the Ring of Kerry. Fantastic! In Halifax we did a walking tour that was very interesting and we had pricey but delicious lobster rolls for lunch. We took a cab from Brooklyn to Penn Station, and Amtrak had us home before the last passengers were off the ship.

 

All in all we did have a good cruise and no ship is perfect and all classes have their good and bad points, but for us when it comes to ship's balconies, size does matter.

 

Rod

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for your review of the Regal and the TA.  We were on that cruise with you...

 

Even with its shortcomings...all ships have some...Royal class ships are our favorite.  We have endured the narrow balconies, but have since found some cabins with larger ones which really enhance our cruise experience.  I urge you to check out the Regal or Royal deck plan on the Princess website and look for cabins with larger balconies. 

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We had A414 on this same cruise with the extended angled balcony.  It was a mini-suite, so that might not appeal to you.  It was a great balcony, but we found this cruise too cool to enjoy the balcony much at all.

 

In general, we loved the Royal class ship.  You can definitely get larger balconies, so I, too, would urge you to check for those.  You will probably have to book early to get one.

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3 minutes ago, beckntom said:

We had A414 on this same cruise with the extended angled balcony.

 

We were in B414.  Loved the location and would have enjoyed the balcony more in better weather...

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We will be in L101 on our next cruise - very large balcony on the Regal.

 

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Edited by Cinerama

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27 minutes ago, Cinerama said:

We will be in L101 on our next cruise - very large balcony on the Regal.

 

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We’ll be in this cabin in 4 days on the Regal. Absolutely love this cabin. 

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1 hour ago, Cinerama said:

We will be in L101 on our next cruise - very large balcony on the Regal.

 

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Nice size but the steel railings vs glass are a no go for us.

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Thanks for posting your review. We were on the Royal's TA this fall and loved it. We had an inside cabin, so the smaller balcony sizes didn't matter to us. We were disappointed when we had a small balcony last December on the Royal, but it was still large enough to enjoy.

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Like the OP the balcony is extremely important to us when booking as we do spend a lot of time on it. We have experienced the smaller balcony once on Regal and found it difficult to stretch our legs and relax for any length of time.

On our last sailing on her we were in L103 and although we loved the location and the large balcony we weren't thrilled with the solid steel as opposed to glass. When seated we couldn't see the water at all and I really missed being able to sit and watch the flying fish (as silly as that might sound).

This upcoming February we have an aft balcony booked, D730. The balcony looks like it will be nice sized and we are looking forward to experiencing a true aft cabin for the first time.

 

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11 hours ago, CruzR887 said:

Another very big negative for us (and this PCL in general) is the truncated Enrichment Lectures and Port Talks. 25-30 minutes.

 

 

Thanks for your honest report.

 

In the past, the enrichment lectures and port talks have been 45-50 minutes long. I wonder if they have been shortened on all the ships.

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Going on the Regal in a couple of days. I, too, like the Grand class more than the Royal class. Two biggest disappointments are lack of promenade deck and elimination of Explorers Lounge. Thanks for the review

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14 hours ago, Hoosier-Cruiser said:

Yes, but this view...

 

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This will be our first time on a forward balcony. We will see if we like it. 

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7 hours ago, caribill said:

 

Thanks for your honest report.

 

In the past, the enrichment lectures and port talks have been 45-50 minutes long. I wonder if they have been shortened on all the ships.

On the 10-day Regal sailing from NYC to FLL Nov. 1, we had hour-long lectures on navigation on all 6 sea days. A great, enthusiastic speaker named Doug Sheer.

 

Jim

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Yes, on a TA the speakers are important.  Sorry to hear of shorter lectures.  I wonder how one could get that corrected during the cruise??

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3 hours ago, happy cruzer said:

Yes, on a TA the speakers are important.  Sorry to hear of shorter lectures.  I wonder how one could get that corrected during the cruise??

 

Contact the Cruise Director. He/She may or may not care, but is the person who could do something about it.

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On 11/14/2018 at 2:55 PM, Hoosier-Cruiser said:

We’ll be in this cabin in 4 days on the Regal. Absolutely love this cabin. 

Take care of her for us. We are in this cabin Nov. 25th.

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On 11/20/2018 at 3:44 PM, MrsKC08 said:

Take care of her for us. We are in this cabin Nov. 25th.

We left her in good shape. You’ll love the balcony and the Room steward, Milan, was one of the best we’ve had. 

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mtmorrisgirl if you are asking the the OP (me) no we could not. But that was due to bad wx; rain, wind, cold or any combination on all but one she day. Ironically I think our balcony issues would have had a larger impact on our cruise if we would have had to deal with the too small space daily. Only the last sea day was a sunny and pleasant balcony day.

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