AVirginiian

AVirginiian
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Joined: 05/22/2014
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AVirginiian's Past Cruises

Grand Princess

September 2016 - Grand Princess to Mexico

Need to book on newer ships in the future

I guess I am getting spoiled.  The cruise was good, the itinerary was good, the service/food/entertainment was good and  the ship was fine, but being spoiled I missed all the bells and whistles offered on newer ships.  Specifically on demand TV and billing information in my stateroom.  This ship had the typical entertainment venues (singers/dancers, comedy etc), but lack the specialty items such as cirque shows, blue man group, Broadway plays (i.e. Chicago).    Please do not misunderstand me, we enjoyed ourselves on the trip, but being a seasoned cruiser with more than 30 trips, we are accustom to the special  features offered on newer ships. 

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Regal Princess

December 2015 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Western

Good Weather, Good Seas & Good times

The trip on Regal was very enjoyable. The weather, the sea conditions and the itinerary all exceeded our expectations.  We especially enjoyed the beaches in PC, GC, Cozumel.   The comedians shows far exceeded our past experiences.

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Island Princess

September 2015 - Island Princess to Europe - Mediterranean

Great trip with family

Loved the itinerary, but not the cabin location on this ship.  Being a European trip you expect to walk a lot, but did not need the additional walking to/from cabin for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  The Tour in Toulan was a waste, but those in Florence, Athens and Turkey were a must and worth the money.   We took the train into Rome (highly recommend it over booking a tour). r/t for four people was $48.00 directly into St Peters Square, paid $15 p/person for quick access to Vatican and taxis to Coluseium, treve fountain and Spanish steps.   Including all ticket costs, we paid less than $200.00 for four people while ship cost $229 bus tour per person.  We also paid bus transportation in Istanbul to major sites - no need to take tour here.  

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Regal Princess

February 2015 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Cruise excluding one accident......

Our trip was really good with one incident - spouse tripped in Horizon grill and fractured shoulder.   

Plus:  The Regal was better than most cruise ships  we've sailed in the past.  The food was good, the entertainment better than most and the ship environment was quite elegant.

Con:  The accident dampened our trip.   Additionally, it appears other tripped at the same location whereas the ship finally put a standing signed warning passengers to be careful.  

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Queen Mary 2

May 2014 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

Take this cruise, but remember your traveling the North Atlantic

We enjoyed our May transatlantic venture, but the weather was not the best.   The sea conditions were fair, but the temperature was cold and the conditions foggy five of six days.   The ship is an historical treasure with many references/photos/artifacts to Cuanard's war time past.    The lectures and siminars covered educational topics and the speakers were well versed on their subjects.    The staff services and food met our expectations.  We would recommend this ship and a transaltantic cruise with one caveat - go in the middle of the season so you can enjoy the pools and outside activities.  Spending seven days cope inside could make for a long trip.  One more thing to consider for men, the ship's dinner venue is more formal than most other cruise lines.   A sport coat or suit is required at the evening dinner table and jeans/shorts are not considered appropriate attire after 6PM. 

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AVirginiian's Tips

Regal Princess Regal Princess - Recommend "anything" dining to add flexibility to your shore excursion schedule. Make 'anything' dining reservations early in morning to avoid long wait lines.
Southampton (London), England - We had a long delay in boarding the ship. The evening fireworks celebrating the 10 year anniversary was enjoyable.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 - It sure beating flying across the ocean on an airplane and experiencing jetlag. Additionally, the cost was cheaper than a one-way ticket on a plane.

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received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

added Sep 25, 2016 cruise on Grand Princess to their profile.

reviewed their Mexico cruise on Grand Princess and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Take this cruise, but remember your traveling the North Atlantic

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Regal Princess and gave it 5 stars!

added Dec 6, 2015 cruise on Regal Princess to their profile.

received a helpful vote on their Island Princess cruise review - Great trip with family