November 2014 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern
Food- The food was very mixed. Lunch and snack options were great. The International Cafe is opened 24 hours a day and has sweets, snacks, salads, sandwiches, and an endless amount of cookies. Every afternoon I had milk and cookies and every night at midnight I had a cheese plate. They also have coffee and tea for an additional price. My family bought the coffee card, which I highly recommend. It allows you to get a certain amount of coffee, tea, and gelato for free. There were more than enough punches on the card, and the extra coffees transfer to your next cruise. English Breakfast tea was awesome, and they have almost every sweetener available (splenda, sugar, brown sugar, etc.). Alfredo's is the pizzaria on board and their pizza is awesome. Since all of the pizza is made to order, you can order whatever your heart desires. I am a vegetarian, and they were very helpful in making the meat pizzas for me without the meat. The ship also has lunch options around the pool. The veggie burgers were not very good there but the fries are really yummy. A lot of people just go to get a bowl of fries. There is an ice cream station with soft serve by the pool which is open until 11 every night, an many bars that have cookies and brownies to snack on. Dinner is where the food went wrong for us. The dining room is very rocky, which was a problem for my mother. There are also not as many options on the menu as other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Disney. One night, you only had 2 choices for each course. The head chef Leonard was very helpful in making vegetarian dishes. They can cook up almost anything you request if you do not like what is on the menu, but you have to order the night before hand for special orders. I highly recommend the Balsamic dressing and the rice and bean Street Food wraps, those were my favorite. We had late seating, which was horrible because all of the good activities happen during late seating. One of the best dining options on this cruise was tea time. Every day from 3:30 to 4:30 they have tea in the dining room. Servers in white gloves come around and give out tea, mini sandwiches, cookies, and pastries. Even if you do not like tea, it is a great experience. The buffet is ok with lots to choose from, but not everything is so tasteful. Lines were not a problem for us, and we went during thanksgiving. Do not buy ice cream from Gelato, the serve the same in the dining room for free!
Atmosphere- The ship was so pretty and elegant. Everything felt clean and new.
Service- The service was ok. No one particularly bad but no one stellar. The head chef is very nice though and so is a crew member named Rommel. My room attendant seemed super busy and I felt like he had too many rooms to handle at once.
Kids programs- Good rooms with ski ball and air hockey and foosball. Activities could be more well planned and put together. The schedule was often not followed in the teen room, and even though they say it is laid back, they force you into some activities. The games were fun though and there were a large selection of board games. I did not go into the other programs, but they seemed full of happy kids.
Activities- Fun but not much variation from day to day. Trivia, music, bingo, and zumba are always on the schedule.