Retired love to cruise because it's so easy ...................
Weather bad day one but nice the rest of the week ...normal rough seas in Pacific coming home. Ship needs refreshing..its taken its toll going to Mexico past few months. Stabilizers were not working well. Overnighting in Cabo from 1 pm till 1 pm next day was nice because it allowed plenty of time for activities...Tenders ran all night
Arrived in FLL at 6am so it was a long day but embarked early (11:15!) took a quick nap and began a great cruise. Weather was iffy in Dominican Republic but did the Ocean World Excursion - Birds, Dolphins, Sharks - oh my. St. Thomas was gorgeous and a long time at port so shopped in am, took "On Your Own" to St. John for the afternoon and had a great BBQ at Smoking Rooster before getting back on the ship. St. Maarten was the port my son flew home from so the day was complicated with that ...Didn't get to the beach but enjoyed wandering around.
Regal is close to being retrofitted for Ocean Medallion Features so saw a few telltale signs like "activators" near elevators. It appears people will have a choice as to whether or not to use it ...
End of January/February is not a good time to head to Hawaii - lots of rain, wind, etc to deal with BUT the cruise itself was great. The Ship while older and smaller than other Princess ships had more than adequate room for everybody. The enclosed pool area was very nice and I always like the Terrace pool at the back of the ship in spite of rain. Food was basically good in buffet and dining room - had terrible experience at Crown Grill which was opposite of other 15 times I've been there. Had raved about steak and lobster but this time it was tough and grizzly, service horrible. Just goes to show that there is never perfection when it comes to dining!
This was the third segment of 3 B2B cruises in Southern and Eastern Caribbean. Very relaxing on both Princess Cay and Grand Turk - beaches within walking distance of the ship.
No need to get off the ship; Customs came on-board and cleared passengers who were on first leg Southern Caribbean 11/6-11/16. Ship in excellent condition, Enjoyed seeing some new Caribbean ports.
Updates made to ship since April are great especially central stairs. Weather was awesome 98% of time. Food at crown grill great as always. Port excursions super
Second part of back to back from Vancouver, smooth sailing except for Medivac event. Can see why called the Booze Cruise
Catalina Island fun to walk through
Embarking was a nightmare in Vancouver due to customs...they routed everyone all over the bldg. Ruby Princess was great. Got some beautiful sunrise shots. Three days at sea is a tad too long without stopping at ports.
Aside from a rather difficult process entering and exiting Canada, the cruise was very relaxing and I enjoyed three days at sea. Continued on ship from LA to Catalina and Ensenada with seemless re-embarkation.
Fabulous cruise with beautiful breathtaking scenery ... worth every minute of the chilly weather, We were rerouted through Endicott due to glacier breakage in Tracy Arm Fjord but wouldn't have known the difference if someone hadn't pointed it out. Saw a baby seal float by on a small iceberg ...happy happy happy!
SWA lost our luggage so we boarded the ship with minimal clothes. We were known as the "lost luggage" people and laughed it off. Princess was kind enough to arrange to pick up our luggage at SFO and bring it back to the ship....very impressive. Loved San Francsico and Victoria!
Trip was saddened by deaths of passengers - one who died at 80 scuba diving (no better way to go) and not sure cause of 2nd death but heard it was natural. The ship also had to accelerate back to port so they could dock at midnight to let off two medical emergency needed passengers (who appeared okay as they were transported off at midnight so great job by medical staff on board) It does put a damper on things knowing some people are suffering while you are enjoying the time of you life.
Besides that - the trip was fabulous - pleasantly surprised how beautiful Princess Cays beaches and facilities were - great snorkeling - the security guard throwing banana pieces helped draw the fish in droves!
Each island was beautiful in its own way with tons to see and do - rented golf carts, jeeps, cars and did a lot of self tours...Many people do not understand the devastation tropical storms and hurricanes cause on these islands and it is not an easy task to get rid of the debris... The islanders and natives that have picked themselves up and began again selling their wares are a delight to chat with and buy from - the prices are right and their stories are even better.
I'm a Princess Cruise line fan and feel they do an awesome job on the ship in spite of many rude arrogant passengers who are more demanding than 2 year olds. Age may have its "privilege" but rudeness is never okay. Need to have a code on their cruise card that says "Does not play well with others"!
Best item I took on this cruise was a little spray bottle that I put water in and kept in the fridge - provided great "mist" to cool off on shore and on top deck when away from water....
So great time - definitely going again.
Bad weather took us back to shore instead of Catalina Island so first portion of cruise was from LA to San Diego. (Many cruisers had driven from San Diego to La to cruise so lots of irate people!) Deal with it! Why risk safety! Princess made the right decision to forego Catalina because of rough waters.
Ensenada was beautiful - did the Bufadora tour and saw great bursts from the blow hole. As always, Princess runs like a well oiled machine with great services and great staff.
Took this cruise for the main purpose of relaxing ... Didn't get off ship because I was suffering from severe allergies. However, enjoyed just resting up on deck loaded down with allergy medication
Princess Cruise Line runs like a well oiled machine ...Easy on and off ... plenty to do (or not). Ports were interesting ... typical tourist stops. Depending upon whether you chose to eat or to dine, good food throughout - great steak and lobster at Crown Grill - beef hot dogs and ice cream cones out by Neptune Pool. Some "Fine Dining" restaurants have an additional "cover charge" (approx $20 per person) but well worth the extra money. Soft drinks cost so wise idea to buy the drink card! Coffee is free usually so the coffee card I bought was only used for specialty coffee drinks and most of the time, they didn't punch the card. Anything costing extra is clearly marked (e.g. Milkshake $2.50 - cones free) Great cruise - great value - great time!
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