October 2015 - Regal Princess to Caribbean
This is the 3rd cruise we have taken this year. Trying out all the different cruise lines before deciding on our favourite. So far, this ranks 3rd.
Good: - the regal is a new ship. Cabin size sufficient.(Deluxe Balcony)
Shows - fantastic
Check in - speedy
Laundry - self serve, perfect.
Not So good - even though this is a new ship, of a reasonable size, we could feel the roll of the ship. It was not as stable as other ships we have been on. I actually had to take sea sickness tablets one night.
Crew- some were great, not all. The whole vibe of the ship was a bit lack lustre. They need to get more people like the lady hosting the shows in the 'Princess live"
Dining - we choose formal dining, were put on a table with all couples from same country, why not mix it up a bit. Just because one holds a passport from a particular country does not mean you necessarily want to dine each night with people from same place, why not mix it up a bit! after all, theres more to talk about with people from different parts of the world.
Tours - great tour in Antigua (Kayak /snorkel/hike) . Very well organised and would pay the extra for convenience of being well taken care of from ship to shore.
Pools - Did not see them drained once on the whole 10 day trip, hence only used them once. Used the spa instead but this was all indoors, no views or access to outside deck from here as in other ships.
Food - V.good in the main dining rooms. Took a tour of the kitchens which were spotless. Alfredo's also had nice food. Horizon court was a bit hit and miss.
Bad - No kettle in the staterooms.!!! As a regular tea drinker, for this alone, I would not go princess cruises. was told i could just order room service whenever i wanted tea but after several peak periods where you just get the ansaphone telling you they are dealing with other customers, it got really irritating when you just want to make yourself a cuppa tea!! Norwegian Epic & RCCL Mariner of seas both have kettles in the rooms, I did not even imagine there would not be one here.
For the price we paid for our cruise, I expected a bit more. we felt nickel and dimed for so many things. We pay gratuity of $11.50 but this does not include the bar staff so ordering drinks, you get charged extra gratuity again. Hubby spent a fortune in the casino but no free drinks there even after hrs of play, until the last few days.
Princess been there, done it, but never again if possible.