joannmondrus

joannmondrus
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Hometown: New York
Joined: 04/25/2015
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About joannmondrus

I've had the travel bug since I was a little girl always dreaming of new destinations. I spent 30 yrs. working in the airline industry, and now that I'm retired I'm making my travel dreams come true. Being on the ocean cruising from state to state, or country to country is a feeling like no other. The sound of the water as the ship cruises is the best way to fall asleep. I am always ready to go on my next cruise.


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Ship: Regal Princess

joannmondrus's Past Cruises

Regal Princess

October 2016 - Regal Princess to Canada, New England, New York

Regal Princess For New England Fall Cruise

The Regal Princess is one of the newest ships to sail the New England coast trips. The ship is simply beautiful, with noticeably modern upgrades found in the Piazza, and buffet area. Ports of call were perfectly chosen, with ample time to tour, and enjoy the fall colors. A great surprise was finding Princess now adding 'pickleball' to the choice of sports offered! Entertainment was good as expected, however the theatre felt smaller than other Princess ships, and was filled at least 30 mins before showtime. You either stand in the back of the theatre, or go to the later show which wasn't as crowded as the 8 pm. Found the 'anytime dining' to need some TLC. This option has become quite popular with waiting times for a table to about an hour on formal nights. Princess needs to figure out a better way to get passengers seated as many opting for this type of seating. All in all this was a perfect cruise, and I would totally recommend it!

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Ruby Princess

April 2015 - Ruby Princess to Hawaii

Extended time on the sea

Our party did enjoy the cruise due to the extended time on the ocean. While I can recommend taking this 15 day Hawaii cruise, there are a few recommendations I would like to share:

 

 

Rather than emphasize the Latin bands on board, there should have been Hawaii music, hula dancing from the time we set sail. While line dancing at the bon vovage party is fun on most cruises, no where what there indication that we were heading for Hawaii. Instead of Phil Collins and Paul McCarthy concerts on the big screen, Elvis' Blue Hawaii would have been more appropriate for the venue.

We only got a glimpse here and there of the wonderful Rowana & her husband. That duo should have been in the Piazza more hours than the Latin band, or the piano player. Just as a point of view from a sales prospective, future cruises, and what destinations Princess has to offer should have been playing in the cabins, along with a couple of lectures describing cruises Princess offers. I'm willing to bet there would have been a lot of future sign ups if more information was available. The lectures about Route 66 was the best! The lecturer was very informative, and it was a pleasure to join in on those classes. Enough with the art auctions! We're there for the cruise, not to buy art. It would have been a much better visit of the Hawaiian islands if we were given an overnight in Maui, or Kauai. Not enough time to visit those islands. Instead of the Ensenada stop over, spend more time on an island. One less day at sea would have benefited everyone! I am noticing some of the employees are not as enthusiastic to offer customer service, as in the past. Everyone was very nice, and for the most part happy to be there. Just noticing a difference from previous Princess cruises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Riviera

June 2014 - Riviera to Europe - Mediterranean

joannmondrus's Tips

Newport, Rhode Island - If not taking an excursion, do you own walking tour around the Church area. There is great history around town, with several historical houses, and museums.
Boston, Massachusetts - Take the 'hop off/hop on' bus once you leave the ship to get into town. Take the Freedom Trail to get the true feel of Boston. North End for lunch!
Regal Princess Regal Princess - If you are anytime dining, make sure you arrive early or make a reservation. Be prepared to wait a while to be served once you are seated. Having a happy hour bite before you go to dinner would probably be a good idea. Also get to the theatre about 30 mins. before show time to get a seat.
Ensenada, Mexico - Don't bother! Stay on the ship, and enjoy your last sun day!
Honolulu, Oahu - Rent a seat on the Waikiki beach $40/day to enjoy the beautiful ocean
Hilo, Hawaii - Walk to the Farmer's Market! Go through the parks, do a little sightseeing on your own!
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - Use deck 7 for your walks around the ship. Look for Tiwitt, Nattalin, & Marko at the International Cafe Coffee bar! Be aware this is a very senior type of cruise; many wheelchairs/scooters. If you want to see the show, make sure you get to the theatre early. These folks fill up the whole theatre.

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