Regal Princess (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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2 out of 5

A Disappointing Experience

Sail Date: December 07, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We traveled on the Regal Princess. The ship itself was fine. The room was spacious, and I particularly liked the ample storage space available for our clothing. The food was OK--though after a few days it seemed liked everything tasted the same--new name, same recipe. It seemed like everything was an extra charge, even hot chocolate was considered a "bar drink" which meant an extra charge and mandatory 15% tip. I felt like I was being expected to pay Princess Lines for extras at every turn. Mandatory tipping of $10/per person per day was a lot considering the poor service we experienced. We removed it from our bill and tipped personally those deserving of a tip. Wait staff, especially at breakfast, was rude and inattentive. Our room steward seemed to forget something every day--glasses, ice, bath mat, towels, etc. Different things every day. We have been told the Regal Princess is being sold in April, 2007, and the staff exhibited the poor morale resulting from the pending sale. Princess Lines did not meet us at the airport in San Juan though we paid for transfers (the Tourist Bureau had to call Princess and told us we were the second people with that problem that day). told us there was a Princess Lines counter in the baggage area, but there is no Princess Lines counter. The return from Acapulco was a test of patience since the airport has no X-ray equipment and tried to hand search the luggage of 1,500 passengers for the flights home. Princess scheduled poor plane connections, and we wound up stuck in Dallas overnight because they did not allow sufficient time to clear customers, re-check luggage, and move to a different terminal for the new airline. There are lots of non-stop flights between Houston and Acapulco and Houston and San Juan, but Princess used cheap, late at night and very early morning flights that required changing planes and even airlines on the way home. We were definitely not impressed with Princess Lines.

Pros: The Panama Canal--it was fascinating

Cons: Poor service and bad attitude of many of the crew members

Recommends Regal Princess (RETIRED)? No.

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Don't Miss: Be sure to be out of deck watching the ship traverse the canal. It is an awesome engineering feat.
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Huatulco, Mexico
We took he rural area tour. It was very interesting and really gave us a great flavor of the area and the people was we met people in their homes and sampled their food, citrus products, cactus dishes, and toured their community garden. This was definitely a highlight of the trip.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Visited Antigua. The trip was marred by a bus with mechanical problems which resulted in our walking on cobble stone streets to sites that were supposed to happen by bus. This was difficult for some of the older passengers. We were hounded by children and women selling souvenirs.
Fuerte Amador, Panama
Loved seeing the Panama Canal at night. We even had the extra bonus of seeing the president of Panama who was visiting the site for a fundraising function while we were there.
Don't Miss: Be sure to be out of deck watching the ship traverse the canal. It is an awesome engineering feat.


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