A so-so trip

Regal Princess Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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Regal Princess

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 21, 2019

Ship: Regal Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B116

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

May not use Princess for future cruises. We did not enjoy this cruise as much as we had hoped we would, it may have been because of the area we visited, or the time of the year, or the average age of the passengers. Nothing really seemed exciting. We never really got the hang of the new Medallion. It was great for getting into our cabin and when you would go to the front desk they knew who you were right away but we did not figure out how to find friends on the ship. And it seems like you had to have your phone or tablet with you on the ship all of the time to use it and we did not want to buy the internet package.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
They had a surprise Coast Guard inspection and that made them leave the passengers in the holding area of the terminal with not enough seating and the only food and drinks available was nasty old hot dogs and canned drinks you could buy at one counter. They should have tried harder to make it comfortable for us while waiting for the all clear to come aboard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food was fine but the same food was served in every dining room every night (no variety in the different places). They did have chef specials every night but it was the same in each room.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The games were the usual ones on cruise ships but the lack of a decent (or even interesting) prize made it not quite worth the trouble.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
After they got the technical problems fixed the shows were good. The singers and dancers did a great job.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We only had 1 waiter that was not friendly, everyone else was very nice and helpful.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
There were a few maintenance problems but everything was clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was great but we could have used more outlets. Fortunately I brought a multi strip that gave us extra power.

Ports of call

Newport, Rhode Island

3 out of 5
It was interesting to see all of the grand homes.

Boston, Massachusetts

4 out of 5
There was a lot of walking to do

Bar Harbor, Maine

3 out of 5
Our tour was cancelled due to weather in the morning and the only excursion available was a ride through the Acadia National Park with a lobster bake at the end. We took this excursion which was less interesting than we thought it would be and the lobster bake had cold lobster and when someone at our table asked for additional butter she was told by a server that she had enough butter already.

Saint John, New Brunswick

2 out of 5
There was not anything to hop off to see really. We got off at the brewery which was so-so and the reversing currents were not anything to see since it was the wrong time of day for the tide.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

3 out of 5
Our tour to Peggy's Cove & Titanic Cemetery was OK, but the walk to the cemetery was difficult for some people (one woman fell on the walk back to the bus). I thought there would be more to see and do/places to shop in Peggy's Cove but there was not. The tour started so late in the day that it was dark by the time we came back to the bus so we could not see what the guide was pointing out to us.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
It ran later than it was supposed to so some people were concerned about making their flights I guess since they were in a hurry to get off the ship. One woman in a wheel chair crashed going down the gangway and was badly injured.
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