Transatlantic Cruises are our favorite type of cruise. We enjoy the down time. That being said, I would prefer a smaller ship. It was hard to find a quiet place on the ship to read, unless it was your cabin. They now have better internet on the ship which runs much faster. However, because we were sailing so far in the northern hemisphere we couldn't utilize the satellites that provide the faster internet for five days.
5 out of 5
The Regal Princess is a Medallion Class Ship which made boarding fast and flawless. The only thing that slowed us down were the people that hadn't uploaded their information and photo before the cruise.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
The reason I am giving only three stars is because of the craft activities. They limited the size of the group to 20 or 25 for the craft projects. On a ship with over 3000 passengers, that is not enough spaces.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
The ship was always clean. On this particular ship there is no promenade deck for lower level walking. They offered a walking/jogging track on the top level, but that is usually too cold and windy.
It was very difficult to find a quiet place to sit and read.
We encountered rain the day we were in port, though it was not Norway's fault. We did an excursion through Princess and it was terrible. We were dropped off at 9:00 am in a small village to do some shopping. We were to leave at 9:45 am. None of the stores were open until 10:00 am. The second half of our excursion was doing a tour of the area by boat. Because of the rain, everyone piled into the lower level of the boat (the upper level was open air). We were packed like sardines and there was not enough seating for everyone.
The ship actually docks in Cobh, which is about 20-30 minutes from Cork. We did a Princess excursion "The Best of Cork" which included a visit to the Blarney Castle. The grounds of the Blarney are beautiful. On a beautiful day you could spend a couple of hours on the grounds. There is also a nearby place to shop called "Woolen Mills" with great souvenirs, not the cheap ones you find in every corner store. I could have definitely used more time for this excursion.
We did the hop on, hop off bus with passes to the Maritime Museum and The Citadel. This is a Princess Excursion. It was nice to be able to do activities at our leisure. There is a boardwalk along the water that runs from our ship's berth for probably a mile. The boardwalk has lots of shopping and restaurants.
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