valandlover

valandlover
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Regal Princess

April 2017 - Regal Princess to Transatlantic

Excellent With Only a Couple Minor Flaws

Being my first transatlantic cruise I did not know what to expect, especially crossing the Atlantic.  This was an amazing cruise, with the weather cooperating for the most part.  The Regal Princess is a beautiful, fairly new ship and the largest I have been on to date. Our balcony cabin was spacious and comfortable.  Only complaint is the bed which was too hard for my liking.  The room steward was friendly, attentive, thorough and prompt.

The thing we most look forward to on any Princess cruise is the cuisine and the chefs did not disappoint.  There is no need to go to the specialty restaurants, in my opinion, as the service and food in the dining room is always exceptional.  Even the buffet food is very good.

We found lots to do on board, even learning a new sport. Many trivia and silly contests were held every day. Though the weather was not conducive to enjoying movies under the stars, the movies showing throughout the ship were welcome on a cold, windy day.  Many new release movies were available on demand in our cabin.

The crew was always friendly and most had a smile on their face. 

We took an excursion in every port.  There were many to choose from which made the choice difficultHappy.  The meeting on the ship ahead of time and being escorted to the bus that would take you on your tour was time consuming.  I feel that meeting on shore is more efficient.

The entertainment was very good for the most part and there was a variety: comedy, production shows, pianist, singers, etc.

The ship layout was confusing until you got the hang of it.  I am a stair climber but you couldn't get to decks 8 and above from the center of the ship.  And you could not get to the restaurant in the stern on deck 5 from the center of the ship.  You basically had to navigate deck 7 to the stern staircase to go up or down to your desired deck.  Same for the forward stairs.

Overall, I was very pleased with our cruise.  Princess is our favorite cruise line, hands down.

 

 

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Grandeur of the Seas

September 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda

Small ship with nice appointments

We left Baltimore on an overcast day in September only to be met with rain, high wind and large waves when we got to sea.  It was a rocky sail to Bermuda, where we got in to port about six hours late. (We wonder if the stabilizers in the bow of the ship were working since one night we would hear a noise like a big motor running and the ship seemed to smooth out but when the noise was gone, the rolling was back). Many got sick, including the crew from what I learned.  The crew that was not sick ended up working many more hours than normal and therefore some of the services suffered, mainly cabin maintenance (it took 2 days to get our shower head replaced).  Also, because of the rough weather, the upper decks, pools and rock wall were closed.  They were only open the last day of the cruise.  The crew was mostly pleasant, the meals good and entertainment very good.  Seems there was always something going on somewhere in the ship, even though a lot of the outside activities were canceled.  There was plenty of seating at the pool for everyone (including the last day when most every one was up and about).   Wish we had more opportunity to enjoy the movie by the pool at night.  The embarkation and debarkation was the best I have experienced in many cruises.  Considering the circumstances, we enjoyed our cruise. 

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Emerald Princess

April 2014 - Emerald Princess to Caribbean - Southern

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reviewed their Transatlantic cruise on Regal Princess and gave it 5 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Small ship with nice appointments

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