Style, Decor & More: Welcome Aboard! We're Cruising On The Magnificent Regal Princess!

Welcome Aboard! We're Cruising On The Magnificent Regal Princess!

Welcome aboard the Regal Princess! I'm excited you are here and I can't wait to share my cruise experience with you! I have to be honest in that the cruise exceeded my expectations. The Regal Princess is an absolutely stunning vessel which manages to effortlessly combine the elegance of a luxury cruise liner with all the excitement of a massive floating resort! I seriously fell in love with the ship and I think you will see why, below! So, without further ado... 

The Regal Princess anchored at Princess Cays (pronounced 'Keys'). 
Do you see the black disc-shaped figures in the water? They are stingrays!

EMBARKATION DAY

My family and I had an early morning start to our day with a 7:00 a.m. flight out of Cleveland. The plane arrived on time and everything ran like clockwork until we reached Port Everglades. We sat in traffic to enter the port and the congestion really did not clear up until we arrived at the Princess terminal. After that, it was 'smooth sailing.' (Yes, pun intended!). We arrived at the Regal Princess Terminal at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon and we were tickled to find it wasn't crowded. I have no idea how Princess managed to accommodate around 3,600 passengers and not have long lines to board the ship. The short lines moved quickly and before we knew it, we were onboard and standing in the gorgeous piazza - the heart of the ship!


The piazza was an elegant atrium spanning three-decks high with two elegant spiral staircases and glass elevators. Even though we were starving, we made our way over to the center of the piazza and took a few minutes to take it all in. Each of us admired the ship and scoped out places we would come back to explore. I could have sat there all day, but my stomach said it was time to move on and we looked around for a place to eat. 

Alfredo's, the ship's pizza parlor that was located off the atrium, was taking names and had several people waiting. A crew member suggested we go for lunch in the Concerto dining room. I welcomed his suggestion as many people were going to Horizon Court on Deck 16, but I'm not a big fan of buffets. With that being said though, Horizon Court did have an amazing buffet. I'll get back to that later.

The Concerto dining room was elegant, warm and welcoming. We were quickly seated at a table for four and had our first of many amazing meals in the dining room. From the time we arrived at the terminal to the time we were seated in the dining room, I would say it was no more than a half hour. Yup, it was that quick. 

After we finished eating our lunch, we went up on deck for the bon voyage party. Now, I knew Princess Cruises had a Love Boat theme horn (too cute!) and I couldn't wait for the kids' reactions when they heard it for the first time. Take a listen, but make sure your volume is not set too high...


STATEROOMS

Kristina and Anthony (the kids) were in Stateroom E106 (Emerald Deck 8) at the bow of the ship in a balcony stateroom with an obstructed view. The balcony was considered an obstructed view because it had a bottom metal obstruction instead of clear plexiglass. The balcony, however, was triple the size of my deluxe stateroom and for the most part, they were thrilled with the room except for a few mornings when the anchor was dropped in port! They said the anchor was very loud. I still think the kids were lucky to receive a balcony stateroom with a very limited obstructed view! See...


My husband and I were in Stateroom D711 (Dolphin Deck 9) which is a deluxe balcony cabin toward the aft of the ship. As you can see, our balcony has plexiglass beneath the handrail and the view is unobstructed.



The rooms overall were a little small, but clean and comfortable. I especially liked the comfort of the beds and soft bedding. The carpeting and sheers looked a bit tired and were in need of either a deep cleaning or replacement, but other than that it was satisfactory. The bathroom was very small with a sink, corner shelves for toiletries, towels, and a shower with shampoo/conditioner & body wash dispensers. I was disappointed in the bath towels. They were thin, rough and lacked absorbancy while, oddly enough, the pool towels were plush and soft. Because the Regal Princess is a luxurious ship, I was surprised they skimped on the bath towels.

Note: There was an outlet for electric shavers in the bathroom, but there was not a standard outlet. Standard outlets were located by the desk with a mirror.

THE SANCTUARY


The Regal Princess had a special 'adults only' relaxing retreat on Deck 16 called The Sanctuary. It was a great way to indulge yourself in a tranquil setting for an entire day or afternoon. We sipped fruit-infused water and ship stewards made sure we were comfortable with chilled towels and Evian mineral water spritzes. The Sanctuary had its own complimentary menu of healthy food fare and charged a nominal delivery fee of $3.00. Yes, it was a heavenly way to spend the afternoon and we loved every minute of it.

The Sanctuary experience was $25 for a half day and $40 for a full day. There were also cabanas available from $140 and featured a television, sofa, fully stocked mini bar, cushy robes, snacks, and more. Note: Cabanas booked quickly on days at sea.


The Retreat pool was an adults only area tucked away in the front of the ship just outside of The Sanctuary. It was a great escape from the main pool area where live concerts played on the big screen and loud pool activities. The Retreat area also had cabanas for $50. The Retreat pool turned into the "Chill Lounge" with drinks and music in the evening. 


LOTUS SPA


The Lotus Spa offered treatments and services for those who wanted to experience the ultimate pampering. They had a variety of massages, manicures, pedicures, hair styling, teeth whitening, and even Botox services! My daughter and I spent the afternoon resting on hotbeds, water beds, soaking in the extra large jacuzzi, and using the sauna and steam rooms. We had a great mom/daughter spa day and the aromatherapy steam room was definitely our favorite!   

THE NEW PRINCESS OCEANMEDALLION™

When we arrived at the Princess terminal, we were provided Princess OceanMedallions. The complimentary medallions were the size of a quarter and could be worn in a variety of ways: as a wristband, pendant, clip, or placed in a pocket or bag. We were given lanyards, but wristbands and pendants were available to purchase in the gift shop.


The Princess OceanMedallions were the neatest little devices to use and, in my opinion, made the onboard experience much easier. There was no fumbling for documents (passports, id cards, etc.) when embarking or disembarking the ship at the ports of call. Best of all, passengers do not need a key card to enter their staterooms. As a passenger approaches the stateroom door the medallion, a green light turns on and unlocks the door. A photo of the passenger appears on the cabin number sign outside the door, too.

The Regal Princess Casino slot machines are also set up for OceanMedallion use. We simply held the medallion up to the slot machine, entered the amount we wanted to play, and it was automatically charged to our account. It worked perfectly and was a great way to keep track of our charges. There are also a number of other things connected to the OceanMedallion, such as making purchases in the shops. Credit cards and cash can be locked in the safe and put away for the duration of the cruise. Note: A few areas on the ship are still in the process of changing over from key cards to the medallions. A key card was needed to charge certain items in the dining room, the Sanctuary, bars, specialty restaurants, and the pool area.

Princess had thought about security issues, too. When we first boarded the ship, a staff member took a photo of us and it became part of our OceanMedallion profile. When the medallion was used in one of the onboard shops or when we were embarking and disembarking in a port of call, the photo was used to confirm our identity. The cruise photo must also match up to the person in order to unlock their stateroom door. For example, my photo would appear outside the door when I opened it.


DINING VENUES


Concerto Dining Room. Let's just start this section off with WOW! I was blown away by the dishes served in the dining room and ABSOLUTELY LOVED, LOVED MY DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE CONCERTO DINING ROOM! My family and I had a table for four and sat near the window where every night our dishes were cooked to PERFECTION! I'm still dreaming of the lobster tails and while I was a little-embarrassed asking for a second plate, I'm so glad I did! And yes, I finished both plates and licked them clean. O'kay, well maybe I didn't actually lick the plates clean, but I came close.  😉

Our 5:30pm seating time worked well for us and by the second day of the cruise, I felt at home and comfortable with our waiter and our favorite table for four by the window.

Alfredo's Pizzeria. We had Alfredo's Pizza upon our return from a restful day on Princess Cays. Alfredo's was conveniently located off the piazza and served up hand-tossed, Neopolitan-style thin crust pizzas, calzones, a variety of pasta, soups, and salads. We enjoyed our pizzas and I would highly recommend passengers try it at least once. I loved the unique toppings.  Note: Alfredo's was complimentary, however drinks were an additional charge if one did not have a beverage plan.

Alfredo's Pizza Tarantina (Muscles, bay shrimp, capers, roasted garlic, basil & oregano)

Alfredo's Pizza Menu

Horizon Court. The Horizon Court offered a large spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food was always hot, fresh, and tasted very good. I would suggest doing a walk through before filling up a plate with the first thing that looks appetizing. There are multiple aisles with a variety of food.

Note: There were hand washing stations at all the entrances to Horizon Court! 

Room Service. The Regal Princess offered complimentary room service 24 hours a day. My hubby and I started our mornings off with coffee, juice, and cereal delivered to our room at 7:30 a.m. Service was always prompt and I loved sitting in my robe and having coffee on the balcony. Does it get any better than that? Nope! 

Gelato. Located off the piazza, Gelato was a premium ice cream parlor that served up Italian-style ice cream, fruit smoothies, crepes, and more! The gelato flavors were unique and I would go crazy with the free toppings - definitely worth giving it a try. The flavor and consistency did not taste like the true gelato I have had in Italy, but it was still very good. It was a nominal charge of around $1.50 per scoop, so enjoy! 

Beverage Note: Regular coffee, tea, and orange juice were complimentary with breakfast and beverages available to purchase a la carte. There was no charge for ice water and iced tea. Cocktails, wine, beer, bottled water, specialty teas and coffee, fountain sodas were included in the Premier Beverage Package for $59.99 per person, per day. Unlimited Sodas, fruity mocktails, juices, and hot chocolate are $7.00 per person, per day. Specialty coffees or ice tea fusions were $31 per card (15 drinks per card). We purchased a 12-pack of bottled water on the Princess website for $6.00 prior to the cruise and had it delivered to our room. The bottled water came in handy on island excursions and was refreshing to have bedside in the evenings. Money well spent.


SPECIALTY DINING

Crown Grill, $29. One evening we ate at the Crown Grill, a true chophouse, serving a variety of steaks, pork chops, lamb, and veal. We each had a steak and the sides of our dishes were garnished with unique Hawaiian Black, Smoked Applewood and Himalayan Mount Pink salts. I had the filet mignon, but in all honesty, it was good, but not the best meal I've ever had. Unfortunately, my family who had different cuts of beef, agreed that it was good, but not excellent. My hubby and son commented that they wished we had eaten in the dining room and I agree with them.

We didn't have a chance to try the two other specialty dining restaurants: Sabatini's Italian Trattoria ($25 per person) and the Crab Shack ($29 per person). They are on our list for the next cruise. 😉

ENCHANTED EVENINGS

The Regal Princess was jam-packed with entertainment. Whether you were looking for something fun and exciting or relaxing and serene, Princess had it all. We never once had a dull moment on the ship and often wished we could be in two places at once. You know the saying, so many things to do and so little time? This certainly applied to our time onboard.  

Casino. The Princess Casino was beautiful and felt modern and fresh. As I mentioned earlier, the OceanMedallion could be used on the slot machines and it was a great way to keep track of wins and losses. 

Movies Under The Stars. My family and I watched two Movies Under The Stars during our cruise: Mama Mia 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody. Both were relatively new releases and at the time of sailing, Bohemian Rhapsody was still being shown in theaters. This was by far my favorite entertainment in the evening. We ate popcorn and cuddled up with soft blankets under the stars. I enjoyed the special family time and during the day the trivia and live concerts on the big screen were awesome, too!  

Tip: Arrive early to watch the Watercolor Fantasy show. It is generally 15 minutes before the evening feature film. 

The quality and sound of the movies were like that of a movie theater. The screen is much larger than it appeared in this video clip. 


Evening Shows. Each and every evening there was a variety of entertaining shows happening throughout the ship. The best way to keep up with the daily entertainment is to read the Princess Patter for an hour by hour list of shows and activities. Do you want to watch 'Crazy Rich Asian' in the Vista Lounge, Liars Club Game Show in Princess Live! theater, a dance competition in the Piazza, or listen to jazz at the Wheelhouse Bar? The list goes on and on and there is something for everyone.

Sea Walk. Passengers who cruise on the Regal Princess need to experience the Sea Walk at some point during their time onboard. The walkway was unique in that it bows out 28 feet off the side of the ship and had a glass floor looking down 128 feet to the ocean below.  It may not be for the faint of heart, but it is fun to stroll and it makes for a great photo opp. I regret not taking photos here prior to dinner on at least one of the two formal nights. I bet the photos would have been beautiful with the late afternoon sun casting a glow on the Sea Walk. Maybe next time. 



Note: Passengers should check the Princess Patter for the daily scoop and an hour by hour list of activities.

So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed a summary of our trip onboard The Regal Princess. We had a great time and I seriously can't wait to cruise with Princess again in the future. 

Coming soon! Don't miss our adventures on the Regal Princess ports-of-call! Stay tuned... 

   xoxo,







   



45 comments :

  1. What an absolutely amazing experience you had! I felt like I was on the cruise with you. I hope for our family to go on a cruise someday soon.

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    1. Oh my goodness! You made my day, Brianne! That's exactly what I was hoping for!!! I wanted people to feel like they were experiencing the ship, too. ... Yes, definitely consider cruising with your family. It is so much fun!
      Thanks for stopping by!!!
      xoxo, nancy

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  2. Such beautiful views from the Princess Cruise. I've heard great things about this line.

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    1. Hi Fatima, Thank you! It was a very nice ship!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Oh wow. This is so fabulous! I'd love to experience a cruise trip. I bet it was amazing!

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    1. Hi Ruth, We had a great time and would cruise Princess again. You should give cruising a try. Some people are afraid of sea sickness, but with stabilizers on cruise ships today, you feel movement a lot less than in the past.
      Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, nancy

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  4. The ship was absolutely beautiful and the food presentation was fire! I've only been on one cruise and hated the experience. I've always wanted to try again.

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    1. It's definitely worth trying it again. Maybe try a shorter cruise on a highly rated ship? I read so many reviews before deciding on the Regal Princess because I knew if I wasn't happy with the cuisine, I would have a terrible time. I know it sounds awful, but food is important to me.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. What a nice ship with so much to do! I've been on one cruise, and the ship was a bit underwhelming. This is very impressive, and that atrium is gorgeous. I would love to go on a cruise with my family.

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    1. Hi Marysa, We really enjoyed it. I was surprised that the entertainment on deck was fun for young and old alike. I heard their kids' club is fun, too!

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  6. I've never been on the Princess Cruise Line, but I have been on Norwegian and Carnival. This looks like a fun cruise!

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    1. Definitely give Princess a try! I'm not sure where it ranks compared to Norwegian and Carnival, but Princess is a premium line. I've sailed with Crystal which is a luxury liner and Princess came very close to the Crystal dining experience. Only the beef dishes didn't compare to Crystal.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I have always wanted to go on a Princess Cruise. I need to check this place out. I love to cruise as it is in this place looks absolutely gorgeous.

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  8. I am basically crying right now because I want to go on a cruise so badly it hurts and I have been saying this since I went on my last one (and first one) back in 2016. Best experience of my life. We just had a kid though so I am not quite sure when we might be able to make this happen!

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    1. Hi GiGi! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed cruising. It's o'kay. Enjoy your little one (they grow soooo fast) and before you know it, he/she will be old enough to enjoy a cruise, too! :) Family cruises are awesome!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This looks like such an amazing experience. I've never taken a cruise before. Princess Cruise would be perfect for my family.

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  10. So pretty! I would love to go on a cruise one day. This looks like a blast. The food looks delicious as well. One day, I hope!

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  11. I would love taking a Cruise one day with just my husband and my son.

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    1. Hi Glenda, Cruising is a wonderful experience. I'm not sure how old your son is, but they have fun kids' programs, too!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  12. We have decided that going on a cruise is something we want to try out. Haven't decided on what cruise line yet. This was informative and interesting to read for the information we need.

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    1. Hi Candy, I hope it helps. Cruising is a magical experience.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  13. Oh my goodness this sounds amazing! What a beautiful looking ship to get to go and cruise on! I would love to go on one myself one day, it always seems like a relaxing way to travel.

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    1. Hi Sarah-Louise, You should definitely try cruising. I would recommend a shorter cruise on a nice ship/cruise line. It's less expensive and then you can get a feel for whether or not you like it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I went on a cruise for my birthday a couple of months ago. It had been over 30 years since I had been on one. I loved it and can't wait to go again.

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    1. Awesome! It had been 30 years since I had gone, too! (Not this cruise, but the cruise I went on last year.) What a difference 30 years can make, right? I don't think they had stabilizers on ships 30 years ago. (?) It was a much smoother sail than I recall.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. We took a cruise before my son left for the Navy, it was by far the most amazing family experience we have ever had. From the time we woke up we had so much fun.

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    1. OMG, Kathy! That is wonderful!!!! I took a cruise with my entire family last year and it was truly memorable - in the best way ever! What a special way to spend time with your son before he left for the Navy! I'm sure it was magical!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I haven't been on a cruise in ages and I want to go on one so bad! I think they are a fantastic vacation!

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    1. Hi Terri, I hope the post inspires you to book a cruise or at least a vacation! ;) We all deserve a vacation, right?!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Thank you so much for such a thorough review. I have never been on a cruise before but I want to go on one with my husband. This is definitely useful to know what to expect.

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    1. Hi 1stopmom, I hope the information helps. It is definitely worth doing your homework to find a ship/cruise line/destination that fits your vacation style.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I always wanted to go on a cruise though I have to convince my husband to do this with me. He has a motion sickness and that is a challenge. This cruise ship looks really big and lots to do inside.

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    1. Hi Farrah, We went on a Mediterranean cruise with the family last year and three family members had never cruised before and were worried about motion sickness. They all commented that they didn't even know wey were on a ship! :) Stabilizers make all the difference where you rarely feel movement, if any at all. I would just choose a shorter cruise during a time of year when waters are calm (i.e., not hurricane season, lol), and he'll love it!

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  19. I've never went to a cruise, but it seems to be a unique experience. I love how elegant and fancy the ship is. And the food id divine! So glad that you had an wonderful trip!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely try cruising. It's a great experience. Choose a good ship/cruise line with a nice itinerary, and you'll love it!

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  20. I think I will spend most of my time in the Lotus Spa. It feels great to relax in a cruise.

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    1. We visited the spa in the morning and it very nice and relaxing. After the spa, my daughter and I joined the men up on deck and I felt relaxed the entire day.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. We have never experienced going on a cruise yet. We plan to do that when the kids are older.

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    1. I know, right? When we first boarded the ship, the atrium took my breath away. You should definitely give cruising a try when the kids are a little older. To start, I would suggest a shorter trip. It's cheaper and you can see if you like it. Just be sure to do your research and choose a good cruise ship/cruise line. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I haven't been on a cruise, but I would love to experience it one day. The lobby of that cruise is fab!

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    1. Hi Lynndee, I know, right? When we first boarded the ship, the atrium took my breath away. You should definitely give cruising a try. To start, I would suggest a shorter trip. It's cheaper and you can see if you like it. Just be sure to do your research and choose a good cruise ship/cruise line. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Wow, that looks like an amazing cruise. My husband and I have always wanted to go on one. We have never been on a cruise before. This one looks stunning!

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    1. Hi Kathy, We had a very nice time. You should definitely give cruising a try. I would suggest a shorter 3-4 day cruise to see if you like it. I really can't imagine not liking a cruise. Just be sure to do your research and choose a better cruise line that fits your style. For example, I'm not much of a partier, so I probably wouldn't like Carnival Cruises.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. I have yet to go on a cruise. My brother and sister-in-law just went and have already booked their next one. They are hooked.

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  25. I have never been on a cruise. This cruise looks so amazing that I also want to spend a weekend there! I will play slots first whenever I will book one because I love playing casino and slots! online poker

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