Written by on Tuesday June 9, 2015
Regal Princess is the newest ship in the Princess fleet and sister ship to Royal Princess. At a gross tonnage of 142,229 and carrying over 3,560 passengers, she is also the largest ship in the fleet. I sailed on Royal Princess last year and loved it so much that I booked to go on the Regal this year. I was not disappointed, the ship was simply stunning and the service was first class.
Princess Cruises is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and this was evident throughout the ship and even on the ships hull. The captain along with the cruise director and lots of entertainment staff were British which we enjoyed. We took a 3 day mini cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Princess Cruises own private island in the Bahamas, Princess Cays which was paradise. I purchased the all inclusive drinks package which you could utilise on the island too making it fabulous value for money. The cruise was the perfect bolt on to the end of our Florida and Caribbean holiday.
As I have cruised many times with Princess we got priority boarding on to the ship so we were one of the first on-board. I was travelling in a group of 5 ranging from age 75 to 14. Every generation was catered for which was perfect. We had balconies on emerald deck which were very spacious and beautifully decorated.
Although we didn't spend much time in our stateroom, we were very impressed by the huge 37” flat screen television which had the most comprehensive amount of complimentary films and TV box sets to watch that I have encountered in my experience of cruising.
Regal Princess has 3 main dining rooms, including two with any time dining. Princess pioneered the anytime dining concept which has been followed by numerous cruise lines since. We opted for anytime dining and we never had to queue or wait to get a table. It was ideal as it meant that we could dine whenever we chose to. As always, the food was fantastic. As well as the main dining rooms, you could also dine at Sabatini’s and Crown Grill speciality restaurants which have a cover charge or the horizon court buffet, international cafe and Alfredo’s pizzeria which were complimentary.
The buffet had its own bakery section with the most amazing selection of cakes and pastries. Unfortunately, not very good for the waistline!
We were very impressed by the extensive entertainment which was centred around 3 main venues being the Princess Theatre which had showtime productions, Vista Lounge with comedians and shows and Princess Live which is their new tv studio presenting broadcast-ready events including game shows, karaoke and late night comedy. As well as this there was live music in the numerous bars throughout the ship. The breathtaking atrium and piazza of Regal Princess was also a hive of activity during the day and evening and is 50% larger than other ships in the fleet.
Children are well catered for too. The kids clubs were split into 3 ages; Princess Pelicans for ages 3-7, Shockwaves for ages 8-12 and Remix Lounge for ages 13-17. My daughter was in the teen club which had activities such as Wii sports, PS3 zumba, dodgeball, karaoke and late night discos. They had their own exclusive outdoor area with plush sun loungers and a hot tub which she loved.
There were four freshwater pools including an adults-only pool, children splash pool and whirlpool spas. The Sanctuary, a blissful haven for adults features luxurious private VIP cabanas with refrigerators and flat screen TVs. The pool area is where ‘Movies Under the Stars’ can also be found. It has the largest high definition screen and best sound ever. Watching a concert whilst sipping a cocktail at the pool or a movie in the evening with popcorn was fun for all. Not to be missed is the magical night time Princess Watercolour Fantasy, transforming the top deck with dancing fountains, special music and live performers.
Its not hard to see why Princess Cruises continually proves to be so popular and has so many repeat passengers, myself included.
Angela Lafferty, Product Executive