We went on a 7 day Caribbean cruise on the Regal the week of Nov 11-18. It was FANTASTIC! This was our 6th Princess cruise, first time on the Regal. Starting with embarkation. We walked right up at 11am and into our room. By 11:30 we were unpacked (we brought our bags up ourselves). We were in an obstructed room (E516) and yes, the balcony was obstructed. For those of you that want to see a picture of the room I'll upload it. The balcony was very small compared to all of our othere sailings that were not obstructed, plus the obstruction was kind of right in your way. But, it still was nice to open the door and hear the water and just sit ocassionally out there. My husband gets up a bit before me and he would sit out there until I was up. Bed and pillow were very comfy and I found the bathroom had plenty of room for a cruise and the shower pressure was more than adequate and hot. Our wonderful TA left us a case of water and one day sent chocolate covered strawberries to our room (plus a goodie package before we left). We did get a good deal on the obstructed room (included gratuities and Sabatinis one night) and was less than whenever I checked prices without these extras.
We found the buffet to have anything and everything you could possibly want to eat. I have to admit that we're not foodies so we're not the best to review food. We went to Sabatinis one night (start with the dessert...that Norman Love chocolate concoction is truly the best dessert I have ever had). We all (4 of us) found the main dish way too salty for our tastes, but the salad and pasta dish was excellent. And they really took their time. We ate in the dining room twice and both nights had a fish dish and I got a side of the fettucine as well (how can you not on the Princess?!?) Enjoyed my meals and again the desserts were outstanding. We ate in Alfredos and their pizza was really excellent. We went to afternoon tea a few times. Love that. We also had a nibble at the International Cafe a few times. All in all found food to be quite good. We get the coffee card and I loved my afternoon treats!
The entertainment was outstanding. Loved every show. Plenty of room in the theater. One night we got there 30 minutes early and relaxed while waiting. Other nights maybe 15 minutes prior and found seats easily. We went to the 8pm shows. Ashlee Amber was amazing. She did a Whitney Houston show. The 2 main performance shows were so enjoyable as was the ventriloquist. We loved listening to AJ Clarke at Crooners in the evenings. I think we saw him 4 times. He performed different venues (Rat Pack, Broadway, Elton John & Billy Joel and took requests). Very entertaining. We thought the band was lively and loved their upbeat music. We also went to a variety of programs that we enjoyed on sea days. One was with the cruise director on life at sea. Learned a lot. Went to a decorating class with the art curator. Did zumba, line dancing and generally just enjoyed ourselves.
Princess Cays was nice. I said I wasn't a foodie and I admit I didn't even go near the lunch (it's bar-b-q). We ate a good breakfast and when we got back to ship went to afternoon tea. St Thomas and St Martaan were nice as well. St Martaan is really being built back up. But, we were approached by one local to come rent chairs from them and when we said "no thanks" (as we just walked the beach, shopped a bit, went and had a drink) he got very nasty and said that we weren't helping his island get rebuilt. Was surprised by his attitude. Everyone else was very friendly.
Wifi was a mess. Seriously. I get 120 free minutes and 2 times they wiped out my minutes and there was no one in the internet cafe to help me. It's truly a "work in progress".
Disembarkation was ok, very quick, but the staff needs to be a little more forceful to those rude passengers that think it's ok to line up their luggage, block the aisles, and then no one else can get through when they're called. Minor blip
But, Princess has to work on the lounge chair situation where people put towels out early in morning and hardly come back. RC scans your room card. If you don't return towels it's $25 each towel. It would stop the hoggers who never return leaving people like us that just want to sit out for an hour or so out of luck. Again, it's just selfish people. They're no different when they cruise.
All in all this was our best cruise to date. We already are planning our next cruise (to Europe). If anyone is thinking of cruising to the Caribbean, you will have a great time on the Regal!