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« on: December 10, 2014, 09:02:33 AM »

Personal memories from my 11/30/2014 Regal Princess cruise in somewhat random order:

  • No free upgrades
  • Shortage of towels for the first few days for cabins in my area
  • Very few cabins were ready at noon on the day of embarkation in my area
  • Art auction invitation sent to my cabin number addressed to Chinese passenger names
  • More ads on the Wake show
  • Motown trivia leader didn't know about various correct answers
  • Horizon court switching food locations nearly every day
  • Product hawking in Horizon Court and Formal Dining Rooms
  • Two day turnaround for Elite laundry for some, one day turnaround for Elite laundry for others
  • Smoking at the aft end of the "Promenade" deck
  • The triplet ship on order is expected to have all shops on one deck and restaurants all on another deck
  • The triplet ship will not have "public" center stairs but crew only center stairs to the top actually exist on the Royal and Regal
  • Hanging of the greens on the ship was contracted out to a company in Chicago
  • Two bartenders and a Horizon Court waiter refused to sell me a gun (fountain) Coke.  Tips are higher on can Cokes
  • The background music used in Horizon Court wasn't very good
  • Intense stobe lights repeatedly flashing the audience and blasting sound was the norm in Princess Theater shows.
  • Jersey Boy show in Princess theater was great.  Noticed lip syncing and heard band instruments that weren't on the stage
  • Couldn't get excited about cruise director Ron Goodman
  • No gangway photographers for later leaving excursions
  • Captain didn't appear at the CC party
  • St John excursion promised a half hour of shopping.  There was none.
  • Wine tasting (mostly product placement) didn't occur until the last day of the cruise
  • On formal night inside the dining room I observed a number of men wearing Caribbean style casual shirts, shorts and even a Chiwawa dog
  • Sat next to a table in the dining room with four guys sitting together.  They were being serenaded by the wait staff singing "Happy Anniversary"
  • Huge spread of chocolate items at breakfast in Horizon Court on the last day.
  • Business card in the cabin light slot keeps the lights on
  • Cabin telephone rebooted in the cabin several times
  • Cabin television locked up once and had to be rebooted
  • Saw very heavy black smoke coming from a ship smokestack one day.  Lasted about 5 minutes
  • Up at 2 am taking ship pictures.  Saw drunks.  Also saw Club 6 and the casino having lots of customers
  • Muster drill language has changed to include slides for passenger evacuations
  • No bridge games listed in the Patter
  • Bingo blackouts are rare in less that 55 calls.  It took 59 calls for a winner to emerge in the last game
  • Future cruise and Casino book keeping is not part of your shipboard account
  • The cabin safe now has a shelf
  • A group in the dining room decided to celebrate a pretend birthday every single night
  • Art auction had very high prices with no one observed bidding
  • A couple of wackos (my opinion) participated in the unhosted Bible study
  • Laughed at the captain repeatedly blowing the "Love Boat" horns at the other ships as we sailed out of Ft Lauderdale.
  • Ship sailed with empty balcony cabins (with fake mailbox names).  No inside upgrades whatsoever on day of sailing
  • No real maple syrup or even a good fake maple tasting syrup in Horizon Court
  • Horizon Court coffee taste was hit/miss.  Orange juice was not watered down
  • Skimpy pepperoni on still great tasting, salty pizza
  • No ship stock photos for sale when I looked in the Photo gallery.  Just a CD
  • Casino was smoky
  • Overstuffed bed pillows.  I bring my own.
  • NFL football was preempting MUTS movies
  • Motion sickness pills were fully priced and then some in the ship store
  • Can't buy wine on Sunday before noon in Ft Lauderdale
  • Cheap wine bought in St Thomas was being allowed to pass through X-ray and be carried to cabins
  • Ship AC voltage frequency made my clock run fast
  • Hallway lights leaked through cabin door frame
  • I love Horizon Court on the Regal (and the Royal)
  • I love the passenger hallway pictures
  • Closed captions on the cabin TV didn't work.  The cabin TV was in stretch-o-vision.
  • Saw small spots on something red on the cabin bed cover
  • Disembarkation ran behind about 15 minutes.  Grid lock in the terminal
  • I found that "Quick and Safe" shuttle at disembarkation was neither quick nor safe (driver drove outside the lane while messing with his cell phone
  • Outside guides at terminal 2 at disembarkation were clueless
  • Skype was not being blocked on Princess Internet.
  • Tip begging by Cruise Director staff on last day
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 10:08:36 AM »

Personal memories from my 11/30/2014 Regal Princess cruise in somewhat random order:
We just got home from 25 days on the Royal & will compare your comments to that of our experiences. (most of which are very similar)
  • No free upgrades
Same for us even though we had a cooling problem with our cabin repeatedly throughout our cruise.
  • Shortage of towels for the first few days for cabins in my area
No shortage but the bath towels were comparable to using a burlap bag to dry off with. I began using only the pool towels.
  • Very few cabins were ready at noon on the day of embarkation in my area

Ours were ready as well as most others as far as I could tell.
  • Art auction invitation sent to my cabin number addressed to Chinese passenger names
No comment.
  • More ads on the Wake show
Only watched a portion one time & the whole thing was one long commercial....just like other ships.
  • Motown trivia leader didn't know about various correct answers
No comment.
  • Horizon court switching food locations nearly every day
Not so much on the Royal but you might as well change tables for dessert after eating sine the dessert & coffee/tea/water is located so far away.
  • Product hawking in Horizon Court and Formal Dining Rooms
Same thing.
  • Two day turnaround for Elite laundry for some, one day turnaround for Elite laundry for others
Pretty much the same. I only had my dress pants dry cleaned one time & didn't really take notice. I don't trust their laundry any longer. They've ruined to many of my shirts to send them in. It's not worth taking the chance.
  • Smoking at the aft end of the "Promenade" deck
Same thing.
  • The triplet ship on order is expected to have all shops on one deck and restaurants all on another deck
Not sure if that will mean much.
  • The triplet ship will not have "public" center stairs but crew only center stairs to the top actually exist on the Royal and Regal
Sucks.
  • Hanging of the greens on the ship was contracted out to a company in Chicago
Same thing on Royal. They were very limited compared to other ships in past years....very generic. On the Emerald last year they even decorated each cabin door with personalized bows.
  • Two bartenders and a Horizon Court waiter refused to sell me a gun (fountain) Coke.  Tips are higher on can Cokes
Not if you made friends with a few of them.
  • The background music used in Horizon Court wasn't very good
I could hardly hear a thing except in the evenings when it quieted down.
  • Intense stobe lights repeatedly flashing the audience and blasting sound was the norm in Princess Theater shows.
    Same thing. VERY irritating. I even brought my brimmed hat on a repeat show one night to block out the upper flashing lights. Who in the world thought that one up?
  • Jersey Boy show in Princess theater was great.  Noticed lip syncing and heard band instruments that weren't on the stage
No comment.
  • Couldn't get excited about cruise director Ron Goodman
I couldn't get excited about Samantha Hawker-Thomas either. Who really cares.
  • No gangway photographers for later leaving excursions
We did & at least they didn't block the path for people who wanted to get by.
  • Captain didn't appear at the CC party
Don't go any longer. Waste of time for me.
  • St John excursion promised a half hour of shopping.  There was none.
We've been there 3 or 4 times (independently) & don't go any more since the day there is much to short with all the transportation involved.
  • Wine tasting (mostly product placement) didn't occur until the last day of the cruise
Ours was at the beginning of the cruise. We only stopped by for our free shot glasses. Why I don't know since we've got to many neow. Maybe they'll change designs again the the future for the 50th celebration next year & it'll give up incentive to collect a new set.
  • On formal night inside the dining room I observed a number of men wearing Caribbean style casual shirts, shorts and even a Chiwawa dog
Ours was more formal than other ships. I had on a Polo shirt & they sent me back for a dress shirt. Most people stayed dressed for the whole evening in the Piazza & show lounge. Surprising.
  • Sat next to a table in the dining room with four guys sitting together.  They were being serenaded by the wait staff singing "Happy Anniversary"
Cute.  Cheesy
  • Huge spread of chocolate items at breakfast in Horizon Court on the last day.
You mean like chocolate pastries?
  • Business card in the cabin light slot keeps the lights on
All the cabins had a card in the slot. Unless they designed it to work only with your cabin card the system doesn't serve much purpose.
  • Cabin telephone rebooted in the cabin several times
No comment.
  • Cabin television locked up once and had to be rebooted
Only once? Ours did it constantly almost every time we shut it off & back on to quickly. We had a Samsung TV while some had (the crew) had a Viewsonic TV's. You can't connect to the Samsung TV's with an HDMI cable to review your video's.  Angry Its fed by a cat 5 cable. At least the Viewsonics cab be reconnected by unplugging & reconnecting to your camera or computer.
  • Saw very heavy black smoke coming from a ship smokestack one day.  Lasted about 5 minutes
No comment.
  • Up at 2 am taking ship pictures.  Saw drunks.  Also saw Club 6 and the casino having lots of customers
What else would you expect when they've paid for unlimited alcohol.  Tongue
  • Muster drill language has changed to include slides for passenger evacuations

Same thing.
  • No bridge games listed in the Patter
No comment.
  • Bingo blackouts are rare in less that 55 calls.  It took 59 calls for a winner to emerge in the last game
No comment.
  • Future cruise and Casino book keeping is not part of your shipboard account
I'm not sure what you meant but my casino charges were applied to my ship board account as soon as I transferred them. Sometimes not at dollar for dollar amount. Sometimes they charged up a percent & other times they gave us a percent or 2. Weird.  Huh
  • The cabin safe now has a shelf

Yep. I even found some Euro coins at the bottom lip. If you take out the shelf my wife's 10 inch tablet would fit inside.

  • A group in the dining room decided to celebrate a pretend birthday every single night
In my opinion birthdays are for 7 year old's & senile people unless you reach 100. If they started to charge for them it would be a completely different story.  Wink
  • Art auction had very high prices with no one observed bidding
For suckers only.
  • A couple of wackos (my opinion) participated in the unhosted Bible study
No comment.
  • Laughed at the captain repeatedly blowing the "Love Boat" horns at the other ships as we sailed out of Ft Lauderdale.
The new horn is tacky at best. I'm surprised it hasn't made an appearance on Carnival or NCL. I'll bet the birthday people were thrilled.  Roll Eyes
  • Ship sailed with empty balcony cabins (with fake mailbox names).  No inside upgrades whatsoever on day of sailing
We only had 2,000 or 2,100 people on one of our sailings & there were loads of no name cabins but as the cruise progressed names appeared. I guess they either upgraded some folks or flew them in by helicopter.  Grin
  • No real maple syrup or even a good fake maple tasting syrup in Horizon Court
Same thing.
  • Horizon Court coffee taste was hit/miss.  Orange juice was not watered down
Same thing. They now use dripped coffee in the Horizon & IC. Both which are to strong. I added at least 2 inches of hot water to every cup to make it drinkable. It's still better than the liquid stuff. The coffee cards can now be used on other ships for unlimited dripped or perked coffee.
  • Skimpy pepperoni on still great tasting, salty pizza
No comment. Don't eat pizza when there's real food available.   Cool
  • No ship stock photos for sale when I looked in the Photo gallery.  Just a CD
there's
  • Casino was smoky
As always.
  • Overstuffed bed pillows.  I bring my own.
Pillows on the Royal were pretty good.
  • NFL football was preempting MUTS movies
Yep. They should....after all who needs MUTS for a movie when you cab see it on your cabin TV.
  • Motion sickness pills were fully priced and then some in the ship store
  • Can't buy wine on Sunday before noon in Ft Lauderdale
All of Florida. I guess you went to Publix or Total Wine.
  • Cheap wine bought in St Thomas was being allowed to pass through X-ray and be carried to cabins
I've been doing that for years contrary to what some people who say it has to be checked.
  • Ship AC voltage frequency made my clock run fast
  • Hallway lights leaked through cabin door frame
No, but the Royal has constant problems with the latching mechanisms of the balcony sliding doors. They go out of adjustment & have to be reset my maintenance. We initially called because we couldn't keep the cabin cool & didn't realize it was from air leakage. I was told by a supervisor that all the cabins in his section had the problem.
  • I love Horizon Court on the Regal (and the Royal)
It is nice. At least the people don't line up like lemmings waiting for an item. Desserts & Cappuccino bar are now located to far away. Guess you can't have everything.
  • I love the passenger hallway pictures
Nice. Much better than a blank wall.
  • Closed captions on the cabin TV didn't work.  The cabin TV was in stretch-o-vision.
Noticed that only a few movies had that option.
  • Saw small spots on something red on the cabin bed cover
No comment.
  • Disembarkation ran behind about 15 minutes.  Grid lock in the terminal
I left out ship 2 times mid trip to dump stuff in out car (liquor & dirty clothes) parked nearby & the first people off the ship started to leave at around 6:10 AM & progressed ahead of schedule the whole morning. I didn't want to get back to early & have to wait around so I I waited with the Elite crowd till they told us to leave. I filled out an declaration card each time & no one cared about it. 
  • I found that "Quick and Safe" shuttle at disembarkation was neither quick nor safe (driver drove outside the lane while messing with his cell phone
No comment.
  • Outside guides at terminal 2 at disembarkation were clueless
No comment as we know our way around. 
  • Skype was not being blocked on Princess Internet.
My new internet minutes had to be requested for each leg of the trips. I was tole that even though the old minutes carried over it was a glitch in the system & it shouldn't happen but the manager let me keep them any way.
  • Tip begging by Cruise Director staff on last day
Those that beg don't receive anything. I give to people directly not through the pool system. Do a good job & you'll get rewarded......bartenders, cabin stewards, gelato server, etc. The people I deal with directly. I always bring gifts (well wanted) as well as tipping people I make friends with.
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Our Royal trip was OK and we both felt the new ship was nice but not so nice as to say we would love to board it again. We dislike to many things that made the new ship dis-likable.

  • Pools with no shade.
    • Library so small on such a large ship.
    Overused piazza with constant music & entertainment.
    The main pool with constant music or MUTS blaring away.
    No center stairs even to go from deck 8 to the DR.
    No external connection to the TV system.
    TINY balconies so small 2 people can't even move around beside one another no less eat anything.
    No window cabins.
If it were the only ship in the Caribbean during the fall & spring season AND the price was right we probably would go again. If there was another option like the CB, Emerald or Ruby in the Caribbean we'd probably choose the older ones first....and we have by going back to the CB in Jan.
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 10:44:51 AM »

There must be a new cruise ship law: "The bigger the ship, the smaller the library."
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 10:58:21 AM »

I actually don't use the library except to read or sit & watch one of my movies (no MUTS or music blaring) but the problem with the Royal & Regal is no matter where you sit other than your cabin there's something always happening.
Even during the muster drill I was in one of the hallway chairs & was told that I couldn't sit there with earphones on even being an in-transit passenger.  Angry
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2014, 05:26:05 PM »


Would be nice to read your comments but even with my new glasses on the tiny print is far too small.   
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 08:40:57 PM »

On the Royal and the Regal go to the top of the center stairs, just above deck seven, and push open the crew only door and take a look.  Voila' there actually are center stairs heading up to the top of the ship.
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2014, 08:58:42 PM »

Rich, you hit several of my biggest complaints:

pools with no shade;
constant music and entertainment in the Piazza; not a place to relax any more;
constant music and MUTS by the main pool;
tiny balconies, except the Owner's suites, which are usually covered in soot;

and one you didn't get, but Host Mike did:
intense strobe light flashing into the audience in the Princess Theater; had to close my eyes at times.
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 07:37:09 AM »

On the Royal and the Regal go to the top of the center stairs, just above deck seven, and push open the crew only door and take a look.  Voila' there actually are center stairs heading up to the top of the ship.

We were located on deck 8 & on a few nights I was tempted to use those crew stairs to get to deck 7 but the wife stopped me.  Grin


Rich, you hit several of my biggest complaints:

pools with no shade;
constant music and entertainment in the Piazza; not a place to relax any more;
constant music and MUTS by the main pool;
tiny balconies, except the Owner's suites, which are usually covered in soot;

and one you didn't get, but Host Mike did:
intense strobe light flashing into the audience in the Princess Theater; had to close my eyes at times.

Oh, there's shade if you don't mind sitting by the main pool & listening to either MUTS of the constant blare of the music.  Angry The limited chairs by the Retreat pool in the shade were OK if you were on the ship when in a port but on a sea day people would hog them... towels, books, bags, etc.
I'm bringing a large brimmed hat to the next Princess show if the flashing continues.  Wink
Did I mention that there was no dark turkey meat at Thanksgiving. Only turkey breast. I asked for some at the buffet & was told that the roasted turkey was for display only.  Sad

OK....enough of the complaining about the new ship....for now.
There were some new features that we did like (somewhat).

  • There were more items available in the buffet than other ships.
  • I didn't find the show lounge to be bad as far as the view and the missing side isles but the missing pop up trays are disappointing.
  • Large basketball court on deck 17 if wasn't being used for Zumba.
  • Windows in the Horizon court went all the way to the floor for better viewing.
  • Seating on deck 16 behind the buffet area was nice, comfortable early in the morning before the smokers arrived.
  • Interactive TV was real nice but I miss not being able to connect my video unit for personal movies.
  • Better quality desserts & selection. Even the pies were somewhat better.
  • The coffee cards are not being able to be used on other ships for unlimited drip coffee & up graded teas.
  • Larger internet café.
  • The shooting simulator on deck 17 was a nice addition but the crew staff guy that ran the operation most days wasn't the most pleasant person to deal with. His attitude reflected that of someone who didn't want to be there most times and wasn't helpful in the least. He told you how to calibrate the rifle (standing only) and you had to do it his way or he wouldn't let you shoot. Other staff didn't care one way or the other & were very friendly.
  • Dripped coffee now served at the buffet. It's better but still much to strong for me - That's more of a personal thing.


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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2014, 08:53:36 PM »

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•Seating on deck 16 behind the buffet area was nice, comfortable early in the morning before the smokers arrived.

Something that really irked me about this area was all the people stretched out on the couches like they were loungers--some even asleep.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 06:19:05 AM »

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•Seating on deck 16 behind the buffet area was nice, comfortable early in the morning before the smokers arrived.

Something that really irked me about this area was all the people stretched out on the couches like they were loungers--some even asleep.

Same thing on deck 17. Some of the inconsiderate people liked to sleep there taking up the whole lounge during the day like it was their personal bed.
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