Number of Cruises: 20
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Regal Princess
Sailing Date: February 13th, 2003
Itinerary: New Zealand/Australia
Have taken many other cruises and this ship was far below standard.
Staff surly and certainly not happy to be working on this ship including the Captain.Not formal at all, dress is casual every night in the dining room. Even on the 2 formal nights very few cocktail dresses or tuxedos. Average age 70+ and don't seem interested in anything but eating as they waited outside the dining room for the doors to open, this occurred before each meal. Ship caters to groups only. There were about 5 or 6 on board. This makes it very difficult to get a seat at any of the shows or at the buffet at lunch time. Cabin very good in size and plenty of storage space and very quiet. Ship is shut down by 11pm each nite, no dancing in any of the bars or clubs after last show at 10:15.Everyone in bed to get ready for early bird danish and coffee. Plenty of restaurant choices and food relatively good and very well presented. Bistro is open late and service much better than dining room. You feel very rushed in the other restaurants even at late seating. Book early seating in advance as this fills up very quickly and once on board they won't change it. Arrive at the Welcome aboard cocktail party no later than 5 minutes past the time stated. Captain will not greet you at the door and no pictures, bar shuts down at 15 minutes into the party. Bartenders in other bars on the ship very friendly and can make anything you want. No gentlemen hosts as featured on most ships so no one for singles to dance with. Embarkation was a total disaster blamed on full ship.
Many ships have just as many passengers and it runs very smoothly. This was like the running of the bulls, doors open and race to get aboard. On disembarkation day the announcement was made at 430am to get up ,I didn't leave the ship until 10am.The restrooms were locked this day also, so go before you leave your cabin. We were also informed by the cruise director to place your luggage outside the cabin but don't lock it ,in case they needed to open it at the airport. In these times that was very discomforting to me and since I wasn't going to the airport my luggage was locked. Wouldn't sail with Princess again, this certainly isn't the Love Boat no one seems to love being there.