Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Regal Princess
Sailing Date: July 25th, 2004
Itinerary: Alaska - Inside Passage
This is our second Alaska cruise on the Regal Princess. We like the itinerary out of San Francisco because we don't have to fly. The ship is an older ship, but it is in good shape. We enjoyed its size. The cruise was sold out, but we never felt crowded. It is fairly easy to navigate the whole ship. Some people miss the wraparound deck, but we didn't really notice it. You can still go out to the front of the ship from the starboard side of the Baja Deck. This time we had a balcony room. The balcony was small, but we enjoyed watching the whales and the beautiful scenery.
The food: The food on the Regal is kind of hit and miss. Some of it was outstanding and some was terrible. Overall, the Cafe Del Sol buffet was our least favorite place to eat. It was typical buffet food. My husband and sister-in-law liked the hamburger bar and Bravo Pizzeria. Mostly, though, we ate in the dining room for dinner and sometimes for lunch. The beef was pretty good each night. Lobster & Crab were also good. Some of the fish was dry, but one night we had swordfish and it was the best I have had. Our waiter always brought extra plates of each entree and dessert for us to try. The pasta is always good. For desserts, we found the cakes usually too dry. Other desserts were pretty good. The dessert souffles were our favorite.
We had balcony rooms on the Baja deck. They are a pretty good size. My husband is 6'5" tall and 450 lbs and he was comfortable in the bathroom and the shower. The shower head was even high enough for him, which is very unusual. Lots of closet space and drawers are available. There is only 1 outlet in the room so you might bring an extension cord if you have make-up mirrors, computers, curling irons, or anything else to plug in. There are hair dryers in the room. There is also a small refrigerator in the room. We were also advised to bring a bungee to hold the balcony door open, but didn't need it. The door would stay open on its own.
Entertainment: The evening entertainment was pretty good. We like the big dance productions, so we enjoyed the shows. There were 2 comedians and a juggling comedian that were funny too. In Juneau they had Libby Riddles give an hour talk. She was interesting. The naturalist onboard was Alan Cortash. He was OK. Not as good as Brent Nixon who was onboard 2 years ago, but I guess better than some.
Service was wonderful. Anything we asked for, we got. On the Regal, you can special order breakfast items like Eggs Benedict or Steak & Eggs for the next morning and they will have it for you. We did that almost every evening for the next morning. I asked for copies of the menus and the dining room captain made sure I had a set at my room on the last night. Also, if you want some Princess playing cards, just ask at the casino or the purser's desk and they will give you some.