Princess Cruises launched the beautiful, 3,560-passenger Regal Princess in 2014. With sister ship Royal Princess, it's the fleet's largest but still feels classically Princess: slightly cushy, classic meets contemporary, built for a crowd that likes some activity but plenty of peace and quiet. Wows aren't of the crazy water slide variety (you won't find them here), but the food and service are smooth. All outside cabins come with balconies, which brings the bonus of moderate pricing for these desired spaces.
What We Love
Pool Deck Attractions: The main pool is outfitted with fountains that, at night, perform cool water-and-light shows. It's also home to Movies Under the Stars.
Lotus Spa: The spa gets prime real estate in the center of the ship, and there are Couples Villas for side-by-side massages. The Enclave is equipped with a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, and sauna, as well as a pair of heated water beds that are downright heavenly. (A fee applies, even when you book treatments.)
Best Known For
Alfredo's: The pizzeria serves complimentary, hand-tossed, thin-crust pies that are the best you'll find at sea. Order the Pizza Regal Princess, topped with parma ham, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan.
The Piazza: The center of the ship is this atrium, an elegant, three-deck space with grand staircases, theatrical balconies, and water fountains. It's the ship's hub — a place to eat, drink, watch performers, see, and be seen.
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Who It's Best For
Couples and Singles: The nightlife scene won't keep you dancing into the wee hours, but there's still plenty of entertainment.
Multigenerational Families: Kids are entertained in indoor and outdoor play areas, and teens even get their own pool. Youngsters who can pull themselves away from the video games will find they can play old-fashioned Skee-Ball.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Upgrading Your Dinners Adds Up: Dinner in the dining room isn't particularly memorable and, with the exception of Alfredo's, you'll need to pay for the best food on the ship. Highlights: Dinner at Italian trattoria Sabatini's ($25) and a la carte oysters at the seafood bar.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.
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Regal Princess at a Glance
- Line: Princess Cruises
- Class: Royal
- Number of Passengers: 3560
- Ship Size: Mega
- Launch Date: 2014