Monday, November 10, 2014

At Home Aboard Regal Princess

Balcony Stateroom M433
One of the first things most people notice about any Princess ship is their abundance of balconies. As with sister-ship Royal Princess, the ‘Love Boat’ line has gone one step further with Regal Princess—all outside accommodations feature balconies, although they are not stepped out in wedding cake fashion as found on previous ship classes. Instead of the graceful curve of the Grand-class vessels, Regal Princess balconies march in a solid wall. Our Balcony Stateroom on Deck 15 (Marina Deck 433), featured a balcony with clear panels beneath the railing furnished with two chairs and a small table.

Princess standard accommodations have traditionally featured numerous amenities and the line continues to provide Regal Princess passengers with staples such as hairdryers, small refrigerators, television, telephone with voice mail, personal safe, large walk-in closet, and robes for use throughout the cruise—you just have to ask and they are delivered to you. In the bathroom the shower has dispensers filled with Lotus Spa conditioning shampoo and shower gel and there is a container of body lotion. Beds are dressed in European-style duvets and linens and have posh fluffy pillows. Real conveniences for passengers who must remain in touch with family or the office are ship-wide WiFi and cell phone connectivity.

A new category of stateroom introduced on Royal Princess and also found on Regal Princess is the Deluxe Balcony—an extra spacious balcony cabin with a comfortable sofa bed (in place of a side chair) and some of the upgraded amenities found in mini-suites, including enhanced bathroom amenities, waffle bathrobe, and an upgraded duvet.

More space and comforts are available to mini-suite and suite occupants, including separate sitting areas, luxury bedding and towels, a choice of pillow styles, and bathtubs in mini-suites. Additionally, mini-suites feature a decorative central lighting fixture, a privacy curtain between the bed and sitting area, and marble-topped counters. Suites offer larger televisions, two sinks in the bathroom, accent lighting and a glass-paneled shower. Suite passengers can also take advantage of Regal Princess’ Concierge Lounge, offering an exclusive space to enjoy refreshment and make reservations for dining, spa services, and shore excursions. Wheelchair accessible cabins are available in a variety of categories

Our Eastern Caribbean cruise this week will call at Princess Cays in Eleuthera; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Marteen, as well as spend three days at sea. We hope you’ll follow along and get to know this beautiful ship from which we plan to return home refreshed, relaxed, and renewed.

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