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Above: Princess Cruise Lines Regal Princess Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: January, 1991
Guest capacity: 1,590
Total staff: 630
Length: 811 feet
Passenger decks: 12
CDC inspection score: 97

Regal Princess Overview

The Regal Princess cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Panama Canal.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Panama Canal.

Originally designed in 1991, the Regal Princess was given a multi-million dollar makeover in 2000. The renovation - most substantially in the public rooms - included new carpeting, brighter fabrics, lots of cherry wood walls and floors, and tons of marble accents. The highlight of the redesign is the almost completely new dining room and refurbished atrium, plus the addition of Princesses' signature 24-hour restaurant and fully supervised child and teen centers. Add to the mix, the friendly and helpful crew, and this ship becomes a "must do" for those travelers looking for a grand cruise at a grand price.


The staterooms are good in terms of size, amenities and design, but clearly show their age. The majority are standard outside cabins at 190 sq ft. About 180 staterooms have outside balconies. Bathrooms, with showers larger than on some of Princess' newer ships, also include spacious toiletry cabinets on either side of the oversized mirror. Staterooms also include fluffy terry cloth robes, hair dryers, TV's, mini-refrigerators, built-in lighting and 24-hour room service. Mini-suites, which average 366 sq ft. with balcony, also feature a sitting area and bath with shower and tub.


The Palm Court dining room has been refurbished and reconfigured to create a warmer, more intimate restaurant. The food staff is very efficient and pleasant. Most tables are for six or eight, although there are a few tables for two. Food selection is ample, menus also include healthy choice and vegetarian items, as well as Princesses' signature pasta dishes.

The food is tasty and well-presented. This ship features the "open 24 hours a day" Cafe Cabana. During the day it serves hot and cold buffet items, and at night is transformed to a sit-down bistro with its own menu. For a quick bite, the Presto Pizzeria on the Lido Deck offers freshly made pizzas for lunch or dinner. Smoking is prohibited in the dining room and show lounges.


Evening entertainment ranges from cruise staff "fun" shows and high-energy musicals in the International Show Lounge, to ballroom dancing in Bengal Bar. The Stage Door Nightclub gets going after dinner and Bacchus Wine Bar is quiet place for either pre- or post-dinner drinks. The art-deco Adagio piano bar is the most popular evening spot with music each night.

Fitness & Recreation

Regal Princess has a small, well-equipped fitness center with aerobics, plus weight and cardiovascular equipment on Holiday Deck, the lowest passenger level. The Lido pool area has a cluster of circular pools/spas surrounded by plenty of deckchairs for sunning. For joggers, the Sun Deck has a 1/6-mile tractioned outdoor track.

Princess offers the "New Waves" water sports program with extensive snorkeling and scuba instruction aboard ship, plus underwater adventure shore excursions. Golf excursions, which include transfers from the ship, green fees, and golf carts, are available at certain ports.

Public Areas

The Plaza serves as the ship's entry to its three-story atrium, which includes boutique shops and cozy lounges. La Patisserie has a bright and airy look thanks to newly added windows. In fact, the ship has a number of bars and lounges, from Intermezzo, themed after the movie of the same name, to Kipling's with its attractive British India decor, to the Chianti Bar - a romantic spot for champagne and caviar. There's also a lively late-night disco and evening cabaret. Nightly Broadway-style revues are held in the International Show Lounge. The Dome, located high atop the front of the ship, features a large casino, dance floor, bar and an observation area with floor-to-ceiling windows to give passengers a 270-degree forward view.


The "Fun Zone" children's center features a glassed-in splash pool to isolate the sound of screaming youngsters from sunning adults, a castle, doll house, children's theater, a ball pit, TV with videos, and computers with children's software. This area is great for children 3-8, where they participate in a supervised program of games, arts & crafts and free play. The program is offered for toilet-trained kids only.

9-12 year olds have a more unstructured program focusing on group games like scavenger hunts throughout the ship.

Teens' "Fast Lane" is a video game arcade. In the teen club, a large screen TV, dance floor, nonalcoholic bar and a cool jukebox system allow teens to create their own DJ projects under space-age lights.

During days at sea, the children's programs run from 9-12am, 2-5pm and 7-10pm. There is no extra charge. From 10pm - 1am and on port days, there is a group baby-sitting charge of $4 per hour, per child.

Expert Regal Princess reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Regal Princess cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Regal Princess Score: 97

Cruise Critic: Regal Princess
The Cruise Critic gives NCL's Regal Princess a 4-ribbon rating.

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