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Christens Another "Royal" Ship
by Linda Coffman
Where the Action Is
If you've sailed on other Princess ships you'll find Regal Princess'
layout similar in some regards and different in others. As noted in
Part One of this preview, specialty restaurants are "paired" with
lounges on Decks 5 and 7. Additionally, the Lotus Spa is found on
Deck 5 and no longer "paired" with the adult retreat, the Sanctuary.
Lounges are located throughout Decks 5, 6, and 7 and there are a lot
of them, which contributes to the lack of crowding—passengers fan
out to their favorites. Like old friends, you'll find the
traditional Princess Theater where production shows and other
entertainment is scheduled; the Wheelhouse Bar, a cozy and clubby
room with nautical flair; and Crooners, which serves up designer
martinis accompanied by a pianist and Rat Pack vibe. Princess Live!
is the television studio with a nearby Princess Live! Cafe that was
also introduced on Royal Princess. The secondary show lounge, Vista
Lounge is a venue for interactive entertainment where there's
Speaking of action, gentlemen can try their luck in the Casino and
then relax in the adjacent Club 6 or Churchill's Cigar Lounge, while
their sweethearts spend their winnings in one of the nearby
Take in a a gorgeous light-and-water show adjacent to the main pool
or head to the Retreat Pool where the Night Sky Lounge offers
dancing under the stars on select evenings.
Where There's More Action & None At All
Veg out or work out? The Lotus Spa and Fitness Center goes to both
extremes. Those who choose the latter will find a exercise machines
to get the heart pumping, free weights, and an aerobics room. Some
classes are complimentary, while there's a fee for others such as
yoga, spinning, and pilates. One deck up are the Sports Center, the
Driving Range, and a Jogging Track with exercise stations.
Complimentary steam rooms and saunas are no longer located in
Fitness Center changing rooms, so for true relaxation after a work
out sport fans will have to give the Enclave thermal suite a try in
the Lotus Spa, located down on Deck 5—heated stone loungers, a
Hammam (Turkish-style steam room), Caldarium (herbal steam room),
Laconium (dry heat sauna), a hydro-therapy pool, and rain and fog
showers are included in the fee. Be forewarned—the Enclave has
proven to be so popular that weekly passes sell out and day passes
may not be available. The Lotus Spa and Salon offers treatments and
services by Steiner Leisure, including a new Couples Villa for the
ultimate in pampering and privacy.
For true adults-only indulgence, look no further than the Retreat
Pool and Sanctuary where peace and tranquility are only a thickly
padded lounge chair away. Retreat Pool Cabanas and Sanctuary Cabanas
are available for rent by the day or half-day. A generous portion of
the deck is shaded for comfort and passengers needn't lift a finger
after being greeted by Sanctuary Stewards with a chilled towel.
Forgot your iPod? No problem, MP3 players loaded with soothing
sounds are available for rent. Servers circulate offering healthy
snacks and beverages (a nominal service charge applies for food).
Cabanas are located at the bow where massages with a view can be
booked through the Spa. A half day or full day charge is levied for
use of the Sanctuary Loungers to insure the serene atmosphere. A
centrally located cabana is available to all who want to cool off in
Not found on sister-ship Royal Priness and all new on Regal Princess is the aft-facing Terrace Pool, which is also
a haven of tranquility for mostly adult swimmers.
Like her sisters ships, the heart of Regal Princess is the atrium's
Piazza. And why not? Adjacent is the International Cafe and it's the
perfect place for coffee and a pastry in the morning, sandwiches and
salads at lunch, tapas before dinner, and to people watch at any
time. Overlooking the Piazza is the all-new Bellini's where the
signature Italian cocktail is tops on the bar menu. Throughout the
day and evening you'll often find passengers lined up along the
overhead railings while musicians or other performers entertain on
the main floor.
Fun Stuff For Families
|Overlooking the Sea, The SkyWalk
No one gets overlooked on Regal Princess and the youth and teen
areas are as appealing as the programs' names. Remix (ages 13-17),
Shockwaves (ages 8-12), and Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7) offer
age-specific spaces and activities. Indoors and outside, play areas
for younger children are extensive and teens even have their own
private outdoor retreat with a whirlpool spa.
Not new, but not to be overlooked is MUTS, Movies Under The
Stars—the giant Times Square style movie screen where concerts and
movies are featured at the main pool. After dark it's kind of like
going to a drive-in movie (remember those?), only without the car or
an admission charge. Fun for all ages is the SkyWalk, cantilevered
over the sea with see-through panels on the floor.
For passengers interested in the behind-the-scenes workings of a
cruise ship, and who don't mind paying a fee for the experience, the
“Ultimate Ship Tour” offers the unique opportunity to explore areas
normally off limits to passengers. Participants also receive a
variety of themed mementos at many of the stops along the three-hour
route, which takes in the ship’s engine control room, medical
center, print shop, laundry, photo lab, bridge, and other spaces
typically seen only by the ship’s crew.
Princess Cruises, the Future
With the trend toward more meaningful travel experiences, Princess
strives to enrich their passengers’ lives by offering in-depth
experiences. The range of ship sizes in the fleet adds itinerary
flexibility and even Regal Princess—in the largest Princess ship
class to date—can potentially visit every port that is most
important to the line.
While on board Regal Princess, we found a lot to like. Nothing
struck us as revolutionary and that was part of the Princess Cruises
plan. Regal Princess is an evolution in design that was introduced
by Royal Princess and all passengers—not only those who are
returning to the line, but those who are new to Princess—will find
intimate spaces on a human scale and a lot to like.
Regal Princess Fast Stats
1,082 feet long
155 feet wide
Speed 22 knots
3,560 guests, double occupancy
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