Day 6 – The Ship!

Once again, we have boarded the Regal Princess.  This is our second sailing on this wonderful vessel, our first being in 2016.  You can read about our short but very enjoyable journey here

Reading through that post reminded me that I really haven’t posted anything about the ship itself.  With that in mind I hope you won’t find this post too boring. 😊  The pictures will be located in a separate area, noted above (Ship Pics).

Princess has 15 ships currently in its fleet.  The Regal Princess had construction started in 2012 and its inauguration sailing in 2014.  It was also the first ship with the Princess MedallionClass experience.  This allows passengers (with equivalent technology for crew members) to carry a small medallion wherever they go.

Coupled with the smartphone app, MedallionClass allows for the medallion to automatically unlock your cabin door when you approach (doing away with the need to insert a card when you already have your hands full).  The app also allows you to see daily activities, find shipmates, order food or beverages (the crew uses their side of the technology to actually find where you are for delivery) and many other conveniences.

Overall size of this beauty comprises a length of 330 m (1,082 ft) and a width of 38 m (124 ft).  With 13 passenger decks there is ample room for some 3,600 guests and about 2,000 crew.  Most of the 1,780 cabins have balconies ranging in size dependant on the type of cabin.

There are 3 main dining rooms (Allegro, Concerto, and Symphony) complimenting 2 speciality dining rooms (Sabatini’s and Crown Grill).  Just in case these 5 fantastic places don’t provide enough variety, there are 6 other different sit-down areas to make your choices more…complete?  And I haven’t even talked about The Wine Maker’s Dinner or Chef’s Table Lumiere. 

Oh…almost forgot.  You’re probably thirsty as well.  No worries…14 bars across several decks can easily quench that need with a multitude of concoctions.

Ready to be entertained?  The 150 seat Princess Theater hosts live shows as well as feature length movies (also available in your stateroom free of charge).  Princess Live TV Studio, Movies Under The Stars, the Casino, Bingo, the Vista Lounge, Crooners, Princess Water Color Fantasy (water and light show between the 2 top deck pools) and amenities for teens and younger. And that’s just a small sampling.

Given the almost never-ending choices of food and drink perhaps a little exercise to (maybe!) take care of some of those unwelcome caloric bulges that start to appear.  Upstairs to the gym, the walking/jogging track, pickle ball, badminton, basketball…whether for fun or necessary to get back in the clothes, there are many choices to help meet those requirements.

However, as with all things truly magnificent, you really need to experience this yourself.  Your first cruise, or like some onboard, your 41st, Princess, and certainly this ship, provide a vacation that really is a different experience.  I cannot imagine you being disappointed.

Tomorrow…Toulon, France (and yes dear reader…I am a couple of days behind. This entry should have been done a couple of days ago, but I’ve just been so busy touring and eating and drinking and….)

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