July 5, 2006
My wife and I just completed our second voyage on this ship. It had been six years since we last cruised the ship and we found it to be in very good shape, in fact it looks better now then it did 6 years ago. We both felt the food quality on Princess has gone down significantly since our last cruise on the Regal.
The pasta, breads, salids and most deserts were very good. Most poultry items were also very good, much of the fish and some seafood was not at all fresh or way over cooked. Service in the dining room was fine but nothing special. Out biggest complaint was about smokers being allowed to smoke in unauthorized areas or smoke free areas. Many non-smokers were unhappy with the ships total lack of enforcement reguarding smoke free areas.
The ship handeled the Pacific Ocean well and had a very "solid" ship feel vs the box ships of more recent designs that float on top of the water. We'll miss the Regal when she leave the Princess fleet next year. The new generation of mega ships on Princess just doesn't fit us.(other than the 2 former R ships)
I must confess, that I think were headed back to Celebrity Cruises on the Century class of ships.