I've gotten a few requests for an update on what we've done so far, so hear it is.
We boarded in Athens on Tuesday around noon, and it was seamless. We were onboard in less than 30 minutes, and our cabins were already made up for us. This was a nice surprise.
I haven't sailed Royal Princess, so I won't make too many comparisons. I actually like this; I have a fresh perspective here. Our Balcony Deluxe cabin is comfy, with plenty of space for storage. I love having a plush headboard and cozy bedding. Our balcony is on the smaller side, but we've spent time out there and have been quite comfortable.
We had lunch at Alfredo's, which was virtually deserted while everyone was up at Horizon Court. It was quiet, tasty and free (despite rumors to the contrary that Princess will charge for Alfredo's).
We did quite a bit of walking around, of course, to check out the various spaces on the ship. I have plenty of photos I'll be posting throughout the week, so be sure to check back here often.
Internet was a problem yesterday, but it's up and running today, so I should be able to pop in here as time permits.
Last night, we had dinner in Sabatini's, which was good; hearty portions and plenty of options. I had a well-cooked seafood spaghetti, while my husband had a vegetarian manicotti. Both were on the specials list for the night, rather than the regular menu.
We've just pulled into Kusadasi, Turkey, so we'll be checking out Ephesus while in port. Tonight, we're giving a wine pairing a try.
Regarding charges for Alfredo's and room service
I've gotten a lot of questions regarding charges for room service and Alfredo's. We're sailing with Princess PR rep Karen Candy, who cleared up some of the mystery.
She says the line did indeed charge for Alfredo's and room service onboard Regal as part of a trial. Princess routinely runs trials, and this one caught passengers by surprise because they weren't given a warning. The charges have been rescinded (I can confirm; there are no such charges for our trip) and passengers have been promised any further changes will come with plenty of notice. Candy says one of the purpose of the trial was to see how Princess could better control demand in both of those areas.
Good morning from Santorini. We had a great day yesterday in Kusadasi and onboard Regal Princess. Still suffering from jet-lag, we did an early (6 a.m.) breakfast in the Horizon Court. We were the first in the door. The options were pretty solid, even for that time of day: several types of scrambled eggs, an omelet station, muesli, cold cereals, fruit and pastries. Also, there was an English breakfast with beans and sausages as well as options, such as rice and miso soup, that appeal to Asian passengers. One nit to pick: Getting a beverage on your own is tough this time of day; we had to wait for a waiter to bring us water and juice (we don't do coffee, but that was an option, too). The wait wasn't long, but I prefer self-service for beverages.
Dinner last night was the Winemaker's Dinner in the Symphony Dining Room. It was a nice experience, with food and wine paired. Dinner was an amuse bouche of sashimi, langoustine soup, stuffed gnocchi with mushroom sauce and filet mignon. Dessert was a delicious Napoleon. My favorite was the gnocchi, which was so rich, a small portion was plenty. It was cheesy and creamy with a heavy dose of mushrooms. The featured wine, a red and a white, came from Michael Mondavi.
We visited the Princess Live studio to watch the line's gameshow, Liar's Club, which was entertaining, though heavy on the sophomoric humor. Tonight, we're checking out the line's new entertainment offering, Fiera.
Hello everyone, and thanks for joining us live from onboard Regal Princess, where it's currently 10 p.m. local time. We're sailing from Katakolon, Greece, to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and we'll take your questions now.