Walking through the Regal Princess, it is hard not to notice the stunning art and architecture. The moment that you step onboard, you will walk into the Piazza, a dazzling display of glass, water and crystal features.
The beauty extends beyond the social center of the ship, though.
Around every bend and in every corridor, artwork is showcased in a prominent way. There is so much stunning artwork to be found that Princess Cruises has developed a self-guided Art and Architecture Guide for the Regal Princess (also found on the Royal Princess, too) to offer more insight and context for where the art came from and how it relates to the ship.
Paper guides are available onboard in the art gallery to offer a treasure map of sorts as to where to stop and savor artwork onboard. On the Regal Princess, there are up to 29 stops on the map.
For a more technological and in-depth experience, each of these stops has a corresponding QR code on a plaque nearby. Using a smart phone or tablet (it must be your own, as Princess does not loan these out), you can scan the QR code or access a special website using intranet access. The digital information is free of charge to access through the Regal Princess website and does not need to be paid for with an internet plan.
Some of the art is expected, such as paintings and sculptures. Other pieces highlighted on the tour are not what you might have expected, such as the architectural feature of the Movies Under the Stars screen.
Photography at the Retreat Pool, a Wyland Giclee, and hand blown Murano glass in the Allegro Dining Room are all unique finds that otherwise might have been bypassed on the way to the buffet or to find a lounge chair.
The digital access for each stop usually features a quote, as well as a video. For example, a video of the behind-the-scenes installation of some artwork while the ship was being built is a unique element that you can only find while enjoying the Art and Architecture Guide onboard.
Though not on the Art and Architecture Guide, you will definitely also notice the stunning photography that graces the corridors leading to staterooms. These photos were cultivated from past guests of Princess Cruise Lines from sailings around the world. From Alaska to Italy and every corner that Princess sails, the photos from real people on actual sailings over the years is worthy of stopping to appreciate for just a moment during your daily stroll up and down the corridors on your way to the elevators. Why not stroll a corridor on other levels, too, to see even more photography from destinations that you can visit on Princess Cruise Lines?