ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS – A Christmas tree adorned with gold and silver ornaments glows with twinkling lights. Sparkling wreaths decorate doors and entryways. Garlands are draped on banisters and columns. Battery-powered candles cast a soft light on tabletops.
And I didn’t have to do any of it.
One of the pleasures of holiday cruising is seeing the cruise ship all decked out in lovely Christmas finery. Elves must work through the night while we sleep to complete all these decorations. The holiday finery is beautiful and to make it even more enjoyable, I know that I won’t have to take down all this décor when the holidays are over.
It’s always fun to step onto a new ship and discover its décor, its dining and entertainment spots, its places to go to be with people and its places to go to be alone.
The Regal Princess has plenty of everything.
The décor is lovely and subdued – warm woods, glistening marble, sparkling crystal, gleaming brass, bunches of windows, plenty of glass and light. The feeling is very open and airy. The Regal Princess certainly lives up to her elegant name.
PIAZZA GATHERING SPOT
The heart of the ship is the glittering three-deck-tall atrium called the Piazza. That’s right – three ship decks for a glorious gathering spot.
The Piazza has waterfalls, lighted spiral staircases, theatrical balconies, bars, dining places, ship services, shops and a huge chandelier twinkling overhead with sparkly fish.
Of course, these aren’t real fish. They are blown-glass fish swimming up and down the lighted columns of the three-deck-tall atrium.
The Italian-styled Piazza is where much of the entertainment will take place, where folks can sit to enjoy drinks and snacks and where passengers can show off their smooth dance moves on the circular floor. A glass-enclosed elevator glides up and down to give a birds-eye view of the plaza.
Christened on May 11, 2014, the Regal Princess can carry 4,222 passengers and 1,378 crew members. I can already tell there is going to be no shortage of entertainment on this wonderful Regal Princess cruise. The daily Princess Patter newsletter that is placed on my bed every evening at turndown is filled with a wealth of possible activities from early morning to after midnight.
For me, I am going to be quite happy just sitting quietly and enjoying the lovely holiday décor, especially with the balmy weather and sunny beaches on our cruise instead of the winter ice and snow at my Indiana home.
Photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch