In this Regal Princess Balcony Cabin Review, I share my thoughts on a balcony and the features of this type of stateroom.
It’s important to note that on Royal-Class ships, there are no outside cabins so the main types of cabins available are: inside, balcony, mini-suite and suite. You can also book a Club Class Mini-Suite, which comes with additional perks.
Balcony Cabin Location
Before booking the cruise, I’d agonised over which cabin to book. I scoured the deck plans, read different forums and decided on a mid-ship balcony stateroom.
Mid-ship cabins are sought-after and therefore tend to be priced higher than elsewhere on the ship. Choose a mid-ship cabin just outside the ‘expensive’ zone, it will still have the benefits (central location and reduced movement) – without having the inflated price.
We booked port side in the hope that it would offer wonderful views of the Caribbean islands. Here were the ports of call and the side Regal Princess docked:
- For Lauderdale – Starboard
- Amber Cove – Starboard
- St Thomas – Starboard
- St Maarten – Starboard
- Fort Lauderdale – Starboard
- Princess Cays (tender)
- Montego Bay, Jamaica – Port
- Grand Cayman (tender)
- Cozumel – Port
We stayed in Stateroom A506 on Aloha deck, just a short walk from the elevators. In January 2017 there were no central staircases mid-ship but learnt that there were plans to introduce staircases during the next dry dock.
Regal Princess Balcony Cabin Storage
Our balcony cabin was an adequate size for two people with plenty of wardrobe space for a 14 day cruise (including formal wear). Our cabin steward was more than happy to provide us with additional clothes hangers to hang the majority of our clothes. The size of the cabin meant that we had to keep everything tidy to avoid clutter and this did become more challenging as the cruise progressed.
Our bathroom shower had ample room to manoeuvre, although I must point out that I’m 4 ft 11 inches, which does have its advantages in these situations. The sink had plenty of room either side for toiletries as well as underneath for storage of wash bags and towels. I used the washing line in the shower cubicle to dry swimming costumes and any clothes I’d hand-washed during the cruise.
Video tour of our port side balcony stateroom on Aloha deck
Princess Luxury Bed
The bed is a great size and very comfortable, it always gives us the best night’s sleep! Having a balcony means that the light comes into the room in the mornings. This can sometimes make sleeping in on sea days a little more challenging.
Princess Cruises Room Service
We only took advantage of room service once for breakfast when we had an early start in one port. Personally, I preferred the cold items like the pastry, orange juice and fruit salad rather than the warm breakfast muffin, which was a bit soggy.
We didn’t decide to eat in our balcony cabin at any other time, preferring to visit the restaurants onboard. Our friends raved about the room service burger, which was their favourite on the ship.
The Regal Princess had a great selection of TV channels and on demand films to choose from. If you miss Movies Under the Stars, it’s available to watch on your cabin’s TV from the following day onward.
Regal Princess Balcony Cabin: Pros and Cons
Pros to having a balcony cabin:
- Being able to check the weather and dress accordingly
- You can watch from your balcony the cruise ship coming into port and leaving port
- It is an additional space to relax
Cons to having a balcony cabin:
- More light in the room during mornings
- The view will depend on which side the cruise ship docks in port
We didn’t use our balcony much but it was nice to have sea views and the ability to check the weather. Some cruisers insist that they would never book an internal cabin but for us the itinerary is the deciding factor.
I hope this Regal Princess balcony cabin review has been useful. I would advise you to take a look at the deck plans and choose the location of your cabin carefully. The Princess Luxury Bed is an excellent feature on Regal Princess and the storage is perfectly adequate for a 14-night cruise.