We loved the Ocean Princess. I'm trying to book an Alaskan cruise. One of the possibilities is the Regal. Would we be equally happy with the Regal? Some of the things we liked on the Ocean Princess was the Wheelhouse Lounge, promenade wrap around deck, the open multi-story atrium, the aft outside pool. Overall, it was a beautiful ship. What are the biggest differences between the Regal and the Ocean that might help me decide? At this point, our cruise would be on the Ocean Princess, Regal Princess, or Celebrity Infinity.
I've sailed on Ocean Princess, Star Princess, Celebrity Mercury, Norwegian Sea, and Norwegian Dream.
Definitely opt for the Ocean vs. the Regal or Celebrity or NCL.
If you loved the Sun class ships, you won't like the Regal/Crown. The wrap around deck on the Sun class ships makes them ideal for Alaska viewing, usually with gaping jaw, I might add. The Crown/Regal design does not allow many areas where you can comfortably view the Oceans and scenery due to the wrap around steel shell. In a seated position, there are precious few viewing locations. The amenities on the Regal/Crown are not up to the Sun class ships, particularly the athletic/spa which is located in a dungeon-like facility in a lower deck.
For Alaska, go Princess so that you can go to Glacier Bay and enjoy the best itineraries available. Include a land package to Fairbanks/Denali and enjoy some of the most serene, wild, and awe-inspiring sights you will ever see.
Take care and enjoy your cruise.
Jim from VA
Good choice! Everything I have heard about the Ocean has been good. We toured Alaska on her sister ship, the Dawn, in 97 and we still talk about that cruise often. I know you will enjoy this majestic itinerary.