Tour of the Outdoor Decks of the Regal Princess
The outdoor deck areas on the Regal Princess are as interesting and relaxing as the interior common areas. Many of the outdoor decks look much like those on the Regal Princess' sister ship, the Royal Princess, including the new signature feature, the SeaWalk seen in the photo above.
The 60-foot-long curving SeaWalk extends about 28 feet over the starboard side of the ship. This covered walkway has a 1.1-inch glass bottom, and views of the sea (or the dock) 128 feet below. It's particularly breath-taking when the ship is sailing and the seas are a little rough.
One of the new features on the Regal Princess not found on the Royal Princess is the Terrace Pool.
The small Terrace Pool is aft on deck 17 of the Regal Princess. It offers nice views of the wake of the cruise ship and is just a short flight of stairs up from the Horizon Terrace.
The Fountain Pool and Plunge freshwater pools are on the Lido deck 16. This pool area has lounge chairs and tables and stools. It is surrounded by the Mermaid's Tail and SeaView bars, and those hanging around the pool can also get a quick bite to eat from the Prego Pizzeria, Trident Grill, Swirls ice cream shop, or the Horizon Court.
Like most Princess ships, the Regal Princess has a terrific outdoor movie screen, and "Movies under the Stars" are a popular evening entertainment option. The crew add pads to the lounge chairs and provide blankets when it's cool. There's even complimentary popcorn or milk and cookies.
Lido Deck and Fountain Pool
A stage-like island divides the Fountain and Plunge freshwater pools on the Lido deck of the Regal Princess. In the evening, this island becomes part of a sound, light, and dancing fountain show. Water shoots over 30 feet into the air from 85 water jets as music plays--kind of like the Bellagio Hotel fountain show in Las Vegas--only smaller and at sea.
Deck Chairs on the Regal Princess
All cruise ships have hundreds of deck chairs for their guests to enjoy the sun and sea air, and the Regal Princess is no different.
Walking or Running Track on the Regal Princess
I love to walk outdoors on ships, and often the walkers and joggers tend to get in each other's way. The Regal Princess designers divided their walking/jogging track on Sports deck 18 into two lanes and labeled them with words and images. Even when the track was busy in the early morning, it was organized and fun to just walk.
Lining the track are workout stations in a circuit program for those who like to exercise out of doors. Each piece of equipment has directions on how to properly use it. In the middle of the track is a court that is used for basketball, volleyball, tennis, or badminton. On the same deck are a portable batting cage, golf driving range, a game lounge, and a simulated laser shooting range.
Miniature Golf on the Regal Princess Lawn Deck
The top deck of the Regal Princess is the Lawn Deck 19. This deck has an astroturf-type grassy area for miniature golf, putting, bocce ball, croquet, or lawn bowling.