Sail Date: August 2019
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made ... Read More
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made you feel comfortable and were always polite and made sure all your needs were met. We only went to a few shows on the ship and found them OK but not of high caliber. We found that the cities always had something for us to see and explore. We did not really use the cruise ship excursion as they were very expensive and using Rick Steves guide for the ports allowed us to go into town and see most of the sites as most ports were walkable, We did use the cruise excursion to get to town for Sweden as the ship docks about an hour away for Stockholm and the hop on/ hop off bus did not seem very convenient and we had on board credits to use. Princess also tries to scare you into using them for St. Petersburg as you need to be on an escorted excursion or you will need to have a visa for there. There are numerous other local companies that can arrange the same thing. After some research on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor we decided used TJ Travel for a 2 day excursion at half the price and I would rate them 10 our to 10. They also will give you a discount if you mention you are a Cruise Critic member ( which they honored no questions asked). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Excellent cruise. The captain provided informative narratives each day. The production shows were outstanding. The art lectures were quite interesting. Food was outstanding, particularly at dinner in the dining room. Most nights I ... Read More
Excellent cruise. The captain provided informative narratives each day. The production shows were outstanding. The art lectures were quite interesting. Food was outstanding, particularly at dinner in the dining room. Most nights I ordered the fish entree and was never disappointed! There were so many choices of healthy deliciously prepared vegetarian dishes at the buffet as well as a wide selection of amazing desserts. We appreciated our balcony room when we pulled out of Oslo. What breathtaking scenery. If you are thinking about going on this cruise, consider these things: You are at ports from a few hours to a couple of days. As a result you only get a small picture of each city. Rather than spending hours going to and from Berlin, consider staying in the port town. It has a wonderful family beach and a delightful village--perfect for people watching and absorbing the culture. Helsinki is another place that I believe for the short time you are there that you can experience it best without a tour. Get a ticket for the cruise ship shuttle which will take you to 4 different locations, then explore major attractions on your own. St. Petersburg and Stockholm are best experienced with a tours. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Embarkation was very smooth and we were on ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. Our cabin C212 was ready for us and luggage arrived very soon. Anyone using this cabin in future should note that although the theatre is on deck ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth and we were on ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. Our cabin C212 was ready for us and luggage arrived very soon. Anyone using this cabin in future should note that although the theatre is on deck 6 and 7 the sound travels all the way to deck 10 where we heard every rehearsal and every show very loudly. You would have thought that perhaps they could have put some kind of sound baffle in between decks but I guess not. Our cabin steward was very good and our wait staff in the MDR were wonderful. The food in both MDR and buffet was up to the usual standard. Princess excursions were expensive and we only used them once. This was for a disembarkation tour which took us to a fishing village just outside of Copenhagen before dropping us off at the airport. We only went on this tour as our flight was not until 4.30. At the other ports we just got off the ship and did our own thing. In St Petersburg we used Cruiseexcursions.com for a 2 day tour and our guide, Natalie was very knowledgable. I can thoroughly recommend that tour which is about half the price of the Princess one and includes a visa. Nynashamn was the only disappointing port. We were told it was a lovely place where people from Stockholm came to relax but there was nothing there. We should have taken the train into Stockholm which seemed really easy to do. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. ... Read More
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. Petersburg’s palaces and churches and the Peterhof Palace and gardens were wonderfully beautiful on a grand scale. In the evening we enjoyed a variety of traditional Russian folk dance and song complete with an intermission that included pastries and champagne in a beautiful private palace. In Finland we toured the city and drove into the countryside to visit a classic old village and then off to a vineyard at an old farm for a wonderful luncheon and in Estonia we toured a lovely mid-evil town from the 1600’s that survived WW2. In Germany we visited Rostock which was heavily bombed during the war because of the submarine and aircraft manufacturing that existed. Today it’s the home of large shipyards which build cruise ships among other vessels. After touring the cathedral which houses a calendar clock made in the 1420’s and still operating with its original works we drove to the Schwerin Castle. In Stockholm the Vasa Museum and a walk through the old city were spectacular. The Vasa was a 17th century wooden sailing ship with two gun decks that was unstable and had sunk during its maiden voyage in front of the royal palace in 1628. Because the water in the Baltic has such a low salinity level the ship remained nearly completely intact. The visit to Oslo was too short but the sail away through the fjord was beautiful. We had previously visited Oslo so this time we only took a boat cruise around the area. The city itself is beautiful in there are sculptures everywhere the most impressive being in the Vigeland Sculpture Park where hundreds of lifelike granite sculptures depict every stage of human emotion. At the conclusion of the cruise everything during the disembarkation went extremely smoothly and efficiently. Our bags were delivered directly to the airport where we retrieved them for our flight home. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Exceptionnal logistics to embark, disembark and access to excursions on shore. Very efficient, well oragnised, easy to deal with. Roomy cabins with balconies for almost everyone. Very usefull medaillon (RF ID). The cabin door ... Read More
Exceptionnal logistics to embark, disembark and access to excursions on shore. Very efficient, well oragnised, easy to deal with. Roomy cabins with balconies for almost everyone. Very usefull medaillon (RF ID). The cabin door unlocks automatically as you approach it. You can buy anything on board and even on shore (to access hop-on hop-off bus tours starting at the dock), without further identification. The boat personnel equipment allows them to confirm your ID with a picture on their tablet. Exceptionnal food variety and quality at the buffet (Bistro Horizon). Conversely, dissapointing food preparation, cooking skills, and wine serving service at standard (Symphony, Harmony, Concerto) and specialty (Crown Grill, Sabatini's) restaurants. The best bet, after the buffet is to eat at small bistros (Crab Schack, Alfredo's, International Café and the like), which are all very good with food quality and service. Efficient room service, albeit very present in the corridors. High quality shows production with a good spectrum of styles to please everyone. But humour is difficult with such varied cultural background in the audience, especially when guests ar asked to participate on stage. Both the comedian and the ventriloquist generated some uncomfortable moments. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
My wife and I had a great time on a our first cruise, a 12 day, 9 port cruise around the British Aisles. The Regal Princess is an amazing ship with 3,000 passengers and 1,400 crew. Princess really hyped the "Medallion Class" ... Read More
My wife and I had a great time on a our first cruise, a 12 day, 9 port cruise around the British Aisles. The Regal Princess is an amazing ship with 3,000 passengers and 1,400 crew. Princess really hyped the "Medallion Class" cruise which turned out to be a medallion with NFC that let you unlock your door, record your leaving and returning to the ship, and pay for stuff. It also included some apps that let you find your way around the ship and order service wherever you were (except for the main theater). The ship had just been retrofitted with the technology and they had some problems with it the first few days; people couldn't connect to the apps, including me and I'm a programmer. There were long lines at the internet cafe for assistance. Our balcony cabin was very nice and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of closet space since we'd brought 2 large suitcases. Plenty of room which was good because the Princess has a dress code in the evenings, which wasn't strictly enforced, for what they called "smart casual" for all of the dining rooms. Two "formal" nights compounded the packing problem but a sport jacket for me and a dress for my wife sufficed for formal night. The bed was great! Slept like a log. The staff on board the ship were excellent, very friendly and accommodating. I can't say enough about how great they were. We missed one port due to severe weather but that certainly isn't on the Regal Princess. The food on board was good but there wasn't anything that really lit it up for us. The food was somewhat bland and there were no desserts that I would call rich. A Hershey bar is richer than most of the chocolate desserts they had. We spent one evening at the premium restaurant, the Crown Grille, and the rib eye was excellent with and came with impeccable service. The service in the restaurants was very good although it seemed to take a long time to get coffee at the end of the meal, we couldn't figure that one out. Water, coffee, tea, and lemonade are included but soda was extra. I don't drink and we didn't sign up for one of the beverage packages they offer and we came out way ahead. The casino was a major fail. I know we're going to lose when we go to a casino but on the ship I may as well have thrown my money into the ocean and saved some time. Black Jack pays 6:5 for a black jack instead of 3:2; a "Fun Black Jack" game paid 21's and 20's even if you tied the dealer but all of the Kings were removed from the deck. The slots paid a minor win about every 10 spins. It wasn't fun and we stopped going early on. Shipboard activities were numerous and generally very good. Good local entertainment from Ireland and Scotland, some Broadway-like productions including one that blended magic, music and choreography that was unusual, karaoke, current movies, bingo, and music all over the ship. Some of the venues were small and finding a seat was difficult. There was always something going on. We went on several Princess sponsored excursions and they were all good with excellent guides. I have no idea what other lines charge but it cost $80 each for a 1/2 day excursion to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, $170 each for a scenic tour of the Scottish highlands that included lunch, and $140 each for the Edinburgh Castle. While I'm touching on costs, Princess also charges a $14.50 per person per day gratuity which added $348 and included the embarkation/disembarkation days. We consider ourselves to be pretty frugal and we managed to spend a total of $1,635 (including excursions) while onboard. For all of the technology onboard you couldn't get your statement on anything other than paper. Overall we had a great time and I would recommend them to friends with the caveat that the cruise is going to cost you. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured ... Read More
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured it'd be dumb to fly over, cruise, fly right back. So, we self-planned a few days in London after our direct flight from Tampa; a "buffer"/safety night in Copenhagen before embarkation. At the other end, we did another half-day in Copenhagen before flying to Amsterdam, then training across the north coast (Ghent, Belgium was a magical, surprise revelation) to Paris for a few days before Chunneling back to London for our return flight. For the cruise, that meant that we were expecting travel stress (hotel-changing, train/air schedule worries, BA pilots' strike worries) with the 11-day cruise in the middle of it all to be our respite from stress. It pretty much did exactly that. Like all cruises, it was nice not to have to pack up every few days and move on. Regal Princess provided our comfortable moving hotel through the Baltic. The ship was very clean, very comfortable, possibly the most luxurious-feeling ship I've ever been on. We like included alternative venues for meals on a ship and Regal had a few. However, our best meal was the comp (with our booking) upscale steakhouse dinner. Of course, being a comp meal meant that the downside of it was that it was the very first meal we had on the ship - we had no choice - they were getting their commitment to us out of the way so they could make room for upsell diners who wouldn't reserve the first night. For whatever reason, our embarkation at Copenhagen was the fastest on record for either one of us. We did already have medallions for this cruise, which may have helped. (For the unfamiliar, Princess Medallion cruises provide a round RF medallion instead of a key card. Cabin doors, maitre-d's, and clerks can literally see you coming and who you are. Half the passengers wore them on the free neck-ribbons; we bought wrist bands. Apparently, those sci-fi movies with people swiping their wrists before entering someplace is now, and it's aboard Princess Medallion cruises. Aside from the sci-fi aspects, it was probably more convenient than a card. One aspect of the Medallion business is that Princess highly encouraged its use for many things: locating your cabin-mates, chatting, internet/intranet, games, casino, restaurant booking and so forth. But all these actions seemed to require downloading yet another app onto your phone to use and then trying to figure out how to make the app work like all the glitzy encouraging promotions make it look like. I had pre-purchased internet for the whole cruise, but "The Best Internet at Sea" only seemed to work ½ to ¾ of the time. If I'd get an internet cafe person's help, they'd race through what, to them, is a boring re-hash of simple steps, only to have my lack of a photographic memory apparently be my undoing. ("Turn this on, but that off, sign on, sign off, but it that's off, sign this off, see, simple?" I was able to locate my distant wife's position one time and never again. Neither of us were every able to get the chat thing to work. (Should mention that our last HAL cruise also had chat then would never work.) All that aside, the cruise was a fine one on a nice ship and provided the stress-free respite we needed in the middle of this European larger trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2019
My wife wanted to cruise the Baltics. Weather was good excluding St Petersburg, not the cruise line's fault. However we booked thru the cruise line, with inclement weather we were stopped from entering for 1 hour 45 minutes - ... Read More
My wife wanted to cruise the Baltics. Weather was good excluding St Petersburg, not the cruise line's fault. However we booked thru the cruise line, with inclement weather we were stopped from entering for 1 hour 45 minutes - absolute ridiculous - then had to be rushed through - on the bus for a late arrival to the ship. Nickel and dime everytime you want water or soft drinks, is terrible. Some cruise lines offer bottled water free when departing the ship for the day. Not impressed with having to keep our curtains closed on our last day due to workers. Not impressed with 4 straight nights not being able to be seated for 4 people during anytime dining, having to relocate to the dining room downstairs and then put in undesirable locations, obviously because we were not considered regulars. Our room steward was friendly, knowledgeable and handled our small requests efficiently. Embarkation/Dis-embarkation could not have been better, plus our bags showed up very early. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Chose to get on it Germany because there is way too much to see in Berlin and port is 2+ hours away. Flew in several days before cruise departure so we could tour Berlin first. Highly recommend a Hop-On-Hop-Off 48 hour pass. Tour of nearby ... Read More
Chose to get on it Germany because there is way too much to see in Berlin and port is 2+ hours away. Flew in several days before cruise departure so we could tour Berlin first. Highly recommend a Hop-On-Hop-Off 48 hour pass. Tour of nearby Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is very affordable when purchased directly (just $25) and not as a Princess excursion. Took a cab back to Tegel Airport to get a Princess Transfer (bus) as it would take almost twice as long to get to port from Berlin by train on our own. Have been on the Regal Princess before, in the Caribbean, good ship with good amenities. First stop for us was Norway. Did the Oslo Without Lunch excursion and the guide Arlene was fantastic. Our guide in Denmark was not as good but really enjoyed seeing the palace and Tivoli Gardens. Next was Sweden where we docked in Nynashamn. We thoroughly enjoyed the RIB adventure but were disappointed it wasn’t combinable with any tours to Stockholm which is 45 minutes away from Nynashamn. Taxis in Sweden are not regulated so negotiate your fare first! There are only two highway routes to Stockholm (the other one takes over an hour) so if there’s an accident or traffic delays, you could run into trouble getting back to the ship so we opted to stay in Nynashamn. Disappointed that Princess didn’t organize a shuttle service given how far away the port is from Stockholm. Next port was Finland, did the winter adventure tour with the ice bar and dog sled ride. The berry infused vodka is tasty but the tour doesn’t stop anywhere near a liquor store so I couldn’t purchase any, shame. The next day we reached St Petersburg. We did the one day trip to Moscow which was very worth it! A St Petersburg area guide, Alexandra (very personable, friendly, organized, fun) met us, showed us a little of St Petersburg then accompanied us on the Sapsan train ride to Moscow. Have to say the breakfast on board the Sapsan was pretty good. A Moscow guide met us when we got off the train and took us to the Red Square, rode the subway with us, then to the Kremlin, and the Armoury. She was not as personable as Alexandra (who remained with us all day as well) but incredibly knowledgeable! Some didn’t like that she had so much to say but I found her quite informative: she said she has served as a translator for Gorbachev and Putin in the past and inserted some fascinating anecdotes; she was well educated on the sights we saw and also knew a lot about architecture and history so narrated the drive through Moscow as well. The return by Sapsan was accompanied by a good dinner on board. We returned to the ship around 12:30 am so this trip is not for the faint of heart! The next day we did the Hermitage tour, the guide was pretty knowledgeable, and then we had some free time on Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg. This provided ample time to get lunch and buy souvenirs. There is a good bookstore on Nevsky Prospect, not far from where the bus let us off, but I do not recommend the cafe on the second floor (which our guide had suggested), the service was atrocious! We really could have used another day in port to see more of this beautiful city. Our last port before returning to Germany was Tallinn, Estonia which is a charming town. Lots of quaint shops in Lower Town filled with souvenirs and local hand made goods and food. I enjoyed the Lower Town Shopping Tour and opted to remain in town to enjoy lunch and shop some more before walking back to the ship (about a 20 minute walk). Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
This is our second time with Princess Cruise and we are not regretted at all. The food is excellent and service is every caring. The only thing we don't like is this ship just has too many passengers. The Horizon Court for dining is ... Read More
This is our second time with Princess Cruise and we are not regretted at all. The food is excellent and service is every caring. The only thing we don't like is this ship just has too many passengers. The Horizon Court for dining is terribly crowded, stretched with its capacity. We would prefer a smaller ship for next cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation by Princess was easy & smooth. But the traffic from Copenhagen city to Ocean Terminal on embarkation day was terrible. It is one-lane each way road into the terminal area. We were waiting outside our hotel in city for taxi for almost one hour because most of taxi were stuck in the terminal area due to a car broken down on road. The Danish government should improve this as they earns so much money from cruises. Food and drink are excellent. The only hiccup was the first night we couldn't find our table although we had time-fixed dinning with pre-assigned table. It was very confused. On-board activities and fitness centre were average. We did not spend much time on board as the cruise had many ports to call and we spent most of time offshore. Service and staff in Regal Princess are excellent. Room stewards Jefferson was very helpful and he cleaned our room twice per day, making us feeling extremely comfortable during the whole cruise. Dinning room waiters were friendly and helpful although they were just too busy. Also Princess was very caring on the day to Berlin. After a long day of train/bus trip to Berlin, exhausted passengers back to ship after 8:30pm could still enjoy plenty of hot food served in Horizon Court. Cabin is clean. We had mini-suite on deck 11. It was clean, good size and comfortable to fit three persons. The odd thing is that the curtain between main bed and sofa bed does not block the sound at all. The sound from two TVs or people talking in the room would be heard. This makes the curtain not much useful. Entertainment is overall OK, though not outstanding. The Russian Folk Dancing was great. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
It's nice to be in Scandinavia in the summer as the weather is the best of the year. Temps were around 57-72 in most ports. Our itinerary was The Baltic Sea: Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallin, Berlin, Oslo and ... Read More
It's nice to be in Scandinavia in the summer as the weather is the best of the year. Temps were around 57-72 in most ports. Our itinerary was The Baltic Sea: Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallin, Berlin, Oslo and Copenhagen. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze with the new medallion pre check in. An excellent service. Literally it took seconds to check in and our luggage arrived within 1 hour to our room. It essentially gave us 1 extra day on the cruise compared to other liners. We boarded at 11:00 am and had all day to explore the ship before setting sail. A great time saver and money saver. The cabin was sufficient and comfortable, with a wonderful balcony as we were on the back of the ship. Our steward was friendly, but not overly so. The dining was lovely every night as we had a seat by the window and had the wine package. The food was good to very good. I can't think of a dish that stood out - all dishes were edible and tasty, but not over the top. The room service in the morning was on time, but all of the pastry was stale - Our major complaint. Our waiters went overboard to help us get what we needed. The entertainment was average for a cruise ship with the exception of one lovely operatic night and a funny comedian. Skip the juggler. The Vegas singer was just that... I was disappointed in the amount of dancing space there. Just one night club for dancing. Last year, on the Oasis of the Sea, we had an entire back end of the ship for dancing, with nightly fun dancing events - a much better laid out ship. The ports were nice. We especially enjoyed St. Petersburg for 2 days exploring all the castles of the Romanov empire and learning about the Siege of Leningrad. Berlin was doable as a 2.5 hr trip there and back and a 6 hour tour. Excellent tour guides on the personal tours in St. Pete and Berlin were worth the money. Learned about the major events of Berlin of old, the Berlin Wall, etc, and newer hipper Berlin now. Oslo was rushed. I wish that It could have been longer. We literally only had 15 minutes in one of the museums (Munsch). See "the scream" and zoom through the rest of the works. That was because it took 30 minutes to get through the ridiculous security they had there. The Vigeland Garden was amazing. Stockholm had some interesting tours especially about the Nobel Prize events. In Helsinki, we took a 1 hour tour on a little cruiser in the bay - very informative and fun. We also saw the Sibelius Monument. Not much to see in Helsinki and Tallin. Tallin was very disappointing as there were far too many ships there at once and not enough room to see the village. The best port by far was Copenhagen. We stayed there for 2 extra days after the cruise and had a ball at the jazz fest, living in an Airbnb. Gorgeous town to tour, with great cuisine. Very expensive though. The Danes are so accommodating and nice. Lots of Hygge. Summary: I would say this cruise is great for the following things: St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, and Berlin ports Getting an overview of Scandinavia. Having fun with the midnight sun! We photographed a Sunset at 12:05 one night! Nice ship overall, but just average services. Nothing stood out as outstanding. Relaxing and quiet - June is not full of children as the European schools are still in session. It was poor for these things: STALE pastry (inexcusable in Denmark, known from their pastries!) Tallin and Oslo: poor stops for short time and rushed tours. Onboard activities were not very interesting to us. I usually like a dance class, and they had one, but it was repeated and very short. I was very disappointed that the nicest adult area of the ship required an $80 a day charge. Ridiculous to have to pay to sit in a certain area of the ship. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We are seasoned cruisers with DH finally reaching the “laundry” level on Princess. We have originally booked Alaska on Royal, but switched to Regal in Baltic fairly last minute. We do love the Royal Class ships – better buffet, ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers with DH finally reaching the “laundry” level on Princess. We have originally booked Alaska on Royal, but switched to Regal in Baltic fairly last minute. We do love the Royal Class ships – better buffet, Alfredo’s, Princess Live, Enclave, etc. Below are my thoughts and observations from our 11 day Baltic adventure. Ship. We have sailed on Regal last year before Medallion was fully operational and were excited to try the full power of the gadget. Overall, my experience with it was very positive: shipmates function worked very well, I was able to order drinks to the room and my DS enjoyed all the games, especially Ocean Trek Adventure. What I absolutely disliked: 4 apps instead of one (why???) and to top it all off the most important and useful info was not even in the apps, but on ocean.com. Hopefully IT will figure out how to combine all these functions into one app. Also, last year internet on Regal was amazing. This year, it was sluggish. Regardless, we love the Royal class ships and Regal didn’t disappoint again. Room. For the first time we have tried the “deluxe balcony”. The room is slightly bigger than standard balcony and has a small couch. We were on emerald deck in one of the ”obstructed” balconies. Great room with very good room steward and no obstruction except for a deck below. It was a bit small for 3 people in terms of clothes storage, but would be perfect for 2 people longing for the “barrel” chair. Fellow Passengers. So far we sailed mostly Caribbean cruises with Panama Canal, Tahiti and New England thrown in, ie mostly Canadian, American and Australian passengers. On this cruise the mix was decidedly different: A LOT of Asian (Chinese and Japanese) tourists, which did not mingle with others and largely didn’t speak English. Ordinarily this wouldn’t bother me at all, but this was my first Princess cruise where I have witnessed a fight between passengers. Asian lady was hoarding a table full of $10 sale items and when another lady came over and tried a scarf on (thinking it was another display table), Asian lady yanked the scarf off of the other lady and struck her in the head with a fist. Both DS and I were in complete shock. Also, this was the first itinerary where passengers can board at any port of call. Personally, I found this to be distracting, especially when you cant even enjoy the Enclave because of spa tours in every port. Entertainment. We have sailed on Regal quite recently, so we have seen most of the production shows. I personally really like both Fiera and Born to Dance, so we have seen them again. Missing from usual line up was a stand up comedian, instead they had two different “variety” acts and some “American Idol” finalist we didn’t bother to see. We have sailed before with Alexander Yepremian, who is an AMAZING cruise director and he personally didn’t disappoint again. However, his stuff I found quite lacking. Staff was fairly large (4 assistant cruise directors) and suitably enthusiastic. But where Alexander is naturally funny, witty and welcoming, their interactions felt very forced and frankly “I don’t get the reference” jokes are only somewhat funny the first two times (and this is coming from non-native English speaker). One of our favorite game shows (Marriage) was absolutely ruined by an inexperienced and just plainly bad at hosting game shows host. I have to give another shout out to Alexander and Martin (entertainment director) for organizing Princess Rock Orchestra. It was quite an event! Showband and both resident bands played a set in the piazza with Rock hits. It was 4 people deep “standing room only” event that was absolutely AWESOME! I hope this event will get exported to other ships in the fleet. Ports. We did a mixture of DIY and Princess tours. In order of appearance: • Stockholm. Princess tour “Vikings to Vasa”. Would not recommend. Tour did not give enough time at the Viking museum, which is amazing. Our guide talked in one spot of the museum for 20 min out of whole 30 min allotted. Most of that speech could be summarized in the following “I have never seen series “Vikings”, but whatever you think you learned from that is wrong”. I haven’t seen the series either, but when museum itself uses scenes from the series as décor and promo items, they cant be that far off! In any case, Viking museum in Stockholm is very interactive with plenty of costumed staff to explain and show things (very welcoming, speak different languages) and is far superior to the Viking museum in Oslo (see below) in terms of what you can learn about Viking history. There is also a “ride” that is supposed to explain how Vikings became what they are, if you have time for it, do it, as it is quite humorous (probably not the intention though). My DS’s take on that was that the wife nagged her husband to go become a Viking. After not enough time in the Viking museum we walked over to Vasa museum. As usual with large groups, there will be some people whose time is vastly more important that the rest of us mere mortals, so naturally we ended up waiting for them while they were being located. I personally didn’t care for Vasa museum, but DH thought it was awesome, so to each its own. I just don’t understand why Swedes would feel so strongly about what is actually a complete failure (Vasa sank in Stockholm harbor mere minutes into its maiden voyage). Ship itself has very interesting art on it. I believe my disappointment with it is mostly due to our guide, who again blabbed on somewhat related topics for the most of the allotted time with mere 10 min to explore on our own. Sailing in and out of Stockholm was spectacular. However, I have heard that this was one and only time Regal will be going all the way in instead of Nynashamn. • Helsinki. We went to Suomenlinna fortress on our own. Very quick and easy ride there on public ferry. Explored the fortress and most of the museums (fair warning from 10 yo DS: Toy museum is not worth it and is complete rip off). Grounds are very pretty, you can go into the cavelike rooms inside fortress walls. Overall we had very good time and learned something new. I was not aware that Finland was Nazi ally in WWII. • St. Petersburg. Private tour of all the city highlights. We used City Break Tours to make us a very custom itinerary of all the “must-sees”. We had a private guide, Masha, who spoke excellent English, and driver Yuri. Masha was extremely knowledgeable guide, I have learned quite a few things from her! They took as to the following places per our agreed upon itinerary (I have been to SPB twice as a kid, so my observations are somewhat tainted by that fact): o Faberge Museum. DH loved it, both DS and I felt like it could have been easily skipped. Unless you really LOVE all things Faberge (DH), this could be easily forfeited for something else. o Hermitage. We did standard 2 hour tour with all the highlights (and crowds), plus visited “special interest” rooms for DS – mummies and weapons (unfortunately knights room was not open). Additionally, we visited “treasure rooms”, these are separate $$$ fee entry with separate guide assigned to your party. There are 3 gold rooms with gold artefacts dating back 600 AD and 2 diamond rooms with tsar trinkets. Kremlin’s “treasure gallery” (I forget what is really called) is way better. Again, DH LOVED it (he loves shiny things), both DS and I were bored and could have easily passed on them, especially given the $ amount it costs to enter. We ate lunch at Hermitage café, crowded, but food is very tasty and pastries/cakes were divine! Word of warning, all Russian sandwiches come with mayo and/or mustard already inside. Could be a problem (DS). o Last stop on day 1 (after picture stop in Palace Square) was Peterhoff fountain Park and the Grand Palace. All three famous palaces (Winter Palace/Hermitage, Peterhoff/Grand Palace and Pushkin/Catherine’s Palace) are very similar in architecture and décor (gold, gold and more gold) and frankly if it wasn’t for DH (again, he loves shiny things), I would have skipped Pushkin or Hermitage in favor of something else. Note, that you have to wear protective shoe covers in both summer residences, DS got a kick out of them at least. We did love the fountains in Peterhoff and that walk in the park was great after long day of looking at jewelry and gilded everything. o We did evening boat cruise which was also very good. Gives you different perspective on all the buildings when you view them from water. o Day 2 started with drive to Pushkin/Catherine’s Palace. Frankly to me this was the most underwhelming out of all of them. Yes, very pretty palace with gorgeous décor, but it was least authentic out of all of them, because it was completely levelled and looted during Siege of Leningrad. So whatever you see there is either a replica or has been completely redone. Amber room was also supremely underwhelming to me. Gardens were great – pretty and had a separate very small palace Catherine the Great built for herself to entertain her lovers. Very interesting story and spot made even more special for us because Masha (our guide) got married there and shared her amazing pictures. o Monument to Defenders of Leningrad. This was a “must-see” on my list for DS, so he can experience WWII from USSR people standpoint. Small exhibition, but very moving. o St. Isaac’s. I chose only one out of 3 cathedrals, because St. Isaac’s is my personal favorite. It didn’t disappoint any of us. Definitely must for anyone visiting SPB. o Last stop for us was Peter & Paul Fortress. DS and I explored the fortress, including the prison, while DH went to see the mint (shiny things). This was possible because I am native Russian speaker and DS speaks limited Russian. Our guide stayed with DH while we explored on our own. Other notes: our guide was very helpful in suggesting things DS would like and fitting them into itinerary; she was also really good at comparison shopping for souvenirs (saved us at least $150 on replica Faberge eggs alone!); we did not wait for more than 5 min in any line at any attraction and it was amazing to me how Masha pulled that one off; do not dismiss row of kiosks in port when shopping for souvenirs, they have some fairly unique items and we were able to bargain with them a bit. Long story short, get a private tour for your group in SPB, you would not regret it! I wish we could have fit in more things, as there was a number of museum I wanted to visit, but couldn’t fit into itinerary. I guess we will have to come back. Do not miss sailing out of SPB! You sail right past Kronshtadt (sp) fortress! Not to be missed! • Tallinn. We took a cab to the top of Toompea Hill and walked our way down through the old city. Tallinn was my favorite city in terms of architecture and overall “medievalness” of it, but my least favorite city in terms of locals and tourist facilities (bathrooms). We visited museum inside the fortress tower, very interesting with multiple exhibits (history of Danish flag, military history of Estonia (DS’s fave), tunnels (they link pretty much entire old city, very spooky with great exhibits) and art exhibit we didn’t visit). Just walking the town is amazing with every shop almost a small museum on its own. A lot of fellow cruisers bought wool items there, but I didn’t find them such a bargain (bought almost identical items for way less in US before). Also, best deal on amber we actually got on a cruiseship (with 10% elite discount), so go figure. No need for any kind of tour here. If not satisfied with just walking and reading info, there is free tour (for tips) that I heard was quite good. • Warnemunde. We did not go to Berlin, but went to the beach and strolled Warnemunde instead. Very lovely seaside resort town and welcome break from “intensive touring”. Best strawberries I have ever had in my life (bought from the small farm stand and consumed immediately) and amazing ice cream. I think my DS ate his own weight in ice cream from different vendors, flavors were so unique and very good! • Oslo. Due to shortness of the stop we did Princess tour here. We visited Viking museum and Kon-Tiki and Fram museums. Unlike Stockholm, our guide on this tour was very good, knowledgeable and actually made sense when talking about her country. Viking museum here houses Viking ships found in clay as well as artifacts found on said ships. Not interactive and not very in depth in terms of Viking history, as I said Stockholm museum is superior. I was obsessed with Tour Heirdahl (sp) story and everything South Pacific as a kid, so to me Kon-Tiki museum was very interesting, but it is not for everyone. Fram museum is built to house the ship that was used for both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions (Fram) and is very well layed out and tells amazing story. As I said, our guide was great in talking about her country in addition to museum visits. She made me want to come back there. I loved sailing out of Oslo almost as much (if not more) than sailing out of Stockholm. • Copenhagen. We went on debark tour and it was a very good experience. We drove around the city with multiple picture stops and very knowledgeable guide. Currencies: There has been a lot of discussion on these boards about whether or not to bring cash. We exchanged some Danish kroners, Euros and Rubles ahead of time. I should not have bothered with Kroners, but we did use Euros and Rubles, had to actually take out more Euro’s. Yes, you can get by with just credit card, but it might mean not going to the bathroom until you get back to the ship, missing out on souvenirs and local treats, or, as it was in our case, not having money to bribe parking attendant at SPB attraction to let you park closer without “permit”. My take on it is, if you are doing a DIY tour, take at least some cash with you and if you are on Princess tour, don’t bother. Also, if you are tipping your guide in SPB in dollars, please make sure they don’t have any markings on them and are at least $20 and above (hence might want to tip in rubles). Russian exchange places charge extra fees for small currency and markings on bills. Food: Very subjective. This cruise all my meals were good, while DH complained twice about his meal being cold. We did enjoy a possibility to order from Crown Grill one night when nothing looked appetizing on the menu. Also, we have finally tried the sushi spot and it was very good! Interesting take on seafood and fresh and delicious. Overall, this was great cruise and we were blessed with amazing weather (upper 60s, low seventies). It rained once for the entire 11 days (unheard of in the Baltic). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We boarded the ship in St. Petersburg, specifically so that we could spend two full days with a private guide and driver before the cruise. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the ... Read More
We boarded the ship in St. Petersburg, specifically so that we could spend two full days with a private guide and driver before the cruise. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the beginning we dealt with Dariya via email and she was wonderful. Not only did they plan a custom tour for you, but they were able to quickly respond to your requests for changes and even provided visa support. We were to leave Washington Dulles Airport on June 3, 2019, but our flight was delayed for over 3 ½ hours. This caused us to miss the only non-stop from Dulles to St. Petersburg for the day. We were able to reschedule, but we ultimately did not arrive at our hotel until 2am. Fortunately, to reach Dariya via email from Zurich. She quickly rearranged our schedule so that we would not be meeting our guide and driver until 1pm (giving us some time for a little much needed rest). She did this all without penalty and even discounted the charges base on the actual hours we used instead of the time we had contracted for. Our guide, Elena Gumennaya, was wonderful. Her English was perfect and she was extremely knowledgeable about St. Petersburg and Russian history. We particularly enjoyed hearing about the changes since 1991. One final note, as of this writing, Best Guides does not require prepayment of any fees until you have completed your tour! This level of trust is rare today, and it deserves loyalty. I can honestly say that I have never had a better travel tour experience. When I accepted The Regal Princess' offer to upgrade our cabin to a suite I never expected the level of luxury we encountered. We were upgraded to the Auckland Suite (E729). This is a corner suite on deck 8 which measures between 585 and 650 square-feet (I found multiple numbers). The service was magnificent. We were greeted by live orchid, fresh fruit, two plates of canapés and a stocked bar. Our cabin steward was extremely attentive. Suite service includes free laundry and we were able to have most of our clothes clean when we traveled home. Suite service also included breakfast at Sabatini's restaurant, private Club Level dining in the Concerto dining room and a private reception each evening in the Elite Bar. The entertainment on board was also excellent. There's something for every taste. We loved listening to music at the various bars before and after dinner. Because we like to stay active we signed up for bicycling excursions in three ports (Estonia, Germany, and Norway). These were by far our favorite activities, and enabled us to meet people and see parts of the countries we visited that we wouldn't otherwise have had access too. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We were on the Royal Princess Feb/March 2019 on the South America cruise and thought the Baltic Cruise on the Regal Princess early June, would be a good comparison of the two ships. While both ships have similar decor and design we were ... Read More
We were on the Royal Princess Feb/March 2019 on the South America cruise and thought the Baltic Cruise on the Regal Princess early June, would be a good comparison of the two ships. While both ships have similar decor and design we were somewhat disappointed in the Regal Princess. We thought the age of this ship showed. The staff did not seem as friendly and happy. It was rare to see ships officers involved with guests or staff whereas on the Royal Princess this was a common sight. The cabin staff did not clean the balcony of bird droppings that were reported the first day onboard. The biggest disappointment was the wifi. On the Royal Princess 30 mile off the coast of Chile wifi was tested at 35 MB/s which provided excellent FaceTime contact to family. Throughout the Baltic cruise the wifi was never above 4.2 MB. which is barely enough for email. On the positive side the dining and entertainment were very good especially in the specialty restaurants. The Horizon buffet dining had very good food and many choices but seating was often hard to find, probably the colder weather brought all the poolside crowd inside. All of the ports were beyond expectations and the shipboard warnings about difficulties with visa requirement in St Petersburg were unfounded. We had booked with TJ travel for St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Warnemunde and had no problems. Our shore excursions on Princess bookings for Tallini, Oslo and Stockholm were also very good but very crowded, 40 plus guest versus 15 with TJ. The Baltic destinations were very worthwhile and I would do this cruise again but perhaps on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Took sister and husband with us. As beginners, they were very satisfied with the overall experience. We are long-time Princess cruisers, and were quite happy overall. In particular, the entertainment was better than usual for this line, ... Read More
Took sister and husband with us. As beginners, they were very satisfied with the overall experience. We are long-time Princess cruisers, and were quite happy overall. In particular, the entertainment was better than usual for this line, with an excellent cast and orchestra. Hearing Daniel Oliver sing at the piano was great, as we heard him some years ago on a different ship. Also appreciated was the absence of blaring music on the open deck. Dining room food was inferior to the buffet. After a bit of learning, I must say that the Medallion system is an improvement over the old card system. The ethnic mix was unusual for us, with 1100 Americans, 1200 Asian, and 1000 others, with clear differences in cultural behaviours. We were pleased to attend a private lunch with the captain and senior officers for the 40 passengers with the most Princess cruise days. Unfortunately, the weather was mostly overcast and drizzly. Our inside cabin seemed to have more space (especially storage) than the usual Princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Excited to take part in the cruise as we have always been interested in the Baltic. Loved the port selections and also the length of the voyage, as we began our trip with the transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale. I would recommend this to ... Read More
Excited to take part in the cruise as we have always been interested in the Baltic. Loved the port selections and also the length of the voyage, as we began our trip with the transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale. I would recommend this to anyone who might have "jet lag" issues. The transatlantic was a slow transition of time zones. Princess excursions and selections were very good with a few exceptions. We took Princess excursions at every port. A little pricey but the assurance of quality and timeliness was worth the extra. Some guides on our excursions were difficult to understand, their attempt at English was very shaky. I think an improvement would be a narrated dialogue pre-recorded and broadcast on the bus. Then the guide could give other information rather than attempt the entire dialogue. In some cases, it was painful to listen to which was a downer for the sight-seeing. We also had a guide who's personal hygiene was very bad, and while he was very interesting, we couldn't get past the smell. Very nauseating. However, the majority of our guides were very good. Dining, service, etc. is very good. Food selections in the buffet were the best I have seen on a Princess ship. The crew led by a very affable and capable Captain, were excellent in every way. We encountered very few unhappy crew members which is a testament to how they enjoy their working environment. Our statement room was an average balcony and adequate. The bed however, was horrific. Needs to be replaced asap. We appreciated the effort our steward made to make us comfortable in a bad situation. Each statement should have two chairs - it ridiculous to have only one chair with two guests. Maybe a folding chair could be provided. Entertainment was good. As we sailed for 26 days and also as we had recently done another Princess Cruise, the entertainment could have been upgraded and varied. The new show Bravo was excellent. Fiera was weird - did not appeal to the audience at all. Movies were ok, but should be recycled and upgraded more often. Princess Transfers, Embarkation and Disembarkation were very good however the airport check in was a disaster. We were satisfied with our flights but the airport terminals were unorganized and unprepared for the amount of passengers using Princess Air arrangements. Princess should have a representative on hand to quell the insanity. Many passengers felt EZ-air was to blame and stated they wouldn't use them in the future however we would still use EZ-air because of the good price. Overall, we really enjoyed the trip and felt that Princess Cruises is the best way to see the Baltic for us. I think Princess made every effort to make this trip excellent and we thank them for that. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and it definitely met our expectations. We enjoyed each port and would highly recommend it if you want to see major cities in the Baltic. We loved the MedallionClass on the Regal, simple to ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and it definitely met our expectations. We enjoyed each port and would highly recommend it if you want to see major cities in the Baltic. We loved the MedallionClass on the Regal, simple to use and much nicer than the cards. The food was excellent in all venues though the burgers at the grill were bland and as a popular item could do better. The ship is gorgeous and well kept. This was a Baltic cruise and though we had great weather the outside areas could not be used because of the cold and wind so the buffet was always crowded and finding a seat was a challenge. The elevators were a problem, they were always crowded and for half the cruise at least 2 of the elevators were out of service making it difficult to get an elevator. Considering the common areas are on decks 5, 6, and 7, and there are 16 decks, stairs were not an option as it was an older crowd on the cruise. Entertainment and activities were well scheduled and well attended. The cruise director was visible and had frequent interaction with guests. Our cabin was truly a disappointment as we booked a mini-suite and Princess "upgraded" our mini-suite but it absolutely was not an upgrade. The cabin was directly under the Sky View Bar so there was a significant amount of noise from above. The other thing was the cabin had an extended balcony which sounds great but the covering was so large that it reduced our view from the balcony and definitely could not get any good photos from the balcony. We would cruise on the Regal again but would be more careful in our cabin location and make sure that any "upgrade" offered by Princess was truly a benefit to us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise 5 day land trip on Princess to Alaska.Have sailed the last three years on the sister ships to this one the Regal and the Majestic so very familiar with the layout of the ship.This one is the oldest of the three and some small gripes.1 The laundromat machines for tokens were not working half the time we were on here and 2 the drink machine in the Fitness Center was out of order and when I asked the guy who worked there he did not seem concerned about it.Those machines should be functioning for the guests.The carpet in some areas of the ship is showing some wear and needs to be replaced.Embarkation was terrible long lines and we had the Medallions for our neck .We were very tired from a long flight and having to go through Customs at the Airport and standing in line forever plus waiting for our luggage to be unloaded we went through customs again when we went to the port and security just crazy it slowed down everything .We barely got on the ship when it was time for the lifeboat drill never had that happen in any cruise of the 24 I have taken.Also unfortunately the luggage took a while to be brought to our cabin.We had an incident after a day at sea as passengers who were on a float plane tour in Ketchikan were killed when two planes struck each other total 6 deceased very sad incident.Captain announced over loudspeaker what he knew and then sent out letters to the individual cabins.That was not Princess fault but there were 2 other float plane accidents in the two weeks we were there they are just dangerous not regulated.Other than that our tours were good and the cruise was good .Food was very good and service good.Land part of tour was interesting and fun train ride to Denali took 8 hours from Fairbanks all day trip because train speed is 30 mph.I would say to take a land extension to see more of the state otherwise time in cruise ports is not that long.This is a good cruise it was lots of fun but they could use more entertainment on the ship despite what we saw did enjoy going on a galley tour and the comedian who performed lots of movies to watch on the entertainment system in the cabin.the last excursion we took in Fairbansk the gold dredge and riverboat cruise was the best.The white horse pass train trip in Skagway was very good and the trip into the park in Denali was great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Very large ship, very beautiful, lots of people. Many changes, including Medallion requirements. Change is good, I hope. After several days, was able to maneuver around the ship without getting lost. Art auction was very ... Read More
Very large ship, very beautiful, lots of people. Many changes, including Medallion requirements. Change is good, I hope. After several days, was able to maneuver around the ship without getting lost. Art auction was very disappointing and we felt like we were being pressured to hold up our numbers. Left before it was done along with many others, and never went back. Bingo rules have changed and the money prizes are much lower which makes me rethink whether I will play Bingo on my next cruise at $59/game for a tablet and I only win $118. Made reservations at Sabatini's and told only could go at 5:30 or 8:00 so chose 8:00 because it was my birthday. Got to the restaurant and it was empty so don't know why they told us it was sold out. Food was delicious and service was good. Still don't understand the empty restaurant and why we could not have gone earlier. Left a pashmina by mistake at Bingo and the Casino guy told me he saw it and told the operations manager to send it to Lost and Found. Never got there so guess someone else is enjoying the pashmina, but not me. Went to Lost and Found 2 to 3 times a day until the end of the cruise. Think the Pursers desk was tired of seeing me. Overall, really like the cruise ports and will probably enjoy the Royal Princess much better the next time I cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in ... Read More
The cruise started with the sun, but that's about the only day it was with us... Every day, when arriving in a port, people would say : "yesterday was nice and warm, but today... rain and very cold"! We even had some snow in St-Petersburg! Temperature, we can not predict nor change, so that is why we had our hats, gloves, good shoes, rain coats and many layers. Good for us! The Regal is a beautiful ship, food was wonderful and personnel were very nice, smilling and helpful. Our cabin (mid balcony on Riviera deck ) was perfect and well located. The itinerary and length of cruise were great. The Medaillon was not as expected... but one day... it will! Here are a few of the problems we encountered: it could not open our cabin door nor retreive me (with Compass app) if in my pocket! Our tablet (Samsung Tab S2) could not run some of the apps (we were told we needed a smart phone!). Internet was slow! very slow, not the "fastest internet at sea". It was fast only after 11PM! And, since the TV works with the internet system, when it is down, the TV doesn't work either. At least twice during the cruise, we were told by the waiters that we need to sign the invoice because the system was not working. My husband could not login into his account, because the system doesn't recognize the accent in his name! We were lucky mine worked, to check our onboard account and excursions. But we did find a few good things: we both had the beverage package and we could order 2 drinks with one medaillon, without showing both. On every floor, there are big screens with Medaillon apps, so we can find our way or what is going on or find our friend (of the medaillon is not in a pocket)... And the worst problem : if you loose your medaillon and someone finds it, he can walk to a screen with Compass app, log in with the medaillon, find your cabin and go to your cabin... the medaillon will unlock the door and he is in! WOW! ... So beside the temperature and the medaillon, we had a great cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Crusing the Baltic area. Visiting Russia, Estonia ... Have never been to these locations before. Cabin is fine. Balcony with no obstructed view. Staff were courteous, nice and friendly. Cafeteria food was fine, various menu ... Read More
Crusing the Baltic area. Visiting Russia, Estonia ... Have never been to these locations before. Cabin is fine. Balcony with no obstructed view. Staff were courteous, nice and friendly. Cafeteria food was fine, various menu items and relaxing atmosphere, staff serving drinks as needed. Dining was average, nothing to crow about. Entertainment could be better, limited choice, and not much variety. Princess wants extra money for sauna usage, where it should be included, for a long cruise. Port-calls were nice, enough with the variety of places and cultures; and different peoples. Highlight was the Princess excursion, 2 days in St Petersburg. Nice and enjoyed it very much. If nothing else, this excursion is a must; especially the visits to Catherine's Palace and Hemitage Museum. We would do Princess cruise again, but more selective with sauna availability at no extra cost, better entertainment, better shows, and better variety of bands music. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise itinerary is very good. Got an opportunity to visit many countries. One set back is this cruise does not provide no charge sauna and steam room :( Staff is very friendly except the one from English Pub (not so good experience ... Read More
The cruise itinerary is very good. Got an opportunity to visit many countries. One set back is this cruise does not provide no charge sauna and steam room :( Staff is very friendly except the one from English Pub (not so good experience with the staff there). The excursion in St Petersburg,, Russia is excellent; very nice tour guides. Wish we could have another sea day to relax after Oslo instead of a sea day earlier. About the entertainment, the shows is so so compared to other cruise. The stand up comedian is so lame... not much to laugh off and enjoyment. Embarkation and Disembarkation are very easy, fast and nice service staff. Wish I can access steam room at no charge as the same as many other cruises that I have taken just like the last one on Ruby Princess. Overall, the cruise is just as good as I expected it to be. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this curise as we had not been to this part of the world and we were able to get a balcony for a reasonable price .the ports were very interesting and we looked forward to seeing them all .we embarked in ft.lauderdale about 4 ... Read More
We chose this curise as we had not been to this part of the world and we were able to get a balcony for a reasonable price .the ports were very interesting and we looked forward to seeing them all .we embarked in ft.lauderdale about 4 hours drive from home and flew home from copenhagen for a 26 day cruise .the ship was very nice as it was the first time on that size for us ,we usually do a smaller vessel .the cabin was my big dissapointment due to the obstruction and the often privacy issue .however the cabin stewart was great .dining was average except for formal nights .they did not wow me .the entertainment was fabulous and we enjoyed that very much .we loved karokee and also th ocean voice ,marriage game ,yes and no ,the activites were good except there was no art activities except in the atrium 2 times with watercolor .the craft were mostly sewing ,not card or jewlery making ,napkin folding etc. .the service was wonderful ,our waiter flora .assistant nina ,head waiter michael . The ports were good and we enjoyed them .i would go againw ith better time of year for weather and definately a better cabin ,no obstuction . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Needed to get away and booked this about 2 months prior to sailing. Food was typical major cruise line: not great, not horrible. My only real complaint was with the scheduling of activities. We had late dining and there were too many ... Read More
Needed to get away and booked this about 2 months prior to sailing. Food was typical major cruise line: not great, not horrible. My only real complaint was with the scheduling of activities. We had late dining and there were too many times where we couldn't see the production shows, go to trivia, or the game shows because of conflicts with dining. We didn't get off the ship in Cabo. We took a tour with Flavor Teller in Mazatlan, had what the locals refer to has second breakfast. Excellent tour and food. Highly recommended. We took a cooking class in Puerto Vallarta with Cooking Vallarta. We went to the market with the Chef and then went to his home for the cooking lessons and lunch. Very informative and good food. Also, highly recommended. Embarkation was mainly smooth. Although the Ocean Ready signage needs to be better. We were Ocean Ready, didn't see any signs, and ended up at a regular check in desk. It took a little longer than it should have because they weren't really sure how to handle us. It was probably the easiest debarkation we've ever had. Had breakfast, and pretty much walked off the ship, got our bags, went through CBP and got to the car in 10 - 15 minutes. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Great ship even better with the Medallion now. Boarded in 10 minutes, internet very fast, staff found me to deliver drinks, could chat and locate our friends, amazing addition. The buffet was plentiful with so many selections, dinner ... Read More
Great ship even better with the Medallion now. Boarded in 10 minutes, internet very fast, staff found me to deliver drinks, could chat and locate our friends, amazing addition. The buffet was plentiful with so many selections, dinner always good and gelato was great. I recommend the Oceans Terrace bar Sushi or Lobster over egg salad as a light lunch. Was superb for a nominal fee. Staff very cordial, service excellent and willing to please. We had a small stomach virus outbreak, the staff cleaned and sanitized right away. Took precautions and kept under control. Worked so hard and the captain kept us informed with constant updates, never hid anything from the passengers. Overall a very hard working, happy crew, willing to go the extra mile. Movies under the stars were great, next day were available on demand. The television system was nice, you could find your own shows, watch when you wanted. A great experience and the bartenders put on an amazing show called the Flair Show showing their juggling and drink making talents! Giving away over 50 free drinks poolside, what fun! Amazing cruise! Read Less
Regal Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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