Regal Princess Cruise Review by DiLinedancer
- Sail Date: June 2015
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
The cabin was smaller than we have had before and we had a deluxe balcony and was poorly configured to make best use of the space. The bathroom was very small and could easily have been made bigger if they did away with the open wardrobe area and had a conventional wardrobe in the bedroom. The bath towels were small and I'm not a big person. Positives were the cabin was tastefully decorated, our Steward was excellent and there was plenty of storage.
Entertainment was very good with some of the best shows we have seen on cruises
Front desk was very efficient. We had a problem with our shower and by the time we got back to the cabin the engineers were already there sorting it out
The pool area and movie under the stars is very nice but as the weather around the Baltics tends to be cool it was very rarely used and we only ever saw half a dozen people watching movies under the blankets they provided. It is a pity there wasn't an indoor pool as this would have been much more useful
Embarkation and Disembarkation was excellent and very well organised. Princess staff were waiting at Copenhagen airport to meet us and take us to the ship in mini buses. Our cabin was available upon arrival. At each port disembarkation was swift and we rarely had to queue.
Dining. We opted for anytime dining and most times to share tables in order to meet fellow passengers. This worked out really well providing we didn't want to watch the early shows as we found service to be slow.
The Horizon Court Buffet. We used this for breakfast and 2 evenings when we couldn't be bothered to dress up. The food is excellent my only gripe is they use plastic plates and cups, Also it got extremely busy and we often struggled to get somewhere to sit.
The itinerary. We only had 2 full days at sea which suited us as we knew it wasn't going to be sunbathing weather although we were very lucky. If you research the ports (we used Rick Steve's Northern European cruise ports book) you can see everything yourself without the need for costly excursions except for Saint-Petersburg where you need to book a trip. We used Alla tours who were excellent and a lot cheaper than the ship. They have no more than 16 people to one guide, there was 13 of us. We were very lucky and docked in Stockholm rather than Nynashamn (the first time Regal Princess had docked there). The conditions have to be right as it is a 5 hour sail through the archipelago which is breath taking.
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BerlinWe docked at Warnemunde for Berlin but decided against doing the 12 hour trip. Docked beside train track and about 10 mins walk to train station. Bought train ticket through to Bad Doberan €8. Caught S-bahn train to Rostock Hbf (runs every 15 mins). At Rostock down stairs to main concourse to platform 10 (may change) for train to Bad Doberan RE to Wismar(hourly) which left about 10 mins after we got there. Bad Doberan is the 5th stop and is displayed inside the Train. At the Station purchased tickets for the Molli Steam train which ran hourly and coincides with regional train so left about 15 mins later on the opposite platform €13.50. This is a Steam Train that puffs it way, bell ringing, down the middle of the main street, through the countryside to Kulungsborn East and West Terminal - 45 minutes. We went to the end of the line, had a coffee at the pretty station then walked to the sea front (10mins). We walked all the way along the sea front to the pier and back up the main street to catch the next train back at the East Terminal an hour later. It was a rush and if did it again would amble and stay for 2 hours as it was a lovely seaside town. Caught the Molli back to Bad Doberan and then had a look round at the Cathedral and the ruined Abbey before catching the regional train back to Rostock and Warnemunde. Back at Warnmeunde it was a Beer Festival with lots of Stalls lining the Marina. We were lucky the weather was beautiful so walked to the beach which was full as it was a Sunday and then walked along the Marina looking at the craft stalls. Warnemunde is a lovely quaint seaside resort especially if the weather is good. This was an easy trip to do on your own as the trains are punctual and a nice change from viewing citiesView All 208 Berlin Cruise Port Reviews
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OsloWe were docked beside the Akerhus Castle. We docked just before 10am and ran to the City Hall about 5-10 mins walk away for the free 1 hour English tours they run at 10,12 and 2pm. The entrance is to the rear of the building looking from the Harbour. This is well worth doing as the history is fascinating. There are beautiful murals, the Nobel ceremony room. It is more like a Palace inside and there are good views of the Ship and the harbour. We then crossed the square and bought Tram tickets from the 7/11 Nkr30. Bought 2 for return trip. Walked back to harbour and caught Tram 19 to Vigeland Sculpture Park. The tram driver was very helpful and pointed places of interest and told us where to get off. Beautiful park with 600 Bronze Sculptures, gardens and fountains. Caught 12 Tram back and got off near Station. Walked to Opera House and walked up the roof - different. Used free toilets. Best public toilets - especially the mens. Walked to Station and did Rick Steve's self guided walking tour down Karl Johans Gate (main shopping street) , stopped for cake and coffee, passed the Parliament and up to the Royal Palace. Walked back to waterfront and into Akerhus Fortress. You can walk round the outside without paying and there are excellent views of the ship.View All 370 Oslo Cruise Port Reviews
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