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In summary it was very nice and Holland America is a good cruise line. That said I like Celebrity and Norweigan better (though Norweigan is a number of years ago now so not sure my information is current on them). St Petersburg was the ... Read More
In summary it was very nice and Holland America is a good cruise line. That said I like Celebrity and Norweigan better (though Norweigan is a number of years ago now so not sure my information is current on them). St Petersburg was the highlight of the trip- and a good way to go since you don't have to get a visa. As we sailed out of most ports there was a very good talk about the places around us and some history of the country we were entering/leaving. We used SPB for St Petersburg and Tallin tours. They were excellent and from what I heard sounded better than the shipboard sponsored tours. My only regret is that we did not use them in more ports of call - some others we wandered around a bit too much. We paid for one dinner at La Cirque - it was the pricest extra cost dinner of the cruise - but it really was worth it. I have avoided paying "again" for dinner on cruises but this was really good - my wife and I both eat fast and often end up waiting for everyone else - but at this dinner we spent two hours by ourselves and just really enjoyed it. Dinning: We went back and forth from the 8 PM seating to the open seating - both seemed like there was just not enough staff they were running around all the time. Food was good though Entertainment: Our other four cruises were all better than this - especially the last Celebertiy cruise. They did have a little culture with a concert pianist one night - but most of the rest was not memorable. The best was probably the nighlty piano player sing along. The Blues Club - which I had really been looking forward to - had a talented R&B group - but very little blues. Cabin: This is one area I think they were better than the others - the staterooms seemed larger to me with more well organized storage space. Though nice to have a balconly - it was too cool outside to make much use of it. The time went by very fast. This was our longest cruise and after our last 7 day cruise I though maybe we should step down - but these 12 days really went by fast. So - I liked it but to be hones don't know if Holland is the best fit for us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I travel several times a year, including cruises with Ponant, Uniworld, Viking, Celebrity, & Holland America. This was my first (& last) Royal Caribbean cruise, booked only because I was joining a small group that had already ... Read More
I travel several times a year, including cruises with Ponant, Uniworld, Viking, Celebrity, & Holland America. This was my first (& last) Royal Caribbean cruise, booked only because I was joining a small group that had already commited to Royal Caribbean. The dining room staff were wonderful; while we encountered rude staff at the coffee stations in the Windjammer, all other staff there were helpful & courteous; overall, the food was good; the cabin was laid out nicely, with ample closet space (for 1 traveler), hangers & storage for folded clothing, toiletries, etc.; clean towels were provided daily & the bed was comfortable. Everything else was terrible. The nightly entertainment was cheesy, flashy, unbearable most nights, while good performances were enjoyed on 2 nights. The "library" consisted of a tiny designated corner of the bar, where wait staff often interrupted, asking for drink orders. We were confronted with hideous, loud music in various venues on the ship. My cabin offered an empty shower gel dispenser in the shower & 1 tiny bar of soap at the sink. I asked my cabin attendant for shower gel, only to be told that "only people who had suites" were provided with same. I was traveling with a group, some of whom were in suites & mentioned to their housekeeper that I had been provided with only the tiny bar of soap, after which their cabin attendant filled my dispenser. Others in my group claimed that their sheets were changed often. My bed linens were never changed during the 11-night cruise. When departing the ship for shore excursions, we were offered caffeinated beverages (and sometimes even water - what a concept!), for, as I recall, a price of apx. $5 per can. "Never again..." Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my 7th time on a Radiance class ship (still my favourite), but first time after it´s revamp. 33rd cruise overall on different lines just to put this into perspective. Check In in CPH was very quick due to having booked a suite ... Read More
This was my 7th time on a Radiance class ship (still my favourite), but first time after it´s revamp. 33rd cruise overall on different lines just to put this into perspective. Check In in CPH was very quick due to having booked a suite (OS). First impression of Serenade was good but a little tired around the edges. Thought it looked a lot brighter/more open before it´s renovation. Staterooms were ready at 13:00h and our OS was truly fabulous (execpt for the mattress!!! which was old and past its sell date, definitely not a premium mattress either) ! Room attendant, her supervisor and the concierge all came by , welcoming us personally on board. Very nice gesture. Windjammer was a bit of a shock first. The selection has been reduced dramatically over the past 2 years in a way that it apperas like they haven´t put all the food out, meaning every counter was half empty. Never seen that before. Selection was so so, with an emphasis on rice, potatoes, salad ( the cheaper and filling stuff I guess ). Very small selection of meats and fish, meaning, 1 fish dish, 1 poultry dish and 1 pork dish and 1 beef dish, besides the usual unhealthy burger bar. It was like that all week by the way. However, In all fairness I must admit though , every dish was very very good and tasty. So the downsize came with a huge upgrade in taste compared to before. Probably a lot less waste of fod too, so I came to peace with this new offering at the buffet. Food in the dining room was equally good and tasty, with normal sized portions and a good selection. Did miss Asian/Indian food though, but after mentioning this to our waiter he soon presented a very tasty indian dish, off the menu. Thank you ! Did only try one specialty restaurant ( as food in dining room was very good). Chops. I must say it wasn´t really good, I was not impressed, neither by the selection nor by the actual food. Would definitely not recommend Chops. Had Suite breakfast there each morning which was very attentive and with a selection that was decent but also with a lot of room for improvement. A word about the Dining room. We had traditional dining and the room, at least on deck 4 felt like Economy Classs on an Airbus 380. Tables are so close together now, it is barely tolerable for both crew and passenger. I gave up drinking wine on RCL ships, simply because they don´t have a decent wine service ( and crazy prices instead ). Their loss, not mine. Entertainment on stage was fabulous. The singers and dancers , we had the joy of seeing the old crew in their last show and the new crew in their fisrt one and loved every minute of it ("From Stage to Screen" first, then "Vibeology". Absolutely Fabulous!). The CD Topy from Finland was fun, professional and a fab singer and entertainer too. Diamond and Concierge Lounge were both good with perfect hosts each. DL of course has the much better view. Offerings are the same, something I truly do not understand. I think the CL should have upgraded food and drinks for their Suite guests. The CL was quite busy with suite guests , Pinnacles (wearing their Pinnacle pin like little children would proudly hold up a lollipop... No offence but really..?!? As an adult? Is that what makes you stand out? I find it embarassing and totally out of place, being just my opinion here). RCL really needs to up their Suite program. Compared to other lines it really falls short in a few aspects. When I look at future prices for 2016 , something seems to be happening there. However, I am not sure if I would want to pay that amount of money again. Price paid compared to attention to detail and overall cruise experience, it just seems not right to me. That saying, Nizar the concierge was very caring and did everything he could. It was not him but the overall product that just does not justify the price . Ports of call were all good, weather as expected at this time of year with some liquid sunshine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We embarked Copenhagen and did Scandinavia and Russia. The Ship: The ship is in great condition as you'd expect given its young age. Room size was adequate, we had a balcony stateroom which had space for a bed and a couple of ... Read More
We embarked Copenhagen and did Scandinavia and Russia. The Ship: The ship is in great condition as you'd expect given its young age. Room size was adequate, we had a balcony stateroom which had space for a bed and a couple of chairs (no settee). Bathroom had a shower (no bath) and was small, not a problem for us as we aren't large people - so comfortable enough. Surprisingly dressing gowns need to be requested and aren't there automatically, but do arrive quickly upon request. My biggest gripe about the ship is the layout, I really can't understand how this was ever approved. We were on there for 11 nights and by the end we still hadn't worked out how o get around easily, there were numerous occasions where we'd just hit a dead end on some stairs or corridor, then have to walk somewhere else to find a way up to the next level. We did a lot of walking due to the unhelpful layout which did get a bit tiresome, not just physically, but also mentally as you had to really think about your route from A to B. On a plus side, the outdoor pools are heated, and were never crowded. Cabin staff were very good, though we didn't get any towel animals. Food: Plenty of variety, all good quality, I'm sure you'll be happy. Only gripes about the food are the following: no grapefruit for about 9 of the 11 cruise nights, any time you ordered a mixed fruit dish it would inevitably be a bowl of different types of melon (was there a fruit shortage? - did they get a really good deal on a whole lot of melon??? I now hate melon!). At the informal dining (Horizons Court) you can't help yourself to orange juice in the mornings. You have to wait for a waiter to pour you some into a tiny glass. I didn't feel like I had the access to the level of orange juice that I required - ever other cruise I've been on has just let people help themselves. Btw... orange juice was all that was on offer juice-wise. Horizons Court itself is a bit like the rest of the ship, very spread out, and it takes a while to walk past all the serving stations in order to understand your options for food. Other than that it was very good. Formal dining was good, the waiters weren't too over the top so didn't feel uncomfortable. We did anytime dining, and most of the time were able to dine any time, occasionally we had to wait if we wanted our own table, but not for very long. Waiter's were hit or average, some extremely good, one was a bit sarcastic, e.g. asking if I'd like pepper on my dessert. It also seemed odd to me that some of them would hand you the menu, leave you to choose what you want, but when they come back, you had to listen to them list everything on the menu and any specials - why not do this when they first give me the menu? By the time they return I know what I want and don't feel like a lecture, as I've just read the entire menu and am unlikely to change my mind - plus no point telling me about certain dishes when I really don't like that type of food. The breakfast in cabin options were very disappointing. Non-alcoholic drink options were limited, if you like tea and coffee you'll be very happy as a lot of variety. If you like juice, smoothies, coconut water, etc, then expect to be disappointed. Casino: I normally play a fair bit of poker when I cruise, but they have no poker dealer in the casino, instead you play against the other players by use of an individual electronic screen at the poker table. I didn't bother playing as I do a lot of online poker at home but when I'm playing in a physical casino I expect a dealer to be there to dictate the proceedings and keep everyone in line. Also, it was only ever cash games, no tournaments. Entertainment Plenty of recent releases to watch. The shows were very good - other lines were just some good dancers doing some good karaoke, but on this ship they obviously spent the money - the sets and actor\singing quality were brilliant. Comedians were good too. On board activities: Pretty dull, in fact worst I've ever know of the three cruises I've been on. Most were just talks followed by someone trying to sell you something you don't want and don't need at an inflated price. I'm glad this trip had a lot of port calls! I went to the art auction but left in disgust at the way they rigged the entire thing to disadvantage the bidders - essentially, they remove your annonominity (sorry for spelling!!) by getting you to indicate what you're interested in, they then check every ones bidding number to know who is sitting where, and when something comes up that you showed an interest in, a sales person will run (literally) over and sit next to you and cajole you into bidding. They also give the impression that every item is selling (by talking very quickly and incoherently) even when no one bids on it (why do we have to applaud a non-sale?). They also get you to pre-bid if they can, which basically is a way of them setting too high a reserve price, and then selling slightly below the reserve price when some silly person puts in an offer before the auction starts. This is not a good deal you are getting - it means they have a culture of setting too high a reserve as evidenced by a willingness to sell 10% below. Shopping They have got a fair few shops on board, and whenever they can will put you off buying on-land, either by telling you a story about how someone got stung for $10k on their credit card (yer right!), or by how any expensive item you buy on land is worthless without a certificate of authenticity (what a gimmick!). I don't know if it was a coincidence, but we always seemed to arrive at the best shopping places on the one day of the week when most of the shops were closed - make of that what you will. Ports Most Scandinavian ports were fairly quiet, clean, and not much going on. St Petersburg was as good as you'd hope, though clearing immigration was a nightmare, a riot all most broke out after the port police started advising people to push in front of people who had already being queuing for an hour. Princess' attitude was that it wasn't their responsibility. Overall: I enjoyed this cruise, I usually use my reviews to point out the best and worst aspects, so although I've written a few negative things, don't let it put you off too much, a lot went right, and we mostly had a good time. Still prefer Celebrity though! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We chose this cruise as it ended in Venice - City of Romance. (date from above is not right couldn't pick cruise back as far as June 2014) It didn't disappoint. Everything to do with the cruise was amazing. I had sailed ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it ended in Venice - City of Romance. (date from above is not right couldn't pick cruise back as far as June 2014) It didn't disappoint. Everything to do with the cruise was amazing. I had sailed on the sun and the Sea in the past which I had loved. But the Regal from Barcelona through France, Italy, Greece and Turkey was AMAZING. Love my husband but also love Princess. We spoilt ourselves with a Mini-suite and had a larger forward facing balcony. Perfect. Staff on board all of our cruises have been wonderful, and the staff on the Regal we just that. All of our excursions were long as your would expect in Europe but we wouldn't have changed anything. Unfortunately we didn't get our first optioned excursion as it was too popular to, the Amalfi Coast but our 2nd choice was just as perfect. Love Princess. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014

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