Wonderful Trip of A Life Time: Royal Princess Cruise Review by max_power_000

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Wonderful Trip of A Life Time

Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Our trip left Copenhagen on July 6. We were upgraded to a mini-suite for an extra $100.00. This was well worth the money..lovely room. The balconies are maybe smaller but still had plenty of room to stretch out. For those concerned with the elevators, walk down to the next section if they are busy; or take the stairs if you are not going up too far. We watched the entertainment in princess theatre every night and it was always excellent. Nice to see Russian Folk music and dancers the first night in Russia. Always something going on in the piazza. I would agree thought that if you are in the pizzeria when the music is on, it is loud. Don't miss the pizzeria and the International Cafe. Lovely desserts at the Cafe. Another lounge area that may be missed is behind the Horizon Buffet area (back of the ship). I would recommend that the big screen tv concerts be eliminated or every other today as it is loud and annoying. The breakfast buffet can be challenging at time when people forget to More mind their manners and take their turn. Servers are wonderful, polite and helpful. On occasion, the food could be improved. (over cooked or bland) But as it is just a year, perhaps menus will be reviewed. Gift shop had good selection of russian dolls at good prices; as well as many other items. The weather was warm (25 in Tallin and 29 in St Petersburg) and sunny. Everyone spoke excellent english and was very helpful. It was a great memorable trip. Less

Published 08/26/14

Cabin review: A327

The mini suite was beautifully decorated. Lots of room to hang clothes and store items.

Port and Shore Excursions

We chose to take a bus to the City which was about 10-15 minutes. You could walk it if you wanted to. We walked along the canal with lovely shops and restaurants up to Dem Gamble By. (about a l/2 hour walk. Entrance wasn't clear at first but walked around to the left to the main entrance. It was a great tour. Do remember your running shoes as the cobblestones are hard to walk. Also very few hand rails on the steps. Lots to see and a few restaurants to eat in. Lovely bake shop. Our time was limited so just toured around down town. There is an observatory on top of the art gallery that would have been great to check out.

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The time in this port was short but we did manage to see some of the highlights. We took a bus into the main part of the City. There is a wonderful market downtown with food, vegetables/fruit, souvenirs and fish. Lots of churches to see as well as several government buildings.

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Holmenkollen Ski Jump

We then went to Holmenkollen Ski jump. Foggy view but it was a wonderful interesting drive getting there. Didn't have much time at the gift shop. It would have been nicer to spend a bit more time here.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Last stop was at sculpture park. It absolutely poured rain the whole time we were there. Guide said we had new record of 18 minutes. Too bad as it was a very interesting park. So, guide took us on a city tour for some more buildings as we had extra time.

Viking Ship Museum

Our wonderful guide took us first to the viking ship museum. It was very busy, crowded and was a small building. It started raining so many were near the entrance. Amazing to see.

Rostock City Tour

We travelled to Rostock by a small boat which was a nice surprise. Then got on a bus to middle of Rostock. We had some free time (20 min). Then walked through Rostock seeing the university, nunnery, discussed architecture, City Hall and St Marys Church (with astronomical clock). We then went to a micro brewery.

Amber Room

The amber room is part of Catherines palace. It is impressive..no pictures in this area.

Catherine Palace

We toured the palace and could take pictures. Gold is very where and it is very very beautiful. We then had a tour of the garden and outer buildings and lake. We had about l/2 hr for souvenirs and then had lunch at restaurant at Catherines Palace. Wonderful lunch - water, sparkling wine, vodka, bread, salad, cabbage soup, chicken stroganoff and vanilla ice cream with cherry ribbon, and tea/coffee. Russian singers entertained us.

City Tour

We had a great City tour which covered many of the important bridges, buildings and churches. We stopped at Church of our Savior Spilled Blood, view across the canal of Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral etc. There is so much to see! We had lunch at Russian Cultural Centre and were entertained by Russian dancers and singers.

Hermitage Museum

We were at the hermitage in the afternoon so it was hot and crowded. We covered the highlights of the museum and had a good amount of free time at the end to look at monet paintings or go to the gift shop. The building is extremely large and covers a wide area of sculptures and artwork.

Peterhof Palace

There are no pictures allowed inside. We toured the gardens and fountain areas first. We had a short wait to get inside. No pictures are allowed. I bought a great St Petersburg overview book at the hermitage. Excellent guide who kept everyone together and made sure we had timely washroom breaks.

St. Isaac's Cathedral

We drove past St Isaac's on the City tour and were able to get a picture of the outside. We came back later for the inside tour. It is hard to know where to look as there is so much to see. It is one of 4 similar style cathedrals. Not to be missed! We had a short amount of time to shop or tour.

The ship docked l hour away from Stockholm. So, you had to take a tender to shore; then take the bus to stockholm. Our guide just handed out the maps but didn't even say where we were. We covered alot of ground in the 5 hours we were there. We went to the Vasa museum which was amazing. There was a long line but it does move quickly and was well worth the wait. We then toured around the City. So much to see and so little time. The harbour area is beautiful! I would have loved another day there to see the royal palace etc.

We took a bus into the Russian Cultural centre about 15 min drive. This was well worth the money. Tallin is easy to get around but there are areas with cobblestones. Wonderful market in the main square the wooden articles, scarves etc. Lots of nice restaurants and bars. Also there was a stage with music and dancers. (around noon). We crammed in as much as we could seeing Margarets Passage, several churches, the oldest apothogary. Don't miss the on ship lecture on this one. It really helped. Tallin is a beautiful medieval city. Do be careful of pick pockets.

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