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Royal Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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A Few Niggles

Review for Royal Princess to the Baltic Sea
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2015

We booked this cruise purely for the 2 day stop in St Petersburg and I have to say it was amazing and I would thoroughly recommend booking a 2 day tour with ALL TOURS who are in St Petersburg. They are extremely professional and sort out the visas, meet you at the ship and provide an unforgettable experience of this beautiful city. The tour was HALF the price charged by Princess for a 2 day tour which did not include nearly so much. You can find their website and contact them direct - you will not regret it, especially if you are lucky enough to have Alexandra as your guide.

The other ports were Copenhagen ( very nice), Nynashamn for Stockholm ( a shuttle disaster with only one minibus!),Tallin ( lovely but too short a stay - only 4 hours), Helsinki, (nice but freezing) and Gothenburg. God knows why Princess choose Gothenburg, a souless container port with nothihng much to see and again only a 4 hour stay. It would have been better to have had longer in Tallinn and skip Gothenburg altogether - a view which was shared by every passenger I spoke to.

As for Royal Princess: It is a very peculiar layout with everything centered around the Piazza and nothing much else. There is nowhere much to walk around the ship apart fron around this central area. The theatre is badly designed and people had to stand up every time someone joined the row! There is no central staircase, so those poor souls with midship cabins could not use the stairs, and had to rely solely on the lifts - or else walk a long way to the stairs at the front and back of the ship. Said lifts were very small too! Although we had booked Any Time dining, and booked a table for 2 every morning, when we turned up at 8pm, we were asked every time if we would share a table - despite there being lots of tables for 2. The balconies are very small, as are the cabins compared to older Princess ships.

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