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First time sailed with Princess but have sailed several times with Carnival and Celebrity. The Regal Princess is an elegant ship and is similar to Celebrity but did lack some of Celebrity's extra touches like welcome on board drinks and flannels at each port. The embarkation and disembarkation was well executed with no queues. Princess staff were at the luggage reclaim and directing to the mini buses. We were able to go straight to our cabin as soon as we boarded. The information provided by the Captain each day over the loud speakers was excellent and very informative. The Front desk was very friendly and efficient. We had to report a faulty shower and by the time we'd walked back to the cabin the Engineers were already there fixing it. The Horizon Court Buffet had a very good and varied choice of food. We used this for breakfasts and a couple of times in the evening. My only niggle was that it was often hard to find a seat in the morning and also I don't like eating my food off plastics plates and cups. We had anytime dining in the Symphony Restaurant which worked really well and enabled us to meet lots of fellow passengers. The food was excellent although sometimes could have been a bit hotter and the service a bit quicker The shows at night were excellent and some of the best we have ever seen on board ship. We didn't use the swimming pools as the weather wasn't warm enough. I did miss having an indoor pool. We loved the tune played by the Ships horn as we sailed out of each Port The Cabin was well appointed but a bit on the small side even though we did have a deluxe balcony. The bathroom was extremely small as were the bath towels (and I'm not big). We would definitely sail with Princess again

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Regal Princess Cruise Review by DiLinedancer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
First time sailed with Princess but have sailed several times with Carnival and Celebrity. The Regal Princess is an elegant ship and is similar to Celebrity but did lack some of Celebrity's extra touches like welcome on board drinks and flannels at each port.

The embarkation and disembarkation was well executed with no queues. Princess staff were at the luggage reclaim and directing to the mini buses. We were able to go straight to our cabin as soon as we boarded.

The information provided by the Captain each day over the loud speakers was excellent and very informative.

The Front desk was very friendly and efficient. We had to report a faulty shower and by the time we'd walked back to the cabin the Engineers were already there fixing it.

The Horizon Court Buffet had a very good and varied choice of food. We used this for breakfasts and a couple of times in the evening. My only niggle was that it was often hard to find a seat in the morning and also I don't like eating my food off plastics plates and cups.

We had anytime dining in the Symphony Restaurant which worked really well and enabled us to meet lots of fellow passengers. The food was excellent although sometimes could have been a bit hotter and the service a bit quicker

The shows at night were excellent and some of the best we have ever seen on board ship.

We didn't use the swimming pools as the weather wasn't warm enough. I did miss having an indoor pool.

We loved the tune played by the Ships horn as we sailed out of each Port

The Cabin was well appointed but a bit on the small side even though we did have a deluxe balcony. The bathroom was extremely small as were the bath towels (and I'm not big).

We would definitely sail with Princess again
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DD R729
Paid extra for a Deluxe Balcony which was supposed to be substantially bigger but wasn't. Cabin was good although did seem to vibrate a lot but generally the whole ship did so probably the same in other cabins
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Berlin
    We docked at Warnemunde for Berlin but decided not to do the 12 hour trip to Berlin but to stay in the local area. We went to the train station which was at the side of where we docked approx. 5-10 mins walk and went in the ticket and bought tickets to Bad Doberan €8 (they speak very good English). We caught an S-Bahn train to Rostock Hbf which runs every 15mins. At Rostock we went downstairs to the main concourse to platform 10 (may change) for the train to Bad Doberan which is the RE to Wismar. These run hourly but we only had to wait 10 mins. Bad Doberan is the 5th stop and is clearly marked. The Molli Steam train departs from this station on the other platform and is timed to coincide with the train from Rostock. Cost is €13.50 and is a 45 min ride. The Molli Steam train puffs its way, bell ringing, down the middle of the towns main street then through countryside to Kulungsborn East and West terminal which are seaside resorts. We stayed on till the end of the line and had a coffee at the pretty station before walking 10 mins to the seafront. We walked along the prom to the pier and then back up the main street to catch the next train back. It was a very brisk walk and another time would stay 2 hours to be able to enjoy the resort more. Back at Bad Doberan we walked round the town visiting the Cathedral and ruined Abbey before taking the train back to Rostock and then back to Warnemunde. This may sound complicated but was very easy to do and was well worth it if you want to do something different.
    In Warnemunde there was a beer festival with lots of craft stalls and bands playing. Warnemunde is quite a quaint town. We walked to the beach which was packed and then back along the marina. You could easily spend the day here
    Cost per person €21.50 approx £15.50
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  • Copenhagen
    We disembarked the ship at Copenhagen and rather than paying £50 each for a 3 hour excursion to be then dropped off at the airport we did it ourselves. We had paid for a transfer from the Port to the Airport as it was a 30 mins drive. We collected our luggage at the airport just inside Car Park 4 which fortunately happened to be where the luggage lockers are situated. They cost DKK75 for a large locker which easily held 2 large suitcases and 2 small carry on cases. You need change which you can get from the 7/11 inside the terminal building if you have notes. We then did our self check in to save time later. Obtained a one day pass for the train/metro/bus from inside Terminal 2 and caught the metro M2 direct from the Airport back into Copenhagen getting off at Kongens Nytorv. They are driverless trains and run every 10 mins. The station is very near to Nyhavn which is a picturesque canal side with lots of colourful buildings and outdoor cafes. Took a 1 hour canal boat ride using the local Netto boat which was situated halfway down the canal on the city side as this was only DKK40. This showed us all the main places of interest including the little Mermaid, and the Royal Palace. We then walked back to the Palace and the Marble church and then back through the gardens and along the waterfront. We only stayed in Copenhagen 3 ½ hours but felt we saw the main attractions.
    Cost per person £8
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  • Helsinki
    Helsinki we found hadn’t got as much to see as some of the other cities also we docked at an industrial port so had to take the ships shuttle $10 return which drops you off in the centre of the town. Thankfully I’d researched the place and we walked to the harbour front, by a craft market, and caught the local ferry €5 return to the UNESCO Suomenlinna Fortress. The public ferry ran every 15 mins across to an island. The island has a suggested path (the blue route) from one end to the other passing a church, canons and fortifications, museums and cafes. It is a lovely place and we spent over 2 hours there and could easily have spent longer. Back on the mainland we walked to the right and visited the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and then to the white Lutheran Cathedral and Senate Square which was the setting used to depict Moscow by film makers in the cold war era and Gorky Park. We then decided to walk to the Temppeliaukio (Rock) church which was a considerable way. This is supposed to be the number one attraction in Helsinki but we were a bit disappointed and felt it wasn’t worth the walk. It is a church built into a rock with a circular copper roof.
    Cost per person approx. £10
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  • Oslo
    Oslo is a mixture of old and new with a pretty harbour front. The sail into Oslo is spectacular and brilliant that you dock right in the centre next to the Akerhus Castle so everywhere is within walking distance. City Hall situated overlooking the harbour and approx. 5-10 mins walk away is well worth visiting even though from the outside it doesn’t look very inviting. The entrance is at the back as you face the building from the harbour and they do free 1 hour tours in English at 10, 12 and 2. Inside it is really like a Palace with beautiful frescos on the walls depicting Norways history and you also see the Nobel ceremony room. The tours are run by volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable and interesting. From upstairs there are good views of the harbour and the ship. After the tour we crossed the square and went in the 7/11 and bought 2 tram tickets NKr30 each and walked back to the harbour to catch the No 19 tram to Vigeland. The tram driver was very helpful and pointed out places of interest and the best place to get off. We walked through the Vigeland Sculpture Park which has over 600 bronze nude sculptures. The sculptures, gardens and fountains were lovely and worth the trip if the weather is good. Caught No 12 Tram back into town and got off near the train Station. We walked to the Opera House and walked up on the roof. Used the free toilets which I must say are one of the best anywhere. Then walked to the Train Station to start Rick Steves Self guided walking tour taken from his Northern European cruise ports book ( a must buy if you like exploring by yourself). This took you along Karl Johans Gate which is the main shopping street, to the Royal Palace. Passing on the way the Parliament , Gardens, and University. We then walked back to the Harbour and went in the Akerhus Castle. You have to pay to go in the buildings but we just walked round the outside and got fabulous views of the ship.
    Cost per person NKr60 approx £5.50
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  • Private Tour
    We booked the 2 day Grand tour with Alla Tours because they were a lot cheaper, had excellent reviews, and much smaller groups (max 16 people).
    We paid $300 & $45 tips for the 2 days which was worth every cent. We left later on the first day to avoid being held up in customs (only took 10 mins). We did an hour city tour with photo stops. Then went to Yusopov Palace where Rasputin was lured to and killed- beautiful inside. Next St Peter & Paul Fortress where the Romanov family is buried. Taken to a Russian restaurant for a 3 course lunch with wine or beer. In afternoon went on Hydrofoil to Peterhof and walked around the lower and upper gardens with their amazing fountains. Photos don't do this justice. Drove back and paid for tour at a souvenir shop.
    2nd day started at 7.30 as straight through customs. Visited a subway then 1 hour canal trip. Went into Hermitage Museum at 9.40 before the public are allowed in at 10.30. Stunning and interesting. Visited Church of the Spilled Blood and St Isaacs Cathedral. Drove to Catherine's Palace and the famous Amber room - unbelievable building. Then back to ship. This was a full 2 days with Elena who was so knowledgable.
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  • Stockholm
    We were very lucky and were able to sail into Stockholm rather than dock at Nynashamn. The 5 hour sail through the archipelago was stunning and so peaceful. We docked at Stadsgarden berth 167 and rather than getting the ships shuttle caught the green Hop on Hop off boat that stopped literally at the rear of the ship SEK135. The service ran clockwise from 10am but started early, just for us, at 8am and went anti clockwise providing a shuttle service between the boat and the Vasa Museum which was excellent. This is the quickest and easiest way to get round Stockholm. We were in Stockholm the day of the Royal wedding which was pretty special. Visited the Vasa Museum which opened at 8.30 (best to get there early as it gets extremely busy) SEK165 which houses a Viking warship. Built 1628, it sank 40 mins into its maiden voyage and rediscovered in 1956. Walked to Gamla Stan (the old town) to the Royal Palace, where the wedding was to take place later that day. Did self-guided walking tour using Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports book (a must buy) through Gamla Stan which is full of cobbled streets, cafes, small shops and beautiful coloured buildings. Then caught the boat back to the ship.
    Cost per person SEK300 approx £25
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  • Tallinn
    We moored about a 15 min walk from the old town. As you walk out of the docks cross the ring road and aim for Fat Margarets Tower. We followed Rick Steves self guided walking tour from his book North European cruise ports which is well worth purchasing as it explains the buildings and a brief history. Tallin is a beautiful medieval city with cobbled streets (wear sensible shoes) that can easily be explored by yourself. Here is the basic tour we did without the details. We Walked up Pikk Street saw no 59 the local headquarters of the KGB, passed house called The Brotherhood of the Blackheads no 26 with the ornate doorway, the Great Guild Hall No 17, Church of the Holy Ghost and then stopped for coffee and a cake at Maiasmokk Coffee shop (good toilets) which has been in business since 1864. Cut through Saiakang Lane to the Town Hall Square which is beautiful. The oldest Pharmacy ( started 1422) is right next to where we entered the square. Crossed the Square to the far left corner and went up Dunkri St passed the Wheel Well to St Nicholas Church , up Luhike Jalg climbed up to street above then left along city walls to the imposing Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Russian Orthodox Church). It is beautiful inside and out but does get extremely busy. Behind the Cathedral is Toompea Castle (pink and white) which is Estonians Parliament building. Facing the Castle we turned left and through some gates to see the tall Hermann Tower attached to the castle. We then backtracked past the Russian church and up Toom Kooli st to the white Dome Church. After a quick look round we went round the side and back of the church to Rahukobtu lane and onto the Patkuli viewpoint which gives fabulous views over the old town to the docks. Back through the arch, left down a narrow lane and right onto Toom Ruutli and first left to the Kohtuotsa viewpoint. We then meandered back towards Pikk Street and went up St Olafs church tower €2 (258 steep steps) for excellent views.
    Cost per person €2 approx. £1.44
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