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The Regal Princess is beautiful - elegant and classy but not overly pretentious. The food was delicious; we chose anytime dining and never had to wait more than a few minutes, whether at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 (there were only 2 of us in our party, however). We ate at our own 2-person table every night except once; we really enjoyed meeting other people from around the world that night, but it was an amazingly slow dinner - it took at least 2.5 hours, with really long waits between courses. One night we at at Sabatini's (we had a free 'specialty dining' credit), which was delicious but we didn't think it was much more special than regular dining. We ate pizza at Alfredo's multiple times, and many breakfasts/lunches/snacks/desserts at International Cafe. Avoided Horizon Court (Buffet) because it was so chaotic and obnoxious. We thoroughly enjoyed the elegant Afternoon Tea, which we made almost every day. At not-quite-40 we were definitely some of the youngest pax, but there were a lot of family groups that included people our age or younger. The entertainment onboard was definitely the best we've seen at sea - great comedian, fun "Fiera" production show, fun 'newlywed' game, and loved the Beatlemaniacs! The 'house band' playing in the Piazza every day was fairly awful, but it was a lot of fun to stand near one of the balconies and watch people below dancing their hearts out! We are fit, independent travelers, so we did almost all of our port excursions DIY. We walked 5-10 miles per day on this itinerary, which was tiring but definitely kept the pounds off after eating so much rich food! Several port days found us back in our room long before "all abord" because we were too tired to stay out any longer. We used SPB Tours in St. Petersburg, which was great because they took case of the Russian visa for us and also squeezed in way more than we could've done on our own. We also booked a transfer with them the night we were docked in port so we could see the Mariinskiy ballet. The only other excursion we used was the Princess bus from Nynashamn to Stockholm; it was faster and easier than the train which was under construction while we were there. Ports: Oslo - enjoyed the Viking ship museum (took the public ferry); it was raining hard so didn't go to the other museums. Not much to see in town, food and shopping very expensive as everyone warns you. We docked right in front of city hall, which made it easy to pick up the ferry but also go back onboard for lunch and save a lot of $$! Aarhus - thoroughly enjoyed Den Gamle By, the open-air museum! Very easy DIY port. Kiel - unscheduled stop; we were supposed to go to Warnemunde but weather prevented us. We took a 1-hour train to Hamburg and enjoyed the warehouse district and "Minature World", supposedly the world's largest model railroad. The people on the Berlin excursions had a really hard time rescheduling, and it made it even worse because now it was a 4 hour one-way trip. Also, there were people boarding in Warnemunde without a Princess transfer who had a hard time getting information on embarkation. Tallinn - possibly our favorite stop! Another very easy DIY port. We walked around the old medieval town, happened to get to the orthodox church during a service and heard the beautiful singing, climbed another church's bell tower just as the bells rang (cover your ears! but worth it for the view), and did a lot of shopping (much cheaper matroshyka dolls, sweaters, linen, etc. than other ports on our itinerary) St. Petersburg - amazing, beautiful, and overwhelming! Very glad we had Luba from SPB Tours to guide us around to all the amazing sights. The Church on Spilled Blood was a highlight (floor to ceiling art nouveau mosaics!), as was the Peterhof garden with all its beautiful fountains. We also saw a "White Nights Festival" performance of the Nutcracker at the Mariinskiy ballet. While it made for a very long day after all the sightseeing, it was worth it - the theater itself is beautiful, and the dancing, costumes, and sets were amazing! We booked the tickets directly through the Mariinskiy (much cheaper than third-party sites we saw; we picked up our tickets at the Will Call booth that night) and got a transfer from SPB Tours. Helsinki - we took a $10 shuttle from the port into town, and it was worth it. We enjoyed the harborfront market, and saw a free concert going on in front of the Lutheran cathedral. We went to the rock church (Temppeliaukio) - it was interesting, I suppose. We enjoyed the art nouveau architecture all over. Nynashamn/Stockholm - Stockholm became one of our top 3 favorite cities! So beautiful with all that waterfront property. We enjoyed the Royal Armory, walked briefly through Gamla Stan (overrun with tourists and tacky shops), and shopped a little along the pedestrian street Drottninggatan. After we disembarked in Copenhagen we took a train back to Stockholm and stayed a few days before flying home. During that time we enjoyed the Vasa museum (possibly the most amazing thing we saw on this trip!), dinner in the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood, the fascinating City Hall tour, and shopping at NK. Yes, we considered getting off the ship in Stockholm instead of sailing back to Copenhagen and then training back to where we just were. We decided we wanted to enjoy one more sea day (we really needed the relaxation after all the walking on this trip!), and we didn't regret having 2 more delicious dinners and 2 more pleasant nights' sleep onboard. Copenhagen - embark/debark port; we stayed here a few days before sailing, really enjoyed the city. Tivoli is the most beautiful amusement park we've ever seen! Rosenborg palace was lovely; we also enjoyed taking the train to Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles (explore the casements beneath the 'hamlet castle' (Kronborg), it's fun!). This city was the only place we had trouble with our old American mag-stripe credit cards. Embarkation was smooth and easy (we got on right at noon, even though our deck wasn't "supposed" to board until 4-5pm; we do not have any special rewards status). Walk-off on-our-own disembarkation was also easy, though we weren't sure we were doing it right because no one directed us or gave us any information (besides the flyer they handed out the previous day). We think we may have been the first pax off the boat at about 5:45am; there weren't even any taxis queued up (they drove up just as we walked out to the taxi queue). I used the spa 3 times: 2 bamboo massages, and one facial. All 3 were so very relaxing and refreshing. They did push their products too heavily for my taste, enough that I started feeling bad about saying no so much. The services were also extremely expensive (2-3x what it would cost me at home), but I had OBC to use so that eased the pain. DH got the 'kids club/soda package' and definitely got his money's worth with multiple Cokes and mocktails per day. He also got a coffee punch card which he easily used up between cappuccinos and gelato everyday. He enjoyed the cycling machines in the gym, and used the basketball court a few times (he had to squeeze himself in amongst all the kids kicking soccer balls). The only negative we experienced on the ship was the much-publicized lack of central staircases. During our muster drills they opened the 'crew only' central staircases, which was nice, but the rest of the time we got plenty of extra exercise walking all the way to one end of the ship to take the stairs (the elevators were too slow, especially during peak times). We never ate in the Allegro dining room (since we had 'anytime' dining) so we weren't bothered by the weird route required to get there. We also wished the Promenade deck continued all the way around, but it wasn't that big of a deal - we went up to the 17th floor if we wanted full access to the outdoors. It was Princess' 50th anniversary, so the first season of "The Love Boat" was available on-demand on our cabin TVs, which we found funny. The ship also played the "love boat" theme on its horn a few times when leaving a port! The "Messenger" app on our phones was helpful, but we still mostly relied on the printed Princess Patter. We used the self-service laundry rooms twice, once per sea day. Regal has token dispensers that work with your cruise card, which is nice (when we sailed Alaska on Diamond you had to use quarters, which was strange since the rest of the ship is cash-less). We brought our own detergents. The first sea day the laundry rooms were all packed, so there was a lot of waiting for dryers; we lugged our wet clothes down several floors til we found one. The second sea day, much the wiser, we did our laundry the previous night while everyone was at dinner.

Elegant Regal Princess on amazing Baltic itinerary

Regal Princess Cruise Review by meriberi

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
The Regal Princess is beautiful - elegant and classy but not overly pretentious. The food was delicious; we chose anytime dining and never had to wait more than a few minutes, whether at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 (there were only 2 of us in our party, however). We ate at our own 2-person table every night except once; we really enjoyed meeting other people from around the world that night, but it was an amazingly slow dinner - it took at least 2.5 hours, with really long waits between courses. One night we at at Sabatini's (we had a free 'specialty dining' credit), which was delicious but we didn't think it was much more special than regular dining. We ate pizza at Alfredo's multiple times, and many breakfasts/lunches/snacks/desserts at International Cafe. Avoided Horizon Court (Buffet) because it was so chaotic and obnoxious. We thoroughly enjoyed the elegant Afternoon Tea, which we made almost every day.

At not-quite-40 we were definitely some of the youngest pax, but there were a lot of family groups that included people our age or younger.

The entertainment onboard was definitely the best we've seen at sea - great comedian, fun "Fiera" production show, fun 'newlywed' game, and loved the Beatlemaniacs! The 'house band' playing in the Piazza every day was fairly awful, but it was a lot of fun to stand near one of the balconies and watch people below dancing their hearts out!

We are fit, independent travelers, so we did almost all of our port excursions DIY. We walked 5-10 miles per day on this itinerary, which was tiring but definitely kept the pounds off after eating so much rich food! Several port days found us back in our room long before "all abord" because we were too tired to stay out any longer. We used SPB Tours in St. Petersburg, which was great because they took case of the Russian visa for us and also squeezed in way more than we could've done on our own. We also booked a transfer with them the night we were docked in port so we could see the Mariinskiy ballet. The only other excursion we used was the Princess bus from Nynashamn to Stockholm; it was faster and easier than the train which was under construction while we were there.

Ports:

Oslo - enjoyed the Viking ship museum (took the public ferry); it was raining hard so didn't go to the other museums. Not much to see in town, food and shopping very expensive as everyone warns you. We docked right in front of city hall, which made it easy to pick up the ferry but also go back onboard for lunch and save a lot of $$!

Aarhus - thoroughly enjoyed Den Gamle By, the open-air museum! Very easy DIY port.

Kiel - unscheduled stop; we were supposed to go to Warnemunde but weather prevented us. We took a 1-hour train to Hamburg and enjoyed the warehouse district and "Minature World", supposedly the world's largest model railroad. The people on the Berlin excursions had a really hard time rescheduling, and it made it even worse because now it was a 4 hour one-way trip. Also, there were people boarding in Warnemunde without a Princess transfer who had a hard time getting information on embarkation.

Tallinn - possibly our favorite stop! Another very easy DIY port. We walked around the old medieval town, happened to get to the orthodox church during a service and heard the beautiful singing, climbed another church's bell tower just as the bells rang (cover your ears! but worth it for the view), and did a lot of shopping (much cheaper matroshyka dolls, sweaters, linen, etc. than other ports on our itinerary)

St. Petersburg - amazing, beautiful, and overwhelming! Very glad we had Luba from SPB Tours to guide us around to all the amazing sights. The Church on Spilled Blood was a highlight (floor to ceiling art nouveau mosaics!), as was the Peterhof garden with all its beautiful fountains. We also saw a "White Nights Festival" performance of the Nutcracker at the Mariinskiy ballet. While it made for a very long day after all the sightseeing, it was worth it - the theater itself is beautiful, and the dancing, costumes, and sets were amazing! We booked the tickets directly through the Mariinskiy (much cheaper than third-party sites we saw; we picked up our tickets at the Will Call booth that night) and got a transfer from SPB Tours.

Helsinki - we took a $10 shuttle from the port into town, and it was worth it. We enjoyed the harborfront market, and saw a free concert going on in front of the Lutheran cathedral. We went to the rock church (Temppeliaukio) - it was interesting, I suppose. We enjoyed the art nouveau architecture all over.

Nynashamn/Stockholm - Stockholm became one of our top 3 favorite cities! So beautiful with all that waterfront property. We enjoyed the Royal Armory, walked briefly through Gamla Stan (overrun with tourists and tacky shops), and shopped a little along the pedestrian street Drottninggatan. After we disembarked in Copenhagen we took a train back to Stockholm and stayed a few days before flying home. During that time we enjoyed the Vasa museum (possibly the most amazing thing we saw on this trip!), dinner in the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood, the fascinating City Hall tour, and shopping at NK.

Yes, we considered getting off the ship in Stockholm instead of sailing back to Copenhagen and then training back to where we just were. We decided we wanted to enjoy one more sea day (we really needed the relaxation after all the walking on this trip!), and we didn't regret having 2 more delicious dinners and 2 more pleasant nights' sleep onboard.

Copenhagen - embark/debark port; we stayed here a few days before sailing, really enjoyed the city. Tivoli is the most beautiful amusement park we've ever seen! Rosenborg palace was lovely; we also enjoyed taking the train to Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles (explore the casements beneath the 'hamlet castle' (Kronborg), it's fun!). This city was the only place we had trouble with our old American mag-stripe credit cards.

Embarkation was smooth and easy (we got on right at noon, even though our deck wasn't "supposed" to board until 4-5pm; we do not have any special rewards status). Walk-off on-our-own disembarkation was also easy, though we weren't sure we were doing it right because no one directed us or gave us any information (besides the flyer they handed out the previous day). We think we may have been the first pax off the boat at about 5:45am; there weren't even any taxis queued up (they drove up just as we walked out to the taxi queue).

I used the spa 3 times: 2 bamboo massages, and one facial. All 3 were so very relaxing and refreshing. They did push their products too heavily for my taste, enough that I started feeling bad about saying no so much. The services were also extremely expensive (2-3x what it would cost me at home), but I had OBC to use so that eased the pain.

DH got the 'kids club/soda package' and definitely got his money's worth with multiple Cokes and mocktails per day. He also got a coffee punch card which he easily used up between cappuccinos and gelato everyday. He enjoyed the cycling machines in the gym, and used the basketball court a few times (he had to squeeze himself in amongst all the kids kicking soccer balls).

The only negative we experienced on the ship was the much-publicized lack of central staircases. During our muster drills they opened the 'crew only' central staircases, which was nice, but the rest of the time we got plenty of extra exercise walking all the way to one end of the ship to take the stairs (the elevators were too slow, especially during peak times). We never ate in the Allegro dining room (since we had 'anytime' dining) so we weren't bothered by the weird route required to get there. We also wished the Promenade deck continued all the way around, but it wasn't that big of a deal - we went up to the 17th floor if we wanted full access to the outdoors.

It was Princess' 50th anniversary, so the first season of "The Love Boat" was available on-demand on our cabin TVs, which we found funny. The ship also played the "love boat" theme on its horn a few times when leaving a port!

The "Messenger" app on our phones was helpful, but we still mostly relied on the printed Princess Patter.

We used the self-service laundry rooms twice, once per sea day. Regal has token dispensers that work with your cruise card, which is nice (when we sailed Alaska on Diamond you had to use quarters, which was strange since the rest of the ship is cash-less). We brought our own detergents. The first sea day the laundry rooms were all packed, so there was a lot of waiting for dryers; we lugged our wet clothes down several floors til we found one. The second sea day, much the wiser, we did our laundry the previous night while everyone was at dinner.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA B410
Our room was very nicely appointed, very clean, and the bathroom was a decent size for a ship. We never used the tub but it was nice to have the extra space in there. The showerhead was very nice, though water pressure was a little low.

The bed was very comfortable, and our steward provided a top sheet (as requested) for us Americans. He also brought us wine glasses when he noticed we were drinking out of the tumblers in the room!

We had one of the angled balconies; it was plenty of room for us, since all we did on this cruise was walk out there and take pictures occasionally. There was ample room for suitcase storage under the bed, as well as many drawers and shelves in the room and closet. For some reason there were about 50 hangers in the closet.

We could occasionally hear our neighbor's TV but otherwise noise was minimal, except at night when the ship was moving really fast and rocking a little - then the hangers in the closet would swing and hit the wall. Simple solution was to squeeze them all together so they stopped swinging.

The in-room movie selection was very good; we enjoyed watching several fairly new films.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    thoroughly enjoyed Den Gamle By, the open-air museum! Very easy DIY port.
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  • Berlin
    The ship doesn't actually dock in Berlin; it's supposed to dock in Warnemunde, 3 hours away by train/bus. We actually docked in Kiel because weather prevented us from reaching Warnemunde. We took a 1-hour train to Hamburg and enjoyed the warehouse district and "Minature World", supposedly the world's largest model railroad. The people on the Berlin excursions had a really hard time rescheduling, and it made it even worse because now it was a 4 hour one-way trip. Also, there were people boarding in Warnemunde without a Princess transfer who had a hard time getting information on embarkation.
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  • Copenhagen
    embark/debark port; we stayed here a few days before sailing, really enjoyed the city. Tivoli is the most beautiful amusement park we've ever seen! Rosenborg palace was lovely; we also enjoyed taking the train to Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles (explore the casements beneath the 'hamlet castle' (Kronborg), it's fun!). This city was the only place we had trouble with our old American mag-stripe credit cards.
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  • Helsinki
    we took a $10 shuttle from the port into town, and it was worth it. We enjoyed the harborfront market, and saw a free concert going on in front of the Lutheran cathedral. We went to the rock church (Temppeliaukio) - it was interesting, I suppose. We enjoyed the art nouveau architecture all over.
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