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My husband and I recently returned from what was probably our best cruise yet. This was our 7th overall and our 5th on Princess and we just can not say enough good things about this most recent adventure. We left a day early so that we would have a little extra time in Copenhagen. Princess had us stay at the Scandic Hotel which featured very advant garde design. The room was clean and the breakfast buffet was all you could want and more. Copenhagen is a beautiful clean city. We spent our limited time there at Tivoli Gardens and ate a fantastic dinner at the Groeften at Tivoli. We also had a city tour at the end of our cruise so this worked out quite nicely. Embarkation on the Regal Princess was a breeze. Princess does logistics extraordinarily well ... kudos to them. We were on the ship with 15 minutes (I kid you not!) from the time we entered the terminal. The ship is new, big, bold and beautiful. The rooms seemed a bit smaller that usual but not certain of that but it proved to be fine as we were rarely in our room. Pretty much the reviews of the ship that we read prior were true. the Horizon buffet is a bit claustophic and chaotic, but the food was fine. The lack of a staircase mid ship was weird too but overall it was lovely. I will say, I had read some critiques mentioning disappointment in the food overall. We were not at all disappointed. Now granted, we did not do the buffet a lot, preferring the sit down breakfast if at all possible and the traditional early dining. We found the menus creative and overall everything was delicious. If anyone every wonders if they should pay the up charge and to go one of the specialty restaurants, the answer is DEFINITELY YES!!! We only hit up the Crown Grill but I have to say it will rank as one of the most memorable meals of our lives. You should be a steak lover, that helps and it is worth it. The steaks were perfection along with the service and desserts! We would say overall we were happy with all the food service and quality. The only thing that we would have preferred to be set up differently was the evening music. We love to ballroom dance and we have enjoyed the previous venues for this on other Princess ships. Now almost all the ballroom and social dancing was in the Piazza which was nice, and we get the concept but it just got toooooooo crowded. Otherwise, we enjoyed our limited time on the ship. I say limited because this itinerary was very aggressive with only 2 sea days and the rest in ports. But oh, what magnificent ports they were. We did princess excursions in Oslo, Berlin, St Petersburg and Stockholm and we were glad we did. We had incredible guides in each port ... all of whom spoke beautiful, impeccable English. Again, not sure how they determined their guide service but for us, Princess hit a home run. We did the 2-day, all-emcompassing St Petersburg and we did see it ALL!!! This is exhausting but so worth it!! Do it, it is worth the money and you won't regret it. We had Leo as our guide who was charming, intelligent and really knew how to be a great guide. He worked very hard and seemed to have us at all of the venues just ahead of the crowds which was appreciated. We also took the disembarkation City tour of Copenhagen before flying home that day and again, logistics were a piece of cake. While we are currently going thru serious cruise withdrawal, we find ourselves talking over and over again about what an amazing cruise this was. The memories will definitely help carry us thru until our next adventure.

Baltic Sea Cruise Aggressive But Worth It!

Regal Princess Cruise Review by lisab514

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
My husband and I recently returned from what was probably our best cruise yet. This was our 7th overall and our 5th on Princess and we just can not say enough good things about this most recent adventure. We left a day early so that we would have a little extra time in Copenhagen. Princess had us stay at the Scandic Hotel which featured very advant garde design. The room was clean and the breakfast buffet was all you could want and more. Copenhagen is a beautiful clean city. We spent our limited time there at Tivoli Gardens and ate a fantastic dinner at the Groeften at Tivoli. We also had a city tour at the end of our cruise so this worked out quite nicely.

Embarkation on the Regal Princess was a breeze. Princess does logistics extraordinarily well ... kudos to them. We were on the ship with 15 minutes (I kid you not!) from the time we entered the terminal.

The ship is new, big, bold and beautiful. The rooms seemed a bit smaller that usual but not certain of that but it proved to be fine as we were rarely in our room. Pretty much the reviews of the ship that we read prior were true. the Horizon buffet is a bit claustophic and chaotic, but the food was fine. The lack of a staircase mid ship was weird too but overall it was lovely.

I will say, I had read some critiques mentioning disappointment in the food overall. We were not at all disappointed. Now granted, we did not do the buffet a lot, preferring the sit down breakfast if at all possible and the traditional early dining. We found the menus creative and overall everything was delicious. If anyone every wonders if they should pay the up charge and to go one of the specialty restaurants, the answer is DEFINITELY YES!!! We only hit up the Crown Grill but I have to say it will rank as one of the most memorable meals of our lives. You should be a steak lover, that helps and it is worth it. The steaks were perfection along with the service and desserts! We would say overall we were happy with all the food service and quality.

The only thing that we would have preferred to be set up differently was the evening music. We love to ballroom dance and we have enjoyed the previous venues for this on other Princess ships. Now almost all the ballroom and social dancing was in the Piazza which was nice, and we get the concept but it just got toooooooo crowded. Otherwise, we enjoyed our limited time on the ship.

I say limited because this itinerary was very aggressive with only 2 sea days and the rest in ports. But oh, what magnificent ports they were. We did princess excursions in Oslo, Berlin, St Petersburg and Stockholm and we were glad we did. We had incredible guides in each port ... all of whom spoke beautiful, impeccable English. Again, not sure how they determined their guide service but for us, Princess hit a home run.

We did the 2-day, all-emcompassing St Petersburg and we did see it ALL!!! This is exhausting but so worth it!! Do it, it is worth the money and you won't regret it. We had Leo as our guide who was charming, intelligent and really knew how to be a great guide. He worked very hard and seemed to have us at all of the venues just ahead of the crowds which was appreciated.

We also took the disembarkation City tour of Copenhagen before flying home that day and again, logistics were a piece of cake.

While we are currently going thru serious cruise withdrawal, we find ourselves talking over and over again about what an amazing cruise this was. The memories will definitely help carry us thru until our next adventure.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DF D507
Not certain of the category but it was a deluxe balcony which basically means we had a couch or about 5 extra feet. The cabin was clean, the room steward most efficient and the bed was super comfortable. What more could you ask for.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We went off on our own in Aarhus. we went to the Aaros Art Museum and saw Boy and the rainbow panels. It was definitely something different for us and we loved it. The rainbow panels are very cool. The museum is laid out very nicely, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We stopped and had licorice gelato on the way back to the ship which was different. Aarhus was a lovely town and very easy to traverse by foot.
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  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
    For a very grim destination, this was a wonderful experience. It was a lovely day which helped and our guide Eva was outstanding. This could have been over the edge with sadness but Eva presented the materials in such a fashion that you were moved but not to the point of being desensitized. The city drive after included Brandenburg Gate, Check point Charlie, the wall and was interesting and enlightening again thanks to Eva's knowledge and presentation
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  • Helsinki
    In fairness to poor Helsinki, it was POURING rain that day and we were exhausted from the previous 2 days in St. Petersburg. That being said, we simply did a hop on hop off bus tour and some shopping. I wish the weather had been nicer as there were some definitely interesting things in this city.
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  • Holmenkollen Ski Jump
    This was interesting and we were only there for a few minutes. Would have preferred have gone to the top of the jump but it was interesting to see.
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  • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    Honestly, nothing against Princess or our guide but I wish we would have just gone on our own in Oslo. We would have spent far more time at this utterly fantastic sculpture garden. A MUST see for anyone going to Oslo.
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  • Viking Ship Museum
    This was included with the Ski Jump and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The pieces in this museum are preserved beautifully and it is a nice museum but it's old ships. An hour was plenty of time for this stop.
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  • Ice Bar
    The Ice Bar is a blast but be warned, you only get one drink and you are actually only in the bar along with about 30 other people for about 20 minutes if that. It is fun but short. We'd do it again though as it was very unique. The rest of the tour included a walking tour of Gamla Stan which is scenic, quaint and energetic all at the same time.
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  • Tallinn
    We simply walked around this lovely medieval town. It is a very aggressive walk but worth it. Alexsander Nefsky church is beautiful and a must see despite the crowds. Most of the walking though is on cobble stone so be warned and prepared.
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