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Regal Princess was the second Princess ship we'd sailed with and had notable differences from the previous (Emerald) - chief among which was the enormous Horizon Court dining area, which we used for every meal (we dislike the formal dining rooms on all cruises). Regal does not make good use of its deck area though and we were disappointed that the attractive bar/seating area at the back of the ship allowed smoking, which meant we rarely used it except for sail-away photo shoots. The centre area of the main pool deck was also chained-off permanently which was just bizarre. We were up-sold a champagne sail-in breakfast as soon as we got on board. Sounded great. Was "memorable" because the sail-in to Oslo was freezing cold and we were shivering in our jackets trying to eat a posh breakfast in the 'Sanctuary', which turns out to be basically outdoors. We were also up-sold a champagne sail-away from St Petersburg in the Sanctuary which was far more civilised and a real pleasure. We attended two wine tasting events in the dining room and in Sabatini's. The "Super Tuscan" tasting was very good, and great food pairings were provided. The sommellier was well educated and good to listen to. We enjoyed tasting from wines up to $240/bottle. Champagne was really the order of the day on this ship, and we even had slightly 'special' treatment when ordering a bottle of champagne in the Crooner's bar one evening, making the event more special and enjoyable. The entertainment in the theatre wasn't quite as good as on previous cruises, but was still enjoyable. Strangely no drinks were being sold in the theatre, meaning we had to remember to take our own in. The captain was also excellent, with a regular visible presence, and also a good number of tannoy announcements pointing out features worth seeing as we sailed past sights such as the old fortress outside St Petersburg and the astounding sail out of Stockholm. More of this please. Excursions were generally very good - we took them in every port. Helsinki was spoiled due to the particularly poor and gruff host who didn't care about the fact nobody could hear her on the bus. Tallinn was a surprise and a highlight. Rostock would be considered 'missable' except that's were we had the best icecream of the trip, oddly. St Petersburg was more welcoming than I expected. And Copenhagen was just ridiculously expensive.

Truly memorable experience with many surprises ashore.

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Puffinmoose

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Regal Princess was the second Princess ship we'd sailed with and had notable differences from the previous (Emerald) - chief among which was the enormous Horizon Court dining area, which we used for every meal (we dislike the formal dining rooms on all cruises).

Regal does not make good use of its deck area though and we were disappointed that the attractive bar/seating area at the back of the ship allowed smoking, which meant we rarely used it except for sail-away photo shoots. The centre area of the main pool deck was also chained-off permanently which was just bizarre.

We were up-sold a champagne sail-in breakfast as soon as we got on board. Sounded great. Was "memorable" because the sail-in to Oslo was freezing cold and we were shivering in our jackets trying to eat a posh breakfast in the 'Sanctuary', which turns out to be basically outdoors. We were also up-sold a champagne sail-away from St Petersburg in the Sanctuary which was far more civilised and a real pleasure.

We attended two wine tasting events in the dining room and in Sabatini's. The "Super Tuscan" tasting was very good, and great food pairings were provided. The sommellier was well educated and good to listen to. We enjoyed tasting from wines up to $240/bottle. Champagne was really the order of the day on this ship, and we even had slightly 'special' treatment when ordering a bottle of champagne in the Crooner's bar one evening, making the event more special and enjoyable.

The entertainment in the theatre wasn't quite as good as on previous cruises, but was still enjoyable. Strangely no drinks were being sold in the theatre, meaning we had to remember to take our own in.

The captain was also excellent, with a regular visible presence, and also a good number of tannoy announcements pointing out features worth seeing as we sailed past sights such as the old fortress outside St Petersburg and the astounding sail out of Stockholm. More of this please.

Excursions were generally very good - we took them in every port. Helsinki was spoiled due to the particularly poor and gruff host who didn't care about the fact nobody could hear her on the bus. Tallinn was a surprise and a highlight. Rostock would be considered 'missable' except that's were we had the best icecream of the trip, oddly. St Petersburg was more welcoming than I expected. And Copenhagen was just ridiculously expensive.
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Balcony
Cabin BB A623
The cabin was a decent layout, though the bathroom was just a touch too small for me. Large bed and huge TV. Surprised to find 2x US and 1x EU power point, which was very helpful. Only downside was that many things rattled - we ended up taking a picture off the wall most nights because it always rattled. The headboard also rattled and I got in to a knack of knowing where to hit it to make it shut up for a while.
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