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This was the second time we had been on the Regal Princess - the first was in September 2015 (Copenhagen to New York) and this last voyage was around the Baltics. We liked the ship - hence, our choice to travel on her again in preference to other cruise lines to our Baltic destinations. The ship is great, well laid out and easy to navigate. What was missing on this cruise was a "wow" factor - Yes, St Petersburg was clearly a highlight in terms of destination but it was more about the lack of energy on the ship to engaged with passengers. Compared to the previous cruise which had Martin Moss as the Cruise Director (who was fantastic), the current Cruise Director, Billy Hygate appeared to lack any overt enthusiasm and was rarely seen or heard around the ship. Apparently he had been with Princess for 45 years and it showed. His assistant also appeared over awed by him during the Wake Show. The Production shows were first rate and guest performers were entertaining. I must admit that it is disappointing that some passengers (and nationalities) lack a standard of manners that detracts from the overall on-board cruise experience - I refer here to courtesy around entering and existing lifts and behaviours around the Horizon Court and Buffet.

Lacked a "WOW" factor

Regal Princess Cruise Review by TopCat57

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This was the second time we had been on the Regal Princess - the first was in September 2015 (Copenhagen to New York) and this last voyage was around the Baltics. We liked the ship - hence, our choice to travel on her again in preference to other cruise lines to our Baltic destinations. The ship is great, well laid out and easy to navigate.

What was missing on this cruise was a "wow" factor - Yes, St Petersburg was clearly a highlight in terms of destination but it was more about the lack of energy on the ship to engaged with passengers. Compared to the previous cruise which had Martin Moss as the Cruise Director (who was fantastic), the current Cruise Director, Billy Hygate appeared to lack any overt enthusiasm and was rarely seen or heard around the ship. Apparently he had been with Princess for 45 years and it showed. His assistant also appeared over awed by him during the Wake Show.

The Production shows were first rate and guest performers were entertaining.

I must admit that it is disappointing that some passengers (and nationalities) lack a standard of manners that detracts from the overall on-board cruise experience - I refer here to courtesy around entering and existing lifts and behaviours around the Horizon Court and Buffet.
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Cabin L101
Great stateroom - We chose the same stateroom (L101) which we had last time as it is directly above the bridge and great to see both sides of the ship as it both sailed and docked. It also had an exceptionally large balcony - a great pickup as an obstructed cabin (solid section below the railing).
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