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If being vomited out of a cruise ship, into a city with 3000 of your fellow cruise mates and 6 other docked ships containing 2000-3000 people each is your idea of experiencing a city, than take a cruise. That's 15,000 people all vying for the same services. On our first day in St Petersburg, we stood in a 2.5 hour customs line, as the cruise ship released everyone within the same hour and a half and then blamed customs for going slow. Mismanagment by Princess is more like it, as they exited half day excursion passegners out at the same time as full day passengers creating a back log. No Princess employee came near the messy lines, no water for everyone standing for 2.5 hours in the sun. But, they told us they took pics from the deck to complain to someone up above, somewhere. Thanks for caring. After arriving at the Hermitage 3 hours later, and missing our slot, we were shoved through, with no space, air, or line of sight except the ceiling above as it was packed with tour group after tour group. Horrible experience. Food: The dining room is terrible food but you get good desserts (they use real ingredients for desserts only in the dining room). All the fish and most meat is unedible and soggy from frozen. On the other hand, the buffet the food is good (cuz u can see its condition before u eat it) but the desserts are bad. They use some sort of faux whip to make the desserts cheaper, so everything basically tastes the same. Ultimately, Princess is the same as every big corporate, money grubbing company that smiles when you are buying, but when things go bad, they stand behind their written agreement which has basically considered anything that could go wrong and make sure they told you so, so they can claim they covered that and keep your money. No shame. My recommendation- instead of being sheepled through cities, go on the off season and visit the city and stay for a while. You will have a much better experience and get to know the feel and culture of a place other, instead of just the mayhem of your fellow cruise passengers. The cruise ships have gotten greedy and are ruining cities for tourists and inhabitants alike. Its a very hollow and shallow experience.

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Regal Princess Cruise Review by MarkMM

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If being vomited out of a cruise ship, into a city with 3000 of your fellow cruise mates and 6 other docked ships containing 2000-3000 people each is your idea of experiencing a city, than take a cruise. That's 15,000 people all vying for the same services. On our first day in St Petersburg, we stood in a 2.5 hour customs line, as the cruise ship released everyone within the same hour and a half and then blamed customs for going slow. Mismanagment by Princess is more like it, as they exited half day excursion passegners out at the same time as full day passengers creating a back log. No Princess employee came near the messy lines, no water for everyone standing for 2.5 hours in the sun. But, they told us they took pics from the deck to complain to someone up above, somewhere. Thanks for caring. After arriving at the Hermitage 3 hours later, and missing our slot, we were shoved through, with no space, air, or line of sight except the ceiling above as it was packed with tour group after tour group. Horrible experience.

Food: The dining room is terrible food but you get good desserts (they use real ingredients for desserts only in the dining room). All the fish and most meat is unedible and soggy from frozen. On the other hand, the buffet the food is good (cuz u can see its condition before u eat it) but the desserts are bad. They use some sort of faux whip to make the desserts cheaper, so everything basically tastes the same. Ultimately, Princess is the same as every big corporate, money grubbing company that smiles when you are buying, but when things go bad, they stand behind their written agreement which has basically considered anything that could go wrong and make sure they told you so, so they can claim they covered that and keep your money. No shame. My recommendation- instead of being sheepled through cities, go on the off season and visit the city and stay for a while. You will have a much better experience and get to know the feel and culture of a place other, instead of just the mayhem of your fellow cruise passengers. The cruise ships have gotten greedy and are ruining cities for tourists and inhabitants alike. Its a very hollow and shallow experience.
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