1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Regal Princess
We selected this itinerary primarily to preview St. Petersburg and LOVED our entire trip! This was our first time on Princess and we enjoyed the Regal Princess very much. We've cruised Norwegian and Carnival in the past, with mixed experiences and were hoping Princess might be a step up. It's actually about the same. We are ok with that! Wish there were more interesting activities for at-sea days...it seemed like the same old "line dancing" vs. self-serving "art lectures" (designed to get you to buy art) or other self-promoting activities. With three days at sea--the activities can seem redundant. Other cruise lines seem to mix up the activities a bit more. Having said that...we loved the Movies Under the Stars and the talent on board (guitarist Cassie Matthews and the Static band, in particular)! We didn't see any production shows but the other guests seemed very satisfied with them. The Static band was billed as an "R&B" group but they're more like a great dance band! Within minutes of every performance they would have large groups of people out on the dance floor. They are really fun. Some of the "game shows" were also lots of fun too. The one "act" we didn't enjoy very much was a soprano who performed (quite loudly) in the atrium. Neither of us were able to appreciate her talent. An opera singer seemed very out of place on this ship, especially because it wasn't even a formal night, so we were a bit mystified as to why she was there. We noticed quizzical looks from others, so I think we weren't alone. Service on ship was very good, as was food. We thought the buffet had a very good variety, and the desserts were decadent. Our main dining room (Allegro) was good - though service was slow, as expected. Getting to Allegro was strange, as others have noted, though we've been on other ships with equally strange quirks so it's not unexpected. The Allegro staff did surprise us with a "happy anniversary" song one night, which was sweet but also kind of embarrassing, as we're olderish and we've only been married for four years. Nice gesture though! Alfredo's, which has received rave reviews elsewhere, wasn't great for us. We are used to Chicago and NY pizza, so Alfredo's was a disappointment. Perhaps we visited on a bad day. The International Cafe however, was excellent! We stopped by at least once daily for the greek salad, chicken salad, desserts or coffee. The Princess 2-day excursion to St. Petersburg was phenomenal! Highly recommended and well worth the cost. Customs/Immigration in Russia wasn't very long at all and we were wowed by the sights. The other countries were charming. Cafe Milano in Stockholm was excellent - GREAT pizza too! Embarkation was seamless, though debarkation was confusing. We are seasoned travelers and each pack only one carry on-sized suitcase each...and we walk on/off ship ourselves. We were strongly discouraged from that on debarkation because we'd booked an airport transfer -- and had to be out of our cabin by 8a.m. After literally spending thousands of dollars on this cruise ... 8 a.m. seemed like a bum's rush! We spent all day in the Copenhagen airport. The takeaway for us? Don't book an airport transfer with Princess. We'll take our chances next time and grab a taxi. (Oh -- and while waiting for the regretted 8 a.m. airport transfer that didn't leave until 9 a.m.? Not a staff member to be found! Not a soul to offer a coffee, a coke, or a friendly hello. Seriously -- after 11 days of very good service, we expected more from Princess. This is a minor issue for us but it was the last thing we remember about our experience - so not a great wrap-up to an otherwise great trip. We'll give Princess a mulligan for that, but they won't get two!) Aside from debarkation, however, this is a very nice ship with very nice staff. It's a good solid cruise, the itinerary was lovely and a mini-suite with balcony was a good choice for us. Everything was very good except for the St. Petersburg tour - which was EXCEPTIONAL - they delivered over and above on that one. All else? Very good. Not amazing or exceptional but also not disappointing. Very good! We will definitely cruise with Princess again because it's a solid line, offers great value and we had a great time, but we will probably try Windjammer next for a "small ship" experience. Let's hope their debarkation process is a bit more gracious!

Very Good Ship

Regal Princess Cruise Review by Margo39

7 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We selected this itinerary primarily to preview St. Petersburg and LOVED our entire trip! This was our first time on Princess and we enjoyed the Regal Princess very much. We've cruised Norwegian and Carnival in the past, with mixed experiences and were hoping Princess might be a step up. It's actually about the same. We are ok with that!

Wish there were more interesting activities for at-sea days...it seemed like the same old "line dancing" vs. self-serving "art lectures" (designed to get you to buy art) or other self-promoting activities. With three days at sea--the activities can seem redundant. Other cruise lines seem to mix up the activities a bit more.

Having said that...we loved the Movies Under the Stars and the talent on board (guitarist Cassie Matthews and the Static band, in particular)! We didn't see any production shows but the other guests seemed very satisfied with them. The Static band was billed as an "R&B" group but they're more like a great dance band! Within minutes of every performance they would have large groups of people out on the dance floor. They are really fun. Some of the "game shows" were also lots of fun too. The one "act" we didn't enjoy very much was a soprano who performed (quite loudly) in the atrium. Neither of us were able to appreciate her talent. An opera singer seemed very out of place on this ship, especially because it wasn't even a formal night, so we were a bit mystified as to why she was there. We noticed quizzical looks from others, so I think we weren't alone.

Service on ship was very good, as was food. We thought the buffet had a very good variety, and the desserts were decadent. Our main dining room (Allegro) was good - though service was slow, as expected. Getting to Allegro was strange, as others have noted, though we've been on other ships with equally strange quirks so it's not unexpected. The Allegro staff did surprise us with a "happy anniversary" song one night, which was sweet but also kind of embarrassing, as we're olderish and we've only been married for four years. Nice gesture though! Alfredo's, which has received rave reviews elsewhere, wasn't great for us. We are used to Chicago and NY pizza, so Alfredo's was a disappointment. Perhaps we visited on a bad day. The International Cafe however, was excellent! We stopped by at least once daily for the greek salad, chicken salad, desserts or coffee.

The Princess 2-day excursion to St. Petersburg was phenomenal! Highly recommended and well worth the cost. Customs/Immigration in Russia wasn't very long at all and we were wowed by the sights. The other countries were charming. Cafe Milano in Stockholm was excellent - GREAT pizza too!

Embarkation was seamless, though debarkation was confusing. We are seasoned travelers and each pack only one carry on-sized suitcase each...and we walk on/off ship ourselves. We were strongly discouraged from that on debarkation because we'd booked an airport transfer -- and had to be out of our cabin by 8a.m. After literally spending thousands of dollars on this cruise ... 8 a.m. seemed like a bum's rush! We spent all day in the Copenhagen airport. The takeaway for us? Don't book an airport transfer with Princess. We'll take our chances next time and grab a taxi.

(Oh -- and while waiting for the regretted 8 a.m. airport transfer that didn't leave until 9 a.m.? Not a staff member to be found! Not a soul to offer a coffee, a coke, or a friendly hello. Seriously -- after 11 days of very good service, we expected more from Princess. This is a minor issue for us but it was the last thing we remember about our experience - so not a great wrap-up to an otherwise great trip. We'll give Princess a mulligan for that, but they won't get two!)

Aside from debarkation, however, this is a very nice ship with very nice staff. It's a good solid cruise, the itinerary was lovely and a mini-suite with balcony was a good choice for us. Everything was very good except for the St. Petersburg tour - which was EXCEPTIONAL - they delivered over and above on that one. All else? Very good. Not amazing or exceptional but also not disappointing. Very good!

We will definitely cruise with Princess again because it's a solid line, offers great value and we had a great time, but we will probably try Windjammer next for a "small ship" experience. Let's hope their debarkation process is a bit more gracious!
Margo39’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Regal Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB R518
The cabin seemed a bit tired/beat up, but storage space was more than adequate. We were located mid-ship on Riviera deck and it was quiet. Balcony was small but sufficient. Service from our steward, Toon, was adequate. Overall, it was about as expected.
Marina Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins