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Regal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,594 Reviews

Great Ports & Excursions, but Onboard needs improvement

Regal Princess Cruise Review by belkaandstrelka

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We're Platinum level cruisers with Princess. Middle aged married couple. Chose this cruise mostly for it's destinations and the Regal Princess itself. 11 nights around the Baltic. On the plus side, the ports and the 3 Princess excursions we booked were great! Copenhagen, Oslo, Warnemunde/Wismar, Germany, Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg (!!), Helsinki, Stockholm, back to Copenhagen. All had something to offer. Highly recommend taking 2 different Princess excursions on the 2 days in St. P. to see everything important. The more expensive 2-day combined excursion leaves out an important site. Also, avoids having to get a visa if you do a ship's excursion. As early arrivers in Copenhagen, great to be treated by Princess to an early-arriver tour of the city. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very smooth and stressless.

But, on the minus side, our cabin steward didn't seem to like either his job or us or both from the start. Also, generally, the food was not as good, the menu choices not as up to par as expected, and the main dining room service was lacking as well. Maybe we've been spoiled by the 2 cruises we took to Alaska on Princess. The scrambled eggs in the morning were inedible. Not even sure they were eggs. Lastly, the main dining dress code is either non-existent or not enforced. Smart Casual needs to be defined on the daily newsletter. Sweatshirts? Sandals? Bare midriff shirts on women too old and too overweight to wear them? Come on, people!

Overall, the ship (Regal) itself was impressive, and the talent/entertainment both in the theatre and around the ship was really, really good. But if the food, and cabin and dining service are lacking, what are we paying gratuities for?


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Cabin Review

Balcony

Balcony, partially obstructed because we decided to go somewhat last minute and ship was well booked. Got a good price because of these factors. But missed having the sofa seat you might get with a higher-level cabin. Won't get obstructed view again, need full view and, unfortunately, it came with a steward who gave obstructed service as well.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Didn't book it -- Complementary early-arrival tour by Princess was a nice way to begin!

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Oslo

Walked on our own all over the city and just let it happen. Really nice experience. A lot to see. Palace and surrounding park a highlight. Harbor area very interesting, but venture beyond...

Wismar

Half-day excursion - Good walking tour. Town of Wismar very old and interesting, as was one of the oldest breweries where we sampled beer and pretzels. Then went back to Warnemunde port city and walked on our own. Popular beach city was enjoyable.

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City Tour

Saw both modern city and walked through old town. Very nice surprise as it's the most well-preserved Medieval city in the Baltic. Very popular though, so it was crowded and, luckily regarding the weather or not, it was very hot.

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Amber Room

Fantastic, unbelievable city and architecture and historical sites! . As we did, highly recommend taking 2 different Princess excursions on the 2 days in St. P. to see everything important (all the sites we've indicated in this review). The more expensive 2-day combined excursion leaves out an important site. Both days include a lunch with entertainment. First day's lunch and ent. were very traditional, 2nd day less so. Also, taking a ship's excursion avoids having to get a visa, which you need if you do a private tour or want to go on your own..

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Catherine Palace

Beautiful, amazing!

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

What amazing domes!

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City Tour

See previous description.

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Hermitage Museum

Sensory overload in a good way!

View All 377 Hermitage Museum Reviews
Peterhof Palace

What people can create when they try to! Unbelivable fountains!

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St. Isaac's Cathedral

Mind-boggling, don't miss it!

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Helsinki

Helsinki was a nice surprise and we were graced with fantastic weather. Did the Hop On Hop Off bus, which was great. Then spent the rest of the short time we had in the harbor area. Nice park and fun farmers market. The Reindeer platter was delicious!

Stockholm

Only day of rain and not enough time in this city. Did the HOHO bus and then walked through old town. Tried Swedish pastry, coffee, beer. Wish we had more time...


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