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Overall, we had a very enjoyable cruise. Our cabin was a balcony deluxe on D deck. We are a couple, recently retired, and have cruised a number of times before, so our expectation level was already pretty high. Regal is a relatively large ship with 3000 passengers so it is inevitable that, on occasion, you will feel like you are part of the herd, simply because of the logistics of moving that many people. Princess did a good job of trying to minimise the impact of this. They had very good organisation and sufficient manpower for things like embarkation and port visits. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. Though not related to Princess, the weather was very good. Temperatures in some ports were 30 degrees C, (86F). A lot of people from colder climates found this very hot. As Australians, we found it warmish but far preferable to cold and damp. Photos always look better with a clear blue sky in the background. We found the cabin, staff, food and entertainment on the ship up to the high standard we have come to expect from previous cruises. We had a negative experience with one rude waiter, but that was one in hundreds of interactions. Everything on the Regal was priced in $US so, as Australians, we add 35% for our local currency. Generally, apart from occasional drinks or specialty coffee, you are not obliged to purchase anything else. We believed the options offered were very expensive and I will use Aussie dollars as that’s how we had to consider them. Internet access: $27 per day or $20 per day if you commit to more than 1 consecutive day. Shore Excursions: Example St Petersburg, Regal was $670pp for 2days. (We used local provider for $285pp) Ship behind the scenes tour: I would have really have liked to do this but, at $200pp, I passed. Transfers: Ship to Copenhagen Airport, $52 pp. We did a previous cruise on Princess Diamond ending in Sydney. Ship to Airport was $20 pp. though Princess. Apart from the pricing, Princess discourage you from using other options. (a) You are advised that, without a visa, you can only go ashore on an organised Princess tour. A ticket with any recognised tour operator is acceptable. (b) You are advised that, on disembarkation, taxi delays can be 1 to 2 hours so using Princess transfers is highly recommended. When we disembarked, there was a line of available taxis, as well as public and independent transport options. This did not spoil our experience as we were prepared and used alternative options. It is provided as advice to anyone who may not have anticipated this. Tipping is automatically added to the stateroom account each day ($18pp/pd, $US13.50). This is fine and is stated clearly in the up-front documentation. We were happy to pay it on the basis everyone gets a share. The only drawback is there is no differentiation between poor service and outstanding service. I may have used more space talking about pricing issues than the overall positive experience, but hopefully that information will useful to upcoming cruisers, and the issues raised can be avoided with a bit of preparation. It is a great cruise and we enjoyed it. PS: Check out the TJ Travel website for a St Petersburg tour – highly recommend them.

Great itinerary and luckily great weather

Regal Princess Cruise Review by MIandJU

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony
Overall, we had a very enjoyable cruise. Our cabin was a balcony deluxe on D deck. We are a couple, recently retired, and have cruised a number of times before, so our expectation level was already pretty high.

Regal is a relatively large ship with 3000 passengers so it is inevitable that, on occasion, you will feel like you are part of the herd, simply because of the logistics of moving that many people. Princess did a good job of trying to minimise the impact of this. They had very good organisation and sufficient manpower for things like embarkation and port visits.

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. Though not related to Princess, the weather was very good. Temperatures in some ports were 30 degrees C, (86F). A lot of people from colder climates found this very hot. As Australians, we found it warmish but far preferable to cold and damp. Photos always look better with a clear blue sky in the background.

We found the cabin, staff, food and entertainment on the ship up to the high standard we have come to expect from previous cruises. We had a negative experience with one rude waiter, but that was one in hundreds of interactions.

Everything on the Regal was priced in $US so, as Australians, we add 35% for our local currency. Generally, apart from occasional drinks or specialty coffee, you are not obliged to purchase anything else. We believed the options offered were very expensive and I will use Aussie dollars as that’s how we had to consider them.

Internet access: $27 per day or $20 per day if you commit to more than 1 consecutive day.

Shore Excursions: Example St Petersburg, Regal was $670pp for 2days. (We used local provider for $285pp)

Ship behind the scenes tour: I would have really have liked to do this but, at $200pp, I passed.

Transfers: Ship to Copenhagen Airport, $52 pp. We did a previous cruise on Princess Diamond ending in Sydney. Ship to Airport was $20 pp. though Princess.

Apart from the pricing, Princess discourage you from using other options.

(a) You are advised that, without a visa, you can only go ashore on an organised Princess tour. A ticket with any recognised tour operator is acceptable.

(b) You are advised that, on disembarkation, taxi delays can be 1 to 2 hours so using Princess transfers is highly recommended. When we disembarked, there was a line of available taxis, as well as public and independent transport options.

This did not spoil our experience as we were prepared and used alternative options. It is provided as advice to anyone who may not have anticipated this.

Tipping is automatically added to the stateroom account each day ($18pp/pd, $US13.50). This is fine and is stated clearly in the up-front documentation. We were happy to pay it on the basis everyone gets a share. The only drawback is there is no differentiation between poor service and outstanding service.

I may have used more space talking about pricing issues than the overall positive experience, but hopefully that information will useful to upcoming cruisers, and the issues raised can be avoided with a bit of preparation.

It is a great cruise and we enjoyed it.

PS: Check out the TJ Travel website for a St Petersburg tour – highly recommend them.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DC D515
Cabin was of a high standard and well maintained by steward, Milan. Minor blemishes were stains on the carpet and sofa. Our cabin was sandwiched between 2 family groups with children, so we occasionally got noise from kids jumping off beds or slamming doors but not to the point of being an irritation. We were directly above the life rafts, so minor obstruction to view if looking down. Only negative was the aircon appeared to be turned off each night. We would go to sleep in comfort and wake up hot in the early hours and pull the covers back. Opposite problem several hours later when we would wake up cold and have to pull the covers up. This happened each night.
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