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This was our second Princess cruise. We had enjoyed our first one and the itinerary on this one was perfect. We didn't want too many days at sea so only 3 sea days and lots of interesting cities was perfect for us. Luckily this time it stuck to the itinerary (last time we didn't make it into a port due to weather) so we got to visit everywhere we wanted (except Berlin but that was our decision). Dining - Symphony was our favourite restaurant. Lovely food and excellent service. We didn't go on a formal night as we had found this too pompous on our previous cruise, but on other nights this was perfect for us. We also used the Horizon food court a lot. It had a wide range of food to suit all the different nationalities of passengers. The food was good but the service was very poor, definitely not American standard of service. They were quick to remove plates (in fact too quick, before others on the table had finished) but trying to get a drink seemed a step too far for most of the waiters. Apart from breakfast when tea, coffee and orange juice are offered, no one seemed to want to take a drinks order. Not sure if this was due to us being on the soft drinks package or if its the new system where they have to take your card. In fact this new system didn't seem to go down well anywhere on the ship. Last year (on the Royal Princess) we had stickers on our cards to show we had the drinks package, so only had to flash our cards to be served a drink. This year they had to take all the cards from us, swipe them and wait to see if they worked before starting to pour any drinks. Definitely not an improved system! Entertainment - excellent (much better than last year), especially the singers and dancers who put on several fantastic shows. Beatlemaniacs was our family favourite as they were enjoyable across the ages. We went to see them on their second night in the Piazza but it was packed! There was standing room only on decks 5, 6 and 7. We also loved the Movies under the Stars and some of the smaller activities on sea days e.g. family quizzes and behind the scenes theatre tour. The live band outside and daytime music concerts on the screens were too loud and there was no escaping them if you wanted to sunbathe by the pool (there is an adults only area which would be quieter but we couldn't use it with our sons). Cabin - we had an inner statesroom which was small but well designed to give plenty of storage space for a family of four. It includes the basics like a fridge, safe and hairdryer. The bathroom is tiny though, like on an aeroplane (plus shower). We like being in the middle of the ship, only one deck below the pools and Horizon Court. I didn't mind not having a window as this helped with sleep. The cabin was kept clean and the upper bunks were stored away efficiently during the day and taken down at night whenever we were out of the cabin. Children - our sons loved the kids clubs. They could drop in and out whenever they wanted to take part in specific activities and they made lots of new friends there. The Teen Club was especially good for our 16 year old and a special mention for Don who was fantastic with the young people. The Teen Club is one of the main reasons we choose Princess Cruises - they have a brilliant area where they have an enjoyable time safely while also getting their independence in the evenings. Itinerary (in brief) - the main reason we chose this cruise, the ship visited lots of places we had been wanting to go to for years. Scandinavia can be very expensive to visit, especially for accommodation and food, so a cruise is the perfect way to get a taste of each country (and decide which you would like to return to). My favourite was definitely Oslo - a safe and enjoyable city for wandering around. I loved the port area Aker Brygge which reminded me a bit of Sydney - cafes and shops on the harbour front, and a short walk round to the Opera House. We took the hop on hop off bus around the city and enjoyed the commentary which was more than just the usual sites (also included some Viking stories and information on culture, food etc). The rest of my family loved Stockholm but I found it a pain having to take the Princess coach to get to the city (which was expensive for a simple coach ride) and not enough time to do all we wanted (we did part of the bus tour and the Nobel Museum). St Petersburg is obviously a highlight of the trip. This was the only Princess tour we did which was very expensive but we had a fantastic tour guide who we learned so much from. You need a good tour guide to get the most out of a visit to the Hermitage as there is so much to take in, it really was spectacular.We also enjoyed the traditional lunch. Helsinki was a nice day out but nothing special after St. Petersburg. Tallinn was very pretty and an easy walk from the ship. Lovely to explore the narrow streets by foot. Unfortunately it poured down while we were there but we still loved it. It was the most reasonably priced place so stock up on your souvenirs here. Germany was a disappointment. I really wanted to visit Berlin but the port is too far away and after reading all the reviews we decided not to spend most of the day on a train to get there (from what our fellow passengers said, we made the right decision). We will have to go there ourselves another time. Instead we took a train to Rostock but other than the astronomical clock it was not worth the visit. We enjoyed wandering around Warnemunde instead - there is a nice beach and little cafes near the ship. Copenhagen is a good city to start and finish in. It is easy to get around (I would recommend adding the river cruise onto your hop on hop off bus ticket) and the transfers from and to the airport worked out really well. There are not many flights to Scotland though so our Easyjet experience was the worst part of the holiday (delays and rude staff). In summary then, a fantastic cruise with a great itinerary. Lots of experiences our family witll remember for a lifetime. Definitely recommend.

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Regal Princess Cruise Review by GillMG37

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This was our second Princess cruise. We had enjoyed our first one and the itinerary on this one was perfect. We didn't want too many days at sea so only 3 sea days and lots of interesting cities was perfect for us. Luckily this time it stuck to the itinerary (last time we didn't make it into a port due to weather) so we got to visit everywhere we wanted (except Berlin but that was our decision).

Dining - Symphony was our favourite restaurant. Lovely food and excellent service. We didn't go on a formal night as we had found this too pompous on our previous cruise, but on other nights this was perfect for us. We also used the Horizon food court a lot. It had a wide range of food to suit all the different nationalities of passengers. The food was good but the service was very poor, definitely not American standard of service. They were quick to remove plates (in fact too quick, before others on the table had finished) but trying to get a drink seemed a step too far for most of the waiters. Apart from breakfast when tea, coffee and orange juice are offered, no one seemed to want to take a drinks order. Not sure if this was due to us being on the soft drinks package or if its the new system where they have to take your card. In fact this new system didn't seem to go down well anywhere on the ship. Last year (on the Royal Princess) we had stickers on our cards to show we had the drinks package, so only had to flash our cards to be served a drink. This year they had to take all the cards from us, swipe them and wait to see if they worked before starting to pour any drinks. Definitely not an improved system!

Entertainment - excellent (much better than last year), especially the singers and dancers who put on several fantastic shows. Beatlemaniacs was our family favourite as they were enjoyable across the ages. We went to see them on their second night in the Piazza but it was packed! There was standing room only on decks 5, 6 and 7. We also loved the Movies under the Stars and some of the smaller activities on sea days e.g. family quizzes and behind the scenes theatre tour. The live band outside and daytime music concerts on the screens were too loud and there was no escaping them if you wanted to sunbathe by the pool (there is an adults only area which would be quieter but we couldn't use it with our sons).

Cabin - we had an inner statesroom which was small but well designed to give plenty of storage space for a family of four. It includes the basics like a fridge, safe and hairdryer. The bathroom is tiny though, like on an aeroplane (plus shower). We like being in the middle of the ship, only one deck below the pools and Horizon Court. I didn't mind not having a window as this helped with sleep. The cabin was kept clean and the upper bunks were stored away efficiently during the day and taken down at night whenever we were out of the cabin.

Children - our sons loved the kids clubs. They could drop in and out whenever they wanted to take part in specific activities and they made lots of new friends there. The Teen Club was especially good for our 16 year old and a special mention for Don who was fantastic with the young people. The Teen Club is one of the main reasons we choose Princess Cruises - they have a brilliant area where they have an enjoyable time safely while also getting their independence in the evenings.

Itinerary (in brief) - the main reason we chose this cruise, the ship visited lots of places we had been wanting to go to for years. Scandinavia can be very expensive to visit, especially for accommodation and food, so a cruise is the perfect way to get a taste of each country (and decide which you would like to return to).

My favourite was definitely Oslo - a safe and enjoyable city for wandering around. I loved the port area Aker Brygge which reminded me a bit of Sydney - cafes and shops on the harbour front, and a short walk round to the Opera House. We took the hop on hop off bus around the city and enjoyed the commentary which was more than just the usual sites (also included some Viking stories and information on culture, food etc).

The rest of my family loved Stockholm but I found it a pain having to take the Princess coach to get to the city (which was expensive for a simple coach ride) and not enough time to do all we wanted (we did part of the bus tour and the Nobel Museum).

St Petersburg is obviously a highlight of the trip. This was the only Princess tour we did which was very expensive but we had a fantastic tour guide who we learned so much from. You need a good tour guide to get the most out of a visit to the Hermitage as there is so much to take in, it really was spectacular.We also enjoyed the traditional lunch.

Helsinki was a nice day out but nothing special after St. Petersburg.

Tallinn was very pretty and an easy walk from the ship. Lovely to explore the narrow streets by foot. Unfortunately it poured down while we were there but we still loved it. It was the most reasonably priced place so stock up on your souvenirs here.

Germany was a disappointment. I really wanted to visit Berlin but the port is too far away and after reading all the reviews we decided not to spend most of the day on a train to get there (from what our fellow passengers said, we made the right decision). We will have to go there ourselves another time. Instead we took a train to Rostock but other than the astronomical clock it was not worth the visit. We enjoyed wandering around Warnemunde instead - there is a nice beach and little cafes near the ship.

Copenhagen is a good city to start and finish in. It is easy to get around (I would recommend adding the river cruise onto your hop on hop off bus ticket) and the transfers from and to the airport worked out really well. There are not many flights to Scotland though so our Easyjet experience was the worst part of the holiday (delays and rude staff).

In summary then, a fantastic cruise with a great itinerary. Lots of experiences our family witll remember for a lifetime. Definitely recommend.
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