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Regal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Seeing the Baltic in Luxury

Regal Princess Cruise Review by heacockb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Europe

We boarded the ship in St. Petersburg, specifically so that we could spend two full days with a private guide and driver before the cruise. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the beginning we dealt with Dariya via email and she was wonderful. Not only did they plan a custom tour for you, but they were able to quickly respond to your requests for changes and even provided visa support.

We were to leave Washington Dulles Airport on June 3, 2019, but our flight was delayed for over 3 ½ hours. This caused us to miss the only non-stop from Dulles to St. Petersburg for the day. We were able to reschedule, but we ultimately did not arrive at our hotel until 2am. Fortunately, to reach Dariya via email from Zurich. She quickly rearranged our schedule so that we would not be meeting our guide and driver until 1pm (giving us some time for a little much needed rest). She did this all without penalty and even discounted the charges base on the actual hours we used instead of the time we had contracted for.

Our guide, Elena Gumennaya, was wonderful. Her English was perfect and she was extremely knowledgeable about St. Petersburg and Russian history. We particularly enjoyed hearing about the changes since 1991.

One final note, as of this writing, Best Guides does not require prepayment of any fees until you have completed your tour! This level of trust is rare today, and it deserves loyalty. I can honestly say that I have never had a better travel tour experience.

When I accepted The Regal Princess' offer to upgrade our cabin to a suite I never expected the level of luxury we encountered. We were upgraded to the Auckland Suite (E729). This is a corner suite on deck 8 which measures between 585 and 650 square-feet (I found multiple numbers). The service was magnificent. We were greeted by live orchid, fresh fruit, two plates of canapés and a stocked bar. Our cabin steward was extremely attentive. Suite service includes free laundry and we were able to have most of our clothes clean when we traveled home. Suite service also included breakfast at Sabatini's restaurant, private Club Level dining in the Concerto dining room and a private reception each evening in the Elite Bar.

The entertainment on board was also excellent. There's something for every taste. We loved listening to music at the various bars before and after dinner.

Because we like to stay active we signed up for bicycling excursions in three ports (Estonia, Germany, and Norway). These were by far our favorite activities, and enabled us to meet people and see parts of the countries we visited that we wouldn't otherwise have had access too.


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Cabin Owner's Suite - E729

Spectacular!


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Private Tour

We planned to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia for a couple of days before leaving on our 11-day Princess Cruise of the Baltic. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the beginning we dealt with Dariya via email and she was wonderful. Not only did they plan a custom tour for you, but they were able to quickly respond to your requests for changes and even provided visa support.

We were to leave Washington Dulles Airport on June 3, 2019, but our flight was delayed for over 3 ½ hours. This caused us to miss the only non-stop from Dulles to St. Petersburg for the day. We were able to reschedule, but we ultimately did not arrive at our hotel until 2am. Fortunately, to reach Dariya via email from Zurich. She quickly rearranged our schedule so that we would not be meeting our guide and driver until 1pm (giving us some time for a little much needed rest). She did this all without penalty and even discounted the charges base on the actual hours we used instead of the time we had contracted for.

One final note, as of this writing, Best Guides does not require prepayment of any fees until you have completed your tour! This level of trust is rare today, and it deserves loyalty. I can honestly say that I have never had a better travel tour experience.

View All 204 Private Tour Reviews
Tallinn

Wonderful, bucolic ride through the Estonian countryside. Very knowledgeble guide.

Bicycle Tour

Beautiful ride along the beach with the Baltic on one side and the forest on the other. We stopped midway to have a local beer and pastry. The aromas of the see adn the forest were wonderful.

View All 2 Bicycle Tour Reviews
Copenhagen

Bus tour of the city with an hour and a half to explore Tivoli. Excellent guide.

Stockholm

Took the "Hop on, Hop off" boat to the Vasa Museum. It houses a spectacular 17th centruy ship which was recovered and restored. It is over 90% original. The presentation is spectacular, and you can get close enough to almost touch the original ship. For the best experience, we recommend you watch the movie and they take the elevator to the top (7th floor) and work your way down. Definitely worth the trip!

Old Town Porvoo

Porvoo is a wonderful old fishing village outside of Helsinki. It's very picturesque and has a small market and lots of shops and cafes. The ice cream is great and there is also one of the oldest continuously operating chocolatiers (free samples!), The cathedral on the hill is unique and was destroyed and rebuilt many time. Lunch is included at a charming 18th century manor house and working farm.

This tour also stops at the Rock Church on the way back through Helsinki. This is a unique church that has been cut out of a granite outcropping. Definitely worth seeing.

View All 55 Old Town Porvoo Reviews
Oslo

Great, in town, exposure to Oslo. Excellent guides.


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