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Sail Date: August 2019
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made ... Read More
This is a 8th cruise with Princess and our second time on the Regal Princess. We fully enjoyed all the cities in the Baltic region we went to and concentrated mainly of the visiting and not time on the ship. The staff on the ship made you feel comfortable and were always polite and made sure all your needs were met. We only went to a few shows on the ship and found them OK but not of high caliber. We found that the cities always had something for us to see and explore. We did not really use the cruise ship excursion as they were very expensive and using Rick Steves guide for the ports allowed us to go into town and see most of the sites as most ports were walkable, We did use the cruise excursion to get to town for Sweden as the ship docks about an hour away for Stockholm and the hop on/ hop off bus did not seem very convenient and we had on board credits to use. Princess also tries to scare you into using them for St. Petersburg as you need to be on an escorted excursion or you will need to have a visa for there. There are numerous other local companies that can arrange the same thing. After some research on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor we decided used TJ Travel for a 2 day excursion at half the price and I would rate them 10 our to 10. They also will give you a discount if you mention you are a Cruise Critic member ( which they honored no questions asked). Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Embarkation was very smooth and we were on ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. Our cabin C212 was ready for us and luggage arrived very soon. Anyone using this cabin in future should note that although the theatre is on deck ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth and we were on ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. Our cabin C212 was ready for us and luggage arrived very soon. Anyone using this cabin in future should note that although the theatre is on deck 6 and 7 the sound travels all the way to deck 10 where we heard every rehearsal and every show very loudly. You would have thought that perhaps they could have put some kind of sound baffle in between decks but I guess not. Our cabin steward was very good and our wait staff in the MDR were wonderful. The food in both MDR and buffet was up to the usual standard. Princess excursions were expensive and we only used them once. This was for a disembarkation tour which took us to a fishing village just outside of Copenhagen before dropping us off at the airport. We only went on this tour as our flight was not until 4.30. At the other ports we just got off the ship and did our own thing. In St Petersburg we used Cruiseexcursions.com for a 2 day tour and our guide, Natalie was very knowledgable. I can thoroughly recommend that tour which is about half the price of the Princess one and includes a visa. Nynashamn was the only disappointing port. We were told it was a lovely place where people from Stockholm came to relax but there was nothing there. We should have taken the train into Stockholm which seemed really easy to do. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. ... Read More
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. Petersburg’s palaces and churches and the Peterhof Palace and gardens were wonderfully beautiful on a grand scale. In the evening we enjoyed a variety of traditional Russian folk dance and song complete with an intermission that included pastries and champagne in a beautiful private palace. In Finland we toured the city and drove into the countryside to visit a classic old village and then off to a vineyard at an old farm for a wonderful luncheon and in Estonia we toured a lovely mid-evil town from the 1600’s that survived WW2. In Germany we visited Rostock which was heavily bombed during the war because of the submarine and aircraft manufacturing that existed. Today it’s the home of large shipyards which build cruise ships among other vessels. After touring the cathedral which houses a calendar clock made in the 1420’s and still operating with its original works we drove to the Schwerin Castle. In Stockholm the Vasa Museum and a walk through the old city were spectacular. The Vasa was a 17th century wooden sailing ship with two gun decks that was unstable and had sunk during its maiden voyage in front of the royal palace in 1628. Because the water in the Baltic has such a low salinity level the ship remained nearly completely intact. The visit to Oslo was too short but the sail away through the fjord was beautiful. We had previously visited Oslo so this time we only took a boat cruise around the area. The city itself is beautiful in there are sculptures everywhere the most impressive being in the Vigeland Sculpture Park where hundreds of lifelike granite sculptures depict every stage of human emotion. At the conclusion of the cruise everything during the disembarkation went extremely smoothly and efficiently. Our bags were delivered directly to the airport where we retrieved them for our flight home. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Excellent cruise. The captain provided informative narratives each day. The production shows were outstanding. The art lectures were quite interesting. Food was outstanding, particularly at dinner in the dining room. Most nights I ... Read More
Excellent cruise. The captain provided informative narratives each day. The production shows were outstanding. The art lectures were quite interesting. Food was outstanding, particularly at dinner in the dining room. Most nights I ordered the fish entree and was never disappointed! There were so many choices of healthy deliciously prepared vegetarian dishes at the buffet as well as a wide selection of amazing desserts. We appreciated our balcony room when we pulled out of Oslo. What breathtaking scenery. If you are thinking about going on this cruise, consider these things: You are at ports from a few hours to a couple of days. As a result you only get a small picture of each city. Rather than spending hours going to and from Berlin, consider staying in the port town. It has a wonderful family beach and a delightful village--perfect for people watching and absorbing the culture. Helsinki is another place that I believe for the short time you are there that you can experience it best without a tour. Get a ticket for the cruise ship shuttle which will take you to 4 different locations, then explore major attractions on your own. St. Petersburg and Stockholm are best experienced with a tours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Everything...cruise Princess the best. The best service, entertainment,food,excursions etc. Been cruising with Princess for many years and it never disappoints us. We are Elite members and we love the extras that Princess gives us. ... Read More
Everything...cruise Princess the best. The best service, entertainment,food,excursions etc. Been cruising with Princess for many years and it never disappoints us. We are Elite members and we love the extras that Princess gives us. Excellant Baltic Cruise. We love the Mediterranean cruise also. Also, their Carribean cruises are the best all around and love their private island and ports of call. Can’t say enough about their service and caring for their passengers. Very helpful when a problem arises. The new Medallion cruises are the best. Love the way the Medallion opens your cabin door for you. Also, the Medallion is great when boarding and disembarking the ship. The Regal Princess is a magnificent ship in every way. From its beauty to all that serves the ship. All the ports of call are beautiful and easy on and off the ship. The medical facility is good if you need medical attention. We found the front desk very helpful and the new Medallion Net is very fast. Gets you on line very fast. From Platinum member up they give you free minutes on the net. Elite members have the option to get their laundry washed free of charge. Which I find a big plus...just wonderful! The food is always good in the dining room. We always choose the traditional dining and love it because you get to meet people and get aquatic with them on the cruise. Instead of meeting someone different every night with anytime dining. The buffet on the Regal Princess is fabulous. Especially the bakery. The service in our stateroom is always exceptional. Also, the entertainment on all Princess ships is wonderful. The production shows are outstanding. The singers and dancers are so professional and give excellent shows. The Baltic cruise we just got home from the entertainment was one of the best. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise mainly because we've enjoyed all previous Princess cruises and we wanted to see new countries. We arranged our travel time so we could spend a day in Copenhagen before embarking on the cruise. With the ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly because we've enjoyed all previous Princess cruises and we wanted to see new countries. We arranged our travel time so we could spend a day in Copenhagen before embarking on the cruise. With the medallion system embarkation went smoothly and we were on board within 20 min. of arriving at the ship. Our luggage arrived at our room very shortly after we did, which hasn't always been the case on previous cruises. Our oldest son travelled with us as he did last year and this made our trip even more enjoyable! This ship was the largest of any we've cruised on but everything ran smoothly. Our cabin steward made sure our room was always taken care of. As on any cruise, one of the highlights is the food. This was no exception. We dined at the second sitting and Dan Lee and Wilson took excellent care of us each evening. We also enjoyed lunch most days at Horizon and never failed to be amazed at the variety and quality of food. We enjoyed several of the musical shows at the Princess Theater, the talent of the singers and dancers was Broadway quality. Each one of the ports was so different and interesting. We took 4 port excursions and one shuttle bus trip. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and helpful. All in all, this cruise is probably the best of many we've enjoyed over the years. Truly an unforgettable experience! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Exceeded our expectations from embarkation to debarkation. Crews are very friendly and helpful. You don’t get hungry as lots of yummy foods on board and lots of sporting activities you can do on board to ensure you don’t get extra kg ... Read More
Exceeded our expectations from embarkation to debarkation. Crews are very friendly and helpful. You don’t get hungry as lots of yummy foods on board and lots of sporting activities you can do on board to ensure you don’t get extra kg while indulging with lots of good variety of foods. Medallion class made everything on board really easy. They have a very systematic system where everything really works very well. We have enjoyed all the activities on board, in particular, the shows daily. Our crew steward always ensure that our room is being looked after daily. Live TV updates is also very helpful for everyone as you will be informed on what’s happening on the ship, ports and shore excursions very important informations and tips. We will definitely cruise with Princess again and will recommend them to our friends and families. Keep up the good work and hope to see you again soon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Exceptionnal logistics to embark, disembark and access to excursions on shore. Very efficient, well oragnised, easy to deal with. Roomy cabins with balconies for almost everyone. Very usefull medaillon (RF ID). The cabin door ... Read More
Exceptionnal logistics to embark, disembark and access to excursions on shore. Very efficient, well oragnised, easy to deal with. Roomy cabins with balconies for almost everyone. Very usefull medaillon (RF ID). The cabin door unlocks automatically as you approach it. You can buy anything on board and even on shore (to access hop-on hop-off bus tours starting at the dock), without further identification. The boat personnel equipment allows them to confirm your ID with a picture on their tablet. Exceptionnal food variety and quality at the buffet (Bistro Horizon). Conversely, dissapointing food preparation, cooking skills, and wine serving service at standard (Symphony, Harmony, Concerto) and specialty (Crown Grill, Sabatini's) restaurants. The best bet, after the buffet is to eat at small bistros (Crab Schack, Alfredo's, International Café and the like), which are all very good with food quality and service. Efficient room service, albeit very present in the corridors. High quality shows production with a good spectrum of styles to please everyone. But humour is difficult with such varied cultural background in the audience, especially when guests ar asked to participate on stage. Both the comedian and the ventriloquist generated some uncomfortable moments. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
My wife and I had a great time on a our first cruise, a 12 day, 9 port cruise around the British Aisles. The Regal Princess is an amazing ship with 3,000 passengers and 1,400 crew. Princess really hyped the "Medallion Class" ... Read More
My wife and I had a great time on a our first cruise, a 12 day, 9 port cruise around the British Aisles. The Regal Princess is an amazing ship with 3,000 passengers and 1,400 crew. Princess really hyped the "Medallion Class" cruise which turned out to be a medallion with NFC that let you unlock your door, record your leaving and returning to the ship, and pay for stuff. It also included some apps that let you find your way around the ship and order service wherever you were (except for the main theater). The ship had just been retrofitted with the technology and they had some problems with it the first few days; people couldn't connect to the apps, including me and I'm a programmer. There were long lines at the internet cafe for assistance. Our balcony cabin was very nice and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of closet space since we'd brought 2 large suitcases. Plenty of room which was good because the Princess has a dress code in the evenings, which wasn't strictly enforced, for what they called "smart casual" for all of the dining rooms. Two "formal" nights compounded the packing problem but a sport jacket for me and a dress for my wife sufficed for formal night. The bed was great! Slept like a log. The staff on board the ship were excellent, very friendly and accommodating. I can't say enough about how great they were. We missed one port due to severe weather but that certainly isn't on the Regal Princess. The food on board was good but there wasn't anything that really lit it up for us. The food was somewhat bland and there were no desserts that I would call rich. A Hershey bar is richer than most of the chocolate desserts they had. We spent one evening at the premium restaurant, the Crown Grille, and the rib eye was excellent with and came with impeccable service. The service in the restaurants was very good although it seemed to take a long time to get coffee at the end of the meal, we couldn't figure that one out. Water, coffee, tea, and lemonade are included but soda was extra. I don't drink and we didn't sign up for one of the beverage packages they offer and we came out way ahead. The casino was a major fail. I know we're going to lose when we go to a casino but on the ship I may as well have thrown my money into the ocean and saved some time. Black Jack pays 6:5 for a black jack instead of 3:2; a "Fun Black Jack" game paid 21's and 20's even if you tied the dealer but all of the Kings were removed from the deck. The slots paid a minor win about every 10 spins. It wasn't fun and we stopped going early on. Shipboard activities were numerous and generally very good. Good local entertainment from Ireland and Scotland, some Broadway-like productions including one that blended magic, music and choreography that was unusual, karaoke, current movies, bingo, and music all over the ship. Some of the venues were small and finding a seat was difficult. There was always something going on. We went on several Princess sponsored excursions and they were all good with excellent guides. I have no idea what other lines charge but it cost $80 each for a 1/2 day excursion to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, $170 each for a scenic tour of the Scottish highlands that included lunch, and $140 each for the Edinburgh Castle. While I'm touching on costs, Princess also charges a $14.50 per person per day gratuity which added $348 and included the embarkation/disembarkation days. We consider ourselves to be pretty frugal and we managed to spend a total of $1,635 (including excursions) while onboard. For all of the technology onboard you couldn't get your statement on anything other than paper. Overall we had a great time and I would recommend them to friends with the caveat that the cruise is going to cost you. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured ... Read More
Creds: I'm an 18-time cruiser, wife a 25-time cruiser, but our first on Princess. My first time flying to Europe to catch a boat; she did it once before. Complications for us, that relate to the cruise: Both retired, we figured it'd be dumb to fly over, cruise, fly right back. So, we self-planned a few days in London after our direct flight from Tampa; a "buffer"/safety night in Copenhagen before embarkation. At the other end, we did another half-day in Copenhagen before flying to Amsterdam, then training across the north coast (Ghent, Belgium was a magical, surprise revelation) to Paris for a few days before Chunneling back to London for our return flight. For the cruise, that meant that we were expecting travel stress (hotel-changing, train/air schedule worries, BA pilots' strike worries) with the 11-day cruise in the middle of it all to be our respite from stress. It pretty much did exactly that. Like all cruises, it was nice not to have to pack up every few days and move on. Regal Princess provided our comfortable moving hotel through the Baltic. The ship was very clean, very comfortable, possibly the most luxurious-feeling ship I've ever been on. We like included alternative venues for meals on a ship and Regal had a few. However, our best meal was the comp (with our booking) upscale steakhouse dinner. Of course, being a comp meal meant that the downside of it was that it was the very first meal we had on the ship - we had no choice - they were getting their commitment to us out of the way so they could make room for upsell diners who wouldn't reserve the first night. For whatever reason, our embarkation at Copenhagen was the fastest on record for either one of us. We did already have medallions for this cruise, which may have helped. (For the unfamiliar, Princess Medallion cruises provide a round RF medallion instead of a key card. Cabin doors, maitre-d's, and clerks can literally see you coming and who you are. Half the passengers wore them on the free neck-ribbons; we bought wrist bands. Apparently, those sci-fi movies with people swiping their wrists before entering someplace is now, and it's aboard Princess Medallion cruises. Aside from the sci-fi aspects, it was probably more convenient than a card. One aspect of the Medallion business is that Princess highly encouraged its use for many things: locating your cabin-mates, chatting, internet/intranet, games, casino, restaurant booking and so forth. But all these actions seemed to require downloading yet another app onto your phone to use and then trying to figure out how to make the app work like all the glitzy encouraging promotions make it look like. I had pre-purchased internet for the whole cruise, but "The Best Internet at Sea" only seemed to work ½ to ¾ of the time. If I'd get an internet cafe person's help, they'd race through what, to them, is a boring re-hash of simple steps, only to have my lack of a photographic memory apparently be my undoing. ("Turn this on, but that off, sign on, sign off, but it that's off, sign this off, see, simple?" I was able to locate my distant wife's position one time and never again. Neither of us were every able to get the chat thing to work. (Should mention that our last HAL cruise also had chat then would never work.) All that aside, the cruise was a fine one on a nice ship and provided the stress-free respite we needed in the middle of this European larger trip. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We LOVE Princess cruises and really enjoyed the 11 day Baltic cruise. Weather was perfect, ports were interesting, Medallion worked great for unlocking your stateroom door and getting on/off the ship. Embarkation with the Medallion ... Read More
We LOVE Princess cruises and really enjoyed the 11 day Baltic cruise. Weather was perfect, ports were interesting, Medallion worked great for unlocking your stateroom door and getting on/off the ship. Embarkation with the Medallion takes about 5 minutes, very quick and easy. The ship is beautiful and has plenty to do all day long, at sea or in port, there is always something happening. The food was delightful and plentiful. The Horizon Court (buffet) was open from 5am to 11pm everyday. It does NOT close down like some cruise lines. In addition you could always get pizza or burgers on the open deck or a nice pizza/calzone from Alfredos inside. International Cafe has desserts, sandwiches and salads all day and night, so plenty of food. Many food choices all day and all of them good. There are also extra cost restaurants available, but we didn't use them. The room service was quick and accurate. We ordered coffee for each morning and it was within 5 minutes of the time requested each and every day. Wonderful! We met many friendly and kind staff members. Entertainment: Band for the older crowd was so so - but a lot of people thought they were terrific. Production shows were interesting. Positive things about our Baltic cruise: * Frequent and genuine smiles and greetings from most crew and staff. * Excellent staff at Piazza Bar, Vines, and Crooners * Excellent guides on our excursions * Excellent Cabin Steward * Multiple news choices on television * Excellent presenter for Destination Presentations - Chris Roberts * Great selection of movies in stateroom * Wonderful food everywhere. We went to Alfredo’s, Horizon Court, Horizon Bistro, International Cafe, and Concerto Dining Room. * Room Service was spot on and perfect. On time each morning - really wonderful to wake up to hot coffee! * Appreciate Cancelling the automatic gratuity. We tipped 8 individuals almost as much as the ship gratuities * fresh squeezed juice and wonderful lemonade * honest staff - we lost two items and we got them back promptly. We probably wont do this one again, but are already booked on two more Princess cruises and watch specials carefully. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
After a horrid experience on the Island Princess, leaving me inclined to seek other carriers, this Baltic cruise on the Regal restored confidence that Princess can indeed deliver a quality experience when they want to. I can only think ... Read More
After a horrid experience on the Island Princess, leaving me inclined to seek other carriers, this Baltic cruise on the Regal restored confidence that Princess can indeed deliver a quality experience when they want to. I can only think that much of the positive experience that a passenger receives is the product of effective management by the ship's officers. In this case, I would be led to believe that it comes from the captain and works it's way down the proverbial food chain. I think we ran into the captain on more occasions on this cruise than we ever have in all of the other Princess cruises that we have taken combined. Even his name tag was unpretentious, it just had his first name, Tim, with Captain is smaller letters under his name. Very personable gentleman who obviously practices the management doctrine of "Management By Walking Around" Our cabin is pretty much what one expects on any Princess ship, with the exception of the 43" TVs that are in every stateroom. In the smaller staterooms, the size of the TV may actually be overwhelming. The meal service in the dining rooms was pretty much standard fare that is found on just about every Princess ship, and some of the menus seem pretty standardized throughout the Princess fleet. The Horizon Court buffet area was a pleasant surprise with the variety and quality of food that it offered. It was the very first time that we ever felt comfortable eating dinner in the buffet, the only shortcoming was having to go to several different stations in several aisles to put a meal together. Diversity is very much the name of the game with the buffet featuring a strong variety of foods of Indian and Chinese themes highlighting the influence of a new demographic of cruise passengers. The option of buffet dining was a godsend with some of the port calls like Russia and Germany having passengers returning to the ship relatively late for dinner. There were only 3 sea days on this 11 day cruise so there wasn't really that much time for activities on board the ship. Entertainment was also pretty standard with 4 production shows and then some single performer shows. The notable improvement was the design of the Princess Theater. While there is not labeling, there are areas on the 6th floor level that are clearly intended to accommodate those passengers with mobility devices rather than forcing anyone with a wheelchair or scooter to sit at the back of the theater at the 7th floor level. The 6th floor seating area is also wheelchair accessible, The Royal class of ships is obviously being more attentive to a more affluent Baby Boomer generation that is also an aging generation. Now it would be great if they would increase the availability of ADA accessible rooms so that individuals who require such rooms would not have to book over a year in advance and then have to re-fare several times to get the same pricing as able-bodied passengers (I'm sure some are not aware that their passage can be re-fared and end up paying much more than they need to for their journeys.) The service in the dining rooms was often slow but not inattentive (or outright discourteous) as we have experienced on other Princess ships. For some reason neither the dining rooms nor the buffet seemed terribly busy, nor was the attendance at most of the Princess Theater shows. Needless to say, it didn't seem consistent with the move-over offerings that were posted to this site prior to sailing. Overall, most of the crew cheerful and attentive. The only weak point was the credibility of the Guest Services desk, though even that was not unbearable on this cruise. Room stewards were constantly attentive and they seemed to be in the hallways much of the time refreshing cabins. We try to avoid Princess contracted excursions whenever we can, as they are generally not a good value and often lack the quality of local providers, even though they may be the same companies contracted for the Princess excursions. We especially dislike the fear mongering that Princess employs about not being left behind if you book a Princess excursion. Since many of the reputable service providers also lead the Princess excursions, we feel confident that they most likely know what they are doing. The more non-Princess reputable excursion operators offer a guarantee to fly or otherwise transport anyone to the next port call if one of their clients miss the sailing as a result of a delay in returning a passenger to the ship (a guarantee that many brag about never having had to make good on.) We also find that the excursions booked directly with local operators is generally more informative. That being said, we did book two excursions because we had some non-refundable credit funds that had to be used. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Six of us decided on this cruise because of the itinerary and dates. We spent some time before cruise in Copenhagen which was a great start to our trip. Everyone we met in Copenhagen was friendly and helpful. We have been on other ... Read More
Six of us decided on this cruise because of the itinerary and dates. We spent some time before cruise in Copenhagen which was a great start to our trip. Everyone we met in Copenhagen was friendly and helpful. We have been on other cruise ships but first time with Princess. We found embarkation to be fabulous because we were able to register in advance through the medallion system. While others stood in lines, we were whisked away quickly and felt very fortunate to begin immediately! Our luggage arrived immediately. Last voyage on Norwegian, my suitcase arrival was very delayed causing us some anxiety that something had happened (It finally arrived safely). Disembarkation was equally smooth. We booked airport transfer and left the ship very early. We were directed to a coach bus and our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived at the airport. We wondered if we would fine Princess a more premium experience. While I thoroughly enjoyed the ship I have enjoyed other ships as well. The decor is a bit more elegant and understated than some ships and less "carnival-esque". This never bothered us so not critically important. We had mixed responses to the medallion system. We found it useful to find cabin mates on the ship, and your door automatically unlocks as you approach your cabin, but other than that, didn't feel it offered anything we needed beyond the old card system. Some guests felt the continuous tracking was an invasion of privacy. The food was usually excellent in all dining areas of the ship. We had no problem finding something everyone enjoyed. If you were unhappy with anything, the staff are eager to make it right! One difference we found was many of the servers were highly professional and very skilled in their roles, what you'd encounter in a better restaurant offering fine dining at home. We booked anytime dining so had many different servers. Everyone was wonderful, but some were truly exceptional. My husband often enjoys the casual style and choice of the buffet. I find it noisy, crowded and cafeteria like and try to avoid this when I can. He enjoyed the quality and variety of the meals. The decor surprised me. I found the light green ceiling and 80's style of decor out of step with the rest of the ship. We appreciated being able to bring 2 bottles of wine on board. This has been discontinued on some cruise lines, so thank you Princess for maintaining this option. We also loved the coffee package and thought it offered great value! The coffee even met with approval from my discerning coffee lover husband! We tend to book our own port excursions so can't comment on those. Entertainment was mixed. Some acts were very good. We would be very happy to take another Princess cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We had an amazing holiday on beautiful regal princess . Its lovely inside out. Great iteneries including oslo fjords,st.petersburg, and the beautiful surprise Helsinki. We boarded from copenhagen and had a wonderful, relaxing 12 days like ... Read More
We had an amazing holiday on beautiful regal princess . Its lovely inside out. Great iteneries including oslo fjords,st.petersburg, and the beautiful surprise Helsinki. We boarded from copenhagen and had a wonderful, relaxing 12 days like a dream. The modern ship with 3600 guest and 1500 crews didnt feel any crowding. Everyone had space and time for everything. Great food and very homely and helpful staffs. We had a deluxe balcony room which was cosy and modern . We had the medallion class ship which made great digital experience, with fast wifi at sea. It also helped in smooth embarkation and disembarkation. Their transportation from each ports were great help. There are a variety of dining options all with delicious foods. Also they had different themes and cusines each day which made for getting to know others. There were production shows and also enjoyed the russian floklore show. It was good to see families with children enjoying the cruise . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
It was our 40th anniversary and we are both Scandinavian but had never been to Sweden or Norway and thought that would be appropriate. We loved our last Princess cruise so were happy to find the dates worked for us. We loved the ... Read More
It was our 40th anniversary and we are both Scandinavian but had never been to Sweden or Norway and thought that would be appropriate. We loved our last Princess cruise so were happy to find the dates worked for us. We loved the ship--great food, entertainment, staff, didn't over push the jewelry or artwork. The itinerary was awesome, except 5 days in a row of ports was a bit long for my husband. But afterwards, we had another sea day which we enjoyed. We had a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and I was amazed the captain, cruise director, and other main staff members showed up briefly at the beginning of it! Beatle Maniacs were great, among other shows put on by the staff, and special entertainers that joined for comedy and a ventriloquist. We felt at home when we got on the ship, and I wanted to cry when I had to leave. I loved the staff. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose to sail for the Baltic cruise with Princess after trying other cruise lines for other cruises. Nothing beat Princess in term of services, itineraries, and values. We're group of 11 people (yes, odd numbers) and the dining ... Read More
We chose to sail for the Baltic cruise with Princess after trying other cruise lines for other cruises. Nothing beat Princess in term of services, itineraries, and values. We're group of 11 people (yes, odd numbers) and the dining room able to accomodate all of us in one table which make the dining experiences more enjoyable. Great menu on traditional Dining room (good options considering we have different people with different preferences). Get the wine packages when you board the ship (great values). Regal Princess is a great ship especially since it becomes the medallion class (very convenience tool and now we can locate the rest of our group at any given time on the ship). We love all the countries listed in the itineraries although we feel that the stop at Oslo is too short. The weather were perfect during our visits. Our kids love the destination cruise like this one because they get to visit different countries everyday without having to pack and unpack daily). Overall experience, we had an amazing time sailing with Princess. Can't wait to do another cruise with Princess again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Booked this cruise for the ports which were fabulous. Overall experience for our first time on Princess was disappointing. I expected better service, better food, vacuumed stateroom every day which we didn't get. There were 8 of us ... Read More
Booked this cruise for the ports which were fabulous. Overall experience for our first time on Princess was disappointing. I expected better service, better food, vacuumed stateroom every day which we didn't get. There were 8 of us traveling and we all picked the Anytime Dining option which was anything but "anytime" unless you wanted to wait an hour to be seated. They wouldn't accept a reservation for 8 between 6 and 7 no matter what we tried, said we either had to eat before 5:30 or after 7:45. That's not my idea of Anytime Dining. We had a party of 16 on a Royal Caribbean cruise two years ago and they managed to have a table for us every night at 7. It shouldn't be that hard to eat dinner. We ended up eating in the buffet every night except 3 because we all thought the food at the buffet was better than the dining room and we could eat when we wanted. Speaking of the food....don't buy the "gelato" or think you're going to get ice cream, soft or otherwise. It's all the SAME crap, a frozen ice milky thing. One dessert in the dining room was advertised as "vanilla bean ice cream" which was laughable. If there was any cream it was not discernible and this stuff hadn't been within a mile of a vanilla bean. I don't like being duped and that's what it felt like. Princess also advertised a bunch of apps like Ocean Ready, Ocean Concierge, Ocean Now which rarely worked as advertised. The whole on-line experience was HORRID. If you bought the internet, things worked better which again is like being duped. The apps should work as advertised whether you PAY or not! Would not recommend Princess and I've been on Norwegian, Royal, Celebrity and Holland America. Would take any of those over Princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
My wife wanted to cruise the Baltics. Weather was good excluding St Petersburg, not the cruise line's fault. However we booked thru the cruise line, with inclement weather we were stopped from entering for 1 hour 45 minutes - ... Read More
My wife wanted to cruise the Baltics. Weather was good excluding St Petersburg, not the cruise line's fault. However we booked thru the cruise line, with inclement weather we were stopped from entering for 1 hour 45 minutes - absolute ridiculous - then had to be rushed through - on the bus for a late arrival to the ship. Nickel and dime everytime you want water or soft drinks, is terrible. Some cruise lines offer bottled water free when departing the ship for the day. Not impressed with having to keep our curtains closed on our last day due to workers. Not impressed with 4 straight nights not being able to be seated for 4 people during anytime dining, having to relocate to the dining room downstairs and then put in undesirable locations, obviously because we were not considered regulars. Our room steward was friendly, knowledgeable and handled our small requests efficiently. Embarkation/Dis-embarkation could not have been better, plus our bags showed up very early. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We sailed on the Regal Princess for the Baltic Cruise. We love the Regal. Even though the ship has a lot of passengers, it never felt crowded. We had a mini suite on the Lido deck, as we like the little rocking at night, but atlas the ... Read More
We sailed on the Regal Princess for the Baltic Cruise. We love the Regal. Even though the ship has a lot of passengers, it never felt crowded. We had a mini suite on the Lido deck, as we like the little rocking at night, but atlas the seas were so smooth, there was no rocking. The Regal uses the Medallion. Embarkation took under 5 minutes and your cabin door opens as you move towards it. We didn’t have any issues with the medallion and can’t wait till all the ships use this technology. We had early dining which worked at fine for us. The food was fine, and they even made me some dishes to eat, when the menu didn’t have anything on it I could eat. Our servers were so fantastic it was such a pleasure to go to dinner. We did tours from Princess, except in Tallinn where we did the town on our own. We did Nynäshamn and the Rui stones. In Helsinki we went to the Rock church which is stunning. Beautiful town to walk around in. We were in St. Petersburg for 2 days. We found the city sad and depressing. It was cold and we were warned about the pickpockets who were all over. The architecture is beautiful and the Hermitage is definitely worth a visit. I just wish we could have spent more time there. Tallinn is a medieval town that was quaint and stunning. We so enjoyed walking around, talking to the locals, and had lunch at the Cinnamon Restaurant which was very good. There is a HOHO bus which we used to get all over Tallinn. Oslo, Norway is stunning. The Viking museum was very crowded and due to the short time we were in Oslo, we only got to see 1 ship. We went to Rostock in Germany which was very enjoyable. So glad we did this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose Princess because we had friends who suggested them. Princess exceeded our expectations. No problems with embarkation or disembarkation. The cabin, a deluxe balcony room, had all the space and amenities we needed, it was easy to ... Read More
We chose Princess because we had friends who suggested them. Princess exceeded our expectations. No problems with embarkation or disembarkation. The cabin, a deluxe balcony room, had all the space and amenities we needed, it was easy to manage getting around the ship and the entertainment was very good with a very good house band, Evolution, playing different music styles. Danced many nights and especially enjoyed Rock Night-great! Food was good to excellent in open seating dinning room where we ate every night. Never had a bad meal. The buffet, which we only used for breakfast and lunch when on ship, was huge and good. Really like eggs/omelets made to order every morning on buffet. The shows were great with a huge theatre so never a problem getting a seat. Booked all shore excursions with Princess. Just wanted to keep it easy and price was reasonable to third parties. Booked the small group tours in Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Oslo. Just went on our own in Tallinn and Warnemunde. All equal or better guides then we have had with European tours in the past. Really pleased we did it this way and the groups were always less number of people than allowed. Service on the ship was excellent!! Room always very clean and Princess people just very hard working and nice. My wife and I have been to Europe 8 times in the last 13 years and recently retired. We use the internet very little and no cell phone when we travel but internet and TV sometimes do not work well in the Baltic Sea or places like Russia. I always felt it was foolish to work on European vacations anyway so never did in any of my previous trips. We will cruise again and Princess will be the company we will use. It was a great experience and look forward to more. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Our travel agent in good faith helped us decide on the subject cruise. The decision was driven largely by the ports of call, and a generally good experience expressed by other clients regarding Princess. We are not seasoned cruisers ... Read More
Our travel agent in good faith helped us decide on the subject cruise. The decision was driven largely by the ports of call, and a generally good experience expressed by other clients regarding Princess. We are not seasoned cruisers but we travel extensively with bookings we do on our own. We were on a cruise with Royal Caribbean many years ago and two years ago with Celebrity. It was the positive experience we had on the Celebrity cruise that encouraged us to book this cruise with your line. It was a very disappointing experience. The excursions were badly designed with lots of time wasted needlessly for the short time in each port. Some operators were good but one chose to make very inappropriate comments. The food was fine but there was no attempt to serve any dishes from the region. One of the entertainers chose to make jokes about people with mental health issues. This is not acceptable in any context. Unlike some other ships there is no place to sit quietly beside a pool and read a book - the noise from the film was overpowering even at the "quiet pool" area. Overall this was very bad value in comparison with Celebrity. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I was on the Regal Princess for the 11 night Northern Europe cruise. This is a two week cruise that goes to many different countries. Here are my impressions of the cruise. Wifi for the first week was absolutely terrible. I had ... Read More
I was on the Regal Princess for the 11 night Northern Europe cruise. This is a two week cruise that goes to many different countries. Here are my impressions of the cruise. Wifi for the first week was absolutely terrible. I had enough wifi for instant messaging but activities such as browsing a website will not work. The connection was terrible. The wifi improved during the second week but it was not enough to change my mind. Their mobile apps were unnecessary. There's no reason to have 3 different apps for one cruise and I did not use them at all for the entire duration of the cruise. Food was average. The quality was ok for the most part with a few stand out items. I remember the escargot and mushroom soup to be very good. Outside of the main dining area and buffet, there isn't many restaurants to eat. The pizza place was the only other one I went to and the pizza was very good. The cities we visited were enjoyable. The two days at St Petersburg was great and I definitely needed the two days to see all the sights. The stay at Oslo was very short, that needed more time. The television in the room was very good. It had many on demand shows and movies. It was similar to the quality you get on an airplane. I find the entertainment lacking. There were a few shows and comedy performances but I remember other cruises to have more. The medallion used on the cruise were very convenient. Getting on and off the cruise was very quick and simple. This part was definitely better than previous cruises I've been to. The fitness center was average and the pool was quite nice. Lots of hot tubs. Beside the pool was a giant center stage area that was never used for the whole cruise. Seems like just wasted space that could have been used for something else. Overall it was still an enjoyable cruise but I will not be returning to this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We would have preferred embarking/disembardking in Copenhagen and Stockholm but could not find this itinerary. Also, I think most people would have preferred more time in Stockholm, Helsinki ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We would have preferred embarking/disembardking in Copenhagen and Stockholm but could not find this itinerary. Also, I think most people would have preferred more time in Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo than a sea day and whole day in Berlin. I know it must be very profitable to Princess and I cannot imagine spending six hours on a train and 4-5 hours in Berlin for the prices charged. The Princess Club Class is a joke. We tried to use the dining service several times only to be turned away at the time we arrived. The dame thing happened to another couple that we coincidentally met at the Concerto Restaurant entrance two different nights. We were escorted to another dining room twice so just gave up on using our so called Club Class privileges!! I am not sure of any benefits we received for this so-called upgraded experience other than two small bottles of wine in the room!! The tour guides on the excursions were great especially the ones in St. Petersburg and Oslo. Most of us would like to see more free time built into the excursions for individual exploring. Other cruise lines like Viking do this automatically but Princess does not provide much free time on any of the excursions we went on. I rated this cruise as "Average" which based on the number of cruises we have done and cruise lines we have tried, I am being generous. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
This is our second time with Princess Cruise and we are not regretted at all. The food is excellent and service is every caring. The only thing we don't like is this ship just has too many passengers. The Horizon Court for dining is ... Read More
This is our second time with Princess Cruise and we are not regretted at all. The food is excellent and service is every caring. The only thing we don't like is this ship just has too many passengers. The Horizon Court for dining is terribly crowded, stretched with its capacity. We would prefer a smaller ship for next cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation by Princess was easy & smooth. But the traffic from Copenhagen city to Ocean Terminal on embarkation day was terrible. It is one-lane each way road into the terminal area. We were waiting outside our hotel in city for taxi for almost one hour because most of taxi were stuck in the terminal area due to a car broken down on road. The Danish government should improve this as they earns so much money from cruises. Food and drink are excellent. The only hiccup was the first night we couldn't find our table although we had time-fixed dinning with pre-assigned table. It was very confused. On-board activities and fitness centre were average. We did not spend much time on board as the cruise had many ports to call and we spent most of time offshore. Service and staff in Regal Princess are excellent. Room stewards Jefferson was very helpful and he cleaned our room twice per day, making us feeling extremely comfortable during the whole cruise. Dinning room waiters were friendly and helpful although they were just too busy. Also Princess was very caring on the day to Berlin. After a long day of train/bus trip to Berlin, exhausted passengers back to ship after 8:30pm could still enjoy plenty of hot food served in Horizon Court. Cabin is clean. We had mini-suite on deck 11. It was clean, good size and comfortable to fit three persons. The odd thing is that the curtain between main bed and sofa bed does not block the sound at all. The sound from two TVs or people talking in the room would be heard. This makes the curtain not much useful. Entertainment is overall OK, though not outstanding. The Russian Folk Dancing was great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
There were 13 of us on this cruise ages 85 to 6. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation went smoothly. We had a dining table in the dining room for all 13 of us. The food and service was excellent. Our dining staff became ... Read More
There were 13 of us on this cruise ages 85 to 6. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation went smoothly. We had a dining table in the dining room for all 13 of us. The food and service was excellent. Our dining staff became friends and like family. They were wonderful with the 4 children. The children really liked their play area on the ship. They made friends with children from several countries and enjoyed the activities provided for them there. We did not take any of the tours provided by the ship. We enjoy researching the ports and going off on our own. However we did have a private tour each day we were in St. Petersburg. We enjoyed the entertainment in the Princess Theater, in the lounges and bars. The days at seas kept us all busy and entertained. I would highly recommend this cruise for a family reunion or just a wonderful adventure for anyone. Read Less
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