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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This is out ninth cruise with Princess. We always choose the destinations as the priority, the ship is secondary. That said, the Regal Princess is by far the nicest Princess ship that we have sailed on to date. Overall; huge ship, ... Read More
This is out ninth cruise with Princess. We always choose the destinations as the priority, the ship is secondary. That said, the Regal Princess is by far the nicest Princess ship that we have sailed on to date. Overall; huge ship, biggest yet for us, beautifully appointed, clean and fresh. Public areas were lovely. Maintained and cleaned to the highest standard. Cabins; we had a cabin on the very back of the ship (Riviera) overalooking the stern. Lovely cabin. Endless TV on demand if you wanted it. Large balcony...well worth the nominal extra cost. Cabin attendant was functional, pleaseant, but not over friendly. Food; we ate each night in the Allegro, second sitting. Superb food, great waiter on our table (some others were not so friendly...at breakfast for example, when we had different staff serving). One slow breakfast, otherwise fine. The food, and especially the desserts, was excellent. Horizon Court; don't believe the moaners....the food was excellent in the Horizon Court, more choice that you could imagine, including Vegan, Veggie, Curry, fish, meat....I could go on....all delicious, with the same choice of desserts. Very good choice for lunch, and it was very busy most evenings.... Staff; very friendly, courteous, Captain was very descriptive of all the ports and the ship itself, lots of information. Entertainment; apart from the comedian (there under false pretences - dreadful!) the rest of the entertainment was good. Very good musicians and vocals. Shows were not our thing, but that's just chioice....the theaters were packed, so obviously most enjoyed it. Ports of call; all good, some better than others. We were very lucky with the weather, which always helps. Particulary good (in our eyes) were Talinn, Warnermunde, St Petersburg and Stockholm...but that's a subjective choice and simply what we liked. Embarkation and disembarkation; faultless. Would we go again? Aleady booked for Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand on Princess next year. Older ship, but another adventure! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise because it stopped in many ports in Spain where my daughter is now living. We chose a Transatlantic because for a very busy working couple it was nice to start the cruise with some days at sea where we could totally ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in many ports in Spain where my daughter is now living. We chose a Transatlantic because for a very busy working couple it was nice to start the cruise with some days at sea where we could totally relax. We especially enjoy Princess on longer cruises because of the self serve laundry. The staff in the main dining room was very attentive as we have come to experience with Princess. The food in the main dining room was on days a little lacking in quality and choice, but as a whole was satisfactory. There were evenings of very good entertainment in the main theater. There were some issues in the main theater such a long aisles on the side sections only accessible on one side causing some hazards (there were older passengers climbing over seats to get to a row above or below. There was also a inconvenient and frustrating elevator system on the Royal and there were sets of buttons to push to summon an elevator. This lead to a passenger getting on on elevator and the other sets of elevators stopping for no reason. The limitation of stairs available in the center of the ship added to the frustration. Our only issue was that some of the venue sites were too small for a ship carrying over 3,000 passengers. This definitely applies to the computer room as far as the number of computers available. Once on ship the Princess staff was efficient. The port experience was not satisfying from the bus attempting to drop us off to the long line getting in. Port discussions in the theater were great also that they replayed on room TV. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014

Royal Princess ……only one year old, ship was a design mess...elevators impossible to figure out and no center stairwell.. we would often take an elevator down in order to go up...no games room..library is an embarrassment, ... Read More

Royal Princess ……only one year old, ship was a design mess...elevators impossible to figure out and no center stairwell.. we would often take an elevator down in order to go up...no games room..library is an embarrassment, probably the size of a small bedroom ...theatre has no outside isles, feels unsafe...restaurant food unimaginative and inconsistent ..one day the soup would be great, the next day the same soup would be not edible….nickel and dimed at every 'corner'...eg. no free coffee, except on lido deck, orange juice is free at breakfast but not so any other time of the day and if one ordered it, anyway, it would arrive three quarters full of ice cubes....

Activities on board were not to my liking..no hands-on for me..no covered pool..didn't swim once in the cold...no walking deck around ship..whirlpools were tiny, holding four people at most, if you didn't stretch your legs out..the main pool was as large as the one at our condo, which has 300 units..shows were very good for the most part..long line ups when embarking ship at a port...sometimes although two scanners were there, only one was being used...our tv rarely worked..'media error' message kept interrupting our movie watching...saw 'the hobbit' five times...and no one came out to fix it, even though i called on two separate days..we soon found that the tv problem was common throughout a section of the ship…when we initially embarked in st petersburg, our remote was dead and our phone did not work at all..that was attended to in a timely manner...

It bothered me that no staff at the entrances to the buffet area held sanitizer dispensers to educate and sanitize ‘hands’ entering the food area…at one point I watched the rotisserie chicken chef check the temp of his rotating chicken and then proceed to sheath the thermometer without cleaning it…our cabin steward was excellent although others were not as fortunate… …the ship had a laundry room on each floor which was a positive, although a number of floods took place there…we had a ‘man overboard’ situation which made the ship turn around and launch a vessel only to find that it was a fishing marker..overall, it’s a beautiful ship that was ill designed and is run by accountants…we had anytime dining and sat with probably over 150 people over the period of the sailing..only one couple spoke positively of their experience on the ship…but then, this was only their second cruise, …we bought the cruise for the Baltic and north sea experience and that did not disappoint..

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Sail Date: May 2014

I recently took a cruise on the Royal Princess. I chose the cruise because of the itinerary: it was the only cruise including Scandinavia and the Baltics that started and ended in St. Petersburg, enabling me to spend more than the usual ... Read More

I recently took a cruise on the Royal Princess. I chose the cruise because of the itinerary: it was the only cruise including Scandinavia and the Baltics that started and ended in St. Petersburg, enabling me to spend more than the usual cruise-offered one or two nights in St. Petersburg, and to go to Moscow as well. I had cruised with Princess once before, on the former Renaissance ship Pacific Princess in French Polynesia and the Marquesas. That ship had not yet been updated and the accommodations and food were marginal at best. I had cruised once on a larger ship: years ago on the Rhapsody of the Seas. More recently, I went on a two week Western Carribean cruise on the "medium-sized" Celebrity Eclipse, and it was quite enjoyable. The rest of my cruises have been on Oceania and Regent's 550-650 passenger ships, including a 2 1/2 month round trip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to and around South America including Antarctica, the Falklands, and back to back cruises totaling 3 months starting in Istanbul and ending in Hong Kong.

I have read the many comments on the Royal Princess' staterooms. I did not find any of them to be a problem except the shower curtain. In fact, I found the bathroom to be well laid out with the storage shelves conveniently NOT over the toilet (so items don't fall in). There was plenty of storage space in my balcony stateroom, and the deck chairs were not a problem. The bed was extremely comfortable. However, the towels were disappointingly thin and rough.

The problems I had with this ship concern its design, structure and size. Apparently Princess thinks it needs to add gimmicks in order to distinguish itself from its competition. An example of this is the obviously expensive to construct Seawalk that juts out over the side of the ship and has a clear bottom so you can see the sea while walking on it. As has been noted by other passengers, I rarely saw anyone on the Seawalk during my cruise. It is certainly not something you want to walk on more than once. Yet, there is no walk way around the outside of the ship which passengers can be used for doing laps. None of the chairs around the pool are in the shade, instead, there are tables. The pool-less Sanctuary and Retreat are a total waste of money in a Baltic Cruise; it is too windy and cold to be out there. I never saw a single person using that area during my cruise; the sea days were rainy and cold. At least on Celebrity the adults-only area not only has a pool; it is enclosed from the elements. While there were no annoying alcohol-fueled games at the pool, there was constantly noise, including movies during the day. The evening movies were rarely attended as it was too cold and/or rainy, and that was also true of the attendance for the Bellagio-wannabe water and light shows, which are another waste of money. And, one viewing of that show is more than enough.

The biggest structural problem with the ship is the much-ballyhooed multi-floor open atrium. The line must think that having entertainment blaring on the central court creates excitement and energy, but what it really does is drive people to find somewhere quiet, and that is hard to do. It is really a jolt to be sitting in one of the many atrium-side areas and then suddenly a musical or dance group is blaring loud music that reaches all floors.

There also are no indoor areas where passengers can sit and watch out the front of the ship while the ship is sailing. There are some seats in a few of the restaurants and bars that area seated by windows so you can see outside, but in a speciality restaurant the view is blocked by lifeboats.

Possibly in part because of the number of passengers, the food quality was very poor. I ate at almost every food venue on the ship. For example, in the main dining room, the pasta was cold, lumpy and tasteless. A lamb chop were so shriveled up and tough I had to saw it with my knife. At the so-called Seafood bar, the Spanish and Portuguese and sardines were served in a can, just as you would purchase them in a grocery store. And the fresh sashimi looked old and was not served with chopsticks. Meals in the speciality restaurants were also a disappointment.

A major disappointment was in the port of Stockholm. In fact, the ship was too large to dock in Stockholm, so it docked an hour away in a town called Nynanham. A passenger's choices were to either 1) take a ship-organized tour of Stockholm; 2) take a taxi into Stockholm ($150 one way); 3) take a shuttle to the train station and the the train into Stockholm; or 4) take a ship-provided bus into and back from Stockholm. I chose to do the latter. It did not arrive into Stockholm until 11am and then left to return to the ship at 4:15. It was difficult to see much of Stockholm in that short a period of time.

On a positive note, the staff and crew were uniformly helpful and professional.

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