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23 Princess Rostock (Warnemunde) Cruise Reviews

Chose to get on it Germany because there is way too much to see in Berlin and port is 2+ hours away. Flew in several days before cruise departure so we could tour Berlin first. Highly recommend a Hop-On-Hop-Off 48 hour pass. Tour of nearby ... Read More
Chose to get on it Germany because there is way too much to see in Berlin and port is 2+ hours away. Flew in several days before cruise departure so we could tour Berlin first. Highly recommend a Hop-On-Hop-Off 48 hour pass. Tour of nearby Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is very affordable when purchased directly (just $25) and not as a Princess excursion. Took a cab back to Tegel Airport to get a Princess Transfer (bus) as it would take almost twice as long to get to port from Berlin by train on our own. Have been on the Regal Princess before, in the Caribbean, good ship with good amenities. First stop for us was Norway. Did the Oslo Without Lunch excursion and the guide Arlene was fantastic. Our guide in Denmark was not as good but really enjoyed seeing the palace and Tivoli Gardens. Next was Sweden where we docked in Nynashamn. We thoroughly enjoyed the RIB adventure but were disappointed it wasn’t combinable with any tours to Stockholm which is 45 minutes away from Nynashamn. Taxis in Sweden are not regulated so negotiate your fare first! There are only two highway routes to Stockholm (the other one takes over an hour) so if there’s an accident or traffic delays, you could run into trouble getting back to the ship so we opted to stay in Nynashamn. Disappointed that Princess didn’t organize a shuttle service given how far away the port is from Stockholm. Next port was Finland, did the winter adventure tour with the ice bar and dog sled ride. The berry infused vodka is tasty but the tour doesn’t stop anywhere near a liquor store so I couldn’t purchase any, shame. The next day we reached St Petersburg. We did the one day trip to Moscow which was very worth it! A St Petersburg area guide, Alexandra (very personable, friendly, organized, fun) met us, showed us a little of St Petersburg then accompanied us on the Sapsan train ride to Moscow. Have to say the breakfast on board the Sapsan was pretty good. A Moscow guide met us when we got off the train and took us to the Red Square, rode the subway with us, then to the Kremlin, and the Armoury. She was not as personable as Alexandra (who remained with us all day as well) but incredibly knowledgeable! Some didn’t like that she had so much to say but I found her quite informative: she said she has served as a translator for Gorbachev and Putin in the past and inserted some fascinating anecdotes; she was well educated on the sights we saw and also knew a lot about architecture and history so narrated the drive through Moscow as well. The return by Sapsan was accompanied by a good dinner on board. We returned to the ship around 12:30 am so this trip is not for the faint of heart! The next day we did the Hermitage tour, the guide was pretty knowledgeable, and then we had some free time on Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg. This provided ample time to get lunch and buy souvenirs. There is a good bookstore on Nevsky Prospect, not far from where the bus let us off, but I do not recommend the cafe on the second floor (which our guide had suggested), the service was atrocious! We really could have used another day in port to see more of this beautiful city. Our last port before returning to Germany was Tallinn, Estonia which is a charming town. Lots of quaint shops in Lower Town filled with souvenirs and local hand made goods and food. I enjoyed the Lower Town Shopping Tour and opted to remain in town to enjoy lunch and shop some more before walking back to the ship (about a 20 minute walk). Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We did the Mediterranean on this ship a few years ago and we enjoyed returning to this beautiful ship. The food on Princess in my opinion is a cut above many other lines but I did notice a slight change in quality on the many beef dishes. ... Read More
We did the Mediterranean on this ship a few years ago and we enjoyed returning to this beautiful ship. The food on Princess in my opinion is a cut above many other lines but I did notice a slight change in quality on the many beef dishes. Still very good though. The medallion program is very convenient, however, there seems to still be some bugs to be worked out on the Ocean compass and now apps. Harder than necessary to connect and sign in. When working though they are a nice add. Entertainment was above average for the most part. The ports of call on this cruise were Warnemunde Germany, Oslo Norway, Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, St Petersburg Russia, (2 days), and Tallinn Estonia. Beware of the pick pocket problem in all of these ports. The tour guides repeatedly warn of them and there are signs in tourist attractions also warning. We had a elderly lady have her purse with passports and cash stolen at a cafe in Stockholm. There are only 3 sea days on the itinerary so by the end you will have to catch up on some sleep. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I wanted this cruise to see the great Baltic capitals. Mission accomplished. One can only get an overview on these sorts of deals, but I felt that all our guides in the cities we went to were very knowledgeable and helped us understand ... Read More
I wanted this cruise to see the great Baltic capitals. Mission accomplished. One can only get an overview on these sorts of deals, but I felt that all our guides in the cities we went to were very knowledgeable and helped us understand something of the people and the things we were seeing. The ship is large, but never felt crowded. We sailed with my energetic ten year old granddaughter. She wanted to swim every day and had never been to a buffet before! She did not want to participate in any of the youth programs on the ship. Food on the cruise was uniformly excellent. Wee had anytime Club dining as Suite passengers and the food, service etc was excellent. We ate lunch either onshore or the buffet. Breakfast is in Sabatini's for Suite passengers, and one can order whatever one wants. Since very few are there the service is excellent. We only went to two shows, one was good and the other was excellent. All in all a very nice experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
When I booked the cruise, I selected the Berlin embarkation port. I did not realize that most passengers started in Copenhagen. The fact that we were on leg “c” of the cruise detracted from the overall cruise experience. (1) We were ... Read More
When I booked the cruise, I selected the Berlin embarkation port. I did not realize that most passengers started in Copenhagen. The fact that we were on leg “c” of the cruise detracted from the overall cruise experience. (1) We were cut off from tour excursions 12 days before the cruise (not 5 as published online) because, according to Princess customer support “our cruise” window had closed, referring to the cruise that started 9 days before ours. We would have to adjust tours once we got on the ship; (2) When we got on the ship and went to the tour desk, we were told we had to wait until after we arrived in Copenhagen when “our cruise” started (a different cruise that started on Day 4 of ours); (3) We felt as though we were joining a cruise already in progress, no welcome party, incomplete information (we could only get port information through Oslo until after we picked up new passengers in Copenhagen) and leftover seating (explained later) in the dining room. The one positive is that onboarding was an absolute breeze since we were the only ones in the little tent! The staff warmly greeted us and seemed to know we were coming! On the flip side, it was a tad annoying when we were disembarking in Copenhagen (only our 2nd port) and staff was telling us to have a nice trip home. :( At least I didn't get disembarkation instructions on day 2 of the cruise like one of my family members. I was unsatisfied with the dining situation. We requested and reserved a dining time in the Allegro Dining Room and intentionally chose a close cabin due to my mother’s mobility issues. When we arrived, we were notified that we had been moved to a different less convenient dining room. What made it even more disappointing was that the staff in our dining room were only prepared for anytime diners and kept telling us to get in line. On two nights, our table was given away and one night we had completely different wait staff. Dinner generally took two hours (how many rolls can you eat?). The food was hit or miss - some nights spectacular and other nights like bad leftovers. The dishes were almost always over salted. There was no enforcement of dress code. Why ask me to use suitcase space for formalwear if people can wear blue jeans on formal night? I usually avoid the buffet because I'm cautious about germs onboard. The Princess staff enforced excellent hygience protocols and the food choice was impressive. However, the buffet was a nightmare of overcrowded lines and inadequate seating. Once you did secure a table, the juice and coffee service was excellent. The mobile apps are a mess. Why does it require 3-5 apps for basic functions? Also, they are glitchy. My family was continually dropped. The way finder feature was nice, especially since we were a party of 6, always looking for someone. It would have been fantastic, had everyone been able to stay on the app. Ship - Beautiful, clean and new. I loved the skywalk. My biggest complaint is the slowness of the elevators. At midship, the elevators have 3 independent cycles causing people to call the elevator from all 3 options. The result in that the elevators stop on floors unnecessarily. Since many of the main decks are not accessible from the aft (without going up and down), this was a real problem for our family member in a wheelchair. Cabin - The bed was HARD! It was so hard, I had to get up in the middle of the night, walk around and take lots of Alleve. The cabin steward was fantastic and kept the room spotless. Loved the flat screen TV and generous bathroom (by cruise ship standards). The Medallion technology was slow and glitchy but I loved being able to take care of all my check-in before I left home. In general, great idea - poor execution. Entertainment - Enjoyed the evening shows. They were a lot of fun. Shopping was very reasonable. I had one spa treatment and it was quite nice until I got the hard product sell at the end. Ports - Fantastic!! I loved every single one and left craving more time in each. We mostly booked private tours but the one Princess tour was smooth and worry free. My favorite port was Tallinn. Also, Princess does a great job at providing information about each upcoming port. This was our third cruise with Princess (Alaska - soso, UK - fabulous). We aren't done with this cruiseline but are definitely looking at other cruising options. Despite my criticisms, we still had a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Timing is everything, and we were thrilled that the weather was cooler and children were back in school (says a recently retired teacher.) Weather was too cool for the pool but that was to be expected; besides with these ports of call, we ... Read More
Timing is everything, and we were thrilled that the weather was cooler and children were back in school (says a recently retired teacher.) Weather was too cool for the pool but that was to be expected; besides with these ports of call, we wanted to visit every port. *St. Petersburg was the highlight of our 11 day cruise. We were not expecting such a stunning city! Wish we had more than 2 days there. Took the tour from the ship. I wish we would have taken a private tour. We were tired of being herded in large groups. We did the "best of....." tour in each port. * Needed more time for walking through Vasa Museum in Sweden and delete the 45 min. at end of tour to wonder through Old Town after we just had a walking tour of it. *Finland was a disappointment with the tour. Save your money and get on a hop on and hop off bus. Bathroom availability was an issue on the Finland tour. * Tour in Estonia was about 45 minutes too long. Great history lessons, be prepared to walk and walk. * Took tour of Berlin. Ship docked in an industrial port and we took a train that had to be left over from WWII. Old and dirty and slow. All stops were informative, especially the Berlin Wall area. The Allied Museum can be deleted from the tour. * Oslo, Norway - ship docked next to the Akershus Fortress (castle), was very interesting. Probably could have seen everything on a Hop On, Hop Off bus rather than the expensive ship tour of the "best of". *All tours had nice, clean buses. * Dining was excellent on ship. Service was great. *At end of cruise in Copenhagen, Princess just dropped us off at airport and there was no representative in the airport to direct anyone (is also under construction), and was very confusing for most people. They dropped the ball here. (disembarkation) * Waited too long for bus to ship for embarkation. *Would have appreciated a lecture on "Cruise Medallion" and have it replayed on TV. * Laundry room issues - Need more laundry rooms - Was an issue * Future Cruise Desk should have more staff and more hours available. *Do NOT get an adjoining room unless you want one. You can hear much more than you ever wanted to hear. *Library is too small Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This Ship is nice and well maintained. There always seemed to be someone out painting on the top decks and i never did see garbage or any dirty dishes about. WARNING: We did have a huge setback however with Princess deciding to be the ... Read More
This Ship is nice and well maintained. There always seemed to be someone out painting on the top decks and i never did see garbage or any dirty dishes about. WARNING: We did have a huge setback however with Princess deciding to be the first ship to hook up to shore power in Norway. This caused our ship to have a power outage and fry some of the ships systems. As such we did not leave port until late, which caused our travel time to Scotland to be extensive. We where unable to do our excursion in Scottland that we book with Princess, who did not offer much assistance to rebook, often advising "sorry we are full" as we where not one of the first people to rebook. You would assume that since our tour bus was booked for our excursion, there would be enough busses to book the shorter excursions. PowerCon of Denmark supplied the equipment for the shore power which caused the power outage. Hopefully they fix this in the future, but be warned that if your ship decides to hook up to the power there, you may not be leaving on time and arriving at your next port. With regards to the fitness centre, although it is a nice gym they have set up, the classes that go on for Spin/TRX...etc in the smaller room are not advertised or talked about. You may have to ask to sign up for these classes??? not sure, but would even pay extra to do some of these activities. I do have to say though, the Service we ecountered on this ship was AMAZING. We had amazing staff and service the entire time. Dining was always available and we had pretty much no wait times. The buffet had great option for everyone and lots of vegetables to keep it healthy. We had no problem getting a table in any dining room at any time, but noticed temperature of the mains coming out was always room temperature (not hot or cold, but warmish). Some nights had great choices and some nights had nothing that we wanted, but there was always something upstairs. We did several "upgraded" dinning nights. The Crown grill was the best choice, with us going back several times (where are you going to get a huge steak for $29 back home?) and always having a great experience. That being said, we did the Chef’s Table Lumiere, which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment on the food side. The tour was amazing and the app's in the kitchen where good, but the actual sit down meal left alot to be desired. I would have used the money to go back to the Crown Grill again instead. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Chose this cruise due to the inclusion of Oslo and our ability to embark in Berlin. We wanted to spend more time visiting Berlin than Copenhagen. With Berlin not being the primary starting point our embarkation was easy with so many less ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the inclusion of Oslo and our ability to embark in Berlin. We wanted to spend more time visiting Berlin than Copenhagen. With Berlin not being the primary starting point our embarkation was easy with so many less people. The ports were amazing but several needed to be longer by several hours. We did several private tours as they were a much better deal tailored to our wish list and did not require us to wait on other people. The two Princess tours were good but we did not enjoy waiting on others who could not follow timelines. Food was great and had a good variety. Baked goods need to be improved. Lotus spa was exreamly overpriced. I do expect to spend more than at home but for how much more you are charged the services should offer something special. Staff throughout the ship were excellent. They were always friendly and went out of their for us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise as we had not travelled to the Scandinavian countries before. It was beautiful although you need to pack some warmer clothes as on occasion jumpers and long trousers were required. But the sun was out most days but ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had not travelled to the Scandinavian countries before. It was beautiful although you need to pack some warmer clothes as on occasion jumpers and long trousers were required. But the sun was out most days but a cool breeze The food on board was amazing. The variety terrific. Whether you dined in the restaurant or at the smorgasbord I could not see any grounds for complaint. Also we enjoyed being able to do “the walk” on the upper level to get some gentle exercise without having to go to the fitness centre. This accommodated seniors very well. Next year we have committed to another cruise line. But the following year we will look again to see what Princess has to offer. I will certainly tell our friends about the lovely experience we have had on our second Princess cruise. We experienced respect and service throughout the trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Good -Clean and well maintained ship and cabins. -Friendly crew. -Elegant sit down dinners with good food. -Expensively decorated ship. -Generally rather sedate older moneyed passengers. This is not a Carnival cruise. ... Read More
The Good -Clean and well maintained ship and cabins. -Friendly crew. -Elegant sit down dinners with good food. -Expensively decorated ship. -Generally rather sedate older moneyed passengers. This is not a Carnival cruise. Needs Improvement -Not great value for the money in my opinion. A pleasant cruise but really impressive in very few ways. -Our cabin was VERY noisy, so we could not sleep from 6 a.m. on. The noise insulation between cabins must simply be substandard despite the expensive look of the ship. -Buffet meals had a wide variety, but the food was pretty much the same variety day after day. The quality was decent but not much above that. Very little excited or really impressed. Also, they use plastic tea and soup cups and plastic ladles which leach chemicals into the hot liquid which the passengers eat. -Former free sauna replaced by incredibly expensive Spa ($150). -Very/Incredibly expensive charges for anything not included. We were left to our own devices to get from the port to downtown using a new money and unfamiliar transportation system. Princess did not help us unless we paid for their overpriced tours. They offered a tour of the crew´s quarters for $150!!! -Despite the expensive decoration in the ship I personally found the dominant tone of brown/beige to not be my favourite, and I did not like some of the of the decorative details which seemed to be inelegant. -Entertainment quality was very irregular from cheap filler stuff to well-done performances. I would have liked to have seen more consistent quality at this price range. The theater tended to get very full and it could be hard to get a seat with popular shows. All entertainment ends at midnight at the latest. This is not a party ship, but since most have to wake up early for port days, there really is not a lot of time or energy left in the evening for much festivities. This is a go to bed early, wake up early type of cruise. -Workers are so busy that they rarely have time to talk much with the passengers. -Not enough elevators leading to overly long waits during all but quiet periods. -In Stockholm, one of the most important stops, the we had to be back at 1:30 pm, which cut out day visit to the city in half. Helsinki ended at 3:30 pm. In Sum Pleasant journey with Princess, but at this price range I would expect more. It is as if Princess management decided to make it nice enough (good enough) but rarely more than that. While there was not much that was bad, very few times was I really impressed with anything that they did. If someone were to treat me to another Princess cruise I would happily accept, but I do not see it as value for money on my own dime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have previously cruised Princess before last year and another time. Embarkation went well..our room was ready and luggage delivered on time. Disembarkation was a nightmare. We had early departure due to early flight time. We did ... Read More
We have previously cruised Princess before last year and another time. Embarkation went well..our room was ready and luggage delivered on time. Disembarkation was a nightmare. We had early departure due to early flight time. We did not get to disembark on time...when we did there were other groups also disembarking which was a mess. The ship was not as expected. The dining restaurants were low staffed not very high quality menu options. The Horizon buffet was not adequately staffed and also low expectations of food choices. Entertainment and activities was repeat of last years cruise...same production show and a few performers as well. Last went we went on Mediterranean Cruise and was pleased. This time we went to Baltic Sea. We book our own shore excursions due to cost savings and less crowds. There were 3 of us....myself 65, my husband 71 and our granddaughter 22...we went to a few activities on the boat but they were not well attended. During the shows people in the audience would use cell phones and tablets, talking, and saving seats....6 at a time. We will not travel with Princess again. We are going to go back to another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Despite being told how much we would like this ship, we didn't feel the same way. Fortunately, we only chose this particular ship because of this itinerary, so the ship wasn't our primary focus. CABIN: We were in A506 on ... Read More
Despite being told how much we would like this ship, we didn't feel the same way. Fortunately, we only chose this particular ship because of this itinerary, so the ship wasn't our primary focus. CABIN: We were in A506 on Aloha deck (12). Cabin was very small (much smaller than we've experienced before, but still perfectly adequate and the bed was very comfy. Balcony was small, but fine for the 2 of us. HORIZON COURT (Lido Deck): Buffet was amazing, with every kind of food group. Quality of food was mediocre, however, but there was plenty of it. Seating is rare to non-existent, even during "off" hours. Try to find a seat first, or you may end up carrying your plate around looking for quite awhile. The meals in the main dining room were also mediocre. We opted not to dine in the specialty restaurants based on feedback from fellow travelers that the food wasn't worth it. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We didn't book any shore excursions through Princess, preferring independent tours. We were very happy about this when we heard how huge the crowds were on the ship's excursions. For instance, the St Petersburg tour had approximately 47 people, while our SPB tour (booked through Viator) had 14. (You do NOT need a visa if you book this tour). We used the Hop On Hop Off buses for most of the ports and a private bike tour for Tallinn. Internet on ship was pretty good, considering, and fairly reasonable. We were happy to have this available. Ship has a small, but cozy library with several games and puzzles available. Even with the PROS, we would be reluctant to cruise on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Second time around to take this Baltic itinerary! Personally I love cruising on Princess. Although sometimes, it is a hit or miss! I have sailed on Princess many many times and have already build up my level to Platinum/Elite! I love ... Read More
Second time around to take this Baltic itinerary! Personally I love cruising on Princess. Although sometimes, it is a hit or miss! I have sailed on Princess many many times and have already build up my level to Platinum/Elite! I love the many amenities provided in that level: free laundry, free bar set-up, free wi-fi (with Regal it it now unlimited vs. 120 minutes before (? don't remember # of minutes) anything free is always good! Hit or miss! Majority of times, staff are very attentive and give you excellent service; othertimes, some are quite rude! I would like to give a big shout out to the band playing in the Piazza! He has so much energy and oh so charming! He takes time to mingle with the crowd, dancing with the ladies, I hope Princess keeps him *forgot the name" as even just watcing him dance is entertainment enough! Would I take this cruise again....most definitely! The itinerary is perfect! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as a first time visit to the British Isles. We have sailed with Princess in the past and have not be disappointed. This sailing was a sold out ship so it was very crowded onboard but Princess handled everything very ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a first time visit to the British Isles. We have sailed with Princess in the past and have not be disappointed. This sailing was a sold out ship so it was very crowded onboard but Princess handled everything very well. Our only disappointment was boarding the ship in London/Southampton. Very disorganized from arriving at the airport to boarding the ship. After we boarded the ship everything else went smoothly. I think there should have been more enrichment activities offered. Some of out shore excursion were too rushed and the tour guides could have been a little more knowledgeable, but over all we were not disappointed. Entertainment was great as usual. Food was very good. Our cabin was roomy and well appointed. Disembarking the ship went smoothly and our extra days in London in one of their recommended hotels after the cruise was very nice. Great first time visit to Britain. We did not have any children in our group but we saw many families with children traveling together. Definitely will cruise with Princess again. We have 2 more cruised booked with them! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because it was going to the British Isles. No problem embarking since we boarded in FR, Le Havre, but apparently there were problems embarking the next day in Southampton.. Our room was quite small which was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was going to the British Isles. No problem embarking since we boarded in FR, Le Havre, but apparently there were problems embarking the next day in Southampton.. Our room was quite small which was a disappointment, although it had a balcony. Really could care less about balcony since it was a bit too cool to use it, and made room smaller. Hard to relax in cabin if people next to you or above were on their balcony, not quiet. I will never have a balcony again. Our room was across from a work area so it was very, very noisy the day and night guests embarked from Southampton and the day and night before we disembarked in Le Havre. The door to this area should have been closed but wasn't. This is where luggage came in and went out. Very, very noisy. You could hear the luggage being thrown around and loud yelling between crew. We were on baja deck around cabin 625 - to 701 or so. The day passengers embarked on the ship in Southampton some genius decided that music needed to be played all over the ship including the cabin hallways. I could hear the unwanted so called "music" in my cabin. It was annoying, and obviously too loud and totally unnecessary. I thought a cruise was supposed to be relaxing and peaceful, it really wasn't on this ship. The ship is noisy. The bars played music WAY too loud, you couldn't have a conversation. I heard Carnival took over Princess so maybe that's why. There was virtually no quiet area to go to without the horrible canned music played throughout the ship. The library was teeny tiny, so you couldn't go there for peace and quiet. The lovely dining room instead of pleasant, quiet, background music, it was country western one night. Luckily when the dining room filled up you couldn't hear it. I'm sorry but Country Western, or Rock garbage does not go with a lovely dining room, it belongs in bars and nightclubs. There is no promenade deck on this ship so you cannot walk around the entire ship. That's really a loss. There were a couple of days that would have been nice to sit out on a promenade deck and read a book or walk for fresh air. Not on this ship. The ship had a beautiful Atrium, but at times if an event was going on in there it could get ridiculously LOUD. The ship has a great sports club, but again the crap music playing made you want to hurry up and get out of there. The Sanctuary is lovely but extremely costly plus the loud music and base coming from the outdoor screen could be heard in the Sanctuary, so it really isn'tt very relaxing. I love music when I want to listen to it, not shoved down my throat by some twenty something. Princess needs to appeal to all ages not just 30 year olds. Big Mistake. We weren't the only ones who were annoyed with the noise on this ship. Dining was good, but very confusing and crazy at Horizon court and Bistro - Lido deck. Service and staff great. Entertainment OK, but nothing too interesting to do on days at sea. Ports were good but they could forget about Guernsey. It was a nightmare the day we were there because there weren't enough tenders running back and forth. Shore excursions were good although at Lock Ness we thought we'd see the castle but were told not to get off the boat. We were supposed to have time shopping but have about 20 min, plus the bus for Lock Ness couldn't leave on time due to the battery needing a jump. Edinburgh was good but again no time for shopping. Very annoying, same thing in Glasgow. The Royal Princess is a bit difficult to get around since you can't go direct from an upper deck to deck 5 without figuring out where the elevators needed to go there are, or stairs for that matter. I think this is because of the atrium. I rated publi rooms as poor since there was basically no where quiet on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Reasonable amount of room space, decent size balcony for two people. Very comfortable bed. Couldn’t have had a better room steward (Nazy) who was quick & efficient every day. The buffet food left a bit to be desired (very Asian ... Read More
Reasonable amount of room space, decent size balcony for two people. Very comfortable bed. Couldn’t have had a better room steward (Nazy) who was quick & efficient every day. The buffet food left a bit to be desired (very Asian focused and wish there had been other good, daily options). The two onboard restaurants were excellent with Crown Grille being the best of two. Good wine list at both as well as in the main dining rooms. Onshore excursions lived up to the pre-purchase description although the St. Petersburg “tour” felt a bit like a cattle call - we were herded to all the major photo points with limited time in between. The best excursion was certainly the rib boat tour in Stockholm - absolutely amazing very small group tour of the archipelago! Pricey but worth it. The WiFi which we paid $29 for PER DAY was not good. At times it was quick but the majority of the cruise it was slow or non-existent. The upside is that we were forced to disconnect and had a great vacation. Overall, staff service was efficient, accommodating and well done without being overbearing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We boarded the Regal in Warnemunde (a beautiful seaside town in Northern Germany) and embarked on an amazing cruise of the Baltics. We truly enjoyed every port which included Tallinn -- old town is very unique and well ... Read More
We boarded the Regal in Warnemunde (a beautiful seaside town in Northern Germany) and embarked on an amazing cruise of the Baltics. We truly enjoyed every port which included Tallinn -- old town is very unique and well "preserved"; St. Petersburg - which has so much to see and do in two days that you really need the time; Helsinki - a very interesting jewel of the Baltics; Stockholm - beautiful city where you can really enjoy the Vasa Museum as well as the "old town"; Oslo - located in one of the most beautiful places in the world - cruising in along the coast line is in itself a real treat; and Copenhagen - cosmopolitan, but with a Scandinavian feel. The Regal is well appointed and the entertainment was top notch. The shows in the theatre were excellent and the entertainment in the piazza in the evenings was lots of fun. (We tend to be observers, but if you enjoy dancing -- you would have really had a great time.) We enjoyed the sit down restaurants (including the specialty) for dinners mainly, and the international cafe or Horizon court for breakfasts. We did enjoy the enrichment lectures about Russia -- very informative. I find that the information available on your room TV really does prepare you for the next port if you are unable to attend in person. Really enjoyed the cruise directors suggestions. Our room was a deluxe balcony which was perfect for our needs. We have stayed in suites, and regular balcony rooms and the deluxe afforded just that little bit of extra space which is great for reading or just relaxing. Service was outstanding -- everywhere on the ship. No complaints. We did do our own shore excursions for the most part so I cannot comment on those. Overall, a great cruise on a beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our family of five (kids ages 13/1315) thought that this was the best cruise we had had in a while. The dining room staff was prompt and friendly which is especially important to us as my daughter is on a special diet for Crohn's ... Read More
Our family of five (kids ages 13/1315) thought that this was the best cruise we had had in a while. The dining room staff was prompt and friendly which is especially important to us as my daughter is on a special diet for Crohn's disease. Our head waiter and waiter took excellent care of her. Our assistant waiter was prompt with the wine list and with coffee and tea every night after dinner. This was extremely nice as the last couple of cruises we had noticed a decline in service.as I think the waiters have to manage more tables than they did ten years ago. Our family also felt that the buffet was the best buffet. The food was good quality and tasted great. And there is food available all day, until 11 PM. We had been frustrated on a cruise last year that made it difficult to find food between lunch and dinner or after 9PM, when you got back on the ship after a day of sight seeing or after the kids finished at the youth center in the evening. Accessibility to food is important when you have kids. The embarkation and disembarkation was fast and efficient, which was a concern for us considering that the ship is quite large. We were on the Royal Princess two years ago and getting on and off the ship was time consuming and frustrating. So, we were very happy that it was not an issue this time. (St. Petersburg is a different issue, which I think is a Russian customs issue, not a Princess issue.) Our only complaint was the short day in Stockholm. We did not use any of the shore excursions as we found tours that better met our needs via CC and Trip Advisor. This itinerary is great for history lovers. We saw 15+ churches/cathedrals, 15+ palaces/castles, 10+ museums, and so much more. It was a tremendously educational for our children (and ourselves). St. Petersburg is definitely worth seeing! Our kids really enjoyed the youth program. The youth program had the right amount of structure for teens. My kids like loosely organized activities which they could participate in if they wanted to, versus "hanging out" or playing video games. I was worried about my 13 year olds being on the young side, but it worked out just fine. I did not want them wandering the ship alone, so the youth directors worked with us to informally check them in and out. We have been on more than ten cruises with our kids and this has been the best cruise yet. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
If being vomited out of a cruise ship, into a city with 3000 of your fellow cruise mates and 6 other docked ships containing 2000-3000 people each is your idea of experiencing a city, than take a cruise. That's 15,000 people all vying ... Read More
If being vomited out of a cruise ship, into a city with 3000 of your fellow cruise mates and 6 other docked ships containing 2000-3000 people each is your idea of experiencing a city, than take a cruise. That's 15,000 people all vying for the same services. On our first day in St Petersburg, we stood in a 2.5 hour customs line, as the cruise ship released everyone within the same hour and a half and then blamed customs for going slow. Mismanagment by Princess is more like it, as they exited half day excursion passegners out at the same time as full day passengers creating a back log. No Princess employee came near the messy lines, no water for everyone standing for 2.5 hours in the sun. But, they told us they took pics from the deck to complain to someone up above, somewhere. Thanks for caring. After arriving at the Hermitage 3 hours later, and missing our slot, we were shoved through, with no space, air, or line of sight except the ceiling above as it was packed with tour group after tour group. Horrible experience. Food: The dining room is terrible food but you get good desserts (they use real ingredients for desserts only in the dining room). All the fish and most meat is unedible and soggy from frozen. On the other hand, the buffet the food is good (cuz u can see its condition before u eat it) but the desserts are bad. They use some sort of faux whip to make the desserts cheaper, so everything basically tastes the same. Ultimately, Princess is the same as every big corporate, money grubbing company that smiles when you are buying, but when things go bad, they stand behind their written agreement which has basically considered anything that could go wrong and make sure they told you so, so they can claim they covered that and keep your money. No shame. My recommendation- instead of being sheepled through cities, go on the off season and visit the city and stay for a while. You will have a much better experience and get to know the feel and culture of a place other, instead of just the mayhem of your fellow cruise passengers. The cruise ships have gotten greedy and are ruining cities for tourists and inhabitants alike. Its a very hollow and shallow experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to the places where the cruise was going. I particularly liked ST Petersburg. I also liked Stockholm, and wish we would have had more time there. The Regal is a nice ship. I have noticed the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to the places where the cruise was going. I particularly liked ST Petersburg. I also liked Stockholm, and wish we would have had more time there. The Regal is a nice ship. I have noticed the quality of the food declining in the main dining rooms. They do not group the food together properly. For example, they would have linguine with french fries. I found myself ordering linguine and then ordering another dish to get the clam sauce with crab meat. They just do not group the foods correctly. There are exceptions to the food review. I loved the Crown Grill, the steakhouse. I also liked Alfredos whci is the pizza restaurant on deck 5. I had a hard time getting surf and turf on the second formal night, because they come as separate dishes. Eventually I was successful in ordering 2 dinners at the same time to get lobster and steak. I liked the gym, and went there 3 times during the cruise, although they could use more room for floor stretching and exercises. The room were imaculate, and my steward was great. The entertainment was sometimes really good, and sometimes really bad. I liked the production shows and the singer they flew into to do the oldies. He was the princess entertainor of the year in 2016. I am not crazy that almost everything good is considerred a separate charge. Gelato is an additional 3.50. I think that is petty. I played in the casino, and they were very friendly, and my the end of my cruise they were calling me by name. I guess I spent too much time there. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Princess used to be our favotite cruise line. Our cabin attendant was excellent, but most of the other service staff were from just plain rude to pretty good. Really, have you ever run into rude servers on a cruise? We hadnt, but we have ... Read More
Princess used to be our favotite cruise line. Our cabin attendant was excellent, but most of the other service staff were from just plain rude to pretty good. Really, have you ever run into rude servers on a cruise? We hadnt, but we have now. This kind of service would be unacceptable at Walmart, Applebees, or anywhere in the US. Honestly, Im not a snob. It was strange. The dining was a joke. It took a minimum of 1.5 hours to get through a 4 course meal. Many of the dining room servers were disintrested, overworked and ineffective. Out of 12 nights we ran into very good servers 3 times. The food in the dining room was pretty good, but not great. Our balcony cabin had dingy, sriff, thin towels. Really! I wouldnt use them for company at my house. The furniture in our cabin was chipped, and worn. So, the dining was just ok, our cabin, just ok, rember when cruising was a luxury vacation? Not this one! The excursions with Princess have gotten so expensive we looked for an alternative. We booked a 1 full day tour of Berlin and 2 days in St. Petersburg with TJ Tours. They were excellent! Everything was well organized, our tour guide and driver in both cities very knowledgable and friendly. I cant say enough good things about our entire experience with TJ Tours!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I wanted to see some of the Scandinavian countries, The cruise itself was excellent. I did have a major problem that was NOT of Princesses making. I was to board the ship in St Petersburg. The day I was to board I was robbed - my ... Read More
I wanted to see some of the Scandinavian countries, The cruise itself was excellent. I did have a major problem that was NOT of Princesses making. I was to board the ship in St Petersburg. The day I was to board I was robbed - my passport, money, credit cards . I was able to het a new passport from the Embassy - it took about 2 hours. I had a friend with money and credit cards so I was not stuck. Princess was a tremendous help with all my problems. My phone did not work on the ship. They allowed me to call all my credit card companies to cancel them,, call home, enabled me to get cash from home. I also could not return to Russia as my visa went along with my passport and there was no time to get a new one. They were able to get me a new ticket from 1 port before my planned debarkation in St Petersburg. It was a reasonable price for a last minute ticket. I cannot say enough about their helpfulness. They were never impatient - I was very upset about the whole incident. It is great to know that when an emergency arises they will work with you to get everything done. THANK YOU PRINCESS!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Route: 22 day voyage: Warnemunde – Tallinn – St Petersburg – Helsinki – Stockholm – Copenhagen – Kristiansand – Bergen – Glasgow – Belfast – Cork – Boston – New York City 1. General Comments: We are regular ... Read More
Route: 22 day voyage: Warnemunde – Tallinn – St Petersburg – Helsinki – Stockholm – Copenhagen – Kristiansand – Bergen – Glasgow – Belfast – Cork – Boston – New York City 1. General Comments: We are regular cruisers, and this trip covered several places on our bucket list. We had the rare situation of sunshine at all stops; temperatures were in the 60s. We were a full ship with some 3,000+ passengers. Passengers were a real international mixture. We were mainly US, but there were large groups of Europeans, Asians, and even travellers all the way from Australia and New Zealand. Ages were from infants to really old folks (ie, older than I). We had a suite (11th deck) that made for a comfortable cruise. While the ride in the Baltic and North Seas was calm, we did do some rocking and rolling in the north Atlantic. The captain had to route us further south in the Ireland – Boston segment in order to avoid the worst of Tropical Storm Ian. We still felt it, but the effects were much reduced. 2. Travel to Germany and Embarking: We made our own flight arrangements to Berlin, but we did use the Princess hotel (Westin Berlin Grand) and transfer to the ship. The hotel is ideally located in downtown Berlin, and the Princess arrangements for pick-up at Tegel Airport, and bus transport to Warnemunde, were smooth. Unfortunately, due to traffic, the bus ride was nearly four hours long instead of the “normal” two and a half. 3. The Regal Princess: An attractive ship. Our suite was a delight with all the space and storage drawers/closets. Details can be seen in the cabin descriptions on the Princess website. The balcony is large; however, we hardly used it due to wind, rocking and rolling, occasional showers, or cool/cold (for us) temperatures. The flat screen TVs received the usual news, movies, music, etc. You get a daily planner in your cabin the night prior. You need to read it carefully as there are practically no announcements on the PA system. The Captain does a daily report from the bridge, and the Cruise Director may make a daily announcement on activities. There is no daily newspaper; you have to receive your news from BBC, Fox; financial news from CNBC or MSNBC; and sports from ESPN. The ship's WiFi website, princess@sea, is a great idea. It does not cost anything, and it gives you the daily program, activities, etc on your phone or pad. If you set up an account, you can check your shipboard bill. All in all, a very useful tool, since nearly everyone is going around with a phone or pad. The site also lists all restaurants, bars, etc with locations, hours, and menus. Currency exchange: The Front Desk had a very limited ability to change dollars and Euros; it depended on what it had on hand. There were a couple exchange machines on the 4th deck that could handle different currencies – bills only; no credit cards - and exchange them for any other currency. The machines’ rates were not great, plus they had a fee for each transaction. They were strictly a convenience. 4. Meals: We signed up for Anytime Dining, which is all on the 5th deck and on part of the 6th for part of the evening. You can only reserve a time and table on the same day as the meal; no early reservations. We never had to stand in line more than 20 minutes. That said, we were not thrilled with the organization of the staff. A meal never took less than one hour and often ran to nearly two hours. Initially we thought there were problems in the kitchen, but the food was well-prepared. We decided the issue was in the staff’s organization; they were literally continuously running around taking orders, serving, and clearing and setting tables. The noise level was also high. We were also informed that those of us who were on the Baltic cruise portion would see a repeat of menu items on the trans-Atlantic portion. Horizon Court: This popular spot for breakfast and lunch was amazing for dinner. Whenever we were not in the mood for the Dining Room, we went to this buffet; the variety and quality of the dishes available were outstanding. One would be hard pressed not to find something he would enjoy. The variety, especially, was far more than what was offered in the Dining Room. There was a theme night every night (French, Asian, even Tex-Mex, etc). The Bakery area certainly had no shortage of offerings. Yes, this is a buffet, but the tables are set, you can order wine, and you can enjoy as much or as little as you desire. Other eateries: We had one meal in the specialty restaurant, Sabatini’s. Good food, wine, service, and ambiance. Go hungry, though. The Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar served excellent sushi and sashimi. Alfredo’s, a no charge eatery (except for wine and beer), served simple, but good and freshly baked, pizzas for lunch. 5. Princess dress code: There were five formal nights; the ship snuck in the 5th, as the Princess website said there would be only four. The other nights were all “smart casual.” “Formal” for men meant mainly suits and sport coats; tuxedos were a minority. Casual was just that; most men did wear shirts instead of t-shirts. 6. Shore Excursions: Make your shore excursion reservations on-line! This saves you standing in line at the ship’s tour desk. If you know the ports of call and want to travel by yourself, then, of course, you don’t need the ship’s tour office. Tour prices are not cheap; you are paying for the convenience of having the ship organize the tour rather than you doing it after you get ashore. Also, if you obtain your tour through the ship’s staff, you have support when there is a problem. There was no tendering on this trip. At the port, Nynashamn, for Stockholm, the Swedes have invented a mobile, floating walkway that hooks up to the ship. You walk on this ingenious system to the pier. All the tours were well conducted and interesting. Tours in Russia are strenuous and bureaucratic. You have to process through immigration when you leave – and return to – the ship EVERY TIME. You do not need a visa if you are on a Princess organized tour. You are not to leave your tour group to strike out on your own. You do, however, see a lot of St Petersburg. As a reflection of the current world we live in, everyone on the ship had to appear before British immigration authorities as we sailed from Bergen to Glasgow. After that, on the same day, the passports of all non-EU citizens (US, et al) were collected for review by Irish immigration authorities; they were returned to us after we left Ireland for Boston. The procedures were such that we did not need to carry our passports in either the UK or Ireland. 7. Shipboard entertainment: We saw two of the individual entertainers but none of the “show” performances. The two were talented and enjoyable. The ship’s pianists, bands, and the string quartet, rotate through the lounges and on the piazza. The ship has a daily schedule full of activities for all tastes: lectures, bingo, exercising, movies, etc, etc. The library was pitiful; load up your Kindle or iPad with books before boarding. The art auctions were mercifully unobtrusive. The casino seemed to have good business. According to UK customs regulations, the casino was closed when the ship arrived in British waters and could not reopen until 3 ½ hours after we left these waters and were in Irish jurisdiction. The selection of duty-free liquor on board was not great, but adequate; you order your liquor and it is delivered to your cabin the day before disembarking. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to have your picture taken by the ship’s photographers--pricey, but a good souvenir. 8. Tipping: Not a problem if you sign up for the recommended amounts. The amounts are charged to each person’s shipboard account. You have nothing more to do. You only need to tip separately (cash) the person who brings your room service. Your bar and wine bill automatically adds 15 percent. If you want to tip anyone for exemplary service, you can give him cash in an envelope. 9. Settling of Accounts: During your voyage, anything you purchase on board (drinks, souvenirs, tours, duty free items, photos, etc) is punched into a computer. We received no receipts for bar purchases or wine. The shops did give you a receipt. Unless you keep your own notes on what you charged on your account, you will not have a clear idea of your bill until departure. This is another reason to sign up for the ship’s WiFi website so that you can track your charges. Also, there are a couple printers in the Front Desk area where you can swipe your room key card and get an immediate printout of your current bill. You should be able to settle any bill questions beforehand and not spend departure morning in line at the Front Desk sorting it out. You do receive a final bill on disembarkation morning. 10. Disembarkation: First, we went through US immigration on board when we arrived in Boston. This was a bit of a zoo as everyone – including crew – had to appear before an immigration officer. The ship failed to announce there were two lines, one for US passport holders and one for all others. When we learned (on an elevator) that there were two lines, we found the US line was short, and we were through in ten minutes. The other line extended nearly half the length of the ship and took forever. Disembarking in Brooklyn: We arrived and docked on time. However there was at least a 40 minute delay as there was some issue from Port authorities on the unloading of baggage. When that was sorted out, disembarking went very smoothly, and there were no delays. Once we got off the ship, we picked up our luggage, cleared customs, got to the transfer bus to the airport, and we were on our way. 11. Conclusion: This was an enjoyable and fascinating trip. It was also tiring, given the number of ports and few early sea days. The five days travelling from Ireland to Boston were a needed respite to recover and refresh from the overload of sights. We would certainly sail on this ship again…but on a different itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Wanting to explore the countries in the Baltic Sea we selected Regal Princess on the size and age of the ship and were not disappointed. The service and presentation of the staff are outstanding, they are always very professional in all ... Read More
Wanting to explore the countries in the Baltic Sea we selected Regal Princess on the size and age of the ship and were not disappointed. The service and presentation of the staff are outstanding, they are always very professional in all interactions with passengers. We had only come off a Royal Carribbean cruise Sydney to Singapore 4 days prior to our Regal Princess cruise and were very disappointed with the Voyager of the Seas experience given we had been on 5 previous Royal Carribbean cruises over the past 10 years. The mini suite though smaller than the Voyager of the Seas suite was very comfortable and the outlook via the balcony was wonderful as we cruised the Baltic Seas. The entertainment was not as good as we have previously experienced and suggest you are seated at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the show as there are a number of seats on the sides of theatre which only provide a partial view of the stage. The only port which was walkable distance to the town centre was Oslo, there were shuttles provided however at a cost. Be careful the shore tours did not appear to leave on the times specified. It would appear Princess line do not enforce passengers to sanitise their hands prior to entering any restaurants. Until they appoint a crew member supervising passengers with this procedure the cruiseline places itself at a higher risk of gastro outbreaks. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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