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6 Princess Rostock (Warnemunde) Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
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