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10 Princess Rostock (Warnemunde) Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
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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