This was my 8th cruise and in the past I have sailed with RCL (5) NCL (1) and Carnival (1) and have spent over 50 days at sea. This was our first time on any Princess ship, and most likely won't be our last. We embarked at Copenhagen at about 12 p.m, when the embarkation opens, and from the first moment to the last, we enjoyed it. Although this was one of the longer cruises we've been on, we weren't homesick at all, like we sometimes are on 7 day journeys. Read about the details below.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Food was probably the most outstanding thing about our cruise trip.
Let's break down the food into different parts:
Breakfast buffet was average. There was good selection, including meats, omlets, fruits, pancakes, etc. However, most items stayed the same everyday. If you like eating the same thing for breakfast each day, there is very good selection. If you want to switch things up though, it might not be the best for you, as only about 5 items switch every day.
We were only able to have one lunch in the buffet, first day, since at other times we were either at sit down lunch or at port. Our first impression was good though. Salad selection was good, and there was a good international selection of food.
Dinner buffet was themed every night, and after sit down dinner we always headed up, although we were full, we would still stuff ourselves. The dinner buffet had a row of set courses, likes roast beef, French fries, snow peas etc. Salad and bread in the middle, and a themed row. There was an Italian night, American Night, Asian Night, and local themes, like Bavarian, Baltic, and Scandinavian.
The pastry shop features bread in the morning and deserts and pastries in the afternoon.
Sit down Lunch:
Sit down lunch is in Concerto dinning room and features a brunch menu, soup, salads, appetizers, and different entrees, like sandwiches for quicker sit down lunches, and with items like Fried seafood, Nasi Goreng, Steak, Ham, and Mussels as mains.
Sit down dinner:
Sit down dinner was awesome. We chose the set time at 5:45 and were served by Jigger and Marissa at table 627. Shoutout to them, they were incredible and hilarious. Selection was good. The soup and salads were average, but the pasta was like heaven. Mains were good too and featured NY steak, Tofu, fish, and Lobster on formal nights.
Ice cream and popcorn 6 out of 10
Poolside Pizza 7 out of 10
Poolside Burgers 6 out of 10
Sit down pizza 8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Sandwiches, Salads, Pastries
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Average Production Shows:
Sweet Soul Music
Good production Shows:
The Voice of the Ocean
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Jigger 9 out of 10
Marissa 7 out of 10
Polaris 9 out of 10
Thank you to total staff 8 out of 10
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Mini-Suite was spacious for 4 of us. Nice to have a balcony.
2 single beds
Beautiful charming city with canals.
Little mermaid is not neccacary
Copenhagen card is useful for transportation and attractions
If you have time visit Fredriksborg castle, Amalienborg, Carlsberg Factory, and for kids zoo and aquarium are both quite good. If you cruise departs from Copenhagen you should spend 2 or 3 days before or after (we spent two days after and still felt rushed to see everything).
Oslo is a decent city to visit. Oslo card is useful for transportation and museums. Oslo is a very walkable city. Fram museum and folk museum are recomended. Vigeland sculpture park is also excellent on a fine day
Warnemünde is a very fine town, with beaches, lighthouses, and fish markets. We didn't head into Berlin but we also went out of Warnemünde. First we stayed in Warnemünde for about and hour. It's a great place to just stroll around. Then we headed to Wismar, just and average place. Schwerin castle, about an hour and half away from Warnemünde is very nice. Museum shows you the life in the castle, and you can spend some time enjoying the garden and lake.
Probably our favorite port, since weather was good. Stockholm is about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes away from Nynashamn, which is nice as well. Your ship could say tender required, but it is actually a floating gangway, which is very wide and essentially a regular gangway on giant buoys. It is completely safe. Gamla Stan Stockholm is nice to stroll around, and be sure to try Nutella ice cream if you stumble apon it. Skansen is an outdoor museum/zoo about folk life in Sweden, which you should check out.
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