Regal Princess to Northern Europe

Regal Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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11 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Copenhagen Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 25, 2016
Ship: Regal Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: B507
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Great new ship and fantastic smooth sailing.  Hardly felt a ripple sailing to/from all ports.  Employees were gracious and well trained, rooms were clean, food was great.  Excursions c/o could use a little help except for Berlin and St. Petersburg. Those two excursions were excellent. Fantastic tour guide on Berlin excursion. Katarina was bright, funny, knowledgeable, energetic, always smiling and kept her group together. She had a loud voice so we had no problem hearing her.  Same for St. Petersburg, duo guides provided earphones so they could always be heard. Bus on first day lacked adequate air conditioning, so they changed to a better equipped bus on the second day (this was the 3-city excursion). In previous tours taken, there are appointments assigned to groups which should have been applied to many of these sights. The crowds were large, many, many, people and we were rushed along so we couldn't enjoy many of the sights seen. !  I can't imagine what it will be like inn the middle of summer! Third City on the tour was Estonia which was a disappointment. Tour guide was soft spoken with a quiet conversational voice.  We couldn't hear her so we wandered off.  We had a small van to the City center and since the tour ended there, we WALKED back to the ship,  (About 30 minutes in the rain!)  She was sweet and hurried off at the end of the tour as if she didn't want to be there and wanted to go off asap.  The excursion in Oslo was okay, not great.  Bus did not have adequate air conditioning and folks were falling asleep in the mid to rear of the bus from lack of oxygen.  It was a huge group and although the guide was informative she should have had a portable microphone. Additionally, explanation to get to the tour meeting place seemed simple enough but it took us longer in the drizzle/rain as it was not very explicit and the bus was parked on a slight hill with no visible signs.  It was a pretty far walk from the ship to the city and a bit apprehensive as instructions stated it would depart 30 minutes after the ship landed.  (Rain only in Oslo and Estonia)  I also took Princess excursions but will refrain from commenting on those since this is a United Cruise review.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Others stated that the specialty dining as well as our anytime dining was no better than the buffet service. The difference is getting dressed up and having food served to you. However the variety in the buffet was just as good if not better.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
As good as it could be on a cruise.


5 out of 5
As expected on cruise lines.

Children's Programs

not applicable to us

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our ship steward was excellent. Service in the buffet was generally very good except for one server who ignored us at breakfast. Bypassed us in offering juice and coffee. We got our own coffee (hot from the machine) and I asked for juice from the service area.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean. Intercom did not work in our room or area. We had to open the door to listen to the captain's remarks in the hallway. Elevators were always crowded!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very good. Photos of the room was pretty accurate from the actual. I would like to have the bathroom larger, but understand the situation.

Ship Tip

Don't expect free WiFi as in most places including hotels. Buffet service food is pretty good considering it's the same kitchen as anytime dining. Not much to worry about because ship is run efficiently and well organized on all events.

3 out of 5
Pretty city but humid on days we were there. Don't pre-stay at the Radisson Blu hotel. No air conditioning in the lobby, elevators, or dining room. Carpets in the room was dirty. Front desk agent was inexperienced, not very helpful. This is a 2 and maybe 3 star hotel in USA.
5 out of 5
Pretty city. Interesting, but limited.
5 out of 5
Wonderful. Also, the trip was enjoyable because of the great tour guide! Lunch was good and different.
1 out of 5
Little to see. Guide had no enthusiasm.
3 out of 5
Guide did not provide restroom stop so we headed to the public restroom at the park with the Sibelius monument. Awful experience!
5 out of 5
The best museum to see the Viking ship. Because of the distance from the port to the city, our guide did not return with us.
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