I am writing this entry from the balcony of my stateroom on board the Regal Princess. She is a brand new, amazing ship, and I am blessed to sail during her inaugural year. This morning we are sailing into Norway, and the scenery is just breathtakingly beautiful—so green and lush with tree covered hills, inlets, boats, lighthouses and dotted with gorgeous homes each perched for the perfect view!
I began this sojourn on Saturday afternoon with an overnight flight to Amsterdam, clearing customs, then flying on to Copenhagen, Denmark. Yesterday, I took a panorama tour of Copenhagen, followed by a canal cruise. Highlights included the Little Mermaid statue, the royal yacht, which is the oldest of its type in the world, changing of the guard at the Queen’s palace, and the beautiful Opera House. Copenhagen is modeled after Amsterdam, and the influence is obvious, with Dutch architecture and canals meandering through the city. There are more bikes than people—three million bikes versus one million people!
I boarded the cruise ship in the evening and enjoyed getting acquainted with her, though I was so tired from my journey. The adrenaline of adventure kept me up until almost 10:00 p.m. I got up early to take in the the gorgeous scenery this morning and had a wonderful room service breakfast. Later today, I will tour Oslo, which includes a cruise of the fjords.
The spectacular Regal Princess blends comfort and elegance. On board this voyage, there are 1,357 crew members from 47 countries to serve the 3,499 passengers from 56 countries. Entertainment options await, including the SeaWalk, a first-at-sea innovation offering a captain’s view of the ocean from a glass floor on the 16th deck. There are a variety of dining options, and the breathtaking piazza is 50% larger than Princess’ other ships. They even have two female Russian artists onboard painstakingly hand painting Mytroshka nesting dolls. I bought a set that they will sign with “Regal Princess 2015” on the bottom. They depict scenes of St. Petersburg, which we will call upon later on the cruise.
The itinerary includes roundtrip voyage from Copenhagen, Denmark, with calls in Oslo, Norway; Aarhus, Denmark; Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Tallin, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. What a grand adventure!