We decided this time (cruise #'s 19 and 20) to take back-to-back cruises.....13 day TA from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen, and 9 Day Baltic round-trip Copenhagen.
The first 13 days were TA with two stops, Ponta del Gado and Amsterdam. I can't say enough great things about the crew of the Sun. The ship was not full during the first leg, and we all were spoiled rotten. Our stateroom steward, Fidel, was the best ever! Thanks, Fidel. Our Cruise Director, Jaime, and her staff (especially Beantown Brian, Sinful Sin, Just JJ, Mighty Maria, and Amazing Anastasia....just to mention a few)were fantastic. We woke up every morning laughing at Jaime's morning show. She was always trying to ditch Brian, but somehow, some way, he always managed to find her. Of course, the camera man, Ray, was always blamed for telling Brian where they were shooting the show. Jaime used to work for Carnival.....they should have bribed her to keep her. With a half-full ship, there was one crew member for each passenger, and they definitely spoiled us rotten.
Our Cruise Critic group was a great bunch, and by the end of the cruise they felt like family! We spent sea days playing games in Las Ramblas - Left, Center, Right....Bunko, and Leaman's game - 5 Crowns. Great fun was had by all.
We had an aft balcony stateroom, with plenty of storage. The ship was in great shape, and just the right size...holds 1800+ passengers. She's showing a little wear and tear in the staterooms, but is still a beauty and immaculately clean. Food was good to great in the main dining rooms, and we also tried Le Bistro (always our favorite), Teppanyaki, and the Brazilian restaurant (can you say meat, meat, and more meat?) Breakfast in Moderno was always a treat (deluxe continental).
Baltic Ports: (nutshell descriptions) Germany - took the train to Berlin and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Had a great time on the train with Debbie and Jay and Sammi and her husband. Stood on the line where the Berlin wall used to stand, passed Checkpoint Charlie, etc. It was raining when we got to the concentration camp, but when I thought about complaining, it hit me that a little discomfort was nothing compared to what the past inhabitants of the camp endured. This was a very sobering experience, and everyone should visit a camp at least one time...lest we forget. Estonia - a beautiful country. The Talinn town square was amazing, with little shops and restaurants built into rock walls. Also, the U.S. should some lessons from the Estonia economy. St. Petersburg, Russia....we took an SPB Tour, with our guide, 'Elena' (she said, "call her Helen.") Definitely recommend you ask for her as your guide, and SPB tours can be found on line. The first day was 12 hours including the Hermitage and numerous castles and churches - the like of which I've never seen. Day 2 was eight hours, including more castles and Peterhof Gardens (beautiful), ending with a hydrofoil boat ride back to our pier.
Helsinki, Finland - my least favorite port, but probably because we only saw the city and not much of the countryside. We recommend the "Hop-on, Hop-off" buses here and also in......
Stockholm, Sweden. The sail into port was several hours of beautiful islands with quaint homes and gardens. It reminded is somewhat of the Alaska Inside Passage. The city was also beautiful.
Our trip home was brutal...awake for 24+ hours with 3 planes and 3 airports. We flew Air Canada from Copenhagen to Toronto (a very nice flight, by the way, for all you Air Canada haters we met on this trip), then United to Houston, and again home to Dallas. Exhaustion not withstanding, it was well worth it, as this was definitely the trip of a lifetime.
We loved the ship, the crew, our Cruise Critic bunch, the ports and everything about this trip!