Just back from May 4th NCL Baltic cruise with 2 night stay in Copenhagen. Definitely an intensive destination type cruise with much history of the region.
CPH: Stayed at Scandic Palace. Clean, updated historical hotel with mix of old and new. Room location is key as to noise level. Room 223 is located above the samll street behind the hotel which is subject to out door cafes that are open and drinking til 1 am. thus it sounded like someone was in our room half the night. Hotel location is great. We walked to Tivoli (you can get hand stamped for evening return)during afternoon for beer and outdoor concert then returned after dark to enjoy the lights. Taxi ride from airport $230kr.
Embarcation day: Taxi from hotel to ship for 6 and luggage was 242kr. NCL staff friendly and directive so on ship about 1 pm and the cabins were ready.
Rooms: Aft mini-suite 9278 and 0267. Both rooms clean and comfortable. 0267 (10th floor)is larger than 9th floor room right below it. Aft rooms have alot of vibration so keep that in mind if you don't like movement.
Germany: Part of group did Friends of Dave local tour while others did private tour to Berlin with SPB Tours. both parties have only favorable memories of the tours. Separate write ups out there.
Tallin, Estonia: used HOHO bus tour on our own. Easy to follow and at 10 euro each it is a good day. they provide headset in English with map of city.
St. petersburg: Private tour for 6 with SPB Tours. It's a long 2 days of much walking and heavy crowds. History and art is amazing. Dress with layers as inside the Hermitage and Catherine's palace it is hot with thousands of people pushing and shoving.
Stockhom: Took the NCL mini tour of city and included stop at the ICE bar. Enjoyable and yet after touring Russia, we needed something slow moving with less people.
NCL Sun: Fine ship but nothing first class. More middle of the road and they charge extra for everything. Service is outstanding. Noticeably improved. Entertainment was above average and geared towards the older crowd. We treated it as a floating hotel given the intensity of touring so no complaints.