We have just returned from 12 days on the Thompson Spirit to the Baltic. We cannot praise the crew of the Spirit enough. The food was fantastic anything you wanted, the crew were very friendly and helpful and the entertainment to my mind was marvellous. The shows that the entertainment team performed were very professional full of fun and wonderful singing and dancing. How these performers can come up with 10 different shows in 12 days and remember all the moves as well as the songs I do not know. They were always ready for a chat if you came across them on any other part of the ship. The down side for us was the guest speaker, who I thought ought to have been in an afternoon slot when we were at sea rather than at night, but otherwise a fantastic cruise to some fantastic places.
Aarhus was cold and damp but still very nice, Stockholm was amazing again a little on the cold side but sunny, went on a bike tour and saw all the sights although not to visit any. Helsinki More
had some wonderful cathedrals both ornate and plain. It was a very interesting place but a bit disappointed because the rock church was out of the city and you had to go on a tour on taxi. What can we say about St Petersburg, out of this world. The Palaces were unbelievable to say that they had nearly been destroyed in the war. Tallinn what a jewel with its quaint cobbled streets and alleyways and interesting areas crammed into such a small space and the last place Copenhagen was expecting the Little Mermaid to be much bigger and farther out in the river but it was wonderful. Visited a small fishing village which was cobbled streets and old houses, beautiful. Can't wait until our next cruise with Thomson. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Aarhus was very nice with interesting buildings and squares and despite the poor weather was still enjoyable. Very nice outdoor museum.
Went into Helsinki on a shuttle bus which stopped in the centre close to the market hall. There was an outside market with crafts and local foods to try and buy. We visited the Lutherian Cathedral and also Uspensky Cathedral and stopped off in the Town hall for toilet facilities, which were free and very clean.
Only embarked on cruise from Newcastle but went smoothly.
One word describes this 'Stunning' although disappointed that we could not take photos but bought a book with the Amber room in it.
How this has been restored since the war is unbelievable. How they have recreated some of the treasures and restored the interior is beyond belief.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Although we did not have time to take a tour round the Cathedral it was worth standing outside as I would imagine it was as stunning inside as out.
Again not enough time to take in all the sights and explore, but hopefully we can visit again.
How the Russians could have done so much in such a short time is unbelievable, when you see the photographs from after the war.
Just 4 words describe St Petersburg 'Out of this World'. The Palaces were outstanding and not enough time really to explore them or to look at all the treasures. Peterhof Palace you could have spent the whole day in the gardens alone and to see what it was after the war is an inspiration. Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room were absolutely stunning. The Peter and Paul Fortress again not enough time to explore or see all the things there. The Cathedrals were beautiful and words can't describe how wonderful they are.
We went on a bicycle tour around the city seeing the sights, cathedral, vasa museum and many others. We had a wonderful guide and possibly saw as much of the city as the people who went on excursions although didn't go into any of these. Had some free time in the city centre for coffee, shopping etc. A wonderful day.
What a jewel with its winding cobbled streets and alleyways, little courtyards with cafes and craft shops and in such a small space is something to be seen. A little short on conveniences but plenty of cafes and bars around.