Eurodam Cruise Review by venison: 10-day Gems of The Baltic
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10-day Gems of The Baltic
First of all...give yourself at least a couple of days in your embarkation city to get use to the time change (if any) and mostly to take into consideration flight delays. We connected through Dublin on our way to Copenhagen and the flight was cancelled due to "mechanical issues". We were suppose to arrive in Copenhagen at 2:15p.m. but didn't get there until 10p.m. at night. Which was disappointing since we missed out on half day/night to enjoy Copenhagen and one of their Michelin restaurants which we made reservations for before leaving home. We took the train from the airport to the city which was very easy! Stayed at the First Hotel 27...great breakfast, room was small - like a dormitory though, but in a great location - very close to Tivoli!
Copenhagen - great city to bike around and to see whole city. Made reservations at the Friskebaren by the old meat district, it was good but overpriced to us since we get better oysters at home. Had lunch in Nyhavn which was More good. Food is expensive in this city compared to North America! We took a cab to the ship which cost $30US...beware some of the drivers rip you off by taking you on a longer route to the port. We also didn't realize we could've taken the train to the port and saved us money, but when we departed the ship we took the train to the Central Station and it was $4USp.p. and $6USp.p to airport. However, it is approx 20 min walk to get there and you just have to follow the blue line (marking on the ground) to take you there. We noticed we arrived at the airport quicker than some of the passengers who were waiting in line for a taxi at the port.
Tallinn - great Medieval town. Really liked it here...didn't do a tour...walked around ourselves. We had a beer in this cool bar which was in a building which was like 600 years old (i don't remember the name). We brought back the map we got at the visitors centre and purchased 2 for 1 beers (any 2 for 1 drink)...which was great. Ship tells you to purchase Rubles here rather than waiting to get it in Russia...we saw many passengers doing this at the visitor centre but you can get a better exchange in the Old Town currency exchange booth. The square has many vendors selling crafts, clothing etc. We bought deer salami here since it was less than at the visitor centre.
St. Petersburg - We chose not to change any money to Rubles and glad we didn't since most shops the tour took us to in Russia took Euro/US/credit cards, especially since almost most of the passengers are on organized shore excursions. We pre-arranged a tour with TJ Travel, we liked this company since we didn't have to pay up front but rather the last day of our 2 day trip. A typical Russian lunch was included both days and they were good. I think all tours basically take you to the same places. We enjoyed the second day better since it wasn't as hectic and we enjoyed the canal cruise which was included (they gave us champagne and chocolate also). Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Helsinki - this is a port you can do on your own. We walked from the ship to the centre which was approx 20 mins, but the ship provides a shuttle for a fee ($12 round trip p.p.). Other ships were docked closer to the city and were right by the market area. We were looking for a place to try reindeer and never found any, which was strange. However, we did find it at the port shop - canned and very expensive.
Stockholm - probably our favourite port...we could've used another day there. We decided to do the Royal hopon/hopoff boat - 10 euro p.p., which basically took you to each spot. We got off at Vasa but the line was way too long and decided to go the Old Town first and took the boat in the other direction and left the Vasa for last. It worked out fine since most groups had already been through and the line moved quickly (think it was around 2p.m.). We didn't go into the Royal Palace since we wanted to see the rest of Stockholm. We did find our reindeer meet in one of the indoor markets...it was delicious!
Warnemunde - we chose to skip Berlin and walked around this seaport. Pleasantly surprised at this port, lots of shops and food vendors. We also took train to Rostock (5 euro p.p. round trip), approx 20 mins in total to get there. Its a nice place as well and we walked this also. Had a bratwurst in one of the squares - the guy had a smoker so it was really good, way better than the ships! Lots of passengers went to Berlin, but glad we decided not to go since it was a nice warm day.
Kiel - didn't go to Hamburg, walked around Kiel but could have skipped this port and would've rather a second day in Stockholm. We were back at the ship by noon for lunch and a relaxing afternoon on the ship.
We really enjoyed ourselves on the Eurodam. We booked this cruise last minute- gtd veranda and were so happy we were upgraded to a spa room on the tenth deck. The room had a lot of space. We are spoiled by having a veranda and enjoy seeing where we are sailing to from the privacy of our own room, and that we can get fresh air when we open the balcony door. We sat on our balcony the whole time as we sailed through the Stockholm Archipelago. Great spot on the ship...loved that we were close to walking out on the deck and the lido! We purchased the $199 couple spa package to use the thermopool/steam room etc. It was well worth it and we used it everyday after our excursions. We also bought the $250 beverage card twice, and used it to purchase our 7 day wine package and happy hour drinks - one at reg price and second for a $1. It's great that they allow you to do this! We went to the Pinnacle and Tamarind for the formal nights...really great service and food at both! We pre-booked these before getting on ship. Tamarind doesn't charge for lunch, but you do need to make reservations, which we didn't know from reading the reviews and it was booked up when I called on the ship for reservations. Staff isn't as friendly in the Lido or other parts of the ship, but they were pleasant enough. Stateroom attendants are great! I think our room was cleaned four times a day and my husband loved the fact that when he purchased the beer at happy hour and brought them to our room...the next day after coming back from the excursions his beer was always cold on ice. Only had room service the morning of St.Petersburg excursion and it was good. Overall, it was great ship and vacation! Less
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