We spent 3 1/2 days in Amsterdam, thoroughly enjoying the city life, museums, great food, and great architecture. We booked the pre-cruise hotel through HAL, Renaissance Amsterdam. The hotel was accessible, the breakfast buffet excellent, staff helpful. There were some problems with the design of the accessible room-apparently Europeans also believe the USA theory that all wheelchair users are 6 foot acrobats. The bars in the bathroom were designed for that person, three mirrors were all above the level for someone in a wheelchair. The coffee bar and glasses were on a high shelf. The room itself was spacious, the white bathroom exceptionally clean, room quiet and comfortable.
We stopped in Rostock, Tallin, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen. We explored on our own in all cities except St Petersburg. We found transportation to be a challenge everywhere except Amsterdam and Helsinki, where trams were wheelchair accessible. Cab fares were high, as were the price of meals as compared to USA.
In St Petersburg we had two amazing days with Alla Tours. Our guide was very knowledgeable, moving our party of 4 through the busy sites in such a way that we missed most of the large group tours. In the evening we attended the Alexandrinski Ballet-which was a magical experience in an over 200 year old, ornate theatre. The ballet, orchestra, and set were all outstanding. I highly recommend Alla Tours and the Alexandrinski in St Petersburg, Wish we had been able to stay 3 days instead of 2.
Every city was beautiful and unique in its own way. We did not go to Stockholm because the ship docked, apparently for the first time, in a port that required 1 1/2 hour train ride into Stockholm.
The Eurodam is larger than we usually enjoy. The modern decor is interesting. We found bathrooms in the public spaces that were designated accessible, but had no bars and extremely slipper floors.
We loved the Silk Lounge for its views and friendly staff.
One again, we found the entertainment on HAL to be poor. We went to the first night show, left on the 3rd song, and did not go again, so perhaps they improved. The dancers and singer were never working on the same beat.
One thing that we found unpleasant on this cruise were the number of cruisers who were just plan rude to the staff and to other cruisers. We have never seen this level of rudeness on a HAL cruise from travelers who were clearly old enough to know better. People cut in line, sometimes shoving. We saw outright fits at the customer service desk and poor treatment to some of the wait staff. HAL of course has no control over this. Everyone needs to remember to bring their manners with them when traveling!
For those who want to see a number of Baltic Cities in a short period of time, this is a great trip.