Having seen this cruise advertised in a magazine we were attracted by the itinery, size of ship and cost. Reviews and the weather in the Baltic at this time of year, with some snobby comments from experienced cruisers on larger ships lowered expectations as we approached embarkation. We should have had more faith! This is a professionally run cruise with excellent personell who go the extra mile to ensure everything is done to make passengers as comfortable as possible. A small ship promotes a community feel as you re meet people on board and during excursions. There is plenty to do on board ranging from nightly musical productions, interesting speakers, bingo, art classes, gentle keep fit and singing etc etc Excursions were well run with informative and professional guides. We loved the majesty of St Petersburg and the opportunity to walk from the ship into the pretty village of Warnemunde. All ports of call were interesting and gave a taste of the Baltic countries. Daily bulletins gave clear information and summary guides of next day's port of call.
Our cabin, a Junior suite was very comfortable and well worth an upgrade. Food was tasty and varied but only available at set times, so we didn't fall into the overeating trap 'because it's there' that we were warned about. However what was provided left us very satisfied and those who want to pile plates high have a self serve bistro. The journey was smooth to start but the edge of the storm battering the Uk did produce choppier seas in the latter part of the cruise - the ship coped well, as did the attentive crew.
The only downside was a few fellow passengers who found fault - largely due to orevious experience on the larger liners and expectations that this value for money cruise would provide the same amenities and food provision.
We will return!