We received an email telling us of a delay in boarding. but that didn't proved to be such an inconvenience and once on board the fun and adventure began.
This was completely different for us as I had done some research and decided to use what I had read for most on shore excursions.
Back to the ship, our cabin on the Riviera R631 was very handy to the Horizon, nothing changes ,bit of a moan about the selection of programmes on TV after being on the Royal last year and one side of our pushed together beds was stuffed but my quiet mild mannered spouse didn't moan until late in the cruise.
The food was always of a high standard and the pleasant manner of the staff made one feel quite special, I never found them patronising. It appeared to be quite crowded when dining at the Horizon but it did give us a chance to meet a lot of very nice people
Every cruise has their loud people and self opinionated folk but the ship is big enough to only have to put up with them once.
The entertainment directors Kelvin and Ryan were entertainers in their own right and the shows that they hosted were an enjoyable part of the cruise for us.
We normally did our own thing when it came to shore excursions and that worked out fine with us.
In St Petersburgh we used an independant company (Alla Tours) which we found on the internet and they were excellent. But hop on hop off buses were normally fine for our short stays.
In Poland we used a taxi outside the port with 2 other couples (who we had never met before) to take us to Gdansk and for 90 euros we had our own car and driver all day so for 30 euros each it proved to be of great value.
Of course not everything is perfect but the Baltic heritage cruise with the Princess line will forever be a highlight of our lives. The beauty ,charm and history that we saw were things for us to behold, especially sitting on our balcony and watching the sun disappear at 1135 at night.
Loved will be back with Princess next year.