Copenhagen was another beautiful city. We had a very good shore excursion that visited the Tivoli Gardens before it opened to the public and also had a canal boat ride with a very charming guide through many of the main areas of the city.
Helsinki was our favorite port on this cruise. We had a totally delightful shore excursion that took us through the city and into the countryside, stopping at the Old Stone Church, then giving us free time in the charming town of Porvoo. We had a fantastic lunch in an old distillery located near a country manor house, then had a chance to see several of the top sites in Helsinki, including the Rock Church, the Sibelius monument and the open-air market. Friendly folks, beautiful city and countryside!!
Oslo is a beautiful city! We had a shore excursion that visited three maritime museums that was hurried and confusing, but we did get some time to explore the waterfront area and found the locals to be very friendly.
Warnemunde was a pleasant surprise. We elected not to travel to Berlin (having visited that city before) and we did a local shore excursion that visited a 800-year-old Cistercian abbey and included a short ride on a steam train, before ending in a Baltic seaside resort with some free time. A very nice, low-key day, with an excellent tour guide.
St. Petersburg was fascinating and frustrating. We visited during an International Economic Forum and the Crimson Sails festival, so traffic was a nightmare. We had an evening excursion to the ballet, which required everyone to walk several blocks due to the traffic issues. The ballet was excellent. We followed this with a day-long city highlights tour, which involved going around in circles past landmarks, plus we had a lengthy stop at a souvenir store, followed by a so-so lunch, then a bit of time in the splendid Hermitage. Most of the folks we encountered on these excursions were extremely unfriendly and unsmiling. The bus ride into the city from the remote port location is sobering, passing many unkempt Stalin-era apartment houses.
We didn't have enough time in Stockholm, due to some weird issue with our ship's return to Dover two days later, cutting our time short in Stockholm. We did have a good city tour and plenty of time at the splendid Vasa museum.