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My wife and I had planned this cruise for 10 months and we were married in Copenhagen on the day of our cruise,fantastic adventure,I surprised my bride with a Jr. Suite that had been decorated by RCCL with a just married package,Suite ... Read More
My wife and I had planned this cruise for 10 months and we were married in Copenhagen on the day of our cruise,fantastic adventure,I surprised my bride with a Jr. Suite that had been decorated by RCCL with a just married package,Suite number 1570,for anyone cruising this is the quietest room on the ship,we did not hear a peep for 10 days,just the ocean,plenty of room,clean ,a balcony and a bathtub with the shower for your lady,Amos our attendant always had a smile,I keep reading about the ship needing this and that,well,the ship is in amazing shape,sure it's older but you make your vacation good or bad right?,it's just the right size,service on the ship was excellent from guest relations to the dining room,plenty of variety in windjammer and main dining room,service in main dining room never took more than an hour and we chose my time dining which worked for us,for all the meals the chef has to produce in mass quantity we found the quality to be above average,all the people who say it lacked variety are just being picky and nothing would make them happy,the menu changed every night,the ports were fantastic and again you make your own happiness and satisfaction by seeing the good in everything and embracing new experiences,we did a bike ride in Estonia and a ballet in St. Petersberg and everything in between,so fun,entertainment was energetic and very professional,we went to a show every night they had one,singers and band had a lot of energy and the duo who did the magic and acrobatics were so very strong,we were able to meet the acts after the show and on the ship as we shopped that's how intimate the ship is,the staff tried very hard in every circumstance,they even let us go into the guest relations office to print our boarding passes for our departure flight,that's going above and beyond,yes the internet was slow so plan B is a great idea,embarkation was smooth as was disembarkation,we would recommend this cruise and we visited 7 countries 2 we had been to before,very port intensive so plan your excursions wisely to make use of your time! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
1. We were happy with our RCL Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise last 2016 so we booked a RCL Scandinavian/Russia cruise last May 2017. 2. The staff were efficient and helpful (esp the Filipinos) and there were a lot of choices for ... Read More
1. We were happy with our RCL Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise last 2016 so we booked a RCL Scandinavian/Russia cruise last May 2017. 2. The staff were efficient and helpful (esp the Filipinos) and there were a lot of choices for the food. The food was delicious. 3. The cabins were cleaned daily. 4. Embarkation and disembarkation were all smooth. 5. The Copenhagen departure/arrival port staff were helpful and taxis were abundant. 6. The highlight of our cruise was St Petersburg. Our itinerary included an overnight stay. 7. We had an unexpected snowfall in Helsinki and Stockholm which made our cruise more memorable. They had hop on hop off tour buses. 8. We stayed in Copenhagen for 3 day prior to our cruise. Denmark is a beautiful place to explore and they have an efficient and easy-to-understand rail system. 9. Talinn was an interesting medieval city. 10. Riga and Klaipeda were a bit boring. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was the follow up cruise to our Atlantic crossing and it was a good choice. The Baltic itinerary was very busy compared to the crossing but there were no scheduled speakers, which would have been a plus to gain a better understanding ... Read More
This was the follow up cruise to our Atlantic crossing and it was a good choice. The Baltic itinerary was very busy compared to the crossing but there were no scheduled speakers, which would have been a plus to gain a better understanding of the history of each port. The food in the main dinning room was fine but the choices were a little slim, with no effort made to bring any local flavor to the menu. On the other hand, the Windjammer cafe, while often crowded during peek periods, had a better than usual list of options including some local fare and the service there was above average. I only used third party excursions (Google SPB) and liked the smaller group sizes and the ability to savor local food at each port. Finally, I must mention how well the ship handled the cold weather we experienced. With temps in the 40's and 50's every day, the ships design was nearly perfect. All that glass acted as a wind break and only the main pool and sport decks were, effected by the wind and cold. There were other venues to keep you occupied, like the gym or the indoor pools and spas. All in all I would be happy to sale on the Renaissance class ships any time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was a cruise of the Baltic Sea. Chose this cruise because we had never been to that part of the world. Embarked in Stockholm and cruised to the Finnish coast (where we hiked and kayaked in a remote area); then on to St. Petersburg, ... Read More
This was a cruise of the Baltic Sea. Chose this cruise because we had never been to that part of the world. Embarked in Stockholm and cruised to the Finnish coast (where we hiked and kayaked in a remote area); then on to St. Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and ending in Copenhagen. The historians and naturalists on board lectured about the history of the region and particularly how affected countries broke from Soviet control. There was also an ethnomusicologist on board who introduced us passengers to the music of the countries we visited by arranging for attendance at performances. This trip included anything from the bar; wine flowed at cocktail time and at dinner. Service on the Orion was impeccable, meals beautifully served, offering meat, fish, and poultry selections. Breakfast and lunch are buffets with a wide variety of hot dishes and cold salads. Ship holds just 100 passengers and has a small fitness center, a library, and an outdoor restaurant if weather permits. A minor criticism is that chairs in the lounge and library/observation area are straight, hard, and uncomfortable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose it for the destinations and the timing in early May. The whole "Expedition Staff" were great, especially Alizé, Jacob, Sisse and Dagny. I really like the totally all inclusive policy. I never took out my wallet. I ... Read More
Chose it for the destinations and the timing in early May. The whole "Expedition Staff" were great, especially Alizé, Jacob, Sisse and Dagny. I really like the totally all inclusive policy. I never took out my wallet. I didn't like the suggestion that maybe we should give to the tipping fund. It's either included or it not. Starting with two nights in Stockholm A 102 passenger ship is ideal. In all but Gdansk, we were right there in the middle of things The mess in the Hermitage was not Lindblad's fault but it was scary . We would have chosen not to go there rather than endure that. Someone should have known that May date was a national holiday. We really liked the three music programs organized by Jacob Edgar. His enthusiasm and knowledge are contagious. We will sail with Orion again! Klaipeda could be dropped for more time in Visby. Visby is very attractive and might even be worth an overnight visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We picked this cruise due to the unique itinerary, Copenhagen to Barcelona as the boat was re positioning to the Pacific for the first time, should have taken the extra holidays and stayed on board to get home. This was our 12 cruise and ... Read More
We picked this cruise due to the unique itinerary, Copenhagen to Barcelona as the boat was re positioning to the Pacific for the first time, should have taken the extra holidays and stayed on board to get home. This was our 12 cruise and had been on NCL only once before in Hawaii on Pride of America, so had a fair idea of what to expect. we also picked a stern cabin on Deck 10, which was a great choice only the spa above so no noise at night. I read plenty of reviews before the cruise and there was mixed reviews, but I have absolutely no idea how any one could complain about this boat or crew, it was wonderful and the crew were exceptional, probably the best we have experienced. We saw and heard people complaining, but it seemed they just had nothing better to do than expect everyone to drop everything just for them and change schedules just for them, some people realy need to get a life, and join the real world. Boarding was quick, if you had everything prepared like you are meant to, bags arrived quickly and meant we were unpacked and ready to cruise in no time. As a rear balcony cabin 10230 it was a bit bigger as can handle 3 people (a fold out lounge) bit would be a bit tight, it was actually our first holiday in 19 years without our daughter, so the extra room just for us was great, 2 small built in desks and a coffee table with the small lounge made it a great cabin, plenty of hanging space and draws to take the contents of our 2 large bags. Second time we have had a stern cabin and is certainly a great spot as you can see what is on bot sides of the ship. We ate in the main dining rooms most nights and food was good, hot and quickly served. We also ate in 3 of the specialty restaurants, French, Asian and Steak, and they were sensational and worth the little extra charge (at least we think so). We settled in to a routine drinking and reading at the "Is 5 O'clock Somewhere Bar" in the afternoon when we got back to the ship after the days ashore, and quickly made friends with the bar staff, who after 2 days knew exactly what and when we wanted. Plus being on a complimentary "Drinks Package" as part of our booking meant there was no signing of bar bills, except in Spanish ports and waters where we had to pay the tax (70c to $1). Didn't go to any shows, as we were happy to read and listen to a great signer in the bar every night. (and listen to people complain about a lovely young lady's English accent when running Trivia) Shore tours - yes the ships ones are a bit expensive, but remember if they are late back the ship does not leave without you. By the announcements a couple of days, some people did get left behind in a couple of ports. Having the meeting place in the theater most days was great and well organised though the people who crowed the exist thinking they would be the first on the buses was annoying. But it worked extremely well. Copenhagen, Oslo, Rotterdam/Amsterdam, ZeeBrugge, Le Harve, Le Verdon, Gijon, Lisbon, Cadiz, Valencia and finally Barcelona and 4 sea days for good measure, made for a sensational holiday and cruise. Dis embarkation was a breeze, with bags available at the correct time and a quick taxi ride to our hotels for 3 days before the long 26 hrs in a plane home. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This cruise covered so much ground from Copenhagen to Barcelona and included stops in Oslo, Brussels, Amsterdam. Paris, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Valencia and Seville. There was ample time at each port to visit and see these cities. The nightly ... Read More
This cruise covered so much ground from Copenhagen to Barcelona and included stops in Oslo, Brussels, Amsterdam. Paris, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Valencia and Seville. There was ample time at each port to visit and see these cities. The nightly entertainment was varied and plentiful: from Incredible R&B to standard jazz and piano ballads. The service in the main dining room at the back of the ship was excellent, and the food was amazing and five star every single night. We Never had to wait and didn't have to make reservations not one time during the 14 day cruise. The pool and hot tubs in the spa were so relaxing, clean and practically empty. I loved it and had a couple of great massages. The buffet had every kind of authentic ethnic food. I had coffee every morning on my balcony before going to the dining room for a delicious breakfast. Excellent hygiene on the ship with staff spraying cruisers hands everywhere near food. I Had fun and success in the friendly and fun casino. And I was able to go dancing every night to the masterful tunes on Exotique, who members were so friendly and talented. I would easily do this cruise ship again.and again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ports that it was visiting during it's repositioning. Dining room & buffet food was average though they charge extra for steak and lobster. Other cruises we have been on usually offer them at ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that it was visiting during it's repositioning. Dining room & buffet food was average though they charge extra for steak and lobster. Other cruises we have been on usually offer them at least once during your cruise at no extra cost. Specialty restaurants were good but some items on the menu were the same thing that you could get in the buffet or dining rooms at no charge? We enjoyed the 24 hour pub the most. Didn't feel like you were on a ship. I must say that the staff was the most friendly that we have ever had on a cruise. In the last 2 ports we were given hand outs with port information. I'm not sure why this wasn't available for all ports. This was our first time with Norwegian. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. We would certainly consider another sailing with them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because the ports were interesting and places we had never visited. We have sailed with NCL several times and basically knew what to expect on board ship. The ports were very interesting so we were not disappointed. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the ports were interesting and places we had never visited. We have sailed with NCL several times and basically knew what to expect on board ship. The ports were very interesting so we were not disappointed. We usually plan shore excursions with small groups we meet through Cruise Critic which worked very well on this cruise. NCL delivers a middle of the road product which suits our tastes quite well. We enjoy no formal nights and the ability to eat when we want. It does seem that NCL is pushing the specialty dining and has lowered their standards quite a bit in the main dining rooms. We do not go to the buffet at all just due to our personal preferences so I cannot comment on the buffet. The nights we did not have specialty dining (part of our package) we checked the menu for the main dining room and often opted for Ginza which is a complimentary (for the most part) Japanese restaurant which never failed to satisfy. Having said this, we will sail with NCL again, and we did enjoy the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I decided we would fly to Europe and do a big cruise to see as much a possible since it would likely be the only time. Our holiday actually started on Aug 12 where we flew to London for a few days then to Budapest where ... Read More
My husband and I decided we would fly to Europe and do a big cruise to see as much a possible since it would likely be the only time. Our holiday actually started on Aug 12 where we flew to London for a few days then to Budapest where we took an eight day river cruise. We cruised from there to Nuremberg then took a bus to Prague for a few days, then flew again to Hamburg for another couple of days. We arrived by bus to Copenhagen to take the three back to back cruises with Norwegian on the "Star". We actually arrived a day early and our hotel could not accommodate us for the one extra night so stayed right by the train station at the hotel Mercur. This was a nice place, close to everything and breakfast was included for a reasonable price. The following day we checked into our reserved hotel called Saints Annes which was opened in 1851 and is only minutes walk to the waterfront and canal. The hotel rooms are very small but clean and quiet. Breakfast available at a cost. On Sept 5th our arrival at the dock by taxi was cheaper than what the hotel wanted and no round about driving. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and our embarkment was speedy with very few lineups. We are Latitude members and didn't realize we had reached platinum so were pleased to see a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries greeting us. Laundry once a week was included which we were so happy to have. Our room with a balcony on the 9th deck starboard was comfortable. There are lots of options for eating on board and particularly like the Schooner bar and cafe. You can order fish & chips, chicken wings, hamburgers etc at any time of day. Our Captain Matias Anderssen gave us a commentary each morning on the port we were going to be visiting. He says he is one of the last Vikings since he is a Swede and this is his heritage. Great sense of humour. The ports we visited on the first part of our cruise to the Baltics was - Warnemunde (Germany), Tallin (Estonia, St. Petersburg (Russia) Helsinki (Finland) Stockholm (Sweden) and then back to Copenhagen. The second portion of our cruise was from Copenhagen to Bergen (Norway), Alesund (Norway), Lerwick Shetland Islands (Scotland) Thorshavn (Faroe Islands), Revkiavik (Iceland) Greenock (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and back to Copenhagen again. Final part of the three cruises in one - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) Zeebrugge (Belgium) Le Havre (France), Bordeaux (France), Gijon (Spain),Lisbon (Portugal), Cadiz (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and disembarking in Barcelona. We took many excursions from the ship as well as a lot of Hop On/Hop Off bus tours. A lot of these ports visited were container ports and out of the city limits so too far to walk to town. Places like Rotterdam was a two hour bus ride to Amsterdam and wouldn't want to travel on our own that far. Paris was the same so no option but to take the excursion to be safe.This was apparently a trial cruise to check out the ports for new destinations even though it was considered a repositioning one. The Star was continuing on to Dubai, Singapore and Australia instead of the original port of Miami which meant we would disembark there in Barcelona. We booked the cruise Royal Caribbean" Brilliance of the Seas" but had five days before it would be leaving so took a bus to a seaside resort called Sitges. Loved it!! We liked our stateroom on the ship although the shower stall was a bit cramped but lots of cupboard space in the cabin. We enjoyed the entertainment, crew were exceptionally friendly and helpful, the food was a good selection at the buffet. The dining room food was good but the appitizers always came luke warm. They did not have a cafe for hot snacks like the Norwegian but did offer food after the buffet closed. Our overall impression of the ship was very good and would not hesitate to book with them again. Our holiday ended when we flew from Tampa to Victoria, British Columbia but from Aug 12th - Nov 1st 2016 we had a wonderful venture with many picture and memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This review is actually for 3 B2B cruises on Serenade of the Seas (Aug 13 - Sep 13), Baltic, Norway, and 16 day TA (stops in Norway and Iceland). We had been on Serenade before, and although it isn't our favorite ship, we chose it ... Read More
This review is actually for 3 B2B cruises on Serenade of the Seas (Aug 13 - Sep 13), Baltic, Norway, and 16 day TA (stops in Norway and Iceland). We had been on Serenade before, and although it isn't our favorite ship, we chose it for the itineraries. Anyone doing B2B cruises should be aware that you get repeated menus and entertainment. Embarking in Copenhagen started off with RC not being able to find our reservation. We had to wait quite awhile as they researched it, had to print our seapass cards, etc, etc. Got on board and our seapass didn't work at all. And then our internet code wasn't valid. We are Diamond members and none of our benefits were loaded on our seapass card. So after several trips to Guest Services (long lines!), we finally got settled. My husband likes everything in order before he can relax. We thought that MOST of the public areas of the ship were quite clean except all the windows were very dirty. I realize you can't keep the outside clean when sailing, but this dirt was on the inside. Park Café needed a good cleaning, there was always food on the floor and window sills. In our cabin, the sofa was old and soiled. Cabinetry was well worn, balcony dirty. There's good storage, but hangars are too wide for the closet, and the hangars have to hang at an angle. As for the staff, we liked the cruise director and activities staff. They worked very hard. Our room attendant was the worst we have ever had. I could write a long review on just our encounters with her. We had to ask for soap, tissues, two washcloths, ice, and robes. She gave us those things begrudgingly, or so it seemed to me. I asked if there was additional padding for the bed, and she rolled up our mattress pad, put the entire thing under my side of the bed (hubby had no mattress pad under his sheet), and then she laid pillows on top of that, and then the sheet over that. My side was at least a foot higher than his. I thought it was a "snotty" response to a simple request. She never introduced herself, never called us by name until the 28th day, always unhappy, complained of back pain and being tired. I avoided her as much as possible; she just made me feel uncomfortable. The shops were constantly having those "junk" sales. And they had tables set up in the small hallways outside the shops, which was a terrible bottle-neck when everyone was trying to get to the theater. You just could not get through. So annoying. Most of the wait staff in the MDR we encountered were very good, except Leslie, who was our head waiter on the 3rd cruise. Sour disposition, never looked at you, repeatedly ignored requests. But we always had great dinner companions, so that made up for it. The food was a mixed bag, some very good, some awful. Hubby sent his back more than once because it was cold. The MDR is very crowded. I got so tired of waiters bumping my chair, causing me to spill my drink. Annoying!! The windjammer is never my favorite on any ship. Too much curry!! But I loved the fruit and salad bar. And great bread choices, too. The only milk cartons they had were the "sippy cup" type for kids with the straw. Hard to pour on cereal. Food in Park Café was not very good in my opinion, and the staff was just plain lazy. We went there for breakfast one morning at about 9:30, there was no coffee, no orange juice, no hot water, and the only thing available to eat was pre-made "mcmuffin" type sandwiches. Two manager type employees were just standing by the coffee pots chatting, and I had to ask them to move so I could get a cup (then no coffee). Gal behind the counter was not a happy camper. I asked her if she liked working on the ship, and she shrugged her shoulders. Main pool was closed most of the time. Weather was cooler, so I could understand. So they let all the kids in the Solarium. Was supposed to be limited hrs for kids, but they never enforced it. And they let kids in diapers in the solarium pool, too. They basically took over the entire solarium and hot tub. Cruises 2 and 3 had less children, so not as big a problem. On the first cruise there were so many kids all over the ship. The MDR was just a zoo with children running around, climbing on chairs, causing a lot of disruption. And windjammer was total chaos. When we were in our cabin, we could hear children crying, and running up and down the halls on our deck, and decks above and below us until early morning hours. I adore children, but there seemed to be a total lack of discipline on this ship. Entertainment was a mixed bag. Absolutely loved the pianist, the violin player, the comediennes, and the flute player. Loved having their repeat performances in the afternoons on sea days. Just fantastic. The mime and the juggler were entertaining, too. Production shows weren't that good, I've seen better at high school performances. We skipped these repetitive shows (and others that were repeated) on cruises 2 and 3, so really got short-changed on the entertainment. We had to go to performances at least 1/2 hour to an hour early, or we wouldn't get a seat. Everyone went to the headliner shows, and many people were turned away. Once we had to stand the entire performance as there were no seats. We booked our shore excursions through the ship and they all were great. Expensive, tho. My only complaint is they way they distributed the bus numbers in the theater was very, very unorganized. All three cruises had a majority of very elderly and disabled people, and they had to walk down the stairs to the front of the theater to get their stickers. Very difficult for many of them. There were a lot of extremely obese people on our excursions. They had trouble getting on and off the bus, and could not get around without assistance. I'm not sure why they would sign up for a tour that clearly states it was not "accessible", or there were 750 steps, and must be able to walk more than a mile over cobblestones. But there were always several on the bus, and it did delay us several times. This probably sounds insensitive, and it's not meant to be. RC just needs to make sure that people are able to participate on the tours they choose. Casino is still a smoking area. And on port days, when they are refueling, that's where they tell people to go to smoke. I could smell smoke in other areas of the ship many times. RC, please make casinos non-smoking. Your "cover-up" spray smells worse than the smoke. There were some enrichment seminars on sea days and the ones we attended were excellent. Especially liked the ones about the Vikings and the northern lights. TV has very, very limited offerings, and shows are just repeated over and over. Movies were repeated on each cruise. Imagine showing "Angry Birds" for the kids on the outdoor screen by the pool on a sea day when we are above the arctic circle. It was cold and the wind was just howling. Good grief. Our diamond status got us very little benefit except for the evening happy hour, which really was nice. But no gifts or amenities at all. No priority boarding or disembarking, no exclusive breakfast or coffee throughout the day. These are all being eliminated -- apparently. We did get $10 off laundry, but only after asking when we saw we were billed incorrectly. They also charged us for drinks during happy hour. We complained at guest services, they said they would reimburse, but never did. Being diamond would not be a reason to book RC in the future. They staff was constantly doing drills on the TA cruise. Apparently they had a big inspection coming up when in port in Boston. Finally, we loved the itinerary, loved every port, our favorite being Geiranger, Norway. Disappointed that they chose to eliminate Stockholm at the last minute. Supposedly because of weather. We will not sail on Serenade again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
First time on Holland America! We chose this cruise because of the iteinary. The weather was nice except for a couple of days. Seas were very calm. Husband got food poisoning from lido on second day. I informed front desk and a ... Read More
First time on Holland America! We chose this cruise because of the iteinary. The weather was nice except for a couple of days. Seas were very calm. Husband got food poisoning from lido on second day. I informed front desk and a report was taken No one ever contacted us after that. Had a big problem with SBP promo. Would not honor until my agent got involved. HA said an error had been made. I had final invoice but they still would not honor agreement. The ships layout seemed closed in, and most of the bars seemed empty except for the crows nest. Pros: Friendly crew Above average food Great information about ports Cons: Menu description did not match what was served Constant maintenance noise (hard to find a quite place to read) Front desk cooperation with promo problem Lack of day activities and evening entertainment Smell of cigarette smoke on balcony Will never consider H A again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We took Serenade of the Seas to Scandinavia and Russia. The ports of call were places I had been hoping to see for quite some time, and the towns were charming - especially Tallinn. The ship's worker bee staff seemed very pleasant and ... Read More
We took Serenade of the Seas to Scandinavia and Russia. The ports of call were places I had been hoping to see for quite some time, and the towns were charming - especially Tallinn. The ship's worker bee staff seemed very pleasant and cheerful.......customer service desk not so much. Our room attendant called us by our names immediately and did an excellent job keeping the stateroom clean. We had dinner at the early seating in the main dining room, and all waiters and assistants were quite attentive and very efficient. Windjammer was crazy as always, but we learned to go at off times or as soon as they opened the doors to avoid the pushing, rude fellow passengers. Those fellow passengers are my main complaint, and I think Royal Caribbean could do a couple things to make it more enjoyable for everyone. Send out an instruction sheet via email or travel agents which tell the rules for being a good passenger. This includes waiting your turn in line and not barging through as though you are the only person trying to get somewhere. Staff seemed proud of the fact that there were guests from 55 different countries on board, but I think everyone just needs a reminder about what waiting in line means. Also, the shore excursions were nice, but at $149 - $179 per excursion it was a shame to not be able to hear the guide on the bus above the roar of all the people carrying on private conversations. Have a sign at the shore excursion desk with rules for considerate travel for all to read. I know the guides had much info to pass along, but who knew what they were saying over all the inconsiderate voices drowning them out. Also, if the guides cannot keep the passengers quiet so those of us who want to listen can hear, at least tell them to use a microphone on the bus. A tiny Russian girl with a little voice and a lot of knowledge to share could not do so due to conversations going on in 9 different languages. Very disappointing to pay that kind of vacation money and not get the benefit of a good tour due to rude, inconsiderate fellow guests who think only of themselves! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose this cruise as I have been to two back to back cruises to Europe and we enjoyed it so this time I chose to see Scandinavia and Russia. It turned out to be a great choice indeed! Regal Princess The ship, Regal Princess was ... Read More
I chose this cruise as I have been to two back to back cruises to Europe and we enjoyed it so this time I chose to see Scandinavia and Russia. It turned out to be a great choice indeed! Regal Princess The ship, Regal Princess was amazing, it did not disappoint as I enjoyed our previous cruises with Princess. Being Platinum member, I loved the privileges like the priority embarkation though this time it took a while to get on board, it was my longest wait ever - and I'd cruise not just with Princess but with Royal Caribbean, Costa, Carnival, P & O, etc..and we never had to wait long to board the ship.Anyway, the wait was somehow worth it as the staff, food, entertainment and general ambience of the ship were great for me, including our balcony cabin which was on deck 12, starboard side. Weather Except for Oslo, Norway, which was colder than the other ports we visited, weather was generally warm, though I really prefer cooler temperatures! It was stinking hot especially in St. Petersburg. Ironically, we brought lots of cold weather and water proof gear as based on my readings about this cruise, it was supposed to be wet and mostly cool. So it was a little disappointing. We never used the pool as it was still cold, and most of the time we were out in the port exploring. Copenhagen, Denmark This city is sophisticated yet still has the charm and good combination of old and modern architecture. I love the rental bikes in our hotel, the organised way they serve food, mostly without needing staff. We took a tour of the city centre on disembarkation and happy to see the fishing village of Dragoer and the million dollar heritage listed homes and loved danish food, especially ice cream and their croissants and coffee. We stayed in two hotels with the smallest bathrooms I have ever seen and used and it was a great experience, a challenge to my senses and tolerance level! It was also a pleasant experience having seen Princess Mary (with Prince Frederik beside her) sitting inside a black car as it came out of the gates of the Amalienborg Palace! I even spoke to one of the Royal Guards, telling him I come from Princess Mary's state of Tasmania, and I live near Hobart where Mary came from, to which he replied, "okay, " while he was being hounded by two Chinese ladies who were too close to him ( he said they were supposed to be about 1.5 metres apart from him). We went to Tivoli Gardens, the various shopping districts in the city too. But the most memorable place for me was not in the bus tour itinerary. Lucky for us, it was near our hotel where we stayed after our cruise- the Blue Planet, or Copenhagen Aquarium. It was a lovely place inside and out, the collection is impressive, staff very friendly and most of all, we were able to ride the free shuttle bus from the aquarium going to the city instead of getting on a taxi again. We went there hailing a cab from our hotel knowing it was just 5 minutes away from the airport and our hotel was a train stop away in Oerestad. This place is highly recommended, the views outside are so lovely, there's the beach and the playground and picnic grounds too. Do visit it, worth your while! Oslo, Norway I love this city- wide open spaces, clean places, tree lined streets and the parks and museums are truly amazing! We visited the Viking Ship Museum, Maritime Museum, Sculpture Park and other notable places via a hop on hop off bus which had WIFi too so it was a delight being able to share my photos as fast as I could! Sea Days- They were fun as I the shows at night were very entertaining, especially the Beatles tribute show. i also loved the fact that I could watch movies inside our cabin without interruption or I could pause if I need to go out for meals, etc. The food at the buffet was more varied, hotter, better than the ones in the dining rooms. Also, I did not like waiting too long for our orders to come. It seemed the waiters in the dining rooms didn't do much but fiddle about while we sit waiting for menus to be given (even the desserts, which we missed in the few times we dined there). It was not a pleasant experience sitting talking to strangers and pretending to enjoy being there, I felt like a fraud! Though my travel partner and I were in a two person table, we could not help but still "soicialise" with the ones in the neighbouring tables, not that I did not like talking to them, but a few seemed snobs anyway. Even making small talk was sometimes excruciating so we avoided going there. Besides, we were given the first seating at 5:30 pm so most of the time we were either tired or too late to go there so it was lucky that the buffet was always ready for us anyway! The staff at the buffet were also friendlier in my opinion. Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin) We traveled by train to Berlin which took around 3 hours or more, a long and not so comfortable trip as I was not able to use the toilet as there was only one for all of us, which was very annoying indeed! But the staff -tour guide and his helpers were very friendly and made their best to help us. Food and drinks were provided as part of the bus tour package and they were good enough. As a city, Berlin was chaotic and huge, but I still like the architectural structure and layout of this city. It was remarkable to visit the Berlin Wall (what was left of it),Brandenburg Gate, city centre, etc. The hop on hop off bus stops were a bit confusing for us so we had to wait or walk very far to catch the next one. It got hot as well so it was not very pleasant toward the end of our visit there. Toilets were hard to come by, there were some on the streets where you had to pay .50 euros but I felt a bit claustrophobic in one of them. In the train station, it was also hard to find the toilets. We went to a McDonald's there and there were no toilets inside, it was weird. (In Sydney, any public places/utilities you go to have toilets for the public and they are free!) Tallinn, Estonia This ancient town is amazing with its World Heritage Old Town- the cobbled stone footpaths and roads are charming! We visited the typically Russian styled Alexander Nevsky Cathedral where we saw beggars outside the Church's entrance. The architecture in the Old Town were reminiscent of centuries old iconic charm and beauty. But again, the toilets are hard to come by- they were inside the tourist souvenir shops. Of course, we loved to look at the shops, quirky artefacts, etc. but we didn't have enough time! I loved the grand baroque Kadriorg Palace, with its pink facade and good collection of art and furnishings. Toompea Castle's facade was also impressive! Saint Petersburg, Russia We did bus tours of this grand city through the ship and we were not disappointed in terms of the opulent and luxurious places we visited. Despite knowing there were cheaper options, we decided to do the Princess tours because we wanted to have peace of mind we would get back to the ship in time. However, some of the places were not so comfy for me- especially Peterhof Palace- the staff there inside were rude and cranky! I wished I walked out and just viewed the fountains. We were often told to move on and finish up! It was hard to appreciate the interiors of the palace without being scolded by the cranky old ladies manning the exhibits! ( I have been to many museums all over the world and never have I experienced such blatant rudeness by staff! As if they personally own the items and that we were going to steal them!) There were no photography allowed too so I was not happy with this arrangement, If I knew before hand this was the case, I would not have gotten inside, which felt literally like HELL as it was stinking HOT inside and we had to wear those ridiculous shoe covers too! The chateau Versailles and Hermitage Museum were more interesting anyway. My advice to anyone planning to visit the Peterhof Palace- just look at the fountains and gardens as if you have been to the Louvre or Versailles like me, then no need to experience the rudeness and uncomfortable setting inside the Peterhof, you would just be sorry! Catherine Palace was much better, collection wise and staff were friendlier and more helpful! Hermitage Museum was worth a half day's visit too! The collection of this place was so numerous we had to choose the best ones - mostly the artworks and the huge malachite vases in the green room which were enormous and spectacular indeed! The lunches included in the package tour were not so great- the waiters were good but the food portions were not very substantial after so many hours of walking and touring! I would have added more money to have better food servings and variety too. The first restaurant on the first day, the Gastronome had great interiors, amazing basement and fixtures inside, but the food left a lot to be desired with very sloppy mashed potato that accompanied the entree like portion of the beef stroganoff, which was good enough taste-wise but too teeny tiny portion! Same with day two, lunch was very small portions- soup, main dish and dessert. though I have my ice cream away, also the vodka and caviar as I am allergic to alcohol and seafood. But, to summarise, St. Petersburg was impressive, with amazing buildings and great atmosphere, you think you are in the middle ages! Helsinki, Finland This place was a disappointment- in terms of attractions and amenities like the toilets! We visited the Rock Church which was not as great, it didn't look like a church interior wise and it was too far to walk there on a hot day just to see a supposed to be church carved on a huge rock, no big deal for me! There were no pews inside too, I saw just plastic chairs! Maybe they were being remodeled, I am not sure. The other places we saw via the bus tour from the ship are the Senate and Market squares, Sibelius Monument and around city centre. We went to Burger King for a snack and the toilets here were so filthy and stinky! Looks like Europe could learn a thing or two from Australia when it comes to providing amenities to tourists. Nynasham, Sweden ( Stockholm) We didn't do any bus tour for this port but we joined many who lined up to get train and bus tickets for Stockholm. Instead of sight seeing at the seaside village of Nynasham, we decided to go to this capital to visit of all places- the ABBA Museum, which my friend wanted to do! After taking off from the central station, we took the hop on hop off bus around the city and loved the city centre sights, modern buildings and clean city. However, it was so chaotic there.The train station had toilets for both men and women in one place and we had to pay two US dollars to use it or 1.50 euros. ABBA Museum was fun, with a good collection of ABBA memorabilia. The many people inside the crammed building were friendly and very gay, luckily for us!! We enjoyed it there but on the way back to the train station, we found out we were dropped on a different side by the hop on hop off bus and gave us a fright as the trip to Nynasham was to take about 2 hours! Our ship was to leave about 4:30 pm and we were so scared to be left behind that I was busting for more than 4 hours as we were too afraid to go to the toilets which was very far from the country trains! Turned out, our train was 30 minutes late and we saw our fellow ship mates who were also waiting for the last train to Nynasham. To say the least, we were happy to be there but no toilets for several hours as there were no toilets inside the train as far as we know! Thanks Princess Cruises, I will still cruise with you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We started the cruise dinning experience with my wife being told that it will take some more time to get a simple cup of hot chocolate it has only been 10 minutes. this is the first cruise that I have been on that I came home without ... Read More
We started the cruise dinning experience with my wife being told that it will take some more time to get a simple cup of hot chocolate it has only been 10 minutes. this is the first cruise that I have been on that I came home without gaining weight. I remember the cruise director in 2006 telling us that you come on as passengers and we roll you off as cargo because the food is so good. Today that is not the case. Their Shore excursions are not even close to the quality they were when they had ship employees as guides. When we booked our departure transportation to the airport Princess made sure that all departure excursion were take care of first. So we were forced to wait an additional hour past our departure time. Then we were dropped off at the wrong terminal building at the airport. When I ask what to do if we miss our flight they told us you will have to contact the airline as it was not Princess's fault. After 50 year of being in the cruise business you would think that they would have a better system in play. We are Platinum level members of the Captains Circle and will look for other Cruise Lines before sailing with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our first sailing with Windstar and we were looking forward to the "Luxury" experiences that they advertise. We were sorely disappointed. We are seasoned travelers. This was our eleventh sea-going cruise and we have ... Read More
This was our first sailing with Windstar and we were looking forward to the "Luxury" experiences that they advertise. We were sorely disappointed. We are seasoned travelers. This was our eleventh sea-going cruise and we have sailed with other luxury lines, so we know that our expectations were not out of line. We sailed with Crystal twice, and Seabourn four times and never were disappointed. We sprang for one of their more expensive suites - came to over twelve thousand dollars, so naturally our expectations were high. We did like the itinerary - Northern Europe. Sailed from Copenhagen with stops in Northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, then to the North Sea with stops in Amsterdam and Belgium. The shore excursions were very enjoyable, though pricey. The problems were with the service. The staff that deals with the public could not adequately speak or understand English. We have never encountered this before. It was close to impossible to understand some of the waiters. It was very difficult to make our needs and wishes known, to the reception desk, to our steward. Some specific mishaps: a non-existent wake-up call; extremely hard pillows, when I asked for down pillows was given more of the hard ones, asked a second time, same results - ended up sleeping without a pillow for the next six nights; minibar not refilled, then filled sporadically, but charged us as if it had been restocked; whirlpools closed more often than open, info book in room stated they were open until 11pm, were locked at 9pm. Food was only average. Twice I had lamb chops, both times they were tough and flavorless. You could not hear the announcements in the room. I called reception, they said to go our into the hallway if I wanted to hear them. No clock in the bedroom. Safe was located on the very top shelf in the closet at the very back. I had to climb on a chair to be able to open and close it. The door to our patio did not seal well, heard a whistling wind and felt a draft all night. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This is my first review that I have put on here that I was not blown away by the cruise. This cruise on the Eurodam was very lacking considering this was my 6th one with HAL 3rd on the Eurodam. To start the services with the room ... Read More
This is my first review that I have put on here that I was not blown away by the cruise. This cruise on the Eurodam was very lacking considering this was my 6th one with HAL 3rd on the Eurodam. To start the services with the room services were lacking, this trip. We had times were are room was not cleaned in an orderly fashion at all. This was something we had never experienced before with HAL, and one day asking our room steward when would he be available to clean our room he replied that he was too busy and we would have to call the front desk to get it cleaned. It seems that the whole staff is rushed these days. Another incident was the whole cruise the staff seemed much more focused on people staying on the ship longer, always talking about the next cruise coming up and not focusing on the here and now. Embarakation was nice and easy, the room was set up when we got there. We did try different dining options and found them very mixed. First the good. The Pinnacle Grill was fantastic, wonderful food and outstanding service wish I had eaten there the whole cruise. The Dining Room steward was also very good as well as was the food. The service in the Tamrid was also very good, however the food leaves something to be desired. Which last and least is the Caneltto, the food which is supposed to be Italian, was more like Italian food that you would get out of a cheap Italian place at home or a frozen dinner take your pic. The lido was like everything buffet it was ok. The ports were very nice and enjoyed them all. Overall, I had a good time on the Eurodam, but defiantly in my opinion it was not up to previous cruises. In some respects I took a cruise in January on the Carnival Conquest and gave them higher stars, for a cheaper no frills cruise! Holland America I expect more out of you!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This cruise was scheduled to depart Bergen, Norway on August 9 but mechanical problems with the ship on the previous voyage delayed and almost curtailed the cruise we were scheduled to take. Two days before the sail date, we received a ... Read More
This cruise was scheduled to depart Bergen, Norway on August 9 but mechanical problems with the ship on the previous voyage delayed and almost curtailed the cruise we were scheduled to take. Two days before the sail date, we received a notice that there were problems and we would "most likely" be able to depart from Copenhagen on August 11. In fairness, we were given the option to cancel our trip with a full refund or continue with a $500 shipboard credit and 30% off another cruise. Knowing Vikings excellent reputation and attention to detail, we took the risk. The effort to accommodate about 600 passengers and arrange excursions in Norway and Denmark on short notice was impressive. We were told that once we reached our French port of Le Havre, all would go as previously planned. However, this is where everything fell apart. All shore excursions were planned many months in advance so should have been seamlessly executed. First stop - Lisbon, Portugal. Excursion listed as "easy" for passengers was a grueling, hilly and 4 1/2 hours of walking with a 20 minute break. Many passengers chose to return to the ship half way through. When complaints were made, we were told that the excursion was listed as "demanding" on Viking's computers but listed as "easy" on passenger itinerary. And it went on that way for most of the trip. How smart does one have to be to see that 5-7 daily excursions listed to depart 15 minutes apart from the same exit will be a problem? We were told about a third of the passengers cancelled their trip. What would Viking have done with an additional 300 passengers in the same situation? Surprisingly poor planning especially since this part of the plan was in place months before the sail date. Beyond that, the staff was excellent, couldn't be more attentive. Food was excellent. Rooms well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Eurodam Review Firstly a considerable difference to the better after having been on the Arcadia of P&O UK, a few weeks ago. However, what is most disappointing is the constant effort of the crew to offer you something and then ... Read More
Eurodam Review Firstly a considerable difference to the better after having been on the Arcadia of P&O UK, a few weeks ago. However, what is most disappointing is the constant effort of the crew to offer you something and then ask for you ship board card. On our 19 day cruise this added up easily to one thousand $US. On top comes the 15% service charge. E.g. a Cincano vermouth is served on the ship in 0.2 measures at 6.95 plus service charge, with brings the price to some 8$, which is about the cost of a bottle. Beside the fact that nowhere in a restaurant or bar you get a vermouth in only .2 measures, it should be at least .4 or more for the price. And then everything is put into the small measuring nimble and you get even less. Bad practise in the Carnival group. No wine list has a vintage displayed, too difficult ?! When I purchase a good Red for 60 plus, I would like to know the vintage. Transport to the city was usually arranged by the ship and therefore expensive. Example: A one way trip in a crowded bus in Copenhagen/Quay was either 10$ US or 10 Euros (some 75 Danish Crowns - forget the exchange rate). But you could not pay in local currency!? Nobody told you that there is also public transport (every 20 minutes) and a taxi to the city for 3 people is cheaper than the crowded bus. Only in Goetheborg was a 'complimentary bus' arranged due to the wharf being in the commercial harbour rather than a different quay in the city, likely too expensive for HA? But getting away from the parochial drinks and transport situation, we found the Eurodam a clean, well looked after vessel being big enough to move around without feeling cramped. The check in process at the beginning of the cruise to the Baltic and Norway was ok in Copenhagen. The in and out embarkation procedures were without problems, generally. The stateroom with balcony was a good size, the bathroom is on the smaller side but reasonably spacious enough. The room attendants were polite and efficient. The cruise director was loud and boring, using the same jokes often and was treating the guests like children. "how a we doin..., have they fed you??...etc." rolling his hands forward repeating the gesture a few times until his desired level of feedback noise was achieved or it was to embarrassing to continue. He should have stayed with P&O, a more 'elegant' CD would have been preferable in the Holland America Line. The quality of food in the dining room was very good, however, no possibility to have something special. Dining room attendants were effective, whilst the drink waiters were at times rare. The Lido buffet restaurant, whilst offering the same throughout the cruise, always was inviting, above average quality. The specialty restaurant Pinnacle Grill offered 'Le Lievre', a 3 Michelin Star Chef's food creation, which we enjoyed very much. They forgot, however, that the service needs to be 3 star too, but it was no star rating in our opinion. The arrogant 'maître D' fitted more into a self service noodle bar but a 'star restaurant' … who made the selection? Our favourite specialty restaurant on board was the Tamarind in the 11th floor mid ship. The quality of food, creativity, service in food and drinks were superb and just lovely. Staff had a 'can do' attitude, we enjoyed Tamarind a few times, despite the $20 pp charge. Dinners were made memorable and great, Murni & Riri made sure we enjoyed ourselves. We usually had drinks prior to going to the Tamarind in the spectacular Silk Den bar right opposite where the vistas were often breathtaking, particularly sailing out of Stockholm in the afternoon. The front bars on 11, Crows Nest and Explorations Cafe were tastefully decorated and made you feel welcome. A 'librarian' or a book-specialist for the books on offer (poor and strange selection) was never found. The so called 'speciality coffees' were so in name only and the generally unfriendly staff had no idea of coffees and pointed in their ignorance to the machine with a few buttons ... and you had to pay for it, so forget it! And it could have been so easy. We found the entertainment in the Mainstage-Theatre quite good, perhaps the Eurodam entertainers addressing the smallest portion of the guests on board were ordinary but generally evenings with guest performers were spectacular. The entertainments in the other parts of the ship were also quite good, except the overbearing Jazz ensembles blurring on. The violin/piano duo, just having completed grade seven for their respective instruments were entertaining passing guests with their exercises daily. The highlight for us was Jim Fischer in the Piano Bar, a musical talent and extraordinary entertainer and pianist. He managed to play something for everybody, not only for the majority of the American clientele. He presented the "Wow-Factor" every night. Ditto was Stryker, the piano man preceding Jim. He also understood to catch the crowd's moments, invited to sing-alongs or simply play some ear-worm, anybody knew and enjoyed. The Piano bar earned top spot in entertainment. The 'invitations' and raffle tickets to the art auctions flying into the room's letterbox daily were after few days disposed off into the bins straight away. These hard sell auctions by the auctions-team and their manageress with a machine gun waffle mouth were almost annoying. The 'art' on display is loud and colourful, nothing for my home, nothing at all, despite the ‘gallery staff’s statistics wanting to convince everybody of the brilliant investment opportunity. The Spa offerings were thoroughly overpriced, some strange nonsense presented by strange personnel ... but it smelled nice walking through. Equally boring were the shops, a long room without any charm or atmosphere, all merchandise locked behind glass. Neither the latest new gadgets nor good prices were on display, another rip-off attempt by the C-Group. Forget it also. And at last the Photo Gallery Team, good photos occasionally but their pricing, just obscene. A poorly managed lot without much support by the guests it seemed. Concluding: A well organised and maintained ship; a friendly crew; good food, not gourmet, occasionally excellent; superb chartered entertainment at night, a glorious enjoyable piano bar; lots on offer for most. HA arranged a great itinerary offering a good insight into Scandinavian history and life today. A cruise certainly recommendable despite the criticism. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I'm going to break this up into sections and tackle the good and bad in each. Rooms Perfect: clean and good sized with serviceable furnishings. A lot of other reviews criticize the size of the balconies, but we were in a ... Read More
I'm going to break this up into sections and tackle the good and bad in each. Rooms Perfect: clean and good sized with serviceable furnishings. A lot of other reviews criticize the size of the balconies, but we were in a standard room and the balcony was great. Two chairs, side table, fresh air -- what's to complain about. The bathroom was completely serviceable, too. Small, but efficient. If anything, the closet was too large; I pack lightly and didn't need that much space -- more drawers would have been appreciated, however. Peter, our room attendant, was great. He seemed to work 24 hours a day and if I had my hands full, he would open my door for me. The towels in the bathroom can be a bit scratchy, but the bed and pillows were amazing. There were no robes, which was kind of disappointing with a balcony, but I picked up some blankets from the attendant and we used those on breezy mornings and nights. Also, loved having coffee delivered in the morning -- a great wake-up call. Food: awful. I repeat, awful. If Alfredo's wasn't on board, I probably would have revolted. The Horizon Buffet was terrible. It's basically three aisles and -- on our cruise -- one entire aisle was devoted to Asian cuisine for all three meals. The bread baskets and fruit bowls were frequently empty (and, in the case of the fruit bowls, I'm guessing a petri dish of germs). The omelet station was hidden, and finding it was no great bonus, as they screwed up my order every single time. At lunch, the best bet was the taco bar, which was not outstanding, but at least it was palatable. For dinner, the winner was the cheese tray (couldn't they have that at lunch, too?) and the pasta (which is pretty hard to screw up). Also, as other cruisers have mentioned, no one was gently enforcing hand washing or sanitizing on the way in to the buffet. It was occasionally truly gross. The anytime dining room wasn't truly anytime, until after 7:30 p.m., but they were accommodating the evening we arrived before that time. The servers were fine, but the food was really pedestrian. The best night was Italian night, but it's pretty hard to screw up pasta. The appetizers were generally the best things in the dining rooms and the most inventive. Again, thankfully there was Alfredo's. We probably ate there once a day. If the menu had been slightly larger, we probably would have ate there twice a day. The maître d was too haughty for the experience, but the waiters -- especially Pavlo -- were very responsive. We even toyed with the idea of paying for one of the specialty dining rooms, but -- to be honest -- the menus were not terribly appealing. The ship: the most poorly designed floating hotel. Ever. I read about the 6th floor, but I thought, "Wow, it can't be that bad." It is. You can not get anywhere on the 6th floor, and yet that's where a number of dining and activities are held. The Piazza is fine, but when your only option of getting from the 6th floor to the 7th floor is the spiral staircase, you grow weary of the selfie stick crowd taking their umpteenth selfie on the steps. Don't even ask about the staircase to nowhere midshipt on the 7th floor. Also -- and this isn't a big deal -- disembarkation is different on each day and in each port. They could include these details in the nightly Princess Patter, so you could at least attempt to head down the correct staircase. The bars: two -- possibly three -- thumbs up. Big shout out to the Wheelhouse and Nitish and Stanka. Best service. Ever. Chilled wine glasses, music every night -- if only there was a view. Crooners has a far better view, but far less attentive servers (and no crooning, oddly enough). The Outrigger Bar staff was also very good and they took care of you in the morning, too, if you took breakfast outside of the masses of the Horizon Court. Entertainment: good music all around. Between Orpheum and Rhapsody, you couldn't ask for more. The standards, international tunes and jazz from Orpheum -- awesome and friendly singer and wildly talented pianist -- were great. The fun and extroverted guys from Rhapsody made any venue were they were a party. Activities: mixed bag. The Regal Princess might really want to consider staffing the walking/running track and/or better marking the direction and uses. Again, the number of selfie stick yielding fools aimlessly wandering around was a detriment to a simple mile around the deck. The workout space was small, and -- oddly -- not connected with the spa. There was very little weight space and the open studio was frequently used for sit-down seminars on sea days -- you know, the days you want to, and have the time to, work out. The chilled towels were nice, but how about a water cooler? Ports: why we took the trip. I don't know how else we could have hit as many unique places. The only thorn: Gothenburg -- why on earth did we stop in Gothenburg? Dear Princess, please skip Gothenburg and add a night in Warnemunde or St. Petersburg. Amen and thank you. Guests: 50/50 Our ship was very heavily weighted toward Asian patrons and they just don't have the same societal norms. I know Princess can't manage their guests, but almost every other cruiser of every other nationality seemed fed up by the end of the cruise, due to the shoving, line jumping and general disregard for fellow cruisers. Not a lot of kids and the ones there were enjoying their pursuits. Even though our ship was sold out, you rarely felt crowded (okay, Horizon Buffet). Princess has provided a lot of space options for people to enjoy. Overall: good value for what you got. Pretty much. One final grip: the entire aft sundeck is given over to smokers. On the plus side, it was a quieter crowd. On the negative side, it's a large space wasted on a declining demographic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
A wonderful 11 days cruise made perfect by the fantastic food provided, excellent service especially by our personal waiters Orsan Turan and Prasanna Manoharan who were not only experts at their jobs but a pleasure to share a conversation ... Read More
A wonderful 11 days cruise made perfect by the fantastic food provided, excellent service especially by our personal waiters Orsan Turan and Prasanna Manoharan who were not only experts at their jobs but a pleasure to share a conversation with them. They could not have been more helpful and courteous. My only slight criticism is that the entertainment could have had more variety. What there was however was quite good. I must also congratulate those responsble for the ships cleanliness which was first class. I would recommend this ship to anyone wishing for a special cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service. The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining ... Read More
Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service. The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining service as well as the food also were great. Our group consisted of 13 people ranging from 1.5 year old infant to 70+ years old. But they were able to arrange a big table fit for us every night. The ports that we visited were: Copenhagen, Rostock, Klaipeda, Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm. The most memorable port is St. Petersburg. It was really a beautiful city. We docked there for 3 nights. We booked our city tour with TJ Travel since we didn't have Russian visa (without visa, you need to go with a guided tour). We were very happy with their service. Their price was way cheaper than the one from the ship and we have our own private minivan for 13 of us. Tatyana and her group really did a good job in arranging all the schedule. We even got a chance to try Russian delicacy at a great places for lunch. They also arranged and booked us a very good seat for an evening ballet show of "Swan Lake" at Alexandrinsky Theater. The next memorable port is Visby. It was a nice small island with a medieval touch. The old town is small so you can rent a bike and have a tour around old-town just within few hours. The least memorable port is Klaipeda. Lithuania just joint the EU recently (in 2015) so I think this port was added to the tourist itinerary very recent. It was really not a tourist town. There wasn't any shop that sell souvenirs. Luckily, there were some flea market at the old town square where local artists displayed their creations. Overall, it was a very memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
A little background on me; I am 54 (Turned 54 on this cruise), DH is 58. This was our 23rd cruise, 2nd time on Holland America, 3rd cruise in Europe. Have mostly sailed with Princess & Carnival, but also on NCL, RCCL, and 2 river ... Read More
A little background on me; I am 54 (Turned 54 on this cruise), DH is 58. This was our 23rd cruise, 2nd time on Holland America, 3rd cruise in Europe. Have mostly sailed with Princess & Carnival, but also on NCL, RCCL, and 2 river cruises. We flew out of IAD (Washington Dulles) the day before on Brussels Airlines. We had a 2 hour layover in Brussels, and then about an hour flight to Copenhagen. We met the HAL representative at baggage claim as we had bought transfers to the ship. We had to wait about half and hour or so for the bus, and then the drive to the cruise terminal was about another half hour. Embarking was fairly fast and easy. We were at the new (less than a year old) cruise terminal and I didn't notice the chaos others have reported. I don't remember exactly what time we boarded (Jet lag was already settling in), but we were able to go to our cabin as soon as we boarded. I know the Eurodam is a few years old, but she appeared to me to by in fairly good shape. After dropping off our luggage we made a quick trip to the spa to make sure about our thermal suite passes. I had paid $499 for a couples pass before sailing, but on board noticed that the price was actually only $299 per couple for the cruise duration. I did receive a $200 credit back to my on board account. That credit quickly evaporated when we went to the nearby lido deck, and the spa staff was giving neck & shoulder massage samples. My DH decided to join me for a couples massage for later that day (First time ever he had a spa treatment). Then it was on to the Dive In for a hamburger. We both ordered the Cannonball (Burger with gouda cheese, bacon, tomato, sauté onions, and a special sauce) and proclaimed it delicious. We would have several more burgers there before the end of the cruise. My DH also liked the Dog Paddle hot dog (Sauerkraut, bacon bits, German mustard, and melted cheese). We then took a quick tour of the ship, just to get the lay of the land, and then it was off to muster drill (3:30 local time). We did not have to take our life jackets, just show up to our assigned muster station and give our cabin number and names to the attendant and pay attention to announcements. It was over fairly quickly. As far as our cabin, we had a Signature Suite. Normally we have interior cabins, but I was able to upgrade us for a very reasonable cost, and I am glad I did. While it was too cold most of the time to use the balcony, I did appreciate the extra space in the cabin, and having double sinks in the bathroom as well as a tub and a separate shower. Ports: Kiel, Germany-We were here on a Sunday, and most shops were closed. We had signed up for a ship sponsored excursion; Lakes and Villages of Schleswig-Holstein. This area of Germany is known as "The Switzerland of the North", but don't expect to see the Alps. It gets that nickname, because like Switzerland it has rolling farm land that is dotted with lakes. We were blessed with a great guide who had interesting and informative commentary. Our first stop was the small town of Eutin, known as the City of Roses. After a quick restroom stop we walked a short distance to the local schloss, or castle. We were suppose to tour the gardens, but apparently they are closed for the year for restoration. We did walk across the bridge over the moat, and go into the courtyard. Then is was a short walking tour through the lovely town. There were a lot of roses, most in very small plots of land. The part of town we walked through was very quaint, and we were given a bit of free time. Then it was off to another schloss, this one in Ploen. This one is a bit more impressive, but as it is currently in use as a school, so no interior tours before 4 pm. However, it does afford a very nice view of a Grosser Ploener Lake from a terrace. From there is was another walking tour through a charming village on our way to a dock to begin our boat trip across a lake. After the boat ride it was off to a local restaurant for an excellent lunch, followed by a stop at a church called St. Nikolai. Part of this church is very old, dating back to the 1300's, but what I personally found most appealing was the cemetery. Not eerie or scary in any way, the individual plots are more like small gardens tended to by family members. It was beautiful and peaceful. Sea Day-As this was my birthday, my DH as a surprise, had rented a Lido Cabana for the day ($50 sea day, $30 port day). We were waited on hand and foot. We had gone up at about 8:30 just to check it out before going to breakfast. It was already set up for use, and the attendant came over very quickly to explain our perks (Lunch served to us, water, fruit, champagne). When we said we were going to breakfast, but would soon return, he offered to go get our breakfast and told us to relax. Later, he would bring us lunch. We could have something from the Dive In, or the buffet (He brought us a menu) or both. When lunch was done I was surprised when our attendant brought me two cupcakes (So I could share with DH) that said Happy Birthday After lunch we drew the curtains closed and promptly took a nap, and slept most of the afternoon. That night for dinner we ate at Tamarind, and had a wonderful meal. The service was top notched. Once again I was surprised by the singing of a birthday song, and a cake that had written in chocolate on the plate "Happy Birthday Ms. Laura" our waitress even gave me a little note that said Happy Birthday, we love you Ms. Laura and signed it. I felt that the crew I interacted with went out of their way to make my day special. Tallinn, Estonia-When I got up I drew back the curtains and had a wonderful view of Tallinn. I could see Fat Margaret's Tower, and way in the distance, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. I knew there was no way we would be able to do a self guided walking tour, so we opted for the HOHO bus. It was 15 euro each, which was a special price. Our first stop was near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After taking a few photos of the striking exterior we had our first misadventure. I believe we came very close to being robbed. We had started walking around, down some of the narrow streets when I felt we were being followed. I noticed a young man that appeared to be following us, he definitely was not a fellow tourist, I felt like he was casing us, trying to figure out how easy of a target we might be. When we turned into a small park that had an overlook of the city, and I realized we were alone in the park, I turned around, and sure enough the man had followed us. Fight or Flight kicked in so I turned around and faced him with a look, and body language that clearly said "I see you, and I am aware that you may be up to no good" after a few second stare down I am guessing he realized I wasn't the easy target he was looking for, and he turned and left. Later, I heard from several other passengers, that the police stopped the tours they were on and told their guides that there were a large number of pickpockets in town, working in small groups, and to warned their groups. Our next stop was to Kadriorg Palace. Built by the husband of Catherine the Great, while not as grand as the palaces we would see the following day in St. Petersburg, it was still very pretty and had a lovely little lake with fountains. St. Petersburg, Russia-The night before we were to arrive in St. Petersburg we, along with every other passenger, had received a note telling us because of the early start to most tours the next day they were expecting a large demand for room service, and your order could arrive anywhere from 15 minutes before or after your requested time. I thought it a smart move to keep expectations in check. They also opened the buffet at 5:30 am for breakfast. The second day, as tours started even earlier the buffet opened at 5 am. We would receive the same note the day before we arrived in Warnemunde because of the large number of passengers taking the train/bus to Berlin. For St. Petersburg I had selected Alla Tours. We signed up for their 2-Day Imperial Splendors & Faberge Museum group tour. I selected them because of their mostly excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. Our tour was to begin at 8:30, but we had been warned to give plenty of time to go through Russian Immigration. It didn't move as slowly as expected, but compared to every other port I had ever been to, it was slow. One must wait in a line to have your passport and tour ticket scrutinized, and do they ever! Several looks back and forth between you and your passport photo (Probably in shocked disbelief on just how bad your photograph is) and the name on your tour ticket. Your passport is then stamped, and some kind of ticket is placed inside. We have to go through the same steps when returning, and each time you leave and return. Once through immigration it was off to meet our tour guide. We had an excellent guide, by the name of Katherine, and our driver's name was Alexi. As promised our group was no more than 16 (We had 15) and rode around in a fairly comfortable 16 passenger van. We had a driving tour of St. Petersburg, with a couple of photo stops; A pair of sphinx on a bridge, originally from Egypt, and a statue of Nicolas I, where we could take photos of the gold dome of St. Isaacs. Both places were mobbed with tourists. Then it was to the obligatory souvenir shop to use restrooms, and shop. However, this place did have an added attraction, free shots of vodka! Yup, 9:30 am and I was doing shots. Hey! When in Rome...... Then it was off to Peterhof, the summer estate of the Tsars. There we toured the stunning gardens, with the magnificent fountains. It is also where I thought I was on a one way trip to Siberia. We had walked down the steps to the bottom of the main fountains and were standing to the side, listening to our guide explain how the fountains worked (Readers Digest version-Gravity) when I noticed that I was hearing whistles being blown, a lot. I had no idea why or at whom. I thought maybe people were going into the water or something. Suddenly a man, blowing his whistle was before me, glaring at me. Who was he? Guard, police, KGB? And what had I done? He pointed to my feet, and there it was, the left heel of my shoe was not on the pavement, but on the grass! I quickly removed the offending foot, and after another glare the man went off to find more people to blow his whistle at. I need to add, that like nearly every stop we would make in St. Petersburg, there were crowds, no hordes of people. Even in the great open spaces of the Peterhof Gardens, the crowds were immense. After a rather forgettable lunch, it was off to the Catherine Palace. Mere words cannot begin to describe this place. It's huge, vast, enormous, and crowed. But worth the crowds. One only tours a portion of the rooms. It's one drop dead gorgeous room after another. Photo taking is allowed, except in the Amber Room, which was beautiful. That was it for day one of our 2-day tour, except for the ride back to the ship in the notoriously crazy St. Petersburg traffic-whew! However, our day wasn't quite over, for I had bought tickets to see "Giselle" at the famed Mariinsky Theater. This was not the tourist ballet, but a performance by the Mariinsky troupe. We were about half an hour late getting back to the ship due to traffic. We were suppose to meet our car and driver (Also hired through Alla) at 6:15, but as we arrived back to port at 6:00 I knew we would never make it. It was one misstep after another. First Russian Immigration to get back on the ship, then we raced to the cabin to get dressed in what I thought was appropriate attire (shouldn't have bother, we were way over dressed, something I had thought you couldn't be in St. Petersburg). Then I grabbed the wrong tour tickets! Stood in line to go through immigration again, only to be turned away because my tour ticket had the wrong date. Frantic, and with the clock ticking away I raced back to the cabin, found the correct tickets and raced back. We met our car/driver (Who did not speak a word of English) at 7:00 pm, the ballet was to start at 7:30. I was very grateful that he had waited, but truth be told I almost threw in the towel at that moment. Naturally, traffic was horrific, and we got to the theater late. I was worried they wouldn't let us in, at the Washington Opera if you miss the curtain, you miss that act. We ran into an almost empty lobby, to be greeted by a woman that I assumed didn't speak English. I thrust my Russian language ticket receipt in her hands, she read it, direct me to the ticket booth where I picked up the tickets I had ordered online 6-weeks earlier (Needed order number and passport to retrieve), we raced up the stairs, and although the ballet had started, wonders of wonders they let us in! We had missed maybe the first 5-10 minutes, but I didn't care. We had wonderful seats. Dress circle, front row, 10 seats from the Imperial Box. I forgot all about Russian Immigration, St. Petersburg traffic, crowds, and language barriers and fell under the spell of a beautiful ballet. That was my highlight. Day 2 Day two started even earlier, as we were to meet our tour guide at 7:30. After such a grueling day, and late night it was a wonder we were on time, actually we were early. Our day started with a tour of a subway station. It was interesting, and the subway was beautifully decorated with mosaic murals and stain glass. Then it was off to a tour of the city by boat. we went by palace after palace, including the Hermitage and Winter Palace, as well as many more. After the boat ride, we toured the Hermitage, with early entry, which allowed us to escape some of the crowds. The art work was amazing; works by Leonardo Di Vinci, Rembrandt, Goya, and a statue by Michelangelo. Then it was off to lunch, this time to a Stolle pie shop, where we had choices of various meat pies (beef, chicken or fish) as well as sweet pies. This was very good, and we all enjoyed it. After lunch it was a quick visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress, just to the cathedral to see the burial places of the Tsars. There was a little chapel off to the side which held the remains of Nickolas II and his family. You couldn't enter as it was roped off, and the doorway was mobbed with people. You would think that would be enough, but our day wasn't over. It was off to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a breathtaking cathedral topped with colorful onion domes built on the site of Tsar Alexander II assassination. And then finally it was to the Faberge Museum, housed in yet another palace, to see a Russian billionaires collection of Faberge, including 11 eggs, 9 of which were Imperial Eggs. This was the one place where picture taking is forbidden. Finally, it was back to the ship, where our band of weary travelers took our leave. A much needed soak in the hydro-pool in the thermal suite, and time on the tile beds, followed by a quick bite to eat, and early to bed. Helsinki, Finland-Quite frankly we were tired and sore when we got up on Midsummers Eve, a national holiday in Finland. We had a tour scheduled, also with Alla, and gamely went on it. I really thought Helsinki with it's large amount of green space, and more modern buildings was very pretty. True, no palaces, but we had palace overload after 2 days in St. Petersburg, so it was a nice change of pace. First we had a city driving tour passed a number of impressive buildings including their Art Deco Train Station, and modern Opera House. Our bus stopped by a square where we could either go the Helsinki Cathedral, or walk down to their famous market. We chose the Market. That is when we found the one negative of Helsinki. Because it was a national holiday, everything was closed (Except a few tourist sites), and I mean everything. No restaurants, no shops, no restrooms. The market was opened, and we spent an enjoyable 45-minutes looking at the various products offered. We bought a liter of cherries, and 2 pastries that were filled with sour milk (Think a sweet cream cheese). I wanted to try the reindeer meatballs, but didn't want to spend 9 euro for a plate. I later found out I could have bought just 2 meatballs for about 2 euro. Then our guide & bus driver decided to mix up the tour a bit, going to Temppeliaukion Church (Church in the Rock) next so we could use the restrooms there (1 euro ea.) I liked the church, built in the 1960's, it was very different then all the medieval, Baroque, and 19th century churches we had seen. Then it was off to the Sibelius monument. We were suppose to go on to Seurasaari Open Air Museum, but our legs just refused, so when the bus took back those that had signed up for the 3-hour tour, we got off as well. Stockholm, Sweden-I awoke the morning we were to arrive in Stockholm, with sun streaming in my eyes. A quick look at the clock and it was only 4 am! However, I am grateful to Mr. Sun, because when I drew back the curtains I realized we were cruising through the beautiful Archipelago that leads to Stockholm. While my husband slept, I sat on the balcony, wrapped in blankets and watched manor houses, churches, and windmills go by. While eating breakfast the skies began to darken and it wasn't looking real good weather wise for Stockholm. In fact it began to rain, the first serious rain we had experienced the entire trip. By time we docked at 10, and met our tour at around 10:30 it was coming down in buckets. We had signed up for a combination driving/walking tour, also with Alla Tours that started at 11:00. We docked at Stadsgarden, which is the best place to dock in Stockholm. Close by are the HOHO buses, and even better, the HOHO boats. The boat alone runs about $30 pp for a 24-hour ticket. They stop running at about 6:30 PM. More on them later. We met our guide, and it was raining as we got on the bus, but by time we got to our first photo op, the rain had stopped-Yea! After a brief driving tour of the city we went to the Vasa Museum. Next door to the Vasa is the Nordic Museum, which is housed in a very impressive building, you don't even notice the Vasa until you are right on it. Inside the Vasa one is met with crowds and very dim lighting. This makes for a combination that is tempting to pickpockets. One must take care and watch out for pickpockets. While we were there a man from the ship, but not on our tour was robbed. I didn't see the pickpocktors, but our guide did. He couldn't run after them because of a leg injury, but he began screaming for security. Of course I was oblivious to what had just occurred and wondered "Now what did I do?" and looked down at my feet to make sure I wasn't stepping on the grass. After our guide took us around the museum, and after giving us a lecture on the tricks employed by those that would relive us of our wallets, he gave us some free time. Never one to pass up an opportunity to eat, we went to the café and shared a plate of real Swedish Meatballs. They were served with dill cucumbers and fingerling potatoes. Oh my, but it was good! Next we were driven to the Old Town, Gamla Stan, just outside the Royal Palace, where we had a quick tour of the palace chapel, and where a royal wedding had occurred just the week before. When we came out the sun was shinning and the skies had cleared. We had a walking tour of Gamla Stan, including a walk down the narrowest street in the area. It's so narrow I don't think you could get a bike down it. After that we had a bit of free time before it was back to the ship. Day 2 I am so glad that we had an overnight in Stockholm. The next morning we bought tickets for the HOHO boats, and enjoyed Stockholm from the water. It is such a pretty city, and is best viewed from the water. We finally got off at stop # D for the ABBA museum, but at $25 pp I thought the price was too steep. Instead we walked up to Skansen, which is an open air museum that is filled with historical buildings collected from around Sweden, and for about $20 pp IMO, a better value. The weather was glorious BTW, and we really enjoyed Skansen. All too soon we had to walk back to the dock to meet the HOHO boat (They run about one every 15 minutes). We had planned to go back to Gamla Stan, but ran out of time. Warnemunde, Germany-It seemed most of the ship had left at 6:30 AM to catch the train to Berlin, which may be why when we went to breakfast at around 7 AM the buffet was nearly empty. We had signed up for yet another tour with Alla, this one Hanseatic Rostock and Fairytale Schwerin. Mostly a walking tour, we did have to use a combination of trains and trams as well as our feet. After meeting our guide we walked a short distance to the train station for a the short train trip to Rostock. From there we changed trains and took a longer train, about an hour to Schwerin. Once in Schwerin we had a walking tour of the town, that included a history class on Henry the Lion, founder of Schwerin. Finally it was off to the castle. I had seen pictures, but I wasn't prepared for just how beautiful the castle is. Truly out of a fairytale, I personally find it as lovely, if not more so, than the famous Neuschwanstein in Bavaria (Germany). We had the opportunity to walk around the outside before going in. The castle is situated next to a pretty lake, so the setting is picturesque. This castle was home to the Dukes of Mecklenburg, and our guide told us some of the history of the family, and it's castle, including a tragic love story. After we toured the castle it was off to lunch at a restaurant housed in what use to be the castle laundry. I think we were all tired when our guide announced rather than walking back to the train station we would take a taxi. She had arranged while we were eating for 2 taxi vans and a regular taxi to drive us back for 2.5 euro each. Loved that guide. After an hour rest on the train back to Rostock we walked around and looked at buildings, and visited St. Marien's church, which had a really interesting clock inside. Then a tram ride, followed by short train ride back to Warnemunde (Pronounced War-da-moon-day). We were beat when we got back, but still managed to go up to the lido deck where a oopah band from Rostock was playing and a German buffet was laid out. The crew was dressed in German costumes, and the bratwurst, German potato salad, & beer were never ending. A couple more notes about the ship before I write about Copenhagen. All breakfasts were eaten at the buffet. Lunch was eaten on shore if an all day tour, the buffet or the Dive In. Dinners were a mix between the dining room, and the buffet, which had most, but not all of the same items being served in the dining room. Besides the Tamarind on my birthday (Cost was $20 pp) we also ate one night at Canaletto ($10 pp). Service was good everywhere, as was the food. We didn't go to any shows, but on the second sea day did attend an interesting lecture about the Vikings that was very well attended. Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen-Our final stop was Copenhagen. Here we had our final tour booked through Alla Tours; Classic Copenhagen & Castles of North Zeeland. The plan was to tour the two castles, and during the city highlights tour that was suppose to end the day, be dropped off at Tivoli Gardens, and make our own way back to the ship. However, the best laid plans of mice and men.... Ship arrived in port at 11 AM. The ship was running shuttles at $10pp each way to Tivoli Gardens starting at 11:15, the last shuttle would leave Tivoli at 6:45. Our tour started at 1:00. There were a total of 10 of us, so a smaller van was used. The tour started with a stop at the Little Mermaid statue. As in most stops it was completely mobbed by tourists, but I did manage a good shot. Then it was to a souvenir shop for restrooms, and free time where we could walk to Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish Royal family, who, according to our guide Louise, are very popular. The weather was not very good; dark, stormy clouds, and it was quite cool, only about 50 degrees or so and very windy. Finally we were off to Frederiksborg Castle. Wow! Really beautiful. My personal favorite rooms were the dining hall and chapel. Another highlight was in the ballroom there was an exhibit of dresses worn by the current queen, Queen Margaret, including her wedding dress. This castle is no longer used by the royal family, but a museum. Our tour guide, a young, personable lady, studied history in college and hopes to be a teacher some day, but unemployment is at 25% for young people in Denmark, but even as a part-time tour guide she still pays about 38% of her salary in taxes. If employed full-time and made more money she would pay up to 70%. I mention this because I loved her enthusiasm for Danish history, and her love for Christian IV, her favorite Danish king. She told us lots of interesting, gossipy details about this merry monarch that loved war, women, and wine, not necessarily in that order. He had 25 children that are known about by a number of women, including his three wife's (Wife #2 was divorced and locked up in a castle for straying. I guess what's sauce for the goose, was not for the gander in this case). He involved his country in number of wars, losing every one, and loved a good party. His coronation party is the biggest party in all of Danish history. See, I paid attention. Then it was off to Kronborg Castle, the setting for Hamlet. Learned that Hamlet was based on a Danish prince that lived around 800 AD, who pretended to be mad in order to plot his revenge on his uncle, who yes, murdered his father. Then we drove back to Copenhagen along a pretty coastal road. Before starting our tour, our guide had told us, in an effort to stay on schedule, if we were one minute late we would have to sing a song, if two minutes late we would have to dance, and if three minutes late we could sing and dance as we watched the van drive away! However, if we stayed on schedule she would sing to us. Well, she was suppose to sing, but chicken out, so the driver took over and sang "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" (In Danish) as she drove up to the ship. It was a lovely way to end the tour. So in wrapping up, did not make Tivoli Gardens due to weather (Good excuse to go again), but for the most part had good weather. met a number of lovely people on board the ship and in port. I thought every port had something to offer. There are crowds everywhere, just get use to it. Many of the major buildings we saw had some scaffolding in place as repairs/restoration seem to be an ongoing project. Experimenting with different angles should allow you to get a shot without scaffolding, and if that fails there are always postcards. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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