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About Gdansk (Warsaw)

Think Gdansk and think home of Solidarity: the labor union that struck a shipyard and started a movement that eventually led to the fall of Communism in Poland and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

Over the years, Gdansk was dominated by Prussians and Hanseatics, and was one of the most important ports in the Baltics. For a time after World War I, the city was known as Danzig. The Nazis were here for five years during World War II and battles to liberate the city in 1945 resulted in its near total destruction. Miraculously, the historic center, known as Main City, was rebuilt during the post-war Soviet era with great reverence -- literally brick by brick -- and today it is a lovely architectural venue. Entering the historical quarter is like walking back into history -- in this case, a medieval merchant settlement. Gdansk was once Europe's major center for grain trade.

Huge stone towers are located at the entrances to the city. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa's offices are in the tower known as the Green Gate (there's a plaque out front) and the main square is full of colorful, Dutch Renaissance-style mansions. St. Mary's Church in Main City is reputedly the largest brick church in the world and can hold 25,000 for services. The seven-story Great Mill on the waterfront (on Motlawa River) was once the largest mill in medieval Europe. It's amazing to stand on Long Street (ul Dluga) and imagine that what you see now was all rubble after the war. More recently, after the shipyard strikes in the 1970's and 1980, and a 1980 agreement, 10 million Poles (out of about 36 million at the time) joined Solidarity, and Walesa went on to become the first democratically elected president of modern Poland.

Although Gdansk is not the capital of Poland (that is Warsaw to the southeast), it is Poland's largest northern city -- origins dating back to the 10th century -- with a population of 465,000. Gdansk, together with Gydnia and the resort town of Sopot, is known as the Tricity. Gydnia, where the big ships dock, is a former fishing village turned major seaport. It was a Nazi stronghold during the war (a major Naval port where Hitler once planned to build 100 subs before his plans were scuttled by major bombing by Allied Forces and the end of the war). Today it's an industrial and naval town. Sopot, located between Gydnia and Gdansk, is a resort town popular with Poland's jet set.

On the drive to Gdansk you pass a Kentucky Fried Chicken sign (in Gydnia you may also pass a branch of Citibank) and a McDonald's, and after you see the big block apartments built by the Soviets (one more than a half mile long, and another where Walesa raised his eight kids), you come to a Holiday Inn with a TGI Fridays.

Poland, today and yesterday.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Stockholm
    Visiting:
    Helsinki, St. Petersburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Stockholm
    • Day 2
      Helsinki
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      Tallinn
    • Day 6
      Riga
    • Day 7
      Klaipeda
    • Day 8
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 9
      Ronne
    • Day 10
      Berlin
    • Day 11
      Copenhagen
    Ship Details

    Marina - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Food-focused ship emphasizes quality dishes, culinary enrichment and dining variety

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited; service and fare inclusions are not at luxury levels

    Bottom Line

    A beautiful ship for those looking for an intimate cruise without a true-luxury price tag

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Stockholm
    Visiting:
    Helsinki, St. Petersburg ... see more
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    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Stockholm
    • Day 2
      Helsinki
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      Tallinn
    • Day 7
      Riga
    • Day 8
      Visby
    • Day 9
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 10
      Ronne
    • Day 11
      Berlin
    • Day 12
      Copenhagen
    • Day 13
      Oslo
    • Day 14
      North Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Marina - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Food-focused ship emphasizes quality dishes, culinary enrichment and dining variety

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited; service and fare inclusions are not at luxury levels

    Bottom Line

    A beautiful ship for those looking for an intimate cruise without a true-luxury price tag

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    • Select Dining
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Gdansk, Klaipeda ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    11 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 3
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 4
      Klaipeda
    • Day 5
      Riga
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 8
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 9
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 10
      Helsinki
    • Day 11
      Tallinn
    • Day 12
      Stockholm
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Bergen
    Visiting:
    Bergen, Eidfjord ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bergen
    • Day 2
      Bergen
    • Day 3
      Eidfjord
    • Day 4
      Stavanger
    • Day 5
      Aalborg
    • Day 6
      Copenhagen
    • Day 7
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 8
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Tallinn
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 12
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 13
      Helsinki
    • Day 14
      Stockholm
    • Day 15
      Stockholm
    Ship Details

    Viking Star - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    One of cruising's most beautiful small ships

    Cons

    No casino and no amenities for families with young kids

    Bottom Line

    Terrific value for money on port-intensive cruises

    Reviews

    Viking Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Berlin, Gdansk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    12 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Berlin
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 4
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 5
      Visby
    • Day 6
      Helsinki
    • Day 7
      Helsinki
    • Day 8
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 9
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 10
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 11
      Tallinn
    • Day 12
      Stockholm
    • Day 13
      Stockholm
    Ship Details

    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

    Reviews

    Azamara Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Far Too Many Weaknesses
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw)

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Gdansk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Gdansk (Warsaw) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 4
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 5
      Klaipeda
    • Day 6
      Helsinki
    • Day 7
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 8
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 9
      Tallinn
    • Day 10
      Stockholm
    • Day 11
      Riga
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Copenhagen
    • Day 14
      Oslo
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    MeshC
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Worst Cruise experience