Scandinavia on the Grand: Grand Princess Cruise Review by umbertsmum

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Scandinavia on the Grand

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
We picked this 7 day break to get a taste of Scandinavia as we had not visited Denmark, Sweden or Norway before although we had been on the Grand Princess before.
The suite was beautifully situated on the aft corner of the ship so we had amazing views all week and were able to experience ultimate balcony dining in a great setting-although in hindisght I would recommend a warmer climate than leaving Oslo or the use of blankets!The meal was amazingbeuatifully presented and the waiters attentive but discreet.
We had shore excursions booked with Princess in Bruges and Helsingborg but found our way aroung Copenhagen and Oslo with the aid of a tourist map. Each port was very different and had interesting things to offer.The only issue was having to keep changing currency daily -I would advise to keep only a small amount of local currency and use a credit card ashore.
The service on board was execeptional, the staff remembered peoples names, were always courteous and More helpfuland our stweard was really good.
We ate in sabatini's twice in the venings and it was of a higfh standard each time and well worth the extra cover charge. We werein the Boticelli on fixed dining but also ate in the Da Vinci with frined we met aboard so there id flexibility there. My husband has food allergies but was able to pre-order and then eat in a different venue if he chose to.We didn't really attend many performanbces in the vening as we dined later and then mooched around the ship.
We attended a local trio put on in Denmark which although it explained was lost in translation , being in Danish.The crew added an extra dimension to the cookery demo which is a must to attedn and the karaoke competition is a hoot.I used the spa for a facial and the best nail art manicure ever-complete with silver glitter. I did the Tour de cycle sessions (-that is spinning to you and me)which was $30 for three if you attended all three.The gym was well appointed and all the machines worked.
There was Zumba aboard but i didn't make it to any sessions. Less

Published 09/05/12

Cabin review: VSe733

Beautiful vista suite, the beam doesn't really intefere, there are two steamer ongers and a wooden table andf four chairs. The suite is spacious and very comfortable and a quiet aft postion with exceptional views.there is a wake noise and a hum form the vent but it is n't overly intrusive.

Port and Shore Excursions

It was raining but that did not spoil our experience, we went on the canal cruise and Gent ship's tour. The guided walk was informative and passed lots of chocolate shops, although we had very little time to shop so be warned!. The canal cruise gave ample photo opportunities-even in the rain sheiled by a brolly. Lunch was a real experience-deep fried cheese croquettes served with extra grated cheese, a flemish beef stew served with chips and apple sauce(yes-apple sauce!)evryone gamely had a go but wew were all relieved when dessert was plain old ice cream. The tour of Gent was shorter but interesting. All in all a good day's trip out of you haven't been before but be warned a pee cots 3 euros each.

Again it rained...and yet according to the brolly I purchesd for 7 euros I love Denmark. We walked form the port area to the centre and the Tivoli gardens. The tourist map is very clear and easy to follow but it is quite a strenous walk , we are failry fit and it took us 40minutes each way, there are hop onand off buses which were being well used. We passed all the major sights-the palaces, Nyhaven etc and stooped for coffee and cakes. There are plenty of signposted free toilets so you don't need any coins. The Tivoli gardens charge you for entry but this doesn't cover the rides which are extra and this isn't clearly explained and feels like it is overpriced just to walk around lots of cafes and rides. It is easy to lose track of time and by the time we returned to the ship we had been walking for 5 hours-still what a great excuse for an extra treat from the international cafe.

We walked around the city in the sunshine -very easy to find your way around from the port. There is bus to the vigeland sculpture park(no 12) and local fjord boat in front of the town hall to take you on a mini cruise or to the kon toki and fram museums. It was a suprisingly beautiful city and we visited the palace gardens,the main shopping area , the square, the national gallery and the cathedral. Interestingly we were able to video the changing of the guard in front of th palace but not to walk in front of the entrance! there are free loos in the gallery if anyone is interested.
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