This cruise was my first and several seasoned cruisers said I had set the bar very high form my first cruise and I agree! We arrived in Stockholm 2 days early and I highly recommend doing this since there is so much to see in this beautiful city. We met 2 single girls that were doing a St. Petersburg tour with us at our hotel (this was a pure coincidence!) and shared a taxi to the port with them. One of the Texas ladies, Jennifer, recommend we go straight to the ship at our 12pm check out, even though our ticket said to board at 2pm. This was great advice since we were able to quickly get through the check in process and go directly to the Collonade for lunch.
Our suite was ready before we finished lunch. We were on deck 5 and the pictures I have seen online were a perfect match for the real thing, but none of the pictures were of the walk in closet. This was such a blessing since it was large enough to store all of our clothes and keep the suitcases hidden. Our bed was heavenly and the balcony large enough for 2 chairs and a table with room to move around.
Daniela, our hostess did a great job throughout our cruise and had champagne and cavier canapes awaiting us. We were later given a full bottle of vodka (which we didn't even open!), a stocked min refrigerator with beer, cokes, water, juices, and 2 bottles of red wine and could have ordered more if we wished. We ordered room service fro breakfast 3 times and ordered a snack once. I had put our anniversary as our special occasion and received a phone call asking when we wanted to receive a special turn down the first day of the cruise. I chose our sea day and the staff did not disappoint. While at breakfast, they fastened balloons to our ceiling and later on that night a beautiful chocolate cake was delivered to our suite!
Great room with an awesome walk in closet. We were on the starboard bow and could really feel the vibration of the ship, especially in the bathroom.
Outstanding city! We arrived two days early and had plenty of time to see Gamla Stan and Djursgarden.
We walked into the city and was overwhelmed with the tourist from other cruise ships, especially going up to the top of the walled old town. What made our trip was eating at the Olde Hansa Restaurant. It was the real Medieval Times. The waitresses were wearing medieval dresses, the inside was light with candles and everything was made of old wood, the upstairs had the classic trench banquet tables, the food and honey bear were served out of pottery dishes, and the bathrooms were almost like an outhouse with a pitcher you tipped over for washing your hands. The most impressive thing was that the building was built in the 14th century!
Too modern and 'normal' after seeing old sections of Stockholm, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg.
We took a 3 hour bus tour that ended at the airport. I highly recommend doing this since this is the best way to see as much as you can in this city. We later came back into the city via the subway and at at the Hard Rock Cafe and toured Tivoli Gardens.