This was my first cruise on a bigger ship. I did do a Greek Island Cruise on a much smaller ship and enjoyed that too.
We stayed at The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel and this was fine for our two night pre cruise. We got a taxi to the port and began embarkation which was fast with no hassle. The only thing I had to explain was that we each had one bottle of wine for a celebration with us. The young boy checking our hand luggage seemed unaware we were allowed one bottle each. This soon got sorted out once he checked. All was fine and we filled in our forms and had our passports checked etc. We were given our seapass cards and our wonderful Baltic cruise began with the usual Photos etc.
We had a small hand luggage with us for swim wear and change of clothes which is important as we got our cabins immediately and went for a swim and then had lunch. The Windjammer was open for lunch and I really had no problem with it. Now keep in mind I have not done any Cruises before but the food was fine. Plenty variety, nice salads, Fruit, Hot meals ie Curry, Ribs, Fish, Chicken. I found all the food nice. There was a selection of good bread, nice sweet desserts and a hot and cold drinks counter. My only tiny gripe is that I like hot tea. I did feel the Water for making the tea was not boiling just hot. However they had a great choice of herbal teas also. Everything you could want. But we tried coffee also. No big queues as there was a few buffet counters and it moved fast. Seemed very clean and they also have hand Sanitizers before you enter the Dining areas. Food was served well past 3pm most days when we came back from visiting ports. We always got a lovely late lunch. The views were amazing from the Windjammer.We pre paid our gratuities so we had anytime dining. We got a wonderful window seat in the Restaurant. We were allowed to book this table each night. We were a group of four and we went for the wine package of 10 bottles for the week. Three in the group drank wine so between three of us we paid €108 each in total over the 7 nights inc 15% service charge. It turned out to be very good wine. I was surprised at the quality (after reading other reviews) We opted for the Kendal Jackson Red. Boy was it nice. I checked here in Ireland and its €24.99 a bottle at the off Licence. So I think we did well. We enjoyed starter, Main Course and Dessert followed by Tea Coffee. The starters were small but there is a lovely huge Bread basket also. If you want another starter they will bring that too. The Fillet steak I got was small but really good. The pork another night was good. I must say the night the stuffed chicken was on we all tried it and we were blown away. It was really tasty. I do like good restaurants and let me tell you this was good. The staff were so nice. They made our cruise and they deserve a good tip. We made sure we did an extra tip as well as the pre paid one.
We were in an interior Cabin Small but well formed. Had everything we needed. Shower curtain could be improved. Small bathroom no Shampoo and Conditioner. There was a liquid Gel, not sure what it was. But for our busy Baltic Cruise we did not spend much time in the Cabin. We did level two and it was fine.