Pleasantly surprised !: Black Watch Cruise Review by whippet66
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Pleasantly surprised !
Destination: Baltic Sea
The cruise itinerary was to transit the Kiel canal, which was great; then Travemunde which was a More small town with tours to Hamburg. A local German male voice choir played as we prepared to leave, this was very nice.Then off to Riga, a lovely long arrival up the river to moor right near the town centre, that was an interesting town. Departing from there we had a sail away party which was good, the weather was really warm. Off to St Petersburg, another interesting place. Then to Tallinn, this was a lovely old town. Next to Stockholm and a lovely sail for 4 hours up the approach to the town, this was really nice.Then off to Visby, but the Captain said it was to rough to use tenders there so would not be stopping. So we carried on to Oslo, passing through the narrow part of water by Copenhagen, which looked good at night.So at 1400 the next day we entered the Oslo fjord. there was a yachting regatta for the weekend and we passed hundreds of yachts coming towards us, this was a great sight. After 3 hours of this we reached Oslo where we would stay overnight. It was a hot evening so a lot of passengers went into town. The next day mid afternoon we left with another great sail away party to go back down the fjord and off to Dover.
So on board, the food was very good, a very attractive main dining room, also the buffet dining room , the garden cafe was good. The entertainment was excellent, the show team did some great shows, and the guest entertainers were very good. We took part in 3 trivia quizzes a day which were amusing. All in all the staff were all very friendly, waiters in the bars and dining rooms all cheerful and smiley.
So as I said we were pleasantly surprised and didn't want to leave the ship. It is a small older ship, we met some lovely people, drinks were reasonably priced, food better than P&O, entertainment far better than Saga, shows as good as Thomson
Would we go back ......... Yes. Less
Cabin review: 4042
Cabin was quite roomy, clean and tidy. Shower was roomy.