This pleasant, incident-free cruise started and ended in Rotterdam, and stopped at Copenhagen, Warnemunda, Talinn, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Arhus. The Baltic ports were all interesting. The three biggest highlights for us: (1) the Church on the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg; (2) the cruise through the Stockholm archipelago; (3) the early morning cruise into Rotterdam with the waterspout boats heralding our arrival.
With one exception, at all of the ports we were able to get by easily without taking an excursion. We took excursions in St Petersburg, but now that we've seen it, if we go back in the future we'll get visas.
The ship was smaller than what were used to, but it was fine. The ship didn't feel crowded to us. It had pretty well everything the larger boats had. This ship had one of the largest libraries I've ever seen on a cruise ship, of any size. We really appreciated the access to the front deck. (No one seemed to be using the water-lounge set up on the back. It was never filled with water. Time to get rid of that?)