What a fantastic vacation and a beautiful ship. My husband and I arrived in London the day before the cruise. British Airways was excellent, great food and excellent service. Getting from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport was quite challenging. Trains, escalators, moving sidewalks, back and forth until we finally found our transfer company. Fortunately we brought spinner luggage and was able to maneuver it easily. RCL booked us into the City Inn at Westminster and the hotel was modern, clean and friendly although the food in the restaurant was very expensive. We wanted to ride on the London Eye but its computers weren't working. We caught a performance of "Wicked"- excellent.
The transfer to the ship was fast and easy. The Jewel of the Sea is a beautiful ship . Our oceanview room was upgraded to a large balcony cabin- in a perfect location. This Baltic cruise necessitates a balcony cabin because cruising through the fjords and seeing it on your private balcony is a great memory. We ate breakfast every morning in the main dining room and it was good but there was no variation in the menu. Lunch in Windjammer was very good with a wide variety of selections especially the desserts. Dinner- mixed reviews. Sometimes it was tasty and other nights it was boring and ordinary. Our waiter was outstanding. We really enjoyed all the cultural presentations on the Baltic ports. We really liked the Russian bazaar at the end of the cruise.There was a great selection of Russian boxes and stacking dolls. The entertainment was excellent. The production shows were good but Tenors Unlimited and the pianist was fantastic!
Ports of call- A must see in Oslo is the Vigeland Sculpture Garden. The sculpture as well as the gardens are outstanding. A must see in Sweden is the Vasa Museum. We booked our tours online from DenRus for St. Petersburg and we were so pleased. It was most reasonably priced and the service and our tour guide was excellent. her name was Elena and her knowledge and personality was outstanding. They took us on a cruise on the Neva River- fantastic, the Hermitage was outstanding and Peterhoff Palace was beyond our expectations. DenRus was great and we highly recommend them to everyone. They took great care of us.