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Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service. The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining service as well as the food also were great. Our group consisted of 13 people ranging from 1.5 year old infant to 70+ years old. But they were able to arrange a big table fit for us every night. The ports that we visited were: Copenhagen, Rostock, Klaipeda, Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm. The most memorable port is St. Petersburg. It was really a beautiful city. We docked there for 3 nights. We booked our city tour with TJ Travel since we didn't have Russian visa (without visa, you need to go with a guided tour). We were very happy with their service. Their price was way cheaper than the one from the ship and we have our own private minivan for 13 of us. Tatyana and her group really did a good job in arranging all the schedule. We even got a chance to try Russian delicacy at a great places for lunch. They also arranged and booked us a very good seat for an evening ballet show of "Swan Lake" at Alexandrinsky Theater. The next memorable port is Visby. It was a nice small island with a medieval touch. The old town is small so you can rent a bike and have a tour around old-town just within few hours. The least memorable port is Klaipeda. Lithuania just joint the EU recently (in 2015) so I think this port was added to the tourist itinerary very recent. It was really not a tourist town. There wasn't any shop that sell souvenirs. Luckily, there were some flea market at the old town square where local artists displayed their creations. Overall, it was a very memorable trip.

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by superb50

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  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Europe
Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service.

The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining service as well as the food also were great. Our group consisted of 13 people ranging from 1.5 year old infant to 70+ years old. But they were able to arrange a big table fit for us every night.

The ports that we visited were: Copenhagen, Rostock, Klaipeda, Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm.

The most memorable port is St. Petersburg. It was really a beautiful city. We docked there for 3 nights. We booked our city tour with TJ Travel since we didn't have Russian visa (without visa, you need to go with a guided tour). We were very happy with their service. Their price was way cheaper than the one from the ship and we have our own private minivan for 13 of us. Tatyana and her group really did a good job in arranging all the schedule. We even got a chance to try Russian delicacy at a great places for lunch. They also arranged and booked us a very good seat for an evening ballet show of "Swan Lake" at Alexandrinsky Theater.

The next memorable port is Visby. It was a nice small island with a medieval touch. The old town is small so you can rent a bike and have a tour around old-town just within few hours.

The least memorable port is Klaipeda. Lithuania just joint the EU recently (in 2015) so I think this port was added to the tourist itinerary very recent. It was really not a tourist town. There wasn't any shop that sell souvenirs. Luckily, there were some flea market at the old town square where local artists displayed their creations.

Overall, it was a very memorable trip.
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