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Our Baltic Sea cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette in August, 2015, was excellent. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was great - we ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and in the main dining room for dinner each evening. There were lots of choices for each meal and the food was better than on some of the other cruise lines we have been on. We had a balcony which was very nice, but some days, it was too cool to spend much time there. In general, this cruise is a great way to see several Baltic cities on one trip. Our time in port at Tallin, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland was enough to see the highlights of each city. However, a few hours is not really enough time to see the larger cities, such as Copenhagen and Stockholm. The ship left from Amsterdam, which is a great city to visit. We arrived 3 days before the cruise left, so we toured Amsterdam on our own, using Rick Steve's guide to pick the sites we wanted to visit. The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums are excellent, but we would recommend that you buy a Museumkaart and reserve times for these 2 before you leave the U.S. especially if you visit at a busy time of year. Buying the card and reserving a time lets you skip the long lines and get right in. Although there is a fee for sending the Museumkaart to the U.S., it is worth the extra cost. We reserved our tickets and times for the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh before we left the U.S. Then we bought Museumkaart after we got there. Since the Museumkaart covered the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums, we paid more than we would have if we had bought the Museumkaart before we left. A canal cruise is a must! We used the ship's excursion at Stockholm, and the tour guide was excellent. He took us on a tour of City Hall, the Cathedral and a walk through the old town, highlighting some of the city's history. However, due to a mix-up between the ship and guide, we had one hour less for our tour than the guide had planned. Our visit to the Vasa Museum was last on the itinerary. So we only had half hour to see the museum with the old ship. We would recommend going there first to avoid the crowds. In St. Petersburg, we used Alla Tours, which was excellent! Our guide was Julia and the driver was Dimitry. If we had been on our own for our 2 days there, we could never have seen all the sites they took us to. We took the 2 day grand tour, which was excellent. We saw the Hermitage, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Church on Spilt Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress, plus a river/canal cruise. Julia worked in a ride on the subway, which is worth a visit to see the elaborate murals. I would highly recommend Alla Tours. We went into Tallin, Helsinki and Copenhagen on our own. We caught the hop on hop off buses at Helsinki and Copenhagen, which were good for a general overview of the cities and getting to some of the sites, like the Church of the Rock in Helsinki. We walked from the ship into the old Town at Tallin which was short walk, and the old town is very compact - but hilly. We also visited Warnemunde and Rostock, Germany on our own, taking the train from Warnemunde to Rostock. We did not take the ship's excursion from Warnemunde to Berlin because the bus ride is 3 hours to and from, leaving only a few hours to see Berlin. Instead, after the ship returned to Amsterdam, we took a train to Berlin and visited on our own for 3 days. That way, we could spend time in the museums on Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Reichstag, Brandenburg gate and Museum of the Berlin Wall. If you really want to see Berlin, we recommend this approach over a short excursion. From our experience, we would highly recommend this cruise, especially on Celebrity!

Baltic Sea Cruise

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by mdcliburn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
Our Baltic Sea cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette in August, 2015, was excellent. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was great - we ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and in the main dining room for dinner each evening. There were lots of choices for each meal and the food was better than on some of the other cruise lines we have been on. We had a balcony which was very nice, but some days, it was too cool to spend much time there.

In general, this cruise is a great way to see several Baltic cities on one trip. Our time in port at Tallin, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland was enough to see the highlights of each city. However, a few hours is not really enough time to see the larger cities, such as Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The ship left from Amsterdam, which is a great city to visit. We arrived 3 days before the cruise left, so we toured Amsterdam on our own, using Rick Steve's guide to pick the sites we wanted to visit. The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums are excellent, but we would recommend that you buy a Museumkaart and reserve times for these 2 before you leave the U.S. especially if you visit at a busy time of year. Buying the card and reserving a time lets you skip the long lines and get right in. Although there is a fee for sending the Museumkaart to the U.S., it is worth the extra cost. We reserved our tickets and times for the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh before we left the U.S. Then we bought Museumkaart after we got there. Since the Museumkaart covered the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums, we paid more than we would have if we had bought the Museumkaart before we left. A canal cruise is a must!

We used the ship's excursion at Stockholm, and the tour guide was excellent. He took us on a tour of City Hall, the Cathedral and a walk through the old town, highlighting some of the city's history. However, due to a mix-up between the ship and guide, we had one hour less for our tour than the guide had planned. Our visit to the Vasa Museum was last on the itinerary. So we only had half hour to see the museum with the old ship. We would recommend going there first to avoid the crowds.

In St. Petersburg, we used Alla Tours, which was excellent! Our guide was Julia and the driver was Dimitry. If we had been on our own for our 2 days there, we could never have seen all the sites they took us to. We took the 2 day grand tour, which was excellent. We saw the Hermitage, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Church on Spilt Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress, plus a river/canal cruise. Julia worked in a ride on the subway, which is worth a visit to see the elaborate murals. I would highly recommend Alla Tours.

We went into Tallin, Helsinki and Copenhagen on our own. We caught the hop on hop off buses at Helsinki and Copenhagen, which were good for a general overview of the cities and getting to some of the sites, like the Church of the Rock in Helsinki. We walked from the ship into the old Town at Tallin which was short walk, and the old town is very compact - but hilly.

We also visited Warnemunde and Rostock, Germany on our own, taking the train from Warnemunde to Rostock. We did not take the ship's excursion from Warnemunde to Berlin because the bus ride is 3 hours to and from, leaving only a few hours to see Berlin. Instead, after the ship returned to Amsterdam, we took a train to Berlin and visited on our own for 3 days. That way, we could spend time in the museums on Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Reichstag, Brandenburg gate and Museum of the Berlin Wall. If you really want to see Berlin, we recommend this approach over a short excursion.

From our experience, we would highly recommend this cruise, especially on Celebrity!
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Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1A 7206
The cabin was great - a bit more space than on some of the other cruise lines we have been on. The balcony was a bit larger than many of the balconies because of the angle - we had space for 4 chairs. The cabin attendant was great - very attentive.
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