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Viking Tales: The Ideal Summer Cruise

Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on Marina
williebegoode
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2016
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

A big hunk of my ancestry is from Sweden, and ever since a Swedish cousin came to visit 20 years ago and invited us to a Swedish homecoming, I've wanted to find out more about Scandinavia and the general region that includes the Baltic states and a part of Russia--St. Petersburg.

We set sail from Copenhagen in perfect weather, and other than one rainy evening when leaving St. Petersburg, we enjoyed almost ideal weather--perhaps a tad warm for the Baltic. On top of that we had what the locals call "White Nights," early dawns and light until about 11pm. One folk dance we went to in St. Petersburg got out at 10:30, and as we bussed back to the ship, people were out walking in a late afternoon light--couples, families, individuals. From our balcony onboard, we had spectacular views almost 20 hours per day.

Our suite booking allowed us to board early, and it was the easiest imaginable. Once on board we had to wait until our suite was ready, but we were able to enjoy all of the public areas and explore the ship in the meantime. After lunch, we went to our stateroom, and our butler came by and introduced himself and asked if we needed anything, which we did--some distilled water for the cpap and a converter to plug it in. Since we had both a butler and stateroom attendant, things got a little confused but it was all taken care of.

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH3

Our suite was double the size of the Veranda rooms, and so it was very roomy. On our deck, (#9) were only two Penthouse Suites next to a giant Owner's Suite located fully aft. When the ship pulled out of the dock, we could feel the reverse props and the ship shook like an earthquake most pronounced in the aft section; but it was usually momentarily and would not prevent us from booking an aft cabin in the future. More importantly, we were sandwiched between stateroom decks and so it was very quiet. (We had intentionally planned on that.) Ironically, we could not use the Concierge Lounge on our deck but had to go up two decks for the Executive Lounge.

Port Reviews

Copenhagen

Loved this city--we walked all over the place--beautiful and fantastic people.

Rostock (Warnemunde)

Rostock is a short train ride from Warnemunde. You can use the train ticket to take a trolley to the middle of town and visit the walking streets.

Riga

If you like Art Nouveau you'll love this city. The old town is full of beautiful buildings and you can get just about any locally produced Latvian crafts and woolens there.

Tallinn

Like Riga, this is full of historical buildings and interesting architecture. The walk up the hill is bracing but well worth it.

St. Petersburg

The most beautiful church I've ever seen.

Helsinki

Walked to the Rock Church from the open air market at the docks. Helsinki is a treat that was wholly unexpected. Great for getting the fur-lined hats for cold winters and ski enthusiasts.

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