Our first time to the Baltic before. All the ports of call were new to us.
We chose this cruise for the itinerary because the ship stayed in St. Petersburg 3 full days and Azamara stays longer times in the various ports of call. We like Azamara because it is a small ship (approx. 650 passengers) and it feels like a boutique hotel. Staff and crew are friendly and attentive. Food is very good. A basic beverage package and the gratuities were also included in the price.The ship had just been refurbished, it was very nicely done, except for the wallpaper in our cabin was already peeling off.The oceanview cabin was very well appointed and comfortable. However, the shower is small and has shower curtains, which we dislike.
We were disappointed with the cruise director, Tony and the entertainment. Having been on Azamara previously, the production shows were the same as our past three cruises.
The rest of the entertainment was frankly quite boring with the exception of a comedian/magician show which was hilarious. Some entertainers performed two shows each; one each would have been sufficient.
There seemed to be a problem with temperature on board, both the dining room and theatre. It was either extremely cold or hot.
We booked private tours in St. Petersburg with SPB tours, which also covered the Russian visa. The ship's excursions were too expensive. SPB tours were fabulous! It was easy to manage all the other ports on our own; London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm.
We will most likely cruise with Azamara again in the future.
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take a canal ride
watch out for those bikes!!!
Beautiful walking city!
Have a drink at Nyhavn!
Visit the Rock Church!
Beautiful, clean and expensive city.
Don't miss the Vasa museum!
very easy to visit 'old town' on your own- watch out for pickpockets!
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