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This Baltic/St Petersburg cruise had an itinerary which was new to us with the highlight being two days visiting St Petersburg. Unfortunately, due to high winds and for safety reasons we didn’t manage to visit St Petersburg. On booking cruise we hadn’t been told that wind could be a problem at this Russian port. If we had been told it would have enabled us to make an informed decision on whether to book this cruise. Celebrity are aware of this likely problem so should have used a smaller ship which would have been more able to cope with these wind conditions! Celebrity standards have also slipped. Banal on board activities, too much constant noise coming from atrium. Other activities have extra charges. Evening shows were professional though. Many restaurant menus repeated during this cruise. Specialist restaurant surcharges too high. Most of the seating, ie dining chairs, seats, armchairs, sofas etc very uncomfortable as they are too low and you have to sit well back on them. Stateroom good although linen/towels are a bit tired looking. Tours very expensive and on reflection, we could quite easily have visited these ports independently. Most tour guides not very good, didn’t wait on slow passengers and didn’t have microphones so couldn’t hear what they were saying about different points of interest when on shore. All money making exercises.

Disappointing Baltic/St Petersburg cruise - on several levels!

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Review by Mary Doll

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
This Baltic/St Petersburg cruise had an itinerary which was new to us with the highlight being two days visiting St Petersburg. Unfortunately, due to high winds and for safety reasons we didn’t manage to visit St Petersburg. On booking cruise we hadn’t been told that wind could be a problem at this Russian port. If we had been told it would have enabled us to make an informed decision on whether to book this cruise.

Celebrity are aware of this likely problem so should have used a smaller ship which would have been more able to cope with these wind conditions!

Celebrity standards have also slipped. Banal on board activities, too much constant noise coming from atrium. Other activities have extra charges. Evening shows were professional though. Many restaurant menus repeated during this cruise. Specialist restaurant surcharges too high. Most of the seating, ie dining chairs, seats, armchairs, sofas etc very uncomfortable as they are too low and you have to sit well back on them. Stateroom good although linen/towels are a bit tired looking.

Tours very expensive and on reflection, we could quite easily have visited these ports independently. Most tour guides not very good, didn’t wait on slow passengers and didn’t have microphones so couldn’t hear what they were saying about different points of interest when on shore. All money making exercises.
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