We had to unfortunately cancel our original cruise because of health problems so this Cruise was very much last minute for us as we like to book well ahead to get the cabin we want. We enjoyed the Baltic the last time we were there 8 years ago and thought it would be good to visit again.
Having read several reviews earlier we were a little apprehensive but were pleasantly surprised. Britannia is a beautiful ship with modern tasteful décor - there is far more space on this ship and it isn't difficult to find a quiet spot if needed and we found the majority of staff very pleasant. and helpful,
The lifts midship were a nightmare - a very bad design error not to have stairs also for those who were able to use them - we did miss the glass lifts on the Azura and Ventura. The Crows Nest was our favourite, but it could be difficult to get a seat after a late dinner. The Glass House and The Limelight Club were also well worth the extra.
We decided to try Freedom dining but never managed to get a really good table for two and no matter what time we went down for dinner, we were always handed a pager and had to wait 20-40 minutes for a table with rarely good service - it was extremely slow.
We found that if you went up to the Buffet after 10.15 in the morning and around 3 in the afternoon for lunch it was much quieter - sometimes the restaurant timings are far too early for breakfast and lunch.
One tthing that is worth mentioning is the caring Medical, Security and Reception Staff - I had a nasty fall whilst in Tallin and ended up in hospital - on my eventual return to the ship the Doctor and Nurse were fantastic and the Security and Reception Staff checked on me every day.
I would definitely cruise on Britannia again,but prefer Azura and Ventura.
We managed to get a GA balcony cabin midship on F deck with a sofa which was fine - OK the bathroom was small, but manageable! The bed was very comfortable,there was plenty of storage space and our cabin steward, Antonio, looked after us very well. The downsides were the ridiculously small balcony - surely it would have been better to take a few more inches off the cabin - and also what we hadn't known was that there was a smoking area two decks below which was OK when sailing but not when stationery - we were also surprised to find that if you looked to the left of the balcony part of your view was slightly obstructed by the lifeboats on the next deck which things are worth knowing when booking a cabin!
A very pleasant port with good shops, bars and restaurants.
We took the Hop On Hop Off bus which was really good as the weather was miserable!
We have spent time in St. Petersburg before and took a private tour so we saw a great deal in the 3 dayswe were there.
We love Tallin - it has a great atmosphere - it also has a very good Hospital as I found from personal experience!!
We took the Hop On Hop Off bus again.
Hop On and Hop Off buses always a good idea.