We chose this cruise to see these countries. We were traveling with friends with similar interests so it made it fun. This was a very active cruise. Visiting five ports in eight days we were moving quite a bit. This was a round trip from Copenhagen. While we arrived a day early, we should have added an extra day at the beginning or the end as it was a long flight (from California), we were tired so we didn't get to see much.
Oslo was a nice little town. We spent time walking around the town close to the port after an early excursion. We wished we had more time in town.
Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin) - We did the train ride to Berlin and had a great tour. The organized tour showed a lot more than we ever could have seen on a self guided.
Tallinn Estonia - This was a nice little town with lots of old history. The people were very friendly. We took a taxi from the port to the upper part of old town and walked all the way down and back. Lots to see. Lots of places to shop. Lots of restaurants to relax at.
St Petersburg - We did the two day Ultimate tour and it was packed with stuff to see. Lots to take in and visit. The tour included multiple meals. The first day was from 7am to midnight with a small break back on the ship in the late afternoon to refresh. The second day was again from 7am to 5pm. Lots of walking, stair climbing and just constantly on the go. We were tired but glad we did it.
Helsinki - Cute little town. We did the Hop on Hop off tour, which was sufficient. We walked between some of the stops just to take things in.
Nynashamn (Stockholm) - This was a short bus ride to Stockholm. We took the "Best of" tour. Again it was a lot of walking with lots to see. It was a full day that included some free time toward the end of the day to self explore or shop.
The last sea day returning to Copenhagen was a good day to sleep in and relax before packing.
As for the actual on board experience:
Dining: This cabin is a "Club Class" which was a nice added benefit. The Club Class dining was good to avoid reservations. The dining room service was typical Princess. Since we ate in the same part of the dining room each night we had one of two wait teams. One team was just mediocre, the waiter was bad but the junior waiter made up for some of it. The other team was great. prompt service with good personality and humor.
Service: Our cabin steward was average. He made up our room just like any hotel staff would. He said hello when we'd see him but not much else. Service throughout the rest of the ship was pretty good. The staff was friendly and attentive.
Entertainment/Enrichment: Due to the amount of activity on shore days, we were pretty tired when we were back on the ship. Therefore we did not catch any of the shows, which is unusual for us. On the early sea day I did go to the presentation that talked about our upcoming ports. The information was informative and actually helped me plan our agenda for the two days we didn't have excursions planned.
This was a great cabin, for space. Lots of room and the balcony was probably one of the biggest on the ship. Our travel mates had the matching on on the other side. Good amount of room to stretch out without stepping on each other. There is a full bathtub/shower.
This cabin is at the very front of the ship so there was a lot of movement, especially on windy days as the ship plowed through the waves. While it didn't keep me awake, it did keep our friends awake in the like cabin at the other side of the ship. Being at the front, when the bow thrusters we used for docking there was no sleeping through that as it shook the whole front end and we were above the bridge.
Balcony - great balcony for when in port. But as stated we were not on the ship much while in port. When the ship was underway, the balcony was not usable due to being the very front corner. Too much wind. Don't leave anything on the balcony as it will be gone.
I'd consider this cabin again for a different cruise if I anticipated having more on board port time.
We wished we had gotten into town a day earlier or scheduled an extra day at the end. We didn't have enough time to see a lot.
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Just a little reconstructed guard shack in the middle of the street with two guys posing as American Soldiers that to me were disrespectful of the position they were portraying. While it was interesting to see the area, the tour guide made it worth while as she explained the significance and pointed out geographic areas.View All 24 Checkpoint Charlie Reviews
This was very interesting. A lot of walking. This place was much bigger than I expected. It gives a good representation of the horrible conditions and treatment those imprisoned suffered.View All 17 Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Reviews
This was included in our tour package of the glass shop and viking museum. The Viking Museum was small and very crowded. It was however an interesting thing to see. It did not require much time.View All 50 Viking Ship Museum Reviews
This was the first part of our excursion. It was a long drive with a tour guide that just babbled the whole way. I had my own thoughts and overheard several guests commenting they wished she would just stop talking.
The glass factory itself was an interesting place but really just a captured shopping destination. The factory itself was set up for presentations but they didn't do any. They had safety areas marked where guests could walk around and watch different processes but they did not describe or explain anything. It could have been much better.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Cute little town with a lot to see. We did our our self guided walking tour. We took a taxi to old town and walked throughout town back to the ship. There was plenty of time but it was a lot of walking. Plenty of places to eat, shop or just hang out. Very cute little town.
This was fabulous but long tiring days. The first day went from 7am to midnight. The second from 7am to 5pm. We saw the Amber Room, City Tour, Neva River cruise, Peter & Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace, Catherine Palace, Church of Savior on Spilled Blood, Constantine Palace, Hermitage Museum, Pavlosk Palace, Peterhoff Palace, Russian Folk Dancing, and St Issac's Cathedral. We may have been to other places too but I can't remember it all.
Lots of walking but time to rest in between places on the buss. They feed you well too.View All undefined undefined Reviews
This was a short port day. We did the Hop on Hop Off buss tour, which was sufficient. We walked between some of the stops just to see more.
This was a full day. Lots of walking but a lot to see. We saw the palaces, the Vasa Museum and got a tour of the city. The tour guide made it though. She was very knowledgeable and informative. There was about two hours of free time at the end of the tour to walk around to see what else there was an/or shop.View All undefined undefined Reviews