We had not sailed in the Baltic and this cruise sailed to all the ports that we wanted to visit.
Boarded in Southampton on Sunday 28 April 2019 and were in our cabin by 1.31pm. Suitcases were outside the cabin, quickly unpacked making our cabin home for the next 2 weeks. We had lunch in the Lido (self service restaurant), I had pork escalopes and salad vegetables - lovely. The Emergency life jacket and muster drill at 4pm was uneventful and hopefully will never need this equipment.
Walked around deck and went to the sailaway party on the bow deck 9 around the Lido pool. Queen Mary 2 was in dock embarking passengers and both ships blew horns in respect to each other.
Food - we eat in the Lido buffet restaurant, we can take our time eating with plenty of choice for breakfast (cold cuts of meat, fish, cooked breakfast items and cereals), lunch menu was varied and always good. Dinner ranged from roast meats, vegetables, cold meats and fish, salad vegetables, various soups especially New England clam chowder and roasted pepper and tomato - superb. Some evenings the food was presented from different countries e.g. Germany, India, China, America and celebratory e.g. turkey. The Italian cooking area (manned by a chef) was always busy and people seemed happy with the food being cooked live.
The ship Queen Victoria is beautiful inside and out, and it is well cared for by the crew.
My wife attended the water colour art class, including the live painting demonstration by Lynn Rodgie sponsored by the on board art gallery. We saw a live unveiling of a new picture by Lynn, unveiled jointly by Lynn and the Captain in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery.
I attended the lectures in the Royal Court theatre - including lectures on NASA, Princess Diana, Carl Faberge (useful as he lived in St Petersburg one of our cruise ports), various cruise ports and various artist lectures e.g. L S Lowery and Sherree Valentine -Daines.
I used the gym on aft deck 9 - dumbells, benches, weights machines and aerobic machines, fine for keeping fit.
The weather - late April to mid May, sun shine, wind, rain at sea but not on the excursions, and cold. Snow overnight early hours of saturday 4 May 2019 sailing from Copenhagen to Stockholm. People wore fleeces, padded jackets and goretex outer layers.
We had a terrorist alert for Stockholm requesting that nobody bring packages from unknown people on board. Security whilst embarking in Stockholm was tighter.
We would visit the Baltic again on a cruise but maybe not for a few years as we want to see different areas of the World.
A delightful balcony cabin and very well looked after by cabin steward Dennes - thank you. We had a problem with the sink and shower not draining - solved and perfect within a day of mentioning to Dennes. The lock on our cabin door broke and we were locked in our room. Staff from the Pursers office evacuated us via the balcony and through the vacant cabin next door. Whilst we had breakfast engineering fixed the lock - thank you.
We were on deck 6, so up 6 flights of stairs to the Lido restaurant and gym and 8 flights of stairs down to the Royal Court Theatre - just like being on a stair climber.
Copenhagen, Queen Victoria due to sea conditions could not dock in the city but outside and Cunard offered a shuttle bus. We were dropped of just outside Nyhavn - a delightful gentrified area of shops, restaurants and hotels. We walked and took photos, then walked to the Little Mermaid. Had a quiet drink in a cafe and enjoyed the ambience. A lovely city and we would like to return.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Bergen Belsen, we had wanted to visit a labour camp and this tour was offered. The site is a memorial with mass grave burial areas. The site is now grassed with trees but sign posting stating some of the historical sites. An awful part of World history and we have now seen it. RIP.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Stockholm is an archipeligo of 14 islands all conected via bridges and tunnels. We opted for the Vassa museum tour but did see some of the city transferring from the ship to museum.
Vassa museum was superb and the Vassa ship is in remarkable condition for being on the sea floor in Stockhom harbour for hundreds of years. Well worth seeing but Stockholm needs days not a few hours to really see.View All 128 Vasa Museum Reviews
Day 1 - Amazing city, stunning architecture, we walked with our guides through the parks to The Church of the Spilt Blood. It was stunning art work, and mosaics inside.
Needed more time to see this wonderful city.
Day 2 - visited the Hermitage, 1000 room with 3 million pictures - need years to see not 2 hours but still amazing.View All 210 Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Reviews
We walked off the ship and were in the centre of Kiel - 300m. Nice town but not much to do except walk and admire the buildings.
Skagen is delightful and is famous for the meeting of the North Sea and Baltic at the northern most point of Denmark.
You are transported by 4x4 tractor and towed bus to the meeting point and then wander on the sea shore observing the 2 seas meeting.
We were then bused around to the local museums to see historical life in Skagen.
Just to mention when we arrived at the dock a choir was singing for us and when we left a marching band played music for us. A lovely idyllic small town.