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.
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.
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.