We had wanted to do a different cruise than our normal Italy/Spain vacation and thought this sounded like a perfect fit. We flew in from a 3 day stop in Iceland and landed in Copenhagen late the night before we boarded. I don't like arriving the same day as embarking. The boarding process was painless. The ship has been recently renovated and was lovely. The only complaint I had about the room is having the bed dead center in the room, allowing very little area to walk around the bed. It seemed to be a waste of space to have the bed blocking the seating area. There was plenty of storage room and the bathroom was spacious; even had a tub.
The food was the high point on this cruise. Normally I am sick of the buffets by day 3 of cruising but that was not the case on this trip. The food was always fresh and there was a large assortment. We also ate at of 4 of the restaurants; they were awesome! The entertainment was good; not great but there was plenty to do in the evenings. I feel the gym could have had more equipment. There were quite a few times where there were no open machines when I tried to work out and I tried several different times of the day.
The shore excursions were my biggest complaint on this trip. The Berlin tour was good. I wanted more information on WW I and WW II, not just the Berlin Wall. One of the members of our group went on the tour of the concentration camp and seemed to enjoy that one better. Tallinn was amazing and we did that on our own. A little research and we were good to go. We were told we would have two days in St. Petersburg but realistically it is 24 hours. Upon docking, we did the Evening at the Hermitage which was nice but the museum was actually closed when we took the tour. A lot of the lighting was turned off and none of the shops were open. However, it is only open for cruise tours and when you see the line during the day, you are grateful to have the experience you had. I had booked the Catherine's Palace and the St. Petersburg church tour before we left the US and was told it would be fine; two tours in one day. However personnel on the ship told me I couldn't make it and they would not refund money if we did not get back in time for the second tour. One of the people in our group went on the Catherine's Palace and had plenty of time when he got back before the second tour started. I was disappointed to say the least and the four hour St. Petersburg tour I took instead was very poorly done. It was basically driving around town in a bus looking at buildings. We were leaving port 24 hours after we got there. Not a two day stay. The last two excursions were a total waste of time. We did the hop on/hop off options for Stockholm and Helsinki and didn't have even enough time to make it around the entire route once. We were in town for a very short period of time and the options were very limited. I would have liked to have a more time in port and a later time to leave. We did the Copenhagen to the airport option and that was perfect. We had plenty of time to see the city with a great guide and then we were dropped at the airport. Two of us stayed with the luggage and the rest of us took the metro back into town and went to Tivoli Gardens and spent a few hours there.
I would definitely do this tour again but would hope more time could be spent in port in some of the towns and less time between each destination. The distance is not so great we couldn't have more time in port.
Would have liked a more detailed tour, not just about the Berlin Wall. It is a beautiful city. I would like to go back and spend much more time. The train ride was very enjoyable; the view was wonderful and the snacks were fun!View All 100 Berlin Reviews
The church is beautiful but so many people. There was a very limited amount of time and so many people so didn't get to see much.View All 210 Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Reviews
More or less a bus ride through the city. Traffic was horrible and it was difficult for the bus to get through. Not a lot of stops.View All 378 City Tour Reviews
Beautiful building. Very nice to be limited to entrance for cruise lines only as the line the next day was all the way around the building. A lot of the lights were turned off and there were no shops open.View All 377 Hermitage Museum Reviews
Very interesting history but not enough time to explore muchView All 114 Peter & Paul Fortress Reviews
Beautiful church. As usual, too many people and not enough time.View All 113 St. Isaac's Cathedral Reviews
Probably my favorite stop. Did our own thing with hop on/hop off. Very small but easy to see everything. Really quaint. Would love to spend more time here.
Not nearly enough time in port. You would be able to see one or two things but not even enough time to take the hop on/hop off all the way around once. A real waste of time, a real shame because it is a beautiful city.