We loved our Baltic Cruise on the NCL Getaway. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. We booked this over a year ago and looked into many cruise lines and itineraries before choosing NCL (mostly for the itinerary).
Ship: The ship was big. This was our first "big" ship cruise. It was always too crowded in the public areas and buffet. The number of passengers, as well as some very rude passengers (there are always some aren't there), was the only con. However, everything was accessible and very clean.
Cabin: We had a mid-ship inside cabin (category IA). We prefer inside cabins so that we can use the money we save on other things. The cabin was normal size, the closet was a little small and there wasn't much shelf space (no drawers). The bathroom was a generous size for a cruise ship especially the surprisingly large shower (which had a door, not a curtain).
We prefer inside staterooms to save money. This room, however, we directly mid-ship with no mid-ship stair or elevators so we had to walk to either forward or aft and then back again to get anywhere. If you have trouble walking I wouldn't recommend this location but if walking is not an issue and you like to get exercise this location was great. Very, very quiet as it was an inside inside (you had to go into an interior hallway to access) so very little foot traffic.
Beautiful city with many historic sites.
We toured Berlin with SPB. While the tour was great, Berlin is over 3 hours away by bus or train. This city is large and should not be explored independently given the limited amount of time you will have.
Beautiful old city but too crowded with tourists due to the number of ships in port on the same day.
St. Petersburg is beautiful. We toured with SPB on their 2-day Deluxe tour. We saw all of the main hi-lights and wished we could have spent more time at Peterhoff.
We took the shuttle from the port (it would have been better if we were closer to the city center). Helsinki was beautiful and we loved their open market. It was easy to see everything within a couple of hours.
Stockholm was another interesting old city with lots to see and do (we toured the Vassa Museum which was spectacular) and tried to see all of the hi-lights before having to return by train (1 hour ride each direction).