Ship left late due to complete sterilization because of norovirus, but the captain made a welcome gesture by giving each passenger $25.00 onboard credit. Found the newly renovated Constellation to be similar to all other 4-5 star category ships on various cruise lines. All personnel were very friendly and helpful, our cabin stewards gave us excellent service. HOWEVER, being vegetarian I was shocked to find in the Aquaspa health food bar that only one set of tongs was being used to serve the salads, fish and meat. If someone allergic to fish had not noticed this, he could have landed up in hospital, and of course, I was not going to eat there. One night in the main dining room a fish dish had the vegetarian symbol - was told by the waiter that some vegetarians eat fish, which is not correct - if so, how come the other fish dishes did not have the symbol? I complained to the manager of the dining room, who contacted the chefs and came back to me the next day saying it was a mistake - this is not acceptable. Staterooms with windows or balconies on Baltic cruises in summer need to have black out curtains - it was only dark at night for a couple of hours and a lot of passengers, us included, complained the light coming in from the sea-side disturbed our sleep. It was great that there were hardly any announcements regarding activities and no pushing of tipping, etc. Made for a very quiet and enjoyable cruise. Evening entertainment was plentiful, the dance shows were of a much higher standard than we had expected, and we enjoyed Perry Grant's show as well.
Hi Dan - told you I would write quickly!!!!
Quiet cabin, no cabins opposite, bathroom more than big enough. However, towels were small so used pool towels - not much bigger but thicker. Gowns were useful.
Fresh fruit was welcome, told the cabin steward not to bring canapes as a waste.
Definitely need black out curtains for summer sailings in the Baltic - lack of sleep because of light coming through and only dark for a couple of hours at night.
Took the train into Rostock - had not been aware that all the shops would be closed because of Sunday, so came back to Warnemunde and walked around - delightful port with shops and restaurants along the canal.
Hop on Hop off ferry did not work out well - they go clock wise and only anticlock wise once an hour, if that. We wanted to go to the Vasa Museum first (very interesting but half an hour or so is enough) as it was the furthest away, found we had to wait almost an hour for the next ferry to take us back to the centre. From here we walked into the Gamla Slan, which is like most old towns. Again, at the ferry terminal we were told the wait would be a while and then the ride would take close to 45 minutes - walked back to the ship which was 25 minutes in total.
The 7 eleven in the old city has internet, could not find any other spots.
Walked into town, found the outdoor market much smaller and less exciting than we had expected, the indoor fish market nice if you want a beer and fish. Helsinki makes a big deal of wifi free downtown, but reception is very slow and does not work all the time. The town is fine for a few hours walking around.
Were going to do it on our own, at the last minute booked a tour with another 5 couples through TJ wonder tours - superb guide, a lot less expensive than most of the agencies, and we covered an enormous amount of sites, but only scratched the surface. Amazing city, felt it was very westernized, lots of fancy cars.
Very interesting city, especially the old town, we were lucky enough to be there the day of their annual medievil pagentry, with outdoor stage shows as well as an Irish Wolfhound competition. Very do-able on one's own - the ship docks not far from the town at all.
Took the local bus into town, the driver gave us return tickets without asking if we wanted them, and then we found later that they were only valid for an hour. Decided then to take the ship's shuttle back to the ship, which cost $12 each - they did not have a one way ticket, only a day ticket which they did not tell us before hand. Besides that, found the people very helpful when asking for directions, everyone speaks good English and the pastries are divine! Nyhavn canal with the ships and restaurants was very colourful.