Cruising the Baltic...What Cruise Line do I Choose????: Star Princess Cruise Review by laplume

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Cruising the Baltic...What Cruise Line do I Choose????

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
My husband & I just returned from a 10 day cruise on the Star Princess. I was lucky enough to travel the Baltic on the Celebrity Century in 2007. What cruise line would I recommend??? My vote goes to Celebrity.

Food: Celebrity wins here. The food on Princess reminded me of low end food service. The breakfast buffet in the Horizon was awful (same food served in the sitdown restaurant)in particular. The lunch buffet was mediocre, and while the presentation of dinner in the anytime dining Capri was nice, all the food tasted the same...bland, unimaginative, boring. As compared to the Star Princess, Celebrity was more flavorful and interesting. The breakfast in the sitdown area was more "highend" than the buffet on the Century. On both ships, the coffee was bitter and strong.

Tours: We like going on the tours offered by the stress free. Celebrity wins here. On the Century, the tours were a tad more organized. Paddles were provided for group recognition. More

Entertainment: Celebrity again. The Century had better singer and dancers...the singers on the Star were a step above average. The Star also had a magician who was bordering on obnoxious. The venues on the Celebrity are better...larger venues to create energy. The Star had too many different bars/rooms which resulted in only a few passengers in each. Being a port intensive cruise with early calls, there was virtually no night life. At 10 pm, the ship was done. At least on the Century, there was music and dancing before dining.

Public areas: Varied. The Star's large screen "Movie under the Stars" was impressive. The World Cup was televised live. The decor of the Star is starting to look dated and none of the rooms have a wow factor. The Century had a specific martini bar with a bar constructed of ice.

Cabin: Again, Celebrity wins. Our cabin on the Star was a little "locker room" smelling. The Star had more hanging space.

Service: A draw. We were disappointed not being able to change our anytime dining to traditional even after talking to the matre'd immediately when he was available.

Activities: Princess wins here with lecturer John Lawrence and his port information. Sailing the Baltic for more than 19 years, he provides port information along with history. Both ships have similar, trivia, special "classes" on computers, cameras, etc.

Passengers: If you want a more high end fellow passenger, go with Celebrity. For example, on formal night we saw only 10 men in tuxes on the Star, while on the Century about half dressed black tie with the remaining men in dark suits. Very casual on the Star which may be a result of the anytime dining. On the Star, one half were American and there were 300 children on the ship.

Overall: Celebrity just feels more high-end and special. It's like comparing a Four Seasons to a Marriott. Less

Published 07/15/10

Cabin review: JJA741

A741 An interior cabin at the aft of the ship. There was only one room separating this cabin from the Terrace Pool on the Aloha Deck 12. The Terrace Pool is rarely crowded. A great location to the Horizon Buffet area (one floor up). Good size closet for hanging clothes. Efficient shelving. Good under bed space. Quiet location.

Port and Shore Excursions

Our starting port. We arrived one day before the cruise started. I recommend the Canal & Harbor boat tour of the city. You board this boat at the end of Nyhavn and take the red line for the Harbor tour. You get your bearings from this trip. Also, go inside Tivoli...especially at night. We were apprehensive of spending 95 krone, but it was well worth it to give you a view of Danish culture and people. Don't waste your time (or money) with the tourist Ice Bar or Cafe Europa on the Stroget. We traveled by pedicab from the boat tour at Nyhavn to Tivoli for $20US and had a wonderful tour. We spend the night at the Hotel 27. Do not stay is next to a few bars and if you want noise all night long, this is your place. Also, the hardware floor was filthy. The cab ride from the airport to the city center was expensive...130 krone.

I'm including Oslo here. You really don't need to spend $$$ on a tour. There's not much to see in the city of Oslo. Some passengers went to Vigland and they were disappointed. Shuttle buses to City Center (City Hall) available.

What a disappointment. You drive an hour to get to the reconstructed city of Gdansk. Along the way you see neglected areas/buildings. It looks like their monument to Solidary is also neglected. The town feels like a tourist trap. There is no shuttle, forcing you to take a cab, shuttle or ship tour. The Poles have been oppressed for so long, you feel sorry for them.

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Don't waste your money on a ship tour...there's just not a lot to see here. We took the 3 hour tour and the guide struggled to fill the time. Just take the shuttle into town, go to the Senate Sq and the main shopping street. The Rock Church is nothing but crowds and the memorial to some composer is not worth seeing.

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IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, GO TO THE HERMITAGE ON A MONDAY WHEN THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED. On my previous trip, the museum was mobbed, hot, awful. We opted on the ship's two day tour. First was a tour of the Neva River. Then we visited the Hermitage which was opened only for cruise passengers. It was not open to private tour operators, and there were times that our group were the only people in an area. Lunch provided by the tour was not good. The Yusopof Museum is not worth it after seeing Peterdof...however, be careful...while we were able to enter Peterdof before it's opening, the canal fountain were not on. St Issacs and the Church of the Spilled Blood are amazing. Too much time provided for shopping. In the few years between visits, great gains have been made cleaning up this city.

Just beautiful. The Star did not dock as close to town as the Century. Shuttle buses on both lines. We opted for the ship's tour of the Vasa ship (above average), the Royal Armoury (would like to spend a day in the palace) and the walking tour of the Old Town (crowded). Stockholm is a beautiful city, clean and manicured. Passengers who did not take the ship's tour were complaining about the lines at the Vasa and also on the canal boats.

So cute and old. Medieval. Again, don't waste your money on an organized tour. The old town is tiny and with not much to see. A ship's tour will take you out to a singing arena...not worth it!!! Take the shuttle on your own.

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