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Baltic Cruise - Wonderful experience

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Stockholm
We had already booked a Baltic Cruise with Oceania (whom we really enjoy) but then I started to compare the Regent package and we switched to a Voyager cruise in same time frame. We selected a Horizon C suite because of Business class air, butler service, and a large deck on the very aft of the ship. We were concerned about the vibrations, but the only time it really bothered us was the first night we spent in Stockholm -- they kept their generators on. At sea, it was no problem. We had excellent connections with Regent Air flying direct from Chicago to Stockholm on SAS (great) and from London to Chicago on United ( Fine).

The embarkation was so easy and basically took place on board, not in the terminal. After a nice lunch in the Veranda ( our wonderful first meal with Regent) we then sat in the sun by the pool until our rooms were ready at 2:30. We were thrilled with the rooms and the deck and the view, Our malt scotch and Cabernet were in the suite with all the other extras More we requested. The butler, Satke, was very reserved, but was a big help the entire cruise, Our stewardess was great and cheerful and the room always seemed nice.We did have a problem with a leaky shower but it was fixed. Also, I have to use a CPAP machine when I sleep and no outlet near the nightstand -- so each night we ran an extension cord.

We ate most of our evening meals in Compass Rose -- always had a good free wine selection. If you did not like the offering that night, we would get one from an earlier night. Never had problem getting a table that we wanted -- sometimes just the two of us and sometimes with new friends. We really enjoyed one evening at Prime 7, but had to cancel our dinner at Signature due to inclement weather and stomach!! We had an excellent dinner in our room and also a party in a neighbors room with Mio a fantastic Magician. Voyager was great for making new friends and the block party the first night was a wonderful help. By the way, the cruise director, Lorraine W was a great leader. Although the entertainment was limited, we always enjoyed our evenings .

We were very pleased with the free excursions in each port. Never overly crowded. We paid supplements for some excursions. Biggest disappointment was not being able to stop at Tallinn Estonia, but it was a wise safety decision by our friendly and competent captain. The service from start to finish was fabulous, no matter where we were. Also we loved the coffee shop and the ability to use the nice coffee machines most anytime. Also liked to use the exercise equipment and the steam room.Spa was nice, but as always, very expensive. Food was top notch each night with plenty of variety for us. Usually had breakfast in our room. Disembarkation also was very smooth -- best we have ever had.

Overall, Seven Seas Voyager exceeded our expectation and we booked another Regent cruise for next June in Eastern Med!! We got to take a Galley tour with the head chef. Quite a treat. Computer room worked well and never had to wait to get on. Casino was small, but always plenty of room -- just wish there were no smokers on board:-(.It was very nice that the last night I did not have to get upset looking at a large bill. Less

Published 09/27/10

Cabin review: C787 Penthouse Suite

If you like the back of the ship, this was great -- with large deck. Sitting area was nice -- used it a lot for breakfast and afternoon canapes and one dinner. Bed was great and nice feature was divider curtains as I tend to wake up earlier than my wife most mornings. We like having a bathtub for my wife and shower for me. TV had Fox News which we liked. But limited selection -- but that was never an issue. Lots of storage space and nice walk-in closet. No smells or noises from public areas,

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Port and Shore Excursions

Had a nice cruise around city in a large barge. Great way to get an overview. Then we spent the afternoon in Tivoli Gardens, where we had lunch. Confusion on how to catch free shuttle, so we used a cab with another couple!!

We took an interesting trip around the islands and spent a good while on a old naval establishment that is still inhabited. Lots of great history. Left us plenty of time to walk around downtown and do some serious shopping. Great city

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Our favorite port. Fascinating cruise up the Fjord, great views of the city, lots of beautiful buildings, friendly people, and good shopping time at the end. Ship was walking distance from most everything.

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We were there 3 days and the final day it started to rain so we passed on Subway and shopping tour. We enjoyed the other excursions, especially Catherine's Palace during the day, Dancing with the Tsars (Catherine's at night) followed by a fun Russian meal 9 just too late). Trip to Hermitage was wonderful except the time in the Gold/Jewel Room was too long. Not enough time at the end with the newly found impressionists paintings. Overall very impressive. Learned lots of history and current socio-economic info.

I am assuming the higher the number the better the rating. We had a Stockholm Overview tour. Since we had gotten in the day before, this was perfect. Beautiful city and Vasa Museum was great. Buses were always only 70% full so never crowded. Great guides.

This port was one we had really looked forward to see, but the seas were too rough -- crashing over the pier where we would have walked. So we had an extra sea day and the crew adapted very quickly and smoothly. All the washing machines were filled quickly

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