Sailed from Southampton on June 18th for 14 nights Baltic experience, will try and give an honest opinion, warts and all. please don't take to heart the negatives, all in all a lovely cruise and wonderful places visited.
Found the embarkation at Southampton very quick and efficient, (although the computers went down as we were at the boarding gate, but only delayed us for ten minutes).
The ship itself was, er, interesting, more like a land based hotel, interior all glass and stainless steel. Found the lounge and bar seating mostly very modern and quite uncomfortable for the most part. (my view only of course).
Had an upgrade to veranda cabin, port side 2c 6243 (I think). Excellent all round cabin, the bathroom is the best I have seen in 7 previous cruises and is to die for, but must back up claims re the tap in the sink, whoever thought of that hideous abomination needs a new job - definitely not in design. The view, because we had our veranda just aft and the first one on the angle from the lifeboats, all we had was a very small craft below us, so not blocking our view. Found the cabin very quiet and never heard a sound overnight. Space - yes, one could say cupboard/wardrobe space was lacking, but the storage cupboard over the bed certainly helped with storing clothing etc not often used, so did not find it too much of a problem. (even with my wife's huge variety of clothing???). Well done Celebrity.
Brugge. Not a bad port, but having visited on numerous occasions find it a little bit boring.
Beautiful little town, well worth the visit. Did not take the Berlin trip as both my wife and myself have been to Berling during our military service, also think the trips are very expensive.
Excellent port of call, visited many churches and cathederals, and generally had a good wander around the city, then it rained, had to take shelter in a lovely tea restaurant which made it a lovely lazy afternoon just people watching. All in all a nice day out apart from the rain.
Well, We cannot imaging anyone not loving the St Petersburg experience, the whole trip and tours were worth every penny of the cruise. Cannot put into words the wonders that we saw in the palaces etc., although one can see a glimpse of the poverty if you looked past the glamour. A trip well worth the money.
Tallin - a beautiful, quaint little town with wonderful 'middle age' towers and churches, cobbled streets et al. Another port well worth the visit.
The sailing into Stockholm past hundreds of small inhabited islands is worth the visit just to experience the beauty of these islands and inlets. Stockholm itself is wonderful, pity the city centre is in the middle of re-furbishment.
We have visited Copenhagen on several occasions, and still love it, and will visit again in time, we cannot get enough of the city, just beautiful. The mermaid is still hanging on in there even tho' several moron's over the past Century have tried to 'behead' her. Who are these idiots??