Memorable Baltic cruise: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Maggiemay

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Memorable Baltic cruise

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Harwich
We loved the ship and the range of ages and degree of formality suited us (only 2 formal nights). We drove to Harwich, arriving at the time allocated to us and found the parking and embarkation very efficient. Our cabin was a good size with very good and imaginative storage and kept spotlessly clean by our excellent cabin attendant. We found all the staff very friendly, helpful and courteous and the standard of service was mainly good. We were not very lucky with the weather but we were not too bothered as there was so much to do in each port of call.

The food overall was good although not exceptional. It was often difficult to find a seat at busy times in The windjammer Restaurant but there was a good choice of food although some was a bit lukewarm. We were a little disappointed with the main dining room maybe as a result of Cruise Lines trying to please all people to attract a wide range of customers. We had asked for a table of 8/10 but were allocated a table of 6. On the More first night, we were the only ones on the table which was a very disappointing start. For most other nights, there were 4 of us as the other couple (two brothers) only joined us for 1 night. We found this very disappointing and were surprised you were allowed to book a table for the whole cruise and only turn up on 1 night. We also sat next to the Captain's table for 10 which was only occupied on 1 night! We found the food and service to be good but not exceptional. We hardly saw the head waiter or Maitre D' during the whole cruise.

We did not find the theatre entertainment very inspiring apart from a visiting act 'Graffiti' which was wonderful. We also found the early show time of 7.00 p.m. for late diners a nuisance as it meant getting ready for dinner early. We really loved the violinist in The Centrum area.

As smoking was allowed in the casino, this became a bit of a no go area for us which was a shame.

We loved all the ports of call, especially St Petersburg which was the highlight for us, but were disappointed with the lack of communication from the Captain during the journey so missed some interesting sights en route. We were told in the theatre one night that we had already passed under a famous bridge which we had wanted to see! We were able to walk into each city centre apart from St Petersburg and Gothenburg. It is best to take some local currency in Denmark and Sweden, especially for refreshments as Euros are not accepted everywhere. Less

Published 10/03/11

Cabin review: G Large Ocean View Stateroom

We were near the front of the ship in a large ocean view cabin on deck 4. The cabin was in a good position and a good size for two people. It was very quiet. We were very pleased with the storage which was very imaginative.

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We really liked Copenhagen. We walked into town from the ship, passing The Little Mermaid on the way. We enjoyed wandering around using the map we were given at the port. Several palaces to visit although give the changing of the guard at Amalienborg a miss as there is a better one in Stockholm. We did find Tivoli Gardens a bit of a disappointment. Although it is very pretty there is not a lot to see for the substantial entrance fee apart from the amusement rides. Better to take Dutch Krone - cheaper than using Euros and not everywhere accepts them.

We walked into the centre of Helsinki but did not find it easy to locate all the sights which were very spread out. Unfortunately it was cold and raining and we were disappointed to find the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral closed on the day we visited. We would especially recommend a visit to the Temppeliaukion Church which is built into a rock. It is an amazing building with wonderful acoustics which were tested when a tourist gave a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria!

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This was absolutely amazing. We booked The 2-day Grand Tour with a private tour Company called Alla Tours which we can thoroughly recommend. We were in a group of 11, had our own minibus, driver and fantastic guide for the two days. Much better than the larger tour groups organised by R.C. We had two busy but fantastic days seeing all the main sights including a ride on the metro!No visas required, only the tour booking confirmations. Remember to leave the ship as soon as it is cleared to beat the queues at Immigration. Our only regret was not booking a visit to the opera as well!

Make sure you have a good viewing spot sailing in or out of Stockholm- the Archipelago is amazing!We walked into Stockholm from the port and wandered around on our own using the map provided. It is advisable to have Swedish Krona for refreshments etc as not everywhere accepts Euros. There is a lot to see and do here and we really enjoyed our visit to one of the Palaces. The official Royal residence, Kungliga Slottet is worth a visit plus its changing of the guard ceremony. The Vasa Museum worth a visit too. We would like to return to see a bit more of Stockholm.

A charming city a short walk from the port with lots to see in a compact area. Much cheaper here and plenty of shops to buy gifts. Also a market at the dock side. I recommend a climb up the Oleviste kirik (St. Olav's Church) to get a fantastic view of the city.

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