We did the Baltic cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship is beautiful, decor, cleanliness, service etc, but a little too big for our liking! Deck space is more than adequate - tho\' temperatures in the Baltic in June were not particularly conducive to lounging round the pool - in fact only 1 day out of the 12 was warm enough for this! The \"covered\" pool was always crowded because of this!
Being \"Brits\" we were definitely in the minority on this ship - it was a veritable \"League of Nations\" with a dominance of Americans, but also Canadian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German,Spanish, South American, ...
- and even a group of Gibraltarians! We reckon the Brits, much to our surprise with a Harwich departure, were only about 15% of the passenger list! Read More
Also, as the principal currency on board was the US$ we always had to take a \"double whamee\" on rates of exchange for ports of call - English £ to US$ to whichever currency was required. We felt we lost out on this every time! Even the cash machine on board was in US$.
The organised trips were quite pricey and we did our own thing in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn (very easy!) and only took tours in St Petersburg because of the Visa situation (they were, however, well worth the money.
Our criticism of the entertainment was that it was very \"American\" orientated and not our style.
From the point of view of \"ambiance\" of the ship, decor, facilities, ports of call etc we would have no problems with sailing on her again, or on any of her sister ships - but they just seem to be getting bigger!!! Is this a good thing?
Tour Operator: RCI