6 countries with two sea days. An amazing experience of architecture, history, beautiful scenery and art. This was a wonderful cruise. Two days in st. Petersburg was the highlight but Talinn Estonia was a close second. Be sure to book a walking tour of Talinn. The old town is wonderful experience of medieval life as it was then. REally enjoyed this cruise. Wish there had been more time in the ports as all aboard time was 3:30 most days and that just doesn't give you much time to see more than one thing. Wish it could have been 6 PM.
Favorite part of this trip, the many ports of call. It was a great way to be introduced to so many countries and unpacking just once! The staff on board were helpful the entertainment was amazing. We enjoyed the staff and Henry in the 5 O'clock Somewhere bar especially! The food selection was pretty good. Would like to have seen fresher/lighter options of food in more of the restaurants. By the end of the trip we were craving fresh salads and fruits. The best place for them was the Market where finding seating could be a challenge. The coffee in the sit down restaurants left a lot to be desired.
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Ports, balcony stateroom, evening shows. Excellent staff on board, mark the cruise director is hilarious!! Some groups cruising together we're quite rude on board and in the ports . We all know who they are and out a negative air to traveling .
I have used this one cruise, through the fjords, as my "baseline" when checking for sales or special prices on various cruise websites. I used to live in northern Germany, and spent weekends a lot in Copenhagen. I had been to Oslo and Bergen, but never had seen the fjords. This was one of the most beautiful trips I have ever made, to include Alaska and Glacier Bay, and the Canadian Rocky Mts. We sailed from Copenhagen, so the first day out is at sea, which is nice, especially if you didn't book time in Copenhagen prior to the trip. The shore excursions I chose were great. I did the full day excursion out of Flam (pronounced like floam), which include train and then a coach. In between we had lunch at the famous Stahlheim Hotel, with a million dollar Onesco view, from the terrace. The only disappointment I had was that the land tour company doing NCL's land shore excursions booked 4 buses at that amazing hotel at the same time, which created a huge amount of confusion, and too little time at the hotel to really see the view and the hotel itself, not to mention that wonderful cuisine. What I had understood that they were going to do was reverse the itinerary for that one day, so that 2 of the buses went by coach up and then train down. That didn't happen. But still it was a fabulous day, and the scenery is just amazing. People in Scandinavia are lovely - open, friendly, and helpful. This trip is probably better, as far as weather goes, in June, July and August. But those are also peak times for tourists, and therefore there are more people at each port stop. Personally, I loved the cold weather especially in Geiranger. We saw everything from snow at 1500 meters to flowers blooming and warm weather, in Bergen. The entertainment onboard was wonderful, to include 2 couples doing acrobatics from the Moscow Circus. You normally would have to go to Russia to see that level of artistry, for acrobatics, to include flying. This is a tour that is sometimes coupled with NCL's Baltics trip. I have been to Russia several times, so I was happy with a couple of days on my own in Copenhagen, prior to the cruise. I now want to do the longer cruise up to the North Cap! NCL is shifting this fjords cruise to Hamburg, Germany, which is about the same distance south of the ports we visited. I just hope the size of the ships for the fjords does not increase. I would do this cruise again, but also feel Copenhagen is a better city than Hamburg, for tourism, prior or after the cruise. As always, great service and food on board!! I recommend this itinerary highly!!
The idea for this cruise was started by my brother and his wife last year. Before I knew it, they had rounded up several couples to cruise with us. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to the long flight from Seattle, but as the trip dates approached and detailed coordination was taking place regarding the port excursions, I was getting more and more excited about it.
We had been on the Norwegian Star on our Panama Canal crossing cruise, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but I'll have to say that this experience on the same ship was a bit different. For one thing, I thought the cruise director (Mark) lacked enthusiasm, although my experience and enjoyment were not dependent on his actions. I was expecting to enjoy the nightly Atrium entertainment with a glass of wine, but the area had been changed to a coffee bar. The evening shows at Stardust did not appeal to me this time, but we found alternate venues for entertainment.
Due to weather conditions, our port stop in Stockholm, Sweden, was canceled. That was not anybody's fault, but I was nevertheless disappointed in missing the opportunity to see Sweden.
Overall, Norwegian did its best to maintain its high standards that I have come to expect.
We loved the cruise itinerary. The ports we visited were beautiful and interesting and the amount of time we were in the port towns allowed us to do alot of exploration in each location. The crew could not have been friendlier or more attentive especially our cabin steward. We felt the excursions were very pricey especially the Flamm Railroad excursion. We purchased our own tickets for the railway at a great savings. Also the transfer to the airport was very pricey. We also feel the Market Cafe could offer some healthier options. The food in the specialty restaurants and Versailles was very good. The cabins could us e a little refurbishing. I loved the beverage and specialty dining packages. I really appreciated a very small invoice at the completion of my cruise!
This is an amazing itinerary. The views were breathtaking. The ship is nice. This is a nice cruise for a relaxing week at sea. The specialty dining was great. It was easy to get a reservation on this ship. There were times when the service was quite slow. The bars were well staffed. There were plenty of nice areas to sit and relax.
you might want to avoid the haven suite area on deck 12. they are at the stern and top of the ship........I understand those guests really had a rough ride through the hurricane. I cant understand why the highest price suites are in the worst ship position. I always prefer mid ships, middle decks.
Make sure your cabin isn't directly below a bar - loud noises so little sleep. They did change our cabin eventually (after several days) . Not an upgrade and gave us free dinner at one of their specialty restaurants where we found the staff to be especially rude and inattentive.
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