June 2016 - 12 Night Baltic Capital Cities (Amsterdam To Stockholm) Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette
President's Cruise on the Baltic June 7-19 2016
Because the CEO was on board, special cocktail parties for Captain's Club members, and free ballet, just for Celebrity CC passengers, at the Maryinski Theater in St Petersburg. Food overall was great, especially Blu and Tuscan Grille. Our cabin and all common areas were spotless. Employees cannot do enough for you, and when my luggage took 5-1/2 days to reach us, it was due to the Celebrity staff working behind the scenes to get it on an express train from Berlin. Gave me free, same-day laundry service until I got my bag,
a toiletry kit and t-shirts.
We had sunny weather until we got to Helsinki, then a bit of rain. Disappointed that due to weather, could not dock in Stockholm until night, so missed excursions. Celebrity did order buses to take us into town that night if we wanted, starting at 8:30pm, and had lots of entertainment on our unexpected extra day at sea. Sihlouette was very smooth ride, hardly felt like the ship was moving.
All Celebrity tours were excellent, it was great to have 3 full days in St Petersburg. After visiting Peterhoff, Catherine's Palace, Hermitage, give your feet a break and take a canal tour - beautiful. Some passengers took the day-long tours to Berlin (at Rostock dock) and Moscow (St Pete) but we were not interested in a 15-hour marathon of train and bus. Rostock and Talinn were surprises, both well worth seeing. Had wonderful lunch at Carlsburg Brewery in Copenhagen, would recommend the tour that includes Dragor village.
Some countries took Euros or dollars, all take credit cards, some only their own currency when in town.
Biggest disappoint was entertainment. Had a couple of small bands or duos that made wonderful music, but the big stage productions looked canned, the dance routines uninspired, costumes simply butt-ugly. Rap? Really? On a cruise with 90% older than 60 years? The best night was the Russian dancers and singers who came on board. Best ship entertainment is the martini bar.
Big change - no more formal night, now "casual chic" but most got dressed up anyhow. They are putting the squeeze on regular drink package, no longer can get martinis at the Martini bar without the premium package. But will serve you other vodka or gin drinks!