Loved our 12 day Baltic Cruise!!
Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Sail Date: August 24, 2013
Ship: Celebrity Constellation
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7193
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
This cruise provided an excellent opportunity to get a "taste" of many wonderful cities located on the Baltic. We used the tour site recommended by to book our excursions and we were VERY HAPPY we did!! The groups were much smaller than those offered by the cruise line (22-23 people per bus) and the itineraries were better planned. Would highly recommend using the link they provide to book your excursions. Also, for those who are more "independent" travelers, like us, we just booked the "Hop On/Hop Off" vouchers for several of the cities instead of booking an organized excursion. I did my research ahead of time and knew what sites we wanted to see. We particularly enjoy exploring places on our own and at our own pace. We booked tours for Berlin and St. Petersburg which is a necessity. For those "seniors" who are signing up for tours/excursions, please be aware that there is a lot of walking on many of them - particularly in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, some of the people on our tour had canes and some difficulty walking and keeping up the pace. When the tour indicates it is "strenuous," please take that seriously if you have any limitations in walking or stamina!
And... we would highly recommend taking an extra 2 days in Amsterdam. We bought an IAmsterdam card which gave us access to their buses and trams as well as admission to some museums and 1 boat cruise. Again, if you are more independent, you will enjoy hopping on and off their very efficient public transportation and walking, walking, walking. We loved our time in Amsterdam.
Also... do not automatically book your pre/post cruise stay in Amsterdam with the cruise line!! I did some research into B & B's in Amsterdam and found a small one just on the outskirts of the city limits but only a block away from a bus and tram stop. We paid about $100/night for the room and breakfast which is a lot less than what the cruise line was booking. Again.. this would be for the more independent traveler.
We had a wonderful experience with Celebrity. We've cruised 7 times before on 3 different cruise lines and found Celebrity to be excellent. Food was great and the entertainment at night was outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the lectures they provided by a PhD in Balkan history and monarchies. We're not much for other organized activities but enjoyed our sea days for reading and relaxing.
This cruise was the last one for the Constellation in the Baltics. Our weather was beautiful - warmer than usual - and it was less crowded than during the summer months. Would highly recommend taking advantage of lower fares at this time of the year.