Wonderful Baltic cruise with a great itinerary and it exceeded expectations.

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

14 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 23, 2019

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise was excellent with amazing places to visit. The ship and crew were first class.


5 out of 5
Parked at Southampton city cruise terminal and staff took our luggage from the car.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The key to a enjoyable meal at windjammer is picking the right time as it can get fairly busy.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
Enjoyed the 3 tenors, chap with the violin, Russian Folk dancers, RC own performers were good. Many a pleasant show enjoyed.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everybody was helpful and friendly

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Love the design of the ship and especially the ability to walk around the whole ship on deck 4 including the helipad. Ship was clean and tidy.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a so called 'hump cabin' and the views forward and aft were great. Balcony's are very private on Explorer which is also a bonus with this ship.

Ship tip

Take binoculars!!

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

3 out of 5

Oslo, Norway

4 out of 5
Went and watched the changing of the guard at the royal palace and explored the city.

Copenhagen, Denmark

5 out of 5
Whatever you do visit Nyhavn Street, its glorious. Also caught the changing of the guard at the Palace.

Helsinki, Finland

4 out of 5
Market is worth looking around along with the Large White cathedral. We got a taxi from the ship which is cheaper than the shuttle bus.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

4 out of 5
Went to the Hermitage on the first day and went on a boat trip around the river and canals on the 2nd day. It can be a little frustrating in Russia because you cant explore by yourself unless you have a visa. Also enjoy looking at the tallest building in Europe from the ship.

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5
Wonderful, make sure you get a photo of the famous gate.

Stockholm, Sweden

5 out of 5
WOW, enjoy every minute of the cruise in and out of Stockholm. The archipelago lasts for a couple of hours.

Skagen, Denmark

3 out of 5
A pleasant enough place.

Stavanger, Norway

5 out of 5
We did the Fjord cruise passing by the Pulpit rock and it was excellent. Highly recommend.


5 out of 5
We dragged the cases off the ship at 6am. Very very quick..a matter of minutes.
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