Spring Cruise in the Baltic

Seabourn Quest Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Seabourn Quest

21 Night St. Petersburg And Scandinavian Gems (Stockholm To Copenhagen)

Sail date: May 20, 2017

Ship: Seabourn Quest

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 505

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

The end of May cruise in the Baltic was an excellent choice!  Seabourn delivered a wonderful itinerary of visits to Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Denmark.  This cruise is designed for the adult world traveler who wants to spend extended time in Russia (3 days).   We enjoyed the larger than normal veranda cabin, excellent food, and attentive staff.  The ship was almost full at 435 passengers resulting in a 1:1 traveler to staff ratio. Open dining and Thomas Keller Grille restaurant with all inclusive beverages made everyone happy. We enjoyed the Serenity room at the spa, making us very relaxed after touring.  We were two couples traveling to visit these countries mostly for the first time.  We decided to arrange independent travel and not use the ship excursion offerings.  We planned a pub crawl in Stockholm, biking tour in Tallinn, three-day with concerts in St. Petersburg, and foodie tour in Helsinki.  Luckily we had perfect weather the entire trip in the 60s and 70s with no rain.  While we visited many of the popular sites they were not overcrowded at this time of year.    One final tip:  for those considering considering this wonderful trip, my husband and I paired this experience with a series of audio interviews offered at the Rick Steves "Audio Europe" Scandinavia/Baltic website: www.ricksteves.com.  In particular, Rick Steves dives deep into the differences between these wonderful nordic countries.  

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Excellent spa and fitness offerings.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
not geared to children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Seabourn says the balcony with this room is smaller than others, but not noticeable to us.

Ship tip

The only place where tipping was expected was in the spa, so carry some currency with you if you make an appointment. Buy the Serenity package on the first day available to only 10 couples, so you have complete access to all spa facilities every day and a terrific view from the back of the ship.

Ports of call

Stockholm, Sweden

5 out of 5

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5

Helsinki, Finland

5 out of 5
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