Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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5 out of 5

Perfect getaway

Sail Date: July 09, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The itinerary and comfort of this July '13 Stockholm to Copenhagen cruise made for a most enjoyable and romantic vacation. We were excited to experience and learn about the Baltic. The smaller ship size, service and entertainment provided by Seabourn was worth the extra cost for us.
We had 3 wonderful days in Stockholm before boarding. Most people on the ship from other continents had spent at least 2 days before boarding to adjust. It was a great opportunity to get acquainted with the history, art and politics of the region.
Having most things included (i.e. alcohol, special restaurant) in the cruise worked better for us. I was glad internet is not included - it kept me away from work!
The itinerary works well. Having 3 days in St. Petersburg was quite valuable. We booked with Alla Tours, which went very smoothly. Folks who booked private tours (to focus on a religious or special cultural aspect) or with Seabourn also seemed very happy. Because there is so much to see there, we took a shorter day walking Helsinki on our own to rest.
Food and wine were fantastic. Plenty of indulgent or more healthy options for each meal. Why not have a glass of wine with lunch if they're pouring it? We spent time in each dining venue based on menu and how much we wanted to dress.
The library was great for reading while having a coffee and pastry. The in-room entertainment has a couple hundred movies, plus documentaries and music to enjoy. There is a laundry room on board with detergent provided (I'm the kind of person who finds paying $2 on board ridiculous). The fitness center and shopping are adequate.
We both highly recommend Seabourn. It was a relaxing and enriching voyage!

P.S. To do it again, reading more about the history of Vikings and Russia beforehand would have enhanced the experience.
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