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Overall, we had a wonderful time exploring the Baltic region with Royal Caribbean. It was an area we knew little about and it ranked high on our bucket list as a must see region.
The good, the bad and the downright ugly:
Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas was a great place to crash. As accommodations and transportation goes, we couldn’t have chosen a better way to get around. The reasons most people cruise – food and entertainment – didn’t mean that much to us. Not on Read more [...]
If you've been following along, we took The Ultimate Scandinavia and Russia Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas. This is day three of our visit to Russia. ____________________________________________________________
After two very long days of touring, we decided to end our third and final day in St. Petersburg with a lighthearted tour. This four hour tour offered training by the artists who create the hand painted Russian Nesting Dolls, officially known as Matryshka dolls, followed Read more [...]
The highlight of our recent cruise dubbed, The Ultimate Scandinavia and Russia Cruise, had us spending three nights in historic St. Petersburg. Most lines offer just one or two nights which really doesn’t allow for enough time to see the major sites. Thank you Royal Caribbean for offering this wonderful cruise!______________________________________________________________
In two days, with tours lasting more than 10 hour each day, we visited four, major sites and made brief stops at a few Read more [...]
Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, outside of St. PetersburgA major reason we took the plunge on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas Baltic Cruise was the unprecedented three, full days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most lines that visit the region limit their stays to one or two days. This is probably the only opportunity most people will have to visit Russia and three days means you don’t have to give up seeing all the sites.
To get off the ship, you need a visa. No. Not the credit card…an Read more [...]
Many of you have expressed interest in taking a Baltic Cruise and several have asked about costs. For you, here's a breakdown on what we paid. Beware: prices escalate rapidly!____________________________________________________________
We had been reluctantly looking for a Baltic Cruise. I say reluctantly because every time we seriously considered it, either pricing was prohibitive or the ship visited too few ports and not necessarily the one’s we wanted to see. A Baltic Cruise was on our bucket Read more [...]
After a fabulous three days in St. Petersburg, Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas stopped at Tallinn, Estonia. As you read this, we are on the way to what will be our final stop on this trip, Stockholm, Sweden. By the way, I’ve not forgotten to tell you about St. Petersburg. It’s just taking a little longer to write. Look for it soon!______________________________________________________________
Estonia is probably not on anyone’s bucket list, but our ship was stopping there and Read more [...]
As you read this, Royal Caribbean Serenade is docked in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thank you RCCL for three, full days to explore this unusual city!_____________________________________________________________
I’ve been pleasantly surprised on this trip that the ports have been so captivating and varied and Helsinki was no exception. Helsinki has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a small town feel. The old, established city has everything you would want or need and the people who live here are Read more [...]
Helsinki, Finland is where Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas has taken us today. While we’re off in search of the Rock Church, I hope you enjoy a recap our recent visit to Visby, Sweden. _______________________________________________________________
As we waited for the tender to take us ashore, I remember asking myself if I really wanted to see Visby this badly. I’m not big on tenders. I prefer getting on and off any ship on a whim. The seas have been very calm here, so I decided Read more [...]
Today the Serenade of the Seas has whisked us off to the medieval town of Visby, Sweden. Located on a tiny island just off the coast, this is a UNESCO Heritage site and we’re really excited about seeing the walls and the ruins, some dating back to the 12th century. In the meantime, enjoy our visit to Klapeda, Lithuania.
They don’t get cruise ships here often, if at all. I know that stopping in Klapeda, Lithuania Read more [...]