Regent Baltic Cruise
Pre and Post Cruise Points
If EMBARKATION is in a foreign port , we firmly believe that you should/must arrive a day earlier.
Embarkation starts at 12 noon and flight delays can make it extremely tight to make the 4.00 p.m. deadline. We spoke to a couple who had travelled with SAS( the flight was late) and they arrived on the ship at 3.50 p.m. Also the deadline for changing excursions on the following day (day 2) closes at 6.00 p.m. and for day 3 at 9.00 p.m., so embark as early as practical. In our experience you need time to check your excursion vouchers when you board.
STOCKHOLM. The Sheraton is ideal for a short stay. It is in an excellent position between the Old Town and shopping district. Also it is just across the road from the railway station; train is easily the best way into town as it runs every 15 mins. and takes only 20, with the cost for two people being about one third of a taxi fare. Very comfortable hotel with friendly staff. We had asked for a high floor and they put us up on the Club floor. Arrived at 12 noon and went straight to our room. But book independently. Liked Stockholm and would be happy to go back for a longer stay.
COPENHAGEN. The Radisson Blu Royal is also very well positioned, being extremely close to the railway station and across the road from the Tivoli Gardens and very close to the shops. But the feel of the place and service means that if ever we are in Copenhagen again we will NOT stay there. Ultra "IKEA" modern and lacking any warmth or character. Eventually got into our room at 2.30 having arrived off the ship at 9.30.
TRANSFERS AND EXTRA COSTS. Our recommendation is always to take private transfers either by taxi or train. Regent transfers are usually by coach at extortionate prices.
Voyager Stockholm to Copenhagen Cruise
PORTS OF CALL. We were looking for a tour of the Baltic highlights. This cruise provided just that and all the ports of call were different but still felt very Baltic! Visby was the greatest surprise but a very pleasant
one. We did not know what to expect and found it charming. In view of its history, Gdansk was also fascinating and I am disappointed to see that it has been dropped for next year. The highlight of course was St Petersburg and also for me a return to Berlin as I had not been there since the wall came down in 1989. Tallinn, Helsinki and Riga all have their own special charm.
THE SHIP AND THE SERVICE/CREW. An extremely comfortable and well looked after "4/5 star hotel". Food was first class. The French Signature restaurant being our favourite with full silver service and excellent food. Whilst the literature states that you have to book and only once per cruise for the two special restaurants, we found that if you just turned up at about 7.45 you could usually get a table! The main Compass Rose dining room is large and the service "varied" but any slowness was more than made up for in it being "open seating" and normally with good/very good food. Suites were very good with plenty of space including a walk-in- wardrobe.
The crew were all very helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. They were working "crazy" hours but still seemed to manage to be cheerful.
ENTERTAINMENT. We were off the ship as much as possible so cannot comment on the activities during the day. The evening shows were of a high standard and were better than we had expected. The on board magician was excellent and the Cirque-style aerial flying acrobats were very impressive especially on a moving ship!
Our objective was ideally a "5 star floating hotel" that called at all the major Baltic cities and without any "relaxing days at sea". It was the sights and experience of being in the Baltic states, and especially St Petersburg, that we were seeking. This cruise met that objective. It was an excellent trip on Voyager and we would recommend it and would be happy to travel again with Regent if there was an itinerary that interested us.
Thanks Cathy very much for all your help.
With kind regards,
Written by David Russell