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Love the Radiance Class for this 7 night Baltic Cruise, 2100 people, easy to find everything. Picked Deck 3 oceanview and for port days just walked one deck down, very handy. Food was just fine. We celebrated a major birthday and enjoyed Chops one night and Giovanni's another night. Ship is a bit dated, but everything was acceptable. Diamond level so we enjoyed the beverages in the diamond lounge, less than 100 people so lounge was not too congested, but could use all the bars. Always enjoyed Windjammer for buffet breakfast, and sat out at aft of the ship, where most people don't sit. Enjoyed the wake. Sail in/out of Stockholm was incredible. Get up early or make sure you view this, 32,000 islands. Cruise director David was one of the oldest we have ever seen, but did an ok job. evening shows had Martin Brock excellent illusionist. Abbamax, ABBA tribute band was very entertaining, had the clothing, hair and heels! 2 production shows. Vibeology was excellent, Stage to Screen ok but Vibeology the best. Had some Russian gymnasts last night, who were super. Schooner Bar, had Jayne great pianist and entertainer. Not a real large library, but daily puzzles. Captain Arias was from Columbia, so announcements in English and Spanish. Bed was comfortable. Ship will have drydock in a year or 2. In all the ports there was a Hop on Hop off red bus there, except St Petersburg. Stockholm not hard to walk into town, Vasa museum a must, ABBA close by, harbour tour also lots of fun. walked around town Talinn, older town, very interesting. Not as busy as other ports. St Petersburg, Russia, did private Alla tour, had to wait 90 min till ship tours disembarked. City is very busy, traffic jams everywhere. Hermitage museum and Peterhof gardens super, even though museum was real busy. Even took local Metro ride and great lunch. Need more than 12 hours in port to see more. Helsinki, also nice to walk around, hilly city, nice harbour tour recommended. Stay a few days pre or post cruise in Copenhagen for sure. One can actually take Bus 25 from downtown direct to port. Metro gets you central to Norreport and bus is close by. But large cruise bags will make it more difficult. You can also use hop on red bus and buy 2 day pass and get ride there.

Enjoyable Baltic Cruise

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by KruzinAl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View
Love the Radiance Class for this 7 night Baltic Cruise, 2100 people, easy to find everything.

Picked Deck 3 oceanview and for port days just walked one deck down, very handy.

Food was just fine. We celebrated a major birthday and enjoyed Chops one night and Giovanni's another night.

Ship is a bit dated, but everything was acceptable.

Diamond level so we enjoyed the beverages in the diamond lounge, less than 100 people so lounge was not too congested, but could use all the bars.

Always enjoyed Windjammer for buffet breakfast, and sat out at aft of the ship, where most people don't sit. Enjoyed the wake.

Sail in/out of Stockholm was incredible. Get up early or make sure you view this, 32,000 islands.

Cruise director David was one of the oldest we have ever seen, but did an ok job.

evening shows had Martin Brock excellent illusionist. Abbamax, ABBA tribute band was very entertaining, had the clothing, hair and heels!

2 production shows. Vibeology was excellent, Stage to Screen ok but Vibeology the best.

Had some Russian gymnasts last night, who were super.

Schooner Bar, had Jayne great pianist and entertainer.

Not a real large library, but daily puzzles.

Captain Arias was from Columbia, so announcements in English and Spanish.

Bed was comfortable.

Ship will have drydock in a year or 2.

In all the ports there was a Hop on Hop off red bus there, except St Petersburg.

Stockholm not hard to walk into town, Vasa museum a must, ABBA close by, harbour tour also lots of fun. walked around town

Talinn, older town, very interesting. Not as busy as other ports.

St Petersburg, Russia, did private Alla tour, had to wait 90 min till ship tours disembarked. City is very busy, traffic jams everywhere. Hermitage museum and Peterhof gardens super, even though museum was real busy. Even took local Metro ride and great lunch. Need more than 12 hours in port to see more.

Helsinki, also nice to walk around, hilly city, nice harbour tour recommended.

Stay a few days pre or post cruise in Copenhagen for sure.

One can actually take Bus 25 from downtown direct to port. Metro gets you central to Norreport and bus is close by. But large cruise bags will make it more difficult.

You can also use hop on red bus and buy 2 day pass and get ride there.
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Ocean View
Cabin 3N 3608
Oceanview room 3608
large window, some slight distoration when viewing outside.
bed excellent, room has some dated furniture, but all functional.
TV could be upgraded, but need to wait for next drydock likely.
lots of storage space. we travel light, so no problem
always recommend to take lots of strong magnets to hold up stuff. Walls are all steel.
clothpins also useful to take along with your own alarm clock or use smartphone.
lots of towels when required, ice available.
mini frig also available.
no shampoo/conditioner bottles, just dispenser (better for environment anyways)
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Copenhagen
    Copenhagen
    Suggest one arrives early or stay after cruise in Copenhagen.
    Lots to see and do. easy to walk city, you can also do hop on hop off.
    Easy to take Metro from airport into Central, but need to drag bags a bit, depending on where you stayed. We stayed at AC hotel Bella Sky, very modern, close to Metro, near airport. Tivoli gardens a must visit, don't need to go on rides, can buy just entrance ticket. Carlsberg brewery has free tour, but was closed for construction. we walked around to various gardens. several Palaces close by. Rosenborg, Amalienborg and Chrisianborg. Little Mermaid, too touristy. harbour tour is highly recommended. Walk up the round tower for sure. Easy ramps. Stroget is Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street. Very interesting, lots of high end shops, plus LEGO store. We took the bus/train into central station, another nice way to arrive
    had lunch by Nyhavn, people watch and boats very interesting
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  • Helsinki
    Helsinki, Finland
    hop on off bus available again. we walked in town, quite hilly, but very scenic.
    took taxi back to ship, after getting disoriented a bit, but did 20,000 steps!
    Helsinki cathedral downtown and senate square is real nice/. Saw Russian Orthodox onion dome church. harbour recommended, very busy so we did not take it,
    market was on downtown, so busy, nice city.
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  • St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    We did private tour with Alla tours, would recommend them.
    only had 12 hours in port, so limited to what can be done.
    Ship tours leave at 7 am, and private tours need to wait 90 minutes.
    Would recommend this company, small Benz vehicle with 15 passengers, compared to 50 on ship tours. Had free wifi on board and fast! Even took one stop Metro ride, great Russian lunch at Dostoyevsky's, Borscht, Chicken Kiev. Hermitage, Winter Palace is incredible, but only 2 hours there, but saw some major art. museums have 2.8 million pieces, apparently 8 miles if you walked to every gallery. It would take 9 years to see everything if you just glanced at a piece. So it is big and very busy. if you enter after 10:30 am, public can enter, so get in early with group is a must. Did not see Gold room or Faberge egg collection, but others did another trip and enjoyed it. One hour to/from drive to Peterhof Palace and Gardens is worth it. Gold covered amazing fountains fed by gravity and no pumps. No time to enter palace, gardens are very nice.
    Did some local shopping.
    CIty has 5.2 million people and is very busy, congested, traffic jams everywhere.
    Lots of shopping areas.
    Putin was in town for economic meetings so traffic was rerouted a number of places.
    We saw Church on spilled blood, Onion domes, very beautiful mosaics. Saw some nice boat tours, but we had no time to see them, would recommend this
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  • Stockholm
    Stockholm
    Hop on off bus available at port.
    Make sure you wake up early or watch sailout, spectacular scenery, while entering harbour through 32,000 islands.
    We had 6 ships in port, so very busy.
    Walked into town from ship and hop on back. Vasa Museum, restored battle ship in museum is amazing and a must, nice gardens around. ABBA museum very close by. Harbour tour recommended, one hour, nice to go around water.
    Walked in main square, can enter some museums, palaces, but we did not have lots of time Very busy in summer time
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  • Tallinn
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Nice older city, medieval walls. DId hop on hop off red bus. walked around. Stopped at Toompea Castle, Alex Nevski cathedral, drove up along water to where Olympic events took place. Viru gates
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