My husband & I chose this cruise for the opportunity to go to St Petersburg. What we experienced was so much more! We took the Iceland pre-trip after hearing that Iceland was a fun place to visit. We didn’t have many expectations so we just enjoyed Reykjavik. It’s a great city with wonderful food. The Blue Lagoon is not to be missed...beautiful & relaxing!
Our first cruise port was Stockholm. It’s a great city & we felt we didn’t see all it has to offer. St Petersburg was even more majestic than we imagined! The shore excursions were exceptional. Seeing Swan Lake at the St Petersburg Ballet was breathtaking....what an opportunity! We took the two day St Petersburg excursion. It was grueling (an 11 hour day & then 8 the next) but we wouldn’t trade that experience for anything! Our guide was fantastic & we saw all the highlights of Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, the Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress, St Issacs & Church if Our Savior on Spilled Blood to name a few. We are still talking about our visit & reliving it with our pictures.
While we thought that St Petersburg was the highlight, we had no clue how charming & wonderful Tallinn, Gotland, & Bornholm would be. Walking, biking & eating in the local restaurants was terrific. Herring is definitely different at their local smokehouse! Finally, Copenhagen was a beautiful place to walk & cruise the canals. We were sorry when our cruise ended & that we hadn’t booked the next one to Norway!
While we were enjoying all of our stops, we were relaxed with all of the amenities on the ship. We enjoyed the spa & the Nordic Bath Experience. The Restaurant, Manfredi’s & The Chef’s Table were delicious. The waiters (Sasha at Manfredi’s) & sommelier made it a wonderful meal & they treated us like family when we came back during the cruise. We definitely got to know our bartender, Elisa, at the Explorers Lounge & wind down at the end of the day.
We were so busy that we probably missed some of the on board entertainment but every show we attended (such as the ABBA Songbook & the Night to Remember) were sensational. Lastly, all of the staff from housekeeping to Guest Services were both helpful & friendly!
I can’t say enough about our experience with Viking other than we have 2 River Cruises & another Ocean Cruise booked!
The cabin was roomy & comfortable with lots of room for storage. We enjoyed the couch during down times & the balcony for the view. Our cabin staff were friendly & efficient. It was an awesome “home away from home”!
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