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Shore Excursions

Age: 25


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sun

Sailing Date: 2010-08-3

Itinerary: Baltic Capitals

The 12 day Baltic Capital cruise left from Dover, the connection from Heathrow to Dover was hassle free. Once on board I quickly discovered much of the staff lacked communication skills much less a sense of humor about their job. Despite the apparent seriousness of the staff they did not enforce rules regarding children in the hot tubs. The pool deck was constantly crawling with kids, which would have been fine but for the lack of space in the jacuzzi's (and the occasional kick to the ribs by a child once in).
The cruise was a floating infomercial with several announcements made daily in four languages informing you about the next bingo session, sale at the duty free shop or specials on upcoming cruises.

The food was ample and the menu was diverse but it was mostly so-so and I was rarely raving about any meal aboard.

The room was a partially obstructed view stateroom. Unfortunately the description does not capture the fact that the view is obstructed by the jogging track and that at all hours during people are walking by your window. The windows are tinted so people cannot easily see in but I did not like leaving the curtains open and seeing our cruisemates walking by during the day. At night lights were left on around the track so the curtains were shut then too. It may as well have been an inside stateroom with a curtain. Otherwise the room was very nice and cleaned twice a day.

The activities on board were limited to family events, bland shows or drinking events (at our expense of course) and we tired of them quickly.

The shore destinations made the trip. Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn were the smoothest cities to visit with a nearby port and easy access to the sights. Stockholm and Berlin required an hour and a half and a three hour train ride respectively away. That left us with not a lot of time in each, and more time would have been nice. St. Petersburg required either a visa or a shore excursion. We opted for a visa which required some planning before the cruise and once in St. Petersburg, the port was a 15 minute walk from the nearest transportation. In Russia don't expect the locals to speak English or for there to be a working ATM. Other than that each stop was full of incredible sights and tastes.
We did not take any of the NCL shore excursions and the adventure was worth it. The complaint about that is that at a few ports, NCL excursion takers were given preference for early disembarkation which was frustrating in Sweden where shore access was by tender.

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