I have recently booked a Baltic cruise on Century and have gotten a lot of good info from Tom's wonerful review of his trip this May. We have many months before we leave (June 15, 2006) but are trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible. My husband and I are both high school teachers, so we get pretty overwhelmed later in the year!
I have read all of the info, reviews, etc. but still can't find answers to all of my questions. If anyone could help, I'd be most appreciative!
First of all I was curious about the port in Amsterdam. How far is it from the airport? Downtown? We are planning to fly in a couple of days early and will need to find a hotel where we can see the sights and get to the ship without spending too much (I'd prefer to save money for St. Petersburg). Any ideas?
Also, I assume that the ship does not have self service laundry facilities since I've read nothing indicating that it did? How much does the ship charge to do laudry?
Finally, the ship is supposed to arrive back in Amsterdam at 7:00AM. Would a flight leaving Amsterdam at 12:30PM give us enough time?
This will be our first cruise and are really excited. This summer we spent two weeks in Italy. It was great fun, but a lot of work: loading and unloading ridiculous amounts of luggage on and off trains, walking or taking the subway to hotels, and repeatedly packing and unpacking suitcases. We are looking foreward to something a bit more relaxing. Although I know we will still be very busy, at least we won't have to drag all our belongings around with us every day.
I'm sure that I will come up with many more questions before we go, but for now thanks for any tips you can share.