Hello travel bugs,
welcome to this board.
We have done this tour with the Jewel last year in may and it was wonderful.
We loved everything, the ship, the itinerary, the food, cabin, crew and so on.
Almost in every Scandinavian capital you can make a walking tour on your own. They offer bus shuttles, but sometimes, the harbor is not far away from the cities.
We enjoyed Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Tallin walking around. In St. Petersburg we hade to make operated tours, because otherwise you need a visa.
But take a look at the ports of call site. There are many interesting answers for private tours.
Nancy and Tom, the moderators from this board have done this tour too and can also answer different questions you might have.
Sorry, but I´m not familiar with a pre-cruise-package, we came from germany and this was only an one hour flight and a two hour bustour to the harbor from Harwich.
Best wishes, Marita