I have booked my first cruise ever and have a few questions that I have tried to find answers for on here but to not great success. I am sailing with Regent Seven Seas (RSSC) on the Voyager for the 7 nights cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm in July / August 2013 with my parents who both turn 60 this year (it is my big figure birthday present to them!).
1) Pre Cruise: Our flight from London to Copenhagen arrives on the day of embarkation at 0935 whereas the ship departs the port at 1700. Our transfer from the airport to the port will be arranged by RSSC. Do you reckon it would be possible for us to leave our luggage somewhere at the airport and pop into the city for a brief look around or should we just board the ship and explore it instead?
2) Wheelchair Hire: My mother has limited mobility (can walk unaided for 30 mins) and does not use a wheelchair generally. Considering how walking intensive some of the shore excursions are going to be, do you reckon it would be possible for me to ask RSSC to arrange a wheelchair for some of the shore excursions? Their website says wheelchairs are for emergency use only but I am not sure if that applies to the shore excursions too. Alternatively, are their companies who specialise in providing wheelchairs on board cruises that anyone could recommend?
3) Excursions: We are really keen to explore St Petersburg and are interested in visiting the Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof and the cathedrals. Do you reckon it is possible to see all these in 2 days with the excursions on offer from RSSC? Or are we better off booking a private 2 day tour?
4) Post Cruise: On the last day of the cruise, do RSSC provide any excursions for passengers with a late flight? Supposedly the ship arrives in the dock at 0800 and our flight back to London at 1540 later that afternoon. Our transfer from the port to the airport has been arranged by RSSC and I was wondering if we should use the self disembarkation process and leave the luggage safely somewhere to have a quick look around Stockholm before heading back to London.
I apologise if some of these queries are naïve but I would greatly appreciate any comments.