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  1. Thanks for all of the great advice! MHF - I had to laugh at the thought of those outfits! What a sight! I was on a Windstar cruise a few years ago & there was a group of 12 friends from South Africa celebrating a 50th birthday - they were a wild and friendly group! One night at the Captains Dinner which is a a bit more dressy but still pretty casual, one of the women showed up in a mini skirt that had tiny beading in an intricate pattern - stunning and very expensive looking, if quite short! She paired it with gladiator sandals With straps up to her knees . 99.5% of the population could never pull off this look - but she could! It was just ....Wow! A traffic stopper ....but in a good way. I’m less concerned with the look of my husband not in a tux and me in a long dress. I agree with a true ball gown it looks best with your partner in a tux. I’m concerned about being the only one in a long dress and feeling out of place. I’ve heard the 7 day cruises are a bit more casual even on formal night. Actually I’m more comfortable in this particular long dress than one of my cocktail dresses because it’s more flowy, and not clinging to my rear (agreed JollyJones!) .
  2. We will be going on a 7 day Baltic cruise soon. Will a long black fancy dress for Formal night be too much? My DH will be wearing a black suit & white shirt - no tux. Thanks!
  3. Thanks for the reply Missy! We will be sure to bring some snacks for the day that we have 2 tours. We got cleared off the waitlist for the Hermitage/Faberge museum on our 1st day in St Petersburg so I'm excited about that!
  4. Thanks for the replies. Since we have so much on board credit that we won't use up otherwise and DH is nervous about St Petersburg with an independent tour, we will be doing the ship tours at least for that stop. MHF- What happens when you do 2 half day tours? Do you return to the ship and go through immigration again? Or is there a wait area outside the ship between tours? We are waitlisted for early entry Hermitage & Faberge tours. I hope we can do that one. Our back up that day is St Petersburg in depth. Day 2 is Catherine's Palace, Parks & Pavlovsk Palace. All 3 of these are all day tours. Day 3 I have only booked an afternoon tour of St Petersburg cathedrals which I will cancel if we don't get the Hermitage tour on day 1. I'm thinking of adding a morning tour if the logistics work out on it.
  5. Has anyone taken the ship sponsored excursions in St Petersburg? We will be on the Spirit this summer for a Baltic cruise with 3 days in St Petersburg. I planned to book at least some of our tours with an outside company - either small group or private. However my DH is very worried about taking an independent tour there - he is not a very adventurous traveler & says "But we will be in Russia!" . We have a lot of onboard ship credit to use so I had planned to book at least 1 day or evening event with the ship. My main concern is relative quality of the ship's tour and trying to avoid waiting in long lines which the smaller tours apparently can do. For anyone who has taken the ship's tours in St. Petersburg - what did you do and what was your experience with them? We do not plan to go to Moscow - maybe next time! I'm also interested in what night time event you did ( ship sponsored event or not) and how you liked it. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for your responses! The 2 ships are the Ovation on Seabourn and Silver Spirit, both 600 passenger ships. I’ve gotten so used to the intimacy of 145-300 person ships on Windstar that the size of these ships seems so big! I made an error on my 1st post - I know that it’s Silversea that has an upcharge for 2 of the restaurants, just switched the names. I am am also putting Crystal 10 day cruise back in the mix although it’s a bigger ship and the timing is not ideal for us. Thanks for the tip on visiting Moscow. I was debating about that but it we will definitely do that excursion!
  7. Wow, thank you all for the quick and thoughtful responses! I did know that it is Silversea and not Seabourn that has 2 restaurants with an extra fee. I didn’t realize I’d switched the cruise line names until I saw the responses. I do think we will like Seabourn a little better given your comments about formality. To answer a few questions, the ships are the bigger ones, Silver Spirit and Ovation for Seabourn. We don’t smoke and don’t like smelling it. Windstar has a tiny location for smokers and I try to avoid walking past it. My DH would like to stop in Helsinki which Silversea does not - it’s curious because it seems there is time for it, but they arrive in the evening in Stockholm vs. early morning for the other ships for disembarkation. Maryogreen- thank you for the link to your travel blog, I will read it today. I eliminated Crystal from consideration due to the longer sailing, but I will re-consider. For whatever reason I have always felt that more than 8 nights and I would get ‘antsy’ about being on a cruise but I’m not sure why and DH is fine with it. I think the Crystal timing for the cruise was also a factor for us but I will re-check. Thanks everyone!
  8. We have been very happy on Windstar for our past cruises and have come to love the small ships after years of family and friends cruises on the big ships with kids. The Windstar yachts are showing their age and going in for major renovation and expansion starting in November so I'm not so thrilled with being on one them that close to dry dock. We are thinking of doing something different this year though and trying Seabourn or Silversea for a 7 day Baltic cruise in July. I looked at Crystal Cruises as well but they were longer, more expensive and had a few stops that I did not care about. Silverseas has a sale right now including airfare, and on board credit that makes it pretty attractive. Cost is close to the same for these, factoring in purchasing my own airfare for Seabourn. Silverseas does not have a stop in Helenski and Seabourn does. Will I miss a lot by not stopping there? Is this a deal breaker? I did notice that Seabourn charges for 2 of their restaurants, which I have to say is annoying. It does seem that Silversea is a bit more formal. We have become very used to the casual ambiance of Windstar and are happy not to have to drag the more formal wear on vacation, but we can manage it as it looks like we will need it on both Silversea and Seabourn. Any thoughts on which you would choose and why? Thanks!
  9. We have been very happy on Windstar for our past cruises and have come to love the small ships after years of family and friends cruises on the big ships with kids. The Windstar yachts are showing their age and going in for major renovation and expansion starting in November so I'm not so thrilled with being on one them that close to dry dock. We are thinking of doing something different this year though and trying Seabourn or Silversea for a 7 day Baltic cruise in July. I looked at Crystal Cruises as well but they were longer, more expensive and had a few stops that I did not care about. Seabourn has a sale right now including airfare, and on board credit that makes it pretty attractive. Cost is close to the same for these, even factoring in purchasing my own airfare for Seabourn. Silverseas does not have a stop in Helenski and Seabourn does. Will I miss a lot by not stopping there? I did notice that Seabourn charges for 2 of their restaurants, which I have to say is annoying. It does seem that Silversea is a bit more formal. We have become very used to the casual ambiance of Windstar and are happy to not have to drag the more formal wear on vacation, but we can manage it as it looks like we need it on both Silversea and Seabourn. Any thoughts on which you would choose and why?
  10. Thank you for the replies. Windsurf is my absolute favorite! However, they no longer sail the Baltic. I am also looking at Silverseas now, although their itinerary does not include Helsinki. It is a partial day on Seabourne amd a full day on Windstar which also includes Mariehamm which is a 1/2 and looks like a lovely seaport. On Silverseas, there are 3 days in St Petersburg instead which could be a really good idea to have more time there.
  11. We love Windstar and have been on about 7 cruises with them. We are thinking about a Baltic cruise this summer, including St. Petersburg, but I'm concerned about going on one of the Yachts before the go into dry dock for the expansion. There have been several reviews complaining about the rundown state of things on these ships. I am thinking maybe it's time to try another line, especially for this cruise. I do not want to go on the bigger lines like Princess or Celebrity. I have been looking Seabourne (Ovation) and Crystal (Serenity). Is there another line I should look at? I prefer a 7 day cruise, which Crystal is 10-12 and way more expensive, so I'm leaning towards Seabourne if we don't do Windstar for this cruise. I do love the casual feeling of Windstar but still feeling pampered. I know that Crystal is a fancier feeling at least at night with more dressing up for dinner, etc. Any suggestions or experiences with these other lines?
  12. I agree with the other posters who recommended a shorter river cruise for your first experience and additional time on land both ways. Personally, I am happy with a 7-8 night cruise in general though. I always allow several days pre and post for exploring on our own, although we did buy a pre and post package with the Danube cruise through AMA and were happy that we did. It was a Budapest to Prague trip and we added 2-3 days on either end of the trip. Both cities are so beautiful and have such a rich history that I found myself wishing for an extra day or two in each location. We have done numerous ocean cruises, big and small and agree that a river cruise is different. We have done the Rhine and Danube with AMA and a land/river cruise to China (Yangtze) with Uniworld. I have some concerns about using Viking because of their poor handling of the flood several years ago. I was not on a cruise then, but paid attention to numerous posts by cruisers who had different experiences with their cruise company in the same situation. AMA handled it well as did several other lines, Viking did not. My favorite cruise was the Danube, both for the beauty of the cities, the river and the 20th century history of the area.
  13. We were on this cruise in July with AMA - most were nice casual at night - my DH brought a sports jacket but never wore it - mostly button down shirts and polos with khakis or black or navy travel pants. I wore black or navy pants with nice tops. Most everyone else wore similar clothing - a few casual dresses, short and long.
  14. JPAlbny: Yes that is exactly it! Tarte Flambee! At first my DH and I thought we would share one, but I saw most people ordered their own - so glad we did that - I ate every bite! Delicious!!
  15. We were there in July on an AMA cruise. The gingerbread is very yummy and they package it for travel. And I am not a big gingerbread fan but I loved it! I bought 2 small bowls and a smallish pottery tray with storks on them. Really cute and I have used them for appetizers a few times now. While you are there, be sure to have lunch at a cafe that serves the Alsace tart - so good - a large thin cracker like crust with a white sauce, cheese and ham served on a wooden board. There are variations, but that is the classic.
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