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Pacific Princess - September 10 - 24 2018 Baltics

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After being home a few days, a few comments about our most recent trip on the Pacific Princess. We are still not sure about the small ship experience. It is nice when it comes to entertainment as you are up close and personal but there is not a lot of entertainment compared to the bigger ships. We also got to meet and get to know more people than we do on bigger ships. However, this could also be due to the fact that there were just the two of us and we were more aware of who was around us.

 

For the first time ever, we visited the Elite Lounge every night and enjoyed it. We were invited to the Most Travelled Luncheon and enjoyed it very much. We sat with the Doctor. The laundry service was quick. We put it out in the morning or evening and would get it back the next evening.

We had a total of 4 sea days. One of them was scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal and the other was a replacement for missing Amsterdam on the last day. There was not much happening during these days, not even a movie on the second sea day. The Kiel Canal was supposed to have commentary but there was none at all. The captain came on a couple times to explain delays but other than that there was nothing.

The ports were all wonderful. We really enjoyed all of them especially st Petersberg. That is the only place we did organized tours as in Russia you have to use a tour company or go through the trouble of getting a Visa. We used Alla Tours and our guide was fantastic. We saw so much in those two days it is hard to believe it was only two days. Stockholm was also two days but we did it on our own using HOHO buses and the Free walking Tour. We used those Free Walking Tours in all the ports (except STP) and in all cases enjoyed every one. The guides are all great and working on tips they make sure you have a great experience. We missed Amsterdam due to weather conditions on our last day in the Baltic and a slow transit through the Kiel Canal. Another excuse to go back. All in all it was a fantastic cruise and now looking forward to our next cruise - Asia leaving Singapore December 29th for 21 days. on the Diamond Princess.

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Stockholm was also two days but we did it on our own using HOHO buses and the Free walking Tour. We used those Free Walking Tours in all the ports (except STP) and in all cases enjoyed every one. The guides are all great and working on tips they make sure you have a great experience. .

Thanks for your report.

A question on where you docked please:

Stockholm, did you dock downtown ?

Copenhagen & Helsinki; did you dock within walking distance to the main parts of town?

Were shuttles provided at any of the ports ?

 

Thanks.

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Thanks for your report.

A question on where you docked please:

Stockholm, did you dock downtown ?

Copenhagen & Helsinki; did you dock within walking distance to the main parts of town?

Were shuttles provided at any of the ports ?

 

Thanks.

 

Stockholm, no we were not downtown but it was not that far. The HOHO bus parked right there and we were able to get that back and forth. There was another dock, the Viking Dock, closer to downtown. It's a beautiful sail out from there. We were not awake for the sail in.

Copenhagen was close to downtown within walking distance, near the Little Mermaid Statue. We took the HOHO bus down in the morning and in the afternoon walked back to the dock from the Palace after our walking tour. Maybe 10 minutes. There are other docks there so you won't necessarily dock where we were.

Helsinki we were docked right downtown, only a couple minutes from the market square.

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Thanks for the review. Doing our first cruise on the Pacific' date=' a 17 days TA and wondering how we will like sailing on such a small ship[/quote']

 

You’ll absolutely love it.....:):):)

Bob

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