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  1. As soon as I step on board, grabbing a coffee and exploring! Also, vintages, anywhere I can grab a quiet chair in the shade to read. Amd best of all quality time with the hubby
  2. I love this post!! I love cruising for the ports of call - I've been lucky enough to visit Cuba, Russia and the Baltic so far. Places that I probably wouldn't have been able to visit otherwise. My next cruise is Norwegian fjords in July. I'd love to do more cruises in the Caribbean and Alaksa is definitely on my list. If I could teleport over from the UK I'd do it in a heartbeat. Haha.
  3. Hello fellow Brit! 😎 I tend to use compare.the market to find travel insurance. You can add in a cruise as an extra and they will ask countries your visiting. I think I went with Sainsburys last time when I did a Baltic cruise. Didn't need to make a claim so I can't really review that aspect but I was happy with the cost and coverage
  4. I think it would be difficult to sneak away. The excursions are all completed by Russian government approved tour guides and they all took head counts throughout the tours when I was there last summer. Also I imagine they would possibly get in trouble if someone snuck off under their supervision. They are there to ensure people enter the country through non-Visa route after all.
  5. This was an option last year when I debarked from Serenade of the Seas in Stockholm. I didn't use it as a little internet research I found a luggage hold facility at the bus station that cost a fraction of Stay Awhile and this allowed me to have another half day sightseeing. Try searching for Nanny Bags - I've used them for luggage storage around Europe including London and Paris.
  6. Versailles is incredible but I wouldn't say it's closer to Le Havre, it's essentially in the suburbs of Paris (you can get there on the Metro!). Rouen is beautiful. The cathedral is historically where all kings and queens of France were crowned. Check local transport for Oslo and Hamburg, there are bound to be local buses into the city centre. Once there you will have plenty of options for sightseeing. Or check the City Sightseeing buses - they often stop at cruise terminals when a ship is.docked and will take you to most major sights
  7. There are a lot of options at Heathrow. Do you know what terminal you are in as that might help with specific recommendations. For something fast I would probably just go to Pret! Also, check to see if you need to transfer between terminals for your flight. Heathrow is a big airport and that 1hour 40 can easily be taken up. I lost most of my transfer time recently just going through security in the same terminal last time.
  8. I went last July on the Serenade of the Seas. St. Petersburg is very safe. As you mentioned you either need to obtain your own Visa or go on a government sanctioned tours that do not require a visa (99% of our sailing did the tours!). The port has had a very recent renovation and is very modern and safe. You are a short drive from the city but every tour bus I saw and went in was very modern. I didn't notice any speeding or unsafe driving. There are plenty of shops at the port for souvenirs and most of the major sites will accept credit cards. I would check with your own bank for any possible fees or restrictions. We took cash to avoid any potential problems or fees. Let me know if you have any other questions
  9. Ahh.. different St. Petersburg! I thought the poster was asking about itineraries in the Baltic and Russia...?
  10. I think RCI do Transatlantic to reposition their ships in Europe. Sweden to St. Petersburg is on the Baltic Sea.
  11. I did this itinerary in 2019 as a 7 day cruise out of Stockholm. I'm not sure if RCI is still rolling out 2021, but a number of other lines do this exact same route. We kept running into ships from NCL, MSC, Cunard, Costa, Princess etc. If the itinerary is the bucket list and you need it to be shorter try searching around. I know- a crazy recommendation on the RC blog! 😂
  12. I managed B2B excursions in Scandinavia. Both were though Royal and there was about 2 hours between them which turned out to be enough time to grab lunch. My advice would be to plan for delays in the first excursion and count any time in between as a bonus.
  13. I was on the Serenade in July, also with an inside cabin on deck 3. It was lovely! Spacious and very tidy and good location. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time in your cabin (we hardly did with port intensive itinerary and good activities) I would say save your money for other activities or dining.
  14. I was in the Serenade out of Stockholm to Scandinavia and St Petersburg in July and it was amazing. One of the best holidays I've done. I'm sure they will do similar itineraries again. I agree with other posters to check other lines as there are a few that go to northern europe with some based in Europe - MSC, Marella, Viking. I actually booked with Princess to go to Norway and the fjords for summer 2020. Itinerary was similar to the one Royal is.offering but Princess had choice of dates and could do either 7 or 14 nights...AND they were a lot less expensive! I've not cruised much and have always done Royal previously but I couldn't pass up the deal I got with Princess.
  15. The UK site has been advertising all inclusive sale (including the deluxe drink package) for the last 6 weeks or so. However, when you get into the detail the 'sale' fare only applies to higher rate rooms so you could actually book the same cruise for upwards of £400 less! As many have said on this blog, check the final price of any 'sale'!
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