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  1. Ahh.. different St. Petersburg! I thought the poster was asking about itineraries in the Baltic and Russia...?
  2. I think RCI do Transatlantic to reposition their ships in Europe. Sweden to St. Petersburg is on the Baltic Sea.
  3. 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! πŸ˜‚
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Β£400 less! As many have said on this blog, check the final price of any 'sale'!
  8. It would depend on the port for me. As you say, some of the ports can be far from the cities. It pays to do your research as most places will have public transport options. My last cruise in Scandinavia I noticed a lot of people just paying for the cruise shuttle or excursions into the cities- even when the local buses/trams were across the street and only cost a fraction of the RCL price! What is your itinerary?
  9. This was offered on my cruise on the serenade in Stockholm in July. I remember it was more expensive on that cruise, I want to say nearer $40 per person. We didn't do this as wanted to see Stockholm and have lunch in the city. We just used a luggage store and went our own way.
  10. You can definitely get sunburned through glass. Ordinary glass does not block UV rays, which cause sunburns. Unless RCL or any other window is covered in a specific UV blocking film the rays will come through. I'm not a doctor but work in conservation and museums where this is a real problem for artworks!
  11. Yes, I did 2 RCI tours in St. Petersburg two weeks ago on Serenade. I was really worried about it as we had about 1 hour 45 minutes between tours and I had read traffic in Russia could be terrible. Everything went perfectly and the first tour kept to schedule. We even had time to reload the ship for a quick snack. I think you should be ok as you've got a good break in between too.
  12. Agreed! I couldn't get it to work once on Serenade two weeks ago during our cruise. It kept asking me to buy an internet package or download the app (which was already on my phone!). It didn't really matter in the end and tbh it was nice to just leave my phone on the cabin most nights!!
  13. Yes it's lovely. I lived in Leith about 10 minute walk away for years and visited a few times and always love it. It's interesting to see how the royal family holiday and I loved that they didn't really ever update the 1950s decor!!
  14. I'm very pale too and lived in Florida for years. The only way I escaped sun burns was covering up, staying in the shade and lots of high spf sunblock. Be careful and have fun!
  15. Hello I live in the UK and regularly travel to Europe. I wouldn't worry about spending 100 euro notes. The only places that might give you a hard time is street vendors or smaller shops or if you're using it to purchase small items like bottled water. Paying for attractions or in restaurants will be fine. I imagine they would change these on the ship but probably charge you for the service!
  16. I'm not sure if it's the same excursion but @nblobstr wrote a review recently on a similar tour they did in Pisa which might hekp6!
  17. 21st July in Serenade 😎πŸ₯‚
  18. We'll be limited to what our airline allows.for our next cruise out or Stockholm. So we'll manage with two large suitcases and two backpacks. To be honest, we're both fine with wearing things more than once and aren't too worried about getting very dressed up on formal nights so it will be plenty for us.
  19. I like to get a coffee as soon as I board and then get my first drink with lunch! β˜•πŸΈπŸ₯‚
  20. Depending on how early we board, I like to grab a coffee and tour the ship! Then grab lunch at either at WJ or park cafΓ©. Once cabins are ready, I like to unpack and settle in to the vacation! Then off to the pool deck for a drink and sail away!! Man, I'm sailing on Serenade in about 25 days and this is just getting me more excited! πŸ˜‚
  21. That also happened to us on Majesty - marooned on a table for 8 by ourselves!
  22. That's a really good point! The 3 course dinner does take time away from all the other fun activities in the evening!
  23. Thanks! This is really helpful. It's only my second cruise (first was on Majesty 4 nights to Havana) and my first 7 night cruise. Also we're on my time dining and I'm hoping the flexibility will be useful as it's a port intensive itinerary.
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