Beauty in the Baltics; Eye–opening Cruise Visits Eight Cities in One Trip from Denmark to Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Poland and Germany
Byline: RYAN MILLS
Having enjoyed several cruises in the past, where we spent almost as much time on the beach as the ship, my wife and I decided to opt for a slightly different approach to our last holiday and chose a P&O cruise around the Baltics.
Leaving from Southampton, the cruise stopped in six different countries and offered a rich programme of city–hopping, taking us to places we had always dreamed of visiting.
St Petersburg was the main port of call and one that was instrumental in the decision.
So we boarded the Adonia for 16 nights in an outside cabin with a balcony.
The facilities on board are more than able to hold your attention during the cruise, and the cabins are just like standard hotel rooms, with one advantage – our balcony.
Stunning views changed on a daily basis. ThefirstfewdaysenroutetoCopenhagen gave us the chance to get used to the ship and find our bearings.
All food is included in the cost, so we made sure we knew where all the restaurants were, from the main dining area to the 24–hour buffet that offered delicious meals.
We took advantage of room service at least once a day, sitting on our balcony enjoying our afternoon tea and the scenic views.
Life on board offered a magnitude of options – my wife and I are active gym members so our day normally started with a work–out before a healthy breakfast.
The spa was a popular destination for my better half as she enjoyed several different pampering appointments.
Meanwhile, I was happy to spend that time working on my swing, hitting balls into the golf nets.
I know these ships are described regularly as floating hotels, but I couldn't think of a better way to sum up what they offer.
Of course, the main attraction was the ability to check out some of the world's most interesting cities, but the fact that the time on board was never boring really helped with the experience.
Copenhagen was the first port of call. I had visited for the day when I was 13 and couldn't wait to relive some old memories.
Tivoli Gardens was as good as I remember, although the roller coaster was not quite as death–defying as I thought it was!
The little mermaid statue brought back memories but unfortunately, the area was closed off, as discussions continue on how to protect it from vandals.
The Danish capital provided the first real shopping opportunity and we spent a good bit of time wandering around the designer department stores and boutiques. …