Posted 8/11/2019 7:22 AM (GMT -7)
BLackjack, per your question about the cruise...
I did an “ocean Cruise” type ship, Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the seas, so not for you. The ship is one of the older cruise ships in the fleet, built in 2002 (updated since) so it is on the “smaller” side by today’s standards, holding 2000 passengers and I think 900 crew. Wasn’t in love with the way the ship was run, but that’s another story.
I have heard great things about the Viking River cruises from friends, I don’t think it’s for us, we need things like casinos and multiple dance spots and shows at night to keep us busy.
As far as the Baltics, I think if you are into history, and/or Art / Architecture, it’s a great trip. I am not much of a sightseeing fan, and not much into the subjects I mentioned. But I did enjoy the trip, glad I did it, and it was a photo opportunity, which is a hobby I am trying to work 0n. (F8/Ed, you’ll be hearing from me.) I took over 1000 pictures
Back to blackjack... the ports we visited, besides Amsterdam which is where we sailed from) were Skagen (Denmark), (very rural, beach resort, ancient church), and the northern tip if Denmark where I stood on a beach where the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea), Tallin (Estonia Capital City), St. Petersburg, Russia (amazing city, we visited the Hermitage, Church of the Spilt Blood, St Isaacs Cathedral, all breathtaking), Helsinki, Stockholm,, and Copenhagen, where we toured the Jewish points of interest in the city, very interesting learning about the ****’s passive takeover of the city that later turned very aggressive. Many Jews were hidden by citizens of Copenhagen, if they could not get on the ferries to Helsinki for escape, in time).
And Amsterdam, where we spent 3 days before the cruise, in addition to today, (Sunday), has its own unique amusements of course.
All in all it was a memorable trip and I highly recommend it especially if one is into history, Art etc.