My sister and I sailed to the Baltic on NCL. While the ship passed as acceptable, the
ports of call were great to experience. I hired a guide for Tallinn, Estonia and would
highly recommed making your own arrangements than take the ship tour. We saw
everything and our guide was very informative and answered all our questions. His
name is Ahti Arak and you can reach him at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We obtained visa's for St. Petersburg and again hired a private guide. The rate we
arranged was half of what the ship lists for a guide and car. Her name is Olga Kornilova and you can reach her at (email@example.com). She was again very
knowledgeable and speaks English well.
We reasearched our ports of call and knew what we wanted to see and both guides
were very flexable and work well with our requests.
The remaining ports can be done on your own very easily. City transportation is easy
to figure out and the information centers are very helpful to travelers. However, I
would suggest you get a guide book and know what you want to see.