A Baltic Sea cruise is one of the most interesting European cruises I've taken.
You will see old world countries such as: Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, etc.
St. Petersburg, Russia is a beautiful city with wonderful museums such as The Hermitage (I wish I could have spent two days there) and Catherine's Palace at Peterhoff and other sights. I loved Talinn, Estonia and the old city. A wonderful, old world city that was nice to just walk around. Just the sights going in and out of Stockholm are beautiful. You would think you are on an Inside Passage tour without with all the little islands and greenery. Some people have written that Rostock is a boring port in Germany but you need to get away from the port. You can visit the countryside, town square area or the full day excursion to Berlin.
I think you will enjoy this if you are interested in ports and Northern European history.
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Denmark - Copenhagen is great city - to see The Little Mermaid (naked)
Estonia - Tallin very small but great restavrated old town (they say 15-16 century - is not true of cource)
Finland - Helsinlki the most boring capital in the word. to see: nothing.
Germany - Berlin to see : German old small cities
Latvia - Riga great 19 sentury architecture
Norway - Oslo - the secont most boring capital in the word - to see - nobel prize saal,
Poland - Gdansk restavrated old town (very small part) to see - nice pole girls.
Russia - St. Petersburg - great town an old capital of Russian Empire to see : Everything.
Sweden - Stockholm - the 3 most boring capital in the word - To see : Kon-Tiki
muesum and taxi drivers.
I'll second the opinion that St Petersburg is a fantastic city; try to take a cruise that stops there for three days.
I strongly disagree with Sergei about a couple of the other cities. Oslo is fantastic. They have the best WWII resistance museum in Europe. The rest of the city is also beautiful. Only criticism of Oslo, and rest of Norway, is that alcohol is too expensive.
I also think Helsinki is a wonderful city. The Rock Church and other big church (I forget the name) are nice. One time I took a tour to a small town in countryside that was also very nice.
Talinn has good shopping for trinkets. Stockholm I can take it or leave it, Visby is really not worth the stop. Copenhagen is wonderful with the only criticism that it is very expensive to get alcohol there. If you have a chance to get to the outskirts of Copenhagen, there are some more wonderful small towns and historic sites.
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If possible, book an itinerary that stops at Gdansk Poland and take a tour to the concentration camp nearby. It is important to be witnesses to history. Our guide said we might cry, and I am unashamed to admit that I did.
We loved our Baltic cruise, although it wasnt anywhere near long enough. Almost everyone states that St Pertersburg was the highlight for them. We had been lucky to spend a week in St Petersburg a few years earlier so had already seen all the main sights, but again enjoyed our short visit there. The Hermitage of course is where most people head for first.....most tours only give you a very small overview of this magnificent museum, probably about 3 or 4 hours. This is probably enough for most people, but if you are any sort of an art buff you should try to at least spend one whole day there. Our favourite place was probably Peterhof, followed by Catherine Palace. Tallin we also loved....just a small city to walk around soaking up the sights and the wonderful smells! There was a stong smell of cinnamon (never did find out what was cooking) and the flower market was beautiful! Stockholm was also a lovely city.....the Ho Ho bus is a good way to see the City, and make sure to stop at the Vasa museum.....a wonderful ship that had sunk approx 400 years ago....in amazing condition!
For the Berlin tours we stopped at Warnemunde......one of the most beautiful little towns we have been too, someone said Rostock was boring but we didnt get there.....others havent seen much they liked in Warnemunde either, but we loved it!
If anyone is interested, this is my trip report "on another forum"