Thank you for your response it was very helpful. I am thinking of using the Red October Tour Guides in St. Petersburg based on the article that you forwarded. Do you know anyone who has had experience with that group?
We did a similar trip several years ago and it was wonderful. I think Kimjack from the chit chat board has had a recent experience with Red October (last summer) and was happy with them. Actually, every review I've read that's included Red October has been a positive one.
Enjoy! It's a great trip.
Celebrity cruise on the Century to Northern Europe.
My husband and I are taking my stepdaughters, age 18 and 21 on a cruise to Northern Europe. For those of you who have been to those ports, any thoughts on what a 21 and 18 year old will enjoy?
recommendations as far as excursions?
We have never been to Scandinavia. This is the 12 day cruise departing from Amsterdam.
You might want to have them look at the shore excursions for your ports of call (http://www.celebrity.com/destination...ROP&cS=SIDENAV) on Celebrity's web site. Once they make their choices, you can decide what you all want to do together and what you want to do separately.
Don't worry too much about trying to get everybody to do the same thing. Your stepdaughters certainly are old enough to take shore excursions on their own if they want to do something different than what you want to do, and it will be fun to compare notes at dinner after going your separate ways!
Many of the Scandanavian capitals have turned the main streets of their downtown shopping distctrics into pedestrian malls with lots of sidewalk cafes. In the summertime, they usually have a lot of street performers from local colleges, so it's fun to wander through and watch or listen to some of the performers while shopping for souvenirs. There's no charge for this, though the performers do accept gratuities.
Thanks to all. Your info has been very helpful. We have also been in touch with the tour group Denrus - they were very helpful and and seem to be a bit more flexible. So we will need to decide.
I haven't been since 2000. Be sure the visas are furnished, most likely you can't get off the ship unless the rules have changed. On our cruise Red October was not in business yet and we used another private company that was very good, but we each bought separate Visas at about $70/visa. I have heard very good reports about Red October, but I don't know their policy about deposits etc and refunds if ship fails to make port.