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Old November 7th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Default Best line for Northern Europe?


We have starting thinking about taking a Northern European cruise sometime in 2006, of the main lines (Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America), which does Europe the best?

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Old November 16th, 2004, 07:24 PM
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Default Re: Best line for Northern Europe?

I'd look at itinerary over line in this case. The Baltics are usually quite port intensive. Be sure the cruise you pick includes at least two days in St. Petersburg and also be sure you have a day in Tallinn. Estonia was a sleeper and a real highlight.

I tend not to cruise R.C.C.L. just because of food quality and ship furnishings that seem to be lacking in comfort level and finish details, but the others should all be great if the itinerary and prices meet your budget.

That's my two cents worth.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 05:52 PM
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We were on the Oceania Regatta for a Baltic cruise in June. It started in Stockholm and ended in Dover. We went to Helsinki, Tallin, St. Petersburg(3 full days), Warnemunde, Germany, Gdansk, Poland, Amsterdam, Bruges. It was a 14 day cruise and was absolutely wonderful. The ship holds only 684 people and we truly enjoyed our cruise.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 04:57 PM
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We did Celebrity to the Baltic last summer and had a wonderful time! One thing Celebrity does that the other lines do not is offer free shuttle service into the city centers. Other lines charge $10-20 each way, which really is a rip-off. I rank their food and service higher than RC and NCL, but their entertainment lower. I would definitely recommend this cruise.
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I tend to prefer Royal Caribbean because of the international passeners on board. The other ships do not usually have many Europeans. RCCI does.

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Old January 2nd, 2005, 10:05 PM
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If you're referring to the Baltic, the best time is June and July, the season when cruise ships visit. I've sailed around England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in August and the weather was sublime.

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