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I am looking at doing a cruise to Russia and don't know which line to choose. I have done Royal Caribbean and like them, but there 7 day cruise has 3 sea days. I have not sailed NCL and they have a 9 day with only 2 sea days. I hate to fly that far for 3 sea days, but don't know anything about NCL. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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I personally believe NCL is a great choice for this type of, port intensive, itinerary.

With Freestyle cruising and dining you will not be rushed to get back to the ship just to make it to dinner on time. You also don't have to worry about dressing up after a long day on shore.

We did the Baltic three years ago on the Norwegian Jewel and it worked out perfect for us.

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Old January 5th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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There are so many choices in the Baltic. Frankly, among the leading cruise lines, I would not base my decision on ship or line but rather on itinerary.

We chose Princess, and had a wonderful time on her.

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I'd go with Mike... you have to figure out which one

I think NCL is perfect for port intensive European and Baltic itineraries. No rushing back to the ship, with lots of restaurants to choose from, and their pricing is generally very good in comparison.
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Thanks for all the great advice. I am pretty sure I will go with NCL.
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I think NCL is perfect for port intensive European and Baltic itineraries. No rushing back to the ship, with lots of restaurants to choose from, and their pricing is generally very good in comparison.
Nothing wrong with NCL. However, many of the major cruise lines, including Princess and HAL, offer "anytime" dining options so NCL is not the only ship that has that advantage these days.
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I am looking at doing a cruise to Russia and don't know which line to choose. I have done Royal Caribbean and like them, but there 7 day cruise has 3 sea days. I have not sailed NCL and they have a 9 day with only 2 sea days. I hate to fly that far for 3 sea days, but don't know anything about NCL. I would appreciate any suggestions.
If you like a cruise line, I would stick with that line. Each cruise line has its own personality and style. The fact that you like a cruise line indicates that its personality and style is a good match for you.

On cruises to Europe, most ports of call are very ambitious. Shore excursions tend to leave the ship between 8:00 and 8:30, and sometimes considerably earlier, and return around 5:30 to 6:00, and sometimes considerably later, with lunch included, and most passengers find that they are "on the go" the whole time. When those precious few days at sea roll around, most passengers are more than ready for a slower day that gives them a chance to rest before the next round of several days of intense sightseeing and shopping.

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Nothing wrong with NCL. However, many of the major cruise lines, including Princess and HAL, offer "anytime" dining options so NCL is not the only ship that has that advantage these days.
That's true that most have followed NCL's lead to offer some version of any time dining, but to this point none of the variety of choices in restaurant types that NCL offers.
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If you like a cruise line, I would stick with that line. Each cruise line has its own personality and style. The fact that you like a cruise line indicates that its personality and style is a good match for you.

On cruises to Europe, most ports of call are very ambitious. Shore excursions tend to leave the ship between 8:00 and 8:30, and sometimes considerably earlier, and return around 5:30 to 6:00, and sometimes considerably later, with lunch included, and most passengers find that they are "on the go" the whole time. When those precious few days at sea roll around, most passengers are more than ready for a slower day that gives them a chance to rest before the next round of several days of intense sightseeing and shopping.

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Norm.. would you really want to fly all the way to Europe to do a 7 day cruise with 3 of the days at sea? So much to see throughout Europe, I wouldn't want to be enjoying the sea days. Leave that for the Caribbean.
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Hi Kathy, this year not only are Princess continuing to run their Baltic & Russian cruises (mainly from Oslo or Copenhagen), but HAL are also joining in with a number of cruises on their smaller ship MS Ryndam sailing from Dover in the UK.

Just thought I'd throw that into the mix as alternative options.

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Thank-you for the update on HAL and Princess. I will check those 2 out also.
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Norm.. would you really want to fly all the way to Europe to do a 7 day cruise with 3 of the days at sea? So much to see throughout Europe, I wouldn't want to be enjoying the sea days. Leave that for the Caribbean.
All things being equal, I would not spend the money to fly to Europe for just nine days.

But different strokes for different folks....

Realistically, though, one could combine the seven night cruise with some time at a pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel stay and have some time to see the port of embarkation. If it's out of Copenhagen as I suspect, that's a pretty neat city!

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That's true that most have followed NCL's lead to offer some version of any time dining, but to this point none of the variety of choices in restaurant types that NCL offers.
True -- but six out of ten or more of the NCL restaurants levy an extra charge. So as far as returning to the ship and dining at your convenience, not really pertinent to the subject. You can also dine at your convenience at the extra charge restaurants on Princess or HAL.

Again, nothing wrong with NCL. Nothing particularly better about it either, as far as I see.
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