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Old January 24th, 2014, 07:54 PM
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My fiancee and I have decided on the Norwegian Star Baltic Capitals cruise (July 30th embark) for our honeymoon. This will be her fourth cruise and my first!

The big question I have is whether or not there is a benefit to using a travel agent/deal website to book. I've heard you can get ship credits and whatnot but I'm not sure who to trust. We'd like to put our deposit down soon for our mutual Valentine's present to each other so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old January 24th, 2014, 09:53 PM
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Use an agent who specializes in cruises, especially if you are new at this and have never been on a Europe cruise before. They have access to the same pricing and perks that you can find on-line, but more importantly an agent can put together a good package of air/hotel/cruise and thus make this an easy and enjoyable experience for you. And an agent doesn't cost you a penny more than if you try to do it yourself.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:12 PM
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Thanks Dave! I've been scouring the internets already. The more and more I read about cruises the more hooked I'm becoming!
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:55 PM
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I definitely would book with a cruise specialist, but not just some website special you find online.

You've done well choosing a ship and itinerary, but a great cruise travel agent you can readily communicate with can still be of immense help.

I just wrote an article about this today, coincidentally, and it will appear on the home page next Wed. The second important thing it talks about is making sure to purchase travel insurance. A good travel agent will help you with that as we'll.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:42 AM
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I agree with others, but then again as a cruise specialist, I'm a little prejudice on the matter. It's always best to book with a reputable agent because the represent you. If you book with the cruise line and have any problems, who do you think they represent?

An agent not only represents you, but if they have been there done that, they can help not only with which cruise is the best one to book based on what you're looking for, but also be able to help you with the individual ports.

Having done a Baltic cruise, I can tell you there are some amazing ports, plus some awesome shore excursions! It's a wonderful cruise and I know you will thoroughly love it.

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Come on Whiskeypoet ... they don't tell you to take a shot of Whiskey and take a pair of pliers to you at the dentist office -- you need a professional -dentist and oral surgeon in that case and you need a Certified Cruise Planning Specialist driving your next vacation. Visit the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) certified cruise specialist in your area to book your valuable travel dollars. If your Baltics cruise is anything like mine You’ll experience six incredible cities in nine days on this unforgettable cruise of the Baltics. Embark from Copenhagen, Scandanavia’s most cosmopolitan city, and experience the fascinating Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag in Berlin, Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, the palaces and cathedrals of St. Petersburg. But the key is did the travel planner get the Visas in order. Did they plan for an overnight on Tuesday prior to the Wednesday departure.? Where ? Did they tell you about "free" upgrades and what the real value is? Did they arrange shore excursions saving you over $150.00 per person and Avoiding the masses on exclusive three port package of tours with a maximum of 30 guests (often averaging only 15 people per tour!) Will you see the many highlights of Berlin, St Petersburg, and Tallinn for one discounted price!? Did they help you hand-pick the best tours in Berlin (from Rostock / Warnemunde), St. Petersburg, and Tallinn with small group sizes and priced them significantly below the full busload tours that the cruise lines offer. Being in a smaller group will allow you to spend less time waiting for others to use the rest room or gift shop, less time straining to hear your guide over the five people talking in front of you, and more time experiencing Europe’s rich history, culture, and beauty! ? Hey Whiskeypoet did the internet tell you Copenhagen offers two major port facilities. The first, more heavily visited by ships making simple day calls, is Langelinie Pier, about 1 1/2 miles from the city's center. It's a delightful port area, with a series of shops and cafes right on hand, and is a mere 10-minute walk into the city (taxis are also available). The Copenhagen Information Center is located here and also can offer money changing services (and ATMs).

On the other hand, the Freeport Terminal, about two miles from town, is frequently used by ships for which Copenhagen is a port of embarkation or debarkation. There are neither services nor an ATM nearby (though taxis often take credit cards), and the nearest train into town is a healthy 15 - 20 minute walk away.

As well, when big ships use this facility as a turnaround port, beware that cabs may be in short supply; you may want to arrange for a ride in advance or take advantage of your cruise line's transfer services.

We need to know where you are leaving from in Copenhagen! Copenhagen Airport is six miles (9 km) from the city's center. Shuttle buses are generally available to cruise ships, but contact your cruise line for more information. If you arrive at Terminal 3, there are trains every 20 minutes to town. A taxi to Langelinie Pier takes about 25 minutes and costs about 225 DKK. There's also a direct SAS bus running from the airport to Central Station. A local bus service (#250S) connects the airport with Rauspladsen and Central Station, but takes 35 minutes.

Don't have a lot of money want a walking tour in Copenhagen? Take a tour. An excellent option for broad-stroke sightseeing is any one of several bus or canal tours. The nearly three-hour Grand Bus Tour that departs from Town Hall Square includes drive-by views of Tivoli, the New Carlsberg Museum, Christiansborg Palace, the Stock Exchange, the Danish Royal Theater, Nyhavn, Gefion Fountain, Grundtvig Church and Rosenborg Castle. Short stops are made to see the Little Mermaid, the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace and the Church of Our Lady, where the recent wedding ceremony of HRH Crown Prince Frederik and commoner Mary Donaldson took place. The hourlong Open Top Bus Tour includes much of the same, but offers an on/off option for those who wish to linger a bit longer at some of the stops. A one-hour Harbor and Canal Tour departs from Gammel Strand and Kongens Nytorv from May to mid-September. For those who prefer to tour on foot, staff members from the Copenhagen Tourist Information Office lead two-hour guided walking tours between May and September, Monday - Saturday at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit www.woco.dk.

Having been there and done this cruise I can help you out about places to stay and things to do! Thanks for being a part of the forum!

For the teeth we will need some porcelain for the crowns and Georg Jensen silver for the fillings = know the best place to find them in Copenhagen? It is famous for it.
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