The Baltic especiallt St Petersburg Russia will be the best cruise you will ever take. It will be a cruise to guage all other cruises. Yes, a new standard. Buy all the pearl enlay boxes you can find. They are worth money. When the ship pulls out of St Petersburg they will have a sale. (The stuff you bot will be worth about 3 times what you paid)
The only drawback is the long plane ride. The place is camera friendly with castles and history. One baltic cruise is wonth 5 carribbean. and maybe a Mexican.
We are booked on the July 10th maiden voyage of the Oosterdam in the Baltics. I have heard that the Baltics are an excellent travel itinerary. I am looking forward to the cruise.
BUT... I might suggest the best cruise that I have ever experienced was the Rotterdam VI Transatlantic from Boston to Harwich via Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands, Amsterdam, and Edinburgh Scotland. I highly recommend this itinerary for a unique cruising experience.