We went on a Baltic Cruise with Fred Olsen last year and it was magical. Our favourite place was St Petersburg. We saw Swan Lake. Highly recommend it.
We went on a Baltic cruise on the Braemar in the summer of 2005 and it was a fantastic experience. We loved every port of call but the most unforgetable moment was arriving at St Petersburg. There was a thick early-morning mist and the first thing we saw clearly was a submarine on fire! During two amazing days we explored the Hermitage museum and Peterhof - I've never seen so much gold. Coming home, we navigated the Kiel canal through the night, and after a while were the only people on deck as the ship glided slowly across Germany along what felt like a narrow river... (By the way, your question has prompted me to upload a photo from each of the ports of call to a gallery.).
We went on the Albatross in 99 and then NCL in 2001 both times were wonderful, enjoyed St Petersburg. the Heritage Museum, the Winter Palace and the Summer Palace, it was a great experience, we also went through the Kiel Canal the the ship dropped her funnel, something to see, it was great. Food on both ships was great and met some nice people.
We have been twice first on Grandure of the seas then this year on Jewel of the seas.Both cruises were excellent and having had 12 cruises Jewel is our favourite ship. We enjoyed Stockholm for the cruise through the Archipelico which is amazing on a 90,000 ton ship.Talin is fabulous Helsinkie worth a visit St Petersburg has the most misserable people in the world. It is a different cruise to normal as it is all citys and they are all very expensive but all worth visiting and I would highly recomend Jewel of the seas. Royal Carribean have this one spot on.
I have been twice, my wife three times so there must be something about the Baltic, of course if you choose carefully it means no flying.
My trips were on Norwegian Dream from Dover. This smaller ship had the advantage of cutting through the Kiel canal, even if it does mean lowering the funnel tops and aerials. The second, also from Dover was on the Celebrity Constellation, a super ship and a superb cruise line.
Favorite port of call, so difficult to say. Copenhagen is great, very relaxed. Berlin is along way from the port but the 12 hour round trip is worth doing at least once. Poland for Amber no doubt, Stockholm to see old friends but St Petersburg is a must see. On the last trip took in the Ballet. I am not a Ballet person but where else can you see such a spectacle for £30. There is so much to see that two days is never enough. I first saw Oslo in 1965 and it is still magical. Helsinki has perhaps less of a draw but get outside the city and it becomes more attractive.
We went on a Baltic Cruise in September 2008. Our favourite port of call was a 2 day stop in St. Petersburg. It was absolutely amazing with so much Gold . We travelled on the Arcadia which has had some propulsion problems so our stop in Copenhagen was shortened. We enjoyed all of the stops but Russia was definitely our favourite. It was a very busy cruise but brilliant. Travelling up the fjord to Oslo in the early hours of the morning is a magical sight not to be missed. Would recommend it to anyone.
A cruise in the Baltic is an experience not to be missed. We travelled with P&O - Artemis - in July 2007. All of the ports of call had something different to offer and we enjoyed them all. St Petersburg was a particular highllight due to the amazing architecture in the city and the opportunity to visit the ballet. The old town district of Tallin in Estonia was absolutely beautiful as was Stockholm. Because it was not burning hot - like in the Med in July - sightseeing was very comfortable. We are considering a repeat of this cruise.
Went on the wonderful P & O Aurora in June this year. It was a superb trip with great ports and was made even more magical by the "white nights" - sipping champagne on our balcony in "daylight" in the early hours was really something special.
We did the Baltic on the Jewel of the Seas, a really wonderful trip, the weather did us proud really hot which we did not expect, We went in June 2006. We were glad we had prebooked our trips for St. Petersbury which we had 2 days to do the sites, but really could have done with three!!. Be aware you cannot do it on your own without purchasing a visa, but really it is much better to do the ships trips, unless you are aparty to do it on your own. The Cathedral in St Petersburg and the Hermitage were fantasctic, and a must, we had lunch at a local resturant on one trip and it was like a 5* dinner, the welcome champagne and tables laid out in white clothes an silver which is something we did not expect. The otner ports of call were great as well to see. But i must say our favorite is the sailing in and out of Oslo, the scenery is really beautiful and you can almost touch the sides at the narrow est part. But yes most of Norway is like this. The only port which we were not keen on was Helsinki but all the others and particulary Tallin were well worth seeing. Take a good comfortable pair of shoes as you will do a lot of walking when siteseeing. Also take sun creams as the air is so clear and yes you will get burnt even when sightseeing. The day in Copenhagen is hit 95 degrees and we were on an open top boat say no more. Yes do add it to your future cruises, you will not be disappointed. But do not do a cruise with only one day in St Petersburg as it would be too much to see and a waste of the time and money getting there.
We have also done the Baltic Capitals.With Thomson Cellebration. Brilliant sights so many you have to go again. No flying, sailing from Harwich. All those beautiful islands as you approach Stockholm. Then Helsinki and from the ship a walk into the town full of such interest, the tram service was excellent. Next was St Petersburg, the sights are too numerous to mention, but a few, the winter and summer palace's, the gold everwhere, the Arora, the old battleship and of the ballet. We had never been before, but its unmissable, a must, Swan Lake, amazing. Next was Tallin, Estonia no one has mentioed, just a nights sailing away, but such a contrast, bright, beautiful squares and a blend of old and new together and a lovely walk from the ship. Warnamunde in the former East Germany another great stop. Next to the railway station, catching a train to Rostock for the morning and then returning to walk along the estuary with the fishing boats, cafes and bars. A busy bustling place, but sit on one of the bars balcolny's and watch it all go by for a pleasant hour or two. Kalenburg, Denmark was next a pretty little town just a short coach ride (5 mins). We cruise there in August , great weather, many sunny days. A cruise we would certainly do again. If your thinking about it, just book and look forward to a real treat.