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    hi there we are going to be cruising the Baltic with Celebrity Eclipse in July and was wanting some advice on what clothes to wear for during the day out and about would it be like British weather or warmer and what to wear for non formal evenings my husband has dinner suit for formal and what would be the best for non formal a suit or dress jacket and dress trousers

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    Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post

    hi there we are going to be cruising the Baltic with Celebrity Eclipse in July and was wanting some advice on what clothes to wear for during the day out and about would it be like British weather or warmer and what to wear for non formal evenings my husband has dinner suit for formal and what would be the best for non formal a suit or dress jacket and dress trousers
    Hi, I haven't sailed on Eclipse,so I'm afraid I can't give you any useful advice on the non formal dress code.

    When I cruised to the Baltic, also in July, the weather was really good. In fact, in St Petersburg, it was absolutely sweltering and people were wilting in the heat. You needed high factor sun protection and a sun hat. I can't confirm if temperatures in the high 80's are normal for that time of year.

    If you are visiting St Petersburg, as an alternative to the ship's excursions, it's well worth considering tours operated by the specialist Russian tour companies such as DenRus, Red October and SPB. All companies include a group visa in the cost of the tour. I can highly recommend DenRus, they have very competent tour guides and small groups.

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      #3
      Hi, We did this cruise last year at the same time and on the same ship. The weather was very very hot, I don't know if this was normal, but when I was doing my research as you are doing now, the feed back I got was that the previous year it had been hot as well.

      However when we were coming back, the closer we got to the UK the chillier it felt, so pack for the day layers, light weight skirts, shorts, and jeans for any cooler days, and I layered my tops - sleevless tops/t shirts overlayered with blouses/shirts. I found it handy to have a cardigan (mine was in a neutral colour - so it went with most things). Most important think to pack is very comfortable shoes for the day, it can will be hard on your feet, if you do lots and lots of walking!!

      On non formal evenings, I wore skirts and tops, dresses, evening trousers - think about what you would wear to a nice restaurant at home or a social event, most women made an effort, and looked nice. My husband wore black trousers most nights, with smart short sleeve shirt (no tie). He took a jacket with him (stone colour) which he wore on the odd evening, (he will need a jacket if you are going to the ballet in Russia). It was a fab holiday and would not hesitate to do it again.

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        #4
        Thank you Blondie Oxford and Tom's mum Cardiff , i was thinking in packing light weight tops and layers and somebody else has suggested a light weight water proof jacket as it can rain , and i forgot to think of foot wear but that is now on my list , we have thought on the excursions but i have only got St Petersburg sorted we have booked for the 2 days with SPB we have not thought on anywhere else yet . We would like to do Berlin but it looks such a busy day and my other half likes history so i think he will only see great places for a short time and will miss loads so mabee we will go tp Rostock and warnemunde in stead any advice is grateful or any suggestions of any other excursions we can do thank you we are so looking forward to our Baltic Cruise we have never been to these Country's before

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          #5
          Hi crazy cruisers,

          We sailed to the Baltic on Eclipse in June 12 and it was our favourite cruise to date. The weather is unpredictable and we experienced heavy rain, cold wind, grey clouds, warm sunshine...........everything but snow, it seemed. With hardly any luggage restrictions we took all sorts of clothing from shorts to overcoats and needed just about everything.

          Here's an unashamed plug of my review in the form of a link....... http://www.cruise.co.uk/cruise-revie..._review_43357/

          ....... and here's links to my reviews of all the ports you will visit on your cruise...............

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1377-bruges...ay_bruges.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1371-warnem...e_rostock.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1367-stockh...stockholm.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1363-helsin..._helsinki.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1368-st_pet...etersburg.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1368-st_pet...etersburg.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1369-tallin...y_tallinn.html

          http://www.cruises.co.uk/1359-copenh...openhagen.html

          .......I hope you enjoy the read and that they are of some help to you.

          Bob
          Last edited by bobbybuoy, peterborough; 24th January 2013, 02:47 AM. Reason: Added Links

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            #6
            Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post

            hi there we are going to be cruising the Baltic with Celebrity Eclipse in July and was wanting some advice on what clothes to wear for during the day out and about would it be like British weather or warmer and what to wear for non formal evenings my husband has dinner suit for formal and what would be the best for non formal a suit or dress jacket and dress trousers
            Hi CC
            Great ship and a great Itinerary we did this cruise early June in 2009 weather was very mixed from lovely sunny days to sleet and high winds ,but sailing from the UK means you can pack for all occasions.
            You will have 3 formal nights which are much the same dress code as any other cruise lie and the rest are smart casual or above you can get more details on Celebrities web site.
            Well worth looking at Bobs links they will give you a good idea as to what to expect ,enjoy your cruise...Taffy
            ​Taffy

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              #7
              hi bobbybuoy, that was really helpful thank you for that , i have taken a few notes on some of the things we would like to see and some helpfull tips . I read your review on Celebrity Eclipse and it sounds you and your new wife had a good time on this amazing ship. We have only done one sailing with Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2010 oh that was amazing . I have already booked the 2 day trip to st petersburgh so now we will have a look into the other city's Bruges for the chocolate yummy yummy my other half likes history so will have a look into what to do in Warnemunde. Berlin looks too busy so we will see . What else can you tell us about this ship the main dinning room looks amazing and is there another place you can eat in without an extra fee . Was the drinks packages easy to order on line or on board were they worth the money Thanks for your advice

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                #8
                Hi Taffy Wales we are really looking forward to this ship and Itinerary my other half really wanted to do this one . we are all up for the lovely sunny days so hopefully no sleet we have had enough of the sleety days this winter and it is still snowing with us yet but will pack for all occasions . 3 formal nights that's great thank you for that . i have had a look at Bob's links and read his review they are great so now wish it was July not snowy January well thanks for all your advice its really helpful
                Originally posted by Taffy, Wales View Post
                Hi CC
                Great ship and a great Itinerary we did this cruise early June in 2009 weather was very mixed from lovely sunny days to sleet and high winds ,but sailing from the UK means you can pack for all occasions.
                You will have 3 formal nights which are much the same dress code as any other cruise lie and the rest are smart casual or above you can get more details on Celebrities web site.
                Well worth looking at Bobs links they will give you a good idea as to what to expect ,enjoy your cruise...Taffy

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post
                  hi bobbybuoy, that was really helpful thank you for that , i have taken a few notes on some of the things we would like to see and some helpfull tips . I read your review on Celebrity Eclipse and it sounds you and your new wife had a good time on this amazing ship. We have only done one sailing with Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2010 oh that was amazing . I have already booked the 2 day trip to st petersburgh so now we will have a look into the other city's Bruges for the chocolate yummy yummy my other half likes history so will have a look into what to do in Warnemunde. Berlin looks too busy so we will see . What else can you tell us about this ship the main dinning room looks amazing and is there another place you can eat in without an extra fee . Was the drinks packages easy to order on line or on board were they worth the money Thanks for your advice
                  The main dining room, Moonlight Sonata, is very good. We like speciality dining so spent half of the evenings having dinner in restaurants which incur a surcharge. I can recommend Murano and Tuscan Grille but I'm afraid Qsine didn't hit the spot for me. At $5pp The Bistro on Five is great for soup, paninis and crepes at lunchtime.

                  I have started a thread about our drinks package experience.... http://www.cruises.co.uk/20-celebrit...xperience.html Currently, Celebrity are offering a Classic Drinks Package included in the fare on all UK sailings. We actually had the Premium Package and that's the one I would choose if we sail with them again.

                  Any more questions then just ask. If I can't answer them then somebody will.

                  Bob

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post
                    Was the drinks packages easy to order on line or on board were they worth the money Thanks for your advice
                    I ordered ours on-line through the cruise personaliser (or whatever Celebrity call it) but they can be bought at any bar on board either on Day 1 or on any other day for the duration of the remainder of the cruise. Once bought on-board, they can't be cancelled. If you buy them on line then I think you can cancel them up to about four days prior to embarkation. See my thread that I linked in my previous post as to whether it may be worth it for you or not.

                    Bradbury has also put a link on that thread that you may find useful when making your decision.

                    Bob

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by bobbybuoy, peterborough View Post
                      I ordered ours on-line through the cruise personaliser (or whatever Celebrity call it) but they can be bought at any bar on board either on Day 1 or on any other day for the duration of the remainder of the cruise. Once bought on-board, they can't be cancelled. If you buy them on line then I think you can cancel them up to about four days prior to embarkation. See my thread that I linked in my previous post as to whether it may be worth it for you or not.

                      Bradbury has also put a link on that thread that you may find useful when making your decision.

                      Bob
                      bobbybuoy we are still unsure of which drinks package to go for if it would be worth our while we both drink a couple of glasses of wine with dinner my husband drinks beer at lunch or when ever he fancys a pint i go for a wine again he drinks 3 or 4 malt whiskeys an i have same amount of wine and a couple of bottles of water to take to cabin with us mabee a coffee in the morning but fruit teas during the day so really unsure i probably be better with one of the wine packages i had a look at your thread and Bradbury thread also your links and loved the photos and your wedding photos were lovely too

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post

                        hi there we are going to be cruising the Baltic with Celebrity Eclipse in July and was wanting some advice on what clothes to wear for during the day out and about would it be like British weather or warmer and what to wear for non formal evenings my husband has dinner suit for formal and what would be the best for non formal a suit or dress jacket and dress trousers
                        Celebrity call non formal nights 'smart casual'. your husband will not need to wear a jacket or tie. my hubbie wears dress trousers and either a short sleeved shirt or polo shirt. I wear trousers with smart tops but you could wear a dress or skirt. the Eclipse is a lovely ship. on a 7/8 night cruise there will be 2 formal nights and over 9 nights 3 formal nights. the rest will be smart casual.

                        we were in the Baltics in August and the weather, apart for the last port, was warm and sunny. however take a light rain jacket/umbrella just incase.
                        don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post
                          bobbybuoy we are still unsure of which drinks package to go for if it would be worth our while we both drink a couple of glasses of wine with dinner my husband drinks beer at lunch or when ever he fancys a pint i go for a wine again he drinks 3 or 4 malt whiskeys an i have same amount of wine and a couple of bottles of water to take to cabin with us mabee a coffee in the morning but fruit teas during the day so really unsure i probably be better with one of the wine packages i had a look at your thread and Bradbury thread also your links and loved the photos and your wedding photos were lovely too
                          going by the amount of wine/beer/spirits you have mentioned I would take out a package that includes alcohol and specialty teas and coffees. remember tea, coffee and water are free 24/7 in the buffet. also tea and coffee is free via room service 24/7. you also have a kettle in your cabin. the buffet has fruit tea you can just take some to your cabin. there are two alcohol packages that would suit you and which one just depends on if say your husband likes special malt whiskies. me I would do the cheaper one of the two.
                          don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by crazy cruisers, uk View Post
                            bobbybuoy we are still unsure of which drinks package to go for if it would be worth our while we both drink a couple of glasses of wine with dinner my husband drinks beer at lunch or when ever he fancys a pint i go for a wine again he drinks 3 or 4 malt whiskeys an i have same amount of wine and a couple of bottles of water to take to cabin with us mabee a coffee in the morning but fruit teas during the day so really unsure i probably be better with one of the wine packages i had a look at your thread and Bradbury thread also your links and loved the photos and your wedding photos were lovely too
                            Why not wait until you've been on board a couple of days to see what your spending (drinking) habits are like. You never know, you may get hooked on the Martini Bar (our favourite) or Molecular Bar and think that instead of paying $13.75 for every drink you may as well have a Premium Package.

                            I know how difficult it can be deciding on drinks packages. If you drink like a fish then they're great. If you're tea-total they're not. Anywhere in-between and you have to work it out.

                            Thanks for the compliments re the photos and the wedding.

                            Bob

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                              Thank you issyalex glasgow and bobbybuoy peterborough, for your replys i think we will wait till we are on board and wait and see what we drink and with teas coffees free any time in the oceanview and i do a room service coffee in the morning i normally cant wait for breakfast coffee the Martini Bar looks lovely you never know we might go in a odd time or two wish it was july already cant wait best wishes for you and your wife in the future and many happy years to come bob so thank you every body with your replys

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