Early 2020 AD. Danny and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
In 2018 Steve and I cruised for a week on Serenade of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) on the Baltic Sea. In 2019 we cruised on MSC Sinfonia by MSC Cruises on their East Mediterranean Sea itinerary. How do these two compare?
In October, the Independence of the Seas terminated its Summer season in Europe. The Independence was recently renovated in the context of the ‘Amplified‘ programme. Royal Caribbean International is investing 650 million euros (738 million US dollars) between 2018 and 2021 to refurbish ten cruise ships.
July was a special month. It was the first time in forever I went on a trip in a July, as it is the prerogative of straight couples with children to take a leave in July – but mostly because I finally went on a cruise.
Both Danny and Sven insisted Steve and I should try the LGBTQI+ (add as many letters as you want) activity on board. A nice way to meat other unicorns on board Royal Caribbean‘s Serenade of the Seas while on the Northern Europe cruise on the Baltic Sea. As you can tell from the title, it…
On Royal Caribbean‘s Northern Europe cruise in the Baltic Sea, Steve and I booked in advance the ‘Ultimate Dining Package‘ and drinks package. We were so glad we did.
After starting our cruise in Stockholm, a first stop in Helsinki, two days in Saint Petersburg and a day in Tallinn, Riga was the last stop of the Baltic cruise with Royal Caribbean‘s Serenade of the Seas.
After Helsinki in Finland and Saint Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia was the third stop of our Baltic cruise which started in Stockholm in Sweden.
Two days isn’t enough, really, to explore Saint Petersburg, the former capital and the cultural heart of Russia. But it’s what we had on the Royal Caribbean cruise of the Baltic Sea.
Travelling on and with a cruise, you sometimes get only a few hours in a city. Surely, we had time to spare in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, but we felt we had seen what was doable.