Serenade of the Seas

I was recently invited on a press trip with Royal Caribbean to sail along the Baltic Seas with one of their stunning cruise ships, Serenade of the Seas. I’ve only been on one cruise in my life and I honestly did not fall in love with it. When I first read about this experience it intrigued me since I would be seeing 8 countries and 9 cities in 13 days! I decided to give cruising a second try. By the second day, I had already fallen in love with it!! I’ll be sharing with you a few highlights of the ship and rundown of our amazing trip visiting Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.


The ship is huge!! With 5+ pools/whirlpools, 15+ bars/lounges/restaurants, and outdoor activities for adults and kids, the ship will have you busy for days! There are many great restaurants from Mexican, Italian, Japanese and of course, the awesome buffet so will never be hungry. One of my favorites is getting pampered at the spa!

Serenade of the Seas

My ultimate favorite reason why I love cruising is the ease of traveling! I never had to pack and unpack and every morning when I woke up I was in a new location. We only had one full day at sea which was a great time to rest and enjoy the ship. Our first location was Copenhagen, Denmark. This is where the ship sets sail. We flew in a day early to explore Copenhagen.


What to do: Explore Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Castle and Rundetaarn (17th-century tower with an observatory deck)



What to do: Kongernes Jelling Viking Museum, ramparts of Fredercia and eat at Michelin Star restaurant Ti Trin Ned



What to do: Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building, Check Point Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburg Gate

Reichstag building

Reichstag building


What to do: Town of Nida, Dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park, explore Klaipeda old town and buy Amber!




What to do: Nouveau Arts District, Riga Cathedral, Freedom Monument and visit the Black Magic Bar


What to do: Estonian Parliament, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace



My favorite stop of the entire trip was St Petersburg!! There is so much to see, do and so much history! We spent a total of 3 full days and saw the most amazing palaces. Here’s a full post on our 3-day itinerary in St. Petersburg.


What to do: Winter World to visit igloos, ice bar, and dog sledding. Have lunch on a local farm and explore the Senate Square




We disembark Serenade of the Seas in Stockholm early morning. This allows you to explore the city if you have a late flight or plan on spending the night at Nobis Hotel and fly out a day later.

What to do: Gamla Stan, Vasa Museum, Stockholm Palace and eat Sweedish meatballs


That’s how you see 8 countries and 9 cities in 13 days! Amazing isn’t it? I’ve now visited a total of 29 countries and have fallen in love in cruising! It’s one of the most efficient ways to travel and see multiple cities in a short period of time. Thank you, Royal Caribbean for giving me one of the most memorable experiences of my life!

If this cruise is something you are interested in, you can receive 10% off your cruise with promo code: “EUROTRIP18” through August 11. The promo code will be combinable with everything except for restricted rates (Resident, Senior, Military etc.) The code applies to Serenade’s 2018 Europe sailings for balconies and suites.

What are your favorite cruises? I would love some ideas for my next cruise!

How to see 8 countries with Royal Caribbean

This post was written in partnership with Royal Caribbean.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.

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  • Evelyne CulturEatz

    July 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

    WOW, so envious. that is an amazing cruise! Not only is the boat gogeous I love the intinerary. Scandinavia, small countries…and St Petersburg is so on my bucket list!

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Evelyne! You should look into the cruise! It was such an amazing experience!

  • Loralee Autodidactgirl

    July 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome! Ive been on Caribbean cruises, but never a European one. I think I should do it! The thing I like best about cruises is that you get the “resort experience” (food available 24 hours a day, activities and amenities included while travelling to tons of new places.

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Yes you should! I agree that you get the resort experience on a cruise!

  • melody pittman

    July 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Fabulous! I did the shorter version of this cruise. I loved yours because Lithuania and Latvia are high on my bucket list. Nice cruise!!

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      That’s awesome!! Hope you enjoyed it and hopefully you can visit Lithuania and Latvia soon =)

  • Shannon

    July 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    This looks like an absolutely amazing trip. I’ve never cruised with Royal Caribbean before but look like I need to add them to my bucket list!

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Shannon, you will love it! They’re such an amazing cruise line!

  • Mikaela Walker

    July 18, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Cruising is one of my favorite ways to travel. I haven’t done a European cruise yet, but it is definitely on my list.

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Mikaela, you get 10% off through August 11! =)

  • Carmen Edelson

    July 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I love how light and bright your photos are! Royal Caribbean is such a great cruise line. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Carmen! Glad you like my photos =)

  • Carol Colborn

    July 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    What an itinerary! Too bad it didn’t include Norway!

    1. Tour de Lust

      July 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      That would be amazing as well!

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