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.
SERENADE OF THE SEAS
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!
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.
1. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
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
2. BERLIN, GERMANY
What to do: Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building, Check Point Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburg Gate
3. KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA
What to do: Town of Nida, Dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park, explore Klaipeda old town and buy Amber!
4. RIGA, LATVIA
What to do: Nouveau Arts District, Riga Cathedral, Freedom Monument and visit the Black Magic Bar
5. TALLINN, ESTONIA
What to do: Estonian Parliament, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace
6. ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (3 DAYS)
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.
7. HELSINKI, FINLAND
What to do: Winter World to visit igloos, ice bar, and dog sledding. Have lunch on a local farm and explore the Senate Square
8. STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
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!