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Old 02-28-2014, 11:14 AM   #856
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lol...I think we have now all, at this point, decided that DCL *will* in fact cruise the Baltic, it's just ironing out the details.

Although I am a little bit bothered by the thought of a purely Norway itinerary flip flopping with the Baltics (and then the Med thrown in at the end). It would be difficult to decide, but I think I would have to choose the Baltics, because you cover more territory so to speak. In 2010, didn't they switch off Tallinn with Helsinki instead of doing both on the same cruise?
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lol...I think we have now all, at this point, decided that DCL *will* in fact cruise the Baltic, it's just ironing out the details.

Although I am a little bit bothered by the thought of a purely Norway itinerary flip flopping with the Baltics (and then the Med thrown in at the end). It would be difficult to decide, but I think I would have to choose the Baltics, because you cover more territory so to speak. In 2010, didn't they switch off Tallinn with Helsinki instead of doing both on the same cruise?
I'll be honest if they switched Tallinn for Helsinki, it would be enough for us not too book the entire cruise....
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Wow. There are seem to be a lot of great choices for 2015. Now I just need to decide on one! Wanted to go to the Med, but now leaning more towards the Baltics or Norway. How to decide on which one when they both sound amazing? Might have to start playing megabucks.
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I'll be honest if they switched Tallinn for Helsinki, it would be enough for us not too book the entire cruise....
Just curious as to why? We did Tallinn in 2010 and got off the ship expecting the worst (I know we're horrible but it was former Eastern Europe bloc country- we were expecting dark alleys, secret mafia hits, one wrong turn and you end up never seen again). Instead it was unbelievably charming, beautiful and open. We had booked a DCL excursion with the need for extreme safety and ended up leaving halfway through the walking tour because we wanted to explore and felt very comfortable (we had a 2 year old and my 60 ish mother with us too).

I know there is a dark side to Estonia, like every major city, but the tourist spots appeared safer than a lot of the Carribbean ports. It's one of our favorite ports of all time.

I was just curious though as everyone has different impressions and maybe a sword was hanging over our heads unknowingly.
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Just curious as to why? We did Tallinn in 2010 and got off the ship expecting the worst (I know we're horrible but it was former Eastern Europe bloc country- we were expecting dark alleys, secret mafia hits, one wrong turn and you end up never seen again). Instead it was unbelievably charming, beautiful and open. We had booked a DCL excursion with the need for extreme safety and ended up leaving halfway through the walking tour because we wanted to explore and felt very comfortable (we had a 2 year old and my 60 ish mother with us too).

I know there is a dark side to Estonia, like every major city, but the tourist spots appeared safer than a lot of the Carribbean ports. It's one of our favorite ports of all time.

I was just curious though as everyone has different impressions and maybe a sword was hanging over our heads unknowingly.

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Old 02-28-2014, 12:12 PM   #862
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I'm curious if anyone knows, but I was looking at an RCCL Nordic cruise that included a sea day cruising the arctic circle. Is that pretty typical of nordic cruises? Does snyone know the likelihood that DCL would do this is well?
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:20 PM   #863
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I wish, purely selfishly, that they were cruising a ever so much later as well since we were planning on finally going to Oktoberfest in Munich in 2015. Even if we hit up the last cruise they do that year 11 days between disembarking and getting to Munich is too long to wait! Oh, if only there was ONE MORE WEEK! And it was somehow that Norway Fjords one of course...
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Just curious as to why? We did Tallinn in 2010 and got off the ship expecting the worst (I know we're horrible but it was former Eastern Europe bloc country- we were expecting dark alleys, secret mafia hits, one wrong turn and you end up never seen again). Instead it was unbelievably charming, beautiful and open. We had booked a DCL excursion with the need for extreme safety and ended up leaving halfway through the walking tour because we wanted to explore and felt very comfortable (we had a 2 year old and my 60 ish mother with us too). I know there is a dark side to Estonia, like every major city, but the tourist spots appeared safer than a lot of the Carribbean ports. It's one of our favorite ports of all time. I was just curious though as everyone has different impressions and maybe a sword was hanging over our heads unknowingly.
Sorry I actually meant if the ship went to Helsinki not Tallinn. From the UK I can fly to Helsinki cheaply on frequent services, not so much to Tallinn. I am excited to see Tallinn exactly for the reasons you described so much so that I would consider not booking a DCL cruise I have been praying for and going with another line if they didn't go to Tallinn
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. . . We did Tallinn in 2010
. . . it was unbelievably charming, beautiful and open.
. . . It's one of our favorite ports of all time.
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. . . I am excited to see Tallinn exactly for the reasons you described
We visited Tallinn in 2010 and were delighted with it's charming character. We explored on our own and felt safe the entire time.

It was such a contrast from St Petersburg (where tours are mandatory, and our guide pointed out pickpockets. The pickpockets "worked" the busy tourist sites by walking up right behind tour groups as if to listen in.)

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When we did the Baltic in 2010 St. Petersburg was a favorite stop. Two days was not enough. Another Diser and I hired a private guide for the two days. We gave them a list of what we wanted to see and we saw it all!!! The most beautiful weather too.
On our return I was taking a photography class and my teacher asked if I had photoshopped the blue skies in my photos...lol...I had not..She said she had been to all the same places and never saw a blue sky..

The time in Sweden was TOO short. Wish we had more time there...

Berlin was indeed an adventure with the train not being able to pick us up and about 500+ arriving to the ship 2-3+ hours late!!!

So looking forward to the announcement about Europe but also hoping for Hawaii in the mix somewhere!!
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When we did the Baltic in 2010 St. Petersburg was a favorite stop. Two days was not enough. Another Diser and I hired a private guide for the two days. We gave them a list of what we wanted to see and we saw it all!!! The most beautiful weather too.
On our return I was taking a photography class and my teacher asked if I had photoshopped the blue skies in my photos...lol...I had not..She said she had been to all the same places and never saw a blue sky..

The time in Sweden was TOO short. Wish we had more time there...

Berlin was indeed an adventure with the train not being able to pick us up and about 500+ arriving to the ship 2-3+ hours late!!!

So looking forward to the announcement about Europe but also hoping for Hawaii in the mix somewhere!!



I also enjoyed St Petersburg a great stop we out do much in on two days and we went with private guides, as well as the Hermitage and the palaces we went on the hydrofoil, we went shopping and we went on their underground railway.
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Just curious as to why? We did Tallinn in 2010 and got off the ship expecting the worst (I know we're horrible but it was former Eastern Europe bloc country- we were expecting dark alleys, secret mafia hits, one wrong turn and you end up never seen again). Instead it was unbelievably charming, beautiful and open. We had booked a DCL excursion with the need for extreme safety and ended up leaving halfway through the walking tour because we wanted to explore and felt very comfortable (we had a 2 year old and my 60 ish mother with us too).

I know there is a dark side to Estonia, like every major city, but the tourist spots appeared safer than a lot of the Carribbean ports. It's one of our favorite ports of all time.

I was just curious though as everyone has different impressions and maybe a sword was hanging over our heads unknowingly.
I also loved Tallinn we went around the town with a DCL CM and had a great time, this was a great port of call.
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We visited Tallinn in 2010 and were delighted with it's charming character. We explored on our own and felt safe the entire time.

It was such a contrast from St Petersburg (where tours are mandatory, and our guide pointed out pickpockets. The pickpockets "worked" the busy tourist sites by walking up right behind tour groups as if to listen in.)

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It was the same for us with St Petersburg, we never felt comfortable, it wasn't very welcoming and despite the guide going on about being careful about pickpockets two people had there wallets stolen.
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It was the same for us with St Petersburg, we never felt comfortable, it wasn't very welcoming and despite the guide going on about being careful about pickpockets two people had there wallets stolen.
I think that's why it's better for a private tour four of us with a guide close by so less chance of any issue, more fast moving and less of a target and the pickpockets most likely know we have a Russian with us.
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