Hi, we are on the same cruise so would hope to meet you there, you can use euros in ports, it is best to do a mix of trips, some by taxi by yourself or some with the ship- the benefit being if you are late back the ship will wait for you in a group but not if you do your own thing. you can email me at christina.wright @ frasersmart.co.
My Mother aged 90 and I, a very young 50 sailed the Navigator of he Seas 2006, although it was in the Carribean. So all I can tell you about is the Ship
Wonderful, Marvelous, Superb. We had a Luxury Suite on deck 8, with balcony.
Spacious, wonderful. Room Service Superb. The ship is to die for, something to do or not to do every minute of the day/night, Even an Ice show, Art Auctions, etc.
One piece of advice, Pay the Pre Tip Service rather than wait until the end of your voyage.
The all Inclusive food on our Carribean Cruize was superb, plus there were the exclusive restaurants that you could pay extra for, well worth it.
Staff and Service fantastic.
Go for it.
Not all Countries take Euros. You need to look up the currency of each country you are visiting and take with you what you think you may spend. You should take ships tours in Russia as they are usually good, otherwise you will have to get a Visa before you go to get off the ship and travel independently.Hermitage museum in St Petersburg is a must. Very good cruise did it a few years ago, you will enjoy it.
Travelled on this ship last November in Caribbean. Excellent all round. WE had balcony on deck 6 -it was excellent. Food and service superb. but don't expect any help if you wish to do excursions independently. They will sell you what they want you to see.WE did Dunn's River rip onlur own at a quarter of the price. Do you research before you go.
We did this cruise in June. You have to have the currency for that country in every port. They do not take
euros, although we paid in euros to Tivoli Park (Denmark)
Ships provides free maps and all info you will need.We did our own thing, and saw all the Palaces in each port.
I,ve just returned from a 12 night baltic cruise on Jewel of the Seas,the balcony on 8 should be just fine, we were in a balcny room on 7 on a slightly smaller ship but they are all ok to be honest,re the currency, yes you can spend euros and dollars but they tend to round down to suit them,if you want a pint or a couple of coffees or food use your debit bank card or credit card as they all take them but if it,s a bus, taxi or street vendor you may need to use cash, the ship does give the currency of the country in exchange for euros and dollars but not a good rate, if you need cash a hole in the wall may be better and there are plenty of them but as i said best option for me is your debit card.
On the excursions, well we find it easier & cheaper after a couple of cruises with RCI to use the shuttle provided $5.00 per person each way into town ctr but at everyport we stopped at there was one of those hop on hop off city tours parked up waiting to take cruise passengers round town, don,t know the cost though but you get to see the city at your pace, stockholm was our favourite followed by copenhagen, oslo, hesinki, tallin and st petersburg, I put st petersburg last because you have to go on an excursion and they were very rushed, we did two in two days, Hermatage and gold room and canals and peterhoff, both were amazing and worth visiting but very regimented rushed and still very austere place, if you can get a smile from one of those customs officers when you show your passport you,ve done well, I prefer to take a leisurely stroll around in my own time but you need a russian visa arranged before your visit to do this, non the less you don,t go to russia everyday so go and enjoy it.A lot of the excursions in Scandenavia are to museums, art galleries etc which are not really my scene so if thats what you want to see then an organised trip is for you, if you just want to stroll around and do your own thing then a shuttle or hop on/off bus is the ticket, My wife and I are 47 and 44 and found everywhere easily accessable, if you are older you may have problems with a lot of steps on some trips , ask first before booking, re maps the ship provides you with a cruise compass everynight with all the next days activities on board and a map and details of your next port of call which is very helpfull.
Just a warning,if you like a beer or two it,s about £6.00 for 1/2 litre=1 pint in fact everything in the scandenavian countries is double what you would pay in the UK.
THe views are amazing as you go in and out of oslo, stocholm, etc thousands of little islands they use as holiday homes at weekends in the fyyords, also they all speak perfect english in all but russia, Tallin is the cheapest place we visited, uk prices here in the most, lovely in the old town and easily walkable from ship about 1 mile to old town.
Can,t tell you about any of the other trips as we didn,t do any but people on our table said they would do it on ther own next time if that helps in anyway.
Dave and Andre.
We have just come back from a Baltic cruise and had an amazing time. St Petersberg is without doubt the most wonderful city we have ever been to and we loved every moment of our two days there.We booked a private tour on the recommendation of some Canadians we met on our last cruise and are so glad we took their advice. We booked on line with Red October ( firstname.lastname@example.org )and they were excellent. You can go with others or have a car to yourselves, which we did. We had a Mercedes, a driver, and a guide, who taught English at the University there and was wonderful. Our day started at 7 am and ended at 6.30 when they delivered us back to the ship each day. You make your own itinerary, or go with their suggestion. No queuing, and the driver drops you at the doors of every palace etc. You do not need to apply for a Visa as they take care of that part - the cruise compnay will tell you you have to get one but its not so, unless you want to go walkabout by yourselves. The total cost for the two of us for the two days, with all entrance fees included etc was 1106 US dollars, about £500 which we think is an absolute bargain . Even though we are English we always take US dollars as most tourist places take them. The cruise ships provide maps and port info at each call and we rarely bother with tours as its so easy to wander about by yourselves, with the exception of Russia . Have a great time - we loved it.
Gill, West Sussex -04.08.0.
Just done the Baltic on the Navigator.We found most countries will accept Euros though is Estonia and Poland some cafe would not,but you will get the change in their currency.
The Tour in Estonia was very poor but most other ports their are Shutle Buses on small repayment and shared Taxis are a good buy. All ports are provided with maps and often as you go ashore the Tourist Authority provide better ones.
If you are visiting Stockholm get up early as the approach must not be missed. Enjoy your cruise and if you do your own tours you will advoid very long queues to get of and on!
You need the check the currencies of the countries. We brought a small amount in each currency needed (except roubles which are not available outside Russia) and took out money from ATMs if we wanted more. Most of the cities had hop on hop off bus tours which you could use to see all the main sights. These were good value. The cruise company did provide maps but they concentrated on shopping. We brought our own guide book and used the maps in that. We took escorted tours in St. Petersburg but went our own way everywhere else.
We went on Jewel of the Seas to the Baltic. You can use Euros or Dollars in Tallin and St Petersburg. You will need local currency for Oslo,Stockholm and Helsinki. We just changed a small amount from one currency to the next on the ship as we moved along.Shuttle buses are provided in all ports where it is too far to walk to the city excoept in St Petersburg where an excursion is the best way.