August 30, 2017, we flew from Denver to Stockhom, Sweden to start
our 10 day cruise of the Baltics. We sailed with Oceania on the
Marina which is a very stylish and elegant ship. There were 1200
passengers on board with 750 crew. The cabins were very spacious
- we still had empty drawers and shelves after unpacking! We had
a veranda but it did not get much use because the weather was cold
and we spent every day except one touring the ports. The food on
the Marina is exceptional. We had a choice of the Grand Dining Room,
the extensive Terrace Buffet, and one night in each of the four
specialty restaurants. We were very fortunate to have Barb's sister
Colleen and her husband Mark join us on the cruise and share all
our great experiences.
Before the cruise, we spent a couple days in Stockholm. Once on
the ship we visited Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia;
Klapedia, Lithuania; and Berlin, Germany. But the real purpose of
our taking the cruise was the three days spent in St. Petersburg,
Russia. The Baltic region is so full of history. The countries were
all damaged extensively during WW II and it was amazing to see how
they have been rebuilt and renovated. The opulence in St. Petersburg
was overwheming to see.
Our cruise ended in Copenhagen, Denmark. Because we had been there
before, we decided not to extend our trip. We were in the first
group to disembark from the ship and got a taxi to the airport.
Unfortunately, the terminal we needed to use had been evacuated
due to a bomb scare. We waited with hundreds of others for 3 hours
before the terminal was reopened and we could check into our flight.
Naturally all the flights were delayed and we barely made it to
our connecting flight. But we did and so did our luggage so all
To read about each place we visited and see a few photos from that
area, go to Baltics Newsletters
You can view more photos from our trip by going to the
Photo Gallery. And if you want to see a full size picture, just
click on the photo.
There is a map of our trip at Baltics
Locations Visited Photos Map