Scandinavia Cruising with Royal Caribbean International

Last year we were busy planning our cruise holiday with Cruise Factor.  The months quickly rolled on and before we knew it we were packing our bags and on our way to the airport for our flight.  After boarding our flight to the UK it was time to relax as our holiday had finally begun.

After a couple of days R & R to get over our jet lag and visit family and friends we were off to Harwich ready to board our floating hotel, Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas”

Our 12 Night Scandinavia & Russia cruise set off on the 19th August 2012 – we enjoyed a couple of sunny days at sea which gave us a good amount of time to familarise ourselves with the ship and make sure we knew how to find our way back to our cabin.   After all when they say the ships are floating hotels, they are not kidding.  The ship was amazing and with so many public areas on board we knew that we wanted to ensure we visited as many of the bars, theatres, libraries, restaurants, pools and the gym.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

We enjoyed the variety of food and dining options and a highlight for us was relaxing in the solarium. We even managed to make our way to the gymnasium which was a good way to rid some of those extra calories from the 4 or 5 course meals we were enjoying!

As for the ports of call, our first stop was Copenhagen. We found the city was very easy to get around either using the shuttle buses meeting the cruise ships or hopping on a tourist bus that was easily located just as you disembarked the ship.

We made our way to the famous Tivoli Gardens this really does live up to its reputation…

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Just Stunning!  We enjoyed an afternoon in the heart of the city, a culture awakening, full of many restaurants, shops, open air theatre and family fun fair for the thrill seekers.

The other highlights would have to be Stockholm old town, full of history with its quaint little streets. Strolling around the old town was pure delight sharing her secrets from the past making memories that last.

The real surprise was Tallinn, Estonia, this magical medieval small city going back to the 13th century was just enchanting, you were transported to another time expecting a crusading knight to appear around the corner at any moment.

The cruise holiday was complete indulgence, we enjoyed every moment and I cannot recommend this trip enough!  We loved the evening entertainment on board and the formal nights all dressed up in our Sunday best, a complete dream come true and a very relaxing rest.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Don’t forget to get your fridge magnets at each place you visit, when you are back home while you are reaching for the milk it will take you back and allow you to relive a perfect holiday and great memories.

Enjoy your cruising with Cruise Factor!  They take away all the stress!!!

Thanks to Chrissy & Chris Meyer for sharing their experience and photographs.

 

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