The Cruise Web Manager Enjoys a Baltic Adventure

By Karolina Shenton, Marketing & Sales Operations Manager, The Cruise Web.

RSS VoyagerAs my husband and I embarked upon our Baltic adventure with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, I was filled with both excitement and curiosity. I was curious about what adventures these new ports would hold for us. Although I am originally from Poland and have seen a lot of the Baltic coast, I have yet to visit Russia, Estonia and Finland, which only added to the anticipation of this voyage, and to be able to experience these ports on a true 6 star cruise line, truly made this a trip of a lifetime.

Catherine’s Palace in PushkinUpon our arrival, the ship staff greeted us, carried our luggage and showed us the way to our suite. The on-boarding process was quick, organized and first class. Once in our beautiful suite, we marveled at the walk-in closets, full soaking tub, stocked bar, fresh flowers, chilled champagne and huge wrap-around balcony. Soon we were introduced to our butler and stewardess; both of whom were wonderful and promised to be available for anything we might possibly need. From our amazing suite, to dinner menus crafted by the Cordon Bleu in Paris, to the first class service everywhere we turned; it became clear that this was going to be a wonderful cruise.

Each morning, we woke to our butler bringing us our breakfast (all seven of them) to enjoy on our private balcony. We spent our mornings sipping tea and reSt. Petersburg Cathedralading the complementary newspaper from home, while we discussed our upcoming excursions to the Tsar’s Palaces, Russian orthodox cathedrals and St. Petersburg’s famous Hermitage art museum. The tours organized by Regent were not rushed, not crowded, highly organized and simply fascinating. Each day after taking in 18th century palaces and the works of Picasso and Monet, we were always ready to return to our own palace aboard the ship.

I can honestly say that my experience on Regent was everything I could have imagined and so much more. We were treated to fine dining, fascinating cultural experiences, world-class service, and some of the finest amenities at sea. The only question that remains is when will we be able to go again?

Karolina Shenton
Marketing & Sales Operations Manager
The Cruise Web, Inc.

3 comments

1 sonah nagassar { 08.19.09 at 1:27 pm }

It was good to read of your baltic experience ! My husband and I will be going on a baltic cruise on September 7th 2009 aboard the Norwegian jewel . Should we book our shore excursions with the cruiseline ? I was reading about the trips from someone who had visited the baltic in 2008 and it is not very encouraging to go on the shoreexcursions planned by the ship . We have gone to Princess and Celebrity shore excursions and they were great .
have been past customers of Cruiseweb and Kevin and Michael are wonderful people to interface with .

2 Karolina Shenton { 08.20.09 at 8:02 am }

Thank you for your positive comments Ms. Nagassar. Kevin and Michael are great to work with. As for your questions, personally I prefer to take the cruise lines’ shore excursions due to their quality and the peace of mind they allow. I don’t need to worry if I miss the ship in case of any delay. Guides used by the cruise lines communicate with the ship and if there is any delay in your coming back to ship, the departure will be postponed. This is not the case when you work with private guides not authorized by the cruise line. My husband and I took 9 shore excursions organized by the Regent Seven Seas and they all were great! Please keep in mind, that in St. Petersburg, Russia, you need to have a visa to leave the ship and explore on your own. If you stay with the ship tours, no visa is necessary. I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences in Europe. Bon Voyage!

3 Mike Harris { 08.20.09 at 10:38 am }

Hi Sonah! It has always been a pleasure to work with you!!

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