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Germany!   Leave a comment

Yes. There was embarkation and a sea day in between.  I want to post about the ship separately, and write a comparison between NCL (which I have sailed on 3o times!) and Celebrity (one cruise only). 

I have to say that embarkation with Celebrity was ridiculously easy. We arrived at the pier, handed off our luggage, got our key cards, passed through security and walked onto the ship at 10:38 am.

After a windy and cold sea day, we were magically deposited at the port in Warnemünde, Germany. Unfortunately for us tourists, this was a national holiday in Germany, so only tourist shops and restaurants were open for the most part.

Warnemünde also managed to be blustery, but we were rewarded by appearances of the sun!  😊  Warnemünde proved to be a lovely coastal town, well worth spending some time visiting  (the alternative was an 11-hour tour to Berlin…no thank you!).

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After exploring Warnemünde, we headed to Rostock.  Around €14 buys a ticket which covers up to five people riding both the train and the tram all day.  We were lucky to be traveling with two friends from Germany and they hooked us up with a tour of a craft brewery in Rostock.  The tour lasted about five minutes (small place!) but both the beer and food were delicious  (and plentiful)!

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We continued into central Rostock and braved the wind and walked around some.

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Really a very nice stop and a great alternative if you don’t want to make the very long trip into Berlin.

Posted May 18, 2016 by cubechick in Baltics and St Petersburg Cruise

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First Celebrity Cruise, First Baltics Cruise   Leave a comment

Icelandair brought us to Amsterdam. As usual,  their pricing made the layover worthwhile (versus a direct flight).  We arrived on a gorgeously sunny Friday.

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Our hotel, the Renaissance Amsterdam, was in an excellent location. While not cheap, booking early got us a AAA discount plus free breakfast. 

I was able to check in via the mobile app, so our room was ready upon our arrival. We had a nice king-sized bed and a good-sized bathroom. Unfortunately the toilet almost immediately started running non-stop!  But maintenance arrived quickly and dealt with the problem within minutes. Phew!

We spent the afternoon walking around this oldest part of the city.

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I followed the recommendation of a friend and stopped at Haven van Texel for snack of bitterballen and some good local beer.

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First time having them…and they were yummy. As was the traditional pea soup I would have for dinner:

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Jetlag kicked in and we retired early. Looking forward to boarding the Celebrity Silhouette the next day!

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