Day 1; We arrived at the port in Copenhagen, Denmark around 1:00pm, though you are able to board as early as 11am. We gave ourselves 3 hours to board (the boat sets sail at 4pm) so that we could research Copenhagen before we left on our vacation. This day included us exploring the ship and signing up for kids clubs. One of the incredible things about Disney, is their children clubs. They have rooms for different aged kids to go hang out in, participate in activities and make new friends. This gives parents a chance to have some time alone and know their kids are safe and having fun. During this, everyone waves to the passengers staying in Copenhagen & dances along with Mickey & his friends on stage. Once this is finished, we headed to the 6:30pm theatre series. Depending on the dinner time you request (6:00pm or 8:30pm) you will either watch the theater series at 6:30pm or 8:30pm, the opposite time that your eating dinner. I absolutely love the shows. Disney does an amazing job making up themes and special acts to entertain their viewers.
Day two was a”Day at Sea”, so we did not stop anywhere. We enjoyed our day watching Disney movies at Buena Vista Theater, participating in games at Vibe (a teen club), eating lunch at Cabanas (the buffet at deck 9), enjoying yet another theater series, & eating dinner at one of the three rotational dining restaurants (Lumiere’s, Animators Palate, or Cariocas.) Depending upon your room card, you will rotate between these three distinct yummy restaurants. This night included Formal Dinner. This means we were encouraged to dress fancy (like dresses & dresses or suits for guys ) Day’s at sea are, in my opinion, among the best times on the ship. Disney provides their guests with the choice of Cabanas (the buffet on deck 9), Lumiere’s (one of the 3 rotational dining restaurants), or one of the quick service restaurants on deck 9. The quick service restaurants include Daisy’s Delights (a sandwich, salad, fruit, and cookie rack ), Pete’s Boiler Bites (a hamburger, hotdog, taco, etc.. . American fare type of rack ), and Pinocchio’s Pizza (a pizza stand where you can assemble any pizza you prefer.) Disney Magic does a fantastic job producing grade A food daily and making sure to cook the food in a fast way, but keeping the taste incredible. Now, the food is not the only reason I totally love day’s at sea. Though food is a key factor, Disney also provides their guests with a news post every night, allowing them to see what actions are brewing for them the following day (you also have the choice of using their Disney Cruise Line app to find the menus and activities for each day.) This activities sheet is always full of karaoke, newly released movies, work out games, and more during the days at sea. Disney makes sure that their guests always have something new and fun to do on the boat, knowing some might get bored not having anywhere to dock.
We arrived and walked Tallinn Old Town, which gave us a true idea of their culture. We also explored the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, The Estonian Maritime Museum (an old prison), and Fat Margarets Tower (a large building next to the ship.) Like most of you know, northern Europe has quite sketchy weather. Knowing this, I packaged a range of different clothes and layers. Tallinn stayed in the 60 degree F area during the majority of our visit, which was amazing. My dad and brother could wear just shorts and a t shirt, so it really depends upon your tolerance for cool weather. I am a little girl, so the wind was a bit chilly for me, describing the long sweater.
On this day, we decided to get a bus driver and a tour guide (Alla Tours.) St. Petersburg had multiple churches (Church of the Spilled Blood for example) and palaces (Catherine’s Palace), so we needed someone to help us find our way around. I recommend finding a tour guide you trust (such as Alla Tours), because during our visit to Catherine’s Palace (and a few other city monuments), the line wrapped around the building to get in, but our tour guide found a way to bypass the line and sneak us in, in only 15 minutes. Like Tallinn, St. Petersburg’s weather was very strange. The morning was chilly and forced me to wear a scarf (Madewell) and a thick coat (Madewell), but later in the day the temperature got warmer (maybe 67 degrees F) which enabled me to wear only a light rain coat (Spice), because St. Petersburg did tend to scatter every so often. On this night, there was no theater series because of all aboard being at 11:30pm. This means, you had the option of staying in Russia until 11:30pm or coming early and having dinner but no display.
This day was a bit shorter because all aboard was around 5pm. We decided to ride a carousel to see that the town & have a boat ride to explore a small island with history about Finland (Suomenlinna.) We didn’t realize how large and historic Suomenlinna was, therefore we were not able to see all of its rich history. I suggest spending multiple hours here, if you decide to see this place in Finland. This night included the Semi Formal Dinner. This means we had to dress up a little nicer than usual for our dinner, to take pictures. Disney does not ask you to dress up any of the nights on cruise, but through these special nights, it is highly encouraged. I wore a mini skirt (Abercrombie & Fitch), a tank top (American Eagle), and sandals (Tory Burch.)
This day was shorter because all aboard was 3:30pm. We decided to see the Armory & the Royal Palace next to it. If you are traveling with any boys or men, I recommend visiting the Armory. It was very cool for my brother and dad to see all the military armor, weaponry, and royal carriages. We also bought tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus, but it was quite busy and packed (because of all of the boats docked in Stockholm that day), I would not recommend buying a ticket for this bus in this town. This night Disney included”Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Deck Party”, which meant we all went up on Deck 9 before dinner to watch the Frozen characters dance and sing on stage. Disney also changed their theatre show on this night. Unlike their normal broadway style show, they provided us with a comedian show.
Day 7 was our final day, so that it was another”Day at Sea.” This day was much like Day 2, except that the cruise included activities like scrap booking all of your memories & jack jack’s diaper dash (a race between babies that can crawl.) Usually my family and I prefer to eat lunch at Cabanas (the unlimited buffet is always nice), but on this day, my father and I decided to test out Lumieres for lunch. I had the cuban sandwich and parmesan veal with pasta (two entrees were a must on this day) and my father had the shrimp and pad thai noodles. Both meals were fantastic! Disney once again found a way to blow us away. When the day was almost to an end, we enjoyed the last series (Disney Dreams) & a dinner in Animators Palate (among the 3 rotational restaurants.) After all was completed, the cruise wrapped up the day with a”See you real soon” celebration in the Lobby Atrium on Deck 3. This show included a wave good bye to all the characters on board along with a pin trading session (all of the guests on board came together to trade their Disney pins.)
Day 8 was our final morning on the boat, which meant you went to breakfast at the place you had dinner at the evening before or eat at Cabanas (the buffet on Deck 9.) For my family and I, we ate at Animators Palate once more. After eating the final meal on the ship, everyone disembarked and headed to the airport to fly home. Disney allows all their guests to eat and explore the ship before leaving, which was fine because we did not feel rushed to get off the boat and allow the new guests begin their vacation.
This 7 night cruise from Copenhagen was a fantastic trip and well worth the cost. I know tons of people are thinking,”A cruise is way to expensive. You pay for an expensive ship, expensive plane tickets, expensive hotel nights before the trip, expensive excursions, & expensive trinkets,” but I am here to tell you, it’s all worth it. My family and I have seen and made memories I may never have the ability to make again. I am a 16 year old girl and I’ve now already been to more countries than over half the adults I know, & this is all because my parents were prepared to pay the money to take me on a life altering cruise in the Baltic.