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 holiday. This day included us exploring the ship and signing up for kids clubs. One of the incredible things about Disney, is their kids clubs. They have rooms for different aged kids to go hang out in, take part in activities and make new friends. This gives parents a chance to get some time alone and know their children are safe and having fun. After exploring the ship, everyone came together at Deck 9 to set sail and have fun during”Mickey’s Sailing Away Party.” During this, everyone waves to the passengers remaining in Copenhagen & dances along with Mickey & his buddies on stage. Once this is finished, we headed to the 6:30pm theater series. Based on the dinner time you ask (6:00pm or 8:30pm) you will either watch the theater series at 6:30pm or 8:30pm, the opposite time your eating dinner. I absolutely love the displays. Disney does an wonderful job coming up with themes and unique acts to entertain their audience.
Day 2 was a”Day at Sea”, so we did not stop anywhere. We enjoyed our day watching Disney films at Buena Vista Theater, participating in games at Vibe (a teen club), eating lunch at Cabanas (the buffet at deck 9), enjoying yet another theatre show, & eating dinner at one of the three rotational dining restaurants (Lumiere’s, Animators Palate, or Cariocas.) Based on your room card, you will rotate between these three distinct yummy restaurants. This means we were invited to dress fancy (like dresses & dresses or suits for men.) Day’s at sea are, in my opinion, one of the best times on the ship. Disney provides their guests with the option of either 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. . American cuisine kind of stand), and Pinocchio’s Pizza (a pizza stand where you can build any pizza you would like.) Disney Magic does a fantastic job producing grade A food all day and making sure to cook the food in a fast manner, but keeping the taste incredible. Now, the food isn’t the only reason I totally love day’s at sea. Though food is a key factor, Disney also provides their guests with a news article each night, permitting them to see what activities are brewing for them the following day (you also have the choice of utilizing their Disney Cruise Line app to see the activities and menus for every day.) This actions sheet is always filled with karaoke, newly released movies, workout games, and more during the days at sea. Disney makes sure their guests always have something new and fun to do on the boat, knowing some might get bored not having anyplace to dock.
Day 3 we stopped in Tallinn, Estonia. We arrived and walked Tallinn Old Town, which gave us a real idea of the culture. We also researched 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 layers and clothes. Tallinn stayed in the 60 degree F area during most of our visit, which was amazing. My dad and brother could wear just shorts and a t shirt, so it really depends on your tolerance for cool weather. I am a little girl, so the wind was a little chilly for me, explaining the long sweater.
Day 4 we stopped in St. Petersburg, Russia. On this day, we decided to find 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 suggest finding a tour guide you trust (like 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 quite 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 (possibly 67 degrees F) which enabled me to wear just a light rain jacket (Spice), because St. Petersburg did tend to scatter every so often. On this night, there was no theater series due to all aboard being at 11:30pm. This means, you had the option of staying out in Russia until 11:30pm or arriving early and having dinner but no display.
This day was a bit shorter because all aboard was approximately 5pm. We decided to ride a carousel to see that the town & take a boat ride to explore a small island with background about Finland (Suomenlinna.) We didn’t realize how large and historical Suomenlinna was, therefore we were not able to see all its rich history. I recommend spending multiple hours here, if you decide to visit this place in Finland. Disney does not require you to dress up any of the nights on cruise, but during these special nights, it is highly encouraged.
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 guys, I suggest visiting the Armory. It was very cool for my brother and dad to see all of the military armor, weaponry, and royal carriages. We also purchased tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus, but it was quite busy and packed (due to all the ships 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 usual broadway style show, they provided us with a comedian show.
Day was our final day, which means that it was another”Day at Sea.” This day was much like Day 2, except that the cruise included activities like scrap booking all your memories & jack jack’s diaper dash (a race between infants who can crawl.) Usually my family and I like to eat lunch at Cabanas (the unlimited buffet is always nice), but on this day, my dad and I decided to try out Lumieres for lunch. Both meals were fantastic! Disney once again found a way to blow us away. Once the day was almost to an end, we appreciated the final series (Disney Dreams) and also a dinner at Animators Palate (among the 3 rotational restaurants.) After all was finished, the cruise wrapped up the day by having a”See you real soon” party in the Lobby Atrium on Deck 3. This show included a wave good bye to all the figures 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 in the place you had dinner in the night before or eat at Cabanas (the buffet on Deck 9.) For my family and I, we ate at Animators Palate once again. After eating the last meal on the ship, everyone disembarked and headed to the airport to fly home. Disney allows all of their guests to eat and explore the ship before leaving, which was fine because we did not feel rushed to get off the ship and allow the new guests start their holiday.
This 7 night cruise from Copenhagen was a fantastic trip and well worth the cost. I know plenty 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, & pricey trinkets,” but I’m here to tell you, it’s all worth it. My family and I have seen and made memories that I may never be able to make again. I’m a 16 year old girl and I’ve already been to more countries than half the adults I know, & this is all because my parents were prepared to spend the money to take me on a life altering cruise in the Baltic.