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Report 865: First-time Cruise | Russia, Scandinavia and more

By t-mac from Kentucky, Spring 2004

Trip Description: August 2004 ~ 30th birthday celebration adventure. Flight to Franfurt and overland to Copenhagen where my husband and I embarked on a 10-day Baltic cruise. A new perspective from a backpacker in Business Class.

Destinations: Countries - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden

Categories: Cruise Ship; Hotels/B&Bs; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 9: First Time in Business Class

photo by Dana McMahan

In Luebeck Germany

We set out for our latest adventure, centered around a 10 day Baltic cruise, ready to enjoy the cool weather, only to be greeted with freakishly warm days and impossibly blue skies. We arrived at the Cinci airport Thursday July 29th and feeling like imposters, checked in at the Business Elite line (courtesy of 160,000 miles racked up on our AmX Delta credit cards). We were able to change our original flight to a later direct flight which would land us an hour earlier in Frankfurt. This gave us a lot of time on our hands, but fortunately we were able to while away the hours in the peaceful oasis of the business lounge. What a feeling to sink into those big luxurious seats in business class champagne and mineral water were on hand immediately, my jacket was taken, we were welcomed on board and given a menu for dinner. Wish I could always fly like that.

Our flight was uneventful and we arrived about eight hours later. Frankfurt airport was very clean and streamlined. We were at the onsite train station by 9:45 am local time.

Day 1 was Luebeck. We arrived early afternoon and checked into the Baltic hotel, a simple but comfortable place. Our room was on the 3rd (hence 4th) floor, with, of course, no elevator. Lugging the suitcase the cruise necessitated was not fun for Brian!

We didn't have the energy that evening to do much more than wander around the old city center and admire the canals and architecture, and eat a hearty German dinner of fish and potatoes. A good night's sleep in our tiny sloped room did wonders for us and we set out early the following morning for the 8:15 train to Copenhagen. Our reserved seats ended up placing us with a very interesting fellow traveler - an Iraqi now living in Australia, now traveling through Europe. We passed the train ride conversing with him, and trying to determine who exactly the young men were who went through the train looking at passports, claiming to be German customs, but wearing T-shirts, and who jumped off the train just prior to loading on the ferry for the crossing to Copenhagen.

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