Visiting Helsinki on a Cruise: A Free Self-Guided Walking Tour

The approach to the cruise port of Helsinki is spectacular. Occupying a peninsula that is studded with over 300 islands, the so-called Daughter of the Baltic is surrounded on three sides by water. This natural seaport was founded by King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden (to which Finland belonged for many centuries) as a new trading […]

Visiting St. Petersburg on a Cruise: The Ultimate Guide

buildings along riverfront in st petersburg at sunset

St Petersburg is a city that makes you think in exclamation marks. Built on the network of islands, crisscrossed by 65 rivers and canals, its beauty is equalled only by its rich history.

Russia’s cultural heart has become an increasingly popular stop on Baltic Sea cruises. But with a plethora of enticing places screaming out to be visited, how do you make the best of one or two days there?

To help you with these tricky choices, here is my guide to visiting St Petersburg from a cruise ship.

24 Hours in Copenhagen: Cruise Stop Guide

stationary boats on canal next to stone bridge seen in one day in copenhagen

With its historic city centre, complete with cobbled streets and candy-coloured gabled houses, and a cutting-edge design scene, one day in Copenhagen is not enough. Add to these city streets crammed with effortlessly cool shops and bars, a thriving restaurant scene – 15 Michelin starred restaurants no less – and world-class museums and there is enough to keep even the most restless visitor occupied for a good week.

But if like me, you are visiting Denmark’s capital as part of a Scandinavia & Baltic Sea cruise itinerary and have only 24 hours or less to discover its treasures, you will need to make some tough choices. To help you make the most of your day in Copenhagen, here are some essential practical tips, including how to get from the cruise terminal, and my pick of what to see and do.

My citizenM Rotterdam Hotel Review: Affordable Luxury?

entrance to citizenm hotel rotterdam review

Are you looking for a luxury hotel in Rotterdam that won’t break the bank? citizenM, a Dutch “new breed of hotel,” claims to create “affordable luxury for the people.” But does citizenM live up to this claim?

A recent trip to the Netherlands gave me the chance to stay in the citizenM Rotterdam Hotel. Here’s my review of this stay.