Looking for glamour in your holiday? Then, get on that cruise ship!

Until the day before yesterday, my experience of big, passenger ships was limited to the Helsinki-Stockholm ferries. But that was about to change, when Finnish tour operator Aurinkomatkat/Suntours was kind enough to invite me, together with fellow Finnish bloggers, on a tour of Royal Caribbean’s “Legend of the Seas” cruise liner, that docked yesterday in Helsinki’s Hernesaari. She had just arrived from Stockholm and sailed to St. Petersburg on the same evening, as part of a Baltic Sea cruise.

I have always been a little bit skeptical towards huge cruise liners and all-inclusive cruises, in general. I am not going to deny that in my mind they are associated with people of a certain age group, that decide to go on a cruise, because they have already done everything else. I have seen pictures of those “greater than life” cruise liners, that sail the Caribbean like “moving skyscrapers”, but honestly, I could never pictured myself on one of them.

In that sense, yesterday’s tour was an eye-opener. Regardless the ship’s remarkable size, it actually felt cozy. I liked the “art-nouveau” touches, giving it a feeling of 30’s hollywood glamour. I am not going to go into details on what Royal Caribbean offers on their cruises, otherwise I would be writing for hours. They even provide their customers with a big selection of shore excursions. I was amazed to hear that in Helsinki alone, they offer 22 different options! Another thing I learned was that in their Carribbean cruises, a big chunk of the passengers is families with children. They choose to go on a cruise because of the wide-array of kids-only programs Royal Caribbean is offering on board, making it a carefree holiday option for many parents around the world.

As soon as the tour was over, we were offered lunch at the ship’s buffet restaurant. The buffet variety was rich, the service impeccable, and the vegetarian options I tasted, simply delicious. Am I going to book a cruise for me and my family after yesterday’s experience? The answer is, I would seriously consider it. Aurinkomatkat offers some very attractive and reasonably priced Caribbean cruise-packages for next winter, all departing from Fort Lauderdale.

(Warning: Super glittery material follows! You might want to put on your sun glasses, before proceeding to the photo section of this blog!)

Legend of the Seas arriving in Helsinki

Legend of the Seas arriving in Helsinki

Main lounge seen from above, Legend of the Seas

Main lounge seen from above, Legend of the Seas

Casino Royale, Legend of the Seas

Casino Royale, Legend of the Seas

Anchors Aweigh Lounge, Legend of the Seas

Anchors Aweigh Lounge, Legend of the Seas

Anchors Aweigh Lounge, Legend of the Seas

Anchors Aweigh Lounge, Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

R Bar, Legend of the Seas

R Bar, Legend of the Seas

Pool deck. Legend of the Seas

Pool deck. Legend of the Seas

Pool deck. Legend of the Seas

Pool deck. Legend of the Seas

Pool deck, Legend of the Seas

Pool deck, Legend of the Seas

Pool deck, Legend of the Seas

Pool deck, Legend of the Seas

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room, Legend of the Seas

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room, Legend of the Seas

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room, Legend of the Seas

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room, Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Windjammer Café, Legend of the Seas

Windjammer Café, Legend of the Seas

That's Entertainment Theatre, Legend of the Seas

That’s Entertainment Theatre, Legend of the Seas

A performer rehearsing for the evening's show, Legend of the Seas

A performer rehearsing for the evening’s show, Legend of the Seas

For information on Aurinkomatkat/Suntours cruise packages, please click here.

For information on Royal Caribbean’s cruises, please click here.

Have you ever been on a cruise? If yes, how did you like it?

18 thoughts on “Looking for glamour in your holiday? Then, get on that cruise ship!

  1. Fabulous photos Vasilis. I have never done a cruise unless rafting through the Grand Canyon counts. 🙂 Nice post and congrats on being chosen for the tour.

  2. Nice post. We’re a big fan of cruises, particularly for the holidays. It’s nice to have the whole family together and let everyone do what they want. Good photos!

    • Thank you very much, Lance! We would like to give it a try ourselves too one day. It’s amazing how many activities they have on board. Do you usually cruise in the Caribbean, or do you have another favorite spot?

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