There is a wide selection of Baltic cruises with Tallink, and I am always up for visiting new cities with as little flying as possible, so we took advantage of a cruise from Riga to Stockholm. While not a luxury cruise, it was comfortable, and a lot of fun. It was my first cruise, actually, and–though I absolutely love exploring new cities and all they have to offer artistically, architecturally, culturally, etc.–it was quite nice to just hang out on a boat, get a bit tipsy (okay, trashed), and destroy my vocal chords singing karaoke. More photos inside, including one of me singing P!nk. I know you all want to see that.
Though first time European visitors may not place former Soviet Baltic countries high on their list of desired destinations, there is plenty to do and learn here. The city of Riga (founded in 1201 AD) carries more than its own share of history and charm. It’s also super cheap, visually stunning, and the throngs of tourists you will run into in London, Paris, or Amsterdam don’t exist here. Yet, anyway. So don’t discount it completely. I was pleasantly surprised by all the city had to offer.
Also, if you like churches and cathedrals, there are roughly 7,000 to check out here. Personally, I’m a bit burned out on stained glass windows and slightly creepy statues of Jesus, but do what floats your boat.