Carlito’s Way

Nine years with Silversea, Carlito says he begins getting ready for his bar shift by “leaving any problems in the cabin,” which could double as good advice for cruise passengers. If you are a long-time cruiser, you may remember Carlito from Crystal Cruises, where he worked from 1992-1999 and one year achieved the distinction of “Employee of the Year.”

Tackling Tallinn

If you want to do a self-guided tour, follow this advice: From the cruise ship piers, it’s a 45-minute walk to Toompea Hill, where you’ll want to begin your tour on your walk back to the ship. … Unless your ship has an unusual schedule you’ll miss the raising and lowering of the national flag, measuring a little over six feet by about ten feet, and hoisted at sunrise (but not earlier than 7 a.m.) and lowered at sunset (and not later than 10 p.m.).