Eurodam Baltic 2011: Eurodam Cruise Review by MaleoMD
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Eurodam Baltic 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
We liked the ship. It was our first cruising experience so we had nothing to compare it to, but we enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere in general. There was enough entertainment onboard if you needed it, but ports of call were the most important part of the travel for us, so I'll focus more on what we were doing in every city we visited.
Kiel: Overwhelmed with London where we stayed at our friend's place and looking forward to Berlin, we decided to take it very easy at this port. We had a relaxing walk around Kiel towards the Church of St. Nicholas, then towards the Botanic garden and stopped for some German bears here and there on the More way back to the ship.
Warnemunde: we took a train to Berlin and took the HOHO for a beautiful overview of the city. It is huge! We came back on board the ship, satisfied with our day and ready for a good dinner and a good rest. Next time though I would consider renting a car to get to Berlin.
Tallin: the old town is where you can have a nice walk and it is easy to get there on foot -â€" no extra charges at all and a brilliant chance to feel the atmosphere of the city.
St. Petersburg: due to visa requirements, the language barrier and big distances from site to site we decided to do St. Petersburg with a private guide. We contacted several private tour companies and booked with the Best Guides Group, who had set up a customs made 2-day tour for us. It was a big change in our travel style and a totally different feeling -â€" being led around and guided. Those were the best value-for-time days. We saw a lot and learned a lot and laughed a lot with our guide. It was nice to be taken past all the lines of waiting tourists straight to the entrance and within a desired palace. If we had decided for DIY style and taken the trouble of receiving the Russian visa we could have lost one day standing in the line to enter the Hermitage.
Helsinki: we were planning to test the CityBike, but by the time we arrived the project had been stopped. So we took the circular tram from the central station and got a quick overview of the city. It was a relaxing day compared to St. Petersburg. What really impressed me was a peculiar Finnish thin rye-bread cake with rice filling: here is the link to the picture http://www.google.com/imgres?q=finnish+bread+rice&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbnid=2wvTVkiLQjID5M:&imgrefurl=http://wheresmandyandnate.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-ate-reindeer.html&docid=z9F4Y9 Try it when you are there -â€" it's something very special, they sell it both in small shops and at supermarkets.
Nynashamn: We took public transport to Stockholm-â€" bus and train. They are leaving every half an hour and it takes about 1.30 min. The train arrived at the Central station and we walked to see the Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel prize winners' banquet is held, then went to the main central walking street (Drottningsgatan) and wandered along it to the oil city (Gamla Stan) enjoying small shops and cafes. On the way you also see the Parliament and the Royal Palace buildings where you can watch the changing of the guards. Choosing between the Vasa museum and a relaxing walk in a breathtaking city we decided against the boat that set sail for the first time and sank near the shore. We went back to T-centralen and took the train to our ship.
Copenhagen: The city is very compact and the major sights are within a walking distance. When we were having a walk around the center we lost our way a couple of times, but always ended up in some beautiful spot that was on our "must see" list. Following the recommendations on Cruise Critic message boards we took a canal boat tour and enjoyed it a lot. It was nice to have some rest from walking with no need to be eating (we eat too much on the ship anyway).
Google maps were very helpful to us to plan our journey -â€" they give one an idea of the distances and an advice on public transport options incl. timetables.
We took our credit cards with us but we also had some local currencies (British Pounds in London, Swedish kronas in Sweden, Rubles in Russia and Euros in other ports of call) to have money for transport, snacks, toilets and tips.
Have a nice trip! Less