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movinmama's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Oslo, Aarhus, Berlin, Tallinn, St. Petersburg
Emerald Princess cruise in May 2012
Member Name: movinmama
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: movinmama's Emerald Princess Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Get Rick Steve's Scandinavia and take it apart for each port to reduce weight and use as a guide to walking tour here and in every port - essential! Very interesting city!

Take a canal boat ride and go see Tivoli at night.

Be aware that many of the restaurants in Tivoli close at 6:00 pm.

Rosenborg Palace was fascinating - be sure to see the Treasury Room for all the crown jewels and jewelry!

Food is extremely expensive.

Grand Hotel is okay, a bit run down, but has a great restaurant and superb breakfast and is only a half block from the train station!

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Oslo
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We did not get to go into Oslo because capt. made a decision not to because of a pilot's strike and concern we would not be able to leave. Other ships went in and had no problem leaving. We heard from others that this was a fantastic port, the most interesting, so my rating is based on impressions from others who got to go in.
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Aarhus
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Open Air history museum is a distance to walk to, but every bit worth it - fascinating! Homes and shops moved here from all over Denmark to reflect the history.

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Berlin
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the Princess train to and from Berlin (about 3 hrs.), but arranged our own walking tour w/ Sandeman's. The train was very comfortable and new. We were given water, tea, coffee, and snacks in the am and a sandwich meal in the pm. Very helpful, knowledgeable guide on train w/ us, who accompanied us on the bus in Berlin to the Hilton which was the pick-up place for the return to the train in the afternoon.

Sandeman's tour guide was a university student, very knowledgeable and pleasant. However, because of the long distances between sights, it might be a good idea to take the hop-on, hop-off bus. We did get to see the parking lot which was once the sight of Hitler's bunker, though, and some other places not included in the HOHO. Because of the long walks, we were not able to go inside any sight in the available time.

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Tallinn
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful old walled city with very helpful locals! We took the Rick Steve's walking tour and one near the "sweater wall" that lets you walk the top of the city walls for some fantastic views (3 euros each I think).

Great shopping for locally made sweaters at sweater wall, linens in shops, juniper wood items and other handcrafted items in the square just off the main square. Also, there is a shop on the right just before you go through the city gate that is Estonia Made - very reasonable prices at this shop.

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St. Petersburg
Private Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Alla Tours with Ellena as guide was incredible! We saw: subways lavishly decorated, a city tour,the Hermitage view from across the river, early morning (less crowded) tour through Hermitage, had a lovely lunch in a restaurant,took a boat ride, saw The Church of the Spilled Blood, Yusupov Palace, and St. Issac Cathedral on 1st day. The 2nd day we saw the St. Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral there,had a warm sandwich lunch on board the hydrofoil, the Peterhof gardens and fountain park, the amazing Catherine palace with the dazzling Amber (all made of amber!)Room, and the beautiful blue, gold, and white St. Nicholas church. All the while our guide is telling us about the history, the art, the economy of historic times as well as the present - her knowledge and ability to answer any question was superb. She also had a knack for figuring out how to route us around other tour groups for the best views and smooth passage.

You do NOT need a visa for this - being on any organized tour (not justs the ship's which is twice as expensive) gives you a blanket visa for all members of the tour.

This city was a major highlight of all of our 35+ years of travel experiences. The opulence and beauty of the palaces and churches is a must to experience!


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Helsinki
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Took the ship's shuttle into Helsinki - stop very near famous Stockman department store, and from there walked through the city park to Market Square where locals sell their handcrafted and other items. You can see the major cathedral and church within a block from there.

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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Although it was very cold and pouring rain (after days of glorious weather) this was a reallly interesting port@! VASA museum - go early by 1st HOHO boat - amazing! Gamla Stan - old city - a must!

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