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MNDutchGirl's Port Reviews of Aarhus, Rostock (Warnemunde), Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm
Emerald Princess cruise in May 2012
Member Name: MNDutchGirl
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: MNDutchGirl's Emerald Princess Review
Aarhus
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We loved this port for walking around. Only a 10-15 minute walk from the ship and a lovely town to walk around. We always go into the main department store to use the bathrooms and ask the local salespeople what to do and see. There is a canal running through the town with lots of restaurants, shopping and cafes. There is an old town, where the buildings are many hundreds of years old. There are excursions to take you out of town, but we just walked around and enjoyed the town as if we were a local.

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Rostock (Warnemunde)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is exactly what I thought a little German village would look like. Lots of old half-timbered houses with a cute town square and fishing boats lining the river. The beach strand is huge with lots of people enjoying the sun and sea. You can take the train or a ferry up the river to Rostock for a slightly more modern (but still very old) town to enjoy. We went to Rostock first and walked all around, then back to Warnemunde.
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Tallinn
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Tallinn is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the ship. It is a walled city with an upper town and a lower town. All the streets are cobblestoned and there are lots of shops and restaurants to look at. We walked to the upper town first and had a look through the beautiful old churches and cathedrals, then made our way around the lower town and finally into the town square for lunch and a glass of wine. The town is beautiful, with lots of colored buildings and historical notes outside many buildings to teach you about the town's history along your walk. We loved Tallinn!

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St. Petersburg
Amber Room Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This room will only be meaningful to you if you've spent some time learning about Amber and understanding it's meaning and history. Absolutely incredible!


Catherine Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful!!!


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is unbelievably beautiful, but be aware that the cathedrals and churches are closed on certain days of the week. Also, many do not allow flashes to ensure you know how to use your camera.


City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our private tour with 14 people, a guide and driver was efficient and very well organized.


Hermitage Museum Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
With our small group of 14 in our private tour, the Hermitage was fabulous. We had our own reserved entrance time and the 3 hours we spent there just flew by.


Neva River Cruise Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
On a sunny day, this is a fantastic way to see the city from the river


Peter & Paul Fortress Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This is where the Romanovs are buried and was not on the top of my highlight list, although it didn't take much time to walk through.


Peterhof Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We did not go into the palace as this is more famous for the outdoor fountains. It's compared to Versailles and is beautiful, even in the rain.


St. Isaac's Cathedral Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful mosaics


Yusupov Palace Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This was where Rasputin was killed and I could have lived without this particular stop.


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Helsinki
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
After the 2 day marathon through St Petersburg, this port is a downer and very expensive.

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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our time was brief in this port and the weather was rainy, but it was still beautiful. Make sure you have a good wind-proof umbrella so the rain doesn't stop you from enjoying any of the ports

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