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Ellen in State College PA's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Berlin, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki
Emerald Princess cruise in July 2012
Member Name: Ellen in State College PA
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: Ellen in State College PA's Emerald Princess Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took the train from the airport to Central Station, our hotel was Hotel du Nord, close by easy walk with bags. Tivoli and lots of shopping nearby. We ate at a Hereford Beefsteak(at Tivoli)which had a lovely view of the park and nice food though expensive, about $80US for 2 without alcohol.

Hotel was fine, large room and bath with breakfast included. Shopping was good here too.

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Aarhus
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Raining, we just walked into town, could skip this port in future.
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Berlin
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Long day started with 3 hour train ride to Sachsenhausen Camp, well worth the trip. How often do you get to see a camp and actually see crematoriums, barracks, it was an amazing experience. About 2 hours of walking and very informative. This was a highlight. Bus ride to Berlin is about half an hour then we had lunch at the Berlin Hilton, which was excellent. Well ochestrated and plated salad, buffet for main courses and dessert with beer and wine included. Quick stops at Checkpoint Charlie, which is in the middle of a busy street with actors for guards and Brandenburg Gate, wall areas. Very good. Train was late but secure knowing ship wouldn't leave without us.


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Tallinn
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Great little city, easy to walk on your own. Central Square is easy to find. We were there on a Sunday and shops were open in the am, very welcoming to cruisers.

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St. Petersburg
Catherine Palace Rating: 5+ out of 5+
In need of maintenance, but great tour.


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Gorgeous exterior


City Tour Rating: Not Rated
Shopping opportunities with Princess are shops that are tacky in the basement of a row house. Nevsky Prospect is busy and main shopping street but buildings are really rundown everywhere. A real eye opener to see this city.


Hermitage Museum Rating: Not Rated
Wonderful overview though guide stayed too long on a couple of paintings. Very crowded. Don't bring coats or big bags off bus in any museums as you have to check them. there are employees is every room keeping watch on paintings, no flash allowed.

Better maintance than the palaces in Tsarskoe Selo


Pavlosk Palace Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Saw with Alexander and Catherine Palace. Was surprised at the poor maintenance of these palaces compared to other countries.


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Helsinki
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Booked a city tour and home visit. Home visit was great, about a half hour out of city and cakes, ice cream and coffee served, house wwas in family for 100 + years by a lake. My daughter really liked this. Chance to get off bus in city to explore then caught a cab to ship.

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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Ship tour of city and shopping. Only a few hours in this port due to long way in, approx 60 miles of slow cruising. Beautiful, went to Absolute Ice House, loved it!

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Oslo
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Loved it, quick walk from the ship. Lots of cafes and shopping, we did not sightsee.

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