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MerryFLLMom's Port Reviews of Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Riga, Gdansk, Visby
Vision of the Seas cruise in July 2012
Member Name: MerryFLLMom
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Stockholm
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: MerryFLLMom's Vision of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful city but very expensive. We went to Old Town and to see Vasa museum.

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Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Sort of boring. Went to the fortress and one church. Finnish is a very difficult language and even with a map it was hard to navigate downtown.

Transportation from the ship was about 10US each round trip.

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St. Petersburg
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Gorgeous Russian Orthodox Church. You do not go inside.

Peter & Paul Fortress Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Very disappointed we did not go inside the church where the Czars are suppose to be buried. We walked around outside and then went to the Church of Spilled Blood then to a souvenir shop. The tour guide did point out other points of interest and she was very knowledgeable.

Russian Ballet Show Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was an evening event. The group was very talented and their costumes were gorgeous. The theater was too warm and the seats were literally wooden benches covered with fabric. Very hard to enjoy show after two hours.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took a bus tour to two old 11Th century structures and had a typical Latvian lunch. Very enjoyable. Lots of walking. Our guide was very nice and she had a beautiful singing voice. Folk singing is big in Latvia. Overall a beautiful country.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The ship actually docks in Gdynia not Gdansk. We took the bus tour to the Stuttgart Concentration camp. It was about an hour ride on some very rough roads. Then you walk around the camp for about 45 minutes after seeing a movie. Very moving exhibit. Not for young children, great for teens.

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City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
You are taken to an old church,to a fishing village and to a scenic overlook which allows you to see the ship at anchor and the town of Visby. The wildflowers were everywhere and the island is really pretty. The town is nice and very picturesque. My favorite port. You also do a walking tour of the town. You have to tender at this port and shore excursions get off the ship first. Plenty of time for shopping after.

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