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hehny's Port Reviews of Brugge (Bruges),, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, St. Petersburg
Queen Victoria cruise in July 2012
Member Name: hehny
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: hehny's Queen Victoria Review
Brugge (Bruges)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This medieval city is absolutely gorgeous. While you will need transportation from the port to the city, the city itself is easily walked. This is a city made for shopping, so enjoy! From delicate Belgian lace to delicious handmade chocolates and marzipan, Brugge offers the perfect souvenirs to help you remember your voyage. We warned that pickpockets were abundant.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
There are some nice shops at the terminal. While you could walk from the port to the city, there aren't marked paths for pedestrians and it seems like it could be dangerous. I would recommend some form of transport.

Copenhagen was very cosmopolitan. It was very 'city like' with a lot to do. Tivoli Gardens is a great place for children and adults to visit. The royal palace was quite beautiful (but the accompanying museum was not that exciting and certainly not worth the kroner). Many of the sites restrict baggage size, so be prepared to check backpacks and large purses.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
I would recommend transportation from the port. I didn't find Helsinki that exciting. We did a highlights tour and felt it was blah. If you have a lot of port stops on your cruise, I think this is one that could be skipped to conserve energy.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Our tour guide was quite xenophobic, which left a bad taste in our mouths. The city itself was beautiful and the Vasa museum was a must-see. It made up for the Kon Tiki and the Fram.

There are two ports- if you are lucky you will get to the one nearer the city and the shops.

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St. Petersburg
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The city tour was excellent- we saw all of the major sites with an English speaking tour guide. It was a great way to get an overview of the city.

Hermitage Museum Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was the reason for our visit and it did not disappoint! Immigration (which was required any time you exited and returned to the cruise ship) was fast and well controlled. You need a tour ticket or a visa to enter the city. The city is not walkable from the port, you will need transportation. This is not a tourist-friendly city in the sense that everything is in Russian and signs are poor. There is a lot of solicitation of guide books near tourist spots and of course you need to be careful for pick pockets near the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood. Its a once in a lifetime city and you'll be glad you went.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was a surprisingly modern port- free Wifi and tons of pax were using it. Lots of shops at the terminal. Transportation is recommended to get into the town. The old town is walkable and very medieval. Lots of shops, particularly with amber. A very pretty place to visit for an hour or two.

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