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beachluver9's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg
MSC Musica cruise in June 2013
Member Name: beachluver9
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: beachluver9's MSC Musica Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Great port...could use several days here! It is safe, clean, and most all signs have both English and Danish.

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Port Rating: Not Rated

Our ship actually docked in Kiel, Germany. Lubeck can also be accessed from other German ports. It is a lovely town with a long history. Unesco site. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking to get away from the port!

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Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+

We bought a day tickets on the Hop-on Hop-off bus/canal lines. A great way to get around on your own. Tickets can be purchased when you exit the ship.

The Vasa museum was very interesting, but large tour groups made it difficult to enjoy.

The changing of the guards at the palace was fun, but not sure it was worth the amount of time it took out of our day.

Be prepared for high prices for food, souvenirs, etc

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Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+

Purchased a day pass on the Hop-on Hop-off bus at the cruise port. Although not necessary (walking distance to old town), there was rain threatening all day so we decided that it would be nice to duck in on a dry bus if the weather got ugly.

We were able to see both the upper and lower towns in about 3 hours. We ended up riding our HoHo bus outside the city and were very glad we did.

This is a great town for souvenirs. We found the shops at the cruise port to be the same price as in town and have a nicer selection. Not all shops in town took credit cards, so you had to go to an ATM to get cash. Wait and make your purchases at the port. That way you don't have to carry them all day.

We found great prices on wool sweaters (1/3rd price of Stockholm) and some very good chocolate.

We had lunch at the Munga cafe to try some local Estonian food and beer. No disappointment, but more expensive than it should have been.

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St. Petersburg
Amber Room Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

The room is a reproduction of the original. All amber was removed/destroyed in WWII. You you are a history buff and want to see original items, head to the Hermitage.

Catherine Palace Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

A disappointment. The palace was so damaged in WWII that most of what you see if fairly new. The "gold leaf" is just paint and most all furnishings were reproductions or purchased/donated fairly recently.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

A beautiful church. It was only built in the last century, so no great history here. Still worth a visit.

City Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

It is interesting to see the old mixed with the new. St Petersburg is definitely a city in transition.

Hermitage Museum Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Huge crowds made the museum a disappointment. It would have been enjoyed much more it we could actually get close to the art work!

A word of warning...much of the museum is not air conditioned and windows are left closed to keep moisture out. Huge crowds + no air conditioning = hot!

Peter & Paul Fortress Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We only visited the outside due to lack of time. Incredible history here, read up on the location prior to visiting to get max benefit from the stop

Peterhof Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Beautiful grounds. I would recommend this over Catherine's palace if your time is limited.

Private Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Exactly as described by SPB Tours. Our guide was waiting for us when we disembarked from the cruise ship. We were the first ones off (long day...much to see!) and sailed right through immigration.

We were able to see twice as much using a private tour rather than a large ship excursion. We only had one day in town so the pricing difference was well worth it.

Our guide (Helen) was personable and professional, her car new and clean, and everything well planned and organized.

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