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jilbymitch's Port Reviews of Oslo, Aarhus, Rostock (Warnemunde), Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki
Emerald Princess cruise in May 2013
Member Name: jilbymitch
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: jilbymitch's Emerald Princess Review
Oslo
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Enjoyed walking around dock area, town hall interesting. Walked though Castle grounds but closed due to private function. Went to WW2 museum, very depressing.



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Aarhus
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Walked into town then found our way to Gamla Stan, longer than expected walk but well worth it once there. Lovely weather. Enjoyed drink along canal on way back with Sunday crowds.


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Rostock (Warnemunde)
Rostock City Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

The very wet weather ruined what could have been a great day to the very beautiful Schwerin Castle and lake cruise. Lunch included beer house, pretty average.
Was also marred by obnoxious man who insisted on chain smoking close to tour group even when people complained to tour leader and was spoken to.
Stopped at St Marys church in Rostock, v interesting.




Schwerin Castle Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Beautiful.




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Tallinn
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+



Caught Hop on Hop off bus for tour around and out of town. Very interesting. Very crowded with a few other cruise ships in town , great views. Got off at Old town and wandered around there, enjoying local fare lunch in side street cafe.

Easy stroll back to ship via markets on dock.



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St. Petersburg
Catherine Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Very ornate and well organised. Lovely gardens.




Neva River Cruise Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Traffic was ghastly from onset as some Summit in town. St Catherines Palace beautiful and would have liked to spend more time in gardens but rushed back to coach to get to lunch. Lunch was obviously at Restaurant run to feed cruise ship crowds. Very dubious "Russian" food and watered down Vodka but Russian folk dancers were entertaining.

Back to ship via Church od Spilled blood but not enough time to go in. Very touristy markets for some souvenirs then back to ship just in time.

River Neva cruise ok. Buildings very drab from river. Commentary ok. Young guy ran along beside boat for most of trip then appeared back at dock for 'his reward', new angle on making tips!




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Helsinki
City Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Interesting, stopped at Sibellius monument. Commentary good.




Temppeliaukio Church (The Rock Church) Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Crazy crowds, too many cruise ships in. Church interesting but too packed.
Lost member of tour who didn't get back to his very worried wife at Coach. Waited for 1/2 hour then tour guide gave her phone numbers and map and we left her there! Don't know if she ever found him!?




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Stockholm
Stockholm Old Town Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Did coach to town then walking tour with rather officious guide. Walked though old town and Palace. Had lunch at cafe in main square. Very expensive.




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Copenhagen
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Spent 5 days here post cruise. Stayed at Radisson Royal Blu. Great hotel and good location.

Did Hop on Hop on hop off bus to see all sights.
Caught train north to Freidensborg and Castle. Also day out to Roskilde to Viking Museum which was well worth the trip.



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