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kednad2ela's Port Reviews of Oslo, Halifax, Saint John (New Brunswick)
Emerald Princess cruise in September 2013
Member Name: kednad2ela
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Transatlantic
Member Review: kednad2ela's Emerald Princess Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Since we had been in Oslo before, we decided to see the sights on our own. When we left the ship we walked about 15 to 20 minutes into the Tourist Information Center near the Oslo City Hall. e bought 2 Oslo Cards for about $58 USD. This was a discount from the published rate because we were on a cruise ship. We discovered that the City Hall was closed to the public because an election had just occurred. We then went a block to the Nobel Peace Center. Admission was free with the Oslo Card. This was a nice museum and we could have spent quite a bit of time learning about all the Nobel Peace Prize winners. We left the Nobel Center and crossed the street to catch a public ferry to the Bygdoy peninsula. We visited 5 museums, all of which were free with the Oslo Card. The museums were the Fram Museum, The Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Sea Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, and the Norwegian Folk Museum. I especially liked the Fram Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum. All of them had interesting exhibits, however. The Folk Museum is an open air museum which had some costumed guides who told us about the exhibits. It is a museum which could take a full day to see everything. We used the city bus to move between the museums. Our plan was to leave Bygdoy peninsula and visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park. We chose to return to the ship rather that go to the sculpture park. We had time, but not more energy. The Oslo Card turned out to be a great bargain for us.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Our ship came into a berth in Halifax that required a bus ride into the heart of the tourist area. The shuttle was provided to us free. We were dropped off at the main cruise terminal in Halifax. It housed the Canadian Immigration Museum. Since it was not open when we arrived, our plan was to return and visit later before returning to the ship. As it turned out, we had done all the sightseeing we wanted by the time we got back to the terminal. We walked along the waterfront on a nicely maintained board walk. We found a Tourist Information Office along the way. The people were helpful and verified our plans for the day. Our next stop was the Atlantic Maritime Museum. It was a pleasant museum which included a display of Titanic material. The disappointment was that the Acadia that is part of the museum was not open the day we were there. We left the museum and headed to the Citadel. The Citadel is not far away, but the walk is steeply uphill. The Citadel has two films available, but we did not take time to view them. We did want to see the changing of the Guard. If you want to see the event, you need to be outside the fort. There is no view of the Changing of the Guard from the inside. The Citadel could take most of a day to see everything. They do have costumed guides that will provide information on events surrounding the Citadel. We left the Citadel and walked 5 minutes to the Public Gardens. The Gardens are very nice and well maintained and free. When you leave the gardens you are in the downtown area of Halifax. After eating a late lunch we walked back to the Cruise Terminal and returned to the ship by shuttle.

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Saint John (New Brunswick)
City Tour, Bay of Fundy, and St. Martin Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We were on a sightseeing bus. The guide was informative. We got to see a lot of New Brunswick. The tour advertised that we would see the "reversing rapids' twice. We only saw them once. The concept was explained, but it would have been more useful to actually see them running both ways. St. Martin was a quaint little village and the seashore was nice. We did get a tour of a lot of the town of Saint John.

Old City Market Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Part of our tour was to visit the Old City Market. It was ok, but not an outstanding stop on the tour.

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