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franklin1's Port Reviews of Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Oslo
Emerald Princess cruise in May 2009
Member Name: franklin1
Cruise Date: May 2009
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: franklin1's Emerald Princess Review
Stockholm
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
My husband and I selected the excursions Princess offered, so in Stockholm we first went to see City Hall where Noble Prizes are awarded.  The hall features mosic tile which covers the walls in very intricate designs.  From there we traveled to see the Vasa Museum that we found to be very interesting.  Three hundred years ago, the Sweeds built a very large ship and thought it would sail but it sank in 100' of water not to be discovered until 1950 when it was brought to the surface in wonderful condition.  There was no place to put this ship, Stockholm constructed a special building to house and show off this prize.



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Helsinki
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
My husband visited Helsinki alone and I asked if he would bring back his experiences during his visit.  The bus tour was not that special but they did stop and see the Rock Church and then off to a famous restauant.  Everyone was treated to tasting Finnish food which he really enjoyed along with some local beer.


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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Day one we toured the city with many stops along the way.  There were lots of street vendors with all kinds of prices, so little was purchased at these places but our bus driver took us to the government run shop with controlled prices which were a lot more reasonable.  Since we brought the sun with us during our cruise, when we got to St. Petersburg, we saw bodies laying all over the lawns socking up the sun.  The second day, we decided to take the Venice of the North cruise.  The boat traveling the back canals of the city which gave us a different look at the city.  We really enjoyed this excursion.



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Gdansk
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We toured the tri-city excursion today, as we were able to "pump" our guide for more informative information.  We started off in Gdynia was loaded with graffetti and the guide told us that when they were liberated, the  young folks wanted to see how free they really were, so the sprayed paint on buildings and nothing happened to them.  So to this day, the practice is still going strong which is ashame.  Stopped breifly at Sopot which is a very exclusive vacation spot and then off to see Gdansk which was the highlight of the trip.  We were there two days before the 40th anniversary of the beginning of World War 11, so the city was getting ready for the celebration.



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Oslo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

In Oslo we decided to visit the Viking Ship Museum which was very interesting and then off to see a glass blowing studio. Seeing the artists do their work was intriguing and I could have stayed longer to watch.  I would loved to have purchased some wine glasses but found them to be much too expensive.



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