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ElaineX's Port Reviews of Gibraltar, Rouen, London (Tilbury), Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen
Azamara Journey cruise in May 2009
Member Name: ElaineX
Cruise Date: May 2009
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Member Review: ElaineX's Azamara Journey Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We chose the cable car and walking tour. Interesting history. Tour guide could have improved the experience if she had spoken with more volume. Also these tours are in caves and tunnels and it becomes too crowded when several groups converge at the same time.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We chose the introduction to Paris excursion offered by the ship. It was a weekend and we were fortunate to have great weather. Thousands and thousands of people out enjoying the public parks of Paris. This tour hit the highlights and gave us some time on our own to shop and enjoy a sidewalk cafe. Pricey tour, but probably the best choice for someone who had never been to Paris.

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London (Tilbury)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The tendering issue at the Greenwich dock was a bit of a nuisance, but we assume it was a requirement of the local authorities. This is one port where we did not book a ship excursion. Feeling brave and undetered by a language barrier, we planned a full day on our own. We'd made reservations several months ahead, for a matinee performance at The Globe. That 2:00 was our only set time, so we disembarked as early as possible, took the Thames Clipper to the Tower of London, grabbed the headphones and toured The Tower efficiently. Wish we'd had more time there, but we did happen to be present for the 62 gun salute, blasted by three cannons in front of the tower, to celebrate the corronation of  the Queen. Then back on the Clipper to The Globe for "As You Like It". After the play, we grabbed the Clipper again to The Eye. Philip Herbert had graciously assisted us with "fast track" reservations the previous evening, so we were able to enjoy the flight without waiting in the queue. If I could suggest one thing, I'd say avoid the hours of setting sun if you are going to fly on The Eye. It makes views to the west very difficult. We closed the afternoon with a brisk hike to photograph Big Ben. The Thames Clipper is a comfortable and reliable transport to get you up and down the river. We were advised to use this service instead of the slower tour boats if we wanted to make the most of our time in London. Probably very good advise.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
In Antwerp we booked the walking tour through the ship. Had a delightful guide, beautiful weather, and happened to be there on a holiday Monday. We were given private access to the interior of City Hall, which was much more of a special treat than it sounds as I write it now. Lots of treasured art and interesting history. As Americans, we tend to underestimate the vital history of these ancient cities. We also happened to be there during a special event which caused several originals by Reuben and other masters to be on display inside the cathedral. The people of Antwerp were the biggest treat, as they came to the dock in droves to stare at the ship and wave. We were treated to a delightful band which played a concert until the ship sailed away.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took the ships excursion on this one too. This one was a walking tour and canal boat ride. Our guide for this particular trip seemed to share quite a bit about the history and the architecture of this city. This tour provided some time for shopping and after the orientation of the morning, we ventured out and found the city metro quite an easy and friendly source of transportation. I actually had a good time with one of the bus drivers who seemed to enjoy showing off his prowess with the english language and American pop music. Visited the flower mart and placed an order for tulip bulbs to be shipped home in October when it is time to plant them. Probably no different that the bulbs you'd get anywhere else, but it seemed like a good idea at the time...

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Bring money! Or at least have lots of credit left on your credit card. This was the most expensive port we found on the whole trip.

This is a great city to walk and explore on your own. You can plan to catch the changing of the guard at the Amalienborg Palace at noon each day. The palace to tour is the Rosenborg Castle, which has all the crown jewels and provides a terrific insight to the life of Royalty.

The Marriott was very nice, but dinner in the hotel the first night was a bad experience, especially after being spoiled on the ship. Very pricey and nothing special.

The city tour we took here combined a bus tour and canal boat tour. The canal boat was infuriating because we could not hear anything the girl said over the microphone. When we indicated our inability to hear, she suddenly became deaf herself!  Again, harsh re-entry to rudeness after two weeks of being pampered!

You can walk to everything in Copenhagen. Even the Little Mermaid is just a short walk down the waterfront.

Good dining experiences in Copenhagen at CUSTOM HOUSE and a great place, whose name I regret I can't remember,  with tables outside on the canal bank of the area they told us used to be the "rough district".  What I can tell you is that this place was one that had part of their menu in English and offered Steak and Salad or Steak, Salad and Dessert for a fixed price. Look for umbrellas over the outside tables and wine on ice in the outside bar. Check the menus and if you can find this place, you'll score! Our servers in both places were delightful and the food was quite good.

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