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Gary72's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk
Star Princess cruise in June 2010
Member Name: Gary72
Cruise Date: June 2010
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: Gary72's Star Princess Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was our second visit to Copenhagen and we cannot say enough how much we enjoy the people and their city. Since this was our second visit, we spent more time just wandering than seeing specific sites, though we did go to the National Museum, Resistance museum and Tivoli. We stayed in the Nyhavven area. Make sure to get a Klippcart (10 ticket) if using the metro or trams or train. We did take a side trip via train to Roskilde to see the Viking Museum. It was well worth it, seeing a smaller town and their delightful Viking exhibition.



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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Because the ship only docks for 7 hours or so, we were severely limited in time. We took a taxi to the VASA museum. It was about as cost effective for four people per taxi as local public transportation. If in Stockholm, I cannot imagine not going to this museum. We then took a taxi back to the Old Town. What a delightful city. It is beautiful. We would have liked to spend more time but we enjoyed our visit. It was about 25 minutes walk back to the ship from the Old Town.


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Helsinki
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This was the only disappointing port and we had a whole day here. The highlight was the Rock Church. What a fantastic facility. By the way, we took public transportation from the dock to the Church. The machine did not work on the bus, so it turned out to be complimentary. We walked much of the city. The city looked to be a generic city that you could find anywhere. There were a few "special" areas such as the Market Square (great salmon), Senate Square and a few churches. We grabbed a taxi back to the ship. Very reasonable.



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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Without a doubt the highlight of the trip! We had our own private tour for our group of 10. It was incredible. I don't know how to describe Peterhof, so I won't. You just have to go. Catherine's palace was also spectacular. We also, visited the Church of Spilled Blood, the palace where Rasputin was killed ( a pretty cheesy display downstairs, but impressive upstairs), a few metros, synagogue, and the Hermitage. We felt a little rushed at the Hermitage, but overall it was fantastic! We probably could have spent another day in ST. Petersburg.



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Tallinn
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
What a delightful little old town. Too bad we only had a half day to visit. We spent our time roaming the old town, both upper and lower. If you have mobility problems, getting to the upper town could be a little challenging. The people were quite friendly and the whole experience was a treat, though quite short.



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Gdansk
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The cheapest, by far, port. Our son was impressed with his three dollar massive plate of spaghetti bolognese. Actually, the old town, rebuilt from the war is quite pretty, but almost Disney like. We actually were more impressed with the ruins from the war which we saw on an island in the river. We also were quite moved by the Solidarity monument.



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