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laplume's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk
Star Princess cruise in July 2010
Member Name: laplume
Cruise Date: July 2010
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: laplume's Star Princess Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our starting port. We arrived one day before the cruise started. I recommend the Canal & Harbor boat tour of the city. You board this boat at the end of Nyhavn and take the red line for the Harbor tour. You get your bearings from this trip. Also, go inside Tivoli...especially at night. We were apprehensive of spending 95 krone, but it was well worth it to give you a view of Danish culture and people. Don't waste your time (or money) with the tourist Ice Bar or Cafe Europa on the Stroget. We traveled by pedicab from the boat tour at Nyhavn to Tivoli for $20US and had a wonderful tour. We spend the night at the Hotel 27. Do not stay here...it is next to a few bars and if you want noise all night long, this is your place. Also, the hardware floor was filthy. The cab ride from the airport to the city center was expensive...130 krone.

I'm including Oslo here. You really don't need to spend $$$ on a tour. There's not much to see in the city of Oslo. Some passengers went to Vigland and they were disappointed. Shuttle buses to City Center (City Hall) available.



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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Just beautiful. The Star did not dock as close to town as the Century. Shuttle buses on both lines. We opted for the ship's tour of the Vasa ship (above average), the Royal Armoury (would like to spend a day in the palace) and the walking tour of the Old Town (crowded). Stockholm is a beautiful city, clean and manicured. Passengers who did not take the ship's tour were complaining about the lines at the Vasa and also on the canal boats.


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Helsinki
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Don't waste your money on a ship tour...there's just not a lot to see here. We took the 3 hour tour and the guide struggled to fill the time. Just take the shuttle into town, go to the Senate Sq and the main shopping street. The Rock Church is nothing but crowds and the memorial to some composer is not worth seeing.



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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, GO TO THE HERMITAGE ON A MONDAY WHEN THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED. On my previous trip, the museum was mobbed, hot, awful. We opted on the ship's two day tour. First was a tour of the Neva River. Then we visited the Hermitage which was opened only for cruise passengers. It was not open to private tour operators, and there were times that our group were the only people in an area. Lunch provided by the tour was not good. The Yusopof Museum is not worth it after seeing Peterdof...however, be careful...while we were able to enter Peterdof before it's opening, the canal fountain were not on. St Issacs and the Church of the Spilled Blood are amazing. Too much time provided for shopping. In the few years between visits, great gains have been made cleaning up this city.



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Tallinn
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
So cute and old. Medieval. Again, don't waste your money on an organized tour. The old town is tiny and with not much to see. A ship's tour will take you out to a singing arena...not worth it!!! Take the shuttle on your own.



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Gdansk
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
What a disappointment. You drive an hour to get to the reconstructed city of Gdansk. Along the way you see neglected areas/buildings. It looks like their monument to Solidary is also neglected. The town feels like a tourist trap. There is no shuttle, forcing you to take a cab, shuttle or ship tour. The Poles have been oppressed for so long, you feel sorry for them.



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