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olliebear's Port Reviews of Brugge (Bruges), Rostock (Warnemunde), Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm
Celebrity Eclipse cruise in May 2011
Member Name: olliebear
Cruise Date: May 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: olliebear's Celebrity Eclipse Review
Brugge (Bruges)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
I have only rated a 3 as we did not make it to Brugge! The timescales were too short. We opted for the shuttle to Blankenberge ($15 each including kids - expensive) which took 10mins but no other option of getting out of Zeebrugge as very busy port. Trains to Brugge only went every hour so did not risk missing boat as only there until 3pm. Blankenberge was OK, nice beach and a few little chocolate shops and cafe. Would I pay $60 to go again? No.



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Rostock (Warnemunde)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
After a 5 min walk from the ship, we purchased train tickets from VERY friendly ticket office lady to Rostock. Getting to Rostock was easy, little train ride and a tram ride and 30mins later we were there. Nice little town with shops and bars. We spent a couple of hours there and kids enjoyed the train ride. Warnemunde was a surprise, it was very pretty and if the weather had been better the beach was great.


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Petersburg
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
One of the highlights of the trip. We took the children on 2, 4 hour excursions with Celebrity. The first day we went to Peterhof (about 1 hour on the bus), with a tour of the gardens which were stunning and a little train ride which the children enjoyed. On the second day we did 'Panoramic St Petersburg' a hop on and off the bus tour around major sites. We had an excellent guide and children enjoyed that too. We negotiated prices of Russian Dolls at the markets and worked out cheaper than the 'formal' gift shops that we were taken too on coach. Note, they take Euro and Dollars no need for Roubles.



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Helsinki
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Left the children on board ship as research before hand did not think it was much in their line. There was a local shuttle bus provided ($10 return, kids free), had to use as we were a long walk from town. We had fantastic hot weather which made the visit as Helsinki itself did not have much to offer. We walked to the Rock Church and then back to town via the train station, church and then harbour. We had a drink at the harbour and then wandered around the little market to get souveniers (pricy). Great to say we have been but would not rush back.



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Tallinn
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Loved Tallin!! We walked from the ship into town (around 15mins). Beautiful medieval town, very pretty and full of character. We followed our guide book and covered all the sites. Very easy to walk to see them all as very small city.



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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Lovely city. Last minute changes meant we docked a long way from the city and tendered into shore. Celebrity put on free shuttle to Stockholm (took about 45mins) and dropped us off in town centre. We wandered into the Gamla Stan and shopped and then jumped on one of the HOHO boats which took us to see all the sites, children LOVED it! We hopped off to visit Skansen Childrens Museum. Kids loved this, old Sweden with lots of little wooden houses and shops and people dressed up. Also a zoo with a few Scandinavian animals. We spent 2 hours there and had a lovely time. We would definately return to Stockholm as more to see and do.



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Copenhagen
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Brilliant!!! We all had a great day. Ship docked around 10 mins walk from the little mermaid, we then walked all the way to Tivoli gardens (around 40mins), but along the way we saw lots of sites, had a beer, and visited LEGO shop. Tivoli with children was lovely. Clean, fun and quaint! We decided to all buy the multiride tickets which were around £30 each, not cheap but we definately got value for money. The problem we had was our 5 year old was not 120cm tall which meant to go on a lot of the rides she had to ride with someone 14 year or older (ie us), so we had to buy multi-ride too. Multi-ride was best option as only had to go on 4 rides to pay for itself. Would do it again as park was lovely. You can see lots of influences that Walt Disney took for his park. We then had tea at Hard Rock Cafe at Tivoli and walked bck to ship. All happy but tired!

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