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Culham's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Oslo, Aarhus, Berlin, Tallinn, St. Petersburg
Emerald Princess cruise in July 2011
Member Name: Culham
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: Culham's Emerald Princess Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We went 2 days earlier than our cruise would begin and enjoyed the canal cruise which gave you a real idea of the different areas of Copenhagen, the buildings and some history. We went to Tivoli Gardens at night to see the lights and the old fashioned games and rides. We also ate dinner there which was expensive but very nice to be in the heart of all the sparkle. We saw the palace and the changing of the guard, and continued the walk to fabulous water fountain and the little mermaid. Rosenborg Castle was worthwhile and the grounds. it is a must to relax along the canal at Nyhavn and enjoy a meal, beer or even a great ice cream cone and watch the crowd.

We stayed at the Admiral Hotel which was a great location to the sites listed above and an interesting old building. We had prepaid and there was a lot of confusion about this upon checking out. Our travel agent sorted it out for us but it should not have happened. It also does not have air conditioning but fans are provided. being on the water side is nice visually but does not guarantee a quiet night with the restaurant below and the art displays with blow horns to use at all hours.



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Oslo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Loved the visit to Vigeland gardens to see the statues and grounds. We did this on our own by walking with no problems. We visited the palace but did not go in.


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Aarhus
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
This was Ok. We walked on our own to the Cathedral,old town and ended with Den Gamle and saw the many shops and homes that have been saved...set up like an early village



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Berlin
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took a full day tour with Alla tours and it was so well organized and informative. We were met at the ship with a large comfortable bus and divided into smaller groups in Berlin for the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and buildings. The driver was very accommodating too by driving to the closest spot available so we wouldn't need to walk to far in the rain. We saw enough to make us realize that Berlin is a spot you could enjoy for a few days!



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Tallinn
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We walked into the old town on the cobbled streets and enjoyed the open air markets. This is a good spot to buy linen. The quality looked good and the prices seemed reasonable to me. We ate lunch at Olde Hansa which is worth the stop. It is very entertaining with the young waiters dressed in period costume, candles used for lighting and use the washroom...it is a hoot! I tried the cinnamon beer and a mixed platter of yummy breads, spreads and cheeses.



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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Took the 2 day tour with Alla. We were not disappointed! We saw everything on our list. It was very well organized and we lucked out on the weather too. The guide was excellent and very friendly. English was very well spoken by our guide. It is a history lesson and a delight to the eyes.



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Helsinki
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We walked to the Church in the Rock which was well worth seeing and free! We went to Market square and had a wonderful lunch at Caffe Kappeli. This has sitting outside to enjoy a concert or dance display from time to time. We ate inside but try to sit outside and get your meal at the takeout if the weather is good. We went to the flea market and then walked back along the waterfront. Very enjoyable.

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Stockholm
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We stayed up most of the night to watch the entrance to Stockholm through the waterways and small islands. It was very nice seeing the sun rise and the mist among the islands but not much differnet than we would see in northern Ontario. The trip out would have been sufficient to see. We opted just to take a ferry to the downtown area and walk in the older area. It was no problem to get around. I think we should have taken the hop on hop off ferry which allows you a 24 hour pass to visit by water and walk about.

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