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Pedro3gb's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Rostock (Warnemunde), Gdansk, Riga, St. Petersburg, Helsinki
Seabourn Pride cruise in July 2011
Member Name: Pedro3gb
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: Pedro3gb's Seabourn Pride Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Fairly wet so did not see much of Copenhagen but lovely city albeit very expensive for food and drinks. Pint bottle of beer in hotel was around $15. Good airport and ship docks very near city centre and walkable from Admiral Hotel - very nice hotel.



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Rostock (Warnemunde)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Caught train and tram into Rostock, a fascinating town which was badly bombed in the war and has been rebuilt to a very high standard. Took a private tour with Anni of the Rostock Historical Society. She charges €5 for a 2 hour tour round the interting places in her town. Good shops, good food in the cafes.


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Gdansk
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Ship docks in Gdansk and there are shuttle buses to the city centre. We took a taxi to Sopot (beautiful seaside resort - very classy) then back to Gdansk and this is amazing but so full of people and so many shops selling amber. Walk to top of cathedral is great for some good views but the spiral staircase has no handrail. It gets easier half way up but the climb took about 15 minutes and 900 steps. Worth it though. Good choice of cafes and bars in gdansk centre.



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Riga
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A place I would go back to. Took a private tour with James of eatriga tours. It was an alternative tour where we visted buildings from the 1900's, parks, cathedral, market, chocolate cafe, delightful bar in a backpackers hostel - we would never have found that, old town and when the tour was over he showed us a wonderful French style deli where the amazing food was at rock bottom prices.



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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Cannot really say anything bad about the city of St Petersburg - Peterhof, Hermitage, church of Spilled Blood, Catherin's Palace - all wonderful. The down side is the bureaucracy and the glum people we came across - I did try and prompt a smile from people and managed it but it took some trying.



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Helsinki
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Pleasant civilised city with lovely friendly and helpful people. Everything about Helsinki spells quality. Not an awful lot to see and the sights from the hop on hop off bus were mediocre but the place is just really pleasant - again somewhere I would return to. Food in the cafes is good although not cheap but nowhere near as expensive as Denmark



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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Despite Stockholm being an expensive city it is stylish, friendly and efficient. I can even rave about the Arlanda Express which takes you from Central Stockholm to the airport in 20 minutes. Old Town, Vasa Museum, Skyview, Skansa, National museum, archipeligo tour and many more besides are well worth visiting. The Ice Bar in the Nordic Sea Hotel is worth a vist and a stay at the hotel definitely good value and right next door to the Arlanda Express terminus. Lunches in Stockholm are cheap - 3 courses for around €10. Stockholm definitely is a 5* city and probably one of the most beautiful ones especially entering the harbour through the archipeligo.

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