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vairolaw's Port Reviews of Hamburg, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Visby
Prinsendam cruise in August 2011
Member Name: vairolaw
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: vairolaw's Prinsendam Review
Hamburg
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
HAmburg- We were there overnight from 4PM to 11pm the next day (the ship had to wait for a tour which went into Berlin) Not great except for a self guided day trip we did to Lubeck by train. Easy to get to and only 40 min from the City. Lubeck has a great Midevil feel, many spires and churches and friendly prople and deep history. The city of HAmburg on the other hand has very little charm except for the RAthaus area and a wild party scene in the red light district if that is what you are looking for. Otherwise we went to the church steeple of a church bombed out by the Allies in WWI. Very interesting.



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Tallinn
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We simply walked through this charming pretty town with may little alleyways, pubs and shops. We used free WIFI (in port) to catch up on the home front. Friendly folks.


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St. Petersburg
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We were overnight here and had great all inclusive tour company we found through internet for 2 full days and evening folk show. There was so much to see and do there but our tour guide kept us an the 8 other seasoned travelers in our tour group moving. Visually the Peterhof was the best but historically the Yusopov Mansion was very interesting. The Hermitage was also awesome as were the other usual sites to see in this city



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Helsinki
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
We took a tour to an alleged nearby Midevil city called Porvoo. It was neither and it did not help that the morning was rainy. When we got back to the city my wife ended up buying a purse at the Marimekko store, and we strolled around the avenues a bit before heading back to the ship.



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Stockholm
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
GReat port of call. We rented bicycles and rode through town with the canals and well build bike paths, took a ferry from the old town (where we did self guided walking tour - from NY Times travel section) to the Vasa Museet (a must). This is a pretty city, clean friendly and with great architecture. We will come back here again to further explore the Swedish history and culture



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Visby
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We did a 4.5 hr bicycling tour through the ship excursion office in the city with a amazing older gentleman guide. We rode around and through the historic walls of the old city, then travelled to a homke used by the Sewdish Queen during the summer months for cake and coffee then rode to a cliff overlooking the BAltic sea before returning to town for a look at St MAry's (the only remaining church of 5 that was not destroyed by the religious factions) and St Veronica a hugh ruin that has steps you can actually climb through. This town had great feel and we wish we had more time there.



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Oslo
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This town, with is amazxing park and sculpture park Vigeland(of humans in various forms) is very well laid out and has a low cost bicycle rental program and free WIFI (behind town hall at the information store). We rented bikes and rode to a park on nearby Bygdoy. Unfortunately the rain caught us and we got soaked while trying to return back to the ship. I continued to walk the city while my wife dried out. Wish we had more time in the architecturally interesting and upbeat city.

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