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Herb44's Port Reviews of Bergen, Reykjavik, Dublin
Azamara Journey cruise in August 2011
Member Name: Herb44
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Member Review: Herb44's Azamara Journey Review
Bergen
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Since we had been there before, we went off on our own. Our primary goal was to ride the funicular: what an amazing view! Interestingly, it's also used by commuters as well as tourist. Language is not a barrier in Norway. Be prepared, however, for very high prices. (Food off the ship is particularly expensive.)Nevertheless, the Hanseatic League era shops are definitely worth seeing.



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Reykjavik
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Reykjavik was really our fifth port. We also stopped in Gerainger, Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; and Akuryri, Iceland. While we enjoyed all of those stops, Reykjavik was definitely the highlight. We strongly recommend that you take the Golden Circle tour. We saw the tectonic rift, the home of the Alting (Iceland's parliament that was founded along the river 1,000 years ago and has been sitting almost continuously since), water falls, geysirs, volcanoes, glaciers, and a bit of the country-side that are all part of the tour. We also saw the Perl: six large hot water tanks that supply the heating for almost all of the Reykjavik metropolitan area.

One evening, we took the "Ghost walk" in town, a very informal tour that took us a bit more into the local color of the city.

Please note: Iceland is having a financial crisis: everything is very expensive, but the Golden Circle tour is absolutely worth the price.


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Dublin
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
after Reykjavik, we stopped in the Faeroe Islands at its capital Torshavn. A lovely community: while we just walked around, it was an opportunity to see and experience this rather isolated outpost of Denmark.

We disembarked in Dublin with a no stress experience: you get off the ship when you want! Central Dublin is easy walking with moderately priced food and stuff. We recommend the green 'hop on/hop off' bus to see the sights of the city. A 12 euro ticket is good for two days, and the buses come about every 10 minutes so they also work well for transportation around the central area.

We stopped to see the Dubliana exhibit, an exhibit about the earliest Viking settlers of the area.



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