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mennoniteafloat's Port Reviews of Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Edinburgh, Brugge (Bruges)
Eurodam cruise in July 2011
Member Name: mennoniteafloat
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Member Review: mennoniteafloat's Eurodam Review
Copenhagen
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Nice but extremely expensive, even for Europe. Difficult and expensive to reach by air from North America (eg. compared to Rotterdam or London). Least favoured by our kids out of the 9 ports of call.

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Oslo
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Amazing port, everything near the water. Walk easily from the dock to the City Hall/central city shopping area and local ferries. Our ship overlooked the castle that sat on a promotory right below us. Buy and use the Oslo pass. We spent two whole days in Bygdoy (we took the local ferry) at the Viking Museum, Folksmuseum (Open Air Museum), Kon Tikki museum, and walking around looking at street after street of beautiful houses that all looked like captain's homes. Wonderful shopping. Beautiful park that is truely a museum filled with statues from one sculptor commissioned to celebrate the human experience from birth to death.
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Bergen
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our next port was actually Kristiansand, but it is not on the list! Bergen is also very authentic Norway, lots and lots of shops (catering a bit towards tourists but the kids loved the Norweigian pewter, swords etc). Our dock was a short walk to downtown. Excellent tourist centre near harbour. We took a train/tram to the hills and then walked 20 minutes to the home of Grieg, Trauldhogen which was lovely. I wanted to see a genuine Stave church nearby but the kids were by then too tired to walk another 20 minutes there and back from another train stop. We did walk about 3 km that day. The walking available at Northern European ports is amazing - often easy hiking trails pretty close to dock (within 1 km).

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Edinburgh
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
I need to mention that our next two ports, Alesund Norway and Invergordon Scotland are not on the list. I could go on and on about those two (both 5+).

Does Edinburgh really need to be described here? Phenomenal city laden with history. We spent almost the whole day inside the castle (which is like a small town on a rock, built of rock) and had a beautiful lunch there. The views go on for miles and we visited at least 5 museums within the castle complex, and yet there were more. We walked the entire Royal Mile down to Hollyrood Castle so lots of opportunity for walking. Beautiful shops. We bought a sword and the ship took it away on re-boarding security but stored it for us to retrieve at the end of the cruise. Ship security, by the way, was amazing, we knew the kids were safe. We were stopped every time even with encoded cards because I have a different last name from my daughter. They had to check this over every time.

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Brugge (Bruges)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Having spent many trips and many months in France, this felt very, very similar - but with canals. Very untouched by time, very beautiful and clean. Over 50 chocolate shops. Lots of walking available through parks and cobblestone streets. Canal cruise is lovely. Many historically unique and interesting buildings, many fine museums. Sidewalk cafes and formal restaurants. We did need to take a local train from our port to Brugges, this was very easily navigated.

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