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Cruises to Stockholm

Stockholm (Photo:Scanrail1/Shutterstock)
Stockholm (Photo:Scanrail1/Shutterstock)

About Stockholm

Named in this century as both Europe's Cultural Capital and also the continent's first Green Capital, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia, with about 1.8 million residents in the metropolitan area -- about one-fifth of Sweden's total population. The city, founded in 1252, comprises 14 islands, and is a popular port of call and turnaround port on Northern Europe cruises.

Stockholm's premier tourist attraction is Gamla Stan (literally, Old Town), one of the largest neighborhoods of 16th-century buildings in Europe. Block after block of these four- and five-story structures are painted in vivid colors typical of Mediterranean villages and occasionally feature wrought-iron signs symbolizing ancient craftworkers' guilds or faces of religious figures. Cobblestone streets and arms-width alleys criss-cross Gamla Stan. There, you'll also find the 18th-century Royal Palace atop the crown of the hill upon which Gamla Stan is located. (Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and has a one-house parliament).

Boulevards defining Stockholm's busy waterfront are also lined with photogenic architecture -- turrets, spires, stucco patterns -- mostly dating from before the turn of the 20th century. Elsewhere downtown, glass-and-steel retail centers and office buildings have replaced such older buildings. But the divergent styles tend to be clustered and don't compete with each other for the viewer's eye.

Offsetting the city's bustle and buildings are large swatches of green space. The Ekoparken, or eco-park, curves for six miles through a couple of the busiest islands and along one side of the downtown business district.

A word to the pennywise: Stockholm is expensive. Especially if you're spending time there pre- or post-cruise, a best-bet is the Stockholm Card, which provides automatic admission to about 80 museums and attractions, plus passage on buses, trams, subways and some ferries. Presuming you are in the city long enough to use it for some of the museums, it's easily worth the $65-$70 (about ?40) charge for a one-day card. Buy it online before leaving home.

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DAY 1: Copenhagen

10 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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DAY 1: Amsterdam

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Amsterdam
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DAY 1: New York

53 Night
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New York
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DAY 1: Copenhagen

7 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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7 Night
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Stockholm
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Royal Caribbean International
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10 Night
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Stockholm
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Royal Caribbean International
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12 Night
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Amsterdam
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Celebrity Cruises
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14 Night
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Southampton
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12 Night
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Southampton
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10 Night
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Stockholm
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9 Night
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Copenhagen
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11 Night
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Stockholm
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Royal Caribbean International
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20 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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Southampton
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Oceania Cruises
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20 Night
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Stockholm
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8 Night
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Copenhagen
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Royal Caribbean International
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14 Night
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Southampton
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12 Night
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Reykjavik
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59 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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Stockholm
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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8 Night
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Copenhagen
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27 Night
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Stockholm
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26 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cruises
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11 Night
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14 Night
Cruise to Stockholm

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Southampton
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MSC Cruises
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Why go to Stockholm?

Pros:

This metropolitan city's Old Town features one of the largest 16th-century neighborhoods in all of Europe

Cons:

Savings can be found, but Stockholm is expensive, so you'll want to set aside a good chunk of your budget for this port

Bottom Line:

Despite the potential expense, Scandinavia's largest city is a must-see

Stockholm Cruise Port Facilities?

If your ship docks at Frihamnen, leave ASAP. Except for the contemporary art museum Magasin 3, in a converted warehouse, this bland industrial area has no attractions for tourists. The port is used most often as a terminus for ferries crossing the Baltic Sea. While there is a souvenir shop and free Wi-Fi in the cruise ship terminal, there is no Internet cafe nor ATM; however, the ferry terminal, about a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal, does have an ATM machine. To reach a more charming part of Stockholm, grab a cab just a few yards from your ship or, slightly farther on, board buses near Magasin 3.

If your vessel docks at Gamla Stan, you will find museums, the 600-room Royal Palace, cafes, trinket shops, ATMs and banks, all just minutes' walk from the dock.

Good to Know?

Visiting Gamla Stan means you'll be treading on cobblestones. Leave the high heels and the flimsy sandals back on the ship. To save a few kronor, avoid meals in the most-touristed areas, where price inflation is common: for instance, $27 for a small plate of Swedish meatballs. On the plus side, pickpockets and petty crime are not common in Stockholm.

Getting Around?

You can explore Stockholm by electric trolleys (called tram), buses, ferries, the subway and on foot. The city is very walkable, with many of the prime tourist destinations within a couple of miles of one another. Taxis do accept credit cards, which is a plus because cabs can be costly; for example, a ride from Frihamnen to the city center -- near the main train station and central subway hub -- will cost about $25.

Remember, though, that you can use your Stockholm Card on public transport. Just step aboard the bus or tram, and show it to the driver.

Another option is to buy a ticket for the daily hop-on/hop-off bus. Tickets are good for 24 hours and come with a map noting various attractions and their bus stops; you can leave the bus and pick it up again at any of its stops. City Sightseeing offers both a bus-only and bus/boat option, and passengers can board the buses at Frihamnen, among other stops.

Finally, environmentally friendly Stockholm has a municipal bike-rental program that's convenient. Buy a three-day card online, at your hotel or at the main tourist office at Vasagatan 14. Find one of several dozen automated bike racks, which operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and scan your card, which will delete credits and unlock a bike for you. Ride it where you want, for up to three hours, then return it to any of the bike racks.

North American and European flights use Stockholm's sleek Arlanda Airport. It can be reached by the Arlanda Express train in just 20 minutes (some days the train offers two-for-one fares), by the direct bus known as Flygbussarna and by cab. The train and bus arrive at the Central Train Station. Rental cars are available at the airport.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Swedish krona is the unit of currency. For up-to-the-minute rates check www.xe.com or www.oanda.com. Denominations of paper krona are 20, 50, 100 and 500. Amounts below 20 krona are settled with coins. ATMs are abundant in the city, as are currency-exchange shops, most prominently the company named Forex. Occasionally there are ATMs immediately outside Forex offices. Banks will also exchange currency.

Language?

Officially, it's Swedish, but English is a mandatory subject for several years of school, as is a choice of a third language. (French and German are the favorites). Consequently, workers in areas frequented by visitors speak more-than-adequate English.

Where You're Docked?

Two cruise ports serve the city, though the one at Gamla Stan -- reserved for smaller ships -- is far more convenient for shore excursions. The site for larger ships, Frihamnen, is about a 15-minute cab ride (or step aboard Buses No. 1 or 76) from the heart of downtown.


Awards and Recognition

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  • 2016 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations
  • 2015 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations

Stockholm Cruise Reviews

Viking Jupiter
ToGoAroundTheWorld
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Nice overview of Stockholm seaport area... Read More
jpreed1954
Sail Date: Apr 2019
You really can't get a real sense of Stockholm from the street level. The City Tour can only give you a glimpse.... Read More
TomCat2019
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Loved the cruise into Stockholm... Amazing! The city tour was good but again a bit lacking in substance.... Read More
Norwegian Getaway
John Faris
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Actually Nysahaven, a port some 20 miles from Stockholm, very pleasant to walk around with a chocolate shop and helpful tourist information... Read More
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