Sail Date: June 2011
Ships dock here for only a short time. You need two days. In the one short day, take a tour or the Hop On Hop Off boat (if it is running as early as you get in) from the cruise dock to the Vasa Museum. From the Vasa Museum, take the ... Read More
Ships dock here for only a short time. You need two days. In the one short day, take a tour or the Hop On Hop Off boat (if it is running as early as you get in) from the cruise dock to the Vasa Museum. From the Vasa Museum, take the boat to Gamle Stan and wander the old town, see the palace, crown jewels, and royal coaches. Take the hop on hopp off boat the rest of the way around the harbor back to the ship. Skip the ice bar. We've been, you don't need to go. For the same effect. pour vodka into a glass and put it into your freezer for an hour. Then drink it while staring at an ice cube. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Get to the Vasa museum early. Well worth seeing but when we came out, they had stopped further admissions because it was full. Area around the palace was OK but nothing special.
Get to the Vasa museum early. Well worth seeing but when we came out, they had stopped further admissions because it was full. Area around the palace was OK but nothing special. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
In this port we made a poor choice for our excursion and would have probably enjoyed another tour much more. We took the Princess sponsored "least walking" harbor cruise. Since it was a least walking tour I left the scooter on ... Read More
In this port we made a poor choice for our excursion and would have probably enjoyed another tour much more. We took the Princess sponsored "least walking" harbor cruise. Since it was a least walking tour I left the scooter on the ship and instead took my two canes. This was a huge mistake!. After exiting the ship I had to walk more than the length of the ship to reach the harbor boat. Then I had to maneuver down an extremely steep ramp. The tour did point out a few buildings that can be seen from the water and we went through a lock between the harbor and a lake. We also saw some art work that faces the water. Back at the dock it was another long walk back to the Emerald Princess. My husband went to the ship and retrieved my scooter so I only had to walk about half the distance to the ship on our return. This type of information should be explained before the excursion. I make mention of this because I was requested to go to the shore excursion desk before I took any excursions. I did this but was only asked if I knew that the buses to be used did not have lifts. I would have been better served to take a bus tour of Stockholm. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
NCL did not have berthing privileges in town. Disembarkation was by tender, followed by a long walk to the station, and a one hour train ride to town. To make it even more difficult NCL gave priority to those with their own excursions ... Read More
NCL did not have berthing privileges in town. Disembarkation was by tender, followed by a long walk to the station, and a one hour train ride to town. To make it even more difficult NCL gave priority to those with their own excursions for disembarkation. In Old Town, the crowds were cumbersome and made getting around difficult. The time available was too limited to see much. This was made worse by the difficulties made the NCL docking arrangements. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Took a Holland America tour of city..panoramic drive from the port into town (about 45 minutes). Highlight of day was the Vasa Museum-not to be missed! The Viking ship that has been restored is unbelievable. Royal palace was closed for ... Read More
Took a Holland America tour of city..panoramic drive from the port into town (about 45 minutes). Highlight of day was the Vasa Museum-not to be missed! The Viking ship that has been restored is unbelievable. Royal palace was closed for the day but we saw the Armory--filled with costumes, armor, royal carriages, children's toys, etc. Interesting but could have bypassed. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We actually anchored off Nyanashamn so we were tendered in. That was interesting since I had not done that before. The ship tour that we took was challenged by massive crowds in the palace so we might have done better just doing the ship ... Read More
We actually anchored off Nyanashamn so we were tendered in. That was interesting since I had not done that before. The ship tour that we took was challenged by massive crowds in the palace so we might have done better just doing the ship transfers in to town. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
While Princess docked in the center of town, our similarly sized boat stopped outside of town in Nynashamn. I had read on these boards that going into town solo was a bit of a process and long going, so we booked a Stockholm on Your Own ... Read More
While Princess docked in the center of town, our similarly sized boat stopped outside of town in Nynashamn. I had read on these boards that going into town solo was a bit of a process and long going, so we booked a Stockholm on Your Own transfer through NCL. Getting off the boat was a nightmare. Our tour met in the lounge at 7:15am, but we didn't get called to leave the boat until 8:15am. We had to take a tender to shore, which took about 15 minutes. Finally, we made it to our bus for the 45 minute drive into town. We were dropped off near the Opera House. I wish we would have been told ahead of time where we were being dropped. Thankfully I had done research ahead of time, since everyone swarmed our guide once we got off the bus in town for directions. We walked a few blocks to Hamngatan Street to catch the #7 tram toward Waldemarsudde. We never saw a ticket kiosk, so we didn't buy any tickets. It took less than 15 minutes to get to the Vasa Museum and we walked in the door around 10am. Tickets were about $15pp and they accepted AmEx. We spent an hour at the museum. We skipped the video but walked around to all the levels. It wasn't very crowded when we arrived, so we took advantage of that. By the time we were leaving at 11am, tours from NCL were arriving in droves. We hopped back on the same tram to go to Skansen. It was just another 5 minutes down the road. It cost about $20pp but was a great place to spend an afternoon. We spent about 3 hours there and felt like we saw a lot. Definitely find the bakery. They were the best pastries I've ever had and it wasn't even marked on the Skansen map! Our bus was to leave at 3pm, so we took the tram back to town and had a few minutes to peak in the King's Palace before leaving. The 45 minute drive back to port was OK, but then we had to wait about 20 minutes for a tender. The line was ridiculously long! Only 4 tenders were running when every tour was arriving back. Another example of bad planning on behalf of NCL! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Lovely city. Last minute changes meant we docked a long way from the city and tendered into shore. Celebrity put on free shuttle to Stockholm (took about 45mins) and dropped us off in town centre. We wandered into the Gamla Stan and ... Read More
Lovely city. Last minute changes meant we docked a long way from the city and tendered into shore. Celebrity put on free shuttle to Stockholm (took about 45mins) and dropped us off in town centre. We wandered into the Gamla Stan and shopped and then jumped on one of the HOHO boats which took us to see all the sites, children LOVED it! We hopped off to visit Skansen Childrens Museum. Kids loved this, old Sweden with lots of little wooden houses and shops and people dressed up. Also a zoo with a few Scandinavian animals. We spent 2 hours there and had a lovely time. We would definately return to Stockholm as more to see and do. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
From Nynaeshmn, we took at bus into Stockholm which was about a 45 minute ride. While Stockholm is a big city, the Old Town area is easy to on foot. The main "shopping street" is not much more than souvenir shops and a few ... Read More
From Nynaeshmn, we took at bus into Stockholm which was about a 45 minute ride. While Stockholm is a big city, the Old Town area is easy to on foot. The main "shopping street" is not much more than souvenir shops and a few restaurants. Walk around a few of the Old Town blocks to see some different sides of Stockholm. Definitely go see the palace and the changing of the guard. It is unlike any you will see. For non-walkers, take the bus tour around the city. You will actually accomplish more. Stockholm uses Kronars...not like Dutch Kroners. While they take only Euro bills, you get change back in their money which can't be spent anywhere else. Stick with credit cards that have PIN numbers if you can. There was a lot of confusion at 3:00pm when NCL passengers had to congregate on the sidewalk to get buses back to Nynaeshmn to the cruise ship. Site seeing buses have "cruise ship" signs on them too, and I think some passengers got confused and got on the wrong bus. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Stockholm: (half day only) The Venice of the north...very attractive city..apparently 25,000 plus islands. Excellent sail in if you get up early. Again quite a walk into the centre from where the ship moored, although we could see Gamla ... Read More
Stockholm: (half day only) The Venice of the north...very attractive city..apparently 25,000 plus islands. Excellent sail in if you get up early. Again quite a walk into the centre from where the ship moored, although we could see Gamla Stam (the old town) from the ship. Shuttle bus provided for $13.00 each round trip took us to the Opera House from where you just walked across the road and over a bridge onto Gamla Stam island. Narrow cobbled streets. Most churches and shops opened normally at 10.a.m. or 11.a.m. Cathedral worth a visit with its black and silver altar. Unfortunately for us it was Ascension Day in Sweden so some of the churches were closed to visitors and some soon closed for sightseeing in order to hold a service. Again plenty of cafes. We enjoyed our visit and plan to return as there seems to be a lot to see in Stockholm. Not sure why we could only stay half a day. Sail out of Stockholm again very interesting as you sail down a low level fjord for about 58 miles back into the open sea. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2010
I am assuming the higher the number the better the rating. We had a Stockholm Overview tour. Since we had gotten in the day before, this was perfect. Beautiful city and Vasa Museum was great. Buses were always only 70% full so never ... Read More
I am assuming the higher the number the better the rating. We had a Stockholm Overview tour. Since we had gotten in the day before, this was perfect. Beautiful city and Vasa Museum was great. Buses were always only 70% full so never crowded. Great guides. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Our 4th stop, Thursday Sept 9th. We docked at Slussen pier (close to town), information kiosk at the pier. Bought 2 24 hr bus passes for 100 SK each (1 KR = 14 cents) and proceeded to walk to the bus stop. Again RC shuttle was $12 each ... Read More
Our 4th stop, Thursday Sept 9th. We docked at Slussen pier (close to town), information kiosk at the pier. Bought 2 24 hr bus passes for 100 SK each (1 KR = 14 cents) and proceeded to walk to the bus stop. Again RC shuttle was $12 each round trip. At the road, stop light there, we turned right, toward the city, not knowing the bus stop required a left turn. As a result we walked & walked and there were no bus stops for 1-2 miles. Finally when we got to a stop we asked a lady how far to the palace, she said 3-5 mins, why take the bus. When you are told 3-5 minutes to walk beware - it may be 1-2 miles !! We walked again and once into town really enjoyed Stockholm. NOTE: not many bathrooms available, lots of porta potties but they are very clean with hand sanitizer. Bathrooms were 10 SK or 1 Euro to use, the few we saw. We did ride the city bus several times in town and we took bus #53 from Slussen back to the pier area and from the stop to the dock was about a 1 mile walk. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Ship anchored far from the city so an hours bus drive away. Then turned loose for 5-6 hours shopping and touring about 9am when the city does not open up until 11. Quite a waste of time.
Ship anchored far from the city so an hours bus drive away. Then turned loose for 5-6 hours shopping and touring about 9am when the city does not open up until 11. Quite a waste of time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We did the ship's river cruise (with free time afterwards). Great way to see the sights and get a feeling for the 'island' nature of the city. Nice architecture.
We did the ship's river cruise (with free time afterwards). Great way to see the sights and get a feeling for the 'island' nature of the city. Nice architecture. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Hop-on/off water-buses available once you are off the ship.Recommend you visit Vasa ship (long ques so go there first if possible). Another place to go is the Ice bar but book before you leave home as lots of people were being turned away ... Read More
Hop-on/off water-buses available once you are off the ship.Recommend you visit Vasa ship (long ques so go there first if possible). Another place to go is the Ice bar but book before you leave home as lots of people were being turned away when we went.Also its not as great as i expected but its still fun to have a vodka while wearing a fetching blue thermal poncho! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Slightly longer walk into town but still only about half an hour. Easy to explore with plenty of waterfront and excellent old town to browse around.
Slightly longer walk into town but still only about half an hour. Easy to explore with plenty of waterfront and excellent old town to browse around. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Really liked this port, and the entry into port is spectacular on a sunny day. Plenty of different sights, with harbour and city area split into islands.
Really liked this port, and the entry into port is spectacular on a sunny day. Plenty of different sights, with harbour and city area split into islands. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We took a ship's excursion to the Skyview gondola on the Ericsson globe. Very enjoyable, followed by a city tour with regular photo stops. To be honest, after the relentless walking we did in Tallin, St Petersburg and Helsinki, ... Read More
We took a ship's excursion to the Skyview gondola on the Ericsson globe. Very enjoyable, followed by a city tour with regular photo stops. To be honest, after the relentless walking we did in Tallin, St Petersburg and Helsinki, sitting on a bus and watching the world go by was just what the doctor ordered! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Stockholm - another NCL minus. Ship anchored at Hynashamn. Independents could only collect tender tickets from 7.45 even though ship's tenders were out in the water before 7.30. We were on first tender and on shore and on our way to ... Read More
Stockholm - another NCL minus. Ship anchored at Hynashamn. Independents could only collect tender tickets from 7.45 even though ship's tenders were out in the water before 7.30. We were on first tender and on shore and on our way to the station by 8.30. We found out later that when the train was pulling away from the station at 9.05, friends on the first NCL on Your Own bus were wlaking in the Vasa. Three tender platforms - why not one for independents? No matter we loved Stockholm even with the hour plus less than we had to explore. In hindsight we would have taken the NCL drop off for USD59 each instead of the train. The one advantage we did have was two Aussie expats, friends of fellow cruisers, who showed us around the city. Visited Vasa - AMAZING. Walked through Gamla Stan. Went up to the elevator tower from where you got a great panoramic view of the city. Wandered up into Nynashamn after getting off the train. Nice town but very quiet. Weather again was terrific - shorts and short sleave shirts. Used Swedish currency (that we'd bought in the terminal in Dover) and credit card (with chip). Loved Stockholm. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We tendered in Nynashamn, an hour away from Stockholm. Nothing to do but take the NCL tour. The city was very crowded (I had heard many cruise ships were in, thus we had to dock far away). Be careful of ports far away from the actual city ... Read More
We tendered in Nynashamn, an hour away from Stockholm. Nothing to do but take the NCL tour. The city was very crowded (I had heard many cruise ships were in, thus we had to dock far away). Be careful of ports far away from the actual city you want to visit- expensive and time consuming to get there. Because we didn't like the tour it left a bad impression of the city on us. Very crowded, so it was hard for the bus to navigate. The 3 hours free time turned out to be just barely enough time to get some lunch and visit 1 or 2 junk stores. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Because of the poor NCL tour--we spent a long time waiting in line at VASSA and was shorted time at the end. This event impacted the day. Vassa Museum is very nice if you have the right time to view it properly. The 20 minutes we were ... Read More
Because of the poor NCL tour--we spent a long time waiting in line at VASSA and was shorted time at the end. This event impacted the day. Vassa Museum is very nice if you have the right time to view it properly. The 20 minutes we were given was not enough. We didn't get to the Nobel Museum--which was partially our fault. We did see the Palace and the changing of the guide--which was nice. Walking along the pedestrian street was also nice. Stockholm is the most expensive city we visited. Read Less

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