Sail Date: June 2010
Don't miss getting up early for the cruise into Stockholm - very beautiful countryside and rural homes along the river. Vasa Museum was so interesting and the 17th century ship that sunk and was brought up from the harbor is amazing ... Read More
Don't miss getting up early for the cruise into Stockholm - very beautiful countryside and rural homes along the river. Vasa Museum was so interesting and the 17th century ship that sunk and was brought up from the harbor is amazing to see. We visited a church where the Crown Princess was getting married that Saturday, and the whole town was preparing for the big celebration. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
Thursday, July 1 Stockholm, Sweden In Stockholm, we took the HOHO Boat just as you walked off the ship to your left (10 Euros/$15). Our first stop was Old Town, where we walked along the quaint streets, stopping here and there at the ... Read More
Thursday, July 1 Stockholm, Sweden In Stockholm, we took the HOHO Boat just as you walked off the ship to your left (10 Euros/$15). Our first stop was Old Town, where we walked along the quaint streets, stopping here and there at the shops. When we got to the Royal Palace, we had a cinnamon roll in the courtyard. We got back on the HOHO and headed to the Vasa Museum, which was very interesting. Our next stop was Grona Lund Tivoli, a small amusement park that was very quaint. Although their currency is the Krona, we had no problem using Euros. We got back on the HOHO boat and went right to the cruise berth stop, then walked onto the ship. Stockholm is a very beautiful city. Since it consists of about 20 islands, the HOHO boat is an ideal way to go. Again, we had perfect weather, close to 75 degrees. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We were in Stockholm just prior to the royal wedding so the palace and the Cathedral were all closed (along with some roads by the end of the day). However as a bonus we did see Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (as he now is) come ... Read More
We were in Stockholm just prior to the royal wedding so the palace and the Cathedral were all closed (along with some roads by the end of the day). However as a bonus we did see Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (as he now is) come out of the Cathedral after the wedding practice. You can walk to town, catch the shuttle bus or just jump on the hop on hop off water taxi from the quay and beat the crowds to the Vasa museum. The sailing into and out of Stockholm are beautiful (although watching outbound means you don't have to get up before dawn!)   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Stockholm Wow. We’ve never seen Sweden, and it is impressive. The early morning sail-in to Stockholm was one of the visual highlights of the trip. The sail-in requires several hours, as the ship follows a narrow channel through an ... Read More
Stockholm Wow. We’ve never seen Sweden, and it is impressive. The early morning sail-in to Stockholm was one of the visual highlights of the trip. The sail-in requires several hours, as the ship follows a narrow channel through an archipelago of small islands, each one more quaint than the next. The locals will wave to you from their picture-perfect cottages. So be sure to get up early to have breakfast on your balcony as you float by Sweden. It’s a must-do. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
Our last port (Frihamnen), and again a picture-perfect day. Stockholm has always been one of our favorite cities...and it did not disappoint. Again, Disney had a free shuttle, to the middle of town on Gamla Stan, next to the King's ... Read More
Our last port (Frihamnen), and again a picture-perfect day. Stockholm has always been one of our favorite cities...and it did not disappoint. Again, Disney had a free shuttle, to the middle of town on Gamla Stan, next to the King's Palace, perfect location. We promptly went to the Hop-on/off Ferries and bought a all day ticket with admission to the Vasa included. Unfortunately, we waited, and waited for a boat. When one came, it was 'taken out of service' and sat there, so 2 of 3 boats were out of service...because we found out nearly 45 minutes later...Disney had chartered them for several of their excursions. We asked and did get our money back...and walked 100 feet to the other company, and quickly boarded a boat to take us across the bay to the Vasa Museum. Although 2 of us have 'done' the Vasa before, our newbies needed to see this, and it was very pleasant to see it again. (The sad story of a ship sinking on it's maiden voyage, just yards from the shore, and stay at the bottom of the bay for over 300 years until brought up in the 1960's.) Had lunch at the Vasa cafeteria (perfect Swedish Meatballs), and spend the afternoon strolling the Gamla Stan, for last minutes gifts. The bus situation back to the ship was chaotic, with a large line of people swelling, and buses not on schedule. We were glad we didn't wait till the 'last' bus time...and got to the ship without mishap. Again a Wonderful port, and two Sea Days to look forward to, before Dover. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We were docked in Nynashamn and not in the centre of Stockholm. We had to catch a tender boat to the Nynashamn. On arrival we caught a bus that took us to the train station (4 euros) and then caught the train to central Stockholm (100 K ... Read More
We were docked in Nynashamn and not in the centre of Stockholm. We had to catch a tender boat to the Nynashamn. On arrival we caught a bus that took us to the train station (4 euros) and then caught the train to central Stockholm (100 K for a day ticket) We docked in Nynashamn at 7 however the first tender boat was at 8.15 and we were on it and the first train to Stockholm was at 9. We arrived in Stockholm via Vasterhinge were we changed trains at about 10.15. We caught a bus to the Vasa Museum and we visited the museum and then we caught the bus back to the central station and caught a tram to Gamla Stan. We walked around and saw a few churches in the area and then saw the changing of the guard. We then visited the palace and walked around Gamla Stan. At around 1.30 we started our journey back to Nynashamn. We left Stockholm at 1.49 and on arrival to vasterhinge the next train to nynashamn was in 40 Min's time so we had to wait. We then caught the train and arrived in nynashamn at 3.15-3.30. We walked it to the boat as the shuttle bus should have arrived at 4 and we didn't feel like waiting. It was a 10 min walk. We arrived at the port and caught the tender boat at around 4. The last tender boat was at 5. I must admit was spent most of the day travelling to and fro nynashamn and that was disappointing as we were unable to fully appreciate the beauty of the city. The Norwegian Gem offered a shuttle to Stockholm via bus for 50 dollars per person. I don't know whether that would have been a better option. On the day we were very lucky because it was a beautiful sunny summer day! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
We didn't have enough time in Stockholm, due to some weird issue with our ship's return to Dover two days later, cutting our time short in Stockholm. We did have a good city tour and plenty of time at the splendid Vasa museum.
We didn't have enough time in Stockholm, due to some weird issue with our ship's return to Dover two days later, cutting our time short in Stockholm. We did have a good city tour and plenty of time at the splendid Vasa museum.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Had to use the shuttles to go from ship to dock, but no problem. Weather was great! Bus ride to Stockholm was nice. Boat ride around all the islands that make up Stockholm was fun and entertaining. Our tour guide was great and did some ... Read More
Had to use the shuttles to go from ship to dock, but no problem. Weather was great! Bus ride to Stockholm was nice. Boat ride around all the islands that make up Stockholm was fun and entertaining. Our tour guide was great and did some singing for us. Love the Vassa museum also. What a job of restoring a ship sunk so many years ago. Our most enjoyable excursion. Saw part of a guard change and listened to the military band play. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We anchored 1 hour away from the city. NCL transfer was $59 and the only option available other than an infrequent train service. The local Hop-On Hop-Off tour company was on site when we arrived but our research prior to sailing indicated ... Read More
We anchored 1 hour away from the city. NCL transfer was $59 and the only option available other than an infrequent train service. The local Hop-On Hop-Off tour company was on site when we arrived but our research prior to sailing indicated that they did not pick up at our terminal. Check it out! Stockholm is in the running for our all time "Most Beautiful City" award. It is truly outstanding! We took the local 1 hour Hop-On Hop-Off boat tour of the city and we thought it gave us a good overview of the city - $12. There are also other longer boat tours available. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We anchored off Nyneshaum and the crew lowered all the large lifeboats ro tender us in. We opted for a bus tour of the small port city rather than spend the time and considerable bucks for a quick look at Stockholm. The bus driver was a ... Read More
We anchored off Nyneshaum and the crew lowered all the large lifeboats ro tender us in. We opted for a bus tour of the small port city rather than spend the time and considerable bucks for a quick look at Stockholm. The bus driver was a woman of middle years in traditional costume; Emma, the guide, was a thoroughly charming 20-year-old recently returned from a year in Australia. She was wearing a traditional crown of fresh flowers celebrating the summer solstice and heavily promoting the afternoon activities at the town park. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
This is a very nice and beautiful city. Took shuttle to the city center. Enjoyed the city by boat. We had a sunny warm day here. Everything is close and in walking distance. In the old city, we had coffee and cake at a little cafe. We had ... Read More
This is a very nice and beautiful city. Took shuttle to the city center. Enjoyed the city by boat. We had a sunny warm day here. Everything is close and in walking distance. In the old city, we had coffee and cake at a little cafe. We had Leganberry pie and coffee...YUM!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We took a ship's tour and had Caspar (the friendly guide!) show us around. He was amusing and knowledgeable. We went on a short drive to take panoramic photos, visited the City Hall (interesting) and learned about the Nobel Prize ... Read More
We took a ship's tour and had Caspar (the friendly guide!) show us around. He was amusing and knowledgeable. We went on a short drive to take panoramic photos, visited the City Hall (interesting) and learned about the Nobel Prize Ceremony then went to the Vasa Museum and a quick scoot around Gamla Stan, the old town. We had only 40 minutes or so on our own in the Vasa museum, otherwise we were escorted. We loved Stockholm and felt we would like to return for a city break one day to be able to see more and in more depth. The excursion was just a taster and we would in future choose to do one place well, i.e. The Vasa museum rather than try to see so much in one trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We were prepared for Stockholm. I had read and reread Rick Steves a dozen times. I had purchased Stockholm cards(I highly recommend these for the independent traveler and you can order them online). We were prepared for rainy weather; it ... Read More
We were prepared for Stockholm. I had read and reread Rick Steves a dozen times. I had purchased Stockholm cards(I highly recommend these for the independent traveler and you can order them online). We were prepared for rainy weather; it turned out sunny and warm!. I had warned everyone to be up at 5AM to view the archipelago as we entered Stockholm. Thanks to John Lawrence's port talk, we decided we would watch the archipelago as we sailed OUT at 5PM. Then came the news that we couldn't enter Stockholm. John Lawrence gave another talk with details of how to get from Nynashamn to Stockholm which is about 1 hour by train. The bonus was that our Stockholm cards would get us on the train so we didn't have to wait to buy tickets! Off we went and the train was wonderful-a clean, quiet, comfortable, modern commuter train which deposited us in downtown Stockholm. We caught the bus(Stockholm card) to the Vasa Museum (Stockholm card). You cannot miss this amazing ship! When you walk in, the Museum is darkened but as your eyes adjust you are floored by the sight of this immense 17th century warship. Because we had an hour journey back to the ship and I tend to read everything, we agreed that we would allocate an hour. We caught the convenient hop on/hop off harbor taxi (Stockholm card again)and explored the old town, Gamla Stan. It's a beautiful and fascinating city. After lunch, we toured the palace apartments and then the treasury to see the crown jewels. We just scratched the surface and reluctantly returned to the ship but stopped to visit Nynashamn which is small but pretty and worth a brief stroll. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Absolutely marvellous port. HOPA boat/bus from dock to VASA museum. Then HOPA on to the Royal Palace for the changing of the guard. Noon weekdays. 1:15 on weekends. Then walk back to the boat along the sea front. A must return and do it ... Read More
Absolutely marvellous port. HOPA boat/bus from dock to VASA museum. Then HOPA on to the Royal Palace for the changing of the guard. Noon weekdays. 1:15 on weekends. Then walk back to the boat along the sea front. A must return and do it properly place. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Hop on Hop off ferry did not work out well - they go clock wise and only anticlock wise once an hour, if that. We wanted to go to the Vasa Museum first (very interesting but half an hour or so is enough) as it was the furthest away, found ... Read More
Hop on Hop off ferry did not work out well - they go clock wise and only anticlock wise once an hour, if that. We wanted to go to the Vasa Museum first (very interesting but half an hour or so is enough) as it was the furthest away, found we had to wait almost an hour for the next ferry to take us back to the centre. From here we walked into the Gamla Slan, which is like most old towns. Again, at the ferry terminal we were told the wait would be a while and then the ride would take close to 45 minutes - walked back to the ship which was 25 minutes in total. The 7 eleven in the old city has internet, could not find any other spots. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Stockholm was my favorite port. There is a Hop On Hop Off boat right outside the Jewel. Although we didn't know what we were doing, we took the first boat straight to the Vasa Museum, which worked out great, We were among the first ... Read More
Stockholm was my favorite port. There is a Hop On Hop Off boat right outside the Jewel. Although we didn't know what we were doing, we took the first boat straight to the Vasa Museum, which worked out great, We were among the first ten into the museum. Then we continued buzzing around Stockholm Harbar on the board. Old Town is fabulous. It was fabulous even though it was raining. We had lunch in port, did some shopping, and visited the Palace and an imposing cathedral. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2010
Should have been a higher rating, Stockholm appeared to be a great city. Problem was we took the ships "A day in Stockholm" tour. Was on and off a bus all day, lunch was not included. The guide did not use a radio system, why ... Read More
Should have been a higher rating, Stockholm appeared to be a great city. Problem was we took the ships "A day in Stockholm" tour. Was on and off a bus all day, lunch was not included. The guide did not use a radio system, why with today's technology would you not. If anyone from Celebrity reads this please make it a requirement that your tours use tour radio's, they would have made this tour rating a four. From discussions who did Stockholm on their own that is the way to go, use the HO-HO bus. The Vasa Museum is a must see. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Actually, it was Helsingborg, but there are no allownaces for this port on this form - which isn't ideal! We went aboard by tender and all went OK, although on the return we were packed in like sardines. However, the Swedish people ... Read More
Actually, it was Helsingborg, but there are no allownaces for this port on this form - which isn't ideal! We went aboard by tender and all went OK, although on the return we were packed in like sardines. However, the Swedish people made us so welcome. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Dave told us that the sail into Stockholm was spectacular although very early in the morning. We were up around 4-30 and it was truly magical. Calm seas, small islands and cottages, wonderful light in the dawn, and birdwatchers were ... Read More
Dave told us that the sail into Stockholm was spectacular although very early in the morning. We were up around 4-30 and it was truly magical. Calm seas, small islands and cottages, wonderful light in the dawn, and birdwatchers were delighted. Stockholm was an easy place to tour. We used the hop-on hop-off boat which took us to the places we wanted to go. The weather was really good too. The VASA museum was top of my list -- a huge ship which sank on its maiden sailing which has been recovered and restored. We witnessed the changing of the guard at the royal palace too. The city is a really easy place to stroll around and has a great vibe. Our next stop was Helsinki. We were fog-bound till around 2pm. Our port time was extended, however we were ready for a break and with St Petersburg coming up we decided to stay in the Persian Garden and pamper ourselves! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Let's start with a massive disappointment. We were tendered ashore at Nynasham, about 50 minutes coach journey from Stockholm. HAL provided a free transfer and our driver was amusing and knowledgeable but this means around 2 hours ... Read More
Let's start with a massive disappointment. We were tendered ashore at Nynasham, about 50 minutes coach journey from Stockholm. HAL provided a free transfer and our driver was amusing and knowledgeable but this means around 2 hours less in Stockholm and even worse you don't arrive vai the Archipelago, which is promoted as a must-see sight in their day-before leaflet ! But once there Stockholm is stunning. On the way to the Vasa museum we walked down the side of the Grand Hotel to Strandvagen, one of Stockholm's most exclusive boulevards. Over the bridge at Djurgarden we find the Vasa Museum. We spent 2 hours there. Utterly remarkable and memorable, this is well worthy of the accolade of Stockholm's No 1 attraction. From there we took a boat to the old town Gamla Stan, which was gorgeous and quaint, then saw the Royal palace, the Swedish Parliament buildings, the City hall and the Opera House, all set in a sparkling-blue harbour. A fantastic city that could easily sustain a 7 day holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Another very good port, however there was a difficulty in that we did not dock in Stockholm, where the ships are more or less right in the middle of town, but docked in Nynasham, which is an hour away, and a tender port, however HAL did ... Read More
Another very good port, however there was a difficulty in that we did not dock in Stockholm, where the ships are more or less right in the middle of town, but docked in Nynasham, which is an hour away, and a tender port, however HAL did provide free shuttle service into Stockholm. We did a hop on hop off boat tour, which was an excellent way to see the sights. The WASA museum is a must-see. Very interesting and beautifully maintained and presented, the WASA was a 16th century ship which was to be the jewel in the fleet of the Swedish Navy, however sunk in Stockholm Harbour on its maiden voyage. It remained buried in the mud at the bottom of the harbour till it was salvaged in the 1960's and restoration began. Now it is housed in a specially-constructed museum and the exhibits involved are also quite special. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We opted for the In the Footsteps of Vikings tour and it was the best tour that we took. The guide dressed like a Viking and told stories and history of the Vikings making it all come alive for everyone. The stops were interesting and ... Read More
We opted for the In the Footsteps of Vikings tour and it was the best tour that we took. The guide dressed like a Viking and told stories and history of the Vikings making it all come alive for everyone. The stops were interesting and appropriate for everyone to learn the history behind these people. Read Less

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