Sail Date: August 2009
Picturesque journey through the many islands on approach to the port, which is easy walking distance to the Old Town or buses are available for those with mobility problems, Changing of the guard at the Royal Palace enjoyable to watch and ... Read More
Picturesque journey through the many islands on approach to the port, which is easy walking distance to the Old Town or buses are available for those with mobility problems, Changing of the guard at the Royal Palace enjoyable to watch and the band plays Abba!! Hop on Hop off buses with multilingual audio guide were great value. Pretty architecture with interesting gables on the buildings. Vasa Museum well worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
We woke early to enjoy the cruise through the archipelago. It was quite beautiful. We took toured around Stockholm and then took a bus to Sigtuna, where we toured a church and some old abbey ruins. We had lunch in a lovely restaurant in ... Read More
We woke early to enjoy the cruise through the archipelago. It was quite beautiful. We took toured around Stockholm and then took a bus to Sigtuna, where we toured a church and some old abbey ruins. We had lunch in a lovely restaurant in Sigtuna before heading back to Stockholm. We walked around the old town a bit. The stay was too short, but gave us a real flavour of Stockholm....definitely have to go back someday. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
stockholm beauty and land and water. it was okay better off doing the hop on and off shuttle either water or bus water better on your own. you then can go inside the highlighted places.
stockholm beauty and land and water. it was okay better off doing the hop on and off shuttle either water or bus water better on your own. you then can go inside the highlighted places. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Picturesque, friendly, historical, convenient for touring, Stockholm is a magnificent port where one could spend days exploring. Don't miss the changing of the guard at the palace. Make sure you have a Swedish luncheon in the old town ... Read More
Picturesque, friendly, historical, convenient for touring, Stockholm is a magnificent port where one could spend days exploring. Don't miss the changing of the guard at the palace. Make sure you have a Swedish luncheon in the old town near the Palace. The hop-on-hop-off boats make exploring easy and inexpensive. Stockholm and Oslo were my two favorite ports on this 14-night Baltic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
This was our least favorite port and unfortunately we had 2 days here. We went into the city and took a city tour. Afterward we walked in old town. Found it simply old. Could not find anything special here. stayed on the ship the second ... Read More
This was our least favorite port and unfortunately we had 2 days here. We went into the city and took a city tour. Afterward we walked in old town. Found it simply old. Could not find anything special here. stayed on the ship the second day. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Our cruise ended here, and we were sad to say farewell to our beloved trivia contest leader, Ray Solaire, who was also the ship's all-around ambassador, announcer, and puppeteer. We transferred to the Hotel Rival after ... Read More
Our cruise ended here, and we were sad to say farewell to our beloved trivia contest leader, Ray Solaire, who was also the ship's all-around ambassador, announcer, and puppeteer. We transferred to the Hotel Rival after disembarking. Hotel Rival is the hotel owned by Benny Andersson, one of the members of Abba, so we thought it would be kind of a hoot. Well, it's actually a very well run hotelsupermod, sleek rooms, with a big stack of Abba CDs just in case you left yours at home. Our breakfast the next morning was epic and delicious; it was included in our room price. The neighborhood outside the hotel, Sodermalm, is in a great locationGamla Stan, the medieval part of townis an easy walk, and there are tons of restaurants and shops around. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Holland America provided a shuttle bus into Stockholm (roundtrip $14) to the Opera House, which is just across a bridge from Gamla Stan (Old Town). We followed the Rick Steves walking tour of Gamla Stan and spent an enjoyable few hours ... Read More
Holland America provided a shuttle bus into Stockholm (roundtrip $14) to the Opera House, which is just across a bridge from Gamla Stan (Old Town). We followed the Rick Steves walking tour of Gamla Stan and spent an enjoyable few hours exploring. Here US dollars are not always accepted, but euros are. Everything is very expensive (lunch $20-$30). Try to catch the Changing of the Guard at the Palace; the band plays and it's an interesting ceremony. To avoid high prices, we returned to the ship for a late lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
This was a beautiful port. We used the hop on/ hop off bus and took it to the Vasa museum. The museum was interesting, but ate up a lot of our time. We were docked in Stockholm from 9-3, which was way too short. We then hurried through ... Read More
This was a beautiful port. We used the hop on/ hop off bus and took it to the Vasa museum. The museum was interesting, but ate up a lot of our time. We were docked in Stockholm from 9-3, which was way too short. We then hurried through old town with our Rick Steves book. I would have preferred staying in Stockholm longer and cutting down on the time in both Tallinn and Helsinki. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Fifth day on the run off the ship, so perhaps a port too far with nowhere near enough time to spend here ( especially as there was a triathlon in the city causing traffic chaos). Enjoyed what little time we had and this stop wins the ... Read More
Fifth day on the run off the ship, so perhaps a port too far with nowhere near enough time to spend here ( especially as there was a triathlon in the city causing traffic chaos). Enjoyed what little time we had and this stop wins the award for showing the most potential for a revisit. I am sure we will fly back for a 3-4 day visit to do Stockholm justice in the near future. " We will be back" Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
The cruise terminal is a way away from the main attractions in Stockholm, so expect to pay for a taxi or shuttle bus if you aren't taking a tour. Firstly, we visited the Vasa museum - the taxi journey was about SEK150 or 22USD. The ... Read More
The cruise terminal is a way away from the main attractions in Stockholm, so expect to pay for a taxi or shuttle bus if you aren't taking a tour. Firstly, we visited the Vasa museum - the taxi journey was about SEK150 or 22USD. The Vasa is a warship which sank on its maiden voyage, and has since been fully restored. We spent much longer than we expected at the museum - it was very good. We took a short ferry trip to old town (Gamla Stan). We visited parliament building and intended to visit the town hall, but we were too tired. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We did Old Stockholm (Gamla Stan) on our own. The ship has a shuttle (nice buses) running back and fourth every 15 minutes or so and they are very reasonably priced. You buy the tickets when you get on and can pay in US dollars. It's ... Read More
We did Old Stockholm (Gamla Stan) on our own. The ship has a shuttle (nice buses) running back and fourth every 15 minutes or so and they are very reasonably priced. You buy the tickets when you get on and can pay in US dollars. It's only a short ride away and once in Old Town it's very easy to walk around. We went to the Palace and saw The Changing Of The Guard at 12:15, and then walked the cobblestone streets visiting churches and shops. We had lunch outside, authenic swedish meatballs, at a small cafe The Gasgrand 4 (also the address). The food is excellent and the cafe privides a wonderful Swedish dining experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Organized a private tour in Stockholm through Steintours. Steinthor can be reached at steinthor@stockholmexcursions.se Our taxi was waiting for us a short walk from the ship. Our guide was Benny and he did a good job. We visited ... Read More
Organized a private tour in Stockholm through Steintours. Steinthor can be reached at steinthor@stockholmexcursions.se Our taxi was waiting for us a short walk from the ship. Our guide was Benny and he did a good job. We visited Fjallgatan (beautiful view over Stockholm). Also had a photo stop outside of City Hall (did not go in). The crowns at the top are each the size of a VW Beetle. That was amazing - they sure didn't look that big... From there we went to the Vasa Museum. This is very neat and should be a must on your itinerary. Rather than going to Drottingham Palace, we asked Benny to drop us off in Gamla Stan (Old Town), so we could explore on our own. We then made our way back to the ship. It was a bit chilly today and it poured rain on our way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We visited Stockholm before and after the cruise. Loved Gamla Stan, the old town. Can be seen in a morning before embarkation. One our full day 2nd visit, we enjoyed a wander round the town proper, went to Skansan the open air museum and ... Read More
We visited Stockholm before and after the cruise. Loved Gamla Stan, the old town. Can be seen in a morning before embarkation. One our full day 2nd visit, we enjoyed a wander round the town proper, went to Skansan the open air museum and saw the Vasa (a must see), the 17th century warship. The purpose built museum there is exceptional. Took a short river sightsee cruise and ended up at the Ice Bar. Taxi cost approx £8 from the port to the coach station Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We caught the HOHO boat, 2 of which stop right behind the ship. It took a while to sail to the Vasa, but it was scenic! The old town is very nice, and even Brits can get tax free shopping at the ship's recommended crystal shop.
We caught the HOHO boat, 2 of which stop right behind the ship. It took a while to sail to the Vasa, but it was scenic! The old town is very nice, and even Brits can get tax free shopping at the ship's recommended crystal shop. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We entered the archipelagos at 8 AM sailing into port and it is well worth arising early to be on deck to witness the beautiful scenery. I would give the country itself a 5 rating for beauty and Stockholm holds many possibilities. The city ... Read More
We entered the archipelagos at 8 AM sailing into port and it is well worth arising early to be on deck to witness the beautiful scenery. I would give the country itself a 5 rating for beauty and Stockholm holds many possibilities. The city deserves lots more exposure than was provided by the Princess Tour we had selected - the Vasa Museum and Royal Armory Tour. The Vasa Museum is worth a visit if you go early in the day. It gets very crowded later on and I wouldn't want to stand in line for long to get a look at a ship that sank (funny story) and was restored 300 years ago. As far as museums go I would give the Vasa a 2+. The Royal Armory was more impressive in my opinion. There were many displays of clothing worn by the royalty and carrages used by them. I got some good photos. The next stop was the Gothic Church where the Monarchs are crowned and also marry. Another good photo op and rich history to be had here. By far, the best part of the tour is the walking tour of the Gamla Stan where Stockholm began over eight centuries ago. I think a hop-on, hop-off tour would have been preferrable to what we received from our Princess tour and I would consider a land excursion to Stockholm in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We arrived in Stockholm at 8.30 at sailed at 16.30. The ship was berthed a little way from the city centre. The ship provided a shuttle bus, but charged £5.00 per person return fare. We asked about walking in but were told it was too ... Read More
We arrived in Stockholm at 8.30 at sailed at 16.30. The ship was berthed a little way from the city centre. The ship provided a shuttle bus, but charged £5.00 per person return fare. We asked about walking in but were told it was too far. If you are reasonably fit it wasn't too far and probably took about 20 minutes, although it wasn't a particularly attractive walk. Once off the boat I noticed a tourist information office on the quayside. We would have been better going there and asking their advise on getting around Stockholm. I know that you could buy one day tickets for the ferry boats. Stockholm Old Town (Gaml Stan) great. Full of narrow cobbled streets which lead onto the main square. There are pleny of places to visit such as the Royal Palace where you can see the changing of the guard at midday. One of the most popular atttractions is the Vasa Museum. This is where the warship Vasa, which capsized and sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 is displayed. We took a ferry over to the Vasa, but the queue was long so we didn't go in. If you want to visit the Vasa I would recommend you go first thing in the morning. The sail out of Stockholm is fantastic The channel was fairly narrow in places and we sailed past island after island. It took about three hours until we hit the open sea. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Stockholm was my favorite city on the cruise. Another very civilized city. English is widely spoken. The city is beautiful with lots of art museums to visit.
Stockholm was my favorite city on the cruise. Another very civilized city. English is widely spoken. The city is beautiful with lots of art museums to visit. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
When we got off the ship, we walked left and got right on a Hop on Hop boat. We got off at the Vasa Musuem and walked right in using a credit card to pay. We beat the crowds and really enjoyed the museum. We then continued on to the palace ... Read More
When we got off the ship, we walked left and got right on a Hop on Hop boat. We got off at the Vasa Musuem and walked right in using a credit card to pay. We beat the crowds and really enjoyed the museum. We then continued on to the palace and saw the changing of the guard and then continued the rest of the boat tour and returned to the ship for a late lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
A great city to see from a harbour/city cruise. Was quite expensive to make you own way around
A great city to see from a harbour/city cruise. Was quite expensive to make you own way around Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Too much to see and not enough time to see it. Get off the ship and turn left to the end - 2 companies run hop on/off boats at 10 euro an adult. You can use it all day jumping on and off and it's all you need Do the Vasa ... Read More
Too much to see and not enough time to see it. Get off the ship and turn left to the end - 2 companies run hop on/off boats at 10 euro an adult. You can use it all day jumping on and off and it's all you need Do the Vasa Museum first and you wil get in before the coach tours - it is amazing 7 floors of a 1620 ship that sank on the maiden voyage - free 25 min tour around the museum and a 25 min film too included. Children free under 18 and students half price. Adults 10 euro. The old town is delightful, lots of shops, great sandwiches and ice cream. Will definitely be going back for a weekend. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
TWO DAYS SPEND HERE, BOOKED EXCURSION FOR FIRST DAY ON CANALS WHICH WAS VERY GOOD. SECOND DAY CAUGHT SHUTTLE TO TOWN AND EXPLORED OLD TOWN, THEN VASA MUSEUM, WHICH MADE US LATE FOR SHUTTLE AND HAD TO GET TAXI BACK, 35 EUROS FOR 5 MIN TRIP. ... Read More
TWO DAYS SPEND HERE, BOOKED EXCURSION FOR FIRST DAY ON CANALS WHICH WAS VERY GOOD. SECOND DAY CAUGHT SHUTTLE TO TOWN AND EXPLORED OLD TOWN, THEN VASA MUSEUM, WHICH MADE US LATE FOR SHUTTLE AND HAD TO GET TAXI BACK, 35 EUROS FOR 5 MIN TRIP. BUT AS MY HUSBAND SAID, 'CHEAPER THAN A FLIGHT TO OLSO' Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Took a Princess excursion which was very well done. Saw the Vasa, Armory Museum, and Gamla Stan. Tour leader was very entertaining. I would downgrade this only because the time in port was too limited. I would have liked to have had a full ... Read More
Took a Princess excursion which was very well done. Saw the Vasa, Armory Museum, and Gamla Stan. Tour leader was very entertaining. I would downgrade this only because the time in port was too limited. I would have liked to have had a full day. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
This was our first port and we knew that it was going to be rushed because we were to be in port for 6 hours (scheduled). Now, being a first-timer, I quickly found out that we lose a half-hour so that the ship can leave on-time, and you ... Read More
This was our first port and we knew that it was going to be rushed because we were to be in port for 6 hours (scheduled). Now, being a first-timer, I quickly found out that we lose a half-hour so that the ship can leave on-time, and you also lose time at the beginning because they aren't ready on-time at any port. Stockholm was beautiful city. Walking into town wasn't that long and you didn't buy much additional time taking the shuttles because you had to wait for the others to get on. It also drops you off in the center of town not giving you a great way to circle the town. We started by walking to the Old Town. From there we walked to Town Hall and took a tour (required) of where the Nobel prizes are announced. We then walked around town and had lunch. After lunch, we thought we would go see the Vasa museum but that proved to be impossible. While we made it to the building, the line was incredible and we only had one hour before we had to get back. For our first port, we were disappointed in the lack of time for this city because there was more to see. Ideally, another two to three hours would have made it perfect. Read Less

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