236 Stockholm Cruise Reviews

HOHO ferry company was selling tickets right next to where the tender dropped us off, but only took cash (Swedish Krona, which we did not have). Was able to purchase tickets on the boat using Visa card. Entrance to Vasa was under ... Read More
HOHO ferry company was selling tickets right next to where the tender dropped us off, but only took cash (Swedish Krona, which we did not have). Was able to purchase tickets on the boat using Visa card. Entrance to Vasa was under construction, so we had to go around the back side of the building. This was not evident, had to be directed there by a construction worker. Spent longer than planned at the museum. They had really creepy facial reconstruction heads of bodies that were retrieved from the wreck. Intended to make it back to Palace to see the changing of the guard but missed it because of the extended visit. Arrived just as the guards who were being relieved were marching away. Did a little walking, but Baby got hungry and had a meltdown, and I was fighting a really bad head cold (I ALWAYS get colds on vacation - I blame the airplane ride), so we stopped to rest and feed the little guy. Continued on to the Ice Bar, was early for reservation, but they were not crowded so they let us in early. A little hokey, but an experience nonetheless. Baby slept through the whole thing. Headed back to the ship. Hungry, we stopped at McDonald's to see if they had Big N Tasty's. They did. Spent far too much on one just to be able to take a picture of it for my brother, who loses sleep over the fact McD's in the States doesn't sell them anymore. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My opinion of Stockholm is sadly tainted because I had my mobile phone and some money stolen here! A city tour is a necessity because the ship moores a long way from the centre of the city. YOu can sort your own transport into town but ... Read More
My opinion of Stockholm is sadly tainted because I had my mobile phone and some money stolen here! A city tour is a necessity because the ship moores a long way from the centre of the city. YOu can sort your own transport into town but the cost of the tour is not much more than the ferry cost so it makes for better value. The city has lots of trees which look beautiful at this time of year, loads of colour inbetween the blocks of buildings. Attractive architecture particularly in the old town which are tall wharf warehouse style buildings. The tour takes you around the Embassy and affluent housing areas too, very attractive. Lots of green arteries. The Vasa Museum was included on our tour and I hadnt known what it was until I entered the building. It is incredible!!!! and warrants at least half a day wandering round and reading on your own...which sadly we didnt have. This ship is stunningly beautiful and the story behind it interesting and humorous. Sadly, because of my personal experience, my plan to return will be put further down the list...but I learnt a hard lesson and still am not entirely sure how it happened. The Museum is half light owing to the nature of the atmosphere it has to protect for the sake of the ship. I am normally the most security conscious person but stupidly had my rucksack on my back. Some clever thief managed to get my mobile phone out of a side zipped pocket of my rucksack. After discussion with my companions we can only think that the person then targeted me to where I paid for a drink in the cafe, saw where I replaced my purse..deep in my rucksack! and then stole all the Kroner notes out of my purse when we were seated in the cafe about 32 pounds worth. So watch out! The Vasa Museum is fantastic but it is the ideal place for thieves to operate...because of the half light, the security cameras, if there are some, would have a very poor recording! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Staring point - Scandia Park was good hotel. A dreary 2 days, but a beautiful city. Wonderful parks, great walking.
Staring point - Scandia Park was good hotel. A dreary 2 days, but a beautiful city. Wonderful parks, great walking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
8 hours not enough. Hop on off buses at port. We took the tour to Sigtuna and the Vassa. Sigtuna probably not worth it considering the short time.Interesting but only a couple of streets. Great tour guide. The Vassa Museum--A must. I was ... Read More
8 hours not enough. Hop on off buses at port. We took the tour to Sigtuna and the Vassa. Sigtuna probably not worth it considering the short time.Interesting but only a couple of streets. Great tour guide. The Vassa Museum--A must. I was blown away. You could probably do this on your on if you wanted to. Really wished that I had a couple of days there. The sail away from Stockholm is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Purchased bus tickets for transfer from the ship at guest relations ($15 USD each)and received a map.After some searching & assistance from a young lady who seemed to work for "City Info" we found a kiosk that sold tram ... Read More
Purchased bus tickets for transfer from the ship at guest relations ($15 USD each)and received a map.After some searching & assistance from a young lady who seemed to work for "City Info" we found a kiosk that sold tram tickets (8 tickets for 8 Krona). We walked back to the tram stop and discovered that it was rush hour and many Swedes use public transportation. After having 3 full trams pass us by, one of the employees directed us to another area where we were able to board immediately. Our goal was the Vasa Museum.Once we found it, the lineup was long & it was 30 minutes before we entered. It was very interesting-dark, and not good for photos, but lots of information available. The last shuttle back to the ship was 3:00pm, so we felt rushed and didn't have time to see the film that explained everything about the ship. There is a souvenier shop on site with excellent postcards & books available. Instead of taking a tram on your own, it would be better to get either the Hop On Hop Off boat (100 SEK) or Hop On Hop Off bus (160 SEK) which will get you to your destination much faster, and allow you to see other sites of Stockholm as well. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We took a HAL tour. Our guide had good English and lots of facts but was deficient in people skills. She had no sign or umbrella for us to follow. At the first gathering point half the group was missing. When I told her we had trouble ... Read More
We took a HAL tour. Our guide had good English and lots of facts but was deficient in people skills. She had no sign or umbrella for us to follow. At the first gathering point half the group was missing. When I told her we had trouble following her she said, "You shouldn't have run off." Etc Etc The tour itself was good. Do NOT miss the Vasa ship. Hint from our traveler daughter: to keep your group together, use the "clam," e.g., hold you hand high over your head, and make a "clam" with thumb opposing your four fingers. Open and shut, open and shut. We used the "clam" in the Stockholm palace crowds. People laughed at us but we could easily find and follow each other. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Our tour guide was quite xenophobic, which left a bad taste in our mouths. The city itself was beautiful and the Vasa museum was a must-see. It made up for the Kon Tiki and the Fram. There are two ports- if you are lucky you will get to ... Read More
Our tour guide was quite xenophobic, which left a bad taste in our mouths. The city itself was beautiful and the Vasa museum was a must-see. It made up for the Kon Tiki and the Fram. There are two ports- if you are lucky you will get to the one nearer the city and the shops. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
The number one attraction is the Vasa Museum and it pays to get there early. When your ship docks, get off right away. If you are docked at Stadsgarden #S167, walk to the left to where the hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) boats are docked. I think ... Read More
The number one attraction is the Vasa Museum and it pays to get there early. When your ship docks, get off right away. If you are docked at Stadsgarden #S167, walk to the left to where the hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) boats are docked. I think it cost us 100 Swedish Kroner (about $15) each (purchase at the dock) and the early boats take you straight to Vasa Museum; after 10:00AM, the boats take the clockwise route, which gets you to VASA in about 30-40 minutes. It is worth it! Vasa Museum cost 110 Kroner (about $18) and is one of the highlights of your cruise. You will be blown away when you see this ship from 1628 !!! We then checked out the free ships next to Vasa - an ice breaker and a lighthouse ship and they were fun too. Then we boarded the HOHO boat to Gamla Stan where we walked the streets and watched the Changing-of-the-Guards ceremony. Prices at all Scandinavian ports are sky high so bring some food with you! We took the HOHO boat back to our ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
changed our original tour for the boat trip around the islands, not bad but would have prefered to walk around (again dam foot problem) really nice trip though
changed our original tour for the boat trip around the islands, not bad but would have prefered to walk around (again dam foot problem) really nice trip though Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Very busy city, tender to shore runs every 20 Min's to centre. plenty of resurants and bars, very exsensive 10 euro's for a fridge magnet. 12 euro's for two small beers.
Very busy city, tender to shore runs every 20 Min's to centre. plenty of resurants and bars, very exsensive 10 euro's for a fridge magnet. 12 euro's for two small beers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
This is a beautiful city. The Vasa Museum houses a 17th century warship that sank on it's maiden voyage. Perfectly preserved, the museum is extremely dark so be ready with the proper camera settings for photos. Don't overlook ... Read More
This is a beautiful city. The Vasa Museum houses a 17th century warship that sank on it's maiden voyage. Perfectly preserved, the museum is extremely dark so be ready with the proper camera settings for photos. Don't overlook the original sails on display behind the stern, or some of the original cannons. Our tour then took us to City Hall, site of the Nobel Prize ceremony (except for the Peace prize awarded in Oslo). The building has pretty wall murals upstairs. Old Town, or Gamla Stan, is an area of narrow streets where you can really get the feel of the original city. Senate Square is a main meeting area with a statue in the middle and buildings, one with a large wide step area. This is just a few blocks above a market square with dozens of food and craft vendors. The Emerald cruised that afternoon through the archipelago, a beautiful wooded landscape dotted with homes, old forts, and numerous private watercraft. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We tried to walk from the port! Beware it is a long walk of about one hour. We loved the old town and could have spent all day there. We took in the changing of the guard so if you visit when this happens, it is well worth seeing.
We tried to walk from the port! Beware it is a long walk of about one hour. We loved the old town and could have spent all day there. We took in the changing of the guard so if you visit when this happens, it is well worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
For all of you out there eagerly awaiting my review of the ABBA dancing-through-the-streets tour.... it appeared I alone wanted to be a dancing queen and it was cancelled for lack of interest. My family walked on the rooftops and ... Read More
For all of you out there eagerly awaiting my review of the ABBA dancing-through-the-streets tour.... it appeared I alone wanted to be a dancing queen and it was cancelled for lack of interest. My family walked on the rooftops and toured the city with HAL's Historic Rooftop Tour: review from my 21 year old daughter: ***ROOFTOP TOUR OF STOCKHOLM***. This tour was partly a tour by bus as you drive into town, partly a walking tour of the old center of the city, and partly traipsing about on a rooftop. It was an enjoyable tour, of course; that said, I will qualify my recommendation. Everyone seems to think that this is that really good tour for young people, and it is certainly true that people in their twenties generally derive a greater pleasure from imitating Santa Claus than people in their eighties do. But, however much a particular young person makes it their point to pull daredevilish stunts the rest of the time, they will probably just so much fail to derive great excitement from walking around while firmly harnessed to a roof. The other cruisers we spoke to before this tour all seemed under the impression that the tour involved daring leaps from ancient rooftop to ancient rooftop. In actuality, we remained on one building, and our path was in the shape of a square: on one side, there was street, and on the other was the building's courtyard. In terms of novelty or excitement, I actually think that middle-aged people enjoy this tour a lot more. I like to imagine that middle-aged people were all secretly outrageous in youth, and that being on a roof, period, brings back fantastic memories. Physically, you need to be able to climb a ladder/stairs-like thing to get from the attic to the roof, you need to be not afraid of heights overmuch, you need to be able to walk a fairly straight path, and to either balance on one foot at times or bend over, in order to pull your harness "dog" through check points. There was one older couple with us, and although they were the most skittish and the slowest, I think they also got the most out of this jaunt. So, that was just a criticism of the immediate linking of rooftops and youth in folk's minds. The above having been noted, I did enjoy the tour. It was an interesting way to see the city, it was rather beautiful, and it was, admittedly, fairly novel. In some ways, I liked the walking-tour part best. Stockholm is really cool on foot. The buildings are nifty, the stories the guides told were interesting, and it was pretty down there. Truth be told, it is harder to imagine being an old-time townsperson from a building's roof-- and that's half the fun for me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I'd done a considerable amount of research about Stockholm, and it soon became obvious that our short five hour visit would allow for only a few highlights. The idea of a ship's excursion began to look better and better. I ... Read More
I'd done a considerable amount of research about Stockholm, and it soon became obvious that our short five hour visit would allow for only a few highlights. The idea of a ship's excursion began to look better and better. I didn't want to spend my day watching the clock or racing around to make sure I got back in time. So I booked a tour which included my top priorities, the Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan I got to see what I'd come for and had no worries about quite literally missing the boat. As much as I prefer doing things on my own, there are times like this where there's no way I could have covered the ground that I did by myself. Our tour guide got us to the Vasa within a half hour of its opening, provided excellent commentary throughout, and directed us to a special exhibition in the basement which I'm sure I would have missed otherwise. We were left with a little over an hour in Gamla Stan. Not enough shopping time for some, but I didn't see anything that I couldn't live without. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Stockholm--After six northern European cities in a row, they all start to run together. Stockholm...let me see...Stockholm...oh yes, the Vasa Museum and the Globe Skyview. Both are great. The two hours downtown to shop was something of a ... Read More
Stockholm--After six northern European cities in a row, they all start to run together. Stockholm...let me see...Stockholm...oh yes, the Vasa Museum and the Globe Skyview. Both are great. The two hours downtown to shop was something of a surprise but lots of fun. I ate at a Swedish McDonald's. The McFeast is not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Tip: Do not take the NCL shore excursion into Stockholm (we took the "Stockholm On Your Own" NCL Shore Excursion). Way too expensive and you have to report to the Lounge at 7:05 AM!!! Totally unecessary. We were dropped off in ... Read More
Tip: Do not take the NCL shore excursion into Stockholm (we took the "Stockholm On Your Own" NCL Shore Excursion). Way too expensive and you have to report to the Lounge at 7:05 AM!!! Totally unecessary. We were dropped off in town by the bus before 9:00, but nothing opened before 10:00!! We met friends who just took the train in themselves around 9:30. Faster and less expensive (the train schedule is posted in the Shore Excursion office on ship). We recommend that you take the boat cruise and wander around the market near where the boats depart. The Old Town is well worth a half day wandering around. Try to catch the changing of the guard at the Palace. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Not walkable unless you are at the town ferry terminal. If not get the hop on/off bus and harbour tour ticket. Well worth it and allows access to all city attractions by jumping on/off the buses/boats. Unlike UK, all museums attract a ... Read More
Not walkable unless you are at the town ferry terminal. If not get the hop on/off bus and harbour tour ticket. Well worth it and allows access to all city attractions by jumping on/off the buses/boats. Unlike UK, all museums attract a charge. For a day trip you can see it all yourself by this method and by walking around. Visit the old town in the centre - very quaint, if a little expensive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We took a ho-ho water bus, the water buses stop right at the ship, we firstly went to the old town Gamla stan, which is nice to walk through and an easy walk to the palace, which is well worth going through as is the treasury. Then on to ... Read More
We took a ho-ho water bus, the water buses stop right at the ship, we firstly went to the old town Gamla stan, which is nice to walk through and an easy walk to the palace, which is well worth going through as is the treasury. Then on to the Vasa museum, expensive to get in but a must see, really interesting. We went lateish so had to wait for about 15 minutes before getting in, but the queue moved fairly swiftly. Then took the water bus back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Too much to see in 1 day. Lucky for us, we were coming back for a week after the cruise. Must see are the Vasa Museum (the ship), City Hall and walking inside the Gamla Stan. Ice cream shops where they make they're own flavored cone. ... Read More
Too much to see in 1 day. Lucky for us, we were coming back for a week after the cruise. Must see are the Vasa Museum (the ship), City Hall and walking inside the Gamla Stan. Ice cream shops where they make they're own flavored cone. Also nice to get out of the old town to see the "real Stockholm". The Royal Palace is nice but not a must. Shuttle into town if you want. We walked (20 min). Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Gamla Stan - the old town was fascinating with little lanes and specialist shops. Very good for Art Glass and Antiques. It is possible to eat reasonably, open sandwiches and a drink at one of the small cafe's were good value The ... Read More
Gamla Stan - the old town was fascinating with little lanes and specialist shops. Very good for Art Glass and Antiques. It is possible to eat reasonably, open sandwiches and a drink at one of the small cafe's were good value The Vasa museum despite it's daunting queue is well worth it. The place is large enough not to feel crowded and the ship that sank in 1628 is in superb condition,with more than enough to occupy you for several hours. The hop on hop off boat around the harbour allows you to see all the main sights and stop where-ever you like - good value. As I was with an ABBA freak a visit to a Stockholm record shop produced 4 previously unknown CDs. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Not enough to see all there is-especially if walking. Expensive but guess what-walked and walked again! The passage out of port was magnificent.
Not enough to see all there is-especially if walking. Expensive but guess what-walked and walked again! The passage out of port was magnificent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Free shuttle into Stockholm, easy to walk round the city. Cruise lines map & city guide very useful. The boat tour gives the feet a rest & you can hop-on/hop-off at various venues.
Free shuttle into Stockholm, easy to walk round the city. Cruise lines map & city guide very useful. The boat tour gives the feet a rest & you can hop-on/hop-off at various venues. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Again a lovely city,very clean, gorgeous buildings,yummy chocolate,not enough time in port to see everything,
Again a lovely city,very clean, gorgeous buildings,yummy chocolate,not enough time in port to see everything, Read Less
Sail Date July 2011

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