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