We are sailing on the Galaxy August 25 to Baltic countries, leaving from Amsterdam. We arrive Amsterdam 7:00 in morning of sailing and do not have check in at ship until 2:00 pm at earliest. We are therefore disappointed that there is no excursion or other sight seeing planned in Amsterdam since that will be our only opportunity to see that city - which we understand is very interesting. Does anyone have any information or ideas about this? Can we get from the airport to the center of city, take at least a city tour, and be back by the ship before 4:00 pm (it leaves at 5:00)?
Also, does anyone have any information about the proximity of where the ship docks in the various ports to the center of the city we are visiting? We know that it is a 3 hour train ride from Rostock to Berlin, but that's it. We are booked on the ship's excursion tour to Gdansk, but those other tours are VERY pricey.
Just did that cruise. Amsterdam-close to the central station-get on the tram or just walk. Oslo-right downtown-buy an Oslo card at the dock-gets you all the bus, ferry and trams rides plus intro into most museums-a great deal. We went to the folk museum and the viking museum. both very good. Stockholm-next to the opera house-across the bridge near the old city-easy to walk Helsinki-near stockman's department store- go to customer service to buy a Helsinki card-take the 3T TRAM TO SEE THE CITY SIGHTS-great place to walk and shop-ferry to Soumenlina is fun-cafe Engel was good for lunch.St. Petersburg -take tours- we took the Hermitage, Peterhof and Pushkin tours-all good. Skip the ballet- 44th string-not good. Gdansk-we took the leisurely tour- but you could probably get a cab for much less. Easy to walk around the old city.Rostock- we took the steamtrain from Bad Doberan and later walked from the ship dock to Warnemunde(5 minutes) -you can even walk to the beach-go into town-take aright and walk about 10 minutes-very nice. Most people who went to Berlin were not happy. Also most people didn't like Rostock. If you want to go to Rostock, the train from the ship to Rostock is right at the dock or the ferry (10 marks) will get you there. Copenhagen -shuttle takes you the New King's Sq- walking distance to most places-close to Nyhaven-went the palaces- Rosenberg is the most interesting-Amiel..borg is nice, but you must take a tour-English tour goes at 3pm...Tivoli is cute.. ate at Perlen (very nice) Also ate lunch at Krog (outstanding) near Christenborg palace. We were in Copenhagen 2 days, you only have noon to 10. too bad. By the way, the 29 bus will get you the ship if you miss the shuttle. Also, it's cheaper to take the bus or a cab to Tivoli than taking the $18 ship bus. The ship's tours are inflated. If you need more info,write back.
Are you traveling with Cruise Line air and transfers included? When we cruised out of Amsterdam on the Millennium last year and folks had an early arrival scheduled on embarkation day, Celebrity took them on a bus tour out of the Amsterdam area though for at least 3 -4 hours. Most people were appreciative, but jet lag had set in and they would have rather toured downtown Amsterdam. If you are on your own, you could take a taxi to the new Pier, but I don't remember lockers being available (the port was brand new last Summer) and you would not want your luggage getting mixed up with those who were just getting off the ship! If you do get to tour on your own, take a Canal Boat tour at least to get the best relaxing overview. There is no way you can see much in the short period of time you will have in Amsterdam. Don't forget your Dutch Gilder's too; boat & train/trolley take Dutch Money only.
Thanks so much for your e-mail. You provided us with more good information
than we've been able to get from our TA and Celebrity combined. When you
refer to the Amsterdam central station, I assume you mean the train station.
So we'd have to get from the airport to the central station first, is that
correct? Any idea of the best way to do that? I would hope that Celebrity
will be able to get the luggage to the ship without our having to accompany
For St. Petersburg we have actually hired a private guide because the ship's
excursions are very expensive. We did have to get Russian visas to do that.
In Germany, did most people take a train into Berlin, or use the ship's tour
ride to get there? We do want to get to downtown Berlin, just to see the
Thanks so much for your response to my post. Yes, we are flying over thru Celebrity with transfers, so we'll have to figure out how to get from the airport to downtown Amsterdam and then to the ship - without losing our luggage.
When you get to the amsterdam airport, you will be met by a cruise rep who will get you and your luggage through customs. You will then place your luggage on Celebrity's truck. You will not see that luggage again for hours. We got ours after the ship sailed. There is a bus from the airport to the ship. You can take it or go off on your own. However, the ship is docked very close to downtown. I would take the ship's bus, check in and then go downtown. It's really close. A short cab ride.In Germany, most people did the Berlin thing. Almost all were dissappointed. Too rushed. Most agreed that it wasn't worth it.
We were there in June and used the ship's flight and transfer. Seems like we got into Amsterdam about 8:00 a.m. By the time everybody claimed their luggage and then followed the guide through the airport, waited and toured the airport again, and then got to the dock, we waited about an hour and were on the ship for lunch. We were not allowed to go to our room until 1:00. It was cold and raining and nobody cared about roaming around town. We did the lifeboat drill in the cold with rain blowing in on us. It was miserable. Of course, things got worse when we left and hit something and the cruise was cancelled. By the way, we had originally scheduled 8/25 but had to go sooner or not go at all. I guess we will try again someday.