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Old May 18th, 2004, 03:45 PM
George S
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Hi

We're on the Grand Princess cruise of the Baltic leaving Copenhagen on July 18th.

Ports of call are:-
Copenhagen
Nynashamm (for Stockholm)
Tallinn
St Petersburg
Helsinki
Gdynia
Warnemunde
Helsingor

I definitely plan on taking a shore excursion in St Petersburg.

I'd really like some advice and tips from people regarding excursions at the other ports. Where should we book a formal excursion and where can you wander on your own.

For instance, most of the tours at Warnemunde travel to Berlin which is hours away. Is there anything to see in Warnemunde?

Are there any must sees/must dos at any of these ports.


Thanks

George
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Old May 18th, 2004, 09:26 PM
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We toured Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallin and Helsinki on our own last year. I read several guide books, surfed the net, and made a list of things that interested us in each city.

In Tallinn we used the self guided walking tour in Rick Steves' book.

In the other cities, there are hop-on/hop-off tour buses that were highly recommended. We also found the public transportation easy to use.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 10:23 AM
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Andee,
Thanks for the information. Where did you dock for Stockholm? Close to the city or in Nynashamm which I understand is about an hour away.

If you docked in Nynashamm, how did you get into central Stockholm?

Thanks.

George
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Old May 19th, 2004, 11:37 PM
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George, we will be on the Grand Princess for the same cruise in August. It takes a little research, but there are many trips that you can do without the cruiseline surtax. We will be there on a Sunday and decided that we could better spend our time in Northern Germany.

We will be renting a car at the port. There are lots of resort areas, quaint towns and sights to see within an easy drive of the port. There is a book entitled something like "Favorite Driving Tours in Germany", and has a tour called "Northern Ports & Two Seas" while our 14 hour stop in Germany will not allow us to take the entire circle tour - there are lots of good suggestions - like in SCHWERIN there is a castle modeled after a chateau on the Loire. There is Ratzeburg, which is an island tile, and the island of Rugen.

I'd rather be doing this tour than riding a train to get to Berlin. The flight home is long enough, and I will be back another time to visit Berlin.

Enjoy your tour!!
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Old May 20th, 2004, 05:31 PM
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We were on Orient, not Princess. We docked a 5-10 minute cab ride from DT Stockholm.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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Warnemunde is a coastal town which is the terminus for the train ferrys between Denmark and Germany. Nearby is Rostock which is an old Hanseatic port town. Very atmospheric. There's plenty to do there, which can be done on your own with public transit. Also North Sea beaches.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 11:16 AM
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Thanks everyone for your comments. George
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Old May 27th, 2004, 07:27 PM
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Hi! Just returned from a NCL cruise to several of your ports.Thr train station in Warnemunde is 5 minutes walk from the ship. (Small tourist town.) We took the train 20 minutes to Holstock which is larger. We picked up maps & things to see just by the ship & enjoyed our day. We did the same in Copenhagen, go to the Palace & see the Crown Jewels, Stockholm, again go to the Palace for the changing of the Guard, about 12:30. We took the tour bus from the tourist office near the ship that we could get on & off of all day for $20. We saw the Vasa Museum which is a big thing there. In Helsinki, we got maps near the ship & did our own tour. You will find things to interest you on the tourist office maps. We bought our first ship tour of St Petersburg & it was well worth the price. Have a great trip! Linda
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Old June 6th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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For St. Petersburg, you have to make advance preparations or you will have to use the ships tours which are not as good. Either use Red October or get your own Russian Visas from the Russian Consulate in N.Y and book privately. You see so much more with a small private tour. We never stood in a line. We bypassed lines whereever we went. We were in and out much faster than a bus tour with 30 t0 40 people on a tour.
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