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Old June 16th, 2006, 10:38 AM
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We're the kind of people who tend to shun shore excursions and just go roaming on our own. This worked well on our only previous cruise (Alaska). But will it work in northern Europe (Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, etc.)? Can we just get off the ship and walk? Or will we need to purchase taxis or other transfers to access the city centers? Thanks for the help.
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I take it you are conversational in Russian, Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian. Joking aside, I sure wouldn't try to do St. Petersburg on my own. First, it would be unwise and dangerous, and secondly, if you want to see the Hermitage, and the Winter Palace you will certainly want to go on a tour.
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Check out PortReviews.com--very informative site. Has info about all major ports. We are crusing the Dream to the Baltics Sept 8 . The info I have read indicates all cities are near the port area. (Walking or shuttle) with the exception of St. Petersburg. Of course, with the visa restrictions etc we are going to take ship excursions in Russia.
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We're going there in several weeks. In St. Petersburg, unless you are with an official tour group, through the ship or privately, you must get a Russian visa ahead of time. Think they cost about $75-$100.
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Stockholm, Helsinki they seems to dock in town Tallin is it a short trip to the old city you could catch a cab or maybe your ship offers a shuttle.

Russia take a tour as already posted... you need a visa otherwise and some ships will dock in the industrial port .
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