Subject: Re: Scandinavia, Baltic and St. Petersburg tour
Hello Mei-Ching and Ziners, We did a Scandanavian Capitals and St. Petersburg cruise on the Crown Odyssey of the now defunct Royal Cruise Line in June of '95 and found it a great itinerary to do by cruise ship. There is fantastic scenery cruising into and out of each of the ports. With advance research and planning, the ports are quite easy to explore on foot, by ferry, and public transportation. So you can avoid what we have found to be frequently annoying and always expensive ship-sponsored shore excursions. The only shore excursion we did was in St. Petersburg--a city tour and visit to the Hermitage--since we weren't too confident about our Russian travel skills. It was quite good and probably made the best use of our time there. In Helsinki, we explored the market and city in the port area on foot and took a ferry to the Suomenlinna Fortress. In Stockholm, we went to the very interesting Vasa Museum and walked around the old city coming across a local celebration with parades, great uniforms and costumes, etc. In Copenhagen, we went by local transportation to Tivoli Gardens in the evening. The next morning, our anniversary, we took an early train to Hillirod, bought breakfast picnic supplies at a bakery and enjoyed them on the lake front overlooking Fredriksborg Castle. Then went on to Kronborg Castle (Hamlet) and had fun chats with locals on the train back. In Oslo, we visited Akershus Fortress and took a ferry from the port over to the area where there is the Viking Ship Museum and Norse Folk Museum and lovely residential areas. Hope this helps. Angie in Kansas