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Summer Cruise

May 13 2010 at 7:06 AM
jeffreyg  (no login)

I am taking my family on a cruise this summer. It is on the Crystal line to Northern Europe embarking from Dover. For many of you, my first time visit to these ports is home. We will be stopping in Oslo, Copenhagen, Visby, St. Petersburg (with subsequent trip to Moscow) Helsinki and Stockholm.
I have never traveled on the Crystal Cruise line. For those of you with experience or pointers, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Summer Cruise

May 13 2010, 9:40 AM 

Hiii Jeffrey..

I saw on a tv programme that Crytal Cruise is famous for its service. Have not been on a Crystal cruise before but I did a post on Royal Carribbean cruise a few months back on this forum.

Copenhagen.. The Little Mermaid statue is in Shanghai at the moment so u will have to give it a miss. There are lots of shops specializing in well designed stuff. Your kids may enjoy the Tivoli themepark. Helsinki.. I remember dining at a Michelin restaurant and the food there was extremely yummy ( but I can only tell u the name of the restaurant next month coz I am currently overseas ). Suomenlina for is also worth a visit. Stockholm.. There is a theme park ( I forget the name ) which is also worth a visit . If u want I can give u a list of suggestions early June happy.gif

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Thank you LiL

May 13 2010, 9:57 AM 

I would appreciate all suggestions and recommendations. We traveled on the Queen Mary last summer. It was lovely but almost overwhelming with its size and labyrinth of passageways. The number of passengers on the QM II is approximately 2500. On this particular Crystal cruise it is 922.

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June 17 2010, 8:19 PM 

Hiii Jeffrey..

Sorry i took so long to get back to you. It takes me longer and longer to recover after i come back from a long trip. I think it is age catching up happy.gif

OK the following tips are based on my short visit to Scandinavia several years ago. Hope my information is accurate and these places are still there.

Copenhagen :
- Stroll along Stroget and Nyhavn
- Shop at Georg Jensen
- There is a Erotica Museum in town.. maybe u can leave your kids at Tivoli Gardens and then check out the museum with your wife wink
- If you have time you can make a day trip, take a train to Louisiana museum, then hop on over to Helsingor and see the Kronborg ( if memory serves me right this is the Hamlet castle ), take the Scanline ferry over to Helsinborg ( Sweden ), train down to Malmo and ferry back to Copenhagen.
- I highly recommend Christiana freetown ( a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents )
- Check out Amalienborg Palace and NyCarlsberg Glytotek Museum ( only do this if you have time to kill )
- if you are near the airport check out Dragor village. When i was there there was a halloween-like celebration and that was pretty interesting

Helsinki :
- Visit Temppeliaukio church ( highlight for me )
- Check out the Sibelius monument
- have a meal at Chez Dominique ( very very yummy food )
- attend a concert at Finlandia Hall
- Visit Suomenlinna ( world heritage site )
- If you have time you can take the ferry over to Talinn, Estonia and visit the old town.

- Stroll along Gamla Stan
- Visit the Ice Bar at Nordic Hotel ( ccccold but it is a good experience)
- Visit Vasa Museum and Skansen


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