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  1. I am not sure about ship excursions, as we usually prefer to book private tours with local travel companies. A couple of years ago we took a private tour that included Kronborg & Frederiksborg Castle. Honestly, it was one of our favourite days of the cruise. Our guide was so knowlegeable and talked pretty much nonstop as we drove to North Zealand and in the museums. To answer your question, we also did go inside Kronborg Castle and enjoyed it as much as other spots on the tour. Overall it was a great day!
  2. Wow! That's creative! However, I would have been really disappointed if I hadn't had chance to see the statue on my only day in Copenhagen.
  3. As a history buff, this beautiful residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg was also on my bucket list. The castle is simply amazing with its marquetry floors, marble columns and gilded cast iron doors. There is also the Cathedral Tower which you can climb and enjoy a great view over the city of Schwerin. In the forest, many hiking and cycling trails where you can see rare plants and animals and this makes it even more perfect for nature lovers. Lots of things to see and do!
  4. You may also call them and check the details. I am sure they will be happy to help and answer your questions. The phone number is +45 88 33 99 00 Hope it helps and you will enjoy your stay. Good luck!
  5. I agree with the two previous comments and also suggest that you contact your tour operator and ask for the information on the Cruise Critic discount. I am sure that it will be easy for you. Good luck!
  6. Moscow is a great city but I would rather spend all two days in St Petersburg. Some years ago we had almost a week there and still it doesn’t seem enough. We also had one day in Moscow and the journey arranged by the local travel agency was well organized and comfortable. In a view of time restrictions of the journey (we spent almost 8 hours on the train and just 6-7 hours in the city) one day in Moscow still felt a little rushed. Anyway, enjoy planning your trip and hope you have a great time in Russia!
  7. I agree that The Soviet political museum is a great place where you can learn a lot about Russian history. There were some exhibitions on the day we arrived and I enjoyed every moment of it. Children seemed to enjoy this museum as well as adults did. Especially the Exhibition of Soviet political posters dedicated to the USSR achievements in space exploration and astronauts personal items like Gagarin’s tunic and many other interesting things. I would certainly visit it again. Also, one more vote for a tour with a local tour company. The organization is always excellent and guides are great and knowledgeable.
  8. Since our ship docked at Stockholm, I can’t advise on a transportation from Nynashamn. However, as soon as you manage to get to the city center, there are a couple of ways to reach ABBA Museum: using public transport such as tram or bus, or just walking there. We walked and the path was very beautiful with a park and a castle along the way. The museum was also fun, I really enjoyed it and we even managed to perform with ABBA (not a real one) on the stage. Regarding the Nobel Museum, it is situated in the former Stock Exchange Building in the Old town so I believe you will find it easily. I hope you will find out soon about the most efficient way from the port to the city center and have a great time in Stockholm!
  9. I agree with everything said above and highly recommend taking warm clothes like a winter coat, a hat and gloves. It’s better to be ready for any weather, especially in Baltic region, where it might be very chilly in the morning, then really warm in the afternoon, and then suddenly cold again. I hope there will be a good weather in St Petersburg on the days of your visit.
  10. The Baltic region is famous for its changeable climate. The weather changes very quickly and it’s difficult to say for sure whether you need to wear a t-shirt or a jumper. The last July was unusually hot and dry, but since you are going to spend the most of your days exploring outdoors, I would definitely recommend to pack with you some extra clothes like a cloak or a windbreaker – it is better to be ready for any change of weather rather than catch a cold. Enjoy your cruise!
  11. Thank you for sharing your experience and writing such a detailed feedback. You seem to have really enjoyed your journey. This information might be very helpful for us as we are also planning on taking a cruise along the Norwegian coast next summer. Thank you!
  12. We paid by a credit card for our nesting dolls in the souvenir shop near the St Isaac’s cathedral. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the shop, our guide brought us there on the way back to the ship. However, I’m sure you won't have any difficulty in finding Matryoshka Doll as there are plenty of the decent souvenir shops in the downtown and most of them accept credit cards. Regarding Rubles, you may need to have some on you just to buy small things on the street such as an ice-cream.
  13. You can find a good quality and not overly expensive vodka in big supermarkets like Land, Prisma, Azbuka Vkusa etc. There is also a local chain of alcohol stores in St Petersburg, called AM (Aromatniy Mir), with a good variety of Russian vodka. We brought a bottle of Beluga to our friends and they seemed to be very happy about our choice 🙂
  14. Most restaurants and stores accept сredit сards and if you need cash, there are also ATMs at the port terminal. Regarding the food, as you are having a private tour, you may tell your guide your preferences and she'll take you to a local restaurant for lunch. They usually know good places. Our guide brought us to the place called Marketplace which is more like a buffet with a plenty of options for lunch. There are some of them in the downtown.
  15. I am glad to hear that you were able to make a last minute booking. I am sure that you will have a great time and enjoy your visit. By the way, don't forget to share your experiences and impressions afterwards.
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