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Dont bother with a trip in Stockholm use the shuttle into the centre and then buy a water taxi ticket for the day, not much difference in price between the hour/day ticket, you then have easy access to all the major attractions around the city centre

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Tallin is lovely - the HOHO bus is great

If you're docking in Gydnia for Gdansk then we used shore excursion to get to Gdansk then had a wander on our own once there

Copenhagen - we saw Tivolli and the little mermaid. We did everything here on the HOHO bus too

Stockholm - the Vasa museum is fabulous and the ABBA museum is great fun! the old town is beautiful to walk around

St Petersburg  - There's so much to see here! We saw Peterhof Palace, Catherines Palace and the Hermitage. Thoroughly enjouyed everything we did. Organised all through the ship so we didnt have to worry about visas for Russia

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We are leaving on our 3rd Baltic cruise in just under 2 weeks. For Brugge we have booked a private mini bus as we are there on Sunday and the trains are infrequent, It is 100 euros for both trips so if you can find a enough fellow passengers, the bus holds 8, it is only 12.5 euros pp. i have the e-mail for the taxi company if you want. Copenhagen is lovely previously we have got a map and walked but there are water buses and a HOHO bus fron the dock by the little Mermaid-check where you are docking because some ships are docking further out now and you need to get a bus into town, don't miss the tivoli gardens nyhaven or the changing of the guard.If you are lucky in Stockholm check where the ship docks if you dock at stradsgarden you can get a HOHO boat next to the ship which is the most pleasant way to visit.Helsinki is small for a capital the market next to the old harbour is worth a visit, our best day there was when we hopped on one of the boats in the small harbor next to the market and sailed out to the islands. Tallin is beautiful, be careful of the Tallin card it only covers local buses not tourist buses so unless you know which buses numbers to catch to get around and intend to visit all the museums(many close Mondays and Tuesdays)it is a waste.We usually walk as that is the only way to get to some of the best places. We have book 'Gadnsk on your own tour' but have been told since that there are HOHO buses from the port and a very lovely seaside resort between the port and Gdansk. We have booked with a Russian tour company for a two day tour in St Petersburg the price is dependent on exchange rate but approx £178 pp. The reason we booked this was we had already visited everything on all the ships tours and although this tour visits all the main sights again it also includes several others that are not included on ships tours.If you wish I will give you a full rundown on the tour when we return.Friends on one of our previous cruises used this company(SPB) and said they were superb.All the tour company's operating in St Petersburg arrange tour visa's for you- don't let the cruise company try to tell you that if you don't book through them you have to apply for a visa yourself. The private company s use 16 seat buses or cars so you save quite a lot of time waiting for a large coach to load up at every stop.

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The Baltic is my favourite cruise destination. We have been twice and loved it both times. You have had some great suggestions from the forum. In Gdansk we did a guided tour of the dockyard where the freedom movement started and found it very interesting and also very emotional. A good tip is to have a small amount of local currency with you, particularly if you are not on a trip. Some smaller cafes will only take that and it is often difficult to find a free public toilet. Take plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Temperatures can often be in the mid thirties at that time of year. Enjoy!

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Agree with tigerlilly, the Vasa Museum in Stockholm is amazing. A full size galleon in all it's glory. Bruges is a wonderful city. We took the train there. Tallinn and Copenhagen easily walkable from the terminal. In St Petersburg we personally loved the excursion to Peterhof more than Catherine's.

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Hi we are shortly on our first Baltic cruise and looking forward to our itinerary which comprises various interesting ports - the dilemma is the number of currencies involved (5)!

 

Is the best way to get a nominal small cash sum for incidental expenses (drinks, gifts ect) or is there a global cash card I can load with cash?

 

Thanks

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Just back from the Baltic had a great time most off the Country we stop at deal in euros as well has there own currency and the American dollar we took all different currency but if I ever go back it be euros

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