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Baltic cruise – late September/early October

Hello,

I’m scheduled to take a Baltic cruise on Holland America lines which will stop at the following ports.

Oslo, Norway
Arhus, Denmark
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Tallinn, Estonia
Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm, Sweden
Visby, Sweden
Bonne, Denmark
Kiel (Hamburg), Germany
Copenhagen, Denmark.

With the exception of the Warnemunde port, do you know if any of these cities are accessible from the port?

We’d like to take walking or independent tours in these places since many of the excursions from the ship are overpriced.

I would appreciate if anybody could give me some insight as to whether we would need to take transportation from the ship to these locations.

Any additional comments/recommendations would be great. Thank you so much!

Cheers,

Barbara

Posted by
6756 posts

Visby and Ronne (not Bonne) certainly are.

Both will have shuttle buses, but Ronne especially is an interesting walk- both are around a 15 to 20 minute walk from quay to city centre.

Copenhagen has various cruise berths. All the older berths are within walking distance of a railway station, the new terminals at Oceankaj have a free shuttle bus to Orientkaj metro station. Also the HoHo bus runs to all terminals (including Oceankaj) when a ship is in.

Kiel is right in the city centre. Tallinn is also well within walking distance of the Old Town.

Stockholm depends on which terminal you use, also check with the line that they are not using Nynashamn- a 1 hour train ride away.

Posted by
23472 posts

It has been several years but we were on that cruise and hit most of those ports. For us, in every port HA provides some form of transportation, generally a bus running every 30 mins or so, to the center of the city if the dock was not within walking distance. We generally hit the local TI for local walk tours. As I remember most of the docks were near the downtown areas. And, of course, when you get off there are dozens of taxis willing to take you anywhere.

Posted by
258 posts

Barbara, I think we're on the same cruise - and I had the same question! I called HAL and, unfortunately, they were not very helpful but I've cobbled together some info from cruise critic. If it would be useful I've also developed a port by port itinerary ( I thought that the ship excursions were crazy expensive) and would be happy to share it. Just send me a note and I'll send it. We've been to several of these ports before so I've found a number of unusual things to do.

Posted by
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We did similar years ago. You take a train from to Berlin..I believe it was a 2 hour train one way. We did not do it. We have been to Berlin on our own for a week stay and I really don't think you would have adequate time to see the city on a quick excursion the ship offers. The port though was cute and charming.

Posted by
5161 posts

Did you know you posted in the Netherlands section? You may get even more response from posting under General Europe or the Specific countries.
Have a great trip!

Posted by
70 posts

Thank you! I tried posting to the Gen Europe, travel forum, but was not allowed since the topic had already been posted.

Posted by
2352 posts

hey hey bpeters922
like others have mentioned, register with cruisecritic.com
check out forums and roll calls with your ship, post a question if anyone interested in sharing a private tour from dock(first come first goes) research private tour/taxi companies in city you visiting, read what they offer and cost or what you wish to see & let driver say what he/she can do. be adamant about times and returning to ship before sailaway. we liked small group (4 to 6 people).
we have done that on a few cruises in states and europe, met great cruisers and enjoyed the tour. it does take some time but when all done, get off ship and tour van waiting to zoom you away. carry small bills of that country for tipping or if stopping at shop/photo ops, be prepared & stopping at an ATM. if you do get a group, discuss how they pay (pay cash to driver with the split or credit card & get cash from cruiser before tour)
enjoy and have fun
aloha