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This is still our favourite cruise route and we will be back on it with the Britannia in 2018 B818 in June. The Baltic was a main trading route from the day man built ships and it still is to this day. Many of these medieval towns were built as part of the Hanseatic League and have left us...
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Helsinki, Finland another great Baltic Cruise stop Beach, shops, church, cathedral, harbourside market, are all close to the stop where the shuttle bus will drop you. By a building that looks like it was a railway station but now is a flea market. As pretty as it is, there is a lot more to see than that. GOOGLE MAP First, there...
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St. Petersburg in Russia is probably an overnight stay on your Baltic Cruise. This is an overview that will help you figure St Petersburg out, because there is a lot on offer. The first thing that hits you about Russia is that it is just the same as everywhere else, people and places and the Roman old religions form part of...
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CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD - This church is situated along the Griboyedov Canal with a paved walkway running along both sides of the canal. It is also known as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. MAP POSION HERE It was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by political nihilists in March 1881. Building of the church...
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How to do St. Petersburg on your own? - It is actually easy and after the world cup myth buster on Russia maybe more people will feel easier about visiting. Cruise ships normally stay overnight because there is a lot on offer, which means there is a lot for you to figure out here on the banks of the river...
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With so many ships berthed at St Petersburg, and so many tourists in town, venues and functions can sell out. So this tip is to make sure you get what you wanted. Or, to be clear, the Russian Ballet evening does not necessarily mean you are going to see the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi or any other large...
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Watching a football tournament on a ship is electric. Look how incredibly international cruising is, these are the ships stopping in St Petersburg during the current World Cup, and Russia has other ports. Having been on board a ship for a World Cup and other great sporting events, I can tell you the atmosphere is fantastic. The World Cup...
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While the others went round the Fields of Mars and the church (entrance not included in the St Petersburg Explorer), as we were left on our own, we went rogue and crossed the river. We were not the only ones who crossed the bridge to the Peter & Paul Fortress. We had just enough time for an overview and to know...
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Pronounced Clay-peda, Klaipeda is an unusually ice free port situated at the edge of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Baltic tribes have inhabited the area since the 7th century which more recently has been controlled by successive German states until the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. In 1923 the Klaipėda Revolt saw it added to Lithuania (apart from a brief...
Vasa Museum is easy to find, cross on the ferry, walk up past Tivoli, round to the left past the Abba Museum and it is another eight minutes on, near the water.  The Vasa Museum is a part of the Swedish National Maritime Museums, receiving over 1.5million guests a year. The new building houses a huge battle ship that over...
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