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  1. The Blue Grotto is lovely to visit particularly on a hot day but it will take a chunk of your day to get there by public transport. If you want to go there on a cruise day it may be better to go by taxi or on a tour. We went during a four day land trip when we only used public transport. We went to the Blue Grotto in the morning on the 8.50am number 74 bus, did the boat cruise, returned to Valletta on the 11.40am number 74 bus and then went to Mdina on the 12.40pm number 51 bus and returned to Valletta on the 2.00pm number 52 bus. Was a great day. There is plenty to see and do in Valletta and easy to do DIY. Also across the harbour is the Three Cities which is also easy to get to by ferry.
  2. I have been in E219 on Emerald Princess and this was the view and layout. 😊
  3. My Baltics and Norwegian cruises have been two of my favourites but they are very different. The Baltics is more about large and historic cities with lots of history and beautiful buildings. Tallinn and Gdansk are gorgeous and St Petersburg wonderful. The sail in and out of Stockholm is also beautiful. Norway is about spectacular scenery, quaint villages and sailing magnificent fjords. We went to the very north and experienced the midnight sun which was amazing. Whichever cruise you choose they are both wonderful. In case you are interested I did reviews of both these cruises. Happy cruising! 😊 https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2426743-baltic-heritage-on-crown-princess-3-june-2017/
  4. I visited Gdansk in June 2017 when on a Princess cruise. When researching before the cruise I had read that public transport to Gdansk, which is a 45 minute drive from the port at Gydnia, was not easy, was time consuming and taxis were not readily available. Maybe others who have done public transport can report on their experience. My on board time was 3.30pm so to maximise my time in Gdansk I took the Princess "Gdansk on your Own" shore excursion as it was the easiest option for me and relatively inexpensive. When we left the dock there were a number of taxis waiting outside the dock exit but I do not know their price or how difficult it was to find a taxi to return to the ship from Gdansk. We were taken on a drive through the tri-city area of Gydnia, Sopot and on to Gdansk past the Oliwa Cathedral and the home of Lech Walesa (the founder of the Solidarity Movement, winner of the Noble Peace prize and former President of Poland) with a commentary from the guide. We were dropped off near to the old city centre and had four and a half hours on our own. Gdansk is a lovely city with many beautiful buildings, shops and restaurants. The river front is particularly lovely. I had a wonderful time wandering around the quaint streets, visiting St Marys Church and doing some shopping. On the way back to the ship we made a quick stop at Monument to the Shipyard Workers. I really enjoyed my visit to Gdansk.
  5. Wow, snowing! We were there on June 19, 2019 and it was my favourite port on our Land of the Midnight Sun cruise on Sapphire Princess. We were very lucky with the weather and the views were spectacular. 😊
  6. What a lovely thread! Hard to choose but all great memories! Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands Sailaway from Auckland, New Zealand Mt Dalsnibba, Geiranger, Norway
  7. I did the 14 day Norway, Land of the Midnight Sun cruise leaving from Southampton in June last year. I loved the cruise and all the ports were great. My itinerary was Stavanger, Flam, Geiranger, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Tromso, Gravdal (Lofoten Islands), Alesund and Bergen. The scenery was beautiful, the towns pretty and seeing the midnight sun amazing. I would happily do the same itinerary again as there was so much to see and do. I did a review of my cruise.
  8. In March 2018 I cruised on Emerald Princess for 14 days from Buenos Aires to Santiago. I had a lovely cruise and saw wonderful scenery. The Falkland Islands was a highlight as I did a fantastic tour with Estancia Excursions to Volunteer Point to see the penguins. The Chilean fjords were great to cruise through and we also went to the Amalia Glacier which was impressive. We sailed completely around Cape Horn which was a great experience. Most passengers were older, well travelled cruisers, with very few children on board. There were mostly North Americans as the cruise was the last of the season and continued on to Los Angeles, with a good number of Australians and a number of British. We had an Enrichment Lecturer on board who did a number of lectures on the areas we were sailing in. It was a most enjoyable cruise visiting a wonderful part of the world with beautiful scenery. I did a review of my cruise. https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2525793-south-america-cape-horn-on-emerald-princess-february-28-2018/
  9. In June 2017 I cruised on Crown Princess on a 14 night Baltic Heritage cruise. The ship started from and finished at Southampton and the ports were Bruges, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Gdansk. This was one of my favourite cruises. All the ports were very interesting and able to be done DIY with the exception of St Petersburg. In St Petersburg we did an excellent two day tour wirh TJ Travel which went to all the highlights including Peterhof, Catherine Palace, Hermitage, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress. Tallinn is lovely as it is so pretty and easy to walk around. The sail in and out of Stockholm was also very beautiful sailing through the archipelago. In June 2019 I cruised on Sapphire Princess on a 14 night Land of the Midnight Sun cruise to Norway, also to and from Southampton. This was a fantastic cruise and it was amazing to cruise to the north of Norway and not have the sun set for a number of days. I did a number of private excursions and also did some DIY. Norway is stunningly beautiful and I loved this cruise. I have done reviews of these two cruises. https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2426743-baltic-heritage-on-crown-princess-3-june-2017/
  10. It was different from Geirangerfjord (didn't do Nordfjord) and it was great to see Pulpit Rock from below however if you had the time and energy to hike to Pulpit Rock that would be great. The views from the top would be fantastic!
  11. I did a Travelmarvel cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in July 2015. It was on the Travelmarvel Sapphire which is an older ship but our cabin was very comfortable. The food and service on board was excellent. We enjoyed all our port stops and the included walking tours. Wine, beer and soft drinks were included at dinner. Travelmarvel is the budget arm of APT but included all that we wanted. They are getting a new ship the Travelmarvel Polaris which will sail the Rhine this year. I would have no hesitation in cruising with Travelmarvel again.
  12. On my visit to Stavanger in June 2019 I did the Rodne cruise at 9.00am to Lysefjord to see Pulpit Rock. It was a very enjoyable cruise and we saw the fjord which we did not sail in to on our cruise ship. We were back in Stavanger at 11.45am leaving plenty of time to see the town. You will sail in and out of the fjord when you visit Geiranger so you can perhaps do a tour further afield to Mt Dalsnibba which has spectacular views. In Bergen we spent our time in the town which is lovely. Hope you enjoy your cruise. 😊 Lysefjord View from Mt Dalsnibba, Geiranger
  13. I'd forgotten about the Imperial War Museum. My eight year old son also really enjoyed going there and it is an easy 15 minute walk from both the County Hall and Waterloo Premier Inns.
  14. I have replied to your other thread about Premier Inn County Hall and Waterloo (have stayed at both and both in great locations and also twice been in a family room at County Hall which were comfortable) and breakfast ( pastries and juice from M & S a few minutes walk away). My eight year old son loved the British Museum (he really wanted to see the Rosetta Stone), going to Hamleys on Regent Street (wonderful multi-floored toy store), the Tower of London and watching the changing of the Horse Guards at Horse Guards Parade. Hope you have a great trip. 😊
  15. There is a small M & S on York Road near the corner of Chicheley Street which is only a few minutes walk from both hotels. We were able to pick up pastries and cold juice for breakfast each morning (which we ate at South Bank watching the river). There are also a few cafes in the area but I have not had breakfast at any of them. I have also stayed at both hotels and both are in great locations and I would happily stay at both again. I slightly prefer the County Hall as twice I have had a view of the London Eye from my room when staying there (but not in a family room) and it is marginally quicker to get to South Bank but stayed at the Waterloo hotel last July and had a very quiet, comfortable and air conditioned room. I have stayed in a family room at County Hall (twice, in winter) with a double and single bed in the room which was comfortable but did look out over the street which was a little noisier (from street noise) than a room overlooking a courtyard. Hope you have a great trip. 😊
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