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  1. Not sure you'll have the time for Skansen as it is quite huge and the distance from Vasa is longer than it looks on a map (some 15 -20 minutes walk to the main gate?). The road from Vasa to Gamla Stan is beautiful with the harbour on one side and elegant old buildings on the other (the area having the most expensive housing prices in Sweden). At the end of the bay I recommend you follow Hamngatan to Kungsträdgården (the King's Garden), through that park past the Opera house at Gustaf Adolf's torg (square) and then take either Norrbro bridge or Riksbron bridge to Gamla Stan.
  2. See this old topic with lots of pictures: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/1070531-entering-stockholm-via-archipelago-what-is-it-like/
  3. Seeing that Jade has a length of 965 ft / 294 m it restricts the options. For Helsinki that would mean West Harbour or Hernesaari: https://www.portofhelsinki.fi/en/contacts-and-maps/map-cruise-quays For Stockholm I think it would mean Nynäshamn?
  4. As said the ferry is part of the Helsinki region public transport and thus the same tickets as the buses, trams etc. So if you for example buy a local traffic day ticket it is valid for the ferry as well. The waterbus on the other hand us handled by a private company. The ferry will take you to the main quay. the waterbus to Artillery Bay or to the King's Gate. see map: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/frantic/suomenlinna/2018/06/ENG_suomenlinna_karttapohja_2018.pdf
  5. Recommended brands: Finland: Karl Fazer (pronounced "fat-sir") Sweden: Marabou Estonia: Kalev
  6. Bus 17 only goes with long intervals. Instead I recommend you get off bus 14 at stop "Tehtaanpuisto/Fabriksparken", that would be the 7th stop. It's next to a church with a high tower. Then continue forward along tehtaankatu street about 30 yards to the tram 3 stop in front of a old yellow house (Eira hospital). The #3 tram will take you direct to the Market Square. Exit at stop "Kauppatori/Salutorget". Note it will change number to #2 on the way in case you want to return the same way.
  7. In Helsinki you will be berthing at West Harbour (Hernesaari) quay LHD. Thats a new quay,(#3 on the map). The way to the city centre is walkable but a bit long so use ships shuttle or local bus 14.
  8. Almost all streets in Gamla Stan have cobblestones. Västerlånggatan, the main tourist street, has a more modern, flat type of cobblestones than the other streets and should be OK for wheelchairs. You can check that on Google Maps using Street View.
  9. For Helsinki the entrance to the South harbour / Hernesaari is straight in without any archipelago. All bigger cruise ships (over 800 feet) will go to West harbour. Smaller cruise ships going to the South Harbour / Katajanokka will pass a narrow straight close to the Suomenlinna fortress some 20-25 minutes before docking.
  10. As ABQcruiser said there are two companies in Helsinki, the red buses and Strömma. As you can see from the maps the routes are quite similar. And yes, both buses are red so its a bit confusing. https://www.redbuses.com/our-tours/helsinki-hop-hop-off-tour/ https://www.stromma.fi/globalassets/finland/helsinki/map_images/open_top_tours_bus/hoho_cs_helsinki_route_map_2018_web.png
  11. Perhaps best to do the market Square and the fortress first. Take tram 7 to the Senate Square with the Cathedral (exit at stop "Senaatintori") - walk one block to the market Or take tram 6T to the Railway Station (exit at stop "Rautatieasema") - walk six blocks through downtown to the market. The ferry to fortress starts at east side of the market. For the rock church take tram 2 from west side of the market (exit at stop "Kauppakorkeakoulut"). For returning to the ship from the rock church I recommend walking south a few blocks along Fredrik street to Kampintori and take tram 7 or 6T from there. "Hi" is "hej" in Swedish and "hei" in Finnish. "Thank you" is "tack" in Swedish and "kiitos" in Finnish.
  12. England was playing at Volgograd and as I understand it the mosquitos you saw are a local Volgograd phenomena. Note that Volgograd (ex Stalingrad, ex Tsaitsyn) is further away from St. Petersburg than Rome is from London.
  13. On Midsummer Day the trams will run according to Sunday time table so the first #7 tram will start from West Harbour at 0551. https://www.hsl.fi/sites/default/files/uploads/1-10-37_sivua_0.pdf Note that tram 7 will take another route 25 June - 22 July due to track work. That's why there are two tables for tram 7. I'm afraid the Market Square might be closed as well as many of the shops/stores.
  14. Do some planning and always have a map available just in case. The free maps available at the ports are not that great but should be sufficient. Helsinki should be quite straightforward for a tourist. While there are places like north of the Rock Church with confusing streets, most of the streets in the city districts are straight and parallel with each other. Stockholm. Old town has just two two major streets and is too small to get lost in. Most tourist attractions are close to water and some buildings like the Palace the City Hall and the Vasa Museum are seen from far away making it easy to see the directions. However for those who want to investigate more of the city the Södermalm district is quite hilly and the Brunkeberg Esker goes through the Norrmalm district (city commercial center) so while a route could look straightforward on a map you might find the street you planned to take in fact is 50 feet above or below you. Tallinn old town is not that big but a real labyrinth with streets going left and right and up and down. Also east of old town the commercial district doesn't seem to have been planned for pedestrians so in some places it is surprisingly hard to find a place to cross the street.
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