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We will be in Stockholm from 7AM-2PM. Very interested in seeing Gamla Stan and Skansen. Will we have time to do both? Suggestions for transportation to each and order we should see them. 7AM is an early docking time. Will that impede our ability to see both. If so, do you have alternate suggestions for our time. We will be on the Emerald Princess on Tuesday, May21, 2013. Thanks.For a super wonderful city like Stockholm, it is too bad that your time is BOTH so short in port and forcing you to arrive there and depart so very early. Not fair!!
I agree about the time. Very disappointed. So far the consensus seems to lean towards Gamla Stan and the Vasa Museum. Not sure where we dock. Sure hope we are close since our time is so limited. Wonder if it wouldn't be better to go to museum first since we arrive so early and most establishments in Gamla Stan might not be open.According to the Stockholm port website, http://www.stockholmshamnar.se/en/Karta/Vessel-calls/
Thanks....good advice. I love the pictures you post; makes me excited to go there. My husband's maternal side of the family immigrated from Sweden and we were wanting to see a depiction of what we think there lives may have been like. They were farmers and lived in Skane, so the city life probably wouldn't depict their lives that much. But then again, since we won't have time to really do much sight seeing, we probably need to focus on just seeing the interest of Stockholm. It was probably unrealistic to expect to learn much of his ancestry in such a short time. Guess we will have to go backGreat to learn more on your situation and interests. Hopefully, this small taste of Stockholm will encourage a return trip. Many cruises in the Baltics either start or end in great cities such as Stockholm or Copenhagen. Ours ended in Stockholm, allowing us extra time there, spending the evening there, etc., etc. That added time was super important to do this historic city justice. Any cruise line doing a 7 am to 2 pm "stop" is cheating their customers. Almost like fraud!!
We also have the the short visit time and decided on a ships excursion to Vasa and Sigtuna. Sigtuna is rural and has an interesting history. I think at that pont in the cruise I will be ready for a non-city experience.That sounds interesting as it might give us more of an idea of my husband's family's rural history. What cruise line are you on?
That sounds interesting as it might give us more of an idea of my husband's family's rural history. What cruise line are you on?I'm on the Emerald Princess on the June 3 sailing.
Could you elaborate on the lines. Is there a line to buy tickets and a line to enter? If one has a Stockholm card, do you go directly to the entry line?
Since the time you dock in Stockholm is really not the best. Most people say to visit the Vasa Museum ( A MUST SEE) as soon as it opens as the only allow a certain number of people in at a time. After June 1 it opens at 8:30, but when you are there, it opens at 10:00. Since they say you are docking at Frimhamen, it might make it difficult to get to Gamla Stan, then Vasa and back to Gamla Stan. That is up to you. You could take a chance and get to Vasa say, about noon, spend an hour and then back to the ship, and just hope that the lines aren't there and you can walk right in.
My husband's maternal side of the family immigrated from Sweden and we were wanting to see a depiction of what we think there lives may have been like. They were farmers and lived in Skane, so the city life probably wouldn't depict their lives that much.There is no time to you to see the whole Skansen but if you feel it is very important to you an option would be to see just a little part of it. The southeast part of Skansen depicts southern Sweden including a Skåne farmstead surrounded by typical domestic animals from that area. Skansen opens at 10 am and entrance tickets cost 110 kr - about 17 USD in May (150 kr later in the summer) and its up to you if its worth it. Here is a map