PORTS

LONDON (DOVER), ENGLAND

Dover serves as a port for London, which is about 80 miles to the west. Dover is home to the famous White Cliffs of Dover, which are a historic symbol of British pride. Visitors can also see fairy tale castles and imposing fortresses by the sea, explore a Roman house or see a real Bronze Age boat in a high-tech gallery. 

 

Language:  English

Currency:  Pound Sterling (GBP)

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

This vibrant city in the Netherlands, lining a maze of canals, offers endless surprises. The top shore excursions here visit the world-renowned Rijksmuseum (it houses Rembrandt's "Night Watch"), Dam Square and the Royal Palace. In spring, the tulip gardens are a favorite destination. The Anne Frank House and the Heineken Brewery are open for tours.

Language:  Dutch

Currency:  Euro (EUR)

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BERLIN (ROSTOCK), GERMANY

Rostock is a city in northeastern Germany, in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, on the estuary of the Warnow River, near the Baltic Sea. It serves as a gateway to Berlin. In Berlin, step back into the city's turbulent past at the Brandenburg Gate, once closed between East and West Berlin, then reopened in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down. View the famous sculpture of Queen Nefertiti at the Egyptian Museum or wander among the shops and cafes of the Kurfurstendamm & Unter den Linden, two of the city's historic boulevards. Tourists staying at port can stroll past the fishermen's cottages on the old Alter Strom harbor. 

Language:  German

Currency:  Euro (EUR)

GDANSK (GDYNIA), POLAND

Shop for crystal, silver, amber, embroidered linens and nice arts and crafts such as wood carvings and painted wood articles in the historic center of Gdansk. Visit one of Gdansk's museums to learn more about the history and culture of the area.

Language:  Polish

Currency:  Polish Zloty (PLN)

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ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

 

This city along the Neva River embodies some of Russia's greatest treasures, and some ships stay in port overnight to allow passengers time to see the myriad sites. A few of the major attractions include the famous masterpieces at the Hermitage Museum, the baroque-style Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its 300-foot gilt cupola and the Bronze Horseman, a monument to Peter the Great. 

Language:  Russian

Currency:  Russian Ruble (RUB), US dollar (US$)

TALLINN, ESTONIA

In this Hanseatic city founded in the 13th century, nearly every building is a sight to see. Its medieval spirit is reflected in the main square, towering spires, cobblestone streets and the stone walls that encompass the city. Explore the gothic Church of St. Olai, handicraft shops and the 13th-century Danish Toompea Castle.

Language:  Estonian

Currency:  Euro (EUR)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

This immaculate Swedish city sprawls across more than a dozen islands connected by bridges. The best half-day shore excursions tour Gamla Stan, or old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and buildings that date to the 17th and 18th centuries. Stops typically include Stortorget Square and its historic stock exchange; the hall where Nobel Laureates are honored; the great warship Vasa; and the Royal Palace to watch the changing of the guard. A trip to Drottningholm Palace, which houses a splendid working 18th-century theater, also is popular. 

Language:  Swedish

Currency:  Swedish Krona (SEK)

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Copenhagen is the lively capital city in Denmark with storybook charm. Tourists will want to view the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by the fairy tale; visit Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous amusement park; and witness the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the members of Europe's oldest royal dynasty. The best excursions feature these major attractions, as well as the Kronborg Castle in nearby Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." 

Language:  Danish

Currency:  Danish Krone (DKK)

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