This was our first visit to Stockholm and we visited the outstanding Vasa Museum.
The next day was again sailing on the Baltic and we experienced the spectacular RCI’s ice show on Explorer.
From RCI Port Information:
“Ship clearance expected at 7:30 am and all onboard is set for 4:30 pm
Explorer of the Seas will dock at the Stadsgarden Cruise Terminal, located at approximately 3 km from town. Tourist information is available at the terminal, taxis and public transportation is also available. Hop-on Hop-off is also available for sale onboard and at the pier. Most stores open after 9:00 am
As an alternative option, a shuttle service is provided by local operator. Tickets can be purchased from Shore Excursions & Guest Services or on interactive TV onboard, or on the pier ashore.
Unused tickets are non-refundable.
Shuttle Price: US$18 per person – Return
Duration: 15-25 minutes approximately – Runs every 30 minutes
Operational Hours: First shuttle: 8:30 am & the last shuttle: 4:00 pm
Drop Off: Stromgatan by the Royal Opera House”
Our first cruise on Royal Caribbean took us to Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm, Skagen, Stavanger and back to Southampton.
Day 10 Tuesday 2nd July: Stockholm, Sweden
The band on the quayside struck up a rousing tune at 7 am which was a rather strange way to start our day. After that one tune they stopped and moved back under the shelter to get out of the pouring rain.
Our breakfast was in the buffet of the Sapphire restaurant. We were asked t share a table as usual and we were placed on a large table. It was good to be able to relax at a table after the last couple of days as no one joined us on the table.
Looking out from our balcony the day did not look great as the sky was overcast and it was raining.
To the Vasa Museum
Our plan was to catch the boat to cross over to the Vasa museum. Once off the ship we turned left away from the hop on hop off buses and followed the signs to the ferry boats.
At the top of the pier a guy in shorts were sheltering under an umbrella and was selling tickets for the boats. The poor guy was so cold that he was shivering as he sold us our tickets. He explained that the boat at the pier would not be following the regular route but would go straight across to the museums opposite.
As we boarded we can see our friends on the hop on hop off boat on the other side of the pier that would be taking them on their tour. When our boat was full we set off across to the museums. The windows were steamed up and the canvas covered parts of the ferry offered little or no protection for passengers unlucky enough to be sat at the stern.
We passed Grona Lund that looked rather sad in the damp weather. Our ferry rocked a lot as we crossed over the harbour as it passed through the wake of other boats.