Leaving Copenhagen, the Caribbean Princess started sailing towards our next destination, Stockholm in Sweden.
In the early hours of the morning, the Caribbean Princess navigating through the Fjords as it approached the Swedish port of call of Stockholm, a city which is spread over several interconnected islands.
The scenery as we approached Stockholm was the most scenic among all the ports in our Baltic itinerary. Made up of an archipelago of about 30,000 islands, rocky islets and peninsulas, it’s no wonder that there were loads to see as we cruise in to the port of Stockholm.
I would love to have such a pretty little house on an isolated small island.
One of the perks of having a balcony in our cabin was that we could enjoy these beautiful scenes as they flash by, while having breakfast in our cabin.
From the distance of our cruise ship, these look like HDB flats, don’t they? I had to pinch myself and remind myself that this was Stockholm.
After about an hour of scenic cruising, the Caribbean Princess makes its final approach to the port of Stockholm.
We did not purchase a shore excursion from Princess for this port of call at Stockholm and had fully intended to navigate the city by public transport. One of the first things we did upon disembarkation from the Caribbean Princess was to purchase this 24-hr bus tickets from a booth at the cruise terminal. These tickets cover transport on all buses, subways and boats.
It cost about 230 kr (approximately SGD$38) for the 2 of us, but I consider it way cheaper than signing up for the shore excursions. These bus tickets are also available through a ticketing machine at the bus stop where we would be taking the public bus to the city centre, but we did not want to leave anything to chance. The machine could very well just play us out by not accepting a foreign credit card, or not accepting the dollar bills we had. Note that you cannot purchase a ticket on board the buses.
At the Stockholm Cruise Terminal, we found that this was the easiest port to navigate. Unlike Bruges where public transport to the city was difficult, and Copenhagen where there was confusion over the buses to take out of the cruise terminal, at Stockholm Cruise Centre, there was clear signages to follow to the public bus stop.
Another of the great ideas implemented by the Swedish to help the tourists navigate was these blue lines drawn on the roads. Just follow the blue line on the floor and you can be sure to reach the public bus stop that will bring us to the city centre. It is indeed idiot-proof!
The Caribbean Princess parked at Berth 638. It is a 10-minute walk from the Berth at the cruise terminal to the bus stop.
Along the way, we also passed by the stops for the Stockholm hop-on hop-off buses.
Along the way, on the right, the landmark to note is Frihamnsterminalen, a terminal building for ferry and boats. Pass that and you’ll know that you are on the correct path.
Of course on the return journey, you can expect to follow the blue line again back to the cruise terminal.
If you do not fancy taking the public bus to the city centre, an alternative would be to take a taxi. From the cruise terminal to the famous Vasa Museum where we were headed to would cost about SGD$33. Of course if there are more people in your party, it would be well worth the money to pool to take a taxi to town rather than purchase the bus tickets individually.
Where the blue line ends. Right ahead is the bus stop.
There were only two buses servicing this bus stop. Bus number 76 towards Norra Hammarbyhamnen (Ljusterögatan) was what we were looking out for. It will bring us to our first stop – the Vasa Museum which was 8 stops away.
>Enjoying the first sight of Stockholm as we traveled on bus 76.
Join us next as we visit the Vasa Museum.