Are going on an extended trip but not sure how long the travel sized toiletries will last? You are in luck! I just completed a 20 day trip and kept track. Here is a general guideline:
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, interesting, fun and a great place to start/end a cruise. The city is easy to get around and many major attractions are within walking distance of each other. The Hop On Hop Off bus (one of my favorite ways to explore a city) offers 3 different routes with 26 stops plus a canal boat tour.
We arrived on a glorious summer day - sunny and blue skies; quite fortunate as our taxi driver told us it was one of only 3 days all summer with sunshine! Having been to Copenhagen before, we chose to explore some new areas, Christianshavn and Christiana Freetown, and ended our day in the popular area of Nyhavn.
Some friends we met on board our cruise explored other areas of Copenhagen, including the Carlsberg brewery and city center sites.
I enjoy nice dining venues, but I can't describe myself as an overly discriminating foodie, and so checking out specialty restaurants never quite made it to the top of my list. 100+ cruise days and only one visit to a specialty restaurant (to celebrate my mom's birthday). That is until my most recent cruise, a transatlantic voyage on the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas.
If you were able to read my post last week you know that I just recently came back from a 16 day, transatlantic cruise. Oh, I'm still missing those sea days and all the great conversations!
While onboard, I had the opportunity to speak with a lot of people about their experiences in port. Some were similar to what I had done, others I had never even considered and will definitely keep in mind the next time around. With a relatively short amount of time in port one needs to make the best of the time available, and many ideas were fabulous.
So what is the best way to see a port? Explore it on your own, take a tour with the ship or find your own tour? Some ports are great for going at it on your own, especially if transportation is good; others a guided tour may be your best bet. A lot of it depends on whether you have been to the port before, how comfortable you are exploring on your own and how easy it is to get around to the sites you want to see.
I must admit, I am a bit biased when it comes to exploring a port. I'm quite independent and so going off on my own is often the norm, especially when I have someone with me. Those Hop On Hop Off buses regularly call my name! And nothing beats just casually walking the streets, ducking into a café and observing local life. If an excursion is my best bet, I almost always go with an independent operator. In fact it has been quite some time since I have booked an excursion directly with a cruise line.
I just completed a 16 night transatlantic cruise that started in Copenhagen and ended in Boston on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas. A lovely mid-sized ship with approximately 2500 guests, she had been sailing in northern Europe over the summer, with itineraries in the Baltics and up into Norway. She now needed to get back to Boston for a few quick 5 day round-trips to Nova Scotia before heading down to "winter" in the Caribbean.
This re-positioning cruise was by far one of the most fun and memorable cruises I have ever taken. The trip caught my eye because of the unusual itinerary. Most re-positioning cruises have a lot of sea days (which is why many of us take these type of cruises) and limited ports of call, but this itinerary included 8 port days including 4 days in Iceland, a top destination on my must see list. As it turned out, Iceland was the big draw for most people on this trip, and the people we met made this cruise an extra ordinary, exceptional experience.