By Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt

During this consultant, Rick Steves makes a speciality of a few of the grandest points of interest in Northern Europe. As continuously, he has a plan that will help you have a significant cultural adventure whereas you’re there—even with quite a few hours in port.

Inside you will find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or close to the most important Northern Europe ports of name, including:

Southampton and Dover (London)
Le Havre (Paris and Normandy)
Zeebrugge (Bruges and Brussels)
Warnemünde/Rostock (Berlin)
St. Petersburg

Rick Steves' Northern Europe Cruise Ports explains the right way to get into city from the cruise terminal, stocks sightseeing tips, and comprises self-guided walks and excursions. you will study which locations are most sensible for an excursion—and you can with a bit of luck stopover at by yourself. you will additionally get pointers on reserving a cruise, plus tricks for saving time and cash at the send and in port.

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Just as someone trying to learn a language will do better by immersing themselves in that culture than by sitting in a classroom for a few hours, I believe that travelers in search of engaging, broadening experiences should eat, sleep, and live Europe. Good or bad, cruising insulates you from Europe. If the Russian babushkas selling nesting dolls in St. Petersburg are getting a little too pushy, you can simply retreat to the comfort of 24-hour room service, tall glasses of ice water, American sports on the TV, and a boatload of people who speak English as a first language (except, perhaps, your crew).

Seek the truth. Recognize tourist traps. Give a culture the benefit of your open mind. See things as different but not better or worse. Any culture has much to share. Of course, travel, like the world, is a series of hills and valleys. Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something’s not to your liking, change your liking. Travel can make you a happier American as well as a citizen of the world. Our Earth is home to seven billion equally precious people. It’s humbling to travel and find that people don’t have the “American Dream”—they have their own dreams.

Cruisers visiting Paris will never experience the City of Light after dark. If you’re antsy, energetic, and want to stroll the cobbles of Europe at all hours, cruising may not be for you. However, even some seasoned globetrotters find that cruising is a good way to travel in Europe on a shoestring budget, yet still in comfort. One cruise-activities coordinator told me that cruisers can be divided into two groups: Those who stay in their rooms, refuse to try to enjoy the dozens of activities offered to them each day, and complain about everything; and those who get out and try to get to know their fellow passengers, make the most of being at sea, and have the time of their lives.

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