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22 May 2016 | 11:00:00

Baltic Cruise (Stockholm) . 2015 . Aug 6


This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here

Our next stop at Stockholm after the Vasa Museum was the Royal Palace of Stockholm.  This would be our third palace in three short days, after the Rosenborg Castle and Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen. Although palace visiting seemed to be a prominent feature of the entire Baltic cruise, nothing could quite prepare us for the opulence of the Russian palaces that was to come in the next few days.

How to get to The Royal Palace of Stockholm from Vasa Museum

From Vasa Museum, we went back to the bus stop that we alighted from and hopped right back on bus 76 towards Norra Hammarbyhamnen (Ljusterögatan).  The Royal Palace of Stockholm is just 5 stops away.


It’s hard to miss your stop, with the kind of technology that they have on board their buses or trams to update you on the upcoming stops.


As our bus approached, we found that there was a bit of a fanfare going on in the streets.  It was the marching of the Royal Guards with their orchestra, something that we witnessed a fair bit of in the comfort of the bus (lucky me) while the roads were slightly jammed with people stopping to see this sight.


And this is what we came here for - the Royal Palace of Stockholm.


The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of King Carl XVI (the current King of Sweden).  It houses the official offices of the King and Queen, as well as those of the royal courts administration.  The King uses the palace when exercising his official duties and for official representation.  When there are state visits or other official functions, some parts, or even the whole palace may be closed to the public!


First of all, we had to buy tickets.  Entrance tickets for each adult was about SGD$25!   The ticketing booth was just in front of this grandeur of the throne!  So I couldn’t help but snap some photos while waiting in line to pay.


Remember to get the guidebook as well when you purchase the tickets.  It is about the only point where you can purchase this book (we didn’t see it sold anywhere else).   At a cost of SGD$15, it was especially useful in giving us a good summary and history of the things we were looking at, something that foreigners to the land like ourselves would appreciate very much.


Alternatively, you may want to download the Royal Palace free app to help you navigate through the Royal Palace.


Only certain parts of the palace are open to the public, as depicted on the entrance tickets - The Royal ApartmentsThe TreasuryThe Tre Kroner Museum and the Museum of Antiquities.   Sounds like a lot to do within the one and a half hours we had allocated to cover this attraction.

First thing we ever did on getting the entrance tickets was to walk though the Hall of State to get to the Throne.  Up until 1975, the King opened his parliament every year with a formal ceremony held in the Hall of State.


The throne dates back all the way to 1650!


The Royal Chapel is about one of the grandest places (and of course,  the busiest) in the entire palace.


We proceeded very quickly to the Tre Kroner Museum to avoid the crowd.  It really was a very peaceful place here, because it really was just a cellar.  A fire at the castle destroyed everything in 1697, but the things hidden in the safety of the brick walls of the cellar survived.  Today, it houses a collection of the remains from a number of other buildings, historical objects and the model of the newly constructed castle.


The Royal Apartments are really where most of the action were.  The majority of our time were spent looking in at the wonderful furnishings and paintings.



Admiring the intricate carvings up on the ceilings of the palace.

Just like the Rosenborg Castle, the Royal Palace of Stockholm has a treasury which houses the crown jewels of the Swedish monarchy.  However, unlike the Rosenborg Treasury, photography was not allowed.  There was also a long queue (and a long waiting time) to go into the small little underground cove that was the treasury, so you might want to make it your first stop if you arrive in the morning before the rest of the tourist crowds hits.

Join us next as we hit the streets of Stockholm for some quick shopping before we leave for the Caribbean Princess.

This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Baltic Cruise + Southampton Trip Report and Itinerary

Baltic Cruise + Southampton . 2015 . Jul 29 - Aug 16

Baltic cruises may not be as popular as Alaska cruises, but they are definitely ideal cruise options for those who are looking for an unique cruise experience. Baltic cruises are filled with interesting destinations in Northern Europe to explore. On our trip on board the Caribbean Princess, we woke up every day - ready to explore a new and exciting destination.


On board this cruise, we visited Bruges in Belgium and tasted some delicious chocolates. Docked in the wonderful port of Copenhagen, we were welcomed by the world famous 'Little Mermaid'. We were amazed by the spectacular Vasa Museum in Stockholm and were fascinated by the unique Chapel of Silence and Rock Church in Helsinki.

In St Petersburg, the highlights of the Baltics, we visited the Hermitage museum, enjoyed a night of ballet and visited the Catherine Palaces and Peterhof Gardens.

Last but not least, the ports of Tallinn and Gdansk in Estonia and Poland also gave us some new insights to destinations that we might not have considered if we were travelling on land.

Here's our itinerary with some photos and links to our reviews for our trip.

Updated 22 May 2016


Day 0  Singapore -> London (Jul 29)

2100 - Check in at Singapore Changi Airport
2330 - Flight to London Heathrow Airport

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Day 1  Southampton F & E  (Jul 30)

0555 - Arrive at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2
0700 - Clear Customs
0800 - National Express Coach FK203 to Southampton Coach Station
1015 - Reach Southampton Coach Station
1045 - Check-in Ibis Southampton Centre
1130 - Early Lunch
1300 - Visit West Quay Shopping Centre & IKEA
1600 - Walk around Southampton City
1730 - Early Dinner @ Chicago Rib Shack
1830 - Back to Hotel


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Day 2  Southampton F & E (Jul 31)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast @ Mc Donalds
0900 - Visit Toy "R" Us
0930 - Visit Sea City Museum (Titanic Story), Dino Fest / Gateway to the World
1300 - Lunch @ Sprinkles Gelato
1400 - Shopping @ Marlands Shopping Centre
1600 - Shopping @ Primark
1500 - Walk around Southampton City
1900 - Early Dinner @ TGIF
2000 - Back to Hotel


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Day 3  Baltic Cruise starts (Aug 1)

0900 - Rise and shine
0930 - Breakfast
1045 - Check out Hotel
1115 - Taxi to Cruise Terminal
1200 - Embark on Caribbean Princess
1400 - Lunch on Board
1600 - Cruise departs London (Southampton)
1630 - Explore Ship
2200 - Bedtime

Day 4  Bruges - Belgium (Aug 2)

0800 - Arrive Bruges
0845 - Princess Cruises Shore Excursion (Bruges & Time On Your Own)
0915 - Walking Tour of Bruges + Church of Our Lady
1100 - Bruges Canal Cruise
1130 - Time on Our Own in Bruges
1300 - Chocolate Shopping @ Walplein
1430 - Souvenir Shopping
1645 - End of Excursion
1800 - Depart Bruges
2100 - Bedtime

Day 5 At Sea (Aug 3)

0900 - Rise and shine
1000 - Explore Ship
2100 - Bedtime


Day 6  Copenhagen - Denmark (Aug 4)

0800 - Arrive Copenhagen
0840 - Visit Little Mermaid
0911 - Walk around Rosenborg Castle Garden
1000 - Explore Rosenborg Castle
1030 - Explore Rosenborg Castle Treasury
1045 - Visit the Round Tower
1116 - Canal Tours' Grand Tour of Copenhagen (from Gammel Strand)
1230 - Visit Christiansborg Palace
1330 - Shopping @ Stroget (Shopping Street)
1544 - Walk back to Cruise Ship
1700 - Depart Copenhagen
2200 - Bedtime

Day 7  At Sea (Aug 5)

0900 - Rise and shine
1000 - Explore Ship
2100 - Bedtime

Day 8  Stockholm - Sweden (Aug 6)

0900 - Arrive Stockholm
0954 - Visit Vasa Museum
1126 - Visit Royal Palace
1310 - Shopping with Lunch
1525 - Walk back to Cruise Ship
1700 - Depart Stockholm
2100 - Bedtime

Day 9  Helsinki - Finland (Aug 7)

1000 - Arrive Helsinki
1051 - Visit Chapel of Silence
1201 - Visit Rock Church (Temppeliaukion Kirkko)
1253 - Visit Senate Square and Surroundings
1556 - Walk back to Cruise Ship
1800 - Depart Helsinki
2100 - Bedtime

Day 10  St Petersburg - Russia (Aug 8)

0630 - Arrive St Petersburg
0900 - Princess Shore Excursion (Hermitage Museum & St Petersburg On Your Own)
1600 - End of Excursion
1845 - Princess Shore Excursion (Evening at the Russian Ballet)
2315 - End of Excursion
0000 - Bedtime

Day 11  St Petersburg - Russia (Aug 9)

0630 - Rise and shine
0730 - Princess Shore Excursion (Catherine & Peterhof Palaces)
1715 - End of Excursion
1800 - Depart St Petersburg
2200 - Bedtime

Day 12  Tallinn - Estonia (Aug 10)

0800 - Arrive Tallinn
1000 - DIY Walking Tour
1400 - End of Excursion
1700 - Depart Tallinn
2200 - Bedtime

Day 13  At Sea (Aug 11)

0900 - Rise and shine
1000 - Explore Ship
2100 - Bedtime

Day 14  Gdansk - Poland (Aug 12)

0700 - Arrive Gdansk
0800 - Princess Shore Excursion (Gdansk On Your Own)
1500 - End of Excursion
1600 - Depart Gdansk
2200 - Bedtime

Day 15  At Sea (Aug 13)

0900 - Rise and shine
1000 - Explore Ship
2100 - Bedtime

Day 16  At Sea (Aug 14)

0900 - Rise and shine
1000 - Explore Ship
2100 - Bedtime

Day 17  London -> Singapore (Aug 15)

0700 - Arrive London (Southampton)
0730 - Princess Shore Excursion (Stonehenge - Disembarking Heathrow)
1345 - Reach Heathrow Terminal 2
1245 - Lunch at Airport
1730 - Check in Flight @ Heathrow Terminal 2
2050 - Board Flight to Singapore

Day 18  Reach Singapore (Aug 16)

1655 Arrive Singapore



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