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A couple of updates

I mentioned yesterday that we had put a question regarding the Vasa Museum at Stockholm into the Shore Excursions drop-box. We received a detailed printed reply by bedtime last night, so well within the 24 hours they allow themselves. The admission price will be 130SKR each. The note also included opening times, concession rates and other information, so we’ve got all the information we need. Well done and thanks to the Shore Excursions team.

One other odd thing about the call at Stockholm – Swedish immigration want to do a face-to-face check of all passengers arriving and departing. In order to achieve this, all passengers, including those not going ashore, have got to parade at the Manhattan lounge at stipulated times. For passengers on tours it’s between 8:30 and 8:50, while for all other passengers it’s organised by deck. Our deck has the 09:50 – 10:10 slot. Is this the general rule at Stockholm? It seems odd. The only other time I can recall anything similar was at Tunis, on our very cruise on MSC Sinfonia. We had to visit the theatre to collect an immigration slip from officials of one government department, which was then taken off us at the bottom of the gangway by officials of a different government department.

Finally, we will be passing underneath the Öresund Bridge at about 7 o’clock this evening. I shall be endeavouring to get some pictures….

(Update: pictures were taken, but it turns out this was the Great Belt bridge, not the Öresund bridge. We’ll pass under the latter on our way into Copenhagen on the way home.

3 Responses to “A couple of updates”

  1. rosie says:

    Can’t remember us doing that when we stopped there (customs)
    We walked to the Vasa museum, thought it was fantastic.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks for the comment, Rosie. I got the feeling from the Excursions team that the immigration arrangements were unusual.

  2. Carol reed says:

    So enjoy reading your regular blogs. They’re so informative.

    Can’t believe Swedish immigration want to see everyone on board. That’s such a major job with so many people.

    Would like to see some pics of the bridge.

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