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Making the Most of Helsinki, Finland

Making the Most of Helsinki, Finland


GETTING THERE

Helsinki has three cruise terminals that can accommodate the Disney Magic: Katajanokka, West Harbor, and Hernesaari. While all of them are within reasonable distance of the city center, Katajanokka is about a mile closer. From the latter two, a shuttle service is provided for the two-mile drive, or you can take a taxi. There are terminals at all locations, offering basic services like restrooms, ATMs, taxi stands, and tour operator kiosks. Note that you will not be able to exchange currency at any of the terminals. Passengers don’t need a passport or visa to disembark at this port. Finland’s currency is the Euro, and major credit cards are widely accepted. The Helsinki City Tourist Office is located on Pohjoisesplanadi 19, and “Helsinki Helpers” in light green vests walk around the city to provide tourist information; don’t hesitate to approach them. In 2017 the Magic visits Helsinki three times. The All Ashore time is either 10:00 am or 11:30 am, and All Aboard in all cases is 5:30 pm.

GETTING AROUND

Helsinki’s inner city is located on a peninsula surrounded by an archipelago of small islands. While most attractions are within walking distance of each other, you may still want to hop aboard a bus or tram for part of the trip, to rest your feet a bit. The public transportation system is one of the best in Europe and easy to navigate. There are trams, buses, and the metro (subway) to chose from. You can buy a one-day ticket that grants unlimited travel on all three at a ticket machine or directly from the driver. 8/$9 - 4/$4.50 ages 7-16, under age 7 free https://www.hsl.fi/en. Car rental is neither necessary nor practicable. If you’re looking for convenience, metered taxis are readily available as taxi stands are located throughout the city. An easy and fairly inexpensive way to see all the major sights in Helsinki is on board a hop on/hop off tour bus. Tickets are 30/$34 adults, ages 14 and under ride free, and are valid all day long http://www.citytour.fi. You can combine this with a 1 ½-hour boat cruise through the archipelago for an extra 5/$4.50 per person. If the Disney Magic is docked at West Harbor or Hernesaari, you’ll be able to board a bus right at the terminal.

SAFETY

Helsinki, as well as Finland in general, is one of the safest places in the world for travelers. Still, always keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets view tourists as easy targets. During the summer, mosquitoes become a major nuisance. Be sure to apply insect repellent, especially if you are anywhere near the water.

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