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Silversea "Scotland's Tattoo" Cruise


ABOVE: Amalienborg, the royal palace of Denmark, faces a pedestrian-friendly square on Copenhagen's waterfront.

Copenhagen: Arrival and shore excursions

Continued from: Port of Copenhagen

We arrived on an SAS flight at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport, which is only a short distance from the city center by train or taxi. A Silversea representative named Magnus was on hand to greet Silver Whisper passengers, and he was quite efficient: He identified the ship's guests by the Silversea luggage tags on their suitcases.

Passengers who buy Silversea air-hotel packages are transferred to the Copenhagen Marriott, a modern luxury hotel along the harborfront east of Tivoli, but we stayed at the four-star Phoenix Copenhagen, a traditional-style older hotel on the edge of the historic Nyhavn district near the royal palace. The hotel was quite comfortable (although the air conditioning couldn't keep up with the summer's record-breaking heat), and a huge Scandinavian-style breakfast buffet was served in the hotel's manor-style Van Plessen Restaurant.

After wandering around the city for the afternoon, we took a bicycle-powered "Quickshaw" to Tivoli Gardens. (A number of companies operate bike rickshaws or pedicabs in Copenhagen; they're easy to find in the major tourist and transportation hubs around town.)

We dined at the Fregatten Sct.Georg III restaurant in Tivoli, which is billed as a "working pirate ship" and is moored on a lake in the heart of the gardens. The seafood was especially good, and our traditional Danish dessert--fresh strawberries served with a strawberry cream purée--was the perfect end to a romantic dinner on the frigate's deck.

After watching an open-air concert at Tivoli (where middle-aged Danes were snuggling and holding hands like teenagers), we walked back to our hotel along the car-free Strøget shopping street, which was still packed with people of all ages at 11 p.m. on a summer evening.

The next day, we explored Copenhagen until the afternoon, when it was time to board the Silver Whisper at Langelinie Pier. (Note: Guests who opt for Silversea's air-hotel package are transferred by bus from the hotel to the pier.)

For more information about Copenhagen, see:

Our 24-page city guide is packed with photos, advice, and useful Web links.

Wonderful Copenhagen
The Danish capital's tourist office operates this comprehensive site.

Next page: Port of Rosyth (Edinburgh)

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"Scotland's Tattoo" ports and sights

Copenhagen Londonderry
Rosyth (Edinburgh) St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
Invergordon (Inverness) Zeebrugge (Bruges)
Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) Tilbury (London)

Ship photos

Silver Whisper Photos 2003 Silver Whisper Photos 2002

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