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hiStory Helsinki is the center of cultural, financial and economic activity. Its green parks and water-ways, fresh sea winds with seagulls flying over, busy market square and many open air cafes, makes Helsinki a pleasant place to visit. The city retains a small-town feel. There are no high-rise buildings and the Market Square is still surrounded by 19th century architecture. Helsinki has wide boulevards and a beautiful blue harbor. The city is built on a windblown peninsula and many of the sights are within walking distance of each other. In the historic center around Senate Square, you will see delightful neoclassic architecture in a cathedral and the government buildings. A stop by the Havis Amanda Fountain, rising out of the waves is an interesting sight; Helsinki residents regard it as their symbol. Helsinki has several great museums centrally located in the city. The Art Museum of the Ateneum is the principal gallery and covers Finnish and International art from the 19th century. The National Museum has extensive collections of Sami and Finno-Ugric ethnological artifacts. The Raitioliikennemuseo, with a dozen old rattlers, is a delightful tram museum and located in an old depot. Itdepicts Finnish street life in decades past. The Rock Church, hacked out of solid stone, attracts many visitors seeking a few bars of gospel. There are concerts there as well as a service. In the harbor area, you can linger at the Kauppatori market square on the wharf, where bargaining is welcomed.Located on the hill above the market is the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral. Both of these offer great views over the harbor and the city, as well as several hotels and rooftop bars. North of downtown is Finlandia Park with Finlandia Hall at one end and the new Opera House at the other. Next to the park is the National Museum with exhibits covering prehistoric to present times. West of the city center, in the dormitory town of Espoo, is the magnificent studio of Gallen-Kallela, the notable Finnish Painter.



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CApitAL Helsinki was named the capital of Finland in 1812. Although it is Finland's largest city, it is relatively small compared to other Scandinavian capitals. Size Finland is the seventh largest European country. LoCAtion It is bordered on the west by Sweden, on the north by Norway, on the east by Russia and on the south by the Gulf of Finland and Estonia. A Scandinavian country, Finland stretches from Helsinki on the southern coast northward to the Lapland region, which lies mostly above the Arctic Circle

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doCKing Cruise ships enter and exit between a series of small islands and dock at the commercial port in Helsinki. Shore eXCurSionS Please check your tour ticket for the correct meeting time and location for your tour. Your cruise line representative will direct you to your transportation. hoW to get to toWn Take a 15-minute taxi or shuttle ride to the heart of Helsinki. trAnSportAtion Helsinki's transportation network consists of trams, buses and an underground train

system that operate regular schedules throughout the city. Taxis are also available and can be hailed on the street. Keep in mind that taxi fares increase after 10:00 pm and on weekends. All means of transportation in Helsinki are modern, efficient and reliable. Shopping hourS Shops are open throughout the day Monday through Friday, mornings on Saturday,O T L A N D S C and Sundays noon to 5:00 pm. (However, most of the recommended shops are open Glasgow throughout the day while ship is in port.) Greenock BAnKing hourS Banks are open weekdays until late IR E L A N D afternoon. Finnish ATMs accept foreign bank Dublin cards.

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poStAL inForMAtion The main post office in town is Geiranger day open all Hellesylt Monday through Friday, and Saturday Flåm mornings. Stamps can be bought at bus or Bergen N O RWAY train stations and newsstands. teLephoneS Plastic Tele cards are usually required to use public phones. They are available in different denominations. eMergenCy # In case of emergency, dial 112. N o r th S e a


popuLAtion Finland has a population of five million. One million live on the southern coast, in and around Helsinki. LAnguAge Finnish is a Uralic language and belongs to the Finno-Ugric group. It is closely related to Estonian and Karelian. Six percent of the population speaks Swedish making Finland officially a bilingual country. Finlandssvenska or "Finland's Swedish" is very similar to the language spoken in Sweden but local dialects have many Finnish words. CurrenCy The Euro is the national currency. Recommended stores accept credit cards and traveler's checks. FOREX (Money Exchange) now available at the pier.


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tiMe zone Helsinki is on Eastern European Time. The ship may not always follow local time. Please adhere to ship's time while in port. touriSt inForMAtion The Helsinki City Tourist Office is located at Kauppatori Market Square.






Many stores participate in the Value Added Tax (VAT) refund program in which non-European citizens may be entitled to re-claim a portion or all of the tax paid (depending on the total purchase price). Each store participating in the VAT refund program is discretionary. In addition, regulations and conditions governing the refund of VAT are subject to change. It is the responsibility of each cruise ship guest making a purchase to inquire as to whether or not the store participates in VAT and if the purchase qualifies for a refund. For general questions regarding the participation of stores, please see your Shopping Guide.


T Global Refund TAX FREE Berlin Shop where you see theH E ENGLAND N E T simply N D S SHOPPING SIGN andH E R L Aask for your tax Harwich sights to visit while shopping refund cheque. Not all stores have a visible TaxFree London Amsterdamask for Tax Free Plymouth Shopping logo so do remember to Zeebrugge PO LA N D A. KAuppAtori MArKet SquAre d. uSpenSKi CAthedrAL Shopping. Southampton To qualify you must spend min. EUR 40 This area is the main fruit, vegetable, fish and arts and crafts market in Located above the harbor at Kanavakatu 1, the Uspenski Cathedral is Bruges (approx. USD 51) in one shop in one day. Show your English Channel GER Helsinki. an Orthodox church that is dedicated to the "Eternal Sleep of the Virgin purchase receipts and passport to customs MA NY BE L G IU M Mary." officials when leaving EU and have your Global Refund cheques Le Havre Brussels UK R A INE stamped. Now you can collect your refund U XEM BOUR G nearby L in cash at the CZ E B. SenAte SquAre CH Several prominent government buildings are located in this area. They e. MAnnerheiM MuSeuM Global Refund Cash Refund Office or mail the check to Global R E PUBLIC Paris include the university buildings, the library, as well as boutiques and The former home of Finland's most prominent leader, General Refund for direct crediting of your credit card. SLOVA K IA restaurants. The buildings were designed by 19th century architect Mannerheim, this museum is considered by some to be the city's it feels even better to shop tax Free. Carl Ludwig Engel and were designed to resemble St. Petersburg. most intriguing museum. On display are his treasures and collections.

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Customer Relations Shop with confidence, knowing that all merchants on this map days of the purchase date, contact the S W I TZE RLA ND FRANCE have been carefully selected and each offers a 60-day guarantee Department at: to passengers. This guarantee ensures buyers that all Ba y o f BiOnboard Media: scay SLOV E NIA 1691 Michigan Ave Suite 600, Miami Beach, FL 33139 recommended merchants will repair or replace any Phone: (800) 396-2999, Fax: (305) 673-2741 unsatisfactory item, excluding buyer's negligence or buyer's Venice Email: [email protected] remorse. For purposes of determining quality and value of A T L A to T I C Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm - Friday jewelry related N a buyer's complaint, only appraisals secured Vigo C R O ATI A by a buyer from independent graduate gemologists, not affiliated Bilbao am to 5:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time) Villefranche O C E A N will be acceptable. Please inquire about 9:00 Monte Carlo with any retail jeweler, Florence Split of individual store return policies before finalizing any purchase. Please send a letter and include the nameNice the ship, cruise Pisa Marseille Cannes The port shopping program is operated by Onboard Media, Inc. date, store name and merchandise problem. Also enclose a copy Livorno of the sales receipt and any relevant documents relating to the Participating merchants have paid an advertising fee to Onboard I TA LY sale. Onboard Media will contact the recommended C A on your Media for inclusion in this program. Cruise Line receives a C O R SI store PO R TU G A L Barcelona behalf for repair or replacement, and you will be notified promotional fee from Onboard Media. Onboard Media handles all Ajaccio Civitavecchia accordingly. customer relations claims relating to the guarantee. Rome


C. LutherAn CAthedrAL A USTRIA Located on the northern side RY the square is the Lutheran Cathedral, HUNG A of also known as Tuomiokirkko. It is the square's most prominent feature and was built between 1830 and 1832. ROM A NIA

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Fine Swiss Watches and Finnish Jewelry Located at 48 Aleksanterinkatu Street · Watches: Rolex, Panerai, Piaget, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Omega, Breguet, IWC, TAG Heu¬er, Longines, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin · ExclusiveDealer:Bulgari jewelry and watches · Lapponia:Every piece of Lapponia jewelry stands out not only because of its beauty, but also its artistic innovation; Large variety of gemstones including diamonds, rubies, tanzanite, sapphires, emeralds and semi-precious stones · DesignerAccessories:Montblanc pens and jewelry and Cartier pens, wallets and key chains

Located in the Main Shopping Area, Mikonkatu 2 · SwissandInternationalWatches: Omega, Longines, Rado, Eterna; Sarpaneva Finnish watches, Esprit, Sector, Fibo, Puma and Cover watches · LapponiaJewelry: Finnish Art jewelry in gold, silver and platinum, watches in gold and silver · KalevalaJewelryfromFinland: Every piece of jewelry has a story to tell. · KohinoorandGemexdiamondjewelryfromFinland; Montblanc writing instruments and leather goods





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Located on the Main Shopping Street, pohjoisesplanadi 23 · InnovativeClothing: Jackets, coats, dresses, trousers, shawls, bags, formal wear and much more · Hand-wovenjacketsincotton,wool,silkandviscose · Classiclinesplusaninternationaltrendycollectionin exquisite fabrics; Order a tailor-made outfit and have it shipped to you. · Allgarmentsare100%madeinFinland;Professional staff is fluent in English

Located in the Main Shopping Area, Aleksanterinkatu 50 · SwissWatches: Giraud Perregaux, Ebel, Perrelet, Rado and Versace · InternationalJewelryandWatches: Fope, Antilope and Rivoir; Sarpaneva Finnish watches · FinnishJewelry: Lapponia, Kalevala, Kohinoor and Gemex jewelry in gold, silver and platinum, watches in gold and silver · Montblancwritinginstrumentsandleathergoods

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exclusive Fur garments and Accessories Located at unioninkatu 27 · Lateststylesofinternationalfurtrendsandhigh quality fur garments · Expertiseinfur,serviceandmaintenance;Bigvariety 3 kalevala jewelry of different fur qualities combined with latest trends in fashion lapponia jewelry · Men'sfurlineandraincoats · UniqueFinnishdesignsusingFinnishbluefoxwithsilk, reversible ultra-light coats and jackets with luxurious Located on unioninkatu 25, near the Senate feeling, exceptionally beautiful colors and easy-going Square shapes · HighqualityFinnishjewelrybyKalevalaandLapponia Jewelry 7 · BoldanduniquedesignsinspiredbyFinland'snature aarikka and culture · Largecollectionofgold,silverandbronzejewelryin original Finnish design Made with Love in Finland a stylish shopping environment in the main shopping Located at pohjoisesplanadi 27 area · StunningSelection: Gifts, jewelry, Christmas · AlljewelrymadeinFinland decorations and so much more · Woodenandsilverjewelry · Woodennativityset · Giftarticles 4a

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Located on the main shopping street, 27 esplanadi · ThelargestselectioninFinlandwithLongchampand Tumi · Choosefromawidevarietyofleatherbags,wallets and other accessories. Show your map to receive a 5% discount on all purchases, except sale items

Manufacturer of Finnish Silván diamond Jewelry Located on the Main Shopping Street, pohjoisesplanadi 35 · Don'tmisstheirowndiamondjewelrybrand,Silván, made by Laatukoru and Swarovski jewelry · LargecollectionofFinnishinternationaldiamond jewelry · SwissWatches:Omega, Tag Heuer, Rado, Raymond Weil, Longines, Versace, Gucci · Professional,friendlystaff

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