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2nd June, 2018

A new port to us, Karlskrona is set inland from an archipelago of islands on the south coast of Sweden, providing a pleasant sail into port during breakfast time for the early-risers at least. Some 20 miles is spent weaving in between low-lying rocks & some 30 small islands before ending up next to Sweden’s principal Naval Base, and the small town of Karlskrona next to it.

Today we would anchor about a mile from the town’s edge, and ferry everyone into using our little tender boats as there is not a suitably-sized berth in this town for us to use. Tender operations into this fine example of a Renaissance town – also a UNESCO listed site – commenced shortly after 08:00. Organised trips varied from walking tours around the city and Naval Dockyards, to visits further afield by coach to adjoining villages and parks.

I was not fortunate enough to find time to get off and have a gander at this port, however received some great feedback on it once everyone returned later in the day. Apparently a visit to the Maritime Museum (entrance is free!!) is a must, and the ice creams were even better than those in Visby. These facts alone are enough to sway me to return…

Late in the afternoon once everyone had seen enough (and eaten enough ice cream) we recovered our little boats and weighed the anchor, heading back out of the archipelago again into the flat calm, bright, mirror-like central Baltic. We are certainly enjoying amazing weather this cruise.

After another sumptuous supper on board – enjoyed on decks by many – we were treated to some special singing by powerhouse vocalist Anthony Stuart Lloyd, whose voice is almost as large as him!

Various courses south-west overnight saw us tracking towards the western Baltic again and the mouth of the Kiel Canal, where we popped out of around 10 days ago; but this time we are to stop there in the famous city of Kiel – again, an exciting first for Captain Tanner here. More about this tomorrow folks…

Captain Kim Tanner

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