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6th June, 2012

Tallinn by Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon

After a hectic two days in St. Petersburg our next port of call was beautiful Tallinn, Estonia. The capital of the Estonian Republic (the coastal settlement) is only 53 miles from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland, midway between St. Petersburg and Stockholm. With an early start the ship was made fast for around 8am giving our passengers plenty opportunity to explore this wonderful city.

Guests could choose from a variety of tours to really experience the most Tallinn had to offer today. One of the first tours to leave was the Tallinn Old Town Tour letting our passengers discover the highlights of Tallinn Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot. Starting in the Upper Town they saw the castle, the Russian Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky and the 13th-century Gothic Dome Church. They then strolled along Long and Short Leg Streets to the 15th-century Blackheads Fraternity House for a folk show and refreshments before ending the tour at St. Catherine’s arts and crafts centre.

Another popular tour that left the ship today was 'Tallinn Highlights' taking our guests on a drive through the cultural centre of Tallinn and along the medieval city walls that encompass the Old Town. Disembarking the coach they strolled past Transfiguration Church enjoying a folk show and refreshments at Blackheads Fraternity House. Our guests then walked through Pikk Street and across Town Hall Square continuing by coach along the main thoroughfare towards the central park of Kadriorg. They also had the opportunity to visit the Song Festival grounds, where the national song festivals are held with some 30,000 singers concluding the tour at Pirita Marina the venue for international regattas and Olympic yachting.

On-board Saga Sapphire Cruise Staff Michelle, Sandie & Louise entertained our guests with games such as darts, table top football and Beetle Drive throughout the day.

As we sailed away at around 4.45pm guests could join all of the Cruise Staff out on the back deck for a cocktail with musical accompaniment from cocktail pianist Andy Law.

We invited those keen quizzers to join Explosive Productions dancer Emma at 6pm for tonight’s Team Trivia in the Drawing Room followed by Cabaret and Cocktails and the sounds of resident duo Perfect Mood. Alternatively those in the dancing mood could foxtrot down to the Britannia Lounge where lots joined Olive Bailey our on-board dance teacher for some sequence dancing.

Tonight’s Showtime was another instalment from Explosive Productions with ‘West End to Broadway’ taking our guests on a musical journey from London’s West End to New York’s Broadway. This followed with music for dancing from the Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

For those who wanted a night cap could join duo Perfect Mood our resident duo for cocktails and a possible sing-song until late in Cooper’s bar.

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