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16th September, 2013

Despite a relatively late departure from Stockholm, we made the Helsinki pilot ETA in good time. He was a jovial chap who was more than happy to discuss the recent signing of Kimi Raikkonen to the Ferrari Formula 1 team. With two other cruise ships in port, including Saga Ruby, we ended up in what was, to all intents and purposes, a building site. It was once the container terminal, but is now being ‘reborn’ into what will be waterside apartments, the pilot was not impressed either, ‘This is a very windy place – the new owners won’t like it,’ he said. There were mountains of rubble just the other side of the security fence, just behind what looked like a graveyard for tired yachts, or at least ones possibly under refurbishment.

Apart from being unable to see the centre of the city it didn’t really matter as the tour buses came right next to the ship as did the shuttle service for the independent passengers. Captain Wes and I discussed on email the situation with the only tug available, we both needed it due to the windy conditions prevailing, but we were both due to depart at the same time and our berths were about four miles apart. In the end, because we were required first into St. Petersburg on the morrow, we left slightly early after all the tours were back, and Saga Ruby had the tug, probably just a little after her scheduled departure time. So we ended up being followed all the way into the Gulf of Finland.

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