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8th August, 2014


Weather wise Tallinn was just about a repeat of the previous two days in St. Petersburg, very warm and sunny. With the ship being on one of two piers outside the harbour we had a grand view looking up towards the medieval old town, with its graceful spires and red gabled roofs. Most of the tours went that way although there was a ‘Soviet Memories’. It is so popular that I still have not managed to get a place, perhaps next time. We sailed just before four, an earlier getaway than normal in order to cover the three hundred miles to Klaipeda, our next call.

The formal evening had a ‘James Bond’ theme and George, our Executive Chef, had given every course at dinner a suitable film name. I wasn’t too sure whether anyone would try the ‘Die Another Day’, or even the Captain’s special – ‘License to Kill'. Dinner was in fact a fairly quick affair because just about all the diners wanted to take their seats for show time. The music and films of Bond were featured, but the special guest was Honor Blackman, who came onto the stage looking very elegant in a full length gold dress, how appropriate. Cruise Director Matthew spent well over half an hour chatting to her and the audience was riveted. She was delightful and, as the interview was coming to a close, she said, ‘But I haven’t told my best story yet’. Needless to say she did, it was very amusing, one for after the threshold you might say, and of course I must keep you in the dark as to its content. Spies, as well as actresses, must have their secrets you know.

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