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25th June, 2014


The ship arrived this morning at Tallinn pilot station at 6:30am. As soon as the pilot had boarded we sailed the 12 miles to our berth. The weather was much kinder than last time we were here. The berth today was just on the seaside of the one last time. We approached, swung and were soon safely moored at 8:00am.


Tallinn is really a tale of three cities: the ancient citadel, the old town and the modern city. The citadel, known as Toompea Castle, sits on a craggy hill peering down on a fascinating amalgam of medieval rooftops and winding cobbled streets, punctuated here and there by graceful spires and turreted towers. After a turbulent history, during which it served many masters and was a member of the Hanseatic League, an Estonian state, with Tallinn as the capital, was established after World War I. As soon as the passengers were allowed to go ashore the shore excursions were dispatched. The four tours today had all a Tallinn theme. Tallinn and Saue Manor, Tallinn Old Town Tour, Tallinn Highlights, Panoramic Tallinn. The difference was the duration of the tour and that some were more strenuous than others. There is enough in and around Tallinn to fill more than a one day call. Sight covered by the tours were: Nun’s Gate, Transfiguration Church, 15th century Blackheads Traternity House, Town Hall Square, St. Catherines Craft Centre, Central Park of Kadriorg ( the setting for the baroque palace of Catherina), the Song Festival Grounds (where some 30000 singers participate in national song festivals), Pirita Marina (the venue for international regattas and Olympic yachting, 15th century St. Birgit’s Convent, the Estonian Russalka monument dedicated to an 1893 shipwreck), the summer residence of Count Orlov, the three remaining towers of the knights of the Sword Castle, the Russian orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky, the 13th century Gothic Dome Church and the Toompea Palace (which is now the Estonian Parliament).


For the passengers who wanted to discover Tallinn independently, there was a shuttle bus. For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities.

Too soon it was 3:30pm and all on board. When all passengers and pilot were on board and the linesmen on stations we departed from the berth, sailed to the pilot station, where we disembarked the pilot and set course for the next port of call Kleipeda. The evening started with the Britannia Club Party during which I had the pleasure to talk to many passengers that had sailed with us before. For non- members there was cocktail hour in the Drawing Room and in the Aviator’s Bar. All this was followed by dinner. After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing followed Star of the West End Peter Karrie. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo and Explosive vocalist Gareth Evans in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar

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