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31st May, 2014

Yesterday was a relaxing day at sea. The waters were calm and the sun did come through the clouds. After breakfast the lecturers, instructors, cruise staff etc. were busy to do presentations and conduct activities for the passengers. In the evening after cocktail hour in the Cooper’s Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the drawing Room and dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing followed by a performance of The Explosive Production Cast and the master marionette performers with Stars on Strings. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar. A well -deserved relaxing day.

This morning the temperature had risen a bit and made our 6:00am arrival at the pilot station more pleasurable. We weaved the 12 miles through the approaches and were safely berthed at 8:00am.

Gothenburg

Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries is situated on the west coast of Sweden. The city, founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus, enjoys, due to the Gulf Stream, a mild, but rather rainy climate. Its location and climate helped it to grow as a trading city, which is evident in the historical buildings throughout the town. After the ship was cleared the passengers could go ashore. The tours today were Gothenburg City Tour, Gothenburg and Haga and Tjoloholm Manor. The city tour begins at Gustav Adolf Square., where the history is explained, especially the significance of the canals, which played a large role for Gothenburg as a trade centre. On the way admire the waterfront, the famous Gothenburg opera house, the statue of Poseidon rising above Gotaplatsen Square, the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre and Liseberg, one of Sweden’s biggest amusement Parks.

Gothenburg

The Gothenburg and Haga tour also visits Haga, a district renowned for its picturesque wooden houses and 19th century atmosphere. Originally a working class suburb with a bad reputation his district has gradually transformed in a popular tourist destination. The third tour, Tjoloholm Manor, starts with a drive to Fjaras Bracka, a 25 mile long ridge near beautiful Lake Lygnerm ( a most remarkable and impressive glacial sea formation. Then it is on to Tjoloholm, a beautiful Elizabethan-style manor house and one of Sweden’s greatest attractions. The front is reminiscent of the 16th century and Tudor era, while the interior is a brilliant example of Art Nouveau and craftsmanship in the spirit of William Morris. It had comforts beyond the standards of the day. It had hot air heating system, three bathrooms fitted with showers and sunken baths, a horse drawn vacuum cleaner of which the thick hoses were pushed into the room through the windows. The tour concludes with a walk in the manicured gardens.

For the passengers who wanted to discover Gothenburg independently, there was a shuttle bus.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities.

All aboard was at 3:30pm today. This gave ample time to enjoy afternoon tea and get ready for today’s formal evening. The evening started with the Farewell Cocktail Party during which I had the pleasure to recognise the crew by presenting the employee and nominees of the month. This was followed by one of George Streeter’s culinary creation in the form of dinner. After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing followed by a performance of Virtuoso Violinist Michael Bacala. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo and a performance by singers Darren Tremble and 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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