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2nd August, 2015


Today, after a relaxing morning at sea, we arrived in Helsinki, capital city of Finland. Had we had not been in Gdynia a few days ago, this would be my favourite port of the cruise.

Guests mustered in the Britannia Lounge shortly after we berthed, set for more Shore Excursions. The first group departed for a 45 minute drive through the Finnish countryside to the second oldest city of Porvoo. Old Porvoo is renowned for its architecture, with the town plan the same as it was in the Middle Ages. Its red riverside storehouses in the old harbour are said to be the most photographed attraction in Finland. Meanwhile, other guests explored the city of Helsinki and its surroundings. Some set off on a ‘Sibelius Experience’, with a visit to the home of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous composer, followed by a performance of some of his famous works and a visit to Helsinki’s Sibelius Monument. Others also visited the Sibelius monument as part of an extensive visit of the ‘White City of the North’, with its spectacular architecture, including the Market Place, Kaivopuisto, and Helsinki’s focal point the Senate Square, with the Cathedral of St Nicholas and the Sederholm Residence.

Once everyone was back on board we set off, bound for St. Petersburg, nearly 150 nautical miles away. This evening on board was a formal occasion, and my Officers and I hosted a Cocktail Party at 6.15pm for our Britannia Club members. After another sumptuous meal courtesy of Executive Chef George Streeter and his team, in the Britannia Lounge ‘The Sounds of Simon’ entertained, with a tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. Later the Saga Orchestra played a dance set for our lovers of ballroom dancing, as Resident Piano Entertainer Martin Orbidans played in Cooper’s Bar and the Two Hearts Duo played music to dance the night away in the Drawing Room.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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