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26th August, 2015


After another delayed transit through the Kiel Canal – this seems to be rule rather than exception for the last few weeks - we arrived into Klaipeda harbour slightly later than scheduled. Our guests were actually pleased about that, as they could have a rather easy start to the day with all tours setting off after lunch. The weather looked promising, and it was indeed a lovely sunny day.

The first group left on a trip to the Curonian peninsula, also known as Neringa after a giantess who is said to have lived there according to legend: on this tour guests discovered the highest spot in Northern Europe, a strip of land which since 2000 has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a visit to an amber gallery and the town of Nida. The second group went on a tour to the site of the Soviet Nuclear Weapons Program that was developed during the Cold War, a fascinating and chilling site with relics from the Cold War and underground tunnels. Another group set out on an excursion entitled ‘Village Life in Lithuania’, in which, as the name indicates, passengers drove to the village of Gargzdai, where they met with residents of Lithuania, be it locals or ex-pats such as the former British Defence Attaché, and were able to learn about village life during Soviet control and how life has altered for Lithuania since gaining independence in 1990. The 2 final groups departed for City tours. The first went for a drive around the town, followed by a trip to Palanga, home to a Botanical park, in which stands a Neo Renaissance style mansion, which now houses the newly renovated Amber Museum. The second, after also discovering the city centre, went to Svturys brewery, the oldest operating brewery in Lithuania which was established in 1784. After following step by step the beer production of this award winning beer, guests were invited to find their favourite and enjoy tasting at a nearby restaurant.

All aboard time today was 7.30pm, with a day at sea to look forward to before our arrival in Stockholm tomorrow evening. For this evening’s main entertainment in the Britannia Lounge, Big Band and Swing Singer Jason Isaacs presented ‘The Ambassadors of Swing’ with a selection of swinging songs from Sinatra to Bobby Darin. Later, in Cooper’s Bar, Resident Piano Entertainer Perry Grant got everyone singing along, while the Two Hearts Duo played up in the Drawing Room.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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