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30th July, 2015


What better first port for me than my home port of Gdynia, Poland. This is where I took the first steps of my sea-going career, attending the Merchant Naval Academy.

The pilot boarded at 7 o’clock sharp and we began our discussion regarding the docking maneuver. Rather funny really – despite both of us being Poles, we continued to use our best English to ensure that everyone on the bridge was fully aware of what was planned. I guess it worked! as we gently docked without any problems. We tied up just before 8 o’clock, as guests gathered in the Britannia Lounge, ready to embark on their various excursions. All excursions featured a trip to the nearby city of Gdansk, with its rich history, its beautiful architecture and its cobbled streets. The first excursion set off for an unforgettable visit to the site of Stutthof Concentration Camp, where 110,000 people from 25 different countries and nationalities were incarcerated, and 65,000 lost their lives, be it in the camp or on their way to it. After this emotional visit to this site of such tragedy, guests moved on to the city of Gdansk, where they were able to enjoy a 3-course lunch in a local restaurant before taking a guided tour of the old town. Other guests went on excursions focusing on the city of Gdansk, and featuring the Oliwa Cathedral, the beautiful Neptune Fountain and the Gothic church of St. Mary’s, the largest brick church in the world.

All aboard time today was 7.30pm as we set sail for Stockholm, approximately 296 nautical miles away, with a sea day to look forward to tomorrow. This evening’s entertainment started off with a quiz in the Drawing Room with Cruise Staff Host Andrew. Main Showtime followed in the Britannia Lounge at 9.30, as Explosive Productions took to the stage, performing their show entitled ‘The Concert They Never Gave’, with songs from Neil Sedaka, Buddy Holly, Dusty Springfield and the Everly Brothers to name but a few. The entertainment then continued as Martin Orbidans played in Cooper’s Bar, and the Two Hearts Duo played in the Drawing Room.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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