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5th September, 2015


After a relaxing day at sea, we tied up this morning in Gdansk in my home country of Poland. From our berth we had an excellent view on the Monument of the Coast Defenders. This is a very important historic and symbolic place for Polish people. It was there where the first shots of WWII were fired, thus the first battle of the European theater of World War II.

Guests gathered in the Britannia Lounge, ready to embark on their various excursions. The first excursion set off for a visit to the site of Stutthof concentration camp, which was opened on the second day of World War II as the first concentration camp outside of Germany, followed by a tour of the city centre of Gdansk, where they had a guided tour of the old town. Other guests went on a trip round the city centre viewing all the main buildings and sights of the Old Town including the Gothic Town Hall, the beautiful Neptune Fountain and the largest brick church in the world St Mary’s, and also featuring a guided tour of the Oliwa Cathedral, with a musical performance showcasing its famous 18th century rococo organ. Other tours also visited the historic Old Town, one also visiting the Solidarity Museum.

In the evening in the Britannia Lounge we had a Big Band Cocktail Party, with complimentary cocktails and first class music, a wonderful way to start the evening. After dinner, by popular request, we had Call My Bluff in the Britannia Lounge, at which guests were invited to decide who was telling the truth, and who wasn’t and could win a bottle of bubbly should they get all of them right: this was hosted by Social Hostess Carol Curling and on the panel were Chief Engineer Steven Hare, Fitness Hostess Cathy Ellis and Cruise Director John Parton. Later, the Drawing Room was turned into the Sapphire Jazz Club, with four of the finest musicians in the business, ‘The British Jazz Legends’ Tony Fisher, Jimmy Hastings, Bill Geldard and Roy Willox.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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