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7th September, 2015

We arrived alongside and tied up this morning just before 7.00am at the Cruise Centre in the pretty German port of Warnemünde. Guests set off bright and early on a full day trip to Berlin. On this 12 hour excursion, passengers enjoyed seeing all the main features of the historic city of Berlin, first going on a city tour on the coach, then embarking on a pleasure cruiser along the River Spree, on which they had lunch while passing many of Berlin’s main sights such as the Bellevue Palace, Museum Island or the Reichstag which they would later have a glass of champagne on top of. The second group left a little later taking a boat from the jetty into the city of Rostock, where they went on a walking tour, seeing its distinctive red-brick architecture, its beautiful City Hall, and including a visit to the Stasi museum, the interrogation centre of East Germany’s KGB.

In the afternoon 2 coaches set out on an excursion entitled ‘The Molli and the Minster’, when guests went to the town of Bad Doberan, where they could see the 700-year-old Minster, before leaving the town on the Molli narrow-gauge steam train to the beach resort of Kühlungsborn, where they could relax with coffee and cake on the beach promenade. Others set off on an a brand new excursion about ‘Technology from behind the Iron Curtain’: on this tour passengers went to a what had been a secret military compound, a no-go area until 1990. Used until Germany’s reunification by Russian and East-German forces, our passengers were able to see all sorts of vehicles, heavy military equipment including MIG fighter planes, helicopters, bridging, anti-air tanks and other artillery pieces such as the T-34, T-55 and T-72 tanks, some of which guests then witnessed in action live on the premises’ testing grounds.

All aboard time today was 7.30pm, with a day’s journey through the Kiel Canal before arriving in Ijmuiden, Holland. In the evening Cathy Ellis hosted Team Trivia in the Drawing Room. In the Britannia Lounge the Explosive Singers and Dancers presented ‘All You Need is Love’, a tribute to the classic sounds of the ‘Fab Four’ with more elaborate costumes, vintage vocal harmonies and high energy dance routines, followed by music for dancing from The Saga Orchestra, whilst Perry Grant 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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