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9th August, 2016

Tallinn, Estonia

The deep low that passed over the UK and then Norway, rather early for the season, also affected the waters of the Baltic. So it has been a windy few days, nuisance value really, and not affecting the overnight ride. We were the first cruise ship to arrive in Tallinn for the day, so I had considerably more room to manoeuvre onto our designated pier from where we had a good view towards the old town for a while.

I managed to take leave for a few hours in order to be a surprise guest at a ‘Magic Moment’lunch. Getting through town to reach the venue was no mean feat, having to avoid the merry throng, all seemingly being enticed by maids in period costume to sample the delicacies of one restaurant or another.

Ours was like nothing I have seen before. Steps led to what appeared to be a heavy steel door, behind which lay what can only be described as something similar to a set straight off ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Portholes in the bulkheads had videos of the sea behind, chains and ropes hung from the walls, the ceiling was painted as though we were under water with a great white shark swimming above our heads, and obscure means of torture plus a buxom serving wench all added to the scene. This was the ‘Restoran Korsaar’. The food however, was anything but sea biscuit and

sailors’rations, so a jolly time was had by all.

On walking back through the cobbled streets it was quite obvious to see how the two new dedicated cruise piers have resulted in a far more prosperous old town. What had been tired, crumbling, but characteristic buildings, have been renovated and converted into shops and apartments, fortunately sympathetic to the old style.

Captain Philip Rentell

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