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13th September, 2016


Tuesday saw us sailing in to the city harbour of Helsinki. Another lovely sail in this cruise, much appreciated by our guests. Especially that it was at a rather civilized hour –just before noon. The sightseeing tour started before we even docked.

As we sailed through the narrow cut in the islands, we were greeted by the sight of the Finnish Submarine ‘Vesikko’. It was originally built by Germany in 1933 as a prototype of Type II U-boat. It is now restored and serves as a part of Military museum on the island of Suomenlinna.  The naval history, especially of the WWII is one of my personal interests, so it was very hard not be distracted by that view! Nevertheless, we were alongside shortly after, only a short walk away from the city.

A favourite tour today was ‘The Highlights of Helsinki’. Our guests enjoyed the sights of the very best landmarks of the Finnish capital - the spectacular architecture including Carl Ludvig Engel’s neo-Classical Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral and the Sederholm Residence; Market Hall, with wonderful stalls of cheeses, fish and other delicacies; the Presidential Palace and the huge red-brick Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Scandinavia among many others. The final stop of the tour was at Sibelius Park with the monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The time passed quickly and soon we had to let go our lines and Saga Sapphire was on her way to our next port of call, and a highlight of this cruise – Saint Petersburg.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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