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16th September, 2016


We are very lucky this cruise. Not only does the sun shine on us in all the ports, but also we seem to be the only visitors in port.

There was no difference as we arrived today to Tallinn –the capital of Estonia. So different from Saint Petersburg yesterday. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the most beautifully preserved medieval centres in Europe, and offers a truly magical experience.

Some of our guests decided to explore this place on their own, but there were many interesting tours on offer for those who preferred a more organised way to visit the city.

‘Tallinn Old Town’had the highest interest today. This guided walking tour started in the Upper Town to see the castle, the Russian Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky and the 13th-century Gothic Dome Church. From the terraces of the Upper Town, there are magnificent views across the gabled rooftops and soaring spires. The stroll continued along Long and Short Leg Streets to the 15th-century Blackheads Fraternity, past the Town Hall, Town Hall Square and the 15th-century pharmacy to the medieval guild houses and merchants' residences, before ending the tour at St Catherine’s Arts and Crafts Centre.

This evening I had the pleasure of hosting the Britannia Club party. Well attended as always (271 club members this cruise), it also gave me the opportunity to welcome our newest Diamond members –Mr Graham and Ms Murphy.  A magnificent achievement, awarded to our guests who have spent 1000 nights on board our vessels. That is nearly 3 years on board! Some of our crew members have less sea time than that. It was a great honour and a memorable experience.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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