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1st January, 2018


We embarked the Stockholm pilot at 0730 yesterday and started our 55 nm passage through the Swedish Archipelago. Sunrise was at 0844, so it made for a tranquil and beautiful setting for my Passenger breakfast - particularly up in the Verandah, as we made our way into ‘town’.

We had secured a berth ‘in-town’ so that we could watch the NY firework celebrations. I parked portside alongside with the stern, Verandah and open decks facing the source of the Fireworks display. Passengers in the starboard side balcony cabins were very pleased!

Berthed at just after 1200, the first of the tours was going ashore- including me. I was off to the Vasa Museum. Unlike Oslo at Christmas, Stockholm was busy - a lot of people out and about getting geared up for the New Year celebrations.

There was a super line-up of entertainment for the evening, not to mention the gargantuan dinner, courtesy of George and his team, dressing the haggis and all that festive stuff. What a fabulous night. We had a great view of the Fireworks, and the atmosphere was absolutely fabulous.

This morning, the ‘morning after the night-before’, I met a lot of passengers just taking a morning 2018 stroll ashore - clear their heads and looking to the future.

At 11.00 we were ready to sail, and off to Bremerhaven, with a pleasurable afternoon sailing back out amongst the Swedish Archipelago. I'm told there are 24,000 islands, not that we sailed around all of them - well not today anyway!

Captain Stuart Horne

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