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7th September, 2018


After a slow speed overnight run from Kotka, Finland we were greeted by another stunning sunrise, unfortunately it did not last for long as 15 minutes later we were engulfed with fog!!! Richard our Safety Officer was on the roster to dock the ship and fortunately for him the fog cleared 30 minutes before the berth and we were once again presented with a beautiful morning. The port pilot was arranged for 0630 as it was a 7-mile run in to the berth and we were all fast alongside by 0745.

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn offers a truly magical experience and has one of the most beautifully preserved medieval centres in Europe. The Upper Town is characterised by watchtowers, graceful spires and winding cobbled streets, while the Lower Town offers red gabled roofs and soaring spires, the golden era in Tallinn’s history came in the period between the early 15th and mid-16th centuries when the city attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership of the Hanseatic League.

After a busy morning of meetings, I took to the streets of Tallinn and after heading through the narrow cobbled streets I discovered a delightful coastal cycle path that also weaved its way through a charming area of woodland. With 22M completed I returned to the ship by 1600 and after a good stretch, headed to the Britannia Lounge to chat with a few guests over afternoon tea.

We had a late sailing so I took advantage of this by heading ashore with the Ships Doctor for a small beer and some local “nosh” – the borscht and then perch with risotto was excellent. It was a barmy evening with temperatures around 20’c so perfect for an Al Fresco experience.

With everyone on board by 2200 we sailed shortly afterwards and this time it was 3rd Officer Adam’s turn to “drive out”. With light head winds we slipped our lines, swung off the berth and then set course for Gdynia. Poland.

Captain Julian Burgess

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