Spirit of Discovery blog
Compared to some of the other arrivals on this cruise, Tallinn was comparatively swift and straightforward. Nestled stern-in between two other cruise ships, our guests were seen away on their tours and the ship was connected to the shoreside facilities for discharge of waste and replenishment of fresh water.
Tallinn is at once a very well preserved medieval city, and also one with a place on the world stage of technology. It has the highest number of tech start-ups per person of any European country, with such companies as Skype, Bolt, and Wise having been founded here. In the old-town, however, consideration is given to the many layered past of the city. Having long been an important trading port, Tallinn passed between the Teutonic Order, the Kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Imperial Germany and then the Soviet Union until 1991.
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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