Spirit of Discovery blog
We arrived in Gothenburg port at 0800. Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region and Sweden’s second-largest city, and we were berthed next to the famous Volvo museum, dedicated to Sweden’s most successful brand. Our Guests made their way to their outings in the delightful Swedish summer weather, with temperatures in the twenties and light winds. Meanwhile, the crew were trained in their emergency duties on board with a fire and abandon-ship exercise.
Within the town of Gothenburg there are plenty of things to do and see, including the eye-catching Lilla Bommen, colloquially known as the Lipstick Skyscraper owing to its distinctive design. Unlike most of our other ports on this cruise, Gothenburg sports much more modern architecture, with very little remaining from before the 18th century. The city centre is criss-crossed by a puzzle of tram tracks, on which hundreds of trams run which are all named after famous cultural figures. Once all our Guests were back onboard, we cast off and exited by the Göta Älv River with a golden sunset, and made course for the home port of Dover.
Thank you to Sapphire Member Mrs.Viv Turner who shared her pictures.
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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