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Saint-Petersburg Day 2

Things went a bit pear-shaped today. I was rather ill during the night and when the time to get up came round (5:30!) it was obvious that I wasn’t fit to leave the ship. So Val went on day 2 of our excursion on her own. Here’s her report: We were in the bus at […]

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Saint-Petersburg: Day 1

We’re booked on a 2-day excursion, “Fall of the Romanovs”. Today we visited Peterhof Palace and The Hermitage. It’s been a long and tiring day, and we have to do it all over again tomorrow! Even worse, we start earlier tomorrow – while it was 07:50 this morning, it will be 07:15 tomorrow. But let’s […]

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For about the last 24 hours we have been reading and hearing information intended to prepare us for the rigours of visiting Saint-Petersburg. There was a special destination leaflet issued last night with some frankly gloomy warnings: Passengers booked on full day excursions that include lunch are reminded that we use local venues that specifically […]

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Adonia rendezvous

We rendezvoused with Adonia at about 12:30 today. The two ships passed port side to port side, after a bit of manoeuvring – I think the Baltic traffic separation scheme, which both ships were in, is actually intended to prevent ships passing that close. Anyway, there was a lot of cheering and ship whistling for […]

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Washing

This morning was washing day, so at 8 o’clock sharp (well, OK, it was about five past eight…) I toddled along to the launderette on C deck. I know that some people wouldn’t dream of doing washing on a cruise, but it suits us to do some. Even at that time there was already one […]

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We sailed out of Stockholm this evening, and I have to say it’s one of the most spectacular I’ve ever done – as memorable as Venice in its own way. We sailed past innumerable islands. Those closer to the city were populated, or at least had summer homes on them. Beautiful houses right down next […]

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At about 10:15 we finally gave up waiting to be told to go to Manhattan and walked down the stairs. When we got there we found there as no queue at all; we were able to walk straight in. In fact all we did was parade towards a seated group of about 10 Swedish officials. […]

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Well, perhaps we’re silly but we decided to go with the request in Horizons and turn up for our immigration face-to-face at the time specified for our deck: 09:50. However at 09:30 James Cusick came on the tannoy to announce that there were delays; that the queue stretched all the way along deck 7 from […]

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A lovely warm afternoon

This afternoon has been warm and sunny – at least out on our balcony. We went up to the Terrace once or twice, and by late afternoon there was a enough of a breeze across it to make it quite chilly, but by chance our balcony has been sheltered this afternoon and in the direct […]

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Just a bit about the internet arrangements. I bought a 250 minute package before we embarked, mainly because it offered an extra 30 minutes free, and when we got to our cabin there was the certificate. So I took this down to the internet centre on Deck 5 to cash it in. I was told […]

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