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St. Petersburg in Russia is probably an overnight stay on your Baltic Cruise. This is an overview that will help you figure St Petersburg out, because there is a lot on offer. The first thing that hits you about Russia is that it is just the same as everywhere else, people and places and the Roman old religions form part of...
We have just come back from St Lucia, but hiked through the rain forest on a ship excursion. In St. Martin, we climbed up to the fort, as we did in St. Kitts to reach the Fortress though the climb was different. You can find yourself walking anywhere, but on a A Baltic cruise you might find yourself walking everywhere. A...
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This is still our favourite cruise route and we will be back on it with the Britannia in 2018 B818 in June. The Baltic was a main trading route from the day man built ships and it still is to this day. Many of these medieval towns were built as part of the Hanseatic League and have left us...
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CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD - This church is situated along the Griboyedov Canal with a paved walkway running along both sides of the canal. It is also known as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by political nihilists in March 1881. Building of the church began in...
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The name probably comes from the old Dutch name for bridge, 'Brugga'. The first fortifications were built after Julius Caesar's conquest of the Menapii in the first century BC, to protect the coastal area against pirates. However, due to it's important position there have been settlements in this area since the iron and bronze ages. It is worth the...
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At one time the most important Hanseatic town, full of churches which all bar one stand as incredible ruins in the 'Pearl of the Baltic'.  The Swedish cruise port is on the west coast of the Baltics largest island, Gotland, and as such is not a Euro area. Sweden being one of the three EU countries not to adopt...
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Helsinki, Finland another great Baltic Cruise stop Beach, shops, church, cathedral, harbourside market, are all close to the stop where the shuttle bus will drop you. By a building that looks like it was a railway station but now is a flea market. As pretty as it is, there is a lot more to see than that. First, there is a...
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This film is shot by a drone, so it gets up and looks down at Riga, a feast of early 20th century ornate buildings in wide streets with a population of just under a million. It is the heart of Latvia and has become extremely cosmopolitan since the iron curtain was opened. It is a classic Hanseatic city with...
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Chocolates and Happiness - Yes, those roses are all made of chocolate. So is EVERYTHING else. Gino says, "you can't buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate!" He should have been the 5th Beatle. Jean interviews Gino in his shop. This is a very classy chocolate shop near the tower in the main square. If you pop into Chocolates and...
Fred Olsen say that smart casual means men with jacket and or a shirt and tie in the evenings. For them this is traditional smart casual dress and the ladies are asked to dress smartly, but to be fair they don't need to be encouraged, the turn out is always very smart and proper. To be clear they state Chino type...
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