The incredible weather has continued and summer warmth has thrown her arms around this very large area if the Baltic. In each port we have been told that this past winter was hard and this unexpected early summer is very welcome.
Last night, leaving Russia, we experienced White Night.. the sky stays light and if no clouds.. turns milky white
First let me thank Donna Williams at Wow travel for, once again.. sending us away with her YOLO catchphrase! You only live once and enjoy the journey. Donna is responsible for every big trip we have taken these past ten years to Europe, Egypt, Istanbul, Scotland.. and I think our next stops might be Italy, Greece, Australia and New Zealand .. but not all at once! OMG! Thank you Donna.
The staff on this ship, ( Anand, our butler extraordinaire) and all of crew, staff of #Oceaniacruises are excellent. Thank you #Oceaniamarina …Thank you to everyone!
One of our favorite cities. Its a short stroll from the ship to the center of town..and the colorful bars, people and landscape thats Copenhagen.
Germany brought us to a fairytale castle inland on a beautiful lake . Schwerin Castle is Remarkably well preserved when much of this town was destroyed in Ww2.
We avoided the long haul trip to Berlin on the Autobahn.. which proved smart as one accident ( not cruise related)delayed everyone returning by hours.
Visby Sweden is a small village on the island of Gotland. Its very beautiful but one must wonder how the cruise traffic will affect it.
Helsinki Finland .. we had been here before and decided to just stay close to ship today. Two big days ahead!
St. Petersburg, Russia for 2 days
Its a jewel box and it never disappoints. Likely not a true depiction of Russian life but this beautiful city reminds one of the greatest European capitals.
First stop.. The incredible Faberge museum. Housed in a beautiful palace, this was a concession by Brian to me.. as I love sparkly things, but he admitted to loving it as well. The small group tour was the perfect way to see the worlds largest collection of Faberge items including the very first Egg !
Evening was all dressed up for The Ballet Russe and Swan Lake.
The theater had 5 balconies and was fully booked when our small group arrived. Classic and stunning.
Yes.. Brian loved it as well and no.. he would not look hood in leotards.
Next morning was a small tour of The Dostoevsky museum and apartment where he lived, died and also wrote Crime and Punishment as well as the Brothers Karamazov.
The drive through the city was great as it was the equivalent of July 4 in Russia and the whole city was celebrating. The Winter Palace ( Hermitage above and below) is incredible.
We also went to a private Palace owned by a Russian billionaire we are guessing but otherwise known as Prince Vladimir.
Very beautiful and it was great until Oceania tour number 27 walked through someones wedding photos. 🤣. Guess the billionaire needs to cut a profit! Why do i find pissed off brides hilarious?!?
all the festivities combined with World Cup about to start ( Our daughter Erin touched down in Moscow around same time we were there to see game one as a sponsor with her company) Its a very big deal.. as if Super bowl lasted three weeks! The entire crew is European, eastern European and Asian on ship and are so freaking excited about this once every 4 year battle royal. Also they were sooo impressed we had a daughter going to game number 1 in Moscow…They were also impressed with daughter who works for Yelp… but not as much. Heehee.
Last night, as we sailed from Russia to Estonia, the water was completely still.. more like a lake. The sky stayed light and we just sat on our deck in disbelief of the beauty of it all.
Photos taken after 11 pm!
Today was Tallin, Estonia and, as we have already been here, decided to go ourselves to the old town as we remember it as so interesting. Today.. 4 cruise ships were in. Insanity prevailed. We found cold beer
and watched the tours walk by. Still a great place in spite of the crowds. It was challenging to take a photo without crowds.. !
We are powering towards Stockholm and disembarkation. We could seriously spend another twenty days on board but really do miss so home. Its a conundrum! Haha
So ….we booked a few trips in future and will try out best to come home to Oceania.. somewhere, anywhere!
As long as we can see this view we know where we have been.. on to next adventure with best guy in the world❤️