FUN-travel: Helsinki, Finland – Day 6 – Princess Baltic Cruise

July 29, 2014 by  

Day 25 – Friday, July 25 – Helsinki, Finland – Princess Cruise – Day 6 – not a cloud in the sky – 80 – sunrise 3:57 – sunset 10:44

What I LIKEHelsinki, Finland 2014 1

  • 7:30 – wake up
  • Fall back to sleep
  • 9:30 – down for hot cappuccino
  • 10:45 – head off ship for self tour
  • $12 shuttle to town – RT pp
  • 11:20 – arrive
  • short walk thru Esplanade Park to…
  • – Market Square – next to harbor
  • – filled w/vendors selling food, fish, fresh veggies & fruit, clothing, souvenirs, lace, etc
  • – searching for good souvenir deal on grandkids stuff
  • – find nice man who does & another lady
  • Up to Senate Square – old buildings – University & St Nicholas cathedral
  • Looking for water & wine to take back to ship
Helsinki, Finland 2014 6

Senate Square

  • Stockman – on corner @ end of Esplanade – huge department store

    Helsinki, Finland 2014 12

    Market Square

  • – sells everything from clothes, to electronics, to groceries
  • – just like Corte Ingles in Spain
  • 1:30 – shuttle back to ship
  • 2:00 – take laptop down to cruise terminal for free & fast wifi
  • 2: 30 – finally get connected – internet but no email
  • 3:25 – board
  • 3:30 – pepperoni pizza on Deck 16 – pretty good
  • 4:30 – sail away – lots of little islands
  • 5:00 – little nap
  • 7:00 – happy hour martini’s deck 7 – more good stuffed olives
  • Tonight’s captains gala
  • – invited to cocktail reception but opt out
  • food usually better on this night
  • 8:15 – dinner in Concerto deck 6
  • – Symphony dining on deck 5 full
  • – escargot & ravioli starters, salads
  • – Lobster & shrimp – Elements 2009 Sonoma Meritage
  • – $15 extra charge – good but not that good
Helsinki, Finland 2014 10

Market Square

  • 9:15 – Princess Live – Marriage Match Game ShowHelsinki, Finland 2014 13
  • – like the Newlywed game – pretty funny
  • 10:15 – sunset really spectacular
  • – ship is going very slow & water is like glass
  • – colors in sky & sea unlike anything I’ve ever seen before
  • Get another hour back

What I DON’T LIKE

  • 8:15 – my 7:30 hot cappuccino is now lukewarm
  • – get thrown out of one vendor stall when I asked for better price
  • – I kid you not!
  • – they have sign that reads 1 for $5 – 3 for $12 – 10 for $35
  • – wanted to buy 11 things
  • Can’t connect to free wifi
  • Escargot has no garlic – the French would be appalled!
  • Chris always carries a camera & didn’t
  • – run back to room for movie camera – miss sunset

FUN-fact – Finland is the home of Nokia and the creator of Angry Birds.
More FF – Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital In 2012.

Comments

Comments are closed.