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Category: 2016 Voyage- Northern Europe and Atlantic Crossing – Regal Princess

Day 29 – 9/24 – New York, NY, USA

Day 29 – 9/24 – New York, NY, USA

Early this morning we sailed into our final port – New York, past the Statue of Liberty. Even early on a Saturday, the city is lit up. Perhaps the worst part of any cruise is the end – not just because it is over, but because the debarkation process is usually a pain.  Maybe because […]

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Day 27 – 9/22 – Boston, USA

Day 27 – 9/22 – Boston, USA

After five days at sea we docked in Boston at was once a Navy facility, and is now being converted into office space. Five days at sea may seem like quite a long stretch, but they are great opportunities to rest, relax and recharge.  Also, the ship changes its menu of on board of entertainment […]

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Day 20 – 9/15 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 20 – 9/15 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland (the part of Ireland that belongs to the U.K.).  It was founded in the 17th century and prospered, becoming famous for its linens and shipyards.  More recently, Belfast has rebounded from years of political strife known locally as the “troubles”.  Though I am sure I am oversimplifying, the […]

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Day 19 – 9/14 – Glasgow, Scotland

Day 19 – 9/14 – Glasgow, Scotland

Our ship docked at Greenock, on the River Clyde, about 15 miles outside of Glasgow. After discussing both Glasgow and Edinburgh with Tina, who has been to both, we elected to take the two hour bus ride from our port, in Greenock, to Edinburgh to see the castle.  We drove first through Paisley, Scotland, famous […]

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Day 17 – 9/12 – Bergen, Norway

Day 17 – 9/12 – Bergen, Norway

A couple hundred miles from Kristiansand, on the western coast of Norway, lies Bergen.  Originally a Viking trading port, it was founded by Viking King Olaf Kyrre in 1070 A.D.  The town grew as a trading port, and in 1360 it became part of the German Hanseatic League, a merchant guild that controlled all trade […]

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Day 16 – 9/11 – Kristiansand, Norway

Day 16 – 9/11 – Kristiansand, Norway

When I saw this port on the itinerary, grouped with Oslo, Stockholm, Glasgow, etc – I thought, “what is this place”?  The only port which I had never heard of, turned out to be a charming little town, with lots of art work, a beautiful park on the seaside and a striking absence of shops […]

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Day 15 – 9/10 – Back to Copenhagen

Day 15 – 9/10 – Back to Copenhagen

We had a day at sea headed back to Copenhagen, where Kristina would join us.  I tried all day to email and text her to arrange a meeting place and time, but got no response.  By the morning, when we docked, I called her business partner Ru in Dallas to see if he had heard […]

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Day 13 – 9/8–Stockholm Sweden

Day 13 – 9/8–Stockholm Sweden

So many firsts on this trip, and Sweden is another one.  Only smaller ferries can get close to Stockholm because of the absence of a deep water pier, so we docked in the port town of Nynashamn about 50 miles south of Stockholm.  I  say we docked, but I am not sure what you might […]

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Day 12 – 9/7 – Helsinki, Finland

Day 12 – 9/7 – Helsinki, Finland

On the Baltic Sea, about 200 miles west of St. Petersburg, we arrived in the capital of Finland, Helsinki, the next morning – still game for touring but growing weary after 3 straight days of ports,with no restful sea days to recharge. Finland is tucked in between Sweden and Russia.  It was part of Sweden […]

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