Same ship, different cruise!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

The winds have abated and the seas have moderated for our arrival into Copenhagen. This day marks the end of the trans-Atlantic sector of our cruise and the beginning of our Baltic Sea adventure. There are 2000 passengers leaving the ship with another 2000 boarding. Among those are Gail’s sister and husband. We will be spending the next 11 days and nights together on this segment of our holiday as the ship sails to Russia and back.

Our plan today is to rendezvous with Pam & Rob at 11.30 AM at their hotel before making our way back to the ship by for a 5.00 PM sail away.

The ship has berthed at a new terminal that is 2 miles further to the north of the usual cruise ship berthing (and city) whilst the hotel that Pam & Rob had booked to stay the night before, had emailed them that due to unforeseen circumstances they could not provide accommodation and had found them alternate accommodation 2 miles further south of it (and city).

Our planned 1 mile easy walk to meet them has turned into a 5 mile marathon. Nevertheless, we are fit and healthy, enjoy a nice brisk walk and have fuelled up with an extravagant breakfast. So with an hour plus time up our sleeves we set off.

“I thought this wind had abated” I mutter as we plough headlong across the wharves in our quest. Half a mile later (and clear of the docks) we look up the first long road we must travel before the streetscape will change from industrial to residential. Half an hour into what has become a trek, Gail is complaining her feet are hurting and we need to catch a cab. No problem with that other than I do not have any Danish Kroner, and it is still some way before the housing units appear to end and the shops begin. At last, we reach some shops, a railway station and a main road with other forms of transportation. The credit card goes into the ATM and I proceed to request some cash. I begin at 10,000 DK (may as well save on those ATM fees) but progressively request lower amounts as the amounts are denied and the waiting line behind becomes more agitated. I finally reach 1,000 DK (about $140) before giving up and starting back on that road to perdition.

“No! We can’t just catch that bus! Who knows where it is going to?”
“No, I am not going to ask that stranger for some money!”
“Unless you want me to steal a bike (and there are plenty just lying everywhere) your choice is to keep walking with me to another ATM or wait here and I will come back to collect you when I am in a cab.”

We walk another 10 minutes (now just over an hour with only half the distance covered) and I spy another ATM. Surely, this one will work! The card is inserted and I request a modest 2,000 DK. The screen flashes “daily limit exceeded”. “That’s not possible” I exclaim as I try again with 1,000DK. The same message appears and I am starting to envisage someone living it up on the proceeds of my credit card. One last try and I key in 500 DK – about the lowest amount nominated on the screen. I hear a whir and a buzz. Then a purr and a splutter and out pops some paper akin to monopoly money. I snatch my card from the machine whilst the going is good and in a flash we are sitting comfortably in a Danish cab heading south for our rendezvous with just 3 minutes to spare. 
The rest of the afternoon is spent predominately waiting outside various retail shops whilst the two sisters reacquaint themselves with each other and habits of long ago (2 months!)

Arriving back at the ship and completing the usual formalities we all settle down to what we hope will be a most enjoyable tour of the Baltic Sea and the ports of call that we have on offer.
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Katherine on

We loved our Baltic cruise to Russia .
Yes Gail we are still married , if we didn't have architects and a builder we wouldnt have survived , ps how are you poor tired feet ..
Thanks phil for the update

Jess Feller on

I cannot believe you attempted an 8km walk! Haha
And don't cabs have credit card facilities?
It's moments like these that remind me of why I like to travel with friends, and not family!
Sorry Dad! :)
Still love you xxx

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