Monday, June 25, 2012

15 - 2012 Vision of The Seas

Vision of the Seas - 4 night St. Petersburg Cruise
Stockholm - 21 to 25 June 2012
Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia

Video: Cruising Stockholm archipelago
Follow the cruising through the archipelago from she is leaving Stockholm Frihavn and to the Pilot is leaving the ship 5 hours later - just before sunset.
The archipelago extends from Stockholm roughly 60 kilometers to the east.
In a north-south direction. There are approximately 30,000 islands and islets.
The shipping routes from the Baltic to Stockholm pass through the archipelago and we do pass several ships. Cruising between the small islands through the Stockholm Archipelago is an experience. Weather allowing, the experience can be enhanced by enjoying a spectacular sunset from the deck that during summer months lasts until 11 pm.

Video: Visit to Tallinn.
Follow our walking tour through Tallin Old Town, the capital and largest city of Estonia.
All-linn (Lower Town) is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe.
Major sights include Raekoja plats (Town Hall square), the town walls and towers (notably "Fat Margaret" and "Kiek in de Kök") and St Olaf church tower. 
In Toompea (Upper Town) you will see the walls and various bastions of Castrum Danorum and the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 
The Old Town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.

Video: Visit to Saint Petersburg 
Panoramic St. Petersburg Highlights  - a short video from the 4 hours sightseeing tour. The tour included the Winter Palace, the Admiralty, and the Cruiser Aurora, from which a blank round was fired as a signal for the Bolsheviks assault on the Winter Palace in 1917. See the Field of Mars, Nevsky Prospect, the city's main street and pass the impressive St. Isaac's Cathedral with its immense gold cupola.

We did spend Saturday afternoon walking down Nevsky Prospect ((Russian: Не́вский проспе́кт,). It is St. Petersburg's main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia, planned by Peter the Great.. Cutting through the historical center of the city. It runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station.
The major sights include the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse (Dom Knigi), Elisseeff Emporium, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, a mid-19th-century department store, the Russian National Library, and the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

14 - 2012 Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas - 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
San Juan, 18 to 25 february 2012
San Juan, Puorto Rico; St. Georges Grenada; Castries, St. Lucia,; St. Johns, Antigua; Fredriksted, St. Croix USVI; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI; San Juan, Puorto Rico

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Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean Cruise.

St. George's, Grenada 
The best way to see St. George's, Grenada capital is on foot. And there is no better place to start than the Market Square. Examine all the different herbs and spices grown on the island.
The Sendall Tunnel is connecting the Market square with the rest of the city.
Above the market in Church Street stands the Roman Catholic Cathedral, dating back to 1884. On the opposite side is Parliament Building together with the Supreme Court. Lower down on your left is the Anglican Church (1825) and on the other side of Church Street, on Grand Etang Road is the Presbyterian Church.

Castries, St. Lucia. We docked at Pointe Seraphine, to the north of the harbour which is also a duty free shopping centre.
Castries has a few landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square (named after the island's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Derek Walcott, the City Library and the Government House.

Fredriksted, St. Croix USVI
Frederiksted is a town on the west end of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is home to Fort Frederik, constructed to protect the town from pirate raids and attacks from rival imperialist nations. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754.
The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed on July 3, 1848, at Fort Frederik on the waterfront.
Frederiksted maintains its original seven street by seven street city design and is host to several historic structures. Among them are the protestant Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church built in the 1840s and its new renovatedprimary school, the Customs House, the 19th Century Apothecary,
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI 
The city is named after Charlotte Amalie queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a famed cruise ship port.
When walking down Main Street the buildings on the sea side of the road are narrow and long with alleys separating them. These buildings were warehouses for storing goods during the heyday of the Danish Sugar trade in Saint Thomas.
Continuing to Government Hill and to Government House in Kongens Gade - Passing the 99 steps - These steps were built in the mid 1700s, by the Danes, to Haagensen House and Blackbeard Castle
Located on Tolbod Gade is Emancipation Park with the statue of Danish King Christian IX. 

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Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean Cruise, February 2012

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The cruise started in San Juan, Puorto Rico, and we did visit St Georges, Grenada; Castries, St. Lucia St. John's Antigua; Fredriksted and Christiansted, St. Croix; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and St. John USVI.