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Cruising White Nights Part V: St. Petersburg, Day Two

Cruising White Nights Part V: St. Petersburg, Day Two

[Eurodam overnighted in St. Petersburg. The story below suggests how passengers might make the most of two days in the Russian city.] Today, St. Petersburg is both welcoming and increasingly hospitable. Sure, the city could use infrastructure improvements (such as new highways to alleviate city center traffic), but even with its imperfections, 303-year-old St. Petersburg…   read more of “Cruising White…”

Cruising White Nights Part III: Tallinn

Cruising White Nights Part III: Tallinn

[Eurodam calls at Tallinn, Estonia, today. The account below took place on Westerdam in 2005.] As we stood on our balcony waiting for the sunset — near midnight! — Westerdam was charting a course for Tallinn, capital of Estonia. The “Economist” had recently cited Estonia “as the biggest, most complicated, and most promising piece of the…   read more of “Cruising White…”

Berlin: Life Before The Fall

Berlin: Life Before The Fall

[Eurodam called on Rostock/Warnemünde yesterday. Many passengers opted for excursions to Berlin.] Over lunch at Berlin’s trendy Restaurant Diekmann at Weinhaus Huth, Nicole Röbel tells a story that grandparents might tell their grandchildren. “We had no phone when I was a child,” she says, after finishing a bite of her Niçoise salad. She speaks of…   read more of “Berlin: Life Before…”

Cruising White Nights Part II: Rostock, Warnemünde, Berlin

Cruising White Nights Part II: Rostock, Warnemünde, Berlin

[Eurodam calls in Rostock/Warnemünde today, with excursions to Berlin.] Founded in 1218 and one of the three original Hanseatic cities, Rostock, Germany, is only 10 miles from the seaside resort Warnemünde, where cruise ships dock. And while many cruise passengers skip these two former East German destinations for trips to Berlin, we decided to stay…   read more of “Cruising White…”

Captain’s Log: Vik/Flam, Norway

Captain’s Log: Vik/Flam, Norway

Eurodam has just completed her 10-day Norwegian Fjords & Scotland itinerary. We were extremely busy this cruise with all the navigational challenges that this area brings. The weather was fantastic and it is the first time I have seen the North Sea looking much like a pond; in fact, it was like glass as we…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Cruising White Nights

Cruising White Nights

[Eurodam departs Copenhagen today, en route to Rostock/Warnemunde, with excursions to Berlin. The post below followed nearly the same itinerary, three years ago on Westerdam.] Finding Bliss in the Baltic SOMEWHERE IN THE BALTIC SEA — It is near midnight, or at least that it is what my watch tells me. The sun and sky…   read more of “Cruising White…”

You’re Aboard Eurodam

You’re Aboard Eurodam

Set aside what you’re doing for a moment, and come with me. Together, we will board Holland America Line’s brand new Eurodam for a virtual cruise. I’ll give you a few minutes to pack. Let me know when you’re ready.