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Cruise Diary: Tallinn, Estonia

Journalist Pat Woods just cruised on Eurodam’s 10-night Baltic cruise and chronicled her journey for us. Enjoy!

After a tasty room-service breakfast, I indulged in a short complementary mini-massage in the ship’s spa. Delightful!

Like many other HAL Eurodam guests, this was our first visit to Estonia. Before achieving independence in 1991, flags of Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the Soviet Union flew over Estonia.

We did an afternoon walking tour in Tallinn’s Old Town. On this delightfully sunny day, the heavenly scent of blooming lilacs greeted us. Tallinn’s cobbled streets are lined with charming cafes purveying coffee drinks and ethnic sweets. Waitresses in period costumes cheerfully serve frosty mugs of beer in open-air beer gardens.


A small, friendly Baltic city with a Medieval appearance, Tallinn is known for decadent chocolates, marzipan treats, as well as knit items such as scarves, hats and sweaters. Town Hall square transforms itself into a glittery wonderland for the annual Christmas Market. Despite its old look, Tallinn is a high-tech city with free WiFi almost everywhere. Skype was developed here in 2003, and locals can pay for parking with their cell phones.



Tip: Your feet will happier if you navigate Europe’s cobblestone streets and high curbs in sturdy, supportive shoes.

Tonight we had healthy and delicious salmon in the main dining room with another Arizona couple we met on the ship. They climbed to the top of a Tallinn church steeple. We briefly listened to Adagio after dinner, but skipped the 10:30 p.m. crew show because of tomorrow’s early port call.

1 Comment
  • Shanna Schultz

    We LOVED Tallinn! While crowded and a little touristy, we still enjoyed the Old Town and it really put Estonia in the back of my mind as a country that I would love to come back and spend more time in. I really loved the confluence of old and new that I see happening there…

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