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Peter the Great’s cottage in early 1700s...

 

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Residence and office of the President of Estonia, elected by the publicly-elected parliament...

 

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Summer house of Russian czars, built in 18th century...

 

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Neptune statue, not original and not liked by many locals...

 

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Festival grounds of Song Festival, held every five years since 1928.

 

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Gustav Ernesaks, conductor and father-figure of festival...

 

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Many popular artists have performed on the site, include Michael Jackson, Madonna, and most recently the reformed Guns ‘n’ Roses...

 

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the primary Russian Orthodox Church of the city...

 

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We’re not permitted to take photos of the inside, so you’ll have to settle for Sue taking a photo of the outside...

 

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St. Mary’s Cathedral (Dome Church), originally established in the 13th century...

 

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Moving on...

 

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Stop for a beer...

 

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Waiting for dad outside...

 

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Looks like you all are having a ball! Cabins and balcony look small were they? What types of cabins did you have?

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Looks like you all are having a ball! Cabins and balcony look small were they? What types of cabins did you have?

 

 

Category BA midship balcony... they’re typical NCL rooms - I’m just oversized.

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A view of Long Leg Gate from Lower Town with our 2nd viewing platform at the top center...

 

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Historical Marzipan Shoppe...

 

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The oldest one in the collection, from 1936...

 

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Part of the Lower Town wall...

 

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...and a town gate...

 

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Back in the air conditioned van, and slowly working our way back to the ship.

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Agree with you on Vuk on hotel director

In his meet and greet intro he said he thought would be great idea to change venue from inside la cucina to outside Margaritaville bacause of good weather and then went on to day not often the officers outnumber the guests at meet and greet

He was embarrassed when I caught him before they left and explained the low turnout was because of the last minute change of venue and time and didn’t have contact details for most people as cruise critic is an anonymous forum

 

However he quickly addressed an issue affecting those of us boarding in Warnemünde

We had a separate muster drill in the theatre with several hundred guests

Late that night we got a letter scolding us for missing muster and causing the ship to break maritime law

Ian went straight down to guest services and they admitted was a system error where cards didn’t register

Probably affected most if not all Warnemünde boarders

Vuk agreed the wording of the letter was unnecessarily Harsh and said would deal with it

Soon afterwards I was contacted with an apology and an inquiry as to why several hundred people apparently all deciding to deliberately miss muster wouldn’t trigger alarm bells

 

Obviously a guy who acts quickly when there is an issue and when I’ve passed him on the ship he always acknowledges me

 

 

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Recharging in the Garden Cafe, and this boy earned a ship-made cookie...

 

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We’re just having lite snacks, as we have reservations at La Cucina in a couple hours. While seated at our table, a random stranger sits down at a vacant spot at our table. We shared some pleasant light talk, but still a little odd.

 

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Back in the room, and Sue arrives with a Miami Vice...

 

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After a short horn battle, we’re pushing off from Tallinn... next stop St. Petersburg.

 

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Thanks for such a great review! (as always)

 

Seeing the picture of the Miami Vice got me thinking- do they do any theme drinks for the ports you're going to? Like white Russians while in Russia? I feel like pina coladas may seem weird on an Alaskan cruise (I'll still gladly drink them), but wondering if NCL plans for that and comes up with fun drinks for the ports?

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...do they do any theme drinks for the ports you're going to? Like white Russians while in Russia?

 

 

Today was the first time I noticed a Drink of the Day posted in the Daily, and it was a Bahama Mama. I haven’t noticed any cocktails specific to the region, but I think that would be a great idea.

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Today was the first time I noticed a Drink of the Day posted in the Daily, and it was a Bahama Mama. I haven’t noticed any cocktails specific to the region, but I think that would be a great idea.

Hmm, White Russians, Black Russians, Moscow Mule, all though non of them originated in Russia, was marketing to boost vodka sales in US

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Hmm, White Russians, Black Russians, Moscow Mule, all though non of them originated in Russia, was marketing to boost vodka sales in US

 

 

 

It worked on me, I do love vodka. That said, they could do local drinks, not just our American version. Think it may be fun to experience a foreign drink or five. Even if they just had little tasters!

 

 

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Passing by one of the “sales” en route to La Cucina...

 

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Someone asked for specialty dining menus...

 

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Sue’s new outfit from the streets of Tallinn...

 

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