To start off my long awaited four weeks of vacation (Yay!!!) I decided to take a quick 24 hour cruise trip to Poland with a friend. The purpose of the trip was simply to relax, to have fun and to shop.
Below are some photos of my quickie to Poland. :p
View from our cabin. :-)
Evening fun. ;p
A relaxed me. :p
And great shopping!
To sum it all up - I had a very successful mini cruise trip to Poland indeed! Definitely a perfect start to my summer vacation. :-)
I have been on quite a few cruises in my life and to board a cruise in Southampton one day is definitely something I would love to do. The cruises I have been on have taken me from Sweden to countries like Estonia, Russia, Poland, Finland and Norway for instance. But never the UK, which is another reason it would be very exciting to board a cruise there.
An evening stroll onboard a cruise ship.
Now there are many reasons for why I enjoy cruises so much, firstly there is always a lot of fun activities going on onboard the ships. Another reason is of course the food and drinks, most ships I have been on (if not all actually) have had amazing buffets - both for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, during summertime at least, an absolutely fabulous way to enjoy a cruise at sea is to devour the sun on deck in a sun chair with a delicious cool drink in one hand and a great book in the other.
And though there are many more reasons for why I continue to explore the world via cruises, it is most of all because it is such a fun, delicious and easy way to travel. In fact, writing this post makes me very eager to go on another cruise A.S.A.P! ;-)
After a day in the charming city of Gdynia in Poland, it was time to board the ship Stena Line Vision and head back home to Sweden. So in this second post of my mini cruise to Gdynia I will share photos from inside and outside the ship Stena Line Vision, as well as photos from Gdynia harbour as we were leaving it in the evening. And I will finish off my mini cruise Karlskrona - Gdynia photo series with the absolutely stunning sunset we had the pleasure of enjoying out at the Baltic Sea on our journey home.
But first, let us back up to where I left off in the last post. Which was where my sister and I, instead of taking the Stena Line Ferry Bus to the Ferry Terminal at Gdynia harbour, took the local bus (number 150) to the ship from the Train Station at Gdynia City Centre. So when we arrived at the Ferry Terminal at Gdynia Harbour, onboard the ship we went.
Boarding Stena Line Vision at Gdynia harbour after a great day in Gdynia.
Though Stena Line Vision is not that big of a ship, there were still plenty of stuff to do onboard.
Like having a bite to eat in one of the restaurants.
Perhaps even do some gambling...
Ehum - yupp! I did, no luck though...
There was even a mini golf course outside on deck. Hehe.
Nearby the harbour were also lots of houses, roads and a lovely church (I think it is a church?).
But most of all, there were lots of cranes and containers at the harbour.
Now actually Gdynia Harbour was built in the early 1920s, even before Gdynia City got its city privileges - which it did in 1926. In 1938 Gdynia Harbour was the most modern and largest port of the Baltic Sea, as well as the tenth largest in Europe. Today millions of ton of transshipments take place at Gdynia Harbour and hundreds of thousands of containers pass through the harbour every year.
And there certainly were a whole heap of tons of containers there.
As well as cranes and ships.
This is how it looked onboard as we were leaving the busy Gdynia Harbour.
It was a very lovely...
... and relaxing evening...
... as we made our way out of the harbour.
Bye Bye Gdynia. :-)
A bit further out at the Baltic Sea we also got to enjoy this amazing sunset! Indeed a perfect ending to a perfect day.
And this marks the end of my duo travel post report of my journey to Gdynia in Poland with the ship Stena Line Vision. Thank you all for tagging along with me. :-) Next time I will be back with an all every day post from my life here in Sweden with the world's greatest doggy - my beloved Lisen. ;p Wahoo! :-)
I will start off my Cruise Week Theme here with some photos of the ship I travelled with, Vision Of The Seas. Now I had only been on 2 night cruises before so this 4 night cruise was a new experience for me. And it became a very pleasant experience indeed!
But before I jump into the photo section, here is a short recap of what kind of cruise I was on. It was a 4 night cruise from Stockholm in Sweden with stops in Tallinn, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia. During the cruise I stayed in a normal cabin on third deck. No complaints about that one.
The food was also tasty and I ate way too much!!! But I guess that is to be expected when there is a buffet for every meal and snack, lol! All staff was friendly, service was good and there were always plenty of activities going on around the ship. A huge bonus on this cruise was the weather! I swear if I had not looked out the windows I would not have known we were at sea. That is how calm the ocean was. So all in all I did indeed have a wonderful time on this little trip!
And below are some of my captured cruise moments.
Vision Of The Seas in Tallinn harbour.
Aboard Vision Of The Seas.
Lots of floors and two glass elevators.
Wonderful buffet food decorations!
And tasty food! Especially the sushi and mushroom risotto (left) as well as the duck with blackcurrant sauce (right).
More food art. Cheese face.
Fun by the pool. The guys by the pool participated in a "belly flop" competition.
Where the one who made the biggest belly flop won.
Delicious evening drinks and showtime.
Of course I had to inspect the casino aboard. :p
Slot machines worked fine. As did the video poker machines. Which also inspired me to perhaps start to play some online poker again. Hehe.
Deck 3 where we had our cabin.
And where we were greeted by these cute towel animals. When I saw the doggy to the left I instantly thought of my Lisen. Aww!
And beyond beautiful!
A perfect way to end my first cruise week post. Next post will be all about my visit in Tallinn, Estonia. :-)