Scandinavian Cruise

IMG_0081We just returned last week from a lovely vacation. We took a Scandinavian cruise. We flew to London on the 23rd and got on the ship (Caribbean Princess) in Southampton later that afternoon.

Our first day was in Belgium. We got into port at Zeebrugge and took a bus to Blankenberge where we got on a train to Brugge. In Brugge we took a brewery tour, looked around the town and had some Belgium waffles (life-changin), and chocolate before catching the train back to the ship.

The second day was a day at sea where we relaxed and hung out on the boat perfecting our Gin Rummy games.

The third day we were in Copenhagen, Denmark where we started with a walking tour of the city, and then found ourselves on a canal tour before we grabbed some dinner, visited the Little Mermaid statue, and walked 5 miles back to the ship (in hindsight, we should have taken the shuttle).

The fourth day we were supposed to go to Sweden, but the weather prevented that, sooooo… another day at sea.

The fifth day we landed in Oslo, Norway. We visited a number of museums in Oslo, including a viking museum, the Con Tiki museum, and the Fram museum. We then explored the downtown area, grabbed some lunch and did a bit of shopping before heading back to the ship (it started to rain).

The sixth day was another day at sea.

We arrived back in Southampton on the seventh day and disembarked. We met our transfer driver and made a pit-stop at Windsor castle, where we took the tour. From there we made the rest of the trip to our London hotel. We got in earlier than we had planned so we explored London a bit. We worked our way down to¬†Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and House of Parliament. We were down at the Thames River and someone handed us an unused boat tour ticket, so we took a trip down the Thames and saw a number of other London sights before heading back towards our hotel. We made a quick stop at Harrod’s department store to grab some gifts and pastries.

The next day we scheduled a tour of the Tower of London (with Beefeater Steve) and then met up with a friend for lunch before wandering around London for the rest of the day. Considering we were only in London for a day and a half, we saw quite a few sites.

The trip was a lot of fun. A smaller collection of photos are up in the gallery, or all of the trip photos (400+) are up on Google Plus.

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