Cruising the Baltic Sea

I’m trying to make this a tradition. Write a blog post every time I fly. It sure makes the flight more entertaining. On the other hand, for me, flying somewhere it has always been related to something ending and something starting. This time, my 3 weeks vacation cruising as a guest with my other half, has ended. Here I am, on a plane, on my way home, May 28th, sometime in the evening writing this post which I will publish once I get home.

Being able to visit and spend some quality time onboard as a guest has been a very nice change. I have been working on my previous ship for 3 years and before that, on other similar class ships. Even though I was not working this time, it did give me a good idea on how things go on the “bigger ships”.

Don’t worry, I’m not planning to start making comparisons. I always roll my eyes when people start saying “on my previous ship etc”. No, every ship is different and at the end of the day, I truly believe it’s the crew who make a ship feel good or not.

Meet Elise, 3rd Officer from Belgium and such a dedicated mariner. It was wonderful to finally meet. Good luck in your career, Elise!

I loved my vacation and the days spent as a guest so I wanted to share with you some of those moments in pictures. It made me think of how many times, as a crew I was dreaming of relaxing at the pool and not have to work. I doubt I am the only one. My favorite was the Jacuzzi in the evening and being able to wear flip flops as much as I wanted. I met interesting people and got to go out every port, sometimes twice during our port stay! I stayed in line at the buffet without worrying that it was busy and got to walk around the ship holding a glass of wine. Oh and did I tell you I enjoyed wearing my flip flops a lot! Even on cold Baltic days I was still wearing my flip flops like a pro.

I also read 4 books this vacation: “Ready Player One” “Before we were yours” “Little fires everywhere” “The Handmaid tale”. I recommend them all if you like to read as much as I do! Having a Kindle made me blend in just fine. It was, after all, one of the main activities onboard while being lazy in a comfy sun chair.

Well I could go on and on about my vacation. I really enjoyed it and got to do so many things we cannot do as crew members. It was a nice feel. Time to head back home now, do laundry, repack and head out back to work in a few days.


Overnight in St Petersburg

Russian nights (no filter)

Departing St Petersburg, drawing lines between sky and sea (no filter)

Bilbao departure, keeping an eye on the tugs

Gym.. sometimes

Departing from Getxo, port of Bilbao

Celebrating his birthday 🙂

3 thoughts on “Cruising the Baltic Sea

  1. Patricia Orea says:

    The Baltic will be my next adventure. When gets approved, I will go in the Celebrity Eclipse on August 18 and for sure I will have a great time

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