Marilyn & Paul's Baltic Cruise 2018 travel blog

Ice carving

After-dinner cocktails......

.....watching the setting sun.

Day 10 - At sea (Helsinki to Warnemunde)

A nice relaxing day at sea today, recovering from the last few days! Although fairly bright and sunny, it was quite a cool (15°) and breezy day, so not really one for sitting out on deck or our balcony. The four of us took part in this morning's Shuffleboard knockout, in pairs randomly selected by the activity leader. To our great surprise, Marilyn and I (with our respective partners) both made it through to the final, so we ended up playing against each other. Marilyn played an absolute blinder though, so her team beat us very convincingly. All excellent fun!

As we arrived for coffee in the indoor pool area one of the chefs was just adding

the finishing touches to an amazing ice-carving - however do they do that?

After a lazy afternoon another brilliant piano recital by Madalina Rusu at 5.30pm - Bach, Mozart and Brahms this time. This was the fifth of the six different 45-minute programmes that she is performing (twice each) on this cruise - twelve ferociously demanding solo concerts in 14 days.....all from memory! That requires far more skill and stamina than any professional footballer (who seem to have to be 'rested' after playing more than one match in a week!), so why on earth don't we value and pay our amazing musicians in the same way?

For the 3rd of our four black-tie dinners the four of us had booked to eat this evening in the exclusive Sindhu Indian restaurant on board. An absolutely superb meal in quiet, relaxed surroundings - an almost endless succession of exquisitely flavoured and beautifully presented dishes.....simply wonderful, and well worth the additional cover charge! Afterwards a cocktail in the adjacent East Bar as we chatted and watched the lovely sunset over the water - a magical end to a perfect evening.

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