Wednesday, 10 September 2014
10.09.2014 - 10.09.2014
The Royal Princess eased her way into her berth before the 06:30 sunrise and before long almost 2500 passengers were disembarked and the crew prepared to receive an equal number of new passengers. There is also a significant crew swap at this port.
The Horizon Court was quite busy when we went there for breakfast. We returned to the cabin and waited to get a measure of the weather, there had been rain squalls all morning. At about 09:30 we decided to risk a drenching and boarded the first Shuttle Bus into down-town Copenhagen.
We found our way to the Tivoli Gardens but they didn't open till 11:00 so we walked on to visit the central railway station. A most impressive structure with vaulted domed roof and stained glass windows. Back to the Tivoli where we spent DK 100 (US$ 20) each for admission. It is not an extensive park in area but they have plenty crammed into that space.
There is a great variety for rides from the high excitement roller coaster and other thrill rides there are the more sedate carousel and miniature train rides. Rides are outnumbered by restaurants and other food outlets. There are performance stages and a Concert Hall as well as delightful gardens to wander through. The whole atmosphere was that of a relaxing family fun venue with something for everyone.
The rain held off and there were long periods of bright sun when we needed to shed our jackets. Spent the last of our Danish cash on some fast food before heading out to meet up with the Shuttle Bus for the trip back to the ship. On the way back to the bus we found an impressive display of Italian produce in one of the squares. The range of cheeses and processed meats was mind boggling.
The trip back to the ship was uneventful but there were some near-misses expertly avoided by our very competent driver. Can't get over the number of bicycles there are on the road and when you add the Metro Construction Project you have a recipe for chaos.
Back aboard and we meet our new Stateroom steward, nice chap named Jerico. Later when we went down to the dining room there was a new Assistant Waiter, her name is Katerina, she's from Serbia. We're overrun by Serbians, according to one of them there are about 120 Serbians in a total crew population of about 1400- almost 10% !!
After dinner went to the Theatre for the Welcome Show. Standing room only !! We'd missed the first show eleven days ago, didn't miss out on much. There was a lengthy introduction by the Cruise Director, great information for first-time cruisers but nothing new for us old hands ;-) The last 20 minutes were adequately filled by that funny man Al Katz, managed to have a go at people from Mississippi again.
Tomorrow we visit Kristiansand where we have a Shore Excursion booked.
There's an image of our visit to the Tivoli Garden at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-10
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony