My cruise ship adventure in the baltic continues and I learned that grumpy guests aren’t the only problem you’ll encounter on a ship. It is July now and that after all means it should be summer but being further north this doesn’t necessarily mean good weather. It has always been a bit colder in the ports than I’m used to this time of the year but it wasn’t until last week in Tallinn that things got a bit weirder. We left Warnemünde just as scheduled and spent one day on sea on the way to Estonia. Well at least that’s what the captain said we did since the fog was so strong all day you would see nothing but white when looking outside of the ship. That continued for the whole day in Tallinn. Here we usually shot pictures in front of the ship when the passengers are going out in the morning since it is the only harbor on our cruise that allows for these kind of pictures. Everywhere else we are not allowed to go in front of the ship. But the morning the fog was still so strong you couldn’t even see the ship from where we were standing…it took a lot of convincing to have the passengers pose for pictures. Although the fog wouldn’t clear for the day, there was no rain and I was able to spent the day exploring Tallinn once more. The most notable encounter here was a street musician singing the song „you’re in the army now“. At least that’s what I thought it was since he knew only that one line and improvised the rest by making the sound of different instruments with his mouth. Definitely a unique experience and a really nice guy I was lucky to get some pictures from.
The rest of the cruise from there on continued with great weather and even greater times in Helsinki and Stockholm. I really get to love those cities. While some might say that the old town districts are just way to full with annoying tourists I just see dozens of potential pictures. Just wandering the streets shooting whatever I want is exactly what I need to keep me from going crazy in this job. There is no room for any sort of creativity on the ship and if I don’t go out on my on from time to time I really feel like I’m losing my style and my view for photos. The only problem is getting back into the job after enjoying myself for a few hours is then even harder.
But now it is time for the main story. The story of how we spend a night in Russia. This weeks cruise started like every other one. Great weather in Warnemünde, on the Seaday and even in Tallinn. But it all changed when we reached St. Petersburg, Russia. After some time on the ship I kind of got used to its movements and sounds and can tell even from my cabin if we are moving or in port. Usually during the Seadays there is some slight movements but once in port you won’t feel a thing. Well the morning when I woke up the ship was moving heavily, I didn’t gave it much thought, thinking we might just be a bit delayed entering the port. As it turned out I was wrong. When I entered the mess, the first room where I see some windows I saw that we indeed where in port there was just such a strong wind outside with such high waves in port that the whole gigantic ship was shaking. It got worse when I had to go out to shoot the gangway, I literally got blown away. I haven’t experienced wind like this for a long time, it was crazy. The day continued on like this until we reached our scheduled departure time of 8 o’clock in the evening. That’s when the captain made the announcement that we weren’t able to leave port for the night since the wind has picked up to speed of 100 km/h. So we began our shaky night celebrating the unplanned overnight stay. The next departure was then planned for noon the following day. That time came and went without any change in the wind or our ship moving. So we spent a whole day in port in a country where you are not even allowed to leave the ship without a special visa….and as you can imaging a lot of pissed off passengers. At 7 in the evening we finally went sailing with destination Helsinki. Here we spent some extra time in port to make up for the fact that we are skipping Stockholm. Although that didn’t really work since it was raining all day. Oh and in the end our printer broke so we weren’t able to sell any pictures for a while…what a crazy and chaotic cruise that I’m happy is finally finished.
That’s about all I have to tell for now. You might notice that I don’t post as regularly these days as when I was traveling the world, that’s partly for the reason that a good and cheap internet connection isn’t as easy to find on the sea and partly just because most of the days are pretty much the same. It’s not one big adventure following the other, it’s a job. But I’ll keep you updated whenever something cool happens or I got some more awesome pictures to share.