Day 11 - Warnemunde, Germany
After sailing westwards keeping fairly close to the Finnish and Swedish coastlines yesterday, we headed south overnight, and at 7am this morning we docked in Warnemunde in north Germany.
Most of today's excursions and recommended visits ignored Warnemunde, concentrating instead on more historic and picturesque places such as Rostock and Lubeck. We hadn't booked any of these, so at 10.30am we met up with Ros and Graham (who yesterday booked their next cruise!) and headed off to explore the delights of Warnemunde on foot. As we walked through the railway terminus next to the cruise-ship terminal we were momentarily tempted to hop on a train to go and have a quick look at Rostock first, but we are glad we didn't. Despite it being a fairly grey day, with the occasional rain shower, we actually spent a very pleasant 4½ hours just mouching around the tiny town centre, along the sandy beach, out on the harbour wall, and in-and-out of the many little (mainly clothing) shops lining both sides of the busy Alter Strom inner harbour. Warnemunde seems to be quite a local holiday resort, and with it's large shipping harbour and sandy beach so close to each other it feels a bit like northern Germany's equivalent of Weymouth or Whitby.
We set sail again at 5.30pm bound for Copenhagen tomorrow.
After dinner, although not really our sort of thing, we decided to go along with Ros and Graham to this evening's Palladium show - Richard and Adam (of 'Britain's Got Talent' fame apparently!), who had been flown in specially. We needn't have bothered! Graham left after their first song, Ros followed shortly afterwards, and Marilyn and I only managed to get to the end of their second song - it was all so loud and harsh that it was actually painful to listen to. Simply dreadful! So I'm afraid it was another cocktail (or two!) up in the East Bar again - shame!
During the evening we had been sailing back up the Storebealt towards the Kattegat, and at about 11.45pm Marilyn and I watched from our balcony as we once again passed under the Great Belt bridge.