On the third day of our holiday the ship docked in Copenhagen while we were having breakfast in the enclosed main restaurant on a lower deck.
After breakfast we set off to walk at least part of the way to the city, only to discover several minutes later that the open top “hop on, hop off” tourist bus actually stopped next to the ship. A short distance from the ship we came across a row of attractive small shops selling some fine designer goods. After a brief inspection we decided to return later and caught the bus at the next stop along the road.
We stopped to photograph The Little Mermaid (see Granny Anne’s blog) and later saw the English Church and chuckled at large numbers of bicycles parked in most available open spaces – deposited would be more accurate – on our way to visit The Resistance Museum. The museum was a fine tribute to the amazing courage and resourcefulness of those who fought the Nazis during the occupation of Denmark and it was a very moving experience to study some of the exhibits. I found myself reflecting on how lucky we are to live in a free democracy and then I came across a description of the Nazi Party and its methods and suddenly felt alarm bells ringing – though I was not entirely sure why at the time – when I came to the following (which I quote here with due acknowledgement to the Resistence Museum):
” The party was anti-parliamentarian, yet the leading politicians made Hitler Reich-chancellor in 1933. After that the civic rights were abolished and opposition was met with terror. The government legislated without the need for democratic approval. A Fuhrer-state without any legal framework arose. Life according to Nazi doctrine was one endless struggle where the strongest dominated and finally eliminated the weak.”
After the museum we were back on the bus again to return to the ship, just in time for lunch. Then we went shopping. After that we returned to the ship for a leisurely afternoon tea, well, coffee actually, and a rest before dinner. What with the excitement of the past few days, plus getting up earlier than usual and staying up later and losing sleeping time as the clocks were put forward, we were a bit tired even though we had slept well each night on board.
The fourth day of our holiday was spent at sea, anticipating our arrival at Helsinki the following morning. The weather was fine and the sea a lot calmer since Copenhagen. It was a lazy day. We had lost another hour overnight as the clocks went forward again but I was up at 8.00am and caught up with my sleep after breakfast! What a way to live! After lunch I found the ship’s gymnasium but wasn’t tempted so browsed in the library instead.
Dress was formal for the whole evening, which included the Captain’s Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner. This included being introduced individually to the Captain (and the event photographed for posterity) followed by wine and nibbles in the Show Lounge where we took our seats while the Captain introduced the ship’s senior officers and staff. This was followed by a fine dinner in the restaurant where nearly everyone followed the formal dress code and entered into the spirit of the occasion.
Later in the evening we went to the show in the Show Lounge. The theme was “Musicals” and three girls and two men did all the acting, singing and dancing on a small stage. They were good and potentially very good but the performance was spoilt for me by the usual problem. It was far too loud. Secondly, it seems to be the fashion nowadays to sing very loud while almost touching the microphone so that it sounds quite unmusical and, more often than not, it sounds flat. All could be rectified so easily.