Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

M. S. Rotterdam of the Holland-America Line

On July 4, 1998, my mother, sister and I flew to London, United Kingdom. We traveled to Dover by bus where we boarded the M.S. Rotterdam. We cast off from Dover on the 5th and viewed the famous White Cliffs of Dover as we sailed into the English Channel. After a day at sea, we docked next to the fortifications in Oslo, Norway. The tour of Oslo included the Museum of the Viking Ships, the Kon Tiki Museum and the Vinelandsparken (a unique outdoor exhibit of the lifeworks of Gustav Vigeland which includes the famous 52 foot high monolith comprising 121 intertwined human figures).

The second port of call was Århus, Denmark. The Royal Danish Yacht highlighted the skyline of the country's second largest city. We traveled to Berlin by train from the northern coast of Germany. The three hour trip through the countryside was interesting. The mosaic at the entrance to the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedäcktniskirke is beautiful.

One of our first stops in Berlin was the historic Brandenburg Gate. Our six hour tour of the German Capitol was one of the highlights of the cruise. The amount of new construction in Berlin is absolutely amazing. We saw the remaining part of the Berlin Wall, the 1936 Olympic Stadium, and Charlottenberg Castle. Stockholm, Sweden is a city of islands. We visited the Gamler Stan (Old Town) and the Royal Palace. The cobblestoned narrow streets and buildings of the old town were fascinating.

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