Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

M. S. Rotterdam of the Holland-America Line

The second week of our cruise started in Helsinki, Finland. We visited Tuomikirkko (Lutheran Cathedral) which overlooks Senate Square, the 1952 Olympic Stadium, Sibelius Park and a Lutheran Church which was carved out of the bedrock of the city.

The M.S. Rotterdam docked in St. Petersburg, Russia for two days. On the first day our shore excursion took us to Tsarskoe Selo(Czar's Village or Pushkin) about 20 km south of the city. We toured the czar's summer residence, the Catherine Palace. The interior which was terribly damaged by the German Army, has been beautifully refurbished. The work is not yet 100% comptele. We visited the Hermatage Museum located in the Winter Palace the following day. The museum's art collection is one of the largest in the world. St. Petersburg, founded in 1703, is a wonderful, well planned city.

Our final port of call was Tallinn, Estonia. Our interesting walk through the old city featured the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Estonia regained its independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union. After a day at sea, we left the ship in Copenhagen and began the long flight back the the United States.

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