When we left Stockholm it was sad to reflect that we would have only one more port to visit before we headed for home. The holiday had sped by, so many new friends, so many new countries. It was perhaps as well that we would have a day to marshall our thoughts before we had the long day trip to Berlin.

As a special treat Mr Chin and his doughty kitchen staff found time, not only to provide the usual excellent dinner, but to put on a very artistic and colourful buffet at 11.30pm!

Mr Chin and his wonderful staff

Mr Chin and his wonderful staff

We had not bothered with the midnight snacks before, but had been told that this was unmissable.

Just one of the tables!

Just one of the tables!

Here's another

Here's another

And here's one I made earlier!

And here's one I made earlier!

Next day was Sunday so, after a leisurely breakfast, we went along to Richard Jarmain’s final talk about Warnemunde and Berlin. As usual it was inspiring and made us wish that we had time to go on all the tours.

After luch the cruise staff had arranged an entertainment by the pool, where Father Neptune was holding court. I remembered the last time I saw Father Neptune, 43 years ago!  That was when we crossed the Equator in the Pacific, so the poor victims of his “dunkings” had had a much warmer pool to land in!

It was a formal evening at dinner, so everyone looked very smart  in their evening clothes. (There were one or two who seemed to dress deliberately casually, but the great majority confirmed to the dress code). JW, when we first thought about a cruise, had said that he “didn’t like dressing up” but he looked very smart in his DJ.

We joined our quiz partner  (John) and managed to win a few more points, and then spent a relaxing evening in the Majestic lounge listening to 2gether, before toddling off to bed.

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