There are two cruises that are only put on every other year or so. One is to the Gulf of
Bothnia and the other is to the White Sea. The first time we found these cruises, we were
already booked on another cruise which we did not want to miss. As luck would have it they both
came up this year at about the same time, so we picked this one and will have to wait for the Gulf of Bothnia
one to be repeated. I learned on this cruise that due to Sweden and Finland rising, this gulf will
eventually dry out; but fortunately there are several thousand years before this happens, so I should have time
to get the cruise in.
We have been to Murmansk before, and are eager to return, but are looking forward to Archangel and
the White Sea, both new to us.
I usually do a day by day blog, but for this cruise I am just doing an overall cruise
review. I will be doing a review of the individual excursions we are on, which will be linked from
the itinerary page. There are also links from the itinerary to a general page of information for
each of the ports we are visiting. If I have any interesting points or pictures I will add these
to the port pages.
We have returned from the cruise now and I am updating this cruise. I have now done
proof reading and spell checking, but there may still be errors, mail me if you find anything wrong.
I have also filled in the missing GPS tracks (Expert GPS, which I use to process my Sat Nav data, went on the
blink, so it had to wait until I got home and re-installed the software). I will be leaving for
the next cruise Iceland and Norway on the Ocean Princess soon so hopefully I am nearly there.