Cruise RU305 on the Saga Ruby to the Gulf of Bothnia, Lapland June 2009

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)

Date: Port: Flag: Tour escort: Comment:
04/06/2009 Dover, England Free parking!
06/06/2009 Copenhagen, Denmark Botanic gardens
08/06/2009 Stockholm, Sweden Drottningholm Palace (closed) Chinese pavilion (instead)
09/06/2009 Hudiksvall, Sweden Town walk Quiet
10/06/2009 Lulea, Sweden Gammelstad "Church village"
11/06/2009 Vaasa, Finland Islands Cakes in the wet!
12/06/2009 Turku, Finland Cathedral & castle
13/06/2009 Visby, Gotland, Sweden City walk Charming
14/06/2009 Nexo, Bornholm, Denmark Island tour Kippers!
15/06/2009 Kiel Canal, Germany Interesting
17/06/2009 Dover, UK Off by 8:30 am


Martin & George

Martin & George



George, Dee-Ann, Linda, Martin & Dorothy

George, Dee-Ann, Linda, Martin & Dorothy



New harbour, Copenhagen

New harbour, Copenhagen



Me in my ruby red tour escort's uniform in Stockholm

Me in my ruby red tour escort's uniform in Stockholm



Warehouses in Hudiksvall

Warehouses in Hudiksvall



Church in Gammelstad, Lulea

Church in Gammelstad, Lulea



Cultural centre in Vaasa>

Cultural centre in Vaasa



George in his ruby red tour escort's uniform at Turku castle

George in his ruby red tour escort's uniform at Turku castle



Visby on Gotland

Visby on Gotland



Round Church on Bornholm

Round Church on Bornholm



Kiel Canal transit

Kiel Canal transit



Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I have just got back from my fortnight's cruise to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic on board Saga Ruby. She's a lovely old ship, the last cruise liner to have been built in Britain by Swan Hunter on the Tyne. Originally called the Vistafjord, she is best known as Cunard's Caronia. We tendered into two magical islands, Gotland and Bornholm. The Gulf of Bothnia towns were generally bland. We had good weather with only one wet day. I worked with George Glynn who was very amusing and Jenny & Basil Brown who took the dance classes.

Good points were:

  1. Free pax launderette.
  2. Hosting a table in the main dining room as on Discovery.
  3. Excellent US beef every evening bar two (lamb shank and fish).
  4. Leisurely evening with only one dinner sitting and only one show.
  5. Excellent 6 piece band.
  6. Excellent dance trio and separate classical trio (which we never got to hear).
  7. Good programme of up to 3 lectures per sea day.
  8. Getting our picture on to the guest artistes display board!
  9. Fresh fruit and iced water in cabins.
  10. Ruby red uniform supplied for tour escorting.
  11. Free car parking at port.
  12. Sailaways from every port.
  13. Singles party and singles lunch.
  14. Good cabaret artistes.
  15. Three cocktail parties.

Usual evening programme:

Here was my itinerary: