After a day at sea, we stopped at Warnemuende, early the third morning of our cruise. It’s a sleepy little town (or at least, in the morning!) on the Baltic. Apparently, it’s the biggest port on the Baltic sea, though.
I took a few pics from the ship, and then we went for a walk through the town as part of our tour to Schwerin.
We caught a couple of trains to Schwerin, got kicked out of 1st class (I did wonder if our guide had bought us 1st class tickets – evidently not!) and got to Schwerin about lunch-time. We walked around a little and saw one of the lakes, a town square and the cathedral, which is apparently the biggest brick building in the world. I’m not sure whether to believe the guide or not because I know he said some things that were not true, because I could read the German text and see for myself.
We finally got to the castle, or at least a view of it. It’s covered in scaffolding in parts (what else is new?) but it’s quite lovely.
We had lunch in a pub across the lake from it. Lunch was pretty good, if you liked pork, potatoes and red cabbage. Too bad if you didn’t, because you got no choice. After scoffing down lunch, we got to go inside. We got audio guides and were told we had 30 minutes to go through the castle and the grounds, because we then had to go back to the station to ensure we didn’t miss the last train!!! Needless to say, we didn’t bother with listening to the audio guide, just hurried through and took photos to look at at our leisure!
We were the only ones who actually got to have a tiny sneak peek into the orangerie and the gardens:
Then it was off back to the station, with uninteresting stops along the way, and then 40 minutes to kill at the station. We weren’t impressed with the tour, that’s for sure.
Once we got back to Warnemuende (after 2 hours train ride again), we didn’t accompany the guide to the ship, but stayed in town and had a look around. There was some sort of fair going on, so there were people everywhere!
We even made it to the beach. We didn’t bother taking our shoes off though…
We walked back to the ship along the river. Beautiful light at this time:
I got a few shots of the boat in port:
We went to dinner at the buffet, because they were featuring a few German dishes, and I wanted them. They were pretty good. They had an Oompapah band there playing American songs. Weird.
We went up to the Sky Lounge on deck 14, for sunset and afterwards, as we were leaving port. Beautiful! I came prepared with a camera this time, having missed the actual sunset just after dinner.
We went to get ourselves a night-cap and found ourselves enjoying the Sky Lounge music and ended up staying out til after 1am, dancing and talking to a Scottish couple we’d met. It was great fun. Somebody that wasn’t me got quite drunk 😀 It was a really good night.