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Vasco da Gama, Part 7, Copenhagen

Sunday 21st July 2019
This morning we arrived in the port of Copenhagen, Denmark, but it seemed dark and the rain was pouring down. Plan B was brought forward, and so there was time to walk around the ship and take photographs before heading out to the local train station.

View of a Lounge

Another view

Birds on their perch

Stair rails

I liked this door handle

Part of the Ocean Bar

Ocean Bar decor - just look at those legs...

Captain's Bar


The Study


Part of the Atrium

Bottom of the Atrium

Map of our intended route today

Quick stern view of our ship as we headed for the nearby train station

We bought tickets for a train up the coast to Helsingor, ready for ferry rides across the water to Helsingborg and then return on a different ship; we could then wait for a third ferry back again before getting to a fourth ferry where we are booked on board the ferry AURORA for the Waves Restaurant Lunch.


Several ships to look at


The first ferry we went on - Hamlet

Tycho Brahe

The first ferry was HAMLET, the second ferry was TYCHO BRAHE, the third ferry was MERCANDIA IV and then our lunch ferry was AURORA.


The Castle of Elsinore

With those lunch tickets it meant we could stay on board going to and fro between the ports, across The Sound, until we had finished and enjoyed our lunch! I think that's a very good idea.

Aurora Waves Restaurant

Enjoying my lunch

In fact I remember a long time ago (in May 2007), travelling with a group from The Cinema Theatre Association, sailing across The Sound between Helsingor and Helsingborg on the TYCHO BRAHE and being able to watch the passing ships sailing north and south as we enjoyed our lunch. I think most of my companions were more interested in the food than the ships, but I kept looking and soon had my reward. I could see a very good-looking vessel sailing slowly along, and I immediately recognised it as the Danish Royal Yacht. She is a very stylish vessel, often featured on tins of Danish biscuits, and I was very pleased to see her. I spoke to a nearby steward and he confirmed that it was indeed the Danish Royal Yacht, presumably taking some of the Royal Family away for a few days.

Danish Royal Yacht on a Danish biscuit tin

Anyway, back to the present and a wonderful meal enjoyed at leisure at sea. We finally had to disembark at Helsingor again to get a train back to Copenhagen, ready to head back to the ship. What a fun way to spend a few hours at sea.

Doors between carriages on the train back to Copenhagen

Back at the port I wanted to walk along to see the other cruise ships nearby and take some photographs, so I was glad the rain had stopped enough to do this.

Seven Seas Navigator

Seven Seas Navigator


Viking Sky and MSC Miraviglia at other berths

Viking Sky and MSC Miraviglia

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

Nearly home

Back on board VASCO DA GAMA I used a lift I hadn't seen before, and was amused at the picture on the inside of the lift. At first it was quite disconcerting because of the apparent proportions of the scene.

Picture in the lift on board

Tonight we sail overnight back to the port of Kiel, where we have to disembark.

Ships seen: Vasco da Gama, Crown Seaways, Hamlet, Jeppe, Pernille, Aurora, Tycho Brahe, Mercandia IV, Seven Seas Navigator, Aidamar, MSC Meraviglia, Viking Sky

To be concluded...