Celebrity style on the Baltic Sea

To escape Israel’s heat, a European cruise takes the guesswork out of travel and never falters on activities or sights to see.

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September 24, 2015 10:20
The ‘Celebrity Silhouette’

The ‘Celebrity Silhouette’ moored off the coast of Stockholm, Sweden. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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On the second day of our voyage in the Baltic Sea, captain Emmanouil Alevropoulos announced that a terrible storm was heading for our first destination – the German town of Warnemünde – and thus our vessel would be unable to dock at its pier. This was very unwelcome news, as everyone on the cruise had made plans to tour either Warnemünde, the neighboring village of Rostock, or Berlin.

He could have just canceled Warnemünde as a port of call, the captain told us later, which is what most cruise ships would have done. But not his, not the Celebrity Silhouette on which we were sailing! Instead, he had spent the day completely revising the ship’s itinerary, arranging for us to set sail for Stockholm and to hit Germany near the culmination of our journey. (When we finally got there seven days later, the weather was clear, crisp and sunny.) Several months ago, my husband and I decided we needed a really special vacation abroad.

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