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Stacey and Chris on ' Black Watch '.

Neil

Deckhand
Stacey ( Middy ) and Chris sailed from the UK port of Dover about 15.45 hrs on Monday 20th August 2012 for their cruise to the Baltic.

Having crossed the North Sea over night at speeds between 17 and 20 knots, about Noon today , UK time, the Black Watch was picking up the pilot off of Cuxhaven before entering the River Elbe.and then going through the Keil Canal to the Baltic Sea.

Their first port of call is Rostock on the 22nd August 2012.
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Neil

Deckhand
Just checked out the position of the Black Watch tonight and they are well on their way through the Keil Canal.

Following a short distance behind them in the canal is the 1973 British built 24,492 grt Saga Cruises ship ' Saga Ruby ' which is due to be withdrawn from service early in 2013.
 

Neil

Deckhand
The Fred Olsen cruises ship ' Black Watch ' ,with Chris and Stacey on board, docked at the German port of Rostock about 07.35 hrs this morning

The cruise ships Emerald Princess, Crystal Symphony, and Windsurf are also visiting the port today but Black Watch has berthed out of view of the local port webcams.

Attached picture shows the market area in Rostock.
22.08 rostock.jpg
 

Neil

Deckhand
Today the Fred Olsen cruise ship Black Watch is at sea as they head towards the Estonia port of Tallinn where they arrive about Noon on the 24th August 2012.

Picture below shows the Black Watch passing through the Kiel Canal.
23.08 black watch kiel canal..jpg
 

Neil

Deckhand
The local port webcam is not showing the Black Watch at Tallinn but the port information is showing that in addition to Black Watch the cruise ships Arcadia, Emerald Princess, Seven Seas Voyager, Silver Whisper, and Nautica are also at Tallinn today.

Black Watch was shown as arriving at 11.55 hrs today and listed as sailing at 17.30 hrs.
 

Neil

Deckhand
This morning the Fred Olsen cruise ship Black Watch, with Chris and Middy on board, arrived at the Russian port of St Petersburg about 05.50 hrs. for a two day visit.

The port appears to be busy with the cruise ships Celebrity Eclipse, Norwegian Sun, Costa Pacifica, Jewels of the Seas, Emerald Princess and Silver Whisper also in port today.
 

Neil

Deckhand
After two days at St Petersburg, the Fred Olsen Cruises ship ' Black Watch ', with Chris and Middy on board, arrived at the Finnish port of Helsinki this morning.

She is shown on the AIS ship position maps as having berthed in the South Harbour.

This is a home port for the Black Watch as she was built in 1972 at the local Wartsila shipyard for Royal Viking Lines and first sailed as ' Royal Viking Star '.

Temperatures in Helsinki today are expected to be about 63 f.
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Neil

Deckhand
Today Chris and Middy, on the Fred Olsen Cruise Ship ' Black Watch ' , are visiting the Finnish port of Turku.

There next port of call is Copenhagen where the local webcams do not cover all the docking area so there may be no pictures of them there.

According to the local weather maps there is some rain showers forecast for Copenhagen today but on Wedensday and Thursday it should be sunny days with a temperature of about 16 c.
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Neil

Deckhand
Chris and Middy are having a day at sea and the chance to enjoy all the facilities on the Black Watch.

The ship is expected arrive in Copenhagen early on Thursday morning and should have three other cruise ships in port with her according to the port information..
 

Neil

Deckhand
Black Watch arrived in Copenhagen early this morning on what is looking like a cloudy day.

Also in port today with Black Watch are the cruise ships Silver Whisper, Emerald Princess, National Geographical Explorer and Aidcara, which is moored in front of Black Watch, and from whom a webcam picture of the port area is posted below -
30.08 AIDA CARA AT COPENHAGEN.jpg
 

Neil

Deckhand
After about a ten hour stop at Copenhagen, Black Watch sailed overnight to the Norwegian port of Kristiansand where they arrived this morning.

The AIS ship position maps showed her as cruising at 18.7 knots, just after sailing from Copenhagen.

Kristiansand is the last port of call for Chris & Middy before arriving back at the UK port of Dover on the 2nd September 2012.
 

Neil

Deckhand
After their visit to the Norwegian port of Kristiansand on Friday 31st August 2012 the Fred Olsen cruises ship ' Black Watch ', with Chris and Middy on board, is now sailing down the North Sea as it heads to the English Channel and the UK port of Dover. :(

Black Watch is expected to arrive at Dover about 06.00 hrs on Sunday 2nd September 2012 and there Chris and Middy are due to disembark and return home after what I hope was an enjoyable cruise. :cool:
 

Neil

Deckhand
The AIS ship position maps are showing the Fred Olsen Cruises ' Black Watch ' docking at the UK port of Dover about 05.30 hrs this morning at the end of Chris & Middy's cruise.

Hope they had a great time.
 

middy

Deckhand
I'm back. :)
Interesting stalk Neil thanks. :)
Saga Ruby was following us at the Keil canal but gather ( text from passenger on Ruby to one on our table at dinner) they were delayed by 20 hours sure glad we went first.​
Was nice to see the national geographic explorer, never bumped into her before, managed to get a few piccies.​
Great itinery will certainly visit those ports again even have organised what I will do when I visit next. My only trouble is my dog sitter is off to university on Thursday so will be a little more difficult to organise cruises :(
 

Neil

Deckhand
.Hi Middy

Pleased to read you arrived home safely but sorry to hear about the dog sitter problems.

Hope you can get another person arranged.

On the Cunard Line ' Queen Mary 2 ' they do some kennels but no idea on the fares when she is cruising or if they are only used for the Atlantic crossings ! o_O
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