July 29, 2018
This morning we woke up as they were mooring the ship in Nynashamn, Sweden. Originally, we were going to dock in Stockholm, but they moved us to Nynashamn. This was about a 45 minute drive to Stockholm. Charolette, our guide picked us up in a bus. This was the largest tour group we had with about 28 people.
Stockholm was a pretty city with a lot of lakes and waterways all through the city. The city itself is spread across 14 islands, but the area around the city has 30,000 islands that extend into the Baltic Sea.
We first went to the city hall to use the bathrooms and take a few pictures. We then rode to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a ship that sunk over 300 years ago on its maiden voyage. They design was so bad that it only sailed about 1000 meters from port until it listed to the side and sunk. The ship was not wide enough for how tall it was. The boat sank to the bottom and 14 sailors lost their lives. In the 1950’s and 1960’s they started an effort to salvage the ship. It took 3 years to get it out of the water and then many years to restore. They spend 17 years spraying wax on the wood to keep it from drying out and decaying. After it was mostly restored, they built the Vasa museum to house the ship. The ship is 98% original because the water is so cold the wood did not decay. It is suppose to be one of the best museums in Sweden. It was pretty cool, but very crowded while we were there.
At every port on this trip, there were the same 5 cruise ships that all docked the same day and all of us went in the town the same time. So every port was very crowded. I don’t know why they did not spread the cruise ships out a bit more, but maybe the locals do not want the crowds every day. But the tourists brings a lot of money into the local economy.
We next went to the old town area and walked around with the guide. She took us to the narrowest alley and the smallest statue in Stockholm. It was interesting to walk the old streets. After an hour of walking and looking at sites, we had some free time. We stood in line to get a Belgium waffle for lunch. It was not very good, not as good a Waffle Luv in Utah. As we were walking it started to rain, but fortunately it was time to headed back to the gathering point to catch the bus back to the ship. At the ship we had a quick snack and then sat on Deck 8 and watched the sailboats and ships go in and out of the port. Later we ate in the Manhattan restaurant and watched a show.