July 1st - Canada Day. Our nation’s 143rd birthday started very early for us, with us waking at 5:00am. We had an excursion to Berlin scheduled to start at 7:15am. Azamara Journey hadn't reached Warnemunde yet, so the first sights for us this day were the many cargo ships heading to or anchored off the coast as our ship made its way into port.
Once ready, we made our way up to Windows Café for an early breakfast. Our first breakfast experience on Azamara Journey was a good one. It certainly had more of a restaurant feel to us than the previous two cruises we had taken on Celebrity Cruises. The food selection was plentiful and after a reconnaissance walk to see all that was on offer we both made our selections. The fruit in particular looked and tasted very good, a marked improvement over our previous breakfast at the SALT restaurant in the Admiral Hotel. We were thinking our breakfasts were definitely going to be fine on this cruise.
The ship had still yet to dock when we had finished breakfast, so we decided to head out to the open deck to watch the final approach. We could see the NCL ship Norwegian Sun was following behind our ship. Having left Copenhagen after it, apparently Azamara Journey was a bit faster getting into Warnemunde - unless, of course, the arrival time was done by arrangement. After Azamara Journey had docked we returned to our room for final preparations for the day’s tour. While in our room we had opened our veranda door and got a close up view of Norwegian Sun. The NCL ship would be berthed near us and it turned around off our starboard side in the somewhat narrow port. They must have amazing control of modern cruise ships, for Norwegian Sun got very close as it made its turn. Interesting to watch from our veranda.
For our day's excursion we were to report to the Cabaret Lounge. As with every other excursion we had taken on a cruise, we collected small stickers to wear - identifying our particular group/bus. Once the group was complete, we were escorted to the gangway by an Azamara host. It was a short walk to our bus beyond a very open cruise port facility. At the bus we met our tour representative - Sebastian, a university student working for the tour company for the summer. The trip to Berlin was going to take approximately 3 hours with one stop along the way. After we got moving, Sebastian asked about the nationalities of the people on the bus and following that he said he had something for the Canadians onboard - our national anthem was then played throughout the bus. Nice touch. We don't think we'll forget how we celebrated this Canada Day.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.