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Maria and I arrived in Helsinki on 3rd April 2015. The cruise on M/S Baltic Queen to Tallinn, Estonia, left at 18:00 on 5th April. I was surprised that nobody asked to see my passport, but Maria explained that this was because both Finland and Estonia are members of the Schengen zone. The cruise was my 21st birthday present, although it was belated because I was already 22 when we went on it! I enjoyed watching the horizon of Helsinki fade away on the back of the boat. We had a look around the shops, but they were so busy because the prices were so cheap by Finnish standards (so they were probably the same as British prices). Maria said some people go on the cruise just to get cheap alcohol. Next we went back to our deluxe room with private bathroom and got changed from our stripy blue and white 'sailor' tops into dresses. Then we went to the buffet at 20:30. I hadn't eaten for most of the day so I could save some space for the buffet. It was quite expensive and there was unlimited alcohol and loads of different food, so we wanted to make the most of it. However, we were really tired from sightseeing over the past 2 days, so we did struggle with the alcohol. We went back to our room and relaxed until we went to see the midnight show, which was nice. Then we went to sleep because we were so tired.

The cruise arrived in Tallinn at 22:00pm, but we weren't allowed out of the boat until 08:00 the next day. The old town wasn't too far from the boat, so it didn't take long to walk there. We had breakfast in Maiasmokk cafe, the oldest cafe in Tallinn. Then we saw the town hall in Town Hall Square and went in a few touristy shops as we made our way up the hill towards the city walls, Alexander Nevsky cathedral, a few other churches and parliament. At the top of the hill there were spectacular views over the city. We made our way back to the boat and picked up some food in Rimi hypermarket from Hesberger, and snacks for later and snacks for later. Unfortunately the boat left at 12:30, so we didn't have much time to see much or go inside any places. We had a look around the shops on the boat when they weren't so busy before arriving in Helsinki later in the afternoon.


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