Friday, May 30, 2014

Back At Sea

Thursday, May 29, the third day of the Baltic Sea cruise, is at sea. It's 60 degrees F. Sunrise at 5:31 a.m. and sunset is at 10:19 p.m. The time difference is 7 hours; yesterday it was only a 6-hour difference. The time on the Baltic Sea is ahead of the United States.

The cruise is multi-cultural with travelers from around the world. Over 40 countries are represented. The largest groups are the USA with 1012 people, Canada with 302, United Kingdom with 80, Japan with 53, and Australia with 50.

Meeting new people is part of the cultural experience!

Warnemunde, Germany

Thursday, May 29 was spent in Warnemunde, Germany, a seasonal resort in northeastern Germany. Warnemunde means the estuary of the river Warnow. The photo shows an train engine car made into a bar or pub.

Warnemunde, in the district of Rostock, is filled with outdoor markets.

Bright murals on the sides of buildings help portray the culture of the German city of Warnemunde.

Fishing boats, cafés, and bars line the water front in Warnemunde.

Shops line the waterfront of Warnemunde.

Warnemunde is the center of maritime traffic, with navigational aids, such as the lighthouse (in the photo) still in use. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and is 121 feet high.

Attractive, well-maintained homes line the small cobblestone streets in Warnemunde.

Shop owners often live in apartments above their shops in Warnemunde.

Several of the travelers ate lunch in the Cafe Wegner and enjoyed homemade soup and bread. Also dining beside us was a German family - a father, two well-behaved toddlers, and their pet dog. The dog slept at the feet of the children while they ate their French fries with ketchup. Fathers were enjoying a national holiday in their honor; retail stores and other businesses were closed for the holiday.

The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Warnemunde was established in 1871, the fourth one built in the town. The first was built in the 13th century. The carved gothic altar below is the work of a Danzig artist, dating from 1475.

Captain Bligh, a local bar which sells a variety of German beer, is busy on Father's Day. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good Morning from Germany

Good Morning from Germany! Our trip to the Baltic Sea has been most enjoyable thus far and we are only getting started. Yesterday was the perfect day to get acquainted with our ship, the Norwegian Star. Our ship is filled with on-board activities and delicious food buffets everywhere you turn. Cuisines cover various cultures and even a traditional American steakhouse sits on board ship. It's a sunny cool day, today, but we hope by the end of the week the sun will shine bright for us to take advantage of the large pool and slide. Everyone needs a little relaxation! The streets of Germany await, and we look forward to sharing the sites with you. 

~ Laura Ashley Lamm

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

The travelers arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, early Wednesday morning.  Copenhagen has about 1.5 million people in the city with about 1.2 million bicycles.  Bikes are everywhere. Bikes are treated like autos; drivers receive tickets if they are parked illegally!

Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen. It is the second oldest amusement park in the world.  Other places of interest are The LittleMermaid, a bronze statue by Edvard Ericksen, and Rosenborg Castle.

The Norwegian Star set sail at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday from the Copenhagen port heading for Warnemunde, Germany. Arrival time is expected at 7:15 a.m., May 29. About 2000 people from around the world are aboard with about 1000 crew members. Travelers will experience daylight until around 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Departing Washington Dulles International Airport

The Baltic Sea travelers left Edgecombe Community College at 8 am Tuesday and headed to Washington Dulles International Airport. The photo above shows the travelers preparing to check in. The flight leaves at 5:15 pm and lands in Copenhagen, Denmark at 7:15 am, Wednesday. Travelers will embark on the Norwegian Star mid-day.

Bon voyage!

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to our ECC Travel Abroad blog! We are very excited about your taking time out of your busy day to share some time with us while we visit world-famous “Baltic Capitals” while cruising aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Star.

Daily, Dr. Lamm, myself, or various other travelers will update you on the themes and sites of the day. We are scheduled to depart for Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and return on Friday, June 6, 2014. During our cruise, we will cruise the Baltic Sea visiting the countries of Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. The forecast during our travels is expected to be in the mid-sixties to low seventies - an excellent forecast! We are looking forward to a great sightseeing and educational adventure.

As we take care of some final details, the level of enthusiasm amongst our group continues to grow and we are glad to have you participate in the journey with us. Take care and we will see you soon...ALL ABOARD!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Welcome to the ECC Travel Abroad Program blog!

Join us on our upcoming 9-Day Baltic Capitals cruise, May 27 - June 6, 2014. Just click on the image below for more information.
While you're here, read some of the previous posts and see pictures from our 2013 trip to Great Britain, and out 2012 trip to Spain.

Follow along as we blog about our journey beginning on May 27.