After brekkie (Bircher muesli with fruit & yoghurt, followed by a chocolate croissant for me), we headed off to learn about Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. This is mostly them selling their various excursions but you do pick up practical tips about the ports and you start to understand the places you will see.
At 11am it was up to deck 15 (yup the top) to see the glass blowing show. Apparently there are only 3 ships cruising that have such a thing (all Celebrity). The furnaces are run by electricity and the girls doing the work seemed very young but proved to be very proficient, as these pics show. From one tiny blob of glass, through many many processes (not all captured here) and the result a beautiful vase.
Just amazing. This show is all put together through the Corning Museum of Glass which is near New York. They don't sell the pieces they make as the Museum is not for profit, but towards the end of the cruise several if the best pieces will be auctioned for charity and one in particular is auctioned for WWF which Celebrity is affiliated with.
Half way through today's demo this helicopter flew close to the ship and hovered along side us for a while. Just checking us out perhaps.
Today they had a matinee show with Nicola Ward, a singer along the style of Mariah Carey and tonight we are going to see Stevie B who's show is described as a blend of famous and popular music rooted in the 50s & 60s including Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Buble. Should be good and we are very much looking forward to seeing Estonia tomorrow. (Let's hope I can find another Hotel 209).
Well I can tell you that Stevie B was just great. Best show so far. Back in our stateroom we enjoyed this view before heading to bed. Tallin here we come.