Cruising Sweden, Stockholm Cruise Tips, Cunard’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations & More

Rain, rain go away: The view from our window at the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm. © Ralph Grizzle

Cruising Across Sweden With My Daughter

I’m in wintry Stockholm this week. Yes, the calendar says June 3, but the temperature yesterday dipped to 6C (43F) and felt like 1C (34F), according to weather sources. A light rain combined with wind gusts up to 38 km/h (23 mph) made it challenging to keep our umbrellas upright — and stay warm.

Still, I love Stockholm, even cold, gray and wet. There’s enough culture and entertainment to chase away a dull day. For starters, Stockholm boasts more than 70 museums and plenty more diversions.

I came to Stockholm this week for three reasons:  1) to travel with my daughter; 2) to see a performance by a renowned DJ duo; and 3) to begin a cruise of a different sort — as previously mentioned, on the Gota Canal, from Stockholm to Gothenburg, three nights, four days on the “world’s oldest registered passenger boat with sleeping accommodations.”

Operated by the Göta Canal Steamship Company, the Juno began service in 1874. The company, by the way, was founded in 1869 and is now a member of the Strömma Group, which operates probably the majority of tours that all cruise ship passengers are offered in Sweden.

Our cruise on Juno begins on Wednesday, which promises to be warmer but perhaps still rainy. Stay tuned.

A Dream Come True For My Daughter

To celebrate my daughter’s 17th birthday, I gave her a 17-day trip to Sweden, and attended an energetic concert with her, where I was three times the age of the oldest teens in the audience. That’s true fatherly love. It was all worthwhile when I heard my daughter say it was the best day of her life.

Rebecca & Fiona, Swedish DJ Duo, with my daughter Britton (far right). © Ralph Grizzle

She even got to meet her teen idols, Rebecca & Fiona. It was actually a fun evening, even for dad.

Traveling Stockholm

I took the opportunity of traveling to and within Stockholm to write a post that may come in useful for cruise passengers visiting Scandinavia this summer or next. See From The US To Stockholm: Cheap & Easy Ways To Get To And Around Stockholm.

Stockholm Cruise Blog

If you are planning a trip to Stockholm, be sure that your first visit is to our Stockholm Cruise Blog.

A great resource for cruising to/from Sweden's capital, the Stockholm Cruise Blog.

After five years of being here, I’ve mastered getting around and getting by in Sweden, but the language still eludes me. On the Stockholm Cruise Blog, we have a video (embedded below) that demonstrates just how difficult the language can be. But not to worry. Swedes speak better English than many Americans!

Trouble viewing the video? Click Saying Seven & Other Difficult To Say Swedish Words

Buzzing In Cruise Line Social Circles

The cruise industry’s Social Hostess Carrie Finley-Bajak has compiled a page of the cruise buzz in social media circles, including the build up of events for the U.K.’s Diamond Jubilee and Cunard Line’s plans to honor the event. Check out what’s buzzing here.

Carrie had quite a lot of buzz after ranking the Top 10 Cruise Lines on Facebook, so she compiled a new list Ranking of ALL CLIA Cruise Lines on Facebook.

Our Writers At Sea & Back Home

Serving up a fun read, Geoff Edwards is on his way to Cartagena, after transiting the Panama Canal on Crystal Serenity. Now back in British Columbia, Aaron Saunders recaps his Silver Explorer voyage on From the Deck Chair. And I spent a few hours Wrapping Up A Wonderful Week On French Country Waterways Horizon II Burgundy Canal Cruise here on Avid Cruiser.

Up next, we cruise across Sweden, explore the port city of Gothenburg, head to Helsingborg, then to Copenhagen, where I’ll fly to Barcelona to join Carnival Breeze.

We’ve got a lot of travel ahead, beginning Wednesday as we cruise across Sweden. I hope you’ll join us, sun or rain.