As Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit sailed into the Swedish port of Gothenburg this morning, the dreary weather was tempered with the sad knowledge that this would be the last day onboard for 119 of us, including yours truly. Ten lucky guests will be continuing on to Le Havre, France aboard the next voyage as Wind Spirit works her way back to the sun-drenched islands of the Mediterranean.
But back in the present, today is the first day on our entire itinerary that has begun with less-than-desirable weather, and even then the heavy rain that plagued our sail-in cleared up magically before the first guests stepped ashore this morning.
Our time in Gothenburg was fantastic. We took part in the “Maritime Gothenburg” shore excursion that whisked us on a comprehensive tour of the city center before turning us loose on along the canals of Sweden’s second-largest city. The water level on the canals was so high today that at one point we all had to leave our seats and sit on the floor to go under one particularly low bridge that had been affectionately dubbed, “The Cheese Shredder.”
We passed with less than half a foot of clearance above the seats. Read more of Aaron’s adventure on Wind Spirit.