We had looked forward to another visit to Tallinn but after our exhausting two days in Russia we decided to skip the Upper Town.
Instead we stuck to the Lower Town and went to our favourite bar/restaurant for an extended lunch.
From RCI Port Information:
“Ship clearance expected at 7:30 am and all onboard is set for 4:30 pm
Ship will dock at the Old City Harbor, located at approximately 10-15 minute drive from the city centre. Limited taxis are available at the port exit (150m from gangway).
Shuttle service is provided by the Port, please see details below. Tickets can be purchased from the shuttle ticket booth on the pier and also from the shuttle coordinators at the drop off/pick up point in the city. Tickets can be purchased with Euros (€) or US Dollars ($).Shuttle Price: $6 / €5 per person – One Way or $10 / €8 per person – ReturnDuration: 10-15 minutes approximatelyDrop Off: Russian Culture Centre (big yellow building), Mere Blvd. Last shuttle from the city will be at 4:00 pm.”
Our first cruise on Royal Caribbean took us to Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm, Skagen, Stavanger and back to Southampton.
Day 9 Monday, July 1st: Tallinn, Estonia
We missed our usual breakfast in the Sapphire as we stayed for too long in our cabin. Instead we went up to the buffet on deck 11. The buffet breakfasts suffered the same issue as the ones in the Sapphire, namely the food didn’t stay warm on the counters. I had cold scrambled eggs, cold mushrooms and mildly warm American bacon.
While we ate breakfast Aida Prima docked next to Explorer. This would mean a few thousand more tourist as well as lots more bikes running around the city.
We walked from the ship across the dock and turned right along the gravel path towards the lower town. The old brick pier was fenced off and one whole side of the facing was now coming away.
Some of the paths round the Fat Tower were under repair and the tower itself was undergoing renovation. We walked along until we came to the cafe where one of our friends was having a drink and a rest.
The temperature had risen and we sat outside enjoying our coffees and chatting about our time in Russia.
When we reach the town hall square we walked around looking at the busy bars and cafes.
Linda sat on the “sausage dog“ seat at the top of the square and I walk past the Town Hall down to the Vero Gate. The streets were packed with people and I stopped just before the gates and took a quick picture and then I walked back to the square.