Day 1 - Copenhagen (Hop On Bus, Little Mermaid, Norwegian Star)

Before we board the Norwegian Star and embark on our cruise there's still a couple hours available for sightseeing in Copenhagen. It's a drizzly day. We join Norm in trying the Hop On Hop Off bus that travels around the city to sights of interest. On the way to the bus stop, we paused to say so long to Hans Christian Anderson.

The Hop On Hop Off bus.

the entrance to an old historical fortress.


We just had to get off and see the Little Mermaid up close.


Watch than hand, mister!


The iconic shot of the Little Mermaid overlooking Copenhagen harbor.


The Little Mermaid is near a marina, not too far from the cruise terminal where our boat, Norwegian Star, (in the rear) was docked.


Nancy uses the camera's zoom lens to see the boat up close.


Our stateroom was on the 11th deck, just below the top, pool deck, and on the same level as the spa, which you can see its glass windows running the width of the stern of the ship.


Before we caught the next Hop On bus, we visited an interesting nearby statue.


Bill and Norm, intrepid travelers.


Back on our bus, we passed the Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen, which depicts the mythical story of the creation of the island of Zealand on which Copenhagen is located. According to legend, the Swedish king Gylfi promised Gefjun the territory she could plow in a night. She turned her four sons into oxen, and the territory they plowed out of the earth was then thrown into the Danish sea, forming the land on which Copenhagen was founded.


Up close.


Local cinema.


We traveled back through the streets of Copenhagen that we had walked the day before, saying goodbye one last time to this great city.


And, of course, a last look at the canals.


And statues.


Such unique architectural features.


We return to our hotel, pick up Mary Lou and take a taxi to the cruise terminal, where we board the Norwegian Star. We met Jim & Sondra and got a bite to eat before going to what would become our favorite spot on the boat -- the spa. Before we set sail, EVERYONE had to participate in the life boat drill. The crew member walking toward me is telling me to not take pictures.

Back in our stateroom we watch from the balcony as we pulled away from the dock, passing the other cruise ship anchored in front of us. We're on our way! Our cruise had begun. Tomorrow we dock in Warnemunde, Germany, the port city from which we will take the train across the countryside to Berlin and Potsdam. So long, Copenhagen!


One last look at one of the islands in Copenhagen harbor.

See Day 2 of our Baltic Capitals tour. Or return to the Main Menu to see something else.