Gosh the Scandinavians do know how to do things right. I’m 7 hours into a 29-&-a-half hour ferry trip between Helsinki, Finland, & Stockholm, Sweden. I’m not sure if I’m still in the Gulf of Finland or if I’ve entered the Baltic Sea. Not that it really matters that much. I’m also not sure if this Silja Line Symphony ferry, the one with free Wi-Fi, is a Finnish or Swedish piece of kit, but either way it’s impressive. A welcome on board by Santa (a bit early buddy) & a mini-orchestra in the central deck 7 Promenade set the standard & a few Finnish brewed Karjala beers in the Old Pub has kept it going. All this for €35. Shiver me timbers. I should have been a pirate.

The deck 7 Promenade of the Silja Line Symphony ferry en route from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden. November 25th 2012.

The deck 7 Promenade of the Silja Line Symphony. Restaurants, duty-free shops, restaurants, duty-free shops, restaurants & more duty-free Shops. On a cross-border ferry like this you’ll always find the stalwarts of overpriced restaurants & duty-free shops (& plenty of them). But at least on the Silja Line Symphony you find them in a nice location. On the ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden. November 25th 2012.

Male only cabin 2010 on deck 2 of the Silja Line Symphony. Room for 4 but made up only for 1 – me. On the ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden. November 25th 2012.

Male only cabin 2010 on deck 2 of the Silja Line Symphony. Room for 4 but made up only for 1 – me. On the ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden. November 25th 2012.

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