Crystal Serenity North Cape Cruise Review Day 7

Find your cruise

No cruises were found for your selection

Crystal Serenity North Cape Cruise Review Day 7

Day 7 Murmansk

The city of Murmansk is the Arctic’s largest, with a population of about 300,000, and is the northernmost city in the world. The name Murmansk is said to come from the Saami word ’Murman’, which translates to "the edge of the earth".

Murmansk was built in 1916 as Russia needed an ice-free port where it could receive supplies from allied ships. Warmed by the gulf, and with assistance from the British, the Russians broke ground and laboured until the city was finished, complete with a railway connecting Murmansk to Petrozavodsk some 600 miles away. During World War II the city was again strategically important, and German forces bombed it nearly 100 times, virtually levelling the city. However the city never fell into enemy hands, and today the city is home to a ship building industry and fishing fleet.

Murmansk

Murmansk Port

Crystal Serenity arrived into port at 8am, however it took 3 hours to clear the ship, as immigration officials wanted to see all passports! The port is an industrial port, and we were docked amongst the fishing vessels, cranes and cargo sheds.

We had to collect our passports to take ashore with us; our tour today was Panoramic Murmansk and left at 2pm.

Murmansk is divided into three terraces that run parallel to the waterfront; the industrial area along the waterfront, the city proper adjacent to that, and the residential area above that on a hill.

St Nicholas Church in Murmansk

St Nicholas Church in Murmansk

St Nicholas’s Church

We saw a number of war memorials on our tour, St Nicholas’s Church and the very impressive Alyosha Monument that stands some 23 feet high, overlooking the city on top of a hill. Carved out of stone, this imposing stone solider statue is dedicated to the defenders of the Soviet Arctic. Murmansk was an interesting, if not very pretty city.

Alyosha Monument Murmansk

Alyosha Monument Murmansk

Alyosha Monument, Murmansk

Back on board it was time for a quick drink before heading up on deck for sail way. Tonight’s show was the British pianist again, however we headed to Avenue Saloon to hear Marcie Castro sing and play her piano - a popular venue with the show tunes crowd, and soon other guests were singing along and playing tambourines, not really my cup of tea but they seemed to enjoy it!

It was another karaoke night in Pulse and the regular crowd was there. Today’s drink special was a "Grand Russian" - Vodka, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and fresh cream. Bizarrely, clocks went back 2 hours tonight, so when we left the club at 1.30 am, it was only 11.30 pm - still daylight of course!

Enquire now Sign up to e-news
10 years of The Luxury Cruise Company

Latest tweets

Read our Antarctica #exploration #cruise #review on @Silversea. So much #wildlife - https://t.co/3SxHCnOycH -… https://t.co/zW7AjHFCev
5 hours ago

Thinking of a Danube #river cruise? Read our first-hand cruise review here on @AmaWaterways… https://t.co/WpjH9iE3v8
8 hours ago

Celebrity Cruises to spend $500 MILLION on Celebrity Revolution! But what is it? Learn more here!… https://t.co/NOT9AvVtRZ
10 hours ago

Popular posts

Seabourn Ovation - First look at this new luxury cruise ship
Read more about Seabourn Ovation - First look at this new luxury cruise ship

Enriched Voyages on Silversea
Read more about Enriched Voyages on Silversea

Top Ten Ports to Cruise Into
Read more about Top Ten Ports to Cruise Into

Enquire now
Ask our specialists

020 7838 5991