big boat in a little canal

We’re transiting through the Kiel Canal today (so that means we’re actually sortof in Germany!) We actually got a really intense explanation of all the calculations involved in the journey from one of the officers in Global Perspectives today, and it turns out that it is nearly as costly as going all the way around Denmark (like we did on the way to Russia). We save a lot of mileage this way and consequently a lot of money on fuel, but they have to pay exorbitant amounts to have the German pilots board our ship to navigate as well as having little pilot boats in front of and behind us.

More importantly, it’s really beautiful and has made the whole day seem so laid back within the countryside scenery…

view down the canal

the german countryside

european wind power!

boat traffic station


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