While I was still on the way to the 'Stena Line' terminal at 'Schwedenkai' in Kiel, I saw from afar, how the boarding started on time at 05:00pm. There were only a few people at the check-in desk, but I had to wait 15 minutes because only one person behind the counter performed the procedure. No waiting at boarding card check, no security checks, no customs and no person controls thanks to Schengen Agreement, and at 05:22pm, I entered the ferry 'Stena Scandinavica' after crossing the endless gangway at an increasingly lofty height, it smelled like really delicious fried fish. I had booked an inside stateroom, outside staterooms were available only in the very expensive premium segment. Shortly thereafter, I had to go through the whole ship, before I got to my stateroom 9956 on the port side. A Window to the aft main parking deck between the funnels, where only a single truck parked. The roller blind on the window was stubborn, there was a limited selection of German TV programs and the air conditioning warmed up the stateroom not so well.
At 06:34pm, 'Stena Scandinavica' moved away from the pier about 10 minutes before the scheduled departure from 'Schwedenkai', sat back and turned after the engines had been started just over 20 minutes earlier. Around 07:20pm, the ferry passed Laboe, gulls were fed from the hands of passengers in flight. There was a good view all around from the highest deck 12, the sky was depressingly gray, and it remained so until sunset. Also on this Scandinavian ferry, there were a lot of drunks with glassy eyes and questionable behavior.
At 08:15pm: 'düdeldidüd-düd', 'Welcome to Maritime Service!'; my mobile service provider assumed, that I was on the high seas, while the coast was still in sight. I put my smartphone in flight mode because the announced internet access rates were far beyond good and evil. About 3 hours after departure from Kiel, there was a wonderful sunset over Langeland, not predicted by the weather forecast.
I walked through the small shop quickly, the prices were acceptable. There were 3 restaurants in the front of the ship with a view on the bow and 3 bars, one with live music, a games room and some slot machines. The stairs were narrow, the orientation based on the signs very well. By midnight, waves and wind were banging against the port side, and 'Stena Scandinavica' was rumbling like a train. It got dangerously windy on deck 12, taking away the air to breathe. Unbelievable, but spray splashed up here and onto my camera lens. The 'Storebæltsbroen' appeared, but photography was barely possible due to wind and spray. I had a few photos with detail sharpness only. Planet Jupiter throned over the bridge and Venus began to disappear behind a small cloud.