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19th August, 2012


Like a few weeks ago, today we were blessed with good weather as we sailed into the rain capital of Europe; Bergen. I say we were blessed because the chances of it raining here are 3 out of 4, so to have two consecutive precipitation free visits is very rare indeed.

Heading off today on your own was a very easy affair as it was a short stroll from the ship to the centre of town, at most a 15 minute meander. From there the independent traveller could enjoy the vast number of bars and cafés, as well as the obligatory tourist shop.

For those wanting to go on tour there was plenty of options, from the panoramic to the cultural. There was the ‘Images of Grieg’ tour which took classical music fans to the home of the great Norwegian composer. There guests could wander around the extensive museum, enjoy a phenomenal piano recital, or just to saviour the views of the nearby lake.

There was of course something for the environmental enthusiasts, a hike up and down the beautiful Mount Floyen. Starting off at the ship, participants passed some of Bergen’s most famous sights arriving at the funicular to take a trip to the top. Once at the top the hike continued to the summit of Mount Floyen for some spectacular views.

Finally for a more relaxing day, passengers could have enjoyed the panoramic ‘City Tour’, this involved surveying all the highlights from the comfort of a well-appointed coach. There were plenty of chances for participants to stretch their legs with a number of photo stops, to capture some wonderful memories. The tour also involved a fantastic ride on the famous funicular to the top of one of Bergen’s seven peaks.

Back on the ship as we sailed for Geiranger, the night was spent attending another great cocktail party,a party to welcome and celebrate our loyalty club, the Brittannia Club and also a newcomers party where we had 498 passengers, new to Saga cruising.

After the party, everyone once again enjoying the sumptuous food on board, and watching some fantastic shows.

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