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20th August, 2012



Wow, that is just one of the many words that sum up todays port. Saga Sapphire was fortunate enough to secure a superb anchorage in the UNESCO World Heritage listed fjord of Geiranger. It is arguably the loveliest fjord in the world, let alone in Norway, and was a favourite amongst most, if not all of the passengers.

This is a very narrow fjord and anchorage and very popular with 3 ships in the anchorage. As there is not enough room for all ships to anchor and swing freely on their anchor, for fear of touching each other, the port has addressed this. The ships anchor, then they run lines from the after end of the ship and tie up to a shore bollard so all ships stay in the same direction.Our anchor spot was indicated by a small boat with lazer guided position fixing.

As there are many underwater cables, it is not prudent to drop your anchor on these so we have to position the ship exactly over the anchorage position and drop it, then move astern, paying out the anchor. We then run our moorning lines ashore and then when fast both ends, equalise the distance. It takes some tiome to do but once finished our tours started to disembark.

Being that we were in such a wondrous spot, there was some exciting shore excursions on offer to all of our guests. For those with a head for heights there was a trip to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. Or on a completely different note, you could visit Herdal Summerfarm and enjoy some locally produced goats Cceese.

In the afternoon, there was the evening tour ‘Overland to Alesund via the Troll Road’. It was a popular tour taking in many of the best aspects of the region. Guests had the chance to glimpse another aspect of the stunning Geiranger Fjord, the ‘Trolls Wall’ the highest vertical cliff in Europe, and a chance to enjoy a meal at local restaurant. After dinner passengers enjoyed a leisurely drive back along Romsdalsfjord, Norway’s ninth largest fjord.

Back on board the ship, for those not fortunate enough to be on the overland tour, there was the hard task of savouring the phenomenal sail away through the Geirangerfjord. All of the most important sights could be glimpsed from the ships many vantage points whilst enjoying a cup of tea, or coffee, and a delicious cake from the ample afternoon tea spread.

After all of the excitement of the day, there was still plenty going on about the ship. There was the aptly named ‘String Delights’, who provided all with a recital of some of America’s greatest composers. In the Drawing Room, there was a double bill of the vocalists. Firstly there was the sensual sound of Sandie Griffiths and her smoky jazz vocals, and following that the lovely Louise and her dulcet tones finished off what was a great night entertainment.

We arrived at Alesund alongside at 2100, on the new berth. And once all fast, all engines were shut down for the night and passengers enjoined a quiet evening of entertainment.

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