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4th August, 2012


Today we called at the beautiful city of Bergen. The Sapphire was bathed in sunshine throughout the day and this is quite significant because the city of Bergen is known as the rain capital of Europe. It is famous for having on average about 270 days of rain per year, so today’s weather was amazing.

The first tour to depart this morning was the wonderful taste of Hardanger, a fantastic tour exploring the nearby Hardanger Fjord. Following that a number of our passengers made use of Bergen’s famous Funicular Railway on the Bergen City Highlights Tour.

For our independent passengers, the town itself was quite busy, and there was a great sense of Olympic spirit even though we were all of the way across the North Sea. This was very visible in the numerous bars and cafes along the waterfront, all of whom were televising the Olympics on their big screen T.Vs.

Back to the ship the evening started off with the first of many cocktail parties, the Captain’s Welcome Party. Once again it was a wonderful way to meet all of our new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. This of course led into another stunning formal dinner in the Pole to Pole, or a more casual affair upstairs in the Verandah.

Guests had the choice of two shows to view afterwards. In the Britannia lounge they could take in the comedy vocalist Sally Jones, who combines a stunning voice with a superb wit, to provide a highly entertaining 45 minutes. Or they could head upstairs to the Drawing Room to see our cruise host Resty Sacedor in his one man show.

To finish off the evening you could have enjoyed Martin playing to the wee small hours of the morning in the Drawing room, or the lively fun of Perfect Mood in Coopers. All in all it was a wonderful day aboard the Sapphire and we now head off to the Shetlands.

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