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9th August, 2012


This morning was quite hectic. We attempted to anchor in Isafjordur but from the very beginning the weather was against us. We arrived to find 40 knot gale force winds that peaked at 50 knots. After attempting two times to successfully drop the anchor, it was decided to abort our call and revert to a leisurely day sailing through the beautiful Icelandic fjords.

The morning was spent viewing the fantastic scenery. It was at times lush and green, with wonderful rolling hills and then at times austere and cold, with massive rocky outcrops. There was plethora of birds playing in the strong breezes for the bird watchers, and for the rest there was weak, but bright sun the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing mid-morning snooze.

Throughout the day there was a cavalcade of entertainment to sample, led mainly by our three on board lecturers. The first was Eunice De Vere Thorne, the lady in the know with the places we go. She gave us an insight into the remaining destinations on the Icelandic leg of the journey. Following that the other captain on the ship, Captain Les Evans, gave us the inside story on the ‘Tragedy in Paris’, the story on the Concorde disaster. Finally Jeff Chandler spoke about the most important battle of World War Two, ‘The Battle of the Atlantic’.

For those of the more active persuasion, there were a number of outdoor activities to participant in. Besides the customary games of Shuffleboard and Deck Quoits, there was a tournament or two of Table Top Football, and of course a round of two around St Andrews, our not so old course, for a game of Putt-Putt on the top deck.

To finish off the day there was two magnificent shows straight after dinner. Passengers could enjoy the sublime sounds of ‘The Flanagan Trio’, who performed an inspiring programme of Russian classics in the Drawing Room. As well as that in the Britannia Lounge there was the delightful Sally Jones, who performed a programme of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musical moments.

All in all it was a wonderful day considering the disappointment of the morning, and the ship’s crew made sure that everybody was looked after and entertained as we made our way to Grundarfjordur.

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