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10th June, 2012

Oslo by Kayleigh McMahon

For our last port of call Saga Sapphire sailed into Oslo, Norway. Oslo’s centre is compact, with few high-rise buildings, and like the rest of Norway, it is clean and prosperous. With the ship all made fast for around 7am an early start awaited those wanting to explore our final destination on this Baltics cruise.

With a great selection of tours for our passengers to take up including ‘Walking in the Heart of Oslo’ and also ‘Oslo Maritime Highlights’ the first one to leave this morning was the Oslo and the Hadeland Glassworks travelling first to the Hadeland Glassverk an hour’s drive north of Oslo our guests could see the skilled glassblowers shape the molten glass and follow the entire process through to the finishing stages on a guided tour of the oldest industrial company in Norway. They then returned to the city via the residential area of Holmenkollen and the location of the first ever ski jump which was built in 1892 and reconstructed in 2010.

Alternatively many guests choose a more popular tour of Oslo Panoramic & Vigeland Park discovering the highlights of this exciting capital, beginning with a drive along the walls of medieval Akershus Castle, before continuing through the city centre. They passed the Parliament building, Royal Palace and Nobel institute before stopping at the Vigeland Sculpture Park, where there was an option to join a guided walk through the park. They then continued through the residential areas of Oslo to Holmenkollen Ski jump which offers magnificent views of the city and the fjord. To conclude ,the tour travelled back to the city centre, past Kragstotten viewpoint before returning to the ship.

On-board Saga Sapphire Cruise Staff Donna, Duncan and Claire entertained our guests with games such as golf putting, darts and 'Never Say Die' throughout the day.

As we sailed away this afternoon guests could join all of the Cruise Staff out on the back deck for a cocktail with musical accompaniment from cocktail pianist Andy Law.

This evening Captain Philip Rentell and his officers cordially invited all of our guests on board to our Farewell Cocktail Party accompanied by The Sapphire Trio in the Britannia Lounge.

Team Trivia tonight was hosted by Cruise Staff Resty in the Drawing Room putting our guest’s knowledge to the test followed by cabaret and pre-dinner cocktails with pianist Andy Law.

Tonight’s Showtime saw Explosive Productions open the show with River Deep Mountain High as a double bill of entertainment followed with international piano virtuoso Adam Johnson and comedian Dave Kristian, closing this night of entertainment with Explosive Productions. This then followed with music for dancing from the Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

For those who wanted a night cap could join cocktail pianist Andy Law for cocktails and a possible sing-song until late in Cooper’s bar.

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