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9th September, 2012


Today we arrived in Stavanger, and the weather was fantastic. Our berth was the best in the city - we were berthed right in the heart of the harbour and city itself. In fact I heard John, the Cruise Director announcing to the passengers that I had parked the ship in the high street!!. Everybody on board was overjoyed to be in the sun with such a delightful city just a few steps away from the quay. Stavanger is a very interesting place; it is a blend of the old and the new, dominated by quaint white clapboard houses and interspersed with modern glass buildings and apartment blocks.

For those interested in a bit of shopping there were some great markets just down the way. Selling all sorts of handicrafts and local delicacies it was an awesome place to pick something up for someone special back home. Also very close by there were plenty of bars and cafes to sit and people watch, or just enjoy the delightful soft sun.

There were a variety of shore excursions going off today, the first of which was the ‘Hiking in the Land of the Mountain King’ tour. It was quite a strenuous tour, so it was popular with those who really wanted to stretch their legs and take in some of the mountain air. For something completely different there was the ‘Lysefjord Boat Trip’, a wonderful afternoon departure that took guests on a cruise of a local fjord.

At 1800, we prepared to sail. One of the larger cruise ships was berthed astern of us so they departed first, and then we slid aft, swung around 180 degress and headed out towards the open sea for our final destination, Dover on Tuesday.

Once again in the main lounge we were lucky enough to offer a double billed entertainment extravaganza. The first act we had the pleasure of enjoying tonight was the talented instrumentalist Kenny Martyn, who wowed the audience with his mix of blues, jazz, and swing tunes. Following him we had the gorgeous Elaine Del Mar serenade us with hits from Cole Porter, George Gershwin and a variety of other composers.

For something completely different in the Drawing Room we had a cocktail pianist with a relaxing musical interlude, and ended the night with a cabaret from our on board 'Show Team', featuring the voices of Michael and Dave.

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