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26th May, 2013


Saga Sapphire remained under pilotage all the way to Bergen, again weaving our way along fjords and narrows before arriving at our final port of call for the cruise.

Bergen is considered the rain capital of Europe (an unofficial title), and a couple of years ago it rained consecutively for 104 days! This of course would naturally give rise for the local populous to complain. However their primary complaint was that it didn’t rain for another 2 days and thus allow them the world record. With all this as background information I was a little sceptical of the forecast of “nil precipitation” as I’m sure you can understand and our arrival was under a threatening grey blanket of cloud. The grey cloud and cold temperatures of the morning gave way to sunshine in the afternoon, and true to the forecast it did not rain! No rain in Bergan, now that’s a bonus to the cruise I certainly wouldn’t have expected.

Just a short distance from the berth where I “parked” Saga Sapphire, were the colourful waterfront buildings of the Hanseatic sector known locally as Brygenn. Brygenn is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and is also Norway’s best medieval settlement still in use today. So whilst some of our passengers walked past the Brygenn’s colourful ship lap buildings on their way to independently explore the heart of the city, others chose to go off on one of the variety of organized tours to make the most of our final port of call for this cruise.

With everyone aboard, I was pleased to advise the passengers that our southern voyage through the North Sea would be in calm conditions with fair weather expected for our final sea day. That just left the 2 ½ hour passage out to sea through the fjords to complete, on another lovely sunny evening.

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