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15th March, 2014

Andalsnes, Norway

Andalsnes Norway

Well this morning came as a relief for many after a rather rocky night at sea which started shortly after setting sail from our last port of call being Bergen. Once clear of the Fedje Pilot station the wind picked up quite considerably and more than was forecast. We experienced Hurricane Force winds and high seas, and Saga Sapphire rode it well. With an abatement of weather expected in the next 6 hours, I just slowed the engines and “Hove” to and as the wind came around to the North, we followed it and by 2:00am in the morning, conditions had improved and we were heading north be it a little delayed. But again the passengers took my advice as I had asked them to go to the comfort of their cabins after dinner whilst I manoeuvred the ship in the weather. With the large swells and the duty I have in not only looking after the guests but also my crew. We were able to maintain a better speed but sadly the weather had delayed us so we could only have an afternoon call in Andalsnes.

This delay therefore meant there was a large task on hand for both the entertainment department and the Shorex in not only rearranging the tours for our guests but also offering a larger program in terms of entertainment this morning. As always the team on-board did a fantastic job with rescheduling and keeping our most understanding guests entertained. Many this morning went out to soak up the fantastic scenery with our Orca group on board who have had quite a number of whale sightings already this cruise. With the temperatures having dropped here in Andalsnes over the past week or so, snow was of course expected. However not to the scale that we so happened to get today.

Andalsnes Norway

With the new docking time at 12 noon, that’s when our guests began to congregate in the Britannia lounge to collect their stickers in preparation for their tour departure. Our arrival was in blizzard conditions with heavy snow, which although extremely cold and very challenging to berth the ship in the windy conditions, I loved it!! The snow covered mountains and houses make for a wonderful spectacular scene. Most opted for the Rauma railway today which was conveniently opposite the ship. From the bridge wing quite distinctly despite the snow I could also see a red train carriage which appeared to be stationary. This I later learnt from our guests was in fact a chapel. Despite having been here a couple of times I find there’s always something new to learn.

Andalsnes is a city with only about 3000 inhabitants. It is the administrative centre of the Rauma municipality in more and Romsdal is located on the shores of the Romsdalsfjord, near to where the Isfjorden begins. Due to the close proximity to the town centre guests were able to just stroll into town at their leisure. With the last tour turning back to the ship at 5:00pm, once we had everyone on board and had done our final checks we soon prepared to set sail towards our next port of call being Alta, with an approximate distance to travel of 607 nautical miles.

This evening performing their first concert of the cruise was the Crystal Palace string quartet in the drawing room, which then led into main show time down stairs where we welcomed back with her second show the wonderfully talented Suzanna Godfrey. For those staying up late with us upstairs in the spotlight performing a selection of his favourite songs was Ru Cadell one of our Explosive Productions Vocalists. With the dance floor full till late into the night, Ru really managed to liven up the atmosphere. A fabulous night had by all.

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