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Alta, Norway

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5th March, 2014

After another very successful night of viewing the spectacular Aurora Borealis, passengers were once again up early and ready to make the most of our last few hours in Alta.

The two tours that took place today were perhaps the most popular ones, having been repeated for the third day in a row. The Shore Excursions team had organised the ‘Dogsledding and Sami Adventure’ tour and the ‘Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel Visit’ for those who had not had a chance to go on these tours yet.

During our stay in Alta, there was also a shuttle bus service that ran from the ship to the town centre allowing passengers to explore Alta independently for those that had some spare time in between the busy shore excursion schedule. As well as stopping at the town centre, the shuttle bus also stopped at Alta Museum so that passengers could learn a bit more about the area and its history.

After a wonderful three days in Alta, all were back on board and ready to sail at 12noon. The weather has been kind to us; giving us the best chance of seeing the spectacle of the Northern Lights we will certainly be taking away some special memories as we leave this port.

I’m sure that our passengers were pleased to spend an afternoon on board as we sailed through the fjords and along to our next port of call, giving them a chance relax and recover after the excitement of the last few days. This afternoon, our Destinations Lecturer, Dr Peter Crimes presented a talk on our final port of call, Ålesund. This was followed by a presentation entitled ‘Arctic Adaptations’ by ORCA Wildlife Guide, Stephen Marsh explaining how creatures cope with harsh environments.

This evening was Cabaret Showtime in the Britannia Lounge at 9:30pm. The Explosive Singers & Dancers opened the showed followed by the very talented and multi-award winning Guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas. The show was very well received and thoroughly enjoyable.

Passengers retired to their cabins to get a good night’s sleep and recover from the excitement of the last few days and prepare for another day in port tomorrow.

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